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Saturday, February 22, 2014
Al Dietz

For the first time in 72 years, there's a story about the busy man behind the familiar name.

Veteran newsman Al Dietz, behind-the-scenes court reporter on the Schuylkill County beat, spoke this week about highlights of his legendary career.

That development, in itself, is news.

Dietz, 92, has turned down interview requests for decades, and in no uncertain terms.

"I don't make news. I cover it," said the courthouse news courier whenever asked for an interview.

Saturday, February 1, 2014
Dave Bloss sits in tent while ice fishing in Tuscarora.

Snow squall? Bring it. Cold front blowing in from the west? So much the better.

Forget all you dislike about the cold dead batteries, frozen water lines, school delays and take a glimpse into the world of people who will sit for hours on a frozen lake or pond, just for the chance to catch a fish.

That's because actually catching a fish, while important, isn't as important as getting out there and making the attempt.

Saturday, January 25, 2014
AP Photo/Frank Eltman In this Jan. 10, 2014, photo, the control tower and hangars at New York's LaGuardia Airport are shown. Dark, dingy, cramped and sad are some of the ways travelers describe LaGuardia Airport, a bustling hub often ranked in customer satisfaction surveys as the worst in America.

NEW YORK (AP) – Dark, dingy, cramped and sad. These are some of the ways travelers describe LaGuardia Airport, a bustling hub often ranked in customer satisfaction surveys as the worst in America.

"It does not represent what people think of when they think of New York and Broadway shows and glamour. It's not very pretty," said Layla House, a sales manager for a medical supply company who travels from her home in Bullard, Texas, to New York at least six times a year.

That's about to change.

Saturday, November 30, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Adult Education Site Supervisor Francine Garenty-Kluck sits in CCTI's Nurse Aide classroom where she organized the Fall class which is completing their certification program.

After curtailing many of its Adult Ed programs over the past two years due to recession-driven funding cuts, adult education has returned to the Carbon County Career & Technical Institute.

For those who have been patiently wondering about CCTI's Adult Ed's status, fearing that it may not return, perhaps a quote from Mark Twain is in order, "The report of my death was an exaggeration," he said.

Saturday, November 2, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The school was donated by Susan Zapagansky and Lana Kuehner. The land is under a 99-year lease.

The Towamensing Township Historical Commission recently acquired the one-room Greenzweig schoolhouse on Church Road., Towamensing Township. On Oct. 13 an open house was held.

Many of the people who attended had been former students. Jim Shaffer, one of those students, brought a framed collection of pictures from 1948. Arlene Kresge, also a former student, attended with Bob Costenbader.

It quickly became a day for storytelling as students recalled their days at the school.

Leonard and Grace Borger came to visit his old schoolhouse.

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."