Thursday, October 19, 2017

Friday Feature

Saturday, August 5, 2017

It’s a bright and sunny day, and you’re enjoying a nice stroll in the park. As you walk the path, you notice something a bit out of sorts — a giant strawberry. You take a closer look, only to find that it isn’t a strawberry at all.

In fact, it’s a rock.

Glancing around, you notice troops of kids searching through the grass, calling out if anyone has found any cool rocks yet. What exactly is going on here?

You’ve just stumbled upon Carbon County Rocks.

Friday, July 28, 2017

The treasures arrived in boxes, tote bags, tow-behind dollies, plastic bags, snap-top storage containers, with some wrapped carefully in blankets, newspaper or bubble wraps. After a thorough study by auctioneer/appraisers Bernie Girman and Josh Drasher, some items were worth more and some were worth less than their owners thought they would be.

Either way, the items are still treasures, said Edith Frantz of Kunkletown.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sightseers recently got a rare opportunity to explore the dam tower at Beltzville Lake, and see how the structure plays an integral role in the local watershed.

Organized by Cynthia Kurket, environmental education specialist at Beltzville State Park, and led by Pat Cannon, dam operator with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District, the tour allowed participants to explore the normally closed-off structure at the southwest end of the lake.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

In the days following Fred Knauf’s crash on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning, the residents of the small town began picking up the pieces of a broken life that was taken far too soon, and fellow military men remembered the man they knew as one of their own.

Lt. John Hayden of Mitchell Field, New York, who accompanied Knauf’s remains back to Michigan, told the Mauch Chunk Times-News that the young pilot “had a very fine record.”

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series detailing the 75th anniversary of the crash of Lt. Fred J. Knauf, a young soldier whose life was cut short unexpectedly on March 28, 1942, when the plane he was flying crashed in the mountains in Nesquehoning. This week, we look at the man who never stepped foot on Carbon County soil, but who was adopted by the town that was the site of his death.

Army Lt. Fred J. Knauf was a young soldier who had hopes for a bright future.

Friday, March 17, 2017
An adventurous group went to Patagonia on a National Geographic tour.

It was a National Geographic Adventure brochure that spurred Cheryl and Dan Kunkle to go from the planning and talking stage to making it happen.

The couple traveled to Patagonia this past fall, which is located on the tip of South America. They chose Patagonia first out of all the places they plan to travel because it would require the most physically demanding hiking, and they wanted to learn about the local ecology and culture.

On the trip, Cheryl took the photographs, while Dan, director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, studied the geography and ecology.

Friday, March 10, 2017

April 2 will be the 100th anniversary of when President Woodrow Wilson asked a joint session of Congress to declare war on Germany.

According to U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian, Wilson’s reasons included Germany’s violation of a pledge to not bomb merchant ships and other nonmilitary ships in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean, also known as the “Sussex pledge,” named after a merchant ship sunk by a German submarine.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Drawing a crowd of spectators isn’t hard for ice sculptor Evan Hughes.

Hughes has been doing ice sculptures for two and a half years. He works in other mediums, such as wood and clay, for his personal work.

“My whole family is artistically inclined,” Hughes said.

He started at Sculpted Ice Works because of his brother. Sculpted Ice Works opened in 1999 and serves the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey areas.

Hughes did live demonstrations at Blue Mountain Resort on Feb. 4 and 5 for the annual Winter Fest.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Richard Vreeland gets around with the help of a walking stick that he found near his home. It’s a sassafras bough that was choked early in its life by a vine.

But the stick, like the woodworker who found it, turned that adversity into beautiful, art.

This year, Vreeland, who lives near Slatington, won Best in Show for crafts at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Friday, January 27, 2017
Dan Wowak Mahanoy City Man on the History Channel series ‘Alone’

Six days, no fish.

That meant Dan Wowak had gone without food for six days. The Mahanoy City man was one of 10 people chosen from a nationwide search to appear on “Alone,” a History Channel reality docuseries, now in season three, which airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. Wowak and his backpack had been dropped off in the wilderness of Patagonia in South America, where he’d had no trouble supplying himself with basic necessities, such as fire, shelter and water.