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Friday Feature

Friday, February 18, 2011

According to the 2000 Census, Schuylkill County has a population of 150,000. The largest community has a population of only 15,000, the county seat of Pottsville. The next largest community is Tamaqua, 7,174. Other towns include: Ashland 3,283; Butler Township, 3,588; Frackville, 4,361; Mahanoy City, 4,347; Minersville, 4,552; Orwigsburg, 3,106; Pine Grove, 2,154; Pine Grove Township, 3,930; Rush Township, 3,957; St. Clair, 3,254; Schuylkill Haven; 5,548; Shenandoah, 5,624; Wayne Township, 4,721 and West Penn Township, 3,852.

Friday, February 18, 2011
An early view of the Schuylkill County Courthouse.

Schuylkill County is the story of diversity.

From its towns, to its people, and to the gears that drive its economy, Schuylkill County exhibits a divergence of approaches - something as evident now as during its founding exactly 200 years ago.

The county was created on March 1, 1811, from parts of Berks and Northampton counties and named for the Schuylkill River.

Friday, February 11, 2011
The ION Scanner is calibrated to detect 13 of the most abused illegal drugs. The screen displays the drug detected as well as the number of participle units to determine if contact with the tested material has been incidental or deliberate. This scan detected a heavy concentration of methamphetamine.

What are the odds that you're currently carrying cocaine in your pocket or purse despite being a law-abiding citizen? You may be surprised to find they are astronomically in favor of the cocaine according to Pennsylvania Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Frank Jost. "Cocaine is so prevalent in society that traces of it can be found on virtually every currency bill in circulation today," according to the sergeant.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Joint Northeast Counterdrug Task Force grew out of a provision in the 1989 Federal Defense Appropriations Bill, authorizing the National Guard to offer support to law enforcement personnel engaged in counter narcotic operations.

Each state has its own plan, based on federal guidelines, but all provide trained personnel, visual observation posts, infrared/thermal imaging surveillance equipment and helicopter support to law enforcement departments.

Friday, February 4, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Mary Taschler, a member of the Palmerton Area Historical Society, points out the beauty of several antique quilts and coverlets now featured at the Palmerton Heritage Center.

The Palmerton Area Heritage Center is all wrapped up in warm and cozy quilts.

That's because there are 26 antique quilts and wallhangings now on display for the public to come in and view some amazingly beautiful samples of needlework.

Visitors can see a patchwork quilt on loan by Debbie Lutz that has been passed down through five generations. It was made by her great-great-grandmother Eckhart. It is over 100 years old. It was given to Debbie by her grandmother, Ellen Cope and her great-grandmother, Mary Ann Redline, gave it to Ellen.

Friday, January 28, 2011
Painting by Ray Swartz

The New Age movement is a spiritual way of life. It has no holy text, nor central organization, no official list of members, no formal clergy or geographic center, dogma, creed, etc. It is a free-flowing spiritual movement among a network of believers and practitioners who share somewhat similar beliefs and practices.

Some believe humans to have potential healing powers, such as therapeutic touch, which can be developed to heal others.

Friday, January 28, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Damian Quick, Tamaqua, discusses the nuances of Runes, an ancient Norse alphabet used for writing and divination.

Damian Quick of Tamaqua is deeply spiritual.

The forty-two-year-old man was brought up in a typical Christian environment and attended parochial grade school.

By age 12, Quick felt he saw the light. But it was a light much different from the spiritual environment he was immersed in at the time.

Quick experienced what he felt were paranormal or supernatural encounters. Things happened which he just couldn't explain or figure out. When he tried to relay his experiences to clergy, he was met with resistance and disbelief.

Friday, January 21, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  "Nothing goes to waste ... it helps to feed the poor," says Dot Eberts.

To local residents, Dorothy 'Dot' Eberts is the caring, friendly, maternal clerk who handles duties at a small post office along Route 895 in the village of Andreas.

But in the rolling savannah grasslands of the Limpopo province of South Africa, she's the Great White Hunter - the woman from America with the eye of an eagle.

In fact, Eberts may have rightfully earned the title of 'Annie Oakley of Schuylkill County' after bagging five trophy game during a recent solo hunt safari she describes as "the thrill of a lifetime."

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Big Five is a term commonly associated with African safaris.

The term refers to the African lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape Buffalo.

It doesn't include the hippo, gorilla or giraffe, nor the cheetah.

The term came about when big game hunters rated the difficulty in taking down large, fierce animals.

(The Cape Buffalo is arguably considered the most dangerous of the Big Five).

Today, the term is used by tour operators when marketing safaris.

Similarly the old-time term of "white hunter" has been replaced by "professional hunter."

Friday, January 14, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Cathy Riotto, Barnesville, displays the fisherman's sweater she created from scratch, a garment that launched the Holly Road Fiber Farm.

Cathy Riotto and husband Frank are the tag team of textiles.

She works as a part-time secretary at St. Richard's Church in Barnesville and he works as a mechanical-electrical engineer. But when they're not at those jobs, the Holly Road couple wears a surprising variety of hats.

Their additional titles include goat tender, shearer, spinner, and knitter, in which they use all-natural wool yarn generated from livestock that roams their 13-acre farm.