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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Hopefully everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend last week. It is that time of year when we should stop what we are doing and give thanks to the patriots who lay down their lives for our freedoms and liberty. Too many times we take for granted the sacrifices many of our fellow citizens make so that we can enjoy our lives in this country. Those men and women enable us to write in newspapers, go to the church of our choice or not go to church at all, gather in support or opposition to a cause and express ourselves freely.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The annual Pennsylvania Press Conference can be a humbling experience.

The event draws hundreds of writers, editors and publishers who come from Erie, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, York, Lancaster, Johnstown, Altoona and all points in between. The conference provides a great opportunity to compare notes and network with others in the field. It's always an opportunity to learn.

This year's event took place two weeks ago in State College.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A number of stories regarding children made for interesting reading during the early summer of 1911 but unfortunately, most of the news was not good.

In early June, residents were stunned to learn that a young girl was responsible for a string of robberies in the Wilkes-Barre area.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Memorial Day weekend is always special.

But John Greis helped make it more special than ever this year.

Army First Sergeant Greis has been one of my son, Mike's, best friends since they went to kindergarten together. It's a friendship that has remained strong for more than 35 years.

On Sunday, just as we were leaving my other son, Jim's house, to attend the Memorial Day services in Coaldale, Mike's cell phone rang.

It was John.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The events of the last eight days are a classical proof of how prophecy gone awry is rationalized and explained so that followers can choose not to think critically and realize the truth.

Last week we were hours away from a massive earthquake that threatened to rock the earth and free the spirits of the saved along with the living who believed in God and Harold Camping's interpretation of the Bible. They would leave the earth for salvation while those left behind would spend five months of hell on earth waiting for the total annihilation of the planet on October 21st.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The other day at a luncheon with friends, someone asked me about learning to kayak.

"I always wanted to try it," said one woman. "But I'm too old to start now."

She's 62.

I hear that so often. People talk about wanting a particular adventure or change in their life. But they conclude, "It's too late now."

Or, they allow themselves to make excuses rather than reaching out to try something they've been wanting to do.

Simply put, it's easier to stay with the status quo than it is to make a change of any kind.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

There has been a lot of talk in the last few days about Israel being forced to retreat to their pre-1967 boundaries. I would like to relate some personal experiences and then draw conclusions as to why President Obama is wrong concerning Israel.

I was born in Canada. When I was 12 years old, my father moved us to the West End of Toronto. This area was populated primarily by immigrants, many of them Eastern European Jews, who emigrated to Canada from Europe after the Holocaust. My high school, Harbord Collegiate Institute, was primarily made up of Jewish students.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Well, I'm not in heaven. The sun rose and set on May 21, 2011 with no visible signs of the Rapture, as Harold Camping predicted.

Now he's saying that May 21 was just a spiritual judging by the Lord and that five months from now, Oct. 21, 2011 will be the Rapture and the end of the world.

I'm not a great scholar of the Bible, but from everything that I have read, the end of the world will come in God's time, known only to God, and not any date set by man. So I never gave old Harold's prediction a second thought.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The recent rash of dog attacks has led me to this conclusion.

The owners of dangerous dogs that attack people need to be heavily fined, and in a hurry.

Specifically those dog owners who allow their vicious animals to run loose that aren't licensed or leashed.

Such measures are necessary in light of a series of dog attacks that have occurred in the area in recent months.

In fact, several articles have appeared in our publication about incidents where dogs have attacked humans, chickens, and other dogs.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Weather experts are calling this the deadliest tornado season in half a century. The storm earlier this week which spawned two low-level tornadoes in this area was a scary reminder of the whopper systems rolling through the nation's midsection.

A century ago, another intense storm system created havoc throughout the Northeast.