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Friday Feature

Friday, November 26, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Drew Bonner, 19, Tamaqua, is shown before halftime at the PSU-Michigan football game at Beaver Stadium on Oct. 30. Bonner fulfilled a life-long dream by making the cut for the brass section of the 310-member Blue Band.

Drew Bonner is having a blue Thanksgiving.

He'll also have a blue Christmas.

But that's OK, because having blue holidays means he's fulfilled his lifelong dream.

The 19-year-old Tamaqua college student is grateful to have made the cut, a cut that has nothing to do with roast turkey.

Instead, Drew has been chosen to be part of the brass section of the renowned, 310-member Pennsylvania State University Blue Band.

The PSU freshman was chosen for the prestigious marching unit in August and is now proudly participating in the band's 111th season.

Friday, November 26, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS/COURTESY JIM LAWRENCE  The 310-member Blue Band is known nationally and is now in its 111th year.

The PSU Marching Blue Band numbers 310 members, including 260 instrumentalists, 34 silks, 14 Touch of Blue (majorettes), a feature twirler, and a drum major. Members come from virtually all curricula and colleges represented at the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Drew Bonner's personal YouTube

webpage can be accessed at: http://www.youtube.com/drewjbonner

Friday, November 19, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The first step in making apple butter is peeling the apples, something the smallest of the George family can do, like Mason George, 3, sitting on the lap of his daddy, Matt George, as his great-grandmother Margaret George cleans apple slices and his mother, Kristie George looks on.

The Apple Butter Gang strikes again!

They've laid low for the last 18 years.

But somebody in the George family got a hankerin' for homemade apple butter and Dolores and Rodney George of Forest Inn put the word out to the rest of the gang that they were setting aside the weekend of Oct. 9 and 10 to make the delicious Pennsylvania Dutch favorite.

Clair and Margaret George, married 63 years, presided over the whole process.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The George family recipe for homemade apple butter:

50 gallons of apple cider

15 bushels of apples

30-40 lbs. of sugar

ground cloves (2 small 5 oz. boxes)

cinnamon (8 oz.)

Cook about 10-12 hours.

Makes about 130-135 jars.

Friday, November 12, 2010
Mrs. Marian Burkhardt began her teaching career at St. Paul's School, Lehigh Township.

QUOTE: "The children were so nice." Teacher Marian Burkhardt

Cindy Deppe of Lehigh Township was a kindergarten student of Mrs. Marian Burkhardt when she taught at Lehigh Elementary School.

She knew that Burkhardt, born March 7, 1914, had, over the years, taught many students in the township beginning at St. Paul's One-room School.

Deppe contacted her about doing a story and she agreed. In late September her son Barry brought her from West Chester where she now lives to St. Paul's School to provide an oral history for the Lehigh Township Historical Society.

Friday, November 12, 2010

There was a time when daily school lessons were taught in a very basic environment.

Four humble walls cradled a world of knowledge while a potbelly stove warmed body, mind and soul.

The rural, one-room schoolhouse was the foundation for America's educational system, as strong a symbol of Americana as mom's apple pie.

Everything about a one-room school was plain and unadorned, reflecting simplicity in a land of pioneers. No electricity. No running water. Two primitive outhouses, one for boys and the other, girls.

Friday, November 5, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Storm clouds pass over the quiet corner of Lincoln Drive and Mariner Street in Hometown. Gangland murders at this site 72 years ago sent shock waves throughout the state.

Nobody talks about the mysterious mob murders anymore.

It's an event lost to history's fading memory - almost as if it never happened.

But there was a time, 72 years ago, when big-city crime paid a visit to the quiet, little village of Hometown.

It was a day of mob warfare, bullets, gun smoke, blood and cries. The tragedy shocked the picturesque mountaintop community just three miles north of Tamaqua, and made headlines across the land.

Friday, October 29, 2010
The 1844 Little White Church in Palmerton with its burying ground was the site of a paranormal investigation.

Cindy Gasper, co-owner of Brony's Hotel, introduced Bob Schaeffer of the Blue Mountain Paranormal Society at a Sunday meeting of the Palmerton Area Historical Society.

The church where they gathered is known as the Little White Church on Third Street, Palmerton. It is owned by the historical society.

The Little White Church is the oldest church within the boundaries of Palmerton. It dates to 1844 when it was organized as an Evangelical congregation.

Friday, October 22, 2010
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Daniel Tyson, left, and parents Linda and Marlin, park their car in front of the Clamtown Haunted House to celebrate the completion of Ecto 1, their version of the vehicle used in the 1984 movie 'Ghostbusters'.

Some people believe ghosts to be the result of a bored mind. They say ghosts will disappear once you start ignoring them.

One local father and son team has gone one step further. They've found a way to scare away the goblins and chase away the boredom at the same time.