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Saturday, November 22, 2014

By DAVID WARGO

don'tblink2003@hotmail.com

An interesting development has occurred within the borough of Summit Hill in the past month. On one side is the Summit Hill Borough Council, which has announced that they would like to see the water authority dissolved and absorbed into the borough as a department. On the other side of the coin, the water authority wants to remain a somewhat independent entity. The real driving force between the two are resources both financial and personnel.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I received an email that brought tears to my eyes. It had a message of "Little things lead to big things."

If you have a computer, please look on the Internet for "Brokaw, the greatest generation and the candy bomber." It will be a 13-minute YouTube video. But it's worth every second.

It is the story of Col. Gail S. "Hal" Halvorsen, now a 94-year-old retired career officer and command pilot in the United States Air Force. He is known as the Candy Bomber.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

It wasn't a typical Thanksgiving.

We finished eating a turkey meal, except for Mom.

She wasn't eating. Her appetite was fading. I suppose she wasn't feeling well, but I wasn't sure. Communication had become an issue. Mom didn't say much, as always. She'd never tell us if she was sick. Of course, that was the norm. Mom never complained, not once in her life.

But this was different. Mom no longer spoke full sentences.

She'd look at me and smile. She loved me as much as ever. But she no longer knew my name.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

My neighbor Tom, who is 91, became a lot younger this week.

Tom mostly stays in his yard feeding the squirrels. In all my years here, I don't believe I ever saw him walking on our street.

But this week I saw a younger man with a skip to his steps walking a dog down the street. When I looked closer, I was surprised to see that it was Tom.

His smile was ear to ear as he practically danced across the street to show me his new charge. It was his granddaughter's dog, he said, and he was in charge of baby-sitting the dog while she went away for the day.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I just love autumn.

There are several things for all of us to appreciate and look forward to in the three months leading up to December:

The kids go back to school.

The leaves change colors and provide a daily, brilliant display that begs you to simply stop and take notice.

Football season.

Hunting season, and the observance of three major holidays during that time period: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

As wonderful as all of that is, an even bigger celebration occurs for an entire month No-Shave November!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

There is a rather curious story about visitors to the Palace at Versailles in France, and this account is one of the earliest anecdotes related to a phenomena called a time slip.

In 1901, two women, Charlotte Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain, who were officials at St. Hugh's College in Oxford, decided to visit the Palace. They toured the palace but found it unimpressive and decided to walk through the gardens toward the Petit Trianon, which was a château built by King Louis XV.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

By MARTA GOUGER

mgouger@tnonline.com

Journalists will tell you the most rewarding part of our job is when we make a difference.

And most of the time we do, with stories that inform, inspire and help people.

The past few weeks have been frustrating though because we keep getting reports about scam attempts. We feel helpless to stop people from falling for these tricksters and losing some money or their life's savings.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Last Tuesday evening our family gathered just after dusk at the extreme east end of White Street near the ridge on that street adjacent to the cemeteries, hoping to see a new rocket launch from the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island.

The payload consisted of supplies and experiments for the International Space Station. The sky was a little cloudy, unlike the previous evening when the rocket was originally set to launch until a ship interfered by wandering into a safety zone.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

By MARTA GOUGER

mgouger@tnonline.com

There are three types of people in the world: those who have, those who don't and those who share whatever they have.

I have been blessed to be on the receiving end of kindness many times over the years.

In 2003, my husband was in a head-on crash. When we came home from the hospital, our church friends brought us meals for about a month. I had food in the freezer, but no time to cook anything. I was bandaging my husband's wounds, helping him walk and working full-time.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Remember that old ballad about always looking for a silver lining?

It sounds corny and most people don't look for a silver lining in every situation. They just look for a way to survive it and go on from there.

But what I've noticed the past few weeks is how many bad situations also bring a glimmer of good.

It was a grapefruit tree, of all things, that brought this message home to me. I went through so many conflicting emotions because of that tree. I started with gratitude, slipped into anger then graduated to regret.