Thursday, April 2, 2015


Saturday, March 26, 2011

It's been a rough week.

As most of you know, early Tuesday we lost one of our own Tamaqua bureau chief Joe Plasko.

For the few who did not know Joe, he was a terrific person. He was smart, hardworking, funny and kind.

He was a walking treasure trove of information. Ask him a question about music, and he could answer it easily. Ask him something about sports no problem. If it were about local sports, he would not only give you the answer, but possibly some statistics to back it up.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The older you get, the smarter you get. At least I hope that's the case.

And with this adult wisdom comes some very intelligent observations.

For instance, try these on for size, supplied by a faithful reader of this column.

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing stinks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring. Out of the four seasons, she is the ditz of the bunch.

Spring is capricious, flirty and maybe just a wee bit confused.

The confusion might start with not knowing when her actual birthday is.

Ever since I can remember, the first day of Spring was March 21.

Now it's March 20.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


On March 30, 1911, Joseph Christock became the 657th person executed in the state of Pennsylvania when he was hung at the prison in Pottsville.

Four months earlier, Christock had been sentenced for the murder of two women – the shotgun slaying of Mrs. Mary Ann Richards and the rape and murder of Elizabeth Faulds, whose husband Peter owned the farm Christock was working on as a hired hand in South Manheim Township, near Auburn. Christ Becker of Tamaqua was one of the jury members during the emotional trial in November 1910.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A guy came up to me at a party with a strange question. "You know, you're a good writer," he said. "Why are you ashamed to use your real name in your newspaper column?"

He came to that conclusion because he noticed my married name and the name that appears with my column are entirely different.

It's not just the last name that's different. My husband calls me Trish and introduces me to everyone by that name.

I, on the other hand, always use Pattie.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

In case you weren't paying attention, two relatively important events happened. First, last Saturday night the moon reached perigee, meaning it was the closest it could get to the earth in their dance around the sun. Coincidentally, the moon will reach full apogee again when its full on October 11th of this year. The moon will not be that close to the earth again for another 18 years.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I heard an interesting conversation on the overnight show "Coast to Coast AM with George Noory." The guest was a lecturer named Dr. Quantum otherwise known as physicist and lecturer Fred Wolf who discussed the concept of time and space and light.

During the conversation, he pointed out that the theory of the big bang occurred in the middle of nothing. Noory said it's hard for him to comprehend what "nothing" is. Up to that point I never gave it a second thought, but when Noory made the statement, it occurred to me how correct he was.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

By jim zbick

Railroad detectives and local law enforcement officials had their hands full with some very volatile cases in the first quarter of 1911.

A railroad incident in mid-February claimed the life of a popular engineer on the Pennsylvania and Reading Railroad. The wreck was blamed on a "switch fiend" who spiked the track, causing the train's engine to plunge down an embankment near Lofty.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The first of the Baby Boomers are now eligible for Social Security benefits. For many in the now generation, now has come.

Members of the generation that never got old are now considered senior citizens.

But that doesn't mean we still can't have some fun.

A faithful reader sent along this quiz, one to test the memories of the Baby Boomers.

Have a paper and pencil handy to record your answers ... Your mind isn't as sharp as it once was!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I just went to birthday party that was more than an observance of the day of someone's birth.

The party was a glorious celebration of life.

When some people in our kayak club realized so many members were turning 70, they decided a party was in order.

I looked around at the nine celebrants and thought about how vibrant and active each one is. In addition to paddling kayaks for miles each week, they bike long distances, have a lot of varied interests, and are a rather hearty bunch.