Monday, May 4, 2015


Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dear Editor:

* Accept the days you are a pigeon and some that your are a statue.

* Always keep your words soft and sweet just in case you have to eat them.

* Drive carefully, it's not only the cars that can be recalled by their maker.

* Never buy a car you cannot push, with fuel at $5 never buy a car.

* Do not put both feet in your mouth at the same time. You'll not have a leg to stand on.

* Since it is the early bird that gets the work, sleep late.

* The second mouse gets the cheese.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

How far have we come?

Pretty darn far. Just think, that 100 years ago, in 1911 here's what we had. Compare that to what we have now.

Theaverage life expectancyfor men was 47 years.

Fuel for the few cars on the road was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was theEiffel Tower.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

If you have watched television this past week, you know that on Friday Prince William married his long time love Kate Middleton. The wedding was lavish, featuring a beautiful chapel, an extensive guest list of dignitaries, and wedding receptions across England in the couple's honor.

While this wedding was beautiful, the main focus of the ceremony (as is always the case) was the bride. For weeks, much of the conversation surrounded who Kate is, where she is from, and what should she wear. On the day of the ceremony, all eyes were not on the prince, but on his bride.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

If I was to argue with you that white was black or up was down, I am willing to bet two things would happen. First, you would probably attempt to prove that I was wrong since you would believe the truth is so obvious that it would seem insane to argue otherwise. Second, failing to convince me of either of these truths you may eventually give up and believe I'm crazy since the truth is staring me right in the face and yet I still deny it.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

A little more than a year ago, on April 2, 2010, my big sister Kay lay down to sleep, closed her eyes and passed over into God's arms.

Although we were born 13 years apart, we shared a few common interests, including reading, horseback riding, cooking and baking.

The latter two were nurtured by our father, who during our childhoods, operated restaurants.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

By jim zbick

@$:A highlight of the 1911 spring season for farmers from throughout the region was The Great Industrial Exposition which was sponsored by one of Tamaqua's leading merchants located on Broad Street.

"Seligman & Company will hold a miniature world's fair," a headline in the Tamaqua Courier announced in mid-April. The company's various promotions for the exhibition, which the Courier called the largest of its kind in the state, would impress even today's media-savvy public relations firms.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

When I drove to work Friday morning, gasoline, where I usually fill my tank, was $3.83 a gallon. Add an extra nickel a gallon if you use a credit card. It's only a matter of time until the price surpasses $4 a gallon and maybe even $5 by Memorial Day.

As depressing as that is, there are motorists in other countries who are worse off than us. Hard to believe, but it's true.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

My friend Earl made a career of the Air Force and one of the places he was stationed was in England about 10 years ago. No matter where he has been sent by his superiors, Earl has always taken it upon himself to learn about the area and explore when not working so he took great advantage of his time there.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Over the last few weeks, I've had the opportunity to cover quite a few children's events in the area.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

With no electronic media like television, the Internet, or radio, Tamaqua merchants used their storefronts and the newspaper to attract pre-Easter business a century ago.

"Tamaqua merchants this year are exerting their best efforts to make attractive displays and some of the windows are real models of art," one Tamaqua Courier reporter observed in early April of 1911. "The interiors are also very attractive and it behooves the good housewife of Tamaqua to visit the downtown stores and see for herself just how up-to-date Tamaqua merchants can really be."