Monday, August 3, 2015


Saturday, June 11, 2011

It's been quite a week for news. In a strange twist of fate, the Associated Press reported on Monday that Pecos Bill and Slue Foot Sue passed away within a day of each other. Betty Taylor, 91, who played the leading lady in Disneyland's famed Golden Horseshoe Revue stage show, helped to make it one of the longest running shows in history according to Disneyland Resort's president, George Kalogridis. Taylor, who died on Saturday, was preceded the day before by her long running co-star Wally Boag who played Sue's sweetheart on the Golden Horseshoe Revue stage for nearly 30 years.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Only six of the 13 members of the class, however, chose to attend the Tuesday evening graduation ceremony held in the assembly room of the high school, to reap the words of advice and wisdom bestowed on them by the commencement speakers.

"The room was artistically decorated with the national colors, pennants, potted plants and cut flowers," a reporter for the Tamaqua Courier noted. "Across the room was stretched the class colors – purple and white – on which was emblazoned the motto: "In Limine" (Latin for "on the threshold").

Saturday, June 11, 2011

By Abby Masenheimer

I live right next door to the president. OK, well maybe not right next door, but I do live about 10 minutes away when the red line isn't delayed.

You see, I go to school in our nation's capital. Washington, D.C. is not only the home of President Obama, the famous cherry blossoms and the National Mall but also nearly 7,000 American University undergraduate students, including me.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

It is another steamy day in the season we here in southwest Florida call Almost Summer.

Summer doesn't sneak in like a timid cat here in our version of Paradise. It pounces early, pushing away spring and bringing the blazing sun that saps energy as quickly as a dog can devour dinner.

I'm feeling like the dog's dinner after working outside in the yard for a few hours. I don't think I have the energy to get dressed and go dancing.

But I have an interview scheduled with two local ballroom dancers who are truly exceptional.

Monday, June 6, 2011

We had a simply fabulous Memorial Day weekend, didn't we?

Harry and I spent two back-breaking days working in the yard, planting shrubs and flowers and getting the pool ready.

I got poison.

I'm stiff in places I didn't even know existed.

My back is aching.

I got bug bites where no person should get bug bites.

But boy, does our yard look beautiful!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I am among the many who refer to the part of Florida where I live as a "little piece of Paradise."

With its constant sunshine, lush flowers year round, gently swaying Palm trees everywhere and a tropic location that delivers one beautiful day after another, this place is perfect for a nature lover like me.

But just as a beautiful, fragrant rose has its thorns, there are figurative thorns to living here.

Some of my friends think the seasonal threat of hurricanes and ridiculously high insurance premiums are the biggest problems in living here.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Hopefully everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend last week. It is that time of year when we should stop what we are doing and give thanks to the patriots who lay down their lives for our freedoms and liberty. Too many times we take for granted the sacrifices many of our fellow citizens make so that we can enjoy our lives in this country. Those men and women enable us to write in newspapers, go to the church of our choice or not go to church at all, gather in support or opposition to a cause and express ourselves freely.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The annual Pennsylvania Press Conference can be a humbling experience.

The event draws hundreds of writers, editors and publishers who come from Erie, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, York, Lancaster, Johnstown, Altoona and all points in between. The conference provides a great opportunity to compare notes and network with others in the field. It's always an opportunity to learn.

This year's event took place two weeks ago in State College.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A number of stories regarding children made for interesting reading during the early summer of 1911 but unfortunately, most of the news was not good.

In early June, residents were stunned to learn that a young girl was responsible for a string of robberies in the Wilkes-Barre area.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Memorial Day weekend is always special.

But John Greis helped make it more special than ever this year.

Army First Sergeant Greis has been one of my son, Mike's, best friends since they went to kindergarten together. It's a friendship that has remained strong for more than 35 years.

On Sunday, just as we were leaving my other son, Jim's house, to attend the Memorial Day services in Coaldale, Mike's cell phone rang.

It was John.