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Friday Feature

Friday, March 23, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Lori Carnes as Juliette Low told the story of the founding of Girl Scouts.

Juliette Gordon Low, portrayed by Lori Carnes, visited the Girl Scouts celebrating the anniversary of Girl Scouting in the United States.

She said she was born in 1860 at Savannah, Ga., and was nicknamed Daisy because she had the same name as her grandmother. The southern states began to secede from the union so the family moved to Chicago where people didn't like them because they were southerners.

Friday, March 23, 2012
Uniforms displayed are a Cadette/Senior Scout uniform from 1980, Senior Wing Scout from 1960, Senior Girl Scout from 1948, and a Mariner Girl Scout uniform from 1934,

Many troops of Girl Scouts congregated at the Liberty Museum in the basement of Zion Reformed UCC Church, Allentown, at 622 Hamilton St. The event was the kick-off of a year-long 100th anniversary celebration.

A program was held earlier this month and a scout exhibit will be on display until May 5.

As people look at the exhibit one leader is heard to say, "See the World Friendship Pin. It has changed." Many other things have changed over the years and long-time scouts who became leaders told about their time with the troops.

Friday, March 16, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Rev. Richard E. Wilcock

When it comes to the common faith of spiritual human beings, sometimes the best approach is to try and understand all that we have in common.

In that regard, a New York City-based organization that melds Judaism with evangelical Christian faith to help further the understanding of the Jewish context of the gospel of Jesus will stage special presentations in Schuylkill and Carbon counties in the coming days.

Friday, March 16, 2012

According to its website, Chosen People Ministries exists "to pray for, evangelize, disciple, and serve Jewish people everywhere and to help fellow believers do the same."

The mission was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1894 by Rabbi Leopold Cohn, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant with a zeal to share the knowledge of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah with God's chosen people.

Friday, March 9, 2012
The Curtain Call Players' 1975 cast of 'Deadwood Dick.' The Panther Valley theater troupe staged large, madcap productions.

Curtain up! Light the lights! They had nothing to hit but the heights!

Nearly 40 years ago, a fun-loving, fast-moving theater troupe took control of local stages and dazzled audiences with music, song and laughter.

The Panther Valley-based Curtain Call Players was a collection of avant-garde personalities who lived the arts and weren't afraid to take chances. Their shows emphasized wild theatrics complemented by a backdrop of laughs. That's because members decided early on that their mission would be a journey of fun.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Among the officers, directors and technical staff of the 100-member troupe:

President and producer: Howard Sinclair

Vice president: William Bynon

Recording secretary: Paula Lesko

Treasurer: Jane Forrest

Corresponding secretary: Dolores Zale

Resident director: George Miller

Vice president, drama: Alice Mansbury

Vice president, stage: Beth Forgay

Vice president, building: Mike Nonnemacher

Tickets: Mary Ciganek, Louise Gray

Season chairs: Kay Webb, Sagemary Perkins

Membership: Stephanie Pharo

Friday, March 2, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS It looks like a church, but it isn't one, and never was. The building along Grier Avenue in Grier City is the historic 1885 Union Sabbath School, a facility in need of support from a new wave of volunteers.

For 127 years, it's filled a special role as the area's only non-denominational forum for celebration, bible study and community spirit.

Today, its future is unclear.

Membership has dwindled at the Grier City Union Sabbath School and adult volunteers are needed to keep the doors open.

Right now, three women and a handful of helpers are doing their best to maintain the site - Loretta Beltz, Quakake, Edie Messerschmidt, Grier City, and Georgine Clemens, Still Creek.

Friday, February 24, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Lansford Police Officer Brian Horos, left, and Officer Chris Ondrus, display the pencil etching of fallen Officer Morgan Morgans' engraved name as seen on the Fallen Officers Memorial, Washington, D. C.

From the very inception of the Borough of Lansford, its officers of the law have forged a reputation for going the extra mile to protect and serve borough residents.

So it was no surprise when town council immediately called a meeting to deal with the loss of the only Lansford policeman to die in the line of duty. Officer Morgan Morgans ended his watch and left this world about 4 a.m. on October 9, 1912, two hours after suffering a single gunshot wound to the forehead. He had gone to investigate a reported break-in at the Ridge House, a downtown tavern and residence.

Friday, February 24, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS/COURTESY WILLIAM MORGANS In the only known photo of Morgan Morgans, he is seen standing in the rear, fourth from the left, wearing a white football uniform.

William Morgans, grandson of slain Officer Morgan Morgans, has studied the tragedy for years. He believes the reputed Molly Maguires had a direct hand in his grandfather's death. The Mollies were Irish immigrant coal miners accused in a string of murders and assaults throughout the southern coalfields beginning about the time of the Civil War.

Friday, February 17, 2012
David Altrichter, a member of American Legion Post 16, explains traditions of the American flag.

Four Girl Scouts troops came to Hope Lutheran Church on January 23 to see a presentation about the American flag by Dave Altrichter and Richard Sosoka. It was sponsored by the Lehigh Township Historical Society.

The troops were Junior Troop, 8187 of Hope Lutheran, Junior Troop 6156 of Friedens, Brownie Troop 675 of Slatington and the Mixed Level Troop 6343 of Emerald.

Beverly Putt, a member of the historical society, thanked everyone for coming and gave a special welcome to the scouts.