Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Where We Live

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Most deer hunters spend a lot of time in trees. Once you climb a tree and spend a few hours there, it’s a home. You can always find that tree again, even when it’s dark. Your mind somehow absorbs the contours of the land and the placements of the trees.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

When I started my reporting career over 45 years ago, the first borough council meetings I covered were in Weissport.

Since I retired, I agreed to do some work on a freelance basis rather than remain idle. I’m sure most carpenters never permanently put away their hammers, and most writers and photographers never totally abandon their vocations.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

He placed his hands upon the metal bar and squeezed so tightly, his knuckles turned white.

“Ready?” I asked.

His eyes were fixed upon the difficult journey ahead. After a deep breath, he nodded his head once.

“Try to go in straight lines,” I told him. “And when you get to the end of this row, push down on the handle and turn around in a circle to come back.”

He nodded again, his eyes still staring at the long green road.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

As I usually do in this spot, here are some jokes to make your Saturday and weekend a little more fun.

Two guys were discussing popular family trends on sex, marriage, and family values.

Bill said, “I didn’t sleep with my wife before we got married, did you?”

Larry replied, “I’m not sure, what was her maiden name?”

A little boy went up to his father and asked: “Dad, where did my intelligence come from?”

The father replied. “Well, son, you must have got it from your mother, cause I still have mine.”

Saturday, July 16, 2016

By Ron Gower

Lehighton borough had a splendid 150th anniversary. The organizers are to be commended for putting together a celebration that will be remembered for a long time.

While the community was reveling in its history, there was one small entity that had a big anniversary that not only wasn’t celebrated, but wasn’t even mentioned.

The Lehighton Memorial Library dedicated its present facilities 50 years ago on June 19, 1966.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

There’s something about monotonous work with power equipment that sets my mind free. Let me run the brush hog for a couple hours, and I’ll come back to my desk with an article already written in my mind; send me out to plow snow on the ATV, I may return with a poem.

Turn me loose with a chain saw, where decisions such as which tree goes and which tree stays must be made, and I’ll turn philosophical.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sam Barnes passed away in 2001. Although his daughter, Sheri Baity, thinks of him every day, it is when she hunts from one of their “Cabins on the Green” that she feels the strongest connection.

The two tiny cabins are about 200 yards apart from each other in the sprawling, rolling acreage of the family dairy farm, in operation in Covington, Pennsylvania, since 1858. Each tidy cabin claims a knoll, and each is similarly equipped with fold down cot, wood stove for heat and cooking, removable windows and radio.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

It’s a mild October evening in 2014, and I’m sitting on a wooden bench at Rosemount campgrounds in the Lewistown Valley, tapping my feet as I listen to the Good Times Variety Band.

True to its name, the band plays a variety of songs, from sweet ballads to lively polkas.

The drummer, Bonnie DeAngelo, sets the beat that pulls people, from toddlers to octogenarians, to their feet to dance.

She moves smoothly from the hard, fast rhythm of an exuberant polka to the soft, easy tempo of a love song, her perfectly pitched voice mesmerizing the crowd.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The photogenic scenes of the fall season are upon us.

For many of us, fall represents a beautiful time of year, perhaps the most serene from an aesthetic point of view.

There is just so much to see, and so much to do, that it seems as though there is never a dull moment.

Take, for example, the Tamaqua Historical Society, which on Sunday will present its 31st Annual Tamaqua Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Tamaqua.

Saturday, August 15, 2015



As you know I like to use this space to share some humor I received from friends.

The following was sent to me recently and I think you'll find it humorous.


One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift. The next year, I didn't buy her a gift. When she asked me why, I replied, "Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!"

And that's how the fight started ...