Monthly Archives: April 2015

Harrisburg’s financial collapse recounted in new book by investigative reporter Chris Papst

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HARRISBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Capital Murder: An investigative reporter’s hunt for answers in a collapsing city, Chris Papst’s expose of the recent financial troubles in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the state capital.

cm_fcAbout the Book:
Every city in America is unique. Each has its own instructive tale of success and failure. What makes Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s story most valuable lies not in its life but in its death – and in the actions of those who killed it.

In late 2011, Harrisburg became the first – and only – capital city in American history to file for bankruptcy. For four years, investigative reporter Chris Papst provided award-winning coverage of this unprecedented financial collapse. Now, he has authored a book sharing his experiences while detailing what went wrong.

Excerpt:
In two-and-a-half years, I filed more than 200 reports on Harrisburg’s financial collapse and the hapless residents it affected. Nearly every…

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Philadelphia Region volume of Keystone Tombstones now available

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kstsph_fcPHILADELPHIASunbury Press has released Keystone Tombstones Philadelphia Region by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley.

About the Book:
Biographies of famous people buried in the Philadelphia Region are the focus of this first localized edition of the Keystone Tombstones. Farrell and Farley have combed the Philadelphia area to bring you the most entertaining tales about interesting people buried in Pennsylvania. Included in this volume:

Bucks County

  • Pearl Buck
  • Saint Katherine Drexel
  • Tom Gola

Chester County

  • Smedley Butler
  • Jim Croce

Delaware County

  • Marian Anderson
  • Paul Arizin
  • John McDermott
  • Herman Webster Mudgett aka Dr. Henry H. Holmes
  • Danny Murtaugh
  • Philadelphia Sinners
  • Bessie Smith
  • Anthony Wayne

Montgomery County

  • Alan Ameche
  • Richie Ashburn
  • Lafayette C. Baker
  • De Bonneville “Bert” Bell
  • Jay Cooke
  • Dave Garroway
  • Winfield Scott Hancock
  • John Hartranft
  • Herman Haupt
  • Teddy Pendergrass
  • Arlen Specter
  • Grover Washington Jr.
  • Harry Wright
  • Samuel K. Zook

Philadelphia County

  • William (Willie) Law Anderson
  • John Barrymore
  • Ulric…

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Harrisburg’s historic Bethel African Methodist Episcopal church predates the Civil War

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HARRISBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Along the Bethel Trail: The Journey of an African American Faith Community presented by Friends of the Bethel Trail.

About the Book:

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Harrisburg, 1835 – 2015

atbt_fc smThroughout its history, the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Harrisburg has been a critical link in the chain of places, people, and events that bind and strengthen Pennsylvania’s quest for equity, parity, and social justice. Along the Bethel Trail is an anthology of articles by area authors, scholars and humanists that guides readers through the history of this resilient congregation in relationship to the legacy and impact on the community that it serves. Each contributing author writes of a specific historical period and geographic site where the church was located. From that vantage point, the authors explore the social and civic engagement of the congregation and its leadership in time…

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First animals on land discovered in ancient Wisconsin tidal flats

WAUSAU, Wis.Sunbury Press has released The Fossils of Blackberry Hill: Solving the Mystery of the First Animals on Land, by Kenneth Gass.

tfobbh_fcAbout the Book:
The Fossils of Blackberry Hill: Solving the Mystery of the First Animals on Land is the first book to cover the unique group of rock outcrops in Central Wisconsin that appears to have put an end to a one-hundred-fifty-year-old mystery of global interest. Since the mid-eighteen-hundreds, fossilized footprints and trackways have been found on beach deposits in what is now North America that dated back to the Cambrian Period, some five hundred million years ago – but fossils of the animals that made them avoided detection all that time. Thanks to Blackberry Hill, the identity of some of the first animals to walk on land is a secret no more. Numerous color photographs of spectacularly preserved tidal flat trackways, animals, and parts of the habitat itself, all frozen in stone, help to tell the story of some of the first animals to explore this strange, new environment. Current interpretations made possible by the fossil discoveries are presented, including how some of the trackways were made and what might have lured the animals ashore. Peculiar, winding trackways from giant, slug-like organisms and other boneless animals are shown covering entire surfaces. This book also shows other surprises revealed at Blackberry Hill, including body and trace fossils of another tidal flat dweller never before found in rocks as old as these, and the first occurrence to show that large jellyfish were abundant in Cambrian times and were already subject to mass strandings. In this book, Kenneth Gass thus demonstrates why Blackberry Hill holds its special place in the history of life on Earth.

