Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ben Franklin was wrong when he said "honesty is the best policy."

Just ask the parents of 7-year-old Darin Simak.

Darin is a first grade student at the New Kensington-Arnold School District.

He recently forgot his book bag at a friend's house, so his mother gave him a different book bag. When he got to school, he realized a toy gun was in the book bag.

Knowing it was wrong to bring a toy gun to school, he approached his teacher and told her.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Graduating seniors from Simon Kenton High School in Independence, Ky., recently posted a tongue-in-cheek ad on Craigslist that was creative and quite funny.

In order to pay for college expenses, the graduates put their school up for sale in the housing, office and commercial section of the classified advertising website. The students' ad, which was quickly pulled, stated: "Going off to college, so i dont (sic) need it anymore, need to save up my cash to pay off all these loans coming up."

Friday, June 6, 2014

It was 70 years ago today that 7,000 ships and landing craft carrying 156,000 Allied troops crossed the English Channel along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.

The assault, which penetrated Adolf Hitler's Fortress Europe defenses, remains the largest amphibious invasion in history. By day's end on June 6, 1944, the Allies had gained a foot-hold in France, the first step in defeating the Nazis. It came at a high cost as more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summit Hill Borough Council recently approved a new garbage contract with Tamaqua Transfer and Recycling.

It's a good contract that satisfies the needs of the town's residents better than the trash collection pacts do in most surrounding communities.

In fact, some municipalities don't even provide garbage collection for their residents.

And that's a problem.

As in the past, the contract in Summit Hill provides up to five bags of trash per household.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Rev. Allison Bauer was taking her dog for his daily walk in Beaver County recently when she approached the Frankfort Presbyterian Church in Hookstown, where she has been a minister since 2006.

She immediately noticed that the 500-pound brass bell, which usually sits beneath the front-yard sign, was gone. It wasn't the first time the bell had gone missing. After it disappeared two years ago, church members discovered three men had taken it to a facility in Ohio where they tried to sell it for scrap before police arrested them.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

One night earlier this week we were sitting in our living room, watching "Jeopardy," when we were interrupted by someone knocking on the front door.

A woman said she was selling magazines and hoping to win a trip to Italy. She became annoyed when we didn't buy any. She rudely tried opening our door instead of talking through it, but we made it clear she wasn't welcome.

Later, we noticed our back gate was open because our dog got out of the yard.

Was someone coming to our back door while this magazine salesman was at our front door?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The revitalization project for the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge (Route 209) which spans the Lehigh River, Weissport borough, and Lehigh Canal has gotten underway.

Until now, there hasn't been much impact to commuters.

That changes drastically on Friday, June 6.

Come June 6, an unpopular detour for the project goes into effect, but it's possibly the only logical detour route.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In his book "The Greatest Generation" journalist Tom Brokaw opened our eyes to the sacrifices of young Americans from the Great Depression of the 1930s through the second World War.

In World War II, the spirit in this country was as strong and focused as any time in its history. While the nation's young men were enlisting in the military by the hundreds of thousands, the women also had an essential role in the greatest mobilization of resources the country had ever known.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Before the nation's youth got hooked on the video game craze in the early '80s, setting the groundwork for the computer culture of today, a post-World War II generation of boys, myself included, used our childhood imagination to "play army."

Thursday, May 22, 2014

There was an election on Tuesday.

From the turnout at the polls, it appears most people sent a message: "Who really gives a darn?"

In Carbon County, the voter turnout was less than 20 percent. That means fewer than one in five of the registered voters cared enough to visit the polls.

It's been said that one of the main problems of the United States today is apathy.

It might be more that people are feeling helpless. Government keeps wasting money, doing deeds against the will of the majority and trampling on the middle class.