Thursday, July 10, 2014


Saturday, September 4, 2010

It's Labor Day weekend, the final holiday of the summer season. And wasn't it just last weekend that we were observing Memorial Day? Time's moving much too fast.

In honor of Labor Day, today's column is geared toward the working man – the do-it-yourselfer who boldly tackles chores around the house.

It's aimed at readers in their 20s to their 90s and how they would handle the following scenario.

It's funny, and thank you to the loyal reader who wanted it shared with other loyal readers.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

By jim zbick

Maybe it was the late summer heat that caused some pent-up emotions to boil over in some people in August 1910.

An umpire's decision in a baseball game between the English Lutheran and Y.M.C.A. teams in late August touched off a near riot in Tamaqua. The Lutheran team had a 9-2 lead in the late innings when darkness descended.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Here we go again might be the thought echoing through the minds of residents in the Tuscarora area as the state rears its ugly head once again hoping to sell the idea of using biosolids for mine reclamation once again.

Last time this subject occurred locally it was in an area near and dear to my heart, the Greenwood Pit in Coaldale. This time around the area is in the north Schuylkill Valley between Tuscarora and Mary D.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A close friend responded to my last column on "customs of an ancient civilization" by saying it sounded a bit sarcastic.

She agreed with my premise that the use of credit cards has changed our lifestyles and has driven many into debt. But she said the column "lacked my usual warmth."

When I wrote the article, I was feeling frustration, not sarcasm. I still am.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Our military is a no nonsense organization, no matter what branch you serve. Some of the most logical wisdom comes from training manuals.

A case in point was recently sent to me by a reader. See if you agree with the intelligence of the following advice that came from various manuals.

'If the enemy is in range, so are you.'

– Infantry Journal

'It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.'

– US. Air Force Manual

'Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword, obviously never encountered automatic weapons.'

Saturday, August 28, 2010

It's been quite a week of weird.

Do you remember I told you how I lost the dining room's TV remote control almost three months ago?

I found it Sunday night. In my car. It was stuck between the driver's seat and the console.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Sometime your journey in life changes within seconds.

Our grandbaby's arrival brought a whole new life into our family. That kind of change is a good change to happen, but when your spouse becomes seriously ill, your journey changes in a way that is frightening.

Both of those scenarios happened to me this past year.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Our government is based on being open and representative from the Federal government down to and including the smallest municipality. All of the business with some exceptions is conducted in public and it can be good, bad or ugly but it is debated and decisions are or should be reached publicly. People normally have the ability at a local level to also offer their input if they desire at appropriate times in a meeting.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

When a longtime friend from my old hometown contacts me after a lapse of a few years, he wants to know how I am enjoying life in southwest Florida.

The telephone conversation is going well until I mention I'm lucky I heard the phone ring because I was outside cleaning my swimming pool.

"Swimming pool?" he queries in astonishment." You have your own swimming pool? You must be rich," he asserts.

I remind him I am living in hot and humid Florida where backyard swimming pools are as common as rain spouting in Pennsylvania.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Considering the amount of hills and mountains that drivers must navigate, brake malfunctions are never a good thing. August 1910 proved to be a wild month for out-of-control vehicles in the area with a horse-drawn carriage, a motorized automobile and a railroad car all involved in separate accidents.

To unwind from the rigors of hard work, nothing could be more appealing to folks living in the early 1900s than to soak in the beauty of nature with a carriage ride followed by a country picnic.