What Others Are Saying:
“A mystery revealed, The Fossils of Blackberry Hill  charmingly tells the story of how clever scientific detective work has answered the question of what those first animals to visit the subaerial environments of our world really were—however fleeting their visits from their ancient ocean habitats may have been. Engagingly told by Chris Gass, one of the key participants, the story reveals the importance of a highly special area that holds the fossilized evidence that shows what really happened … ” – Niles Eldredge, evolutionary biologist, author

“The early history of life on land is a conundrum that has perplexed some of the foremost figures in the history of paleontology since the era of Richard Owen and Charles Darwin over 150 years ago. At center stage in this mystery are trackways on sedimentary rocks that we now know are of Cambrian age – some 500 million years old – and were made by animals making the first excursions out of water in life’s history. In The Fossils of Blackberry Hill, Chris Gass weaves together the history of science and groundbreaking research conducted over the past 20 years to reveal the identities of these ancient trace makers. His book is a scientific detective story in words and photographs.” – Gregory D. Edgecombe, The Natural History Museum (London)

“An absorbing introduction to a rich source of paleontological information . . . fascinating color photographs . . . the book offers intriguing examples of how paleontology works . . . appealing scientific detective story.” – Kirkus Reviews

P79About the Author
Kenneth Gass, known as Chris to his family and friends, has a degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and magazines, and he is content contributor to the Paleontology Portal and Paleobiology Database. Gass has also written books on subjects ranging from paleontology to procedures. One of his works relating to discoveries at Blackberry Hill received Honorable Mention for Best Paper Award.

Chris and his wife, Lauri, live in Wisconsin Rapids with their two dogs, not far from their six children and eleven grandchildren.

The Fossils of Blackberry Hill: Solving the Mystery of the First Animals on Land
Authored by Kenneth Gass
List Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 128 pages w/color photos
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (April 14, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620065878
ISBN-13: 978-1620065877
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
BISAC: Science / Paleontology

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Susquehanna Valley volume of Keystone Tombstones now available

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kstssv_fcHARRISBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Keystone Tombstones Susquehanna Valley by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley.

About the Book:
Biographies of famous people buried in the Susquehanna Valley are the focus of this localized edition of the Keystone Tombstones. Farrell and Farley have combed Central Pennsylvania to bring you the most entertaining tales about interesting people buried in Pennsylvania. Included in this volume:

Adams County

  • John Burns
  • Gettysburg National Cemetery
  • Amos Humiston
  • Eddie Plank
  • Ginnie Wade

Berks County

  • Joe Toye
  • John Updike

Cumberland County

  • Babes in the Woods
  • Lincoln Colored Cemetery
  • Molly Pitcher

Centre County

  • Andrew Gregg Curtin
  • Joe Paterno

Dauphin County

  • Simon Cameron
  • John White Geary
  • Milton Hershey
  • Vance Criswell McCormick

Franklin County

  • Nellie Fox

Lancaster County

  • James Buchanan
  • Robert Hess
  • Thomas Mifflin
  • John Fulton Reynolds
  • Thaddeus Stevens
  • General John Sutter
  • Dick Winters
  • Zion Hill Cemetery

Lycoming County

  • Carl Stotz

Perry County

  • Billie Cox

Union County

  • Christy…

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Anthracite Region volume of Keystone Tombstones now available

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kstsan_fcPOTTSVILLE, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Keystone Tombstones Anthracite Region by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley.

