Monthly Archives: November 2012

Key “Lincoln” movie character Thaddeus Stevens buried in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Lancaster, PA — Thaddeus Stevens, the abolitionist played by Tommy Lee Jones in the Steven Spielberg movie “Lincoln”, is buried in Lancaster, Pennsylvania at Shreiner’s Cemetery also known as Concord Cemetery at the corner of North Mulberry and West Chestnut Streets in the city.

Stevens (1792-1868) was a key figure in convincing Abraham Lincoln to free the slaves and helped push through the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution to abolish slavery.

Details about the life of Thaddeus Stevens can be found in the new book by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley entitled “Keystone Tombstones Volume Two” recently released by Sunbury Press, Inc. of Mechanicsburg, PA.

Farrell and Farley’s books cover famous dead people found in Pennsylvania, including many interesting stories about them — many not widely known.  The pair have also located the cemetery locations of these notables.  Following is a list of famous Civil War era people found in the volumes:

“Keystone Tombstones Volume One”:

James Buchanan “Pennsylvania’s Only President”
John Burns “The Hero of Gettysburg”
Simon Cameron “Pennsylvania’s Political Kingmaker”
John White Geary “An American Success Story Few Have Heard”
Lincoln Colored Cemetery “Gone But Not Forgotten”
George Meade “The Old Snapping Turtle”
General John Fulton Reynolds “A True American Hero”
Ginnie Wade “A Tragic Love Story”

“Keystone Tombstones Volume Two”:

Winfield Scott Hancock “Hancock the Superb”
Thaddeus Stevens “The Dictator of Congress”

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Ghost story based in western Pennsylvania the latest young adult novel by Margaret Meacham

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released author Margaret Meacham’s young adult novel “The Ghosts of Laurelford”  set in a creepy mansion in the hills of western Pennsylvania 100 years ago.

About the book:
The Ghosts of Laurelford takes place in the Laurel Mountains in western Pennsylvania in 1919. The main character, fifteen-year-old Lacey Gillespie, is visiting Laurelford, The Taymeyer mansion with her grandfather.

Lacey is not happy to be at Laurelford. She is deeply involved in woman’s suffrage work at home in Pittsburgh, and wants to continue this work which she sees as greatly important. Her grandfather, a private investigator, has been hired by a member of the Taymeyer family to investigate a medium named Mademoiselle Matilde Farret, who will be performing séances at Laurelford, and he insists that Lacey accompany him.

As the visit unfolds, Lacey learns that there is more to Mademoiselle Matilde than she had at first believed. A ghostly legend, a family tragedy, and séances with unexpected results add to the suspense, and when the mystery is finally unraveled, Lacey understands that helping individuals can be as important as working for a cause, and that there are many kinds of mysteries in the world, some of which can’t be understood or explained by reason and logic.

About the author:
Margaret Meacham grew up in Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania and spent her childhood summers visiting her grandmother on the Chesapeake Bay, where many of her books including “Secret of Heron Creek” and “Oyster Moon” take place. In 1975 she received her BA degree in English Literature from Trinity College, and she received an MLS degree from University of Maryland in 1977.
Meacham teaches writing and children’s literature at Goucher College and online through Gotham Writer’s Workshop in New York City. She has three grown children, Pete, Jen and Katy, and currently lives in Brooklandville, Maryland with her husband John and their two dogs Dodger and Sam.

Margaret Meacham has published several novels for children and young adults with Holiday House, Scholastic Inc. and Schiffer Books, and teaches “Writing for Children and Young Adults” at Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

The Ghosts of Laurelford
Authored by Margaret Meacham
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
132 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061435
ISBN-10: 1620061430
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Paranormal

Also available on Nook and Kindle

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Ancient ayurvedic recipes and techniques the subject of Linnea Jepson’s new cookbook

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released Linnea Jepson’s cookbook “Linnea’s Kitchen: Yummy Ayurvedic Recipes and Life Lessons” featuring ancient recipes and techniques meant to improve nutrition and health.

