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Saturday, June 12, 2010
PRESS PHOTO BY ARA BARLIEB Wally Ely with his book, "Images of Rail Auto-Train."

When it comes to the subject of trains, Wally Ely has few equals.

Since his father worked on trains, he had the train bug early in life.

Ely retired from the banking industry and is now a volunteer and past president of WK&S Railroad, Kempton, Berks County, which offers seasonal weekend excursions on what is known as its Hawk Mountain Line.

"Officially, Amtrak claims the train is three-quarter-mile long, made up of 18 passenger cars and 33 auto carriers, plus two engines," Wally Ely says of the Auto Train, the subject of his book, Images of Rail Auto-Train.

Saturday, May 22, 2010
The jagged white line is a crack in a sample of a solar cells polycrystalline silicon wafer formed along the boundary of the crystal grains. Tests at Lehighton Electronics, Inc. uncovered micro-cracks in samples that could lead to failures of solar arrays over time.

"With so many people investing in energy conservation," said Austin Blew, "I want to be sure that there are enough precautions and tests being done that failures in the installation over time, don't occur."

Blew is president of Lehighton Electronics, Inc., a 40-year-old Carbon County-based manufacturer of instruments used to qualify solid state materials. In association with an industrial standards organization, LEI had been analyzing samples of polycrystalline silicon, a lower cost material for making solar cells.

Saturday, May 1, 2010
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Clockwise from top left: Grandfather Irv Mesher, mom Myra Mesher, and granddaughter Halsie (Mesher) Shoemaker in front of Irv's Rolls-Royce insignia golf cart at Palmerton's Sunny Rest Resort. The three generations have run the resort since 1978. On Memorial Day Weekend, Sunny Rest celebrates its 65th anniversary.

Carbon County's Sunny Rest Resort has discovered the secret of drawing guests year-after-year, for 65 years. As the resort prepares for its 65th anniversary celebration on the May 29 Memorial Day weekend, the family-owned operation is anticipating its biggest season ever.

Saturday, April 17, 2010
Naomi Betancourt (in black) leads Zumba class in the Reggaeton, a Reggae/Hip Hop hybrid dance step at the Dance With Kim studio in Lehighton.

Zumba, the aerobics-gone-salsa dance craze that is making heads turn and hips gyrate, has transformed what used to be known as an exercise workout into a party.

"It's smiling and sweating without commitment," jokes dance and fitness instructor Naomi Betancourt.

Zumba is an aerobic dance exercise party that's spreading across Carbon County. At Dance with Kim in Lehighton, since the fall of 2009, every Monday night the regulars show up to Zumba with Betancourt.

Saturday, February 27, 2010
Amanda Sandlin, a former TIMES NEWS intern and journalism student at Rider University, is teaching in Accra, Ghana, located in western Africa, for a semester.

(Editor's Note: Amanda Sandlin is a 20-year-old junior journalism major at Rider University, and a previous TIMES NEWS intern. A Tamaqua resident, she is studying and volunteering in Accra, Ghana, located in western Africa, for one semester. Ghana gained independence from British rule in 1957, and now is a constitutional democracy. It is classified as a third world country and a developing nation. Amanda's columns will appear periodically on Saturdays in The TIMES NEWS during her stay in Ghana. To read more about her adventures, visit her blog at http://amandasanda.wordpress.com.)

Saturday, January 30, 2010
Amanda Sandlin

(Editor's Note: Amanda Sandlin is a 20-year-old junior journalism major at Rider University, and a previous Times News intern. A Tamaqua resident, she is studying and volunteering in Accra, Ghana, located in western Africa, for one semester. Ghana gained independence from British rule in 1957, and now is a constitutional democracy. It is classified as a third world country and a developing nation. Amanda's columns will appear periodically on Saturdays in The TIMES NEWS during her stay in Ghana.)

Saturday, January 23, 2010
"Go Primitive." That's today's expression to describe using the telephone. This one is programable so be careful to avoid "voicejail."

Now that it's 2010, between the internet, cell phones, smart cars, high tech TV's, and 21st. century relationships, you've probably found yourself at a loss to find the right word.

So, as a help, here's a litany of words that you can begin working into your vocabulary.

A friend's not been talking for a while. He or she is in "airplane mode."

You're talking and need to emphasize a point, use you hands to draw an "air quote."

Listening to a recording that has perfect pitch. That's likely to be a type of software called "autotune."

Saturday, January 9, 2010

It was an easy scramble up and down the ice and snow covered Glen Onoko Falls Trail for 25 members of the Philadelphia Hiking & Adventure Group. So easy that some members climbed up and down the trail twice, plus hiked over a mile across the Broad Mountain summit to view the meandering Lehigh River from the Packer's Point overlook.

Saturday, January 2, 2010
DAVID WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS GAR Board Secretary Carol Miller (left) and Civil War researcher Joe Nihen (right) observe as employees of Walters Monument Company install one of four Civil War veterans' replacement stones.

It was a cold rainy morning in late November when a group of volunteers from Panther Valley, led by Lansford resident and Civil War researcher Joe Nihen and GAR Secretary Carol Miller, gathered at the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery to honor four Civil War veterans.

They remembered the soldiers by replacing their barely legible stones with new ones courtesy of the United States government.

Saturday, December 5, 2009
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "Sit And Talk Awhile." That's the invitation on a bench along the Lehigh Gorge Trail-at a half-mile marker above the Glen Onoko trail head.

"Sit And Talk Awhile." That's the invitation on a bench along the Lehigh Gorge Trail-at a half mile marker above the Glen Onoko trail head.

Engraved on a granite bench are the words, "To Dad: Bernie Kuhla, U.S. Navy 1951 - 1955, Sit And Talk Awhile, Daughter Karen, Donated to DCNR."

"I do a lot of biking on the Lehigh Gorge Trail," said Bernie Kuhla of Jim Thorpe. "I'm always talking to people. If I kept a diary of all the people I met, I'd probably have a couple of diaries filled."