About the Book:
Biographies of famous people buried in the Antracite Region are the focus of this localized edition of the Keystone Tombstones. Farrell and Farley have combed the Coal Region to bring you the most entertaining tales about interesting people buried in Pennsylvania. Included in this volume:

Carbon County

  • Jim Thorpe

Columbia County

  • Nick Adams

Lackawanna County

  • James Crowley – Half the Horsemen
  • Robert Casey

Luzerne County

  • Congressman Dan Flood
  • Mary Jo Kopechne
  • The Lattimer Massacre

Monroe County

  • Fred Waring

Northampton County

  • Jayne Mansfield
  • George Taylor

Pike County

  • Zane Grey
  • Mary Pinchot Meyer
  • Gifford Pinchot
  • Charles Henry Van Wyck

Schuylkill County

  • Jack Daubert
  • Jimmy Dorsey
  • Black Jack Kehoe – The Molly Maguires
  • The Kelayres Massacre
  • Henry C. Pleasants

Keystone Tombstones Anthracite Region: Biographies of Famous People Buried in Pennsylvania
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All the best dead people in Pennsylvania — according to the Joes

ktbest_fc smMECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released The Best of Keystone Tombstones, Joe Farrell and Joe Farley’s hardcover finale, comprised of the most interesting and impactful individuals pulled from their five volumes.

About the Book:
Joe Farrell and Joe Farley have combed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for interesting biographies of noteworthy people buried in the Keystone State. This volume is the culmination of the best of the stories found in Volumes 1, 2, 3, The Civil War, and Sports. Subjects run the gamut from politicians to serial killers to movie stars to war heros to labor leaders to musicians to sports figures, etc. Included in this volume:

  • Richie Ashburn and Harry Kalas “The Voices of Philadelphia”
  • “Babes in the Woods”
  • Smedley Butler “The Fighting Quaker”
  • Dick Winters and Joe Toye “Band of Brothers”
  • Simon Cameron “Pennsylvania’s Political Kingmaker”
  • Michael Cheslock “The Lattimer Massacre”
  • Billy Conn “The Pittsburgh Kid”
  • Benjamin Franklin “The First American”
  • Joe William Frazier “Smokin Joe”
  • John White Geary “An American Success Story Few Have Heard”
  • Josh Gibson “The Black Babe Ruth”
  • Frank Gorshin “What Does It All Mean?”
  • Winfield Scott Hancock “Hancock the Superb”
  • Milton Hershey “The Chocolate King”
  • Johnstown Flood Victims “An Act of God”
  • Mary Jo Kopechne “What If?”
  • Jayne Mansfield “The Blonde Bombshell”
  • Mary Pinchot Meyer “The Mysterious Case of Mary Pinchot Meyer”
  • “The Molly Maguires, Black Jack Kehoe and Franklin Gowen
  • Herman Webster Mudgett aka Dr. Henry H. Holmes “America’s Answer to the Ripper”
  • Joe Paterno “JoePa”
  • Bob Prince and Myron Cope “The Voices of Pittsburgh”
  • Frank Rizzo “The Cop That Would Be King”
  • Fred Rogers “America’s Favorite Neighbor”
  • Art Rooney “The Chief”
  • Bessie Smith “The Empress of the Blues”
  • Thaddeus Stevens “The Dictator of Congress”
  • Jim Thorpe “The Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century”
  • “Titanic Victims and Survivors”
  • Andy Warhol “The Pope of Pop”
Joe Farrell (left) and Joe Farley (right) with Nick Nichols at Nick's 114 in New Cumberland.

Joe Farrell (left) and Joe Farley (right) with Nick Nichols at Nick’s 114 in New Cumberland.

The Best of Keystone Tombstones
by Joe Farrell & Joe Farley
List Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 228 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (April 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620065843
ISBN-13: 978-1620065846
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
BISAC: Biography

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