The Amber Lantern Massacre

Marker near intersection of Marinnier Street and Lincoln Drive, Hometown I arrived in Hometown – yes, the name of the community is Hometown – in search of a simple marker telling of an event that happened there in the summer of 1938. After making a couple of wrong turns and detours, I finally saw the … Continue reading The Amber Lantern Massacre

The Big Band Sound of Jimmy Dorsey

Grave of James "Jimmy" Dorsey A trip through Pennsylvania’s coal country found me in the small community of Shenandoah Heights, on the northern edge the town of Shenandoah. The narrow street was lined with row houses and I definitely felt like an outsider as every person seemed to turn and watch as I passed. As … Continue reading The Big Band Sound of Jimmy Dorsey

The Ghost of Gordon Mountain

Fog covered the mountaintops as Mike and I made our way southward towards the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in northern Berks County. Although we both knew finding any birds, raptors or otherwise, was nearly impossible due to the fog and rain, we were not about to let the bad weather keep us from our goal. Between … Continue reading The Ghost of Gordon Mountain

The Peddler’s Grave

It was almost the perfect day to remember someone whose life was brutally cut down by an assassin's bullet. Though the sun was shining, it did little to warm the coldness lingering in the air as I pulled my jacket tighter, wishing I had worn a heavier coat on this walk. The silence was broken … Continue reading The Peddler’s Grave