Thursday, March 26, 2015


Monday, September 12, 2011

It was hard to escape the deluge of coverage given last week to area flooding: Wilkes-Barre, Bloomsburg, Hershey, Lebanon, etc.

Houses were swept away. At least one death occurred. As the rivers recede back to within their banks, families are assessing the damages. It's hard to imagine the messes that's confronting them.

Except for Mahoning Creek, Lizard Creek, and a few other streams flooding mostly rural areas, our local area was pretty much spared the devastation that occurred in so many other locations.

Friday, September 9, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011

From the paralyzing, record-breaking snowfalls of last winter to the ravages of two strong storm systems within the last two weeks, this year has seen one record-making disaster after another.

Each time, the threat hits closer to home.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

We sometimes take for granted the advantages of living in a small town.

Members of the Diligence Fire Company in Summit Hill reminded us of this on Monday. They responded to an emergency call. What they did after that was well above the call of duty.

A large section of exterior wall fell from the roof area of a house on West White Street. Engineers came and inspected the property and deemed it was not safe, so they condemned it.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the key feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known by many as "Obamacare," is unconstitutional. The "individual mandate" portion of the legislationa provision which requires all Americans to purchase health insurance or suffer a monetary penaltywas found by the panel in a 2-1 decision to be constitutionally infirm. The two judges who wrote the opinion, one a George H. W.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Sharing of budget money reminds me of a pack of lions feeding on a carcass. The biggest lion, our federal government, gets to eat first.

After it is full, the funding carcass gets passed down to the next most powerful lions in the chain – the states. After their spending appetite is satisfied, the money carcass is passed down for local municipalities and school districts to pick at.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

In the 1970s, there was a strong anti-littering campaign. A main focus was a public service announcement depicting a Native American with litter tossed near him, followed by a tear streaking down his cheek.

The campaign was effective.

Sportsmen followed the call and pushed for clean river banks and camp sites.

Youngsters reminded each other to not litter.

That campaign is just a memory now and littering is again becoming a local problem once again.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Just as Summit Hill changed its street sign colors to give it individuality, so does Northampton have unique colors - orange and black - reflecting the pride the community has in its athletic teams.

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued an edict that Northampton's signs are hard to read and they must be changed to DOT standards by 2018.

The ruling would have affected a lot of communities, necessitating an expense they don't need during these difficult financial times.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

As officials in cities and towns all along the Eastern seaboard continue to assess their losses from Hurricane Irene, many are thankful that at least the loss of life was kept low thanks in great part to the pre-storm warnings and evacuations.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sunday ended an anxious and troublesome five-day stretch for millions across the East. Two dramatic events – first a once-in-a-lifetime earthquake followed by a hurricane, the likes of which had many weather experts scratching their heads because of its size.