Thursday, September 18, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Cpl. Bryon Dickson was an impeccable officer who put his family first and could always be counted on for advice and support, his friends and colleagues said at the slain state trooper's funeral Thursday.

Dickson "was no ordinary trooper," police Commissioner Frank Noonan told hundreds of mourners gathered at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton.

Dickson, 38, was gunned down in an ambush late Friday outside his rural barracks in the Pocono Mountains. The days since then have been "a whirlwind ... fueled by stress and gallons of coffee," Noonan said.

A woman's perspective changes with age.

That was reinforced for me, once again, as members of one club sat at the beach and caught up on each other's lives.

One woman admitted she was feeling "more than a bit lost" because her last child just left the nest. For the first time in decades, it was just her and her husband, and she said she is unable to adjust to the change.

In Jim Thorpe, collapsing horse stalls and an old carriage garage have been shored up and turned into a jewel commanding statewide recognition.

The reborn 1878 Kemmerer Carriage House has earned distinction by Preservation Pennsylvania, the only private, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the state's historically and architecturally significant resources.

The building reflects a shimmering past. It tells us of contributions by affluent citizens of old Mauch Chunk, residents of Front Hill mansions whose entrepreneurship helped to drive the Industrial Revolution.


This week I'm sharing the spotlight with Marlene Urban, who works in our Tamaqua office.

Marlene is sharing her recipe for a delicious chili that includes lots of beans, meat, spices and wait for it cocoa powder! She also shares some fun tips for taming the beast (aka the rabid fan): Good food and plenty of it!

I also have a recipe for chili this week. It's also hearty and flavorful, but unlike Marlene's, this one is vegetarian style.

If you think being a vegetarian means eating nothing but rabbit food, think again.

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts.

GE Capital Retail Bank, Carnegie, filed against Taryn Neeb, 406 South St., Jim Thorpe, seeking $6,919.37.

Portfolio Recovery Associates, Philadelphia, filed against Jennifer Englert, 2 Edgemont Road, Lansford, seeking $1,208.89.

Capital One Bank, Glen Allen, Virginia, filed against Charles W. Thompson, 855 Stony Mountain Road, Albrightsville, seeking $2,445.92.