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Battle of Gettysburg participants honored in new book by Farrell, Farley, and Knorr

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Keystone Tombstones: The Battle of Gettysburg by Joe Farrell, Joe Farley and Lawrence Knorr.This special volume highlights those individuals buried in Pennsylvania who contributed to the battle.

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

• John Burns
• Gettysburg National Cemetery
• Amos Humiston
• Ginnie Wade
• Andrew Gregg Curtin
• James Buchanan
• Simon Cameron
• John White Geary
• John Fulton Reynolds
• Thaddeus Stevens
• George Meade
• Samuel W Crawford
• Oliver B Knowles
• Herman Haupt
• Samuel K Zook
• Dennis O’Kane
• Winfield Scott Hancock
• Strong Vincent
• Alfred L Pearson

Keystone Tombstones: The Battle of Gettysburg
Authored by Joe Farrell, Authored by Joe Farley, Authored by Lawrence Knorr
List Price: $14.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
122 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068328
ISBN-10: 162006832X
BISAC: History / United States / Civil War

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Keystone-Tombstones-Batt…

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“Wonder Boy” now available in paperback and ebook

SUNBURY, Pa.April 15, 2017PRLog — Lawrence Knorr’s Wonder Boy – The Story of Carl Scheib: The Youngest Player in American League History has been released by Sunbury Press in paperback and ebook.

About the Book:
Carl Scheib, from Gratz, PA, was a young farm boy of 16 who was signed to a major league contract by Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics. Carl enjoyed 11 years in the major leagues, interrupted by his service in World War II. When he made his first appearance in 1943, he was the youngest player in modern major league history. The following season, Joe Nuxhall of the National League’s Cincinnati Reds, pitched 2/3 of an inning at age 15, breaking Carl’s major league record, but Carl retained his American League record.

Known as a good-hitting pitcher, Carl hit .396 in 1951 and .298 in 1948. He hit five home runs in his career, including a grand slam.

As a pitcher, Carl was a key hurler on the 1948 Philadelphia Athletics, going 14-8 during a tight pennant race. He also went 11-7 in 1952, and saved 11 games in 1951. Behind his “pitch- to-contact” approach, the A’s set the all-time record for double plays in a season with 217 in 1949, a record that still stands.

Wonder Boy chronicles the rapid raise of Carl Scheib from his high school days at Gratz and his contributions to Dalmatia in the West Branch League, to his subsequent major league career, facing such players as Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Ted Williams, Yogi Berra, Bobby Doerr, Satchel Paige, Bob Lemon, Larry Doby, Bob Feller, Luke Appling, Early Wynn, Mickey Mantle and many more.

About the Author:
Lawrence Knorr is an amateur historian with deep roots in the Pennsylvania Dutch Region. Lawrence has had a long career in information technology. He is the co-owner of Sunbury Press, Inc. and an adjunct Professor of Economics at Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA. Lawrence is a past President of the Mid Atlantic Book Publishers Association, and is currently a Board Member for the Pennsylvania German Society.

Lawrence lives with his wife Tammi and has two daughters a stepson and a stepdaughter.

Lawrence’s books include:

• Wonder Boy – The Story of Carl Scheib: The Youngest Player in American League History
• A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush
• The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey
• The Relations of Dwight D. Eisenhower
• The Decendents of Hans Peter Knorr
• The Hackman Story (with Dorothy Elaine Grace)
• General John Fulton Reynolds – His Biography, Words & Relations (with Michael Riley and Diane Watson)
• The Relations of Isaac F Stiely – Minister of the Mahantongo Valley
• There is Something About Rough and Ready – A History of the Village at the Heart of the Mahantongo Valley (with Steve E Troutman, Elaine Moran, Cindy Baum, Christine Hipple & Jeanne Adams)
• Keystone Tombstones Civil War (with Joe Farrell and Joe Farley)
• Modern Realism According to Fritz – The Oil Paintings of Fritz VonderHeiden
• Keystone Tombstones Susquehanna Valley (with Joe Farrell and Joe Farley)
• Keystone Tombstones Philadelphia Region (with Joe Farrell and Joe Farley)
• Keystone Tombstones Anthracite Region (with Joe Farrell and Joe Farley)

He is currently working on The Bang Story – From the Basement to the Big Lights.

