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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Even mine vehicles such as the cage – an elevator-type device used to transport miners to and from the surface and considered a safety net for miners in case of emergency – could themselves be danger traps. In early November 1910, 10 miners had boarded their cage at the No. 4 colliery near Lansford for their usual descent on the 7 a.m. shift.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


After reading horror stories in the newspaper and hearing about the prolonged security checks on television, I steeled myself for a bad time at the airport on Wednesday.

Our arrival time at the Wilkes-Barre airport was slightly after 4 a.m. and our flight was supposed to take off at 6 o'clock for Newark Airport, where we would change planes for our final destiny - Las Vegas.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Stores and shopping centers spend thousands of dollars to paint lines on their lots in order to attempt to guide people into parking spaces in an orderly fashion especially when the spaces are slanted and not at right angles to the driving lanes. Yet, even with the visual aids it amazes me when people think they know better and do what they want to do in their cars.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ready or not, the mad holiday rush is in full effect.

If you're like me, chances are you're stuffed like a turkey right about now.

With yet another delicious Thanksgiving meal firmly tucked away in my stomach, I feel as though I'm about ready to deliver a bird.

For those of you who crave a good old-fashioned Turkey Day dinner, the good news is there may still be plenty of leftovers to be had.

Raise your hand if you were among those who ate, watched football and fell asleep in that exact sequence of events.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

It is almost dawn as I paddle out to my kitchen. Before I even reach the coffeepot, I am singing a silent prayer of thanksgiving.

It is a simple prayer, just three words words I seem to say all day long: Thank you God.

Thank you, God, for the peace of morning.

Thank you for the sun that climbs over the horizon and begins to flood my house with light.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

In 1910 the immigrants were primarily male, with about 131 men per 100 female immigrants. almost 6 percent of them that year were under the age of 15 while only 9 percent were over 65. About 87 percent of all immigrants entering the U.S. in 1910 came from Europe.

America's developing economy presented job opportunities for the foreigners, many of whom had hoped to later return to their native countries. Mining also lured large numbers of unskilled immigrants to Pennsylvania's large coalfields.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


While you're munching down on those Thanksgiving leftovers, how about taking a history exam?

No cheating now, don't look at the answers until you take the test.

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

Here goes:

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.

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.