Saturday, August 23, 2014

Where We Live

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The last time I wrote in this space I shared some Irish jokes with you. The response to those jokes was so good I thought I do it again. Here goes.

McQuillan walked into a bar and ordered martini after martini, each time removing the olives and placing them in a jar. When the jar was filled with olives and all the drinks consumed, he started to leave. "S'cuse me," said a customer, who was puzzled over what McQuillan had done. "What was that all about?" "Nothing," he replied, "my wife just sent me out for a jar of olives."

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ron Beltz of Lehighton loves singing. That's why he joined the Coal Cracker Chorus, an all-male chorus that's part of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

He stressed that it isn't discriminatory being "all male" because there is an all-female unit, the Sweet Adelines.

The Coal Cracker Chorus has been bringing musical joy to countless individuals for over 60 years. The group, based in Barnesville and consisting of about 18 members from throughout Carbon and Schuylkill Counties, formed in 1950.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

It's been a rough week.

As most of you know, early Tuesday we lost one of our own Tamaqua bureau chief Joe Plasko.

For the few who did not know Joe, he was a terrific person. He was smart, hardworking, funny and kind.

He was a walking treasure trove of information. Ask him a question about music, and he could answer it easily. Ask him something about sports no problem. If it were about local sports, he would not only give you the answer, but possibly some statistics to back it up.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


There's a major anniversary in Carbon County this year. It's unlikely there will be much of a celebration with it, but the event is one of the most important to ever occur in Carbon.

On June 10, it will mark 50 years since the dedication of Francis E. Walter Dam, which straddles the Carbon and Luzerne County line.

It was initially called Bear Creek Dam. The name was changed to the Francis E. Walter Dam by Congress on June 8, 1963.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

It's late morning, on Saturday, and I'm relaxing in the well-worn recliner in our library, my MacBook resting on our hefty tabby, Albert, who is snoozing on my lap.

At 13 years old and a good 20-plus pounds, Albert enjoys the warmth generated by the laptop as much as being on my lap; he curls and then stretches his paws, purring as he naps.

The interlude is one of my breaks in what is typically a day of household chores and home maintenance projects.

How I spend this free time has changed over the years, depending upon the level of technology in our household.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Over the last year, a lot has changed in my life.

I got married, moved out of my parents' home, and saw the West Coast for the first time.

I also went on my honeymoon to Hawaii. The trip was an experience neither Bob nor I will ever forget. Two sunny, beautiful weeks on the Golden Princess ship sailing the Pacific Ocean to paradise.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Winter time is my favorite time to get home from work, make supper, and then curl up on the couch with a warm afghan and a good book.

Ok. For all that know me personally, I have a book with me at all times whether it be winter, spring, summer or fall!

I love to open up a novel and get lost in the story. I especially like the rare finds of the ones that appeal to you so much that you find yourself pulling it out and reading it during every free minute you can find.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Although we got a break this week with the winter weather we've been having, I thought some Irish jokes might brighten your Saturday.

Into a Belfast pub comes Paddy Murphy, looking like he'd just been run over by a train. His arm is in a sling, his nose is broken, his face is cut and bruised and he's walking with a limp.

"What happened to you?" asks Sean, the bartender.

"Jamie O'Conner and me had a fight," says Paddy.

"That little guy, O'Conner," says Sean, "He couldn't do that to you, he must have had something in his hand."

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards Show will be televised Sunday night (CBS, 8 p.m.).

I have been watching less of the Grammys in recent years, but I must admit that the performances on last year's show caught my attention, with the Lady Gaga/Elton John duet and Pink's spinning trapeze act.

Picking the winners has become more difficult, as I haven't been thrilled with many of the nominees. It's time to stop watching when you don't recognize who is nominated for the trophies, but I don't want to give up just yet.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Bullying has become a national pastime in schools, but Lehighton Area School District is working to reverse that deadly trend through the Safe Student Ambassador program. Lehighton was the first school district in the state of Pennsylvania to use the program.

Every day in the United States 160,000 students are absent because of bullying and every day 25,000 students are assaulted and that six out of 10 students witness the assault. This results in teachers and students being afraid and tense.