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Monday, March 31, 2014

Last Friday marked the 35th Anniversary of Three Mile Island accident, the civilian nuclear power plant near Harrisburg that suffered a partial meltdown of one reactor. Although it resulted in no deaths or injuries, TMI became one of the worst nuclear disasters in our country's history, forcing the evacuation of 140,000 people.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Joyce Dennys, the 20th century artist-illustrator, once stated that living in a small town "is like living in a large family of rather uncongenial relations. Sometimes it's fun, and sometimes it's perfectly awful, but it's always good for you."

In comparison, she said people in large towns are like only-children.

For almost a quarter century, 16 as a council member and the last eight as mayor, Donald Rehrig, served his large family of Lehightonians. Although he announced he's retiring from elected office, he plans to stay abreast of the happenings in his borough.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A few weeks ago, we did an opinion article on how bold phone thieves have become, even taunting police in Lackawanna County about not being caught.

Since then, we learned that the rampant amount of scams targeting seniors are being called the crime of the 21st century. A study by the MetLife Mature Market Institute estimated that seniors lose approximately $2.6 billion per year as a result of financial abuse including fraud as well as theft by family members and acquaintances.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's morning. You have the day off, so you decide to sleep in a little bit. The phone rings. The voice on the other end:

"Hello. This is Credit Card Services. We are calling about you..."

You hang up because you realize it's a telemarketer ... even though you are on the state's "do not call" list. At least you think you are.

Moments later, the phone rings again.

"This is Myra from ABC Electric Company. You have PPL but we want to save you money."

In the evening and on weekends, it's the same thing.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Most of us enjoy a good underdog story, and we're not just talking March Madness and the NCAA basketball tournament.

When the underdog is 91 years old, and she's up against city officials and big time developers, it's a nice story.

Sixty-eight years ago, Georgia Bell and her husband bought an 840-square-foot home near the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. Bell recently received a visit from city developers to discuss selling the home to a Chicago developer who was building a residential and retail complex with 156 student housing units.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Earlier this year, we saw the best athletes in the world competing in Russia at the Winter Olympics.

This week, the best amateur basketball players on the planet will take center stage as the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, better known as March madness, gets underway. Whether it's the Olympics or the NCAA tourney, you have to admire the talents of these great young athletes.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

During a recent meeting of Nesquehoning Borough Council, it was discussed that many homes don't have house numbers.

Nesquehoning Fire Chief John McArdle, who also responds on ambulance calls for the Nesquehoning Ambulance, said ambulance personnel often respond to residences in the middle of the night and rely on flashlights to find house numbers.

A problem occurs sometimes when there are no house numbers. It ultimately means that response to someone needing life-saving medical assistance could be delayed.

Monday, March 17, 2014

With so many people stuck indoors a great deal of time during the brutal winter it was a busy season for phone scammers.

Late last year, a Monroe County woman received a scam phone call telling her she had won $1.1 million. In order to receive the money, the caller, who claimed he worked for the Cash Awards company in Las Vegas, said she would have to first send a prepaid money card in the amount of $375.72.

He told her that a truck would come to her house the next day to take her to the bank to claim her money. Of course there was no truck and no prize.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Maybe the state's Auditor General Eugene DePasquale can do what no one else has been able to do regarding public pension funds that is, reform them before they bankrupt government.

DePasquale issued a recent report bringing into focus just how bad the municipal pension funding system is in the state.

He warned that rising pension costs for local government workers could push municipalities into bankruptcy and spur tax increases if policymakers do not make changes.

Friday, March 14, 2014

About 20 years ago a friend of mine who had never seen an episode of the animated sitcom "The Simpsons," was shocked to hear Bart, the 10-year-old troublemaker, disrespect his father by calling him by his first name Homer.

Looking back, that lack of respect for a parent by a brat like Bart seems tame by today's standards.