Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Friday Feature

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.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The actual first two folds are lengthwise into half and then into quarters. Starting at the end with the stripes, it is folded in triangles.

1.The first fold is a symbol of life.

2. A symbol of our belief in eternal life.

3. In honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to obtain peace.

4. Represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in time of peace as well as in times of war for divine guidance.

5. A tribute to the United States.

Friday, February 10, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua native Susie McHale Brockel discusses the advantages of almond oil during a recent educational session on aromatherapy held in Rush Township.

Essential oils might be the right gift to give the Valentine who has everything.

On the other hand, essential oils might be the right gift to give yourself to help attract the Valentine of your dreams.

Friday, February 10, 2012
The wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.

A form of alternative medicine, aromatherapy is gaining momentum. It is used for a variety of applications, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.

There are a wide number of essential oils available, each with unique healing properties.

Friday, February 3, 2012
For 50 years, Tamaqua's John 'Sonny' Trudich, Jr., and his siblings have wondered what happened to kind-hearted Aunt Mary. Mary Chizmar Trudich was savagely attacked and bludgeoned to death in the area's most brutal unsolved murder.

A kind-hearted widow is brutally murdered in the quiet village of South Tamaqua.

The killing is so savage that people are shaken to the core. But so far, the culprit hasn't been identified and answers have been hard to come by.

Sgt. George Durilla, deceased, headed the Pennsylvania State Police probe and kept in touch with the victim's family. A Tamaqua resident, Durilla was diligent in pursuing the case, even if leads were few.