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Friday Feature

Friday, December 21, 2012
PICTURE # 1 Luke 1:26-38 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel (George Moretz) to Nazareth, a town in Galilee. A virgin (Brooke Scheckler) pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God. " "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.

A friend of Renee Keiper of Kunkletown told her about how their church presented the Christmas story.

She excitedly told members of the CIA (Christians In Action) group at St. Matthew's UCC in Kunkletown last year of what she envisioned. The creative juices began to flow and the seeds for a "Journey to Bethlehem" began to grow.

Renee's original vision was to get the community involved so it would be a Kunkletown community event, not just a St. Matthew's Church event.

Friday, December 14, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS From left: Grant Betz, Tamaqua; Chris Bartush, Orwigsburg and Dave Carl, Jim Thorpe, check cables and straps as the 101-year-old First National Bank clock is prepared for hoisting.

Lois Breiner had a secret. Nobody else knew it.

But it was only a matter of time.

What Lois knew for 48 years was that a fancy stained glass clock that helped to define Tamaqua's downtown since 1911 was stashed away inside a Cherry Street garage at the rear of her parents' Hunter Street home.

"It was carefully chained there," she recalls.

Her father, Henry, had salvaged the timepiece in 1960 when a name change at the Tamaqua First National Bank made the old clock obsolete.

Friday, December 7, 2012
John Dallas, Tamaqua

He wasn't a politician, entertainer, or public figure. He wasn't a member of clubs or organizations.

Yet John Dallas was known by just about everybody in town.

The colorful Tamaqua man passed away earlier this year at age 100. He carried the torch of an earlier era and it was a role he relished.

Folks say he marched to the beat of a different drummer. With trimmed moustache and a gleam in his eye, there was something special about the theatrical Italian man born on Halloween a century ago.

Friday, November 30, 2012
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/DONALD R. SERFASS  A group of Tamaqua men apparently organized Hibernian Hook & Ladder Co. in the 1870s.

It was a group civic-minded men.

They lived in the 1870s and most or all were likely Irish Catholic. They were either immigrants or sons of immigrants.

They likely worked in the mines or performed manual labor.

They joined together and called themselves Hibernian Hook & Ladder Co. of Tamaqua. And they blazed a trail.

But they also left a trail of questions.

Three early units

To understand Hibernian H&L, one must first look at the earliest days of firefighting in Tamaqua.

Friday, November 23, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS After completing months of planning, volunteers of the Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas Festival grabbed a holiday wreath and, in a moment of fun, framed their hardworking chairwoman, Jean Ann Towle, center. Others, clockwise from bottom left: Leona Rega, George Taylor, Kathy Schock, Linda Heigele, Judy Hoppes, Linda Yulanavage, Gary Wayne Price, Karen Davison and Jason Boris.

The17th Annual Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas Festival will kick off next Friday, launching three days of attractions and events geared to all ages. The event sends a message that the special magic of the holidays is part of all of us, and it's right here at home, according to organizers.

A showcase of community spirit, the annual Tamaqua holiday festival brings together clubs, churches and organizations to stage one of the largest holiday festivals in Schuylkill County.

Friday, November 16, 2012
Dorothy Baclawski discussed details about some of the Gilbert Cemetery burials.

The October tour at the Gilbert cemetery sponsored by the Chestnuthill Township Historical Society was a tremendous success with 175 people attending. It was organized by Nancy Christman.

The tour began at the Conrad Kresge monument and ended at the Kresge Mausoleum with 25 stops in between including the story told by a woman whose home is next to the cemetery.

It began in the old section and continued in the cemetery's new section, ending at a table offering refreshments.

Friday, November 16, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Dianna Russell decided her purple chapeau would be ideal to meet the cemetery tour people. She stood on the porch as she told people of the visitors from the past.

Dianna Russell moved into the former Church Schoolhouse next door to the Gilbert Cemetery in 1998. Since they were there she, her mother Janet and a daughter have enjoyed the company of people from the past. A son has not seen or talked to them.

"When we moved in we had an Episcopal priest bless the house," said Russell.

Her daughter began seeing things when she was young, said Janet of her granddaughter.

Friday, November 9, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua native R. Thomas Berner, retired PSU journalism professor, shares early career memories and provides advice to budding journalists of the Tamaqua Area High School Blue and White magazine.

Retired journalism professor R. Thomas Berner returned to his alma mater last Friday after an absence of 51 years and offered youngsters sage advice about a secret to success.

"Fall in love," he said. "Love your work. It's a labor of love," explained the former Pennsylvania State University instructor to fifteen staffers of the up-and-coming Tamaqua Area High School Blue and White magazine.

Friday, October 26, 2012
TN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/DONALD R. SERFASS Friendly and trusting peddler Jost Folhaber hiked to the top of Locust Mountain, 15 miles northwest of Tamaqua, unaware he was being followed by sheer evil just one step behind. The peddler is represented here by Tommy Symons, village of Black Heath.

His name was Jost Folhaber.

He was a traveling salesman on his way to peddle wares.

He stopped for a short break at a tavern 15 miles northwest of Tamaqua, and continued on his way. Within an hour or two, he was ambushed and savagely butchered. Why? Not for revenge or hatred. But for simple greed.

The cruel homicide is recognized as Schuylkill County's first murder. And the victim is called The Immortal Peddler.

True to the name, the shocking story of the brutal death along the old Catawissa Trail will survive until the end of time.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Put four gallons of cider in a large copper kettle, add cut-up apples to within two inches of the top, cook, and 5-1/2 hours later there is apple butter. This is only one of the many exhibits at the annual Pioneer Day, an event sponsored by the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society and held in New Tripoli on October 6.

This year the stirring was made easier when it was found a rocking chair matched the motion required for the constant stirring.