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Saturday, January 15, 2011

For the past few months, I've gone around the house muttering to myself about the lack of space.

It isn't because David's house isn't big enough for the two of us. It is. But I can't set up a much-needed office in the room we designated because it is a storage room filled with old furniture.

The plan, when we were married last year, was to get rid of the old furniture and turn the room into my office. Months later, the room is still crammed with the furniture.

I could remedy that by outright telling David I need the furniture gone. Now! But, do I do it?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

As we were celebrating our Christmas and New Year's holidays, Christians in other lands were being massacred. The Iraqis continue their campaign of murder and harassment of Christians. They invade their homes, drag them out and kill them. They also bomb churches in their quest to rid their country of infidels.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lehighton residents are reminded that the borough crew are clearing the snow away from the curbs.

Orange "No Parking" signs are being posted on the designated streets. Residents are asked to watch for these signs since they may not be directly in front of your house. Failure to heed the warning can result in a $25 fine.

Residents and businesses are also being reminded to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours after the snow or ice has ceased to fall or form.

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Rudy Wolff of Keystone Consulting Engineers, Kresgeville, left side of table, explains an Riverwalck Saloon exhibit to the Parryville Zoning Hearing Board, on right side are from left, standing, Scott Snyder, president; and seated, Greg Hopstock, and William "Don" McClure. Standing behind the board is Att. Gregory Mousseau, attorney for the Zoning Hearing Board.

The Parryville Zoning Hearing Board continued a variance hearing Thursday night that ended with two attorneys debating an issue that only the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation can answer.

The hearing, held at the request of Mark Stemler, owner of Riverwalck Saloon in Parryville, was a continuation of one that was originally held last Nov. 17.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Did you ever play the game Connect-the-Dots when you were younger? The puzzle is simply a series of numbered dots on a page and one connects them with a pen or pencil to form a picture. The puzzles can be made more complicated with different shaped dots or numbers and letters.

In those puzzles one would connect the numbered squares, numbered circles and so forth.In the latter case one connects all the numbers and using a separate line all the letters. In the end the picture becomes clear and it can be colored or decorated.

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Reprinted with permission of Ben Hasty/Reading Eagle Elizabeth Belk at Berks County farmhouse she hopes to turn into a cultural center for Lenape Indians.

The lawsuit requesting that the borough of Jim Thorpe repatriate the remains of the athlete Jim Thorpe to be reburied in his family plot in Oklahoma has sparked widespread interest, even prompting reaction from Native Americans.

"We were known as the grandfather tribe," said Elizabeth Belk, a clan elder and an assistant chief of the Turkey clan of the Lenni Lenape. "We would be called to broker peace between other tribes."

"Every Lenape is an individual with their own opinion," Belk said regarding the Thorpe lawsuit.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Slatington resident received a credit on her sewage bill after having sewage water in her basement several times during a sewer construction project.

Robin Schmall told borough council members that M F Ronca and Sons Inc. has fixed the sewage problem that she brought to council's attention in a meeting last October.

"My only problem is that it took this long to get it done," Schmall said. "It should have been handled properly from the beginning. It shouldn't have taken two months."

Saturday, January 15, 2011
For the annual China International Publish Group's New Year's party, Brandon Taylor was asked to give a speech on living in China, working for CIPG and explaining his Five-Year Plan.

Three years ago, the thought of moving to and working in China was just about as foreign as the country itself. I certainly had the means and interest to visit, but I really had no desire to move abroad it wasn't part of my five-year plan at the time.

But then this thing called the financial crisis swept the globe, crashing markets and putting millions out of work. With no jobs in America, particularly in the communications field for a recent college graduate like myself, and with unemployment skyrocketing, I found myself with a sudden change of heart toward working abroad.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Once in a while Harry and I catch that TV show, "Dirty Jobs" with Mike Rowe. It makes us aware that there are a lot of dirty jobs out there. Watching him feed snakes and clean out their cages or clean out street drains makes me pretty sure there isn't enough money for me to do some of those dirty jobs.

But as dirty as Mike can get, I think Harry could best him.

He reminds me of that Peanuts character, Pig-Pen. He leaves in the morning all nice and squeaky clean, but as soon as he walks out the door, he's like a dirt magnet.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

By KAREN CIMMS

kcimms@tnonline.com

I love Facebook.

I admit, I probably waste a lot of time online checking my friends' updates and looking over their photos. I also enjoy a good game of Scrabble and play regularly on the site.

But what I like most is the ability to keep in touch or reconnect with friends and relatives I haven't seen or spoken to in years.

I became a member almost two years ago. Most of my Facebook friends were coworkers at the time and of course my kids, who somewhat grudgingly (I'm sure) accepted my friend request.