Tuesday, September 16, 2014


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.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

When it comes to commercialization, America does it as well as anyone.

The 9/11 Museum is now open, and its museum gift shop has triggered controversy. Many consider the 9/11 site to be sacred ground and say the selling of trinkets and other tacky merchandise cheapens the site, turning it into a roadside attraction.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

This past Saturday, water rescue units were dispatched for a close call in the Lehigh River near Weissport.

A raft flipped and the people riding in it were tossed out. One got caught in the swift current. Others reportedly got rides in accompanying rafts without incident.

For the woman caught in the rapids, it was a close call. The river is high and the flow is raging as a result of recent heavy rain.

But regardless of the depth or velocity of the river, there is always an element of danger.