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Thursday, May 31, 2012

This weekend in Reading, we all have the opportunity to thank and pay tribute to some of the nation's oldest soldiers the men and women from the Greatest Generation as the Mid Atlantic Air Museum presents its 22nd annual World War II event.

When it comes to the living history experience, the Reading show ranks among the best anywhere. Friday is arrival day, or what the re-enactors call "A-Day", as many of the vintage aircraft touch down at the airport.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Everything seems to be coming earlier these days, from strange weather to bizarre human behavior often associated with the hot, hazy days of midsummer.

The official start of the hurricane season is still two days away but ever since we experienced that strange October snowstorm last year, our seasonal weather patterns seem out of whack. Already this month we've seen two tropical storms form over the Atlantic, including Beryl which affected Memorial Day weekend plans for many in the southeastern United States.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It's been at least 35 years that the Carbon County K-9 service was established. It came about because Carbon had no way of dealing with a growing problem of dogs running loose.

At that time, the closest SPCA was located in Stroudsburg and the service provided to Carbon County wasn't adequate.

Last week, the Carbon County Commissioners announced that they are considering doing away with the K-9 program; that it has become to expensive. A $27,000 dog enforcement grant which the county had received from the state is being eliminated because of the state's budget cuts.

Friday, May 25, 2012

A small town in central Pennsylvania feels it had the first Memorial Day observance, even while the Civil War was still raging in 1864.

There are 24 communities nation- wide who also lay claim to the designation of being the birthplace for the special day of remembrance for all veterans. They include Mobile, Ala.; Montgomery, Ala.; Camden, Ark.; Atlanta, Ga.; Milledgeville, Ga.; New Orleans, La.; Columbus, Miss.; Jackson, Miss.; Vicksburg, Miss.; Raleigh, N.C.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Charleston, S.C.; Fredericksburg, Va; Portsmouth, Va.; Warrenton, Va.; and, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

There's every indication that this heated presidential race will go down to the wire when voters have their say in November.

The political caldron, destined to boil over by the end of summer, is already heating up.

A good indication of how polarizing the race for the White House is and will become occurred in a North Carolina classroom when a student and his teacher got into a verbal exchange over President Obama and his likely GOP opponent Mitt Romney. The faceoff was caught on tape, went viral, and the school district ended up suspending the teacher.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Over half of the schools in Pennsylvania which responded to a statewide survey of 500 districts expect their finances to worsen next year and three in four were expecting to reduce staff and tap into budget reserves.

The report, which shows the continued fiscal deterioration of school districts around the commonwealth, was the result of a survey taken by two advocacy groups the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials. The groups blame cuts in state aid, rising costs and a lag in local tax collections.

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Obama campaign's insistence to play the class warfare card in this presidential race is wearing a bit thin with voters who have the brains to recognize and see through such political games.

Vice president Joe Biden was in the crucial swing state of Ohio last week, a state by the way that has revived its economy, thanks to the job-creating principles set in motion by Gov. John Kasich's Republican administration.

Friday, May 18, 2012

A bill to increase on the speed limit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike from 65 to 70 mph is being reviewed by House Republican leaders in the state House.

The legislation, which has been endorsed by the House Transportation Committee, is sponsored by Rep. Joe Preston, an Allegheny County Democrat who was defeated in the April 24 Primary. He says that motorists who spend 15,000 to 18,000 miles a year on the turnpike will notice a difference.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

An issue came up at Summit Hill Borough Council this week, with a basis that is common in most area communities. The garbage collector had a dispute with a resident because the resident's vehicle, parked in an alley, made it difficult for the refuse truck to get through.

The resident said there was a new driver on the truck; and that the previous truck driver had no problem navigating past where the passenger vehicle was parked.