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Friday Feature

Friday, January 6, 2017

The 1964 stop-motion film of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a classic that can be enjoyed around the holidays, regardless of your age.

For some it’s a passion, like a Lansford business owner who turns her collection of Rudolph toys into a hidden holiday gem each year.

“It was just so cute. I just always liked it,” says Renai Foster.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Dark by 5 p.m., temperatures below freezing, snow, sleet and ice. Bears are in hibernation, and many birds have flown south.

Sometimes, for days on end, it seems that the sky and the ground are the same color, a banal gray.

Here’s a cure for cabin fever — a public auction.

Friday, December 16, 2016

David Bilheimer has lived on Sharon Drive of Slatington for over 50 years, bringing with him homemade holiday cheer.

Since his first creation was constructed in his front yard in 1963, the neighborhood has embraced the pattern-cut and hand painted Christmas decorations that now light up the block.

“Me and my wife started then. I had a handheld jigsaw and a pattern for reindeer and a sleigh. It was half the size of the one out there now,” he said of the nine reindeer pulling Santa Claus’ sleigh to the right of his home.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Little by little, the railroad is moving.

The Tamaqua Anthracite Model Railroad Club has found a new, larger location.

The club is taking its panoramic, HO-gauge train display from the basement level of the former Masonic Temple, 139 W. Broad St., and lugging each piece and each board to the second floor inside the same building.

The new location includes three large rooms, allowing the club to create two different displays, one 12 by 24 feet, the other 12 by 16.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Tucked between Weatherly and Jim Thorpe lies the lost town of Lausanne Landing.

Some may know of Lausanne Township, which was created in 1808 when Penn Township was divided into East Penn, West Penn and Lausanne.

At one time, Lausanne Township contained Rockport, Weatherly, Clifton, Penn Haven and Buck Mountain.

The township became smaller and smaller as portions of it were set off for Mauch Chunk in 1827, Banks in 1842, Packer in 1847 and Weatherly in 1863. The largest portion was relinquished to Lehigh Township in 1875.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

There’s a bumper sticker proclaiming: You’re never too old to have a happy childhood.

Robert Feliciano can vouch for that statement.

The 57-year-old Walker Township man maintains a youthful fascination with his collection of vintage bicycles and is particularly enthralled by the design trends and innovations of examples from the 1940s to ’70s.

“I like the desirable bikes,” he says.

Those bikes, which also coincided with the days of his youth, reflected the dreams and desires of an ambitious baby boom generation.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Eight years after plans were announced, a proposed Philadelphia temple has become reality.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known as the Mormon church, believes in having a temple within 200 miles of each branch chapel.

The newest one is on Vine Street and is the 152nd in the country. It recently held an open house for members and nonmembers. Construction work was done by the Deseret Land Company and profits will be put to humanitarian uses.

The place is open only for members with a recommendation from the local branch president.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Collings Foundation believes nothing tells the story of World War II quite like a chance to get close and personal with weapons of the air.

The nonprofit, educational group from Stow, Massachusetts, was started in 1979 to support living history. Their idea is to allow the opportunity for not just exhibits, but interaction to enable the public to learn more about heritage through direct participation.

In the beginning, the foundation promoted antique car rallies, hill climbs, carriage and sleigh rides, and a winter ice-cutting festival.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Some bend down and kiss it. Some stand and cry. Others simply stare and do nothing.

They’ve all come to see an exact replica of what some believe to be a sacred burial cloth placed over crucified Jesus.

It’s a second coming for the shroud. It visited the same church in Shenandoah in 2013 and drew 10,000 onlookers. With that kind of turnout, the church decided to bring it back for a return visit.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Word has just reached Tamaqua about a gem of a find made in Adams County.

A Gettysburg researcher who happens to be a scholar on the life of John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, has stumbled on what she believes might be a previously undocumented portrait of Booth apparently taken during a visit to Tamaqua.

Michele Behan, a Missouri native and graduate of St. Louis University, discovered the portrait in late October 2015 at a Gettysburg antiques shop. After doing additional research, she contacted the Schuylkill County town last month.