Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Wyoming Area School District Business Manager Tom Melone appears deep in thought during a special meeting on April 15 in which the board unanimously rejected an arbiter's recommendation to approve a teachers union contract.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Hayes Creek Branch Hike To Sandy Run

The Hayes Creek Branch Railroad (a.k.a. Lehigh Valley Lumber
Yard RR) started at lumber yard (on the Hazleton Branch) 2 miles
west of the Borough of Weatherly and ran to the Lehigh Valley's 
main line one mile east of Tannery. The branch was built in the 
early 1900s at a cost of about $2 million and was just 12 miles in
length. It was abandoned around 1965. To learn more about the
Hayes Creek Branch and the railroads that connected the 
Wilkes-Barre and White Haven areas with the Lehigh Valley
click on this link.

The hiking route: Magenta line is the Hayes Creek Branch ROW. Light
blue line is a fire trail that links Meir Road (T406) to the Hayes Creek ROW.

View looking east (towards Lehigh Valley RR) of the 
former Hayes Creek Branch Trestle spanning the 
Lehigh River about one mile south of Tannery. 
In its day the trestle was 1/4 mile in length. 
Pillars reaching as high as 90 feet. Built in 1911 by 
F.M. Talbot Company of NYC,  E.B. Ashby (NYC) 
chief engineer. Cost of trestle project close to $1.2 million

 Trestle pillar above the former CNJ Railroad (now
the D&L Rails-To-Trails) on the west bank of the
Lehigh River.

 Standing on the Hayes Creek Branch ROW where
the trestle crossed the Lehigh River (view looking east).

Old RR ties on the Hayes Creek Branch.

 Fallen trees cleared off the Hayes Creek Branch ROW.

A pano of Hayes Creek Branch ROW. Path in the middle is a trail linking the ROW to Meir Road.

Atop another trestle pillar at Sandy Run.

A trestle footer at the bottom of the gorge at Sandy

A pillar of the former Sandy Run trestle.
This is where my hike ended as I was
stymied in finding a way to cross the creek. 
Wading across not an option. Water to cold and 
moving way to fast for my taste. Maybe
try again in the summer when water
levels are down. And warmer!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Michael & Mick

Matryoshka dolls in the likeness of Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones done by artist Igor Kulagin of Scranton on display at Art Seen Gallery on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre during the Diamond City Art Walk Third Friday Wilkes-Barre. The 2014 Art Walk season will run March through October. (PETE G. WILCOX|THE TIMES LEADER) MARCH 21, 2014