From Linnea:
Please join my current cooking class to establish a new sense of awareness of the importance of whole food, its preparation and consumption. We will focus on your personal health and develop common sense wellness routines to reinstate your physical body to balance and youthful vitality. Take your place at the table – you are all invited! We will do this together.

Consider these important issues:
• If you care about the “home” you provide for your indomitable Spirit,
• If you care about the inconvenience of being ill, feeling awful but needing to keep going,
• If you care about living a long healthy life full of vitality and freshness,
• If you want to participate personally in ‘cleaning out’ and ‘greening up’ your body,
• If you care about investing in your Self, which in turn more effectively serves all those you love,
• If you care about the increase of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity,
• If you care about driving down the mounting health care costs in these beleaguered times,
• If you care about cleaning up your personal environment. . . this is part of your eating consciousness.

You should seriously consider the concepts and recipes in this cook book which you will use and refer to for the rest of your life!!

I am passionate about Food, Ayurveda, and Svaroopa® Yoga. These are sister sciences that are meant to support each other. The Ayurvedic principles of food preparation and eating are the “common sense” way of nurturing and nourishing your body, so basic and so simple. These ancient teachings come to us directly from the Mother Divine, providing the cosmic memory of the Universe to create your body’s own inner healing and dynamic well being using “food as medicine.”

Linnea’s Kitchen: Yummy Ayurvedic Recipes and Life Lessons
Authored by Linnea Jepson
List Price: $29.95
6″ x 8.875″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Spiral Bound
Color on White paper
236 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061282
ISBN-10: 1620061282
BISAC: Cookbooks/International/Ayervedic

For more information, please see:…

The Joes on “Chuck Rhodes Out and About” on ABC 27

Click this link to view the video Joe Farrell and Joe Farley, authors of the Keystone Tombstones series.

About Keystone Tombstones Volume 2:

Joe Farrell and Joe Farley explore the cemeteries (and pubs) of Pennsylvania in search of interesting graves and stories about the interred.

“Where else can you find Phil “Chicken Man” Testa and Mr. Rogers in the same neighborhood…” The Publisher

Included in the volume:

  • Richie Ashburn “His Whiteness”
  • Dick Winters & Joe Toye “Band of Brothers”
  • Bonneville “Bert” Bell “Modern Football’s Founding Father”
  • Smedly Butler “The Fighting Quaker”
  • Michael Cheslock “The Lattimer Massacre”
  • Billy Conn “The Pittsburgh Kid”
  • Jim Croce “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim”
  • Stephen Foster “The Music Man”
  • Robert Morris & James Wilson “Founding Fathers”
  • Josh Gibson “The Black Babe Ruth”
  • Eddie Plank & Christy Mathewson “Hall of Fame Hurlers”
  • Winfield Scott Hancock “Hancock the Superb”
  • Milton S. Hershey “The Chocolate King”
  • Herman Webster Mudgett aka Dr. Henry H. Holmes “America’s Answer to the Ripper”
  • Johnstown Flood Victims “An Act of God?”
  • Philip Livingston “A Little Known Founding Father”
  • Saints Katharine Drexel & John Neumann “Philadelphia Saints”
  • Michael Maggio, Antonio Pollinam, Angelo Bruno, Philip Testa & Salvatore Testa “Philadelphia’s Sinners”
  • Fred Rogers “America’s Favorite Neighbor”
  • Bessie Smith “The Empress of the Blues”
  • Thaddeus Stevens “The Dictator of Congress”
  • General John Sutter “After the Gold Rush”
  • Charles William Tate “Tuskegee Airman”
  • George Taylor “An Indentured Servant Who Became a Founding Father”
  • Harry Kendall Thaw “Murder at Madison Square Garden”
  • John Wanamaker “A Business Pioneer”
  • Medal of Honor Recipients
  • Unusual Tombstones