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Powers’ son to speak at museum

BOALSBURG — Francis Gary Powers Jr. will give a lecture about his new book, “Spy Pilot,” which details the U-2 Incident and controversial Cold War legacy that involves his father, Francis Gary Powers Sr., at the Pennsylvania Military Museum on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Hosted in the Museum’s Theater, the lecture will detail one of the most talked-about events of the Cold War, the downing of the American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960. The event was recently depicted in the Steven Spielberg movie Bridge of Spies. Powers was captured by the KGB, subjected to a televised show trial, and imprisoned, all of which created an international incident.

Soviet authorities eventually released him in exchange for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. On his return to the United States, Powers was exonerated of any wrongdoing while imprisoned in Russia, yet a cloud of controversy lingered until his untimely death in 1977.

Powers Jr. has written this new account of his father’s life based on personal files that have never been previously available. Delving into old audio tapes, the transcript of his father’s debriefing by the CIA, other recently declassified documents about the U-2 program, and interviews with his contemporaries, Powers sets the record straight.

The Lecture is free, and open to the public. No reservation or tickets required, seating is first come, first served. Donations are appreciated.

AME Church renting yard sale spaces

LEWISTOWN–Bethel AME Church in Lewistown is currently renting spaces for a yard sale to be held in the church parking lot on August 14th. Spaces for the yard sale are $20 and benefit Bethel AME Church. Rental fee is non-refundable. If interested in renting a space call (717) 994-1129.

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