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Friday Feature

Friday, June 24, 2011
Bob Vybrenner, Tamaqua, and Mary Theresa Belusko, Eckley, volunteer in support of Eckley Miners Village, a living museum operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Eckley almost ceased to exist two years ago at the age of 155.

But just like the miners who defined the town's existence, Eckley has re-emerged.

It's a town that refuses to give up.

"It needs to be here," says George Keifer, part-time employee of Eckley Miners' Village. "It needs to remain because of everything it stands for."

Eckley is an anthracite coal mining patch town located in Luzerne County, just 20 miles north of Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe and Lehighton. Since 1970, it has been owned and operated as a museum by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Friday, June 17, 2011
Rob Evans holds up a charred brick from a pile located at the H. A. Weldy Powder Mill. The charring suggests that the bricks were part of a smokestack or oven.

Explorer Rob Evans makes his way through brush, ferns and trees covering an abandoned 21-acre industrial complex.

Like Indiana Jones, Evans watches every step, prepared for the unexpected.

"It's not too overgrown. I've seen worse," notes Evans, an Auburn resident and former employee of Atlas Powder Company.

The lush, moist woods carry a sweet smell, along with the low roar of the rushing Little Schuylkill River as it rolls along its rocky course. But there's an invisible demon - the woods are filled with dangerous ticks.

Friday, June 10, 2011
A late 1800s lithograph depicts the Weldy plant, with the Tamaqua Tunnel visible far right.

Coal, railroad and iron turned Tamaqua into a bustling small city in the late 1800s, but it was explosives that created a boom town.

Explosives for mining and industry, plus gunpowder for war, helped one local man build an empire

With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, there is renewed interest in rediscovering one of the town's first great industries - H. A. Weldy Powder Works of Tamaqua.

According to an early publication by J. H. Beers & Co., Henry A. Weldy was born Sept. 13, 1831, and spent his early life at Reading, Berks Co.

Friday, June 3, 2011
Kids can't resist fresh baked chocolate chip cookies

If you travel along an old country road in Kunkletown, it's not unusual to pass by a barn now and then. But there's one old dairy barn that no longer gives shelter to some of God's four-legged creatures. Instead, it offers shelter to some of God's children who have doubts, fears, questions about life and their own place in this world. It is a sanctuary for many each Thursday night.

It is known simply as The Barn.

It is a ministry to youth that began as a dream of a young couple many years ago.

Friday, May 27, 2011
Curator Ed Pany of the Atlas Cement Museum

When the Atlas Portland Cement Company closed in 1982 Ed Pany went to homes, churches and newspapers to get the names of 2,376 people who worked at the plant. It was to remember these people that he started the cement museum in the municipal building of Northampton Borough. The names were placed on stainless steel plaques in the lobby.

Five cement companies remain in the area but all are foreign-owned: Keystone, LaFarge, Heidelberg, Essoc and Hercules.

Friday, May 20, 2011

May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month which hopes to make everyone aware of the symptoms, prevention and treatment of Lyme disease.

Ticks are everywhere. You can be exposed to them as easily as a walk outside your home or petting the family dog. They can be found in lawns, shrubs, gardens and edges of woodlands.

How can you reduce the chances of a tick bite?

*Educate yourself about tick-borne diseases.

Friday, May 20, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Kristina Corbo, center, has been battling debilitating effects of Lyme disease for six years. With the help of her parents, Lenny and Linda Corbo of Reeders, they are hoping she will find the help she needs after seeing a Lyme disease specialist next week.

Kristina Corbo, 22 of Reeders woke up one March morning in 2005 dizzy, off balance and nauseous.

"I thought I had the flu," the pretty young brunette says.

She wishes that was all it was because the last six years have been "horrible!"

Her symptoms lasted about a week. All went away except for the dizziness. Her doctor referred her to an ear, nose and throat specialist because the dizziness had become so severe. He found nothing wrong with her.

She went to see a cardiologist to see if it was heart-related. He found nothing wrong with her.

Friday, May 13, 2011
The Monroe County Historical Association museum is housed in this 1795 building at Ninth and Main St., Stroudsburg


The Monroe County Historical Association museum is located at 900 Main St., Stroudsburg. It is open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. There are one-hour guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Friday, May 6, 2011
Before Hometown Hill highway became today's SR309, seen here, it was a narrow, meandering road called Route 29, climbing Hometown mountain slightly west of the current route.

Life is priceless.

Yet it took just ten cents to kill seven men. It was one of the darkest days in our region, and it happened 80 years ago this summer.

It was during the days of Prohibition, when booze was scarce and so was money. Still, the summer night of Monday, July 13, 1931, provided an opportunity to party, and so a group of coal region men decided to gather together. They figured they'd build a campfire and secretly enjoy a few drinks at time when the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcohol was illegal.

Friday, April 29, 2011
Heidi  Secord of Cherry  Valley Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, checks  the early season growth of the farm's garlic crop.

Growing up, Heidi Secord thought someday she'd be a businesswoman. So this Connecticut girl went to the University of Rhode Island and earned a degree in business management.

But upon graduation, she just couldn't quite see herself in a business suit sitting behind a desk, so instead, she joined the Peace Corps.