Germany's Black Forest is something straight out of a fairy tale
The forest stretches across 6,000 square kilometers (2,320 miles) in the southwest of Germany, an easy trip from Frankfurt. Once our tent Traditional half-timbered houses — with gabled roofs and framed windows forming distinctive geometric ...
April 29, 2015
Quake-aid need acute in Nepal capital, more so in villages
The quake has put a huge strain on the resources of this impoverished country best known for Everest, the highest mountain in the world. The economy of Nepal, a nation of 27.8 million people, relies heavily on tourism, principally trekking and ...
April 27, 2015
Black Forest: Waterfalls and food
Traditional half-timbered houses -- with gabled roofs and framed windows forming distinctive geometric patterns on the building facades -- add to the fairytale look of the towns. Triberg also boasts three claims to fame: cuckoo clocks, Black Forest ...
April 26, 2015
Always on the clock: Amherst clock maker Hermle keeps ticking
Like light, which has evolved from fire to sophisticated bulbs, clocks have transformed from hourglasses and sundials to something like Big Ben in London or the grasshopper clock in Eby's office. “I'd probably Hermle, which has its roots in Germany ...
April 19, 2015
First of its kind in the area, sensory room helps adults with autism
Support staff is available around the clock. To the extent that it's equipped, and because it's housed in With its subdued, dark green walls, the room features various light forms, including strings of tiny multi-colored lights which form a criss ...
April 20, 2015
Windham, NY, Log Mansion Listed For $8 Million
'It's fun in a ski house to get everybody pitching in,' Mr. Raphael says, explaining the large island and open layout of the kitchen. 'The kitchen faces the ski run so you can look out the window and you can see the skiers going by,' he adds. Brainard ...
April 8, 2015
Broad & Eerie: Hunting for ghosts in City Hall
The night, which began at 8 o'clock, was the first official ghost hunt to be held within the 114-year-old limestone French Second Empire headquarters of Philadelphia government. Bang a wall or move a chair," Feinstein said. Long before the ...
April 9, 2015
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers — Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to... The official death toll soared past 4,000, even without a full accounting from vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. Aid group World Vision said its staff members were able to reach Gorkha, but gathering information from the villages remained a challenge. Even when roads are clear, the group said, some remote areas can be three days' walk from Gorkha's main disaster center. "In those villages that have been reached, the immediate needs are great including the need for search and rescue, food items, blankets and tarps, and medical treatment. Timalsina said 223 people had been confirmed dead in Gorkha district but he presumed "the number would go up because there are thousands who are injured. " He said his district had not received enough help from the central government, but Jagdish Pokhrel, the clearly exhausted army spokesman, said nearly the entire 100,000-soldier army was involved in rescue operations. "We have 90 percent of the army out there working on search and rescue," he said.
The forest stretches across 6,000 square kilometers (2,320 miles) in the southwest of Germany, an easy trip from Frankfurt. Traditional half-timbered houses -- with gabled roofs and framed windows forming distinctive geometric patterns on the building facades -- add to the fairytale look of the towns. Triberg also boasts three claims to fame: cuckoo clocks, Black Forest cake and Germany's highest waterfalls. Next, we window-shopped for cuckoo clocks, an activity which prompted a debate about whether one would suit our sitting room wall. Later on the outskirts of town, we visited what is billed as the world's largest cuckoo clock, which offers tours of its clockwork mechanisms for 2 euros. Triberg claims the original recipe of the famous Black Forest cherry cake, which is not as sweet as variations elsewhere, but offers a light chocolatey sponge, soaked in cherry schnapps, filled with cream and cherries, topped with chocolate shavings.
“Anybody that makes clocks in the U. S. , we supply them,” Eby said. Like light, which has evolved from fire to sophisticated bulbs, clocks have transformed from hourglasses and sundials to something like Big Ben in London or the grasshopper clock in Eby’s office. The clock was made by a Virginia Tech graduate from Shanghai, who sometimes stops by Hermle during his visits back to the college. The grasshopper clock is just a gift. Hermle, which has its roots in Germany, is a five-part business that sells grandfather, wall and mantle clocks. At that time, the grandfather clock was a burgeoning industry. They trained a single Lynchburg native -- who was in the military and stationed in Germany -- on clock manufacturing, Eby said, adding that it was he who started and trained the company. In Amherst, no one knew a thing about clock-making, but learned, Eby said. Today, the company has more than 30 employees, their clock experience traced to Roscoe Wilson, the man who was stationed in Germany.