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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.

Saturday, April 13, 2013
D&L Trail Tender Steve Krentler demonstrates how to lay a stone wall as he repairs a damaged section of the Lehigh Canal in Freemansburg.

Along with building the 165-mile Delaware & Lehigh Trail, the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor's Trail Tenders have been working to preserve the historical places along the canal corridor.

In the Freemansburg borough, along the Lehigh River just east of Bethlehem, is the heritage site of Canal Lock 44 - consisting of a canal and canal lock, a locktender's house, a mule barn, and a mill raceway.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
For the 50th anniversary of the 1963 graduating class of Jim Thorpe High School, Jeanne Sterling Radley donated three scrapbooks of the events of her 1962-1963 senior year. Her brother, Jack Sterling, suggested donating them to the Dimmick Memorial Library where his wife, Susan Stirling, is the librarian.

Fifty years ago, sports were all the rage, and at Jim Thorpe High School, basketball was king. In 1962, the Olympians won their league's state championship, and in 1963, came within two points of bringing home a second state title.

As Jeanne Sterling, now Jeanne Sterling Radley, was entering her September 1962 - June 1963 senior year at Jim Thorpe High School, she felt this year would be special, and so she began a scrapbook that by the end of the school year grew to three volumes.

Saturday, March 30, 2013
A Republic of Ireland highway sign gives directions in the country's two languages: English and Irish (Irish Gaelic).

In the wake of St. Patrick's Day, a Lehighton woman couldn't keep herself from sharing an old family fable. Connie Cunningham tells the story of her great-grandfather, Joseph Michael Cunningham, and how he taught Gaelic to the Irish.

Joseph Michael Cunningham grew up on a farm west of the midlands of Ireland, just outside the town of County Galway, Ireland. The town's name, Tuaim, is derived from the Latin "tumulus"which means "burial mound".