Lawrence is also an accomplished photographer, known as Lawrence von Knorr, collaborating on the books Hells Kitchen Flea Market andWormleysburg: Jewel on the Susquehanna with his wife Tammi Knorr.  As T. K. McCoy, Tammi featured Lawrence’s work in three books entitled Photo Impressionism in the Digital Age, Pennsylvania Through the Seasons and Images of Italy.  Knorr’s work was also featured in Contemporary Photo Impressionists.  He provided the photograph’s for Melanie Simm’s poetry compilation Remember the Sun. For more information about Lawrence’s award-winning artwork, please see www.vonknorrgallery.com

Wonder Boy – The Story of Carl Scheib
Authored by Lawrence Knorr
List Price: $14.95
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (March 30, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620068303
ISBN-13: 978-1620068304
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
SPO003030 SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History
BIO016000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports
HIS036080 HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic

For more information, please see:
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2nd volume of Lykens Township History is now available

GRATZ, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released History of Lykens Township Volume 2, compiled by the Gratz Historical Society.

About the Book:
Lykens Township is perhaps the largest township in Dauphin County. It borders Mifflin Township on the west, Northumberland County on the north, Schuylkill County on the east, and Short Mountain on the south.

The history of the area as related in Volume Two, begins slightly west of the point where Route 25 meets North Crossroads, at the western edge where Lykens and Mifflin Township meet. North Crossroads runs from Spain, which lies a short distance beyond, and is also part of Lykens Township. From this point the history details the remaining eastward part of the township.

Although there has been some population growth, Lykens Township has remained primarily a rural farming community, retaining its timeless character.

There are histories and many photographs, as well as other information  for each of the early homes and families. Also of country schools, the churches, and other historic landmarks.

The book contains a table of contents, also an index to genealogies, in addition to the index of individual names found in the book.

History of Lykens Township Volume 2
• Hardcover
• Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (April 1, 2016)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1620067919
• ISBN-13: 978-1620067918
• Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.9 x 11 inches

The Gratz Historical Society (8 W Market St  Gratz, PA 17030) is having an open house Saturday April 22 and April 29 featuring the new volume.  Copies of Volume 1 are also for sale, as well as other publications related to the community.

COPIES CAN BE PURCHASED FROM THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY or wherever books are sold.

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/History-of-Lykens-Townsh…

Christina Burns recounts her turbulent youth and discovery of faith in “The Journey Called Life”

ALTOONA, Pa. tjcl_fc— Sunbury Press has released The Journey Called Life, Christina Burns memoir of her turbulent youth and faith journey.

About the Book:
Survival is already a way of life, but what will become of a shattered mind?

Christina is, at least on the surface, the all-American girl next door. However, growing up in the small town of Bellwood, Pennsylvania, would prove to be anything but “normal”. A rough childhood, traumas, mental illnesses, addiction, murder, and kidnapping are just a few of the battles she faces, and she isn’t even twenty-one yet!

Little does she know, her next battle will be a literal fight for her life. Embarking on a journey to find herself, she ends up lost on a downward spiral headed straight for the deepest darkest pits of hell.

This debut book is an inspiring true story of life experience, inner strength and keeping hope alive, by a talented new author. It defies all the rules and will keep you reading from dusk till dawn. You won’t want to miss this one!

Excerpt:
April 27, 2006
My teeth gripped the steering wheel tight in a state of shock. The indents from each tooth forever etched into the steering wheel. I stared straight ahead, out the windshield. I was frozen in fear, physically unable to move. I just watched the horror unfolding in the headlights directly in front of me. I looked on in stupefaction. “Is this really happening?” I wondered. “Am I dreaming?” It was almost like a movie, except it was much more vivid and way more terrifying than any movie could ever be. This was very real, no pause button, no rewind. Frightened, I just kept watching. I felt my body go numb, I couldn’t think, couldn’t speak, couldn’t move.

There was blood everywhere. I could see that his chest was still moving up and down trying to breathe. I could hear his lungs still gasping for air. Then they made an eerily gurgling sound as they filled with blood. It poured out of the bullet holes and his orifices like a faucet.

How did I get here? I should be at home watching TV with Memom. How had my entire “normal” life led to this point? Had it all been dark and I just hadn’t realized? A dark road, down a dark path, leading to this dark end.

