Thursday, March 30, 2017

Friday Feature

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series detailing the 75th anniversary of the crash of Lt. Fred J. Knauf, a young soldier whose life was cut short unexpectedly on March 28, 1942, when the plane he was flying crashed in the mountains in Nesquehoning. This week, we look at the man who never stepped foot on Carbon County soil, but who was adopted by the town that was the site of his death.

Army Lt. Fred J. Knauf was a young soldier who had hopes for a bright future.

Friday, March 17, 2017
An adventurous group went to Patagonia on a National Geographic tour.

It was a National Geographic Adventure brochure that spurred Cheryl and Dan Kunkle to go from the planning and talking stage to making it happen.

The couple traveled to Patagonia this past fall, which is located on the tip of South America. They chose Patagonia first out of all the places they plan to travel because it would require the most physically demanding hiking, and they wanted to learn about the local ecology and culture.

On the trip, Cheryl took the photographs, while Dan, director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, studied the geography and ecology.

Friday, March 10, 2017

April 2 will be the 100th anniversary of when President Woodrow Wilson asked a joint session of Congress to declare war on Germany.

According to U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian, Wilson’s reasons included Germany’s violation of a pledge to not bomb merchant ships and other nonmilitary ships in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean, also known as the “Sussex pledge,” named after a merchant ship sunk by a German submarine.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Drawing a crowd of spectators isn’t hard for ice sculptor Evan Hughes.

Hughes has been doing ice sculptures for two and a half years. He works in other mediums, such as wood and clay, for his personal work.

“My whole family is artistically inclined,” Hughes said.

He started at Sculpted Ice Works because of his brother. Sculpted Ice Works opened in 1999 and serves the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey areas.

Hughes did live demonstrations at Blue Mountain Resort on Feb. 4 and 5 for the annual Winter Fest.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Richard Vreeland gets around with the help of a walking stick that he found near his home. It’s a sassafras bough that was choked early in its life by a vine.

But the stick, like the woodworker who found it, turned that adversity into beautiful, art.

This year, Vreeland, who lives near Slatington, won Best in Show for crafts at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Friday, January 27, 2017
Dan Wowak Mahanoy City Man on the History Channel series ‘Alone’

Six days, no fish.

That meant Dan Wowak had gone without food for six days. The Mahanoy City man was one of 10 people chosen from a nationwide search to appear on “Alone,” a History Channel reality docuseries, now in season three, which airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. Wowak and his backpack had been dropped off in the wilderness of Patagonia in South America, where he’d had no trouble supplying himself with basic necessities, such as fire, shelter and water.

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.