Saturday, September 24, 2016


Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Northeast Variety Band has 20 musicians playing for parades and sit-down concerts, and one musician stood out with his great trumpet playing.

Michael F. DeMelfi joined our band about two years ago and soon had his grandson, Nicholas Hecknote, playing his trumpet alongside him.

They both also played their trumpets in the Hazleton Philharmonic band, and Michael played with the Jan Lewan and St. Ann Band of Freeland.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

How about that wacky weather we’ve been having! How about the earthquakes, crop failures, tornadoes, floods and tsunamis in the news! How is it that one neighbor can get damage to their property during the recent hailstormand another not? Often these things take us by surprise, so I stand in awe and say loudly: “We’re not in charge!” GOD is!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

In light of current problems and tragedies due to speed, may we pray for wisdom and patience for all who:

When traveling on a country road and may be running late

Please remember it’s a country road and not an Interstate

When those who live on country roads (and we may be those too)

Are driving, we forget sometimes the more kind thing to do.

Those folks who live on country road — while working on their grass

Or plowing fields or trimming shrubs — they’re praying as you pass.

They’d gladly give you “right of way” BUT THEY CAN’T HEAR YOU COMING!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Just as we concluded earlier this year that the expected annual toll hikes for Pennsylvania Turnpike users is not sustainable, the state’s Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has come out with an audit that agrees with us.

DePasquale’s office released a pointed warning this week that if the Turnpike Commission makes good on its threat to raise tolls annually for the next 28 years, as it said it would have to do to remain on a sound fiscal footing, it will destabilize the turnpike system, putting the nation’s first toll road in financial jeopardy.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Dear Editor,

I am writing to express my view on the proposed contracting of police services between Franklin and Mahoning townships and Lehighton Borough. I have been a lifelong resident of the Lehighton area, and I am a homeowner and taxpayer in Mahoning, as well as a former employee of Mahoning Township, having served over six years.

Monday, September 12, 2016

But once in a while we discover a quote from Matt Groening’s animated sitcom that parodies our American culture. In season 13, Seymour Skinner, Bart Simpson’s principal, shared this personal remark over the school intercom about the lunch menu at Springfield Elementary: “And in a gutless act of political correctness, ‘Pizza Day’ will now be known as ‘Italian-American Sauced Bread Day.’ ”

The butt of that comment was of course the political correctness running amok in society.

We recall these gems in our recent history:

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Dear editor:

I am a resident of Virginia for many years, but was born and raised in Lehighton.

When I was young, I enjoyed Lehighton so much. I sure missed it when I moved, and still visit my relatives in Lehighton as much as I can. We had such great times, especially a big night out on a Friday, meeting friends downtown, sitting in the park and going in the stores. This is all but gone today.

I regret to say Lehighton is like a “ghost town.” It has NOTHING! It is a shame what it could be and is not.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Dear Editor,

Recently my neighbors and I received a flier in the mail sent by PennEast, the company that wants to put a 36-inch, 1,480 psi gas pipeline through Carbon County. The flier is blatantly inaccurate, and the residents of Carbon County deserve to know the truth.

Friday, September 9, 2016

The song “Dust in the Wind,” released in 1977 by the progressive rock band Kansas, is considered among the most famous acoustic rock songs ever recorded.

The song was written by Kansas band member Kerry Livgren who said he was only expressing his own personal search for something before becoming an evangelical Christian a few years later. The song’s message resembles a well-known Bible verse from Genesis 3:19: “… for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Ever since the Obama administration issued a sweeping ruling in May directing that every public school in the country needs to allow transgender students to use the bathroom and locker room facilities that match their gender identity rather than their biological identity at birth, school officials have been in a tizzy over implementation.