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Saturday, February 19, 2011

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.co

I drive past two gas stations on my way home from work every afternoon. I can't help but look at the signs to see if the price on a gallon of gasoline has gone up. I cringe when it does.

I've been cringing a lot lately, along with every other motorist on the highways today. Gas is well over $3 a gallon, up some 60 cents over this time last year.

I keep telling myself that things could get worse, and with all the turmoil in Egypt, things might get worse.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Although we got a break this week with the winter weather we've been having, I thought some Irish jokes might brighten your Saturday.

Into a Belfast pub comes Paddy Murphy, looking like he'd just been run over by a train. His arm is in a sling, his nose is broken, his face is cut and bruised and he's walking with a limp.

"What happened to you?" asks Sean, the bartender.

"Jamie O'Conner and me had a fight," says Paddy.

"That little guy, O'Conner," says Sean, "He couldn't do that to you, he must have had something in his hand."

Monday, February 14, 2011

Visiting an antique mall in Adamstown recently, I was seriously checking out the merits of one old pewter plate to another when I heard the shop's owner ask a middle age gentleman if he had found anything he absolutely could not live without.

He looked up at a nearby stairway where a woman was coming down the steps.

"Just her," he said.

The owner of the shop and I both said at the same time, "Ahhhhhhhhh."

Neither the shop-owner nor I could leave it at that.

As the lady approached, I said, "He's a keeper."

Saturday, February 12, 2011

An eye doctor appointment can be full of surprises, both good and bad.

I noticed I was having trouble reading fine print and especially the classifieds.

I was afraid I had cataracts and so I scheduled an appointment.

After all, if there is anything as important as taking care of your heart, it's taking care of your eyes.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards Show will be televised Sunday night (CBS, 8 p.m.).

I have been watching less of the Grammys in recent years, but I must admit that the performances on last year's show caught my attention, with the Lady Gaga/Elton John duet and Pink's spinning trapeze act.

Picking the winners has become more difficult, as I haven't been thrilled with many of the nominees. It's time to stop watching when you don't recognize who is nominated for the trophies, but I don't want to give up just yet.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

This winter, with all its snow, ice and frigid temperatures, has been compared with winters out of the past. If I heard it once, I heard it a dozen times - "remember the winters we had when we were kids?"

Truthfully, I think this winter is worse than any when I was a kid. It's probably that I'm older, and shoveling snow is a lot tougher when you're on the south side of 60, rather than in our younger days when we were on the north side of 20.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Deadly GPS directions, foxes that apparently were man's original best friend and the resurgence of Al "the Weathermonger" Gore all topped news in the last week or so as well as a possible UFO spotted over the Jerusalem Dome. Let's begin our survey of the unusual and weird with global positioning systems.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

By jim zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com

It seems that whenever this nation suffers a catastrophic event, conspiracy rumors and theories are sure to follow. In just the last century, we've had the Pearl Harbor attacks, the Kennedy assassination and the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

By jim zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com

A century ago, Civil War soldiers were still answering their roll calls at meetings for local veterans' organizations such as the Grand Army of the Republic. The grizzled veterans circled occasions such as Memorial Day and the death of Abraham Lincoln on their calendars.

In 1911, the St. John's Primitive Church in Seek held a special service to honor the Great Emancipator.

"The church was artistically decorated with the national colors, cut flowers and potted plants," said a reporter for the Tamaqua Courier.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

By GAIL MAHOLICK

gmaholick@tnonline.com

Bullying has become a national pastime in schools, but Lehighton Area School District is working to reverse that deadly trend through the Safe Student Ambassador program. Lehighton was the first school district in the state of Pennsylvania to use the program.

Every day in the United States 160,000 students are absent because of bullying and every day 25,000 students are assaulted and that six out of 10 students witness the assault. This results in teachers and students being afraid and tense.