Thursday, December 18, 2014

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a former Pennsylvania state prison inmate pleaded guilty today in Scranton before Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley to mailing a letter threatening to injure and kill a Monroe County Common Pleas President Judge Margherita P. Worthington.

Well, here it is. Only 12 more days until Christmas.

I'm almost bald from pulling my hair out. I still have shopping to do, cookies to bake, gifts to wrap and gifts to paint.

But, 'tis the season to be jolly, so I try to think of things to turn my frowns upside down.

I chuckle every time I think of Harry putting up the outside decorations this year.

Advertisers know that in our hero-worshipping society, it's image that sells.

Too many times, however, it's the jet-setting dudes who are idolized and get the endorsements. Joe Namath was one of the first to cultivate that with his Broadway Joe persona.

In our lifetime, we've seen bad boy athletes like Brian Bosworth and Dennis Rodman ride their outrageous acts to the bank. Currently, Johnny Manziel is the latest noncomformist character to cash in.

KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Fred Pattie's Peanut Butter Patties are a Christmas tradition.

I once knew a man whose name was Fred Pattie. His wife's name was Patty Pattie. I'm not kidding.

But wait, it gets better.

Fred Pattie, who was an over-the-road trucker, made the most amazing candy, which he would give as gifts during the holidays.

My favorite? Peanut Butter Patties. This candy tastes just like those iconic, round favorites we all love.

Ever since Fred gave me that recipe, this candy has been a holiday staple in my house, and now my kids even make it, and not just for the holidays.

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Joseph A. Rush to Edgar R. Adams, P.O. Box 320, Tresckow, property at 14 Parkview Drive rear, $8,000.

Beaver Meadows

Mary Anne Hadzick to Syan Properties Inc., Drums, property at 76 Broad St., $13,000.

Franklin Township

Tax Claim Bureau of Carbon County to Christine Mayernik, 670 Mill Run Drive, Lehighton, two transactions, property on Pine Cone Drive, Saw Mill Run Lot 69, Section D, and property on Mill Run Drive, Saw Mill Run Lot 99, Section B, $848 each.

Jim Thorpe