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Spotlight

Saturday, October 5, 2013
As Edna Brennan, Martha Sullivan and John Bushnell look on, Karen Bushnell prese

The Friends of the Dimmick Memorial Library celebrated National Friends of Libraries Week a month early because they couldn't wait to unveil their new Friends Garden, a secreted garden behind the Friends House at 58 Broadway in Jim Thorpe. Its the latest addition to the secret gardens of Jim Thorpe-gardens that blossom behind the stately 19th century Victorian homes lining the borough's Historic District.

Saturday, September 7, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton borough employees, l-r, Levi Stern, Mike Andrews, and Jeff Smith nail the roof into position on the D&L Trailhead pavilion in Lehighton.

Carbon County has been the recent focus of progress on the D&L Trail.

Beginning in Lehighton, a new trailhead, parking lot, and pavilion is being completed on the northeast side of the Route 209 Bypass - Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard and Maiden Lane near Dunbar's Beverage.

At the new trailhead, there are curb cuts and there will be an improved crossing at Maiden Lane. From the south side of Maiden Lane, the trail will follow the existing paved service road that follows the west side of the Lehigh River to the Mahoning sewage treatment plant.

Saturday, August 17, 2013
AL zagofsky/special to the times news Jazz vocalist Sue Giles, in front of her family's Abstract Room shop in Jim Thorpe, discovered the music of Ella Fitzgerald when she was nine years old. She is performing Ella tribute concerts, and is now writing and composing a musical play about Ella Fitzgerald and her mentor, bandleader Chick Webb.

It's been 40 years since, at the age of nine, Sue Giles of Jim Thorpe discovered the music of Ella Fitzgerald. Not only does Giles sing jazz so much in Ella's style that she has performed Ella Fitzgerald tribute concerts around the world, she is writing a musical play about Ella in the period from 1934, when she was first discovered as a singer, to 1939, when her mentor, Chick Webb, died.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tears came to the eyes of a capacity-filled auditorium at Eckley Miners' Village, when on Sunday, July 28, 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, Severin Fayerman, spoke fulfilling his promise to not let the world forget.

Tears came to the eyes of audience members in a capacity-filled auditorium at Eckley Miners' Village when, on Sunday, July 28, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor spoke, fulfilling his promise to not let the world forget.

Severin Fayerman, of Wyomissing, Berks County, who spent his adult years in the United States as owner of the Baldwin Hardware Company, made a promise at Auschwitz. As a family friend was selected to go the gas chamber, he looked at Fayerman and said, "Severin, avenge my innocent death. Don't let the world forget what's going to happen to me today."

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Courtesy Pa. Turnpike Commission Blasting is taking place to create new ramps for the RT. 903/Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange in Penn Forest Township. During the construction, traffic stoppages may occur once per day, on Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for up to 20 minutes, although stoppages of 5 to 10 minutes are more common.

Blasting for the construction of the ramps for the new Penn Forest - Rt. 903/PA Turnpike All-Electronic Interchange may cause traffic stoppages on both roads on Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the end of August.

"We are excavating for the new ramps to connect the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Route 903 for the all access E-ZPass-only interchange that we are constructing," explained Mimi Doyle, Public Information Manager for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. "The blasting is to excavate the ramps so we can widen them."

Saturday, July 13, 2013
1944 Minneapolis Millerettes - Courtesy: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association The 1944 Minneapolis Millerettes were part of the composite of teams used to create the fictionalized version of the Rockford Peaches in the 1992 film, A League of Their Own. Photograph lineup is front l-r, Front, L-R: Ruth "Tex" Lessing, Annabelle Lee, Helen Callaghan, Betty Trezza; back l-r, Charles "Bubber" Jonnard (Manager), Dorothy Wiltse, Vivian Kellogg, Audrey Haine, Lavone "Pepper" Paire Davis, Kay Blumetta, Lillian Jackson, Ada Ryan (Chaperone). Middle, L-R: Faye Dancer, Elizabeth Farrow, Marge Callaghan, Audrey Kissel, Margaret Wigiser. Front, L-R: Ruth "Tex" Lessing, Annabelle Lee, Helen Callaghan, Betty Trezza.

It seems that Jim Thorpe was not only the ultimate competitive athlete, he amazingly was at the forefront of the beginnings of professional football, coaching the first and only all-Indian professional football team, and owning an all-female softball team, the Thunderbirds.

Saturday, June 22, 2013
Courtesy: DreamWorks SKG Studios In the Lincoln film, Tommy Lee Jones portrayed Pennsylvania Representative and radical Republican abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. Because of the success of the film, interest in Stevens has prompted four senators to work together to establish a commemorative stamp honoring Thaddeus Stevens.

Civil War Sesquicentennial fever is sweeping the country, with the most noticeable of its homages being Steven Spielberg's film, Lincoln.

While the Best Actor Oscar went to Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrayed President Lincoln, to many people it was Tommy Lee Jones, in the role of Pennsylvania Representative and radical Republican abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens who stole the film.

His mercurial portrayal of the power behind the Emancipation Proclamation served as a reminder that, as Otto von Bismarck once said, "Laws and sausages are two things you do not want to see being made."

Saturday, May 25, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS University of New Hampshire journalism professor Tom Haines has begun a trans-USA journey to research America's energy frontier, and his journey began this week in Carbon County.

University of New Hampshire journalism professor Tom Haines has begun a trans-USA journey to research America's energy frontier, and his journey began this week in Carbon County.

The 2003 and 2005 Society of American Travel Writers Foundation's Travel Journalist of the Year is visiting the energy epicenters of the US to gather information about energy in America, and plans to write a series of magazine articles and ultimately a book about his journey to America's energy frontier.

Saturday, May 11, 2013
1945 film inspired by Home on the Range, a song made famous by a David Guion arrangement.

One of America's greatest composers lived in the Lehighton suburb of Big Creek Valley, on an estate called "Home on the Range" along Pohopoco Creek.

From the late 1930s until 1965 when his "Home on the Range" estate was condemned to make way for Beltzville Lake, composer/arranger/musician David Guion made his home in Big Creek Valley.

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Jim Thorpe's twin brother, Charlie, died when they were eight. Jim felt that he inherited his strength from his brother; that Charlie, was with him all the time.

"... and by a sleep, to say we end the heartache, and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished."

William Shakespeare

It sometimes seems that Jim Thorpe is remembered more for what has happened since he died, than for the amazing accomplishments of his life.