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Friday Feature

Friday, June 8, 2012
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS WITH FRAN STAHL/PILOT Land of the Tiger. An aerial view of Coaldale Borough with St. Luke's Hospital - Miners Campus in the foreground.

One clear day, pilot Fran Stahl, Tamaqua, took to the skies over the valley and invited TIMES NEWS writer/photographer Andy Leibenguth to go along. With camera in hand, Leibenguth captured these scenes of the valley. Maybe you'll see your house here, or at the very least, a neighborhood not far from you. Enjoy these views of our area from up high.

Friday, June 1, 2012
Lisa and Bryan Rex serve punch to Gladys Polgar and Ronnie Graver. Lisa recalled the day she wanted to see her brother after a sports event and dressed as a journalist to get into the boys locker room.

The National Junior Honor Society of Northern Lehigh Middle School held a senior prom for senior people. They baked 520 pumpkin rolls to raise $3,000 for the group service project. To be members of the Junior Honor Society students had to maintain a 90 percent average.

Since it is an Olympic year, that was the theme of the prom. The flame towered over the event that made memories for the students and adults.

The kids did everything: cooked dinner, made the decorations and arranged the entertainment, said Advisor Jason Graver.

Friday, May 18, 2012
These better-than-two-foot diameter logs await the saw.

As members of the Polk Township Historical Society gathered at the Burger Sawmill in Kresgeville, brothers Jeff and Clark Burger greeted them. Their father, Johnny Burger, at age 83, is still active in the business.

"He's still the main guy," is the way Jeff put it.

The yard is filled with stacks of different-sized logs, with the smallest logs to be turned into firewood. It used to be sold as pulp but there is no call for pulp anymore. There are a few with a diameter of over two feet. When a truckload of logs comes to the yard it is sorted as it is unloaded, said Clark.

Friday, May 4, 2012
Baby photo of two-year-old Jerome Coonon, whose fate is unknown.

Has the answer to Tamaqua's biggest mystery finally been uncovered?

Resident George Fredericks thinks so. The senior citizen believes in his heart he knows what happened to Jerome Coonon, the two-year-old boy who went missing from a backyard. Jerome was never seen again, a case that stumped police, search teams and even the FBI.

Approaching age 86 and in the twilight of his life, Fredericks, a U.S. Army veteran, wants the story to be known.

"The boy never left that backyard," says Fredericks. "And there was nobody else around."

Friday, April 27, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The jumpmaster in blue to the left of Russ Frank tells him when to jump after the previous person is out of the way. Spectators and a television satellite dish fill the bridge.

Have you ever been told to go jump off a bridge?

Russ Frank of Towamensing Township decided that was what he wanted to do for his 65th birthday.

Bridge Day at Fayettesville, W.Va., is one of two sites in the United States where BASE jumping is legal. BASE stands for bridges, antennas, spans and earth (mountains).

Friday, April 20, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Polk Elementary's Charlene Taylor and her Odyssey of the Mind team won second place in the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition and on to states last week.

Education's goal is to help children accumulate knowledge, skills, customs and values. Today's educators often try do this in imaginative and creative ways.

Polk Elementary School's teachers fit that bill. Four of them, Charlene Taylor, Jeannine Saylor, Deborah Loughren and Linda Kosakowski, journeyed with several fourth grade students in an odyssey of their own as they prepared for the Odyssey of the Mind challenge.

Friday, April 13, 2012
Scott D. Herring

Six men spanning five generations and 150 years:

George M. Bretz (1842-1895) Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, 1870s-1880s

William H. Rau (1855-1920) Lehigh Valley RR and Pennsylvania Railroad, 1890s

John Horgan, Jr. (1859-1926) Delaware & Hudson Railway, 1905-1926

Watson Bunnell (1871-1950) Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, 1905-1919

George Harvan (1921-2002) Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co. / Lanscoal 1949-1972

Scott D. Herring (1960-present) Independent, 1973-onward

Friday, April 13, 2012
In October, 1995, Herring captured this image of the breaker at Delaware & Hudson Railway's Hudson Coal Company Colliery, Larksville, near Kingston, Pa.

Scott Herring is an artist behind a lens. He's not looking to simply take a picture.

Instead, Herring is using photos to tell the story of our region.

For the past forty years, the Tamaqua native has used two gifts - the technical capability of a camera and his limitless ingenuity - to paint a timeless mural of a rich culture and a disappearing landscape.

The end result is The Hardcoal Chronicles Fortieth Anniversary, a canvas that captures the life and times of the anthracite coal fields and the essence of the hardworking people who built America.

Friday, April 6, 2012
Large bas-relief sculptures in the Chapel of Lithuanian Martyrs at St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, are a match to ones found at Tamaqua's SS. Peter and Paul Church. The sculptures were created by the same world-class artist.

Sometimes we journey far away and learn more about our own backyard.

Such was the case recently when four Tamaqua friends traveled 4,400 miles to Rome, Italy, and made a surprising discovery about their church back home.

It happened unexpectedly and left the visitors dumbstruck.

For Bill Savage, it began with a special feeling.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Some interesting trivia that Michelle McLaughlin shares about quilts are:

*Years ago, it was a practice for the mistress of a Pennsylvania Dutch home to put out her best quilts on Sundays because she knew company was coming.

*If a woman could not read or write, she could at least sew and quilt. Women used quilts as a way to express themselves, historically, and giving her point of view.

*Quilts express a woman's voice of her time, her political views and national beliefs. There was a rose pattern that was known as a Democrat rose and one as the Whig rose.