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Saturday, May 12, 2012

By jim zbick


In the space of three days during the spring of 1912, Tamaqua residents celebrated two separate sports that had put the town on the statewide map high school basketball and prize fighting.

First, the basketball team, recognized as one of the best in the state, was honored with an "elegant chicken and waffle supper" at the American Hotel. Professor A.C. Lewis, in toasting the "athletics of the future," said that judging from its fine record, "Tamaqua has got the ball rolling in basket ball."

Saturday, May 5, 2012

When I looked at the calendar to check the date of an upcoming interview, I was startled to see my birthday was less than a week away.

It seems like it was only a few minutes ago that I flipped the calendar to April.

Where did the month go?

Where did the year go?

Life seems to melt away faster than a chocolate candy bar sitting in the sun. That's one reason why I think it's important to celebrate every day of life, especially birthdays.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Everyone over 40 should have a pretty easy time at this exam. If you are under 40 you can claim a handicap.

This is a History Exam for those who don't mind seeing how much they really remember about what went on in their life.

Write the letter of each answer & score at the end.

1. In the 1940s, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?

a. On the floor shift knob.

b. On the floor board, to the left of the clutch.

c. Next to the horn.

2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For what was it used?

Saturday, May 5, 2012


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Family members are calling it an "act of profound love."

Others less understanding might use words like murder and suicide. But those with compassion and empathy know better.

Charles Snelling, 81, had been married to Adrienne for 61 years. True love for the Upper Macungie Township couple.

But when Adrienne developed Alzheimer's, dementia took over and Charles had a hard time watching it happen.

The family says Charles struggled to manage the effects of the illness, which some call "the long good-bye."

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Last week I wrote up the famous Oracle of Delphi in Greece and ended my column with a little quiz regarding different methods for making predictions and asked you to match them with the explanation of what they actually are. Hopefully it was challenging for you, and now let's find out how they matched with each other.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

By Jim Zbick


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," said classical philosopher and poet George Santayana.

A simple paraphrase of this quote is that history often repeats itself.

With the primary elections looming a century ago, an editorial writer for the Tamaqua Courier wrote about several subjects that are remarkably similar to what we're seeing and hearing about in our government during this election year.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

If you watched the news recently, you probably noticed that some government employees have been pushing for some very radical regulations. A few weeks ago, the Labor Department attempted to prevent children from working on family farms. For thousands of years, children have learned farming from their parents and grandparents. They often start out feeding chickens and graduate to milking cows. Before you know it, they're grown-up and full fledged farmers. We need a strong and sound farm community to grow the food required to feed our nation.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

I was blessed with good health all my life until a medical emergency put me in the hospital for over a week, recently. It's the first time in my 61 years I had ever lain in a hospital bed.

Fortunately, I got terrific medical treatment and am doing very well, thank you.

I have a few thoughts from my stay that I'd like to share:

When you go to a doctor, they tell you to go home and get your rest. When you go to a hospital, a place where doctors hang out, you get very little rest.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Some of Linda's Purse facts:

*Purse Fact #1-Sometimes you CAN have a purse that's too big.

How do you know when your purse is too big? When you can't find your cell phone.