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Monday, January 30, 2012

On March 24, 1898, Robert Allison a 70-year-old Schuylkill County industrialist, became the answer to a huge part of early automobile trivia. That day, he purchased the first commercially manufactured automobile at the Winton Motor Carriage Company in Cleveland.

Allison was born in Middleton, Teesdale, Durham County, England, on Dec. 25, 1827. When the Scottish immigrant first came to Port Carbon, the place had very few inhabitants.

Monday, January 30, 2012

JIM:

"Alma Mater" is Latin for "nourishing mother." The term is usually applied to some school or college from which we graduated. In my case, it's Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. When I attended in the late 1960s, F&M was a men's college. We students joked that the letters stood for "Frustration & Masturbation." The fall semester after I graduated was the first time F&M admitted female students. We frat boys joked that, once we were gone, it was safe enough to let them on the campus.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Earlier this week, the President painted a rosy picture in his State Of The Union address. I believe that he does not recognize the reality of our current situation. Listening to his speech, I would think that America is well on the road to recovery with a vibrant economy. But when I look at the facts, our nation is still in recession. There is a ray of economic sunshine, but we have to ensure that the President and the congress do not stamp out the light before it grows into a full economic recovery.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Birthdays come every year,

I try not to shed too many a tear.

Things are getting harder as the years go by,

Even so, I'm still glad to be alive.

Mornings take me forever to get dressed,

Blue or black slacksdeciding makes me stressed.

This blouse fit me two weeks ago,

It was all that birthday cake, don't you know.

Pluck pluck here and pluck pluck there,

I've got so much facial hair.

Have to find the brightest light,

Hard to see the little suckers with my "old lady" sight.

Ready for breakfast, oh so bland,

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Move over, bath salts.

The dangerous narcotic that had been all the rage has since been replaced by the newest designer drug to hit the market.

That would be in the form of jewelry cleaner.

Yes, you heard that right. Jewelry cleaner.

Also known as 'Cosmic Blast', the potentially deadly cocaine-like powder is hidden in packages called "jewelry cleaner".

If swallowed or breathed in, the drug contains poisonous ingredients such as ammonia, detergent, and soap, according to the web site, www.drugs.com.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Gal. 6:9, (NIV)

Here are some thoughts sent on by a loyal reader.

Living on Earth is expensive,

but it does include a free trip

around the sun every year.

How long a minute is

depends on what side of the

bathroom door you're on.

Birthdays are good for you;

the more you have,

the longer you live.

Happiness comes through doors you

didn't even know you left open.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sometimes the daily news can be difficult to figure out.

Eastman Kodak has filed for bankruptcy. Analysts say the company's decline began long ago when foreign rival Fujifilm started cutting into the market long held by Kodachrome and other Kodak products.

Later, the trend toward digital photography supposedly became the nail in the coffin for Kodak. If that's true, I don't know why it happened. Why did the world's greatest film maker have trouble adapting to digital?

The first digital camera I used was a Kodak. It was a one megapixel-model and did a decent job.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Did you ever notice the January hypocrisy of so-called women's magazine?

Scan the covers of these magazines while you wait at the supermarket checkout line to see what I mean. This month, headlines scream: Lose weight in the New Year. Unfortunately, the headline is right next to a big chocolate cake or an appealing dish of macaroni and cheese.

I'm probably noticing those food fables more at this time of year because I'm just like millions of others who want to shed those extra holiday pounds.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

CLAIRE:

I spent most of my childhood begging my parents to let me get a dog. For years I dreamed of having a furry friend that would follow me everywhere, be my constant confidante, my defender and guardian. But the fact is, there are two types of people in the world: dog people, and everyone else. Dog people not only love dogs, they need to have a dog in their lives.

My parents are not necessarily what I would call dog people.

In fact, it's possible that my mother could be described as anti-dog - particularly when it comes to the dog peeing on her oriental rug.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

The first month of 1912 was quite noteworthy for two special priests in the region.

First, the Rev. Hayes, rector of St. Mary's Church in Coaldale, became the talk of the area when he wrestled with an intruder who was trying to break into the poor box.

After surprising the thief, the Rev. Hayes grappled with the man. According to the Tamaqua Courier, the priest "put up a plucky fight in trying to capture him, but the intruder proved a slippery customer and managed to escape."