That happy-go-lucky, short, petite-build, bleach-blonde, curly headed, smiling, singing, praying, innocent child that I had once been so long ago. At that moment, though, I wasn’t thinking of that. I couldn’t think, couldn’t speak, couldn’t move.

About the Author:
Christina Burns was born August 22, 1985 in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Upon graduating from PSU, Christina was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree, in addition to, a Certificate of Chemical Dependency and Preventions Counseling. She went on to attain many personal and professional achievements. Surrounded by “surreal blessings” every step of the way. At one point, she even sat in the same chair as her counselor had years prior, this time counseling someone else sitting in the place she once was.

Following graduation, Christina worked as a Case Manager/Counselor at a residential facility for homeless veterans. She was then hired privately to design, develop, and facilitate as the CEO of a non profit faith-based organization. Creating a 19 bed residential facility offering a wide variety of services to include a holistic approach to life recovery, was an exciting experience in her career. Going on to work as a counselor at a residential rehabilitation facility and specializing in mental health, behavioral health, and drug and alcohol, is perhaps her most favorite of all professional accomplishments.

Christina loves being a mommy, helping others, and all things outdoors. From working on mechanics to wearing high heels, she is magnificently well rounded and down to earth! As a true free spirit, Christina enjoys kayaking, mudding in her lifted ’77 Chevy truck, riding dirt bikes and four-wheelers, fishing, sleeping under the stars, museums, amusement parks, dancing, traveling, furthering her education, reading, motivational speaking, thinking, and more- as long as it involves spending time with her son!

Discovering true love and happiness in her child, the answers to life’s questions in her education, and fulfillment in her career, Christina finally found her serenity.

In following her heart and desiring to help as many lives as possible, Christina wrote her first book. A memoir of life experience, finding inner strength, and keeping hope alive.

As an author and a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, she now shares her story with the world.

The Journey Called Life
Authored by Christina Burns
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
236 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068519
ISBN-10: 1620068516
BISAC: Self-Help / Personal Growth / Happiness

Available on Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Journey-Called-Life-…

Cash Payoffs, Porngate and the Kathleen Kane Scandal headline “Keystone Corruption Continues”

kcc_fcHARRISBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Keystone Corruption Continues: Cash Payoffs, Porngate and the Kathleen Kane Scandal, Brad Bumsted’s latest compilation of Pennsylvania state government malfeasance.

About the Book:
Once again, a crime wave swept through Pennsylvania state government. During a 17-month period from early 2015 through mid-2016,  a sitting state treasurer, and a former state treasurer, both statewide elected officials who were guardians of taxpayers’ money, were charged with crimes, as was an ex-Governor’s chief of staff and the attorney general, the state’s chief law enforcement officer. It was preceded by a sting investigation that resulted in state legislators videotaped taking cash from an undercover operative posing as a lobbyist and an alleged pay to play scheme at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Porn and off-color emails  on government computers took out two Supreme Court justices. It’s all in Brad Bumsted’s latest book: Keystone Corruption Continues: Cash Payoffs, Porngate and the Kathleen Kane Scandal.

Contents:
Foreword by John Baer
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Sting
1. Lost Opportunity
2. Turnpike Scandal
3. “I’m Your Guy”
4. Business As Usual
5. “Make Work” and Big Bucks
6. “I Am the Fucking Senator”
7. An Ivy League Shakedown
8. “Not Prosecutable”
9. The Sprague Threat
10. “I Am An Attorney”
11. The Sandusky Report
12. Seth
13. The Lex Street Massacre
14. The Very Questionable Accident
15. “Happy Birthday Ron Waters”
16. Bizarre 24 Hours
17. Difficult to Manage
18. “Political Peep Show”
19. “Unholy Mess”
20. Risa
21. The Cartels
22. The Supremes
23. Porn Warfare
24. Citizen Kane?
25. LCB’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Culture
26. The Final Sting
27. In the Final Analysis
Epilogue by R.B. Swift
Reflections by Franklin Kury

bradbumstedAbout the Author:
Brad Bumsted is a prominent journalist in Pennsylvania, working for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He is noted for writing “reform minded stories” about the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

In 2005, he was named one of “Pennsylvania’s Most Influential Reporters” by the Pennsylvania political news website PoliticsPA. In 2008, the political website PolitickerPA.com named him one of the “Most Powerful Political Reporters” in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Report named him to the 2009 “The Pennsylvania Report 100” list of influential figures in Pennsylvania politics and described him as a “mainstay in the halls of the capitol.”

