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Where We Live

Saturday, April 18, 2015

By MARTA GOUGER

mgouger@tnonline.com

Every now and then we get a chance to be involved in something so much bigger than we are.

That happened this weekend when I had a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the American Cancer Society telethon.

I asked co-worker George Taylor if I could drop by and answer phones or something. I was going to put in a few hours, meet a few people, hear a story or two and go on with my weekend.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Panther Valley School Board member Irene Genther is tired of all the negativity about the school district's mediocre state rankings.

She knows that there are a lot of success stories in the school district, so she has begun compiling a list of Panther Valley graduates who make the dean's lists of various universities.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

At every stop light, other motorists beeped their horn and shouted at me, but I'd already coached myself not to look at them. I already knew there was an arrow embedded in my passenger side door. I just didn't feel like explaining it, not to strangers anyway.

How would I explain that I'd shot my own truck, while trying to get a turkey? That I'd known I was going to hit the truck when I let the arrow fly?

Plus they'd want to see the turkey, and I'd have to tell them that I'd missed it. And that it was only a jake.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

It's a cool, bright March Monday, and I'm giving our library an early spring cleaning.

I pull a dusty old book off a shelf, intending to run a lemon-oil scented rag over its cover and page edges before putting it back onto a cleaned bookcase.

But I succumb to temptation and sink into a comfy chair, book in hand. It's one I read to my daughters when they were small.

It takes a few pages of reading to adjust my 2015 brain to 1905 language.

Language has always been fluid and dynamic. What meant one thing in 1950 means something entirely different now.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

They say you can never have too much of a good thing.

One of the hardest things children, and some adults, learn is restraint when it comes to sweets.

I finally learned that one in my 30s when I ate too many jelly beans. Yes, the only thing the late President Ronald Reagan and I have in common is our love of jelly beans.

Move over Peeps, I need to get to the jelly beans.

My favorite is lemon. I love purple too. Green is my least favorite, but I won't turn them down.

I always buy the spiced ones and it doesn't matter what brand they are.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Its been a tough winter, to be sure. So today I'd like to try to brighten your day with some jokes about those people of a certain age, like me.

Two old men in a retirement village were sitting in the reading room and one said to the other, "How do you really feel? I mean, you're 72 years old, how do you honestly feel?"

"Honestly, I feel like a newborn baby. I've got no hair, no teeth and I just wet myself."

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Monday: Wash Day.

Tuesday: Ironing Day.

Wednesday: Sewing Day.

Thursday: Shopping Day.

Friday: Cleaning Day.

Saturday: Baking Day.

Sunday: Day of Rest.

It wasn't so long ago that every woman knew this old saying.

There was some logic for wash day on Mondays.

The laundry was a heavy task for the housewife and it required the most strength and fortitude.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Last week I had the opportunity to cover an event that sent me back to my past.

The assignment was in Lansford, in the home of Chester Trojan.

I climbed the stairs up to his residence with a camera crew from TV-13, as well as the Carbon County Commissioners.

The commissioners were there to present Chester with an emergency kit, one of 320 that will be distributed to area seniors through the Options Program of the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging in the coming weeks.

The climb brought back memories of a time when I was just a little girl.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

By JARRAD HEDES

jmhedes@tnonline.com

There are times you can embellish, or just flat-out lie, and get away with it.

People almost expect it out of you from time to time.

Go to any kind of reunion where one person hasn't seen another for a long period of time and watch the fabrications fly.

There is just a certain draw to adding some type of drama to your life.

Brian Williams did something we all have likely done at some point in stretching the truth.

Williams said he was aboard a helicopter hit by grenade fire in Iraq on March 24, 2003.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

By TERRY AHNER

tahner@tnonline.com

As we've all experienced in recent weeks, winter has begun to ramp up its fury.

While far from the clippers that had been originally predicted, the recent storms have nonetheless served as a disheartening reminder of what the season is capable of, and what figures to follow.

For most of us, dealing with the inclement weather can often put a real strain on things.

That's particularly true when the storms hit overnight and run into the morning hours before work.