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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Why do we remember what we do?

While I'm not qualified to answer that, I do know the question that I keep remembering from more than three months ago is a big reason why this column was created and the headline is so strongly worded.

The question came on Tuesday, May 10 at approximately 11:40 a.m., about 75 minutes after the Palmerton Area Junior/Senior High School had lost all power. The power outage had caused our school to lock down, and my class was antsy since they had been with me since 9:15 and couldn't use the lavatories or the water fountains.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Whoever is into fantasy baseball can probably name this year's positional MVPs without having to think very hard.

It's relatively obvious that Brian McCann, Adrian Gonzalez, Jose Reyes, Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp are the best players fantasy-wise at their respective positions. They were the no-brainers on draft day.

But what fantasy owners like just as much as a 'sure thing' is pleasant surprises. After all, who doesn't like surprises? Owners become overjoyed when they find value where they thought they might have little or none.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Anyone who follows professional golf closely, and even most that follow it casually, know that the sport's television ratings suffer when Tiger Woods doesn't play.

While viewership has declined over the past couple years as Woods has been either absent or not at his best, there has still been plenty of great golf and many exciting finishes. But a public that likes to follow favorites has missed much of them.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

In October of 2004, I purchased a 2005 Scion xB. It has provided me with what I value most in a vehicle: reliability. Other than yearly inspections and oil changes, it's been in the shop once for a minor matter.

So why am I planning to trade in such trusty transportation this fall? Because I live alone, need my car to be hassle free, and believe the more miles you put on a car, the more likely something significant will go wrong with it.

And as I write this, the car has traveled more than 53,000 miles.

Friday, July 22, 2011

In the past, all I had ever watched when it came to the Women's World Cup soccer tournament was the highlights provided by ESPN.

But over the last few weeks, I caught myself sitting down in front of the TV watching bits of each and every game of the World Cup 2011.

After watching the thrilling U.S. games against Brazil, Sweden and Japan, I would even find myself watching highlights afterwards on ESPN's SportsCenter.

The play of the USA women inspired me to stay interested during this year's World Cup more so than in the past and I wasn't alone.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

It's one of those quotations that's so dead-on no one disputes it, like Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation, "Knowledge is the antidote to fear."

Almost 400 years ago, the English philosopher Francis Bacon wrote, "Knowledge is power." Since then, there's really been little reason to question him.

Until the obesity epidemic.

In the last 20 years, the number of overweight children and adult Americans has nearly tripled, yet during that same span our knowledge about nutrition, diabetes, and other weight-related subjects has probably increased tenfold.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

At the June quarterly meeting of the Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioner's meeting, executive director Carl Roe reminded hunters that county treasurers will begin accepting antlerless deer license applications from resident hunters, Monday, July 11, and from nonresidents, Monday, July 25.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Members of the Tamaqua Blue, which won the District 18 9-10 year old Little League championship last night in Jim Thorpe, stand behind championship banner.

After winning the first game in the best-of-three District 18 9-10 Little League Championship Series Thursday night, Tamaqua Blue knew what it had to do in Friday night's second game.

With its job laid out in front of it, Tamaqua defeated Valley West, 7-3, at Jim Thorpe's McGarvey Field to pull off the sweep and celebrate the title.

With the scouting report for Valley West, Tamaqua head coach Scott Hamm did not want to take any chances with another game tonight.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

BOWMANSTOWN – Never mind the Weather Channel, the forecast is for cloudy skies Sunday in the Bowmanstown area.

In fact, during most of the year, that is the forecast for the area the second Sunday of the month.

More specifically, the clouds are seen above Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, where the First Frontier Militia Muzzleloader Club produces those white, billowy clouds with the smoke from their muzzleloader firearms.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

R.R. Frey Services and Ryan's Oil & Heating recorded wins in Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission Basketball League play.

PVI- R.R. Frey

R.R. Frey Services rolled to a 73-47 victory over Progressive Vision Institute.

Jeremy Frey had 19 points and a couple of treys for R.R. Frey.

Mark Mazur scored 16 points for Progressive.

Ryan's

-Weikel Sportswear

Ryan's Oil & Heating remained unbeaten with a 67-58 victory over Weikel Sportswear.

Joe Schaeffer had 27 points, including five treys, in Ryan's victory.