Keystone Corruption Continues: Cash Payoffs, Porngate and the Kathleen Kane Scandal
Authored by Brad Bumsted
List Price: $17.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
278 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066935
ISBN-10: 1620066939
BISAC: Political Science / Government / State & Provincial

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Keystone-Corruption-Cont…

Fifty years of research to make “Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks.”

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks, N. Clair Clawser’s compilation of early roadside markers in the Keystone state.

About the Book:
cis_fcAuthor and field researcher N. Clair Clawser has spent over 50 years traveling the highways and thoroughfares of Pennsylvania to capture images of the cast iron road signs placed there in the early days of automobiles. Many of these signs are long gone, but quite a few remain and have been restored.

Pennsylvania is unique with this type of town sign, which could become a thing of the past. (New York State has many cast iron signs, too, but they are on many subjects and not necessarily on town names.) Almost from the start Clair noticed some of these signs were being removed, even as he discovered that many still remained. Originally cast from about 1929 until 1942, these signs were made largely in either the Carlisle Foundry in Carlisle or Geiser Manufacturing Company in Waynesboro. Both companies are long out of business. There are a small number that were produced elsewhere, but not many. (Allegheny Foundry.) Jack Graham of the Keystone Markers Trust stated that the Department of Highways report for 1928-1930 said, “During the biennium 1,359 information signs were placed including historical, stream, state institution, speed limit and parking restriction signs.”

Many of these signs endure to this day, but are in constant danger of removal. A few new ones have been posted, but many more should be. The aforementioned report does not say how many were town signs. If the total was all towns and divided by 4 that would only be 339 towns. There are numerous stream signs still in existence today. These are 2-sided with just the name. Town signs are one-sided. We can only imagine that each town that had a cast iron sign may have had 4, one for each direction. Very few towns, that still have a sign, have more than two today. Hanover, a rarity, has six. Gettysburg has 4, as does Jonestown. York New Salem has 3, as does Lemoyne. Rothsville had 4, but one was removed. Schoeneck has 4 new ones installed by the Keystone Markers Trust, and Mountville has 3.

Signs from 67 Pennsylvania counties are listed, including the known contents each sign. Pictures are shown where available.

Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks
Authored by N. Clair Clawser
List Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 146 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (July 10, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620067374
ISBN-13: 978-1620067376
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic
TRANSPORTATION / Automotive / History
TRAVEL / Special Interest / General

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“Bitter Sweet” anthology benefits Camp Hill’s Fredericksen Library

CAMP HILL, Pa.  — Sunbury Press has released Bitter Sweet, a short story and poetry compilation edited by Catherine Jordan. The anthology benefits Camp Hill’s Fredericksen Library.

Bittersweet_fcAbout the Bbook:
Stories from the the Natalie D. Craumer writer’s workshop at the Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill, PA:

Love and Persimmons by Jessica Moyer
My Temper, a poem by Ramon Pineda
Land of the Free by Ann Elia Stewart
The Graveyard Shift by Marisa Corser
Guardian Angel by Deanne Burch
For Clarence, a poem by Lynn E. Davis
Dinner for Two by Lisa M. Black
Rebel Without a Claus by Larry C. Kerr
The Night in the Bar by Mike Kosarowich
Hibakusha by Catherine Jordan
Room 231 by Madelyn Killion
Unrequited Love, a poem by Gina Napoli
Full of Grace by Justin Tappan
Connie and McPhee by Kathy Johnson
The Ballgame by M.R. Blocher
Angel by C.A. Masterson
Well I Try, a poem by Ramon Pineda
Missing by Carol A. Lauver
The Cry Room by Susan Girolami Kramer
A Penthouse Stay by Alice Steele
The New Tin Man by Mike Kosarowich
Living Will by Christopher Plummer
The Door to Paradise by Debra A. Varsanyi
Ducks Ltd. by Kathy Johnson
My Frozen Rose, a poem by Gina Napoli
Whispering Angel by Fred J. Lauver
Broken Dreams by Deanne Burch
The Hhaze by M. R. Blocher
Stones by Duffy Batzer

Bitter Sweet
Edited by Catherine Jordan
List price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & white on cream paper
212 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620067857
ISBN-10: 1620067854
BISAC: fiction / anthologies

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/bitter-sweet-9781620067857.htm