Monday, November 21, 2011
The traffic detour around Route 209 in Tamaqua for a bridge construction project began this weekend and will occur every weekend for the next year or more.
Since it's going to be a long-term detour, some things should be done by PennDOT and borough officials to make it as safe as possible.
Much of the traffic was rerouted through Lansford and Summit Hill. For some 45-foot tractor-trailer combinations, the turn was pretty difficult from Route 209 in Lansford onto Route 902 toward Summit Hill.
Friday, November 18, 2011
For the millions on fixed income and those Baby Boomers who have already reached or will be soon moving into their retirement years, the need for preserving and even expanding senior services will continue to be a pressing national issue for years.
That fact was amplified Thursday on news that there are now nearly two million Americans 90 years or older. With the number of Boomers coming of age, that number is expected to balloon to almost nine million by 2050.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Some years ago, merchants came up with a great way to jump-start the Christmas shopping season.
The shopping season officially began the day after Thanksgiving and has become known as "Black Friday."
We remember how some stores opened at 5 a.m. and lines began forming hours earlier by people lured by great advertised bargains who desperately wanted to be among the first in the store to capitalize on them.
Now, some stores are changing the rules. Some are advertising they will open at midnight on Thursday. We heard of one opening at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving night.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
For two months, New York's Zuccotti Park had been the symbol of Occupy Wall Street protester's disgust with big business and the wage inequality in our society. On Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered a sweep of the tent city because health and safety conditions had become "intolerable" in the crowded plaza.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
If Keith McCall, who was elected over-and-over again to represent the 122nd Legislative District until he chose not to run for re-election last year, would likely be serving his last term if he was still in office - and not necessarily by his own choice.
Let's pretend that he ran for re-election in 2010 and won, and decided to run for re-election in 2014. Under a proposal in Harrisburg, he wouldn't be able to - at least not in his 122nd Legislative District that he represented for 28 years.
Monday, November 14, 2011
The 3rd Thursday of November was selected by the American Cancer Society (ACS) 36 years ago as the day of the Great American SmokeOut. It began as a day to encourage smokers to quit smoking for just one day, hoping it would last a lifetime AND extend their life.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Nov. 10, 2011
I'm wearing one of my Penn State logo dress shirts to work today, not because I want to be a target of snickers or snide comments. I'm wearing my Penn State logo dress shirt to work today to honor the people at Penn State who still know how to do the right thing.
Friday, November 11, 2011
On Oct. 29, Halloween weekend, the autumn season masked as winter and brought to us a snowstorm that was very unusual for the season.
The Lehigh Valley got well over a half foot of snow. In Carbon County there were measurements of as much as 13 inches.
The snow was heavy and it quickly piled on tree branches which still had leaves. This caused not only branches but entire trees to topple. The fact that the ground wasn't frozen yet made trees more vulnerable to collapse under the weight of the snow.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
After the stadium announcer welcomes the huge crowd to the “greatest show on earth” the Nittany Lion rushes out, orchestrating a roar from all four sections of Beaver Stadium.
That’s always a stirring moment for Penn State fans and with Nebraska in town, the place was expected to rock on Saturday. But that was before Nittany Nation became engulfed in the biggest scandal to ever hit college sports. In fact, the game in Happy Valley is the farthest thing from many people’s minds.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Last Friday, ribbon cutting ceremonies marked the official opening of four new bridges on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Two bridges span the Lehigh River and two cross the Pohopoco Creek. Each has one-way traffic either north or south.
The bridges are designed to last 75 years. They replace two bridges which were opened to traffic on Nov. 7, 1957.
The two bridges that have been replaced were shut down. They will be demolished next year.