Saturday, September 23, 2017

Where We Live

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 ...

Saturday, August 8, 2015


As they say, life just keeps rolling along.

This spring our oldest granddaughter got her driver's license. It seems like just yesterday I was pushing her on a swing, going for walks in a stroller and watching her learn how to ride her bike.

She is a smart girl and takes driving very seriously.

But this story is not about Maddie. It is about the car she is driving.

It is a four-door, dark cherry 1998 Honda Accord with miles galore on the odometer. Over the years the color has turned from cherry to eggplant/purple.

Saturday, August 1, 2015


Too often we as parents find ourselves in overdrive when it comes to parenting our children, running a home and working a full-time job.

We are sleep deprived, overworked and feel under-appreciated.

We do a tightrope walk daily, finding our balance somewhere between the life we used to have and the life we have now.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


As many motorists on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are finding out, convenience comes at a cost.

Yes, the recently opened Route 903 E-ZPass interchange significantly cuts down on the time you spend in your vehicle, depending on your destination.

E-ZPass customers, particularly those in Penn Forest Township, who work in Wilkes-Barre or Allentown will have a quicker commute.

Race fans from out of the area heading to Pocono Raceway, you most likely will have an easier trip as well.

Saturday, July 18, 2015


First it was on, then it was off, and now it's go time for Lehighton's Bike Night.

Only this time, the widely popular event won't be staged in the borough itself, but rather, in Franklin Township.

For the vendors and spectators alike who have continually supported the event since its debut in 1999, the fact that the event will be held is a happy ending.

Saturday, July 11, 2015


During my many years of being a journalist, I like most of my peers enjoyed doing articles about successes. These were articles about local people with great accomplishments, such as Lehighton's master drummer Denny Seiwell joining Paul McCartney's band.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

As you're reading this, I am in a place far, far away.

No, I'm not basking in the Caribbean sun, or downing martinis on a beach in the Bahamas.

Nevertheless, it is a location where I'm quite comfy, and best of all, void of any restrictions.

Perhaps what makes this place most enjoyable of all is that each morning that I awaken, I am free.

Free to do whatever I want, whenever I want, for as long as I want, no strings attached.

So, exactly which lavish destination have I chosen to hunker down at, you ask?

Saturday, June 20, 2015


And just like that, one day it was time for them to go.

I dangled my fingers into the nest to make sure, and for a couple days I kept a lookout for the straggler I'd put back into the nest a couple times. But none of them returned.

The previous winter, I'd said many times, "I can't wait until it's warm enough and I can sit on the porch in the morning and drink coffee." Then winter lingered and mornings were still too cool, although I tried the morning coffee on the porch a couple times wearing a jacket and hat.