May 17, 2013 |
A new clue into the 1972 disappearance of two boys on an orphanage camping trip in Burlington County has authorities digging deeper to solve the cold case. Until recently, relatives did not know whether Steven Soden, 16, was dead or alive. "We were hoping that he was still alive," said Soden's sister, April Leonard, 56, of Sekiu, Wash., who had given a DNA sample to police to see whether it matched any remains of unidentified victims of the serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Instead, the DNA matched four bones found at Bass River State Park in 2000.
August 16, 2011 |
Walter Brower's eyes lit up as he recalled the rain-drenched day in 1939 when he and a buddy were the first to arrive at a train wreck in the thick of the Pine Barrens. "The cars were all over the tracks. . . . I expected to find people dead," Brower said as he recalled the Aug. 19 crash of the Blue Comet, a luxury train that had departed from Atlantic City with 47 passengers, headed for Jersey City, N.J. For residents of the isolated area, the accident stirred the most excitement and alarm since the crash there of the Mexican airman Emilio Carranza 11 years before.
August 7, 1987 |
You can swim in it, hike in it, canoe in it, sleep in it, eat in it. Its ruralness is often compared with Appalachia's. Its water is among the cleanest in the nation, though it looks a murky brown. And it is less than 50 miles from Philadelphia. What is it? It's the Pine Barrens, a tract of woodland and water encompassing more than a million mostly rustic acres of New Jersey - just about one-third of the state. It is known around the world for its botanical makeup and its wildlife.
June 15, 1986 |
"Remember," warned Karl Anderson, who seemed wide awake and even good- natured despite the 6 a.m. hour, "all activities are rain or shine. You can stay back in your bunk and watch TV, or you can get wet. " And with that challenge issued under a heavy sky the color of gray cotton and a mist so fine it seemed like gossamer netting, Saturday morning of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Sixth Annual Pine Barrens Weekend began. Two groups of people, totaling about three dozen, proceeded from a main clearing near the borders of Pemberton and Woodland Townships, crossed a sandy expanse known as "Rattlers Row," and separated into the woods.
August 30, 1998 |
One hundred square miles of majestic Pine Barrens, split by the Mullica River and enriched by pre-Revolutionary War history, give the area both charm and substance. And within, there are pockets of residences tucked away in the green cloak that covers this vast expanse of unspoiled wilderness known as Washington Township in Burlington County. About an hour from Philadelphia, the township is a prime day-trip destination for history buffs seeking Revolutionary War reenactments, hand-blown glass, and a breath of fresh piney air. A more serene spot would be hard to come by. While most are familiar with the region for Wharton State Forest and historic Batsto Village, site of a mid-18th-century ironworks, few may be aware of Green Bank and Lower Bank, the tiny communities that cling to the waterfront.
October 31, 1990 |
"Do you smell that?" Dave Orleans asked 125 people Saturday night as they sat on logs around a bonfire in the Pine Barrens, home of the Jersey Devil. "It smells like rotting flesh. " As they sat wrapped in blankets to ward off the damp, swamp chill, storyteller Orleans was warming up his audience for four hours of terror. "This is the place where we can let all our fears run wild," he said. Audience members, some of whom came from as far away as Bergen County, paid $10 apiece to be scared by songs, stories and a haunted hayride through the cranberry bogs on the edge of the Lebanon State Forest.
August 10, 1986 |
There was a time when even the Chatsworth Post Office was in Buzby's General Store on the corner of First and Main Streets. Old Willis J. Buzby, who had been running the store since the late 1870s, was postmaster from 1917 to 1923. "Then my aunt across the street took it," said Willis Buzby's daughter- in-law, Kate Buzby. Her aunt ran the post office from her own store for 25 years. Well, things change even in Chatsworth, a small village of homes with manicured yards that lies in the middle of the Pine Barrens.
May 5, 1986 |
Dozens of people were evacuated from their homes yesterday afternoon when a fire raging in the Pine Barrens threatened to overrun a section of the Leisuretowne retirement village along Route 70 in Burlington County. Fanned by a stiff westerly wind, the blaze pushed to within a few yards of several houses on a paved street at the perimeter of the village in Southampton Township. It was stopped there, after burning about 30 acres, by firefighters using bulldozers, trucks and airplanes to isolate and attack the flames.
January 18, 1990 |
Acid rain has polluted almost all of the streams in the Pine Barrens, the forest that covers nearly a quarter of New Jersey, a federal study shows. "The (acid) levels in the Pine Barrens are pretty high, not the highest in the country, but close to it," said Mark Morgan, an associate professor of zoology at Rutgers University in Camden who has studied acid rain in the Pine Barrens for the last five years. Acid rain is formed when moisture in the air mixes with sulfur oxides released by burning oil, coal and gasoline.