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Spotlight

Friday, July 3, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Brian and Angela Faust with two of their dogs, Cooper, right, a black Labrador retriever mix, and Toby, a German shorthaired pointer, along with awards the dogs won in June.

Brian Faust throws an arm around Cooper, a black Labrador retriever mixed breed, who is having a bit of trouble controlling his excitement. Like an Olympic-caliber long jumper, Cooper must perform on the edge of outstanding athletic ability and timing, while his heart pounds like a jackhammer and adrenaline makes his legs shake.

Brian walks him back to the start line and both wait. Then at Brian's signal, and words "get it, get it, get it" Cooper sprints to the edge of the dock and launches up and out to grab a "bumper" suspended nearly 7 feet high over the water.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
PAUL WILLISTEIN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  A view of Empire State Building from Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Plaza.

NEW YORK CITY CityPASS is a passkey to a world of savings, allowing the holder to not only save about 42 percent on admissions to select New York City attractions, but skip most ticket lines.

Saturday, June 13, 2015
PAUL WILLISTEIN/TIMES NEWS One World Trade Center, aka Freedom Tower, rose from the ashes of the World Trade Center in New York City.

NEW YORK CITY Kennedy. The Challenger. 9/11.

You may remember where you were when you heard about, witnessed on television, or maybe in person, the Nov. 23, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy; the Jan. 28, 1986, explosion of the space shuttle Challenger; and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

A visit to Sept. 11 memorial is a gut-wrenching, emotionally disorienting and profound reminder.

It is also essential.

The Sept. 11 memorial was dedicated May 15, 2014. It opened to the public May 21, 2014.

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Bode Morin, site administrator, Eckley Miners' Village, hopes a groundswell of support will help to salvage the failing coal breaker built by Paramount Studios in 1968.

The Eckley breaker has seen better days.

Its future is in jeopardy.

Many say it's a situation that must be rectified.

That's because the structure might be the last surviving symbol of the old-time coal breakers that once dotted northeastern Pennsylvania.

"The Huber breaker is gone and the St. Nicholas is coming down," says Bode Morin, site administrator, Eckley Miners' Village, Weatherly.

"There will be nothing left in northeastern Pennsylvania."

Truth be told, the Eckley coal breaker was never actually a breaker.

Saturday, May 23, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Center, from left, Tamaqua fourth-graders Zachary Markiewicz, Nathan Fannick and Sean Fischer start by choosing five Story Stones from a wooden crate. Seated at the desks are, left, Alex Collura and Brandon Long.

Tamaqua Elementary School fourth-grader Allie Clausius tapped her pencil thoughtfully, then repositioned the five stones on her desk.

"OK, we have to start to plan this out," she said to Tamaqua eighth-grader Kayla Zamudio.

"I'll start with the flamingo, as the main character, and the story will happen outdoors, at night."

Clausius moved the stone with a pink flamingo painted on it, placing it next to a stone painted dark blue, except for a quarter moon. Then she considered a stone depicting a lion.

Saturday, May 16, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  The picturesque Cape Cod cottage at 405 N. Lehigh St., Tamaqua, has drawn national attention for the past 20 years.

More than 50 years ago, Doris Kehlor and husband John "Wes" found their perfect little dream home high atop a steep hillside.

There stood a picturesque Cape Cod-style brick house with gently sloping front and backyards.

Doris knew instantly, it was the right place.

"I bought the house for the garden," she says.

And then she went to work.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS The farmhouse on Fairview Street, owned by Marc Teprovich, where the Civil War letter was found.

October 1862 – Ellen Brause, widow of Charles, sells the farm to Daniel Brause.

1868 – Daniel and Leyanda borrow money against the property, along with Thomas and Catherine Campion, through mortgage broker David Reinbold.

1870 – Thomas and Catherine Campion take ownership of the farm. In the 1870 Census, Thomas Campion's occupation is listed as "speculator."

Feb. 10, 1906 – Timothy Flynn takes out a mortgage on the farm.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Standing in his son Marc's farmhouse, Stanley Teprovich holds the Civil War letter near the wall of planks where it was found.

One night, surrounded by the odd glow created by shop lights beaming through clouds of plaster dust, Stanley Teprovich and his son Marc dislodged a water-stained, much-folded scrap of paper from a staircase wall. They were removing plaster as part of remodeling work on a farmhouse Mark had purchased about a year before on Fairview Street, Rush Township.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
The Schuylkill Historical Fire Society acquired the former Columbia Hose & Steam Fire Engine Co. in 1998 for $17,000.

"We're strong enough to move into the future ... but into the distant future, I don't know," says Michael Kitsock.

That sobering assessment sums up concerns at one of the country's top firefighter repositories.

The Schuylkill Historical Fire Society Museum, 105 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, showcases the proud history of Schuylkill County firefighting.

It's housed in the former Columbia Hose & Steam Fire Engine Company No. 1, which also served as the police station and borough hall.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Vintage speeder cars enter Tamaqua on April 12. All are occupied by rail fans en route to a photo session at the Hometown High Bridge and lunch in Jim Thorpe.

Train enthusiast Bob Knight would be the first to admit that speeder cars are probably mislabeled.

"They look like they speed along the rails," said Knight, of Sandwich, Illinois.

But speed is relative.

Truth is, most speeder train cars have a top speed of about 35 mph, so we're not talking NASCAR-type speed.

And with speeders, top speed is limited to the pace of the slowest car.

As a result, they typically zip along at 15 to 25 mph with frequent stops at scenic places and for bathroom breaks.