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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Well, I'm not in heaven. The sun rose and set on May 21, 2011 with no visible signs of the Rapture, as Harold Camping predicted.

Now he's saying that May 21 was just a spiritual judging by the Lord and that five months from now, Oct. 21, 2011 will be the Rapture and the end of the world.

I'm not a great scholar of the Bible, but from everything that I have read, the end of the world will come in God's time, known only to God, and not any date set by man. So I never gave old Harold's prediction a second thought.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The recent rash of dog attacks has led me to this conclusion.

The owners of dangerous dogs that attack people need to be heavily fined, and in a hurry.

Specifically those dog owners who allow their vicious animals to run loose that aren't licensed or leashed.

Such measures are necessary in light of a series of dog attacks that have occurred in the area in recent months.

In fact, several articles have appeared in our publication about incidents where dogs have attacked humans, chickens, and other dogs.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Weather experts are calling this the deadliest tornado season in half a century. The storm earlier this week which spawned two low-level tornadoes in this area was a scary reminder of the whopper systems rolling through the nation's midsection.

A century ago, another intense storm system created havoc throughout the Northeast.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Finally, Memorial Day weekend is here. Remember the brutally cold and snowy winter, and the soggy spring? We endured, because we knew eventually May 30th would be here and the unofficial summer kickoff would begin.

Parades and Memorial services will be held in just about every town. Memorial Day is both a solemn and joyous occasion, solemn because we honor the memories of all those who have made the great sacrifice so that we can enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It's joyous because despite terror-driven enemies we continue to embrace those freedoms.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

This past week was another primary election and while it rained on some people's aspirations the sun shone for others through the raindrops. Congratulations to all the primary winners and for those that are still contesting seats, good luck in the fall. While most people believe the Presidential or gubernatorial elections, the elections that select our local officials are the most important of all in my opinion.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

When I think of Memorial Day, I remember an incident from years ago.

It happened when I was a youngster watching a Memorial Day parade. I never missed a parade because I grew up on the main street of town and all of the parades passed by my house.

On this day, the marching units, honorees, and bands passed by with usual fanfare.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The last thing I want to do is upset the readers of this column.

But in case you haven't heard or read about it, today is Doomsday.

Yep! At 6 p.m. today the world's going to end. We're finished, gone.

So don't cut the grass. Don't make any dinner reservations for this evening. Don't plant that camping trip. It's no use.

We're finished, done for, toast, call it what you want. No use planning a column for next week. There's not going to be anyone around to read it.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

By JIM ZBICK

JZBICK@TNONLINE.COM

IN 1911 ALVA ERSKINE BELMONT, A PROMINENT MULTI-MILLIONAIRE AMERICAN SOCIALITE AND A MAJOR FIGURE IN WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENTS, HAD A VISION TO CREATE A FARM WHERE GIRLS COULD LIVE AND WORK HARD, EARNING WAGES WHILE LEARNING HOW TO DO MAN'S WORK.

THE INTENT WAS TO GET GIRLS OUT OF THE CITY AND BACK TO A WHOLESOME ENVIRONMENT. WHEN ALVA MADE HER 200-ACRE MANSION AND GROUNDS ON LONG ISLAND AVAILABLE, OVER 200 YOUNG WOMEN IMMEDIATELY APPLIED.

THE "WOMEN FARMERS" DID GARDENING, TOOK CARE OF LAWNS, RAISED VEGETABLES AND GREW FRUITS.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

First an update from Shelton, Connecticut. Due to overwhelming support from America for the reversal of the overly harsh and in some opinions arbitrary rule that was going to keep James Tate and his two friends from attending the senior prom for asking his date by hanging a paper sign on the outside of his high school, Head Mistress Beth Smith reversed her decision and said such cases in the future will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

By JIM ZBICK

jzbicktnonline.com

It's not clear how local promoters were able to swing it, but on May 13, 1911, the Lansford Opera House landed Mary Mannering, one of the biggest stars of the stage world, for a one-night showing.

When it came to the big stage, there was no bigger name during the first decade of the 20th century than Mannering. The British-born round-faced, dark-haired performer appeared to be at the top of her acting career in 1911.