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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Whenever present-day technology – which accelerates by the day – clashes with history, it leaves us with an empty feeling.

One important thread of history that students in this area should become aware of at an early age is that Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S., came to New Gnadenhuetten – present-day Weissport – in order to design and build Fort Allen to protect the settlement against the hostile Indians in 1756.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administratison due to a funding stalemate in Congress has halted airport construction projects around the country, directly affecting some 4,000 employees in 35 states.

Thankfully, the safety of airline passengers isn't being compromised since air controllers and those who inspect the safety of planes are not among the furloughed workers.

Monday, July 25, 2011

There's a frightening report in a recent issue of the Stars and Stripes, a military newspaper which covers all branches of service around the world.

The headline reads: "Navy facing 'alarming' deficiencies' in combat readiness, lawmaker says."

The article states that more than a fifth of Navy ships fell short of combat readiness in the past two years, and fewer than half of the service's deployed combat aircraft are ready for their mission at any time."

Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011

For many years now Tamaqua has been getting free money.

They charged residents a fee but didn't provide the service.

It's time these residents were reimbursed.

Up to 40 property owners thought they were hooked up to the borough's sewer system. They weren't. Their sewage was flowing into the Wabash Creek.

Now it's time for them to pay the piper.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an order to the borough last December to investigate and remove all illegal sewage discharges to the creek.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Maybe it's old fashioned to think that a government agency should only start construction on a project that it intends to work on until it's finished - not stop the construction and then resume it years later.

That's what's happening along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Penn Forest Township.

A new EZ Pass interchange is planned for Route 903 from the 'pike. Work on this new interchange began in mid-2008.

But the work came to a halt. One reason is that the Turnpike Commission hasn't obtained the approvals to fill 3.598 acres of wetlands and .027 acre of open water.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

According to weather forecasters, we can't expect much of a break in the heat wave currently affecting much of the country and in fact, the East will be flirting with triple-digit temperatures by Friday. With the extreme heat comes the warnings for our seniors.

Senior Helpers, an in-home provider which connects professional caregivers with seniors who wish to live at home as opposed to a nursing or assisted living facility, has a program called "Heat Helpers," which is designed to keep the elderly safe during the sweltering temperatures.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The two most recognized buildings in Weatherly are the train station and the Schwab school.

The train station had stopped being used by the railroads decades ago, but the historic structure has been renovated and converted into borough offices. Though major facade improvements were made, the historic ambience remains.

The Schwab Building was used from 1903 until 1991 as a school by the Weatherly Area School District. It was then sold to a Virginia man who had grand plans for the structure.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Just as graduating seniors compete for scholarship monies for their college educations, the schools which they graduate from are also in a high-stakes contest of their own – competing for funding dollars based on their ranking in standardized assessment test scores.

The good news is that standardized tests can be a measuring stick for districts and educators to learn where their curriculums need adjusting. The bad news is that the pressures to improve testing scores have become so great that some school districts have been known to cheat by tampering with the results.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The federal budget process is very complex.

The bottom line is that expenses are exceeding revenue by an incredible amount; with more money than any of us can imagine.

You can't run a household budget like this. You can't run a business like this. You can't run government like this and expect a country to survive.