Thursday, July 24, 2014


Thursday, April 10, 2014

This year the Lehighton Band celebrates its 150th anniversary.

For a century-and-a-half, it has been providing music with a variety from marches to show tunes to even country tunes at its concerts.

The anniversary kicks off with a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium.

The special anniversary concert will be held in July when the band includes a selection during the event that was written in each decade of the band's existence.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Most Americans know Mickey Rooney as the Hollywood legend who entertained people for nine decades.

Fewer may know him as a member of the Greatest Generation who used his talents to support servicemen without bringing attention to himself. In World War II, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for entertaining troops in combat zones.

Rooney made sure we never forgot the risks and sacrifices of all veterans, including the Vietnam soldiers who were not welcomed home as they should have been. Rooney appeared in war-themed movies watched by many of the soldiers overseas.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

You've seen the bumper stickers and TV commercials: "Don't text and drive."

It's not just when driving that texting is a problem.

Texting has become one of the top modes of individual communication. People use their cellphones and "smart" phones for everything from keeping in touch with a friend to playing games to commercial endeavors.

The problem is that this doesn't just happen when people have spare time. It's almost like it has become addictive.

Monday, April 7, 2014

After combing through the gunman's psychiatric or psychological records in the wake of last week's shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, investigators found the gunman, like others before him in this nation's recent history, had some serious mental issues.

Friday, April 4, 2014

When many of our ancestors found their way to American shores over a century ago, the coal industry was the jobs magnet that drew them to this region of the state.

The new immigrants formed ethnic communities, injecting their own identities into local towns. The building that became central to that identity was the neighborhood church. That old saying that towns had a church on every corner was especially true throughout the coal region.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

On Saturday and Sunday, the annual telethon of the Tamaqua-Carbon Chapter of American Cancer Society will be presented from Penn's Peak on Blue Ridge Communications TV 13.

The telethon is always interesting for a number of reasons.

The event inlcudes all types of entertainment, most of it local, including professional bands, high school groups, choruses, dance groups, civic organizations,and individuals.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Last month's sequester cuts put a number of county agencies, already treading water with their budgets, in dire financial straits.

Unfortunately, the biggest losers are the very young and the very old.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

As the warmer weather approaches, we tend to forget about the pain we've endured when the temperatures were below zero. Those pains included one winter storm after another, high heating bills, and, in some cases, ridiculously high electric bills.

The purchase of electricity was deregulated in Pennsylvania, so a lot of companies offered various packages that consumers thought would save them money.

Instead, consumers found their bills substantially higher, in some cases doubling or tripling in a single month.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Last Friday marked the 35th Anniversary of Three Mile Island accident, the civilian nuclear power plant near Harrisburg that suffered a partial meltdown of one reactor. Although it resulted in no deaths or injuries, TMI became one of the worst nuclear disasters in our country's history, forcing the evacuation of 140,000 people.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Joyce Dennys, the 20th century artist-illustrator, once stated that living in a small town "is like living in a large family of rather uncongenial relations. Sometimes it's fun, and sometimes it's perfectly awful, but it's always good for you."

In comparison, she said people in large towns are like only-children.

For almost a quarter century, 16 as a council member and the last eight as mayor, Donald Rehrig, served his large family of Lehightonians. Although he announced he's retiring from elected office, he plans to stay abreast of the happenings in his borough.