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Saturday, November 20, 2010

I refrain usually on commenting on stories that I cover as part of my designated duties, but some recent items with regard to Mahoning Township has really led me to wonder about a few things which actually don't relate to the township as much as it does to organizations that have some roles in the municipality.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

As we head into Thanksgiving week, here's some data that might have you scratching your head in disbelief. But according to the reader who sent it along, it's accurate. And the 33 miners certainly have plenty to be thankful for.

The 33 miners were found on the 33rd week of the year.

It took 33 days to drill the passage to them.

The date was 10/13/10 which equals 33.

All 33 believe that God was with them the entire time.

Christ was crucified when he was 33.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


A century ago, the president of the United States was actually encouraging people to "assemble in churches to give expressions to the their thanks" about Thanksgiving.

Even the media outlets, especially smaller publications such as the Tamaqua Courier, had no trouble expressing their beliefs to readers. The Courier even used its front page item to deliver President Taft's message, and add some personal commentary of its own on the true meaning of the day.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

I would like to wish everyone in advance a very Happy Thanksgiving. By this time next week, many of probably will be sick of looking at turkey for another year, but right now there is the anticipation for that feast dancing in many of our heads. Cooking a turkey can be challenging. I've done it two or three times and the birds have ended up being rather tasty if I do say so myself.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The regular TIMES NEWS Saturday feature called "It's the Reader's Turn" is unpredictable from every angle.

Here's how it works.

Editor Bob Urban comes up with a timely question each week and a different writer goes out into the public to ask five people for a response. We never know what the question will be and we certainly never know how the responses will turn out.

The questions always provide insight into what the public is thinking. In a way, it's an easy question for people to answer because there are no wrong responses.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

This week I went to one of the best retirement parties I have ever attended.

When Father Arthur Lee retired as rector of our local Episcopal church, so many people wanted to say thank you for his years of spiritual leadership. So they planned a church service and party that was overflowing with love and emotion.

Father Lee was emotional too, commenting honestly about his feelings in leaving his familiar role behind and changing all the rhythms of his life.

"It's exciting," he said, "but it's scary, too."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

One by one, they come back to the bus, clutching their treasures in their hands.

They are members of my Englewood Shell Club and we have spent the past two days treasure hunting in Islamorada and other parts of the Florida Keys.

Some hunted underwater, wearing wet suits and snorkeling gear to better find the prizes they sought.

Some stayed on shore, hunting under rocks and in hidden crevices.

When we boarded the bus at the end of the day's search, our club president asked to see what treasures we found.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

It's a couple of days after Veterans Day. Did you hug a veteran? If not, do so. And then say, "Thank you."

As a young person, I never paid too much attention to the whole Veterans Day thing. But I do know that my sister and I were brought up to respect God, country and flag. We thought we were pretty patriotic.

Our dad was a United States Marine and proud of it. Through osmosis, we were proud of him and his service. We didn't know any better. It was the way we were raised. My sister went on to serve in the United States Air Force and I'm very proud of her.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Name identity is big business today, evidenced by the new sports stadiums that have risen up in the last decade bearing the names of giant financial institutions.

The thousands of times fans see a name in print or hear it spoken is considered good business in the competitive world of advertising.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


We all live by rules. At least we should live by them. Someone sent me a list of the rules of rural Pennsylvania. See if you can relate to them.

1. Let's get this straight: it's called a 'dirt road.' No matter how slow you drive, you're going to get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.

2. They are cattle. They're live steaks or walking milk bottles. That's why they smell funny to you, get over it. Don't like it? I-80 goes east and west, I-81 goes north and south. Pick one.