Thursday, November 27, 2014


Saturday, January 15, 2011

For all of you who received new golf equipment for Christmas, here's some words of wisdom. They will help you pass the time while you're waiting for the blanket of snow to melt and the weather to get a lot warmer. Unfortunately April is still two and a half months away.

1. Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk. Grantland Rice

2. Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five. John Updike

Saturday, January 15, 2011

On Nov. 9, 1910, Clinton Weaver of Summit Hill, a 16-year-old laborer at the No. 6 mine, had gone to the top of the shaft to fix some displaced rigging when his clothing got caught in the machinery.

After being freed from the whirling machine, the badly-injured teenager was rushed to the Panther Valley hospital where, within the hour, he died. Death was due to multiple injuries, including fractures to both arms and legs, burns of the chest and abdomen caused by the friction from the spinning machine, as well as numerous cuts and bruises.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

When I was growing up in Summit Hill, it was pretty much of a foregone conclusion that unless I took over our family grocery store on Market Street that I was going to make a career somewhere other than the Panther Valley.

Opportunities and good-paying jobs in the Valley were limited. Many Valley residents commuted daily to Bethlehem Steel or Mack Trucks in Allentown, and, aside from being on the road for about two hours a day, they made a comfortable living with outstanding benefits.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

In bowling, when you just can't seem to get the ball to go where you want it to, some frustrated bowlers resort to drawing a fence on the score sheet.

It's a way of saying you're putting an end to low scores and the rest of the game will go better.

I've resorted to that a few times and know for a fact that it doesn't improve your bowling. Only better technique can do that. But at least it signals the intention to pay more attention to technique.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

We officially rang in the New Year and anything is possible.

But before we go running wildly into 2011, I thought I'd wrap up 2010 by updating you on some loose ends from last year.

Our little Gracie Blundetto, who was born prematurely May 1 at 2 lbs. 2 oz., is now eight months old and weighs about 15 lbs. Medically, her corrective age is six months old and she is doing everything a six-month old baby should be doing. The doctor says she should be all caught up at 18 months old. She is a sweet dark-haired, green-eyed little beauty who has become the apple of everyone's eye.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy 2011 everyone. New faces in government, a new year and only three or four days in a worldwide mystery is occurring.

Thousands of animals have died in the first few days of 2011 all over the planet. In scenes reminiscent from last season's ABC episode, "Flash Forward" anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 blackbirds and starlings fell from the sky dead or dying over Beebe, Arkansas a half hour before midnight on New Year's Eve. Initial reports said there were only 1,000 dead blackbirds but as New Year's Day dawned those numbers escalated into the thousands.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

As we were celebrating our Christmas and New Year's holidays, Christians in other lands were being massacred. The Iraqis continue their campaign of murder and harassment of Christians. They invade their homes, drag them out and kill them. They also bomb churches in their quest to rid their country of infidels.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Way back when my family got our first television set, a black and white Philco, I'd come home from school in the afternoon and my mother would have on one of her favorite programs - Art Linkletter's House Party. The show was the forerunner to all of today's afternoon talk shows, including Oprah.

Linkletter had guests, but I don't recall any of them. What I do remember, however is a segment he included every day called, "Kids say the darndest things." It was hilarious, and unscripted - funnier than anything that's on the airwaves today.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


I've gotten to hate airports. Hate is a strong word but an appropriate one.

I've written n the past how my 5-year-old grandson loves trains. He also likes airplanes.

No matter what we're doing, if we're outside he stops in his tracks if a plane passes overhead. If it's a jet high in the clouds, we usually hear it before we see it so we try to outdo each other regarding who will spot it first.

Last week, we saw a jet from our back porch. He said to me, "I like looking at it but I'd rather be in it."

Saturday, January 8, 2011

One message sent to would-be criminals as the new year began a century ago was that local judges, prosecutors and juries were not going to be soft on crime.

Owen Boyle, 26, and William Tyler, 24, each received 10-year prison terms for a robbery and assault against Mrs. Bridget Gallagher, 65, of Water Street, Coaldale, on the day after Christmas in 1910. The Tamaqua Courier called the crime "one of the worst in the history of the county."