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Where We Live

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ready or not, the mad holiday rush is in full effect.

If you're like me, chances are you're stuffed like a turkey right about now.

With yet another delicious Thanksgiving meal firmly tucked away in my stomach, I feel as though I'm about ready to deliver a bird.

For those of you who crave a good old-fashioned Turkey Day dinner, the good news is there may still be plenty of leftovers to be had.

Raise your hand if you were among those who ate, watched football and fell asleep in that exact sequence of events.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

I refrain usually on commenting on stories that I cover as part of my designated duties, but some recent items with regard to Mahoning Township has really led me to wonder about a few things which actually don't relate to the township as much as it does to organizations that have some roles in the municipality.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


I had the opportunity last weekend to visit my hometown. The anticipation of returning to where I grew up and went to school, and the chance to catch up with a few dear old friends, got me thinking about my high school days and in particular, about one of my favorite teachers.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Today would be my grandfather's birthday. Robert "Ruby" Leickel would be well over 130 if he was still living.

It's strange I remember his birthday. I generally have a hard time remembering dates and phone numbers.

I thought of him after the election was held this week. It was obvious by the results that people are having tough times; that they want major changes, not only in Washington and Harrisburg, but in our country in general.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's a sunny spring morning in the late 1950s. I'm 8 years old, and, arms outstretched to keep my balance, I'm jumping from tie to tie along the rails of the tracks that run through my small home town. Inky, a black Labrador Retriever, ambles along beside me.

A few feet behind me, Harriet strolls along, twirling Inky's leash and keeping an ear out for the thrumming warning of an oncoming train. Harriet is middle-aged; she and her husband have no children of their own, but Harriet is a magnet for neighborhood kids.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


When I was growing up, my mom and my best friend Laura's mom, Joanie, always joined forces on trick or treat night to make sure Laura, her little brother Johnny, and I were safe when we went trick or treating.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

By Mary Tobia

How would you feel if visiting you for the first time was on someone's Bucket List?

A very close friend of ours from South Dakota was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 19 months ago.

It was touch and go for the first few weeks and after a serious Whipple procedure the doctors at the Mayo Clinic were able to stabilize Tommy enough to start cancer treatments.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Last year in this space I ran actual quotes from lawyers and witnesses made during official court proceedings. The funny quotes were well received so I thought I print some more today.

Lawyer: Was that the same nose you broke as a child?

Witness: I only have one, you know.

Accused, defending his own case: Did you get a good look at my face when I took your purse? The defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Lawyer: Can you tell us what was stolen from your house?

Saturday, October 2, 2010


It's fun, discovering where life's twists and turns will take you next.

As a correspondent for the TIMES NEWS, I've had the chance to interview countless people in Carbon, Schuylkill, and Lehigh counties. While these people may not realize it, they have each touched my life in some small way.

Of course, there are the few who have impacted my life in a big way. I've been deeply touched by hard-working individuals in our area, people overcoming struggles to be their best, and men and women who are passionate about what they do.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

As we go through life, we come face to face with many heroes.

As a little girl, my dad was my hero. He could fix anything from a TV to a car. He taught me to ride a bike and drive a car, and he could cook, which was pretty rare for a dad in those days.

I've had lots of other heroes over the years, including people I have written about, and of course, our local firefighters. I am always in awe of their dedication.

But I have a new hero in my life now my 19-year-old grandson Kyle.