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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.

Monday, May 19, 2014

In a recent Times News feature story by Donald Serfass, we learned that workers excavated a large rock buried in the river bed beneath the center arch of the East Broad Street bridge in Tamaqua.

Chiseled on the stone was the name J.C. Springer and it was dated 1878. Local historians believe it could have been part of a covered bridge.

With so much rich history in Carbon and Schuylkill counties, these kinds of discoveries are thrilling not only to local historical societies but to history buffs at large. It's exciting when a historic treasure comes through the door.

Friday, May 16, 2014

It's a good bet that most of us couldn't name the person who spoke at our high school graduation, let alone remember anything about the message itself.

The most prominent speaker I heard at a graduation was Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth of only 12 men to step on the moon. In 1996, he spoke at my nephew's graduation from Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida but I can't recall anything about his speech.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has told the Lower Towamensing Board of Supervisors it is considering placing barriers on Route 248 at the intersection with Gun Club Road.

There have been many serious crashes at the site between Parryville and Bowmanstown over the years, including fatalities.

The proposed barriers would prevent eastbound motorists from turning left onto Gun Club Road and prevent motorists coming out of Gun Club Road to turn east toward Bowmanstown on the highway.

Frankly, the sooner such barriers are installed, the better.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 55,000 centenarians now living in the U.S., and that number is projected to grow to 442,000 by 2050.

In this area so far this year, at least two residents have hit the 100-year mark – Helen Rizzo of Penn Forest Township and Gordon Chandler, a resident at The Village in Palmerton.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A tragedy happened on Route 209 Monday afternoon between Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe.

A police cruiser collided with a car, resulting in the death of 69-year-old Carola Sauers. She was a passenger in a car driven by Michael Sauers, age 64. Michael Sauers was seriously injured.

The police officer also suffered injuries.

The investigation is in its preliminary stages, so full details aren't available.

As with any sensational event, there are conflicting reports.

There was one report that the crash happened during a chase.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Here are two lines from a familiar song title that we regret few people can probably identify:

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."

These are the middle verses contained in the fourth stanza of our "Star Spangled Banner," which was written during the War of 1812.

Friday, May 9, 2014

In just two weeks it will be Memorial Day weekend, when we remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sunday is Mother's Day.

It's not just another day. If you had a loving mother, one who cared and stood by you all your life, then you will agree that Sunday is special. Because your mother is special.

We have Christmas and Easter where we give gifts to many different people. We have birthday celebrations with gatherings of friends and relatives. We have Thanksgiving where entire families congregate.

Mother's Day is designated for one special someone. It's a day set aside to honor someone who has been special to you all your life.