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Saturday, November 22, 2014



An interesting development has occurred within the borough of Summit Hill in the past month. On one side is the Summit Hill Borough Council, which has announced that they would like to see the water authority dissolved and absorbed into the borough as a department. On the other side of the coin, the water authority wants to remain a somewhat independent entity. The real driving force between the two are resources both financial and personnel.

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Journalists will tell you the most rewarding part of our job is when we make a difference.

And most of the time we do, with stories that inform, inspire and help people.

The past few weeks have been frustrating though because we keep getting reports about scam attempts. We feel helpless to stop people from falling for these tricksters and losing some money or their life's savings.

Saturday, November 8, 2014


There are three types of people in the world: those who have, those who don't and those who share whatever they have.

I have been blessed to be on the receiving end of kindness many times over the years.

In 2003, my husband was in a head-on crash. When we came home from the hospital, our church friends brought us meals for about a month. I had food in the freezer, but no time to cook anything. I was bandaging my husband's wounds, helping him walk and working full-time.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Following is something I got from a friend. It compares today with 1957 at any high school in America. It's worth reading, and I think is very true. Hope you enjoy.

Scenario 1:

Jack goes duck hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack. 1957 Vice principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack. 2014 School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


A recipe passed down through the generations fills a house with love.

I just finished organizing my recipe box, which is filled with my favorite handwritten recipes.

Throughout the years I have accumulated more cookbooks than I need.

But if I want a special recipe sure to please my heart, my soul and tummy, it is off to my recipe box I go.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Fall is one of my favorite times of year.

I love the colors of the trees as their leaves change to brilliant reds, oranges and yellows.

I love the smells that float through the air. I can't describe them though, but there is just something about it that screams fall.

And I love the pumpkins, cornstalks, hay bales and mums that adorn many people's homes over the next two months.

Something about this time of year just makes me happy.

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Callie Kosciolek, 6, of Summit Hill, reads the newspaper as a way to expand her vocabulary and strengthen her reading skills.

Some people say the newspaper industry is dying. Being in my early 30s I find my first choice for getting the news will always be a newspaper.

How do you like to read your news? Online or the newspaper? I may be biased, but my first choice will always be the newspaper. Since I was a young girl the sight of someone reading a newspaper always caught my eye.

The moment I would spot someone reading one, whether on a park bench, library or on a crowded bus, I would always assume they were an intelligent person.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


So now there's a proposal before the Senate Education Committee that would allow school boards to authorize if staff may or may not carry guns on school grounds.

Those of you who have read my prior posts on the topic of guns will not be surprised to know that I am against such legislation being passed, though not because I believe the idea is impractical.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Winter won't officially arrive for another three months, but some prognosticators have it all figured out.

From the superstitious goose-bone man to the heavily referenced Farmer's Almanac, all predictions are that this is going to be a terrible winter.

We're going to have lots of snow and bitter cold temperatures. It will be worse than last year.

You think heating bills were bad last year? You'll need a Brink's truck this year to take you to your fuel oil company to make payment. Or maybe just a sled and a team of dogs.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Earlier this summer I was given the chance to ride along with the Lehighton Ambulance Association.

The main purpose of the invitation was to witness firsthand the kind of waits the ambulance crew was experiencing when trying to cross the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge in Lehighton, which is undergoing a rehabilitation project, but the experience turned into so much more.