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Friday Feature

Monday, March 21, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/times news Lisa Spahr reads the letter from Flavius Jankauskas. On the screen is one of the letters from the book.

A seldom-mentioned aspect of World War II was found in a cigar box inside a trunk.

The contents were written about by Lisa Spahr, granddaughter of a German prisoner of war. She brought the letters and the book she wrote from those stories to Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown on March 4.

Carrie Shafer, activities director, said Spahr contacted her. Whenever she is in the area she tries to schedule appointments either at homes such as Mrs. Bush's or at veterans' events. She was to speak at a convention near Philadelphia.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Daniel Pearson wrote for the New York Times. When he moved to the local area he switched to the Morning Call. That was his life for 28 years, writing everything from hard news to reviews.

Pearson was born in New York City. He said he was following his interest in life and it led him to Pennsylvania.

But before that, "I was in World War II but not in combat," he said. He was trained on the tanks and jeeps as part of the mechanized cavalry but was never called to go to war.

He enjoys the speakers that come to Mrs. Bush's "especially if they are good."

Friday, March 11, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  The Tamaqua Anthracite Model Railroad Club display is an HO gauge extravaganza that meanders 1,000-square-feet.

Frank Huegel of South Tamaqua has seen many trains, planes and ships in his military career.

A Boston native, Huegel spent 20 years in the U. S. Navy's Heavy Attack Air Squadron, which included three deployments to Vietnam, Cuba and the South Pacific. The extensive travel help Huegel, a machinist, to cultivate his interest in railroads, ships and aircraft. However, it was trains that always captivated his imagination.

"I've seen trains all over the world. I'm fascinated by steam trains," he says.

Friday, March 4, 2011
Photos by Elsa Kerschner taken at the Mack Museum The oldest Mack bus was used for touring in Chicago in summer and was taken to New Orleans for touring in winter. It had between 750,000 and 1 million miles on it when it was retired. As with all the trucks on exhibit, Curator Don Schumaker said it is in running condition.

At the end of October the popular Mack Museum was moved to what had been the testing center on Lehigh Parkway from its Postal Road location. The test department has been moved to North Carolina.

Entry is through a Heritage Room that traces the growth of the company from 1900. A grandfather clock belonging to John "Jack" Mack and a safe from the Mack Bros. Motor Car Company precede showcases. Trucks and pieces of trucks fill the testing areas.

Friday, February 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Two Jim Thorpe men, Ralph Clay and Zach Miller, are seen in this photo taken in North Carolina at the 145th Anniversary Battle Reenactment of Bentonville. From left: Scott Kuchta, unit president and captain, shown wearing the uniform of a private; Bill Polachek, Clay wearing corporal stripes; Chris Henn and Miller.

Exactly 150 years ago, big things were about to happen in Carbon County. Something similar was happening in Schuylkill County, too, and at other locations.

It was a call to arms; a fever that would redefine the country.

"It was August, 1861, when they started recruiting in Carbon County," says Ted Dombroski, West Hazleton.

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.