Friday, July 11, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reopened the beach to swimming at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County this afternoon.

The park was closed earlier this week because of bacteria detected in water samples.

I got my very first dog when I was in my 30s.

Not because I didn't want one before that, but because it was the first time in my life I was able to do so.

Zosia was part rottie and part shepherd.

She was very good with other people (especially children), but hated other dogs.

When my youngest daughter was an infant, Zosia would sleep under her crib. Should my daughter begin to stir or whimper in the middle of the night, Zosia quickly came into my room to alert me.

Rapper-singer Nicki Minaj, English singer Ed Sheeran and comedian Marlon Wayans should be thankful for being able to perform in a country allowing free speech.

After their recent July Fourth performance in Philadelphia, many feel they totally abused that right.

During a pre-fireworks concert last Friday, they used the kind of obcenity-laced jokes and song lyrics that certainly shamed the family-friendly celebration. There were many children among the thousands gathered at the Art Museum for the concert.

Coal cars, left, wait to be hoisted from the foot of the Mahanoy Plane in this 1890s image.

In 1868, the most powerful engines in the world were located 16 miles west of Tamaqua.

The power was necessary to hoist coal up a mountainside, coal that helped to build the country.

The engines were part of an amazing coal-car inclined railroad known as the Mahanoy Plane, an engineering marvel that boosted coal cars from the valley town of Mahanoy Plane, part of Gilberton, up a mountainside some 2,460 feet to Frackville.

The inclined plane railroad spanned two points separated by a rise of 524 feet.

Deeds recorded

Penn Forest Township

Wayne P. Covely Jr. to Weichert Financial Services, Morris Plains, New Jersey, property at 107 Hiawatha Trail, Albrightsville, $1.

L & M Custom Homes, Inc., to John M. Dewitt, Waldwick, New Jersey, property at 192 Ginsburg Circle, Albrightsville, $164,900.

Helen E. Arkey to Daniel Arkey, 136 Bear Creek Drive, Jim Thorpe, property at 136 Bear Creek Drive, $1.

Sheriff of Carbon County to Federal National Mortgage Association, Dallas, Texas, property at 106 Penn Forest Drive, aka 525 Penn Forest Drive, Albrightsville...