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Saturday, July 23, 2016

ll flowers are alluring, but there’s something special about the iris. It comes in different sizes, shapes and colors, just like the people who admire it.

And that’s the way it should be. The iris flower draws its name from the Greek word for rainbow.

The rainbow is a symbol of peace and tranquillity, and that’s the feeling expressed by iris lovers who forge a strong bond through their devotion to the dazzling perennial.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Editor’s note: To mark the 85th anniversary, we are revisiting a local tragedy.

Life is priceless.

Yet it took only one dime to kill at least seven men.

Nobody talks about it today. But it was one of the darkest days in the Tamaqua area, and Wednesday marks the 85th anniversary.

It happened during the days of Prohibition. Booze was scarce and so was money.

Still, the summer night of Monday, July 13, 1931, provided an opportunity to party.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Art has no boundaries, a concept even easier to understand thanks to the Internet.

In 2006, four friends living in the Los Angeles area decided the far reaches of the Internet made it unnecessary to deal with media moguls to share their art, poetry, music and films with the public. They left Los Angeles on a 4,000-mile trek by foot, to promote peace, love and self-expression through their various art interests. One of those four, Kevin Smith II, is now living in Tamaqua.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Military vehicle collectors are preserving the artifacts of America’s Greatest Generation during a time when we are unfortunately saying goodbye to many of its members.

Jim Thorpe has become a destination for collectors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and beyond, with the Red Ball Military Transport’s annual swap meet.

This year’s event was held March 5 at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall.

The show includes some weaponry, but mostly rare parts for the classic military vehicles that the group is known for.

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Terror behind the walls

This year marks the 55th anniversary of the worst riot in Eastern State Penitentiary’s 142-year history.

Mayhem ensued after a handful of inmates tried to find a way to freedom, taking over the large stone prison, located just blocks from Philadelphia City Hall.

A late Summit Hill resident, William Derau Jr., the grandfather of reporter Amy Miller, was employed as a prison guard at the time, and was one of the men forced to free a handful from their cells.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The members of Paranormal Sightings Pa. have fun, but they take their work seriously.

They provide home and business owners with paranormal investigations, and if necessary, cleanse the building.

Last weekend, they welcomed the public to try their hand at paranormal investigation in a building where they have observed some unexplained activity, the Clyde R. Houser Jr. Building in Lehighton, aka the borough’s former high school.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Stellar stitches

Barnesville knitters string together top Farm Show awards

If there was one lesson that came out of the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show, it’s that two nifty knitters from Barnesville can bring home the gold.

The Schuylkill County team of Cathy Riotto and Joan Demko combined for three blue ribbons and the best of show award at the annual event, held Jan. 9 to 16 in Harrisburg.

Demko, retired math teacher at North Schuylkill High School, knows a thing or two about counting stitches.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

He reflects on a yearning he once held deep inside and a quiet plea made to the heavens.

It happened after he’d dealt with heartbreak.

He’d been married 64 years. But his beloved wife Rita died in 2006 at age 88.

Walter mourned her passing. But he also felt he wanted companionship once again — if only he could meet the right one.

“I was quite lonely,” he says. “I asked the Lord to send someone my way.”

And then it happened.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Steam enthusiasts, rejoice.

A Reading Company Class T-1 4-8-4 Northern locomotive that has not been seen on the rails in nearly a quarter century will soon rise like a phoenix out of the ashes to again take its rightful place in the railroading industry.

Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad in Port Clinton announced this past week that it has begun working on restoring the Reading 2102, one of four remaining T-1 4-8-4 engines in the world.

Andy Muller Jr., owner and CEO of RBMN, anticipates that the T-1 will be operational by mid-2017.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The New Year holiday is a time to look forward.

But at the Tamaqua Historical Society, they’re looking back.

Society members are reflecting on the Baily photo collection, a legacy of photography that started 155 years ago. The images are carefully packed in more than 100 boxes stored in a fireproof vault.