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Saturday, April 16, 2011

By MARY TOBIA

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Spring has finally arrived in Pennsylvania!

Our backyard tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are announcing this fact even though the warm spring days have not been many.

Our forsythias are making their bright yellow appearance and the weather is making our old lilac bush think about budding again.

Soon we will set up the gazebo, lawn chairs and backyard swing for those long summer evenings of relaxing outside.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

This week marked two significant events in history, one a technological landmark and the other was the beginning of the most critical event in our nation's history since the Revolution. Fifty years ago on April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space completing an orbit of the Earth before returning back to our planet.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

By JIM ZBICK

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Yesterday, the city of Douglas, Ariz., marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Agua Prieta, Mexico, the first battle of the Mexican Revolution.

In some ways the revolution resembled the current unrest we see sweeping through the Arab countries in the Middle East. By the spring of 1911, a number of factions and shifting alliances threatened the long tenure of President Porfirio Díaz, who had ruled Mexico like a king since 1876.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

By BOB URBAN

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I found myself doing something I wouldn't have done two years ago while I was watching the Masters Golf Tournament last weekend. I was cheering for Tiger Woods to lose. After the events in his life the past two years I no longer want to see him eclipse Jack Nicklaus' record for most victories in major tournaments.

You just knew that Congress was going to okay a budget at the last minute, didn't you?

I'll be shocked if gasoline isn't $4 a gallon by Memorial Day. I won't even be that surprised if it's $5.

Monday, April 11, 2011

It hits the wall with a "thunk." I locate its position. I watch as it creeps along. I sigh. I pick up a tissue and approach it gingerly. The last thing I want to do is crush it. Because if I do, I'm going to regret it. The stink bug didn't get its name because it smells like apple pie baking in the oven.

If you're like me, you are spotting this creepy bug more and more recently. We're seeing one about every couple of days in our house.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

By jim zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com

@$: An interesting article titled "Girls Won't Be Kissed on Lips" appeared in the April 1, 1911, edition of the Tamaqua Courier, but the story was no April Fool's joke.

The writer stated that a number of female students at Bloomsburg State Normal School had joined a group called the World's Health Organization and agreed "not to be kissed or kiss."

Since the Columbia County college attracted a number of students form the Tamaqua area, the writer felt it was important.

The pledge of the ladies stated:

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A recent, unexpected loss still weighs heavily for many of us.

We'll never totally heal. We'll always deal with emotions over losing someone vital and special.

That's how it goes. Loss doesn't necessarily become easier, whether it's a co-worker or family member. When we lose someone we care about, we lose part of ourselves, and we spend the rest of our lives dealing with it. I'm not sure how we continue, but that's what we need to do each time it happens.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

April is always a special month for me.

One reason is because it's the month of my birth and I always make my birthday celebration last all month.

April is also special because it's one of rebirth. In Pennsylvania, we start to see trees budding and the start of spring flowers pushing from the earth.

I always loved walking about my yard and neighborhood, alert to the rebirth all around me. It's always a celebration when our world turns green.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Can you ever remember Easter being observed this late in the spring (April 24)? At least the odds are slim that we'll have snow falling on the Easter bonnets this year.

After learning about the five-foot hole created in the fuselage of one of its planes, and cracks found in at least three others, I'm glad I'm not flying Southwest Airlines anytime soon.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Do you wonder what the FBI knows? This most famous national law enforcement organization that made a reputation for fighting the gangsters and bank robbers of prohibition and depression days to investigating spies and espionage in the Cold War, the Mafia and organized crime families of the 1970s and finally the terrorists of today has created a new website called "The Vault" in which more than 2,000 digitized documents are released to the public.