Friday, September 23, 2016


             GONE TO THE FAIR!

    It was close to a disaster!
    The first day of Fall offered summer-like
temperatures and the temptation to put down
the Miata top and head straight for Nescopeck
to our favorite ice cream stand. So we did.
     But as we neared the small community my
wife wondered if the owner might have closed
shop to take his portable ice cream stand to the
Bloomsburg Fair.
      As stunned as I was, she was right! The
sign in front of the place read "Closed. Gone
to the fair." Regular customers like us were
left at the curb ice cream-less!
       No problem. An old friend of mine runs
a restaurant on the other side of the river just
north of Berwick which just happens to feature
a great assortment of ice cream treats.
       So we drove there. And found the place
closed! No indication where his crew had
gone. But it's probably a safe guess the
Bloomsburg Fair had something to do with
the lights being out.
        About that time we figured everyone had
gone to the fair and we started back home.
And the route we choose took us right by the
Bodnarosa Motel and Camp Ground where
the sign in front of the store read "Now serving
Leiby's Ice Cream." Needless to say we
stopped and camped out in front of the place
enjoying our treat.
        Hope those who abandoned us enjoyed
the fair as much as we enjoyed our ice cream
and that all your NEWS is good.


Thursday, September 22, 2016



  My wife and I had about an hour to kill
before we headed to our grandson's soccer
game on Wednesday. So for the first time
in a long time we pulled into one of the
parking lots at Ricket's Glen State Park.
   The park is famous for a couple reasons.
First and foremost for it's hiking trails
along a series of waterfalls. The first part
of one of those trails was right there ahead
of where we parked. So we thought we'd
use up a few of our 60 minutes on a short
walk in the woods.
   As we began I recalled the other thing
the park is famous for. People who have
accidents walking along those trails!
    They almost always involve people
who are really unprepared to hike those
steep trails. That was us!!!!!
     My aching knees cried out to me
immediately as I stepped down from
one rock to another on a path definitely
not part of any "official trail."
     As my wife neared the edge of one
cliff near the falls just off the highway
I stopped her with plenty of room to
spare urging her to let the zoom lens
on her camera cover the rest of the
      I did manage to get down the first
set of steps to a lookout that provided
a great view of the falls. I might have
gone down the next set were it not for
the mental reality that I'd have to walk
back up!
      The Glen and its trails and waterfalls
are well worth the trip to those who come
prepared. "Stop by tourists" like us should
be content with the couple photos we
snapped before climbing back the short
hill to our car.
       Hope you enjoy the pictures and
that all your NEWS is good!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016


                     OLD SCHOOL!

      I've been meaning to write a few lines on
this subject for a long time.
      I never paid much attention to the
conditions of the schools I attended. My
main concern, as far as the buildings were
concerned, was the location of the exits!
     My Junior High School was torn down
a few years back. It probably should have
come down before I ever got there.
     But why are so many old schools "in
 such bad shape?"
     Most of you are well aware of the fact
that two of Wilkes-Barre's three High Schools
will soon become just memories. We've been
told they're too old and are falling apart.
       I have no idea how bad the buildings are.
I'm not qualified to second guess the "experts"
on their findings.
       But I'm amazed at the number of
structures that, for one reason or another,
weren't good enough to be schools any more-
but are now good enough for apartment
houses or other uses.
       The old Maffet Street School in
Plains Township now provides a classy
home to a successful business enterprise.
        My old elementary school in Hazleton
is now an apartment complex. I can kind of
understand that as I slept there myself a lot
when I attended as a student.
         Wilkes-Barre, of course, will get one
big new school out of its current dilemma.
Hope they're planning on some maintenance
once it's built...and that all your NEWS is

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


                HOW SWEET IT IS!

    I used to work in Nanticoke. WNAK radio.
1963. I had to drive there from my home in
Hazleton every morning.
     The old WNAK isn't there any more and
I'm not usually in Nanticoke these days. But
I was there yesterday.
       My wife and I were out for a short ride
in the Miata when I found myself on the San
Souci Highway heading towards town.
       In all honesty there's not many things to
attract me to Nanticoke these days. But as
we were driving both my wife and I remembered
       The Sanitary Bakery!!!!
       I don't know who came up with the name.
I would hope that all bakeries are sanitary! But
the place reminds me of all the old neighborhood
bakeries that used to be around back in the good
old days. You know. Bakeries that had their glass
enclosed shelves filled with goodies like Jelly
donuts, Long Johns, and brownies!
         One could gain 3pounds just by window
shopping there!
          I certainly don't need the calories so I had
my wife go in. She came out with a box of treats
and an order of Haluski!  
           Our first attack on the pastries came as I
pulled away from the curb in front of the place.
That was followed by a second helping after
dinner. It took exceptional will power to stay
away from the remaining bounty while I sat
up writing this Blog.
          Today, however, is a different story! By
the time many of you read this I will have
devoured one of the brownies!
           Like I said earlier, there's not many things
to attract me to Nanticoke these days. Except
            Hope I get back soon...and that all your
NEWS is good!


Monday, September 19, 2016


               SECOND SEASON!

       The long, hot summer seems to be
paying dividends we didn't expect!
        My wife has always had a lot of
flowers growing around our place. But
we've never had a garden.
        There is a blueberry bush that has
provided us with some nice fruit over
the years. And we're still "liberating"
pears from the tree growing right
across the street. The new tenants said
it was OK after we mentioned, as often
as possible, that we like pears!
        The other day my wife was watering
 some of her plants when she  noticed the
 pepper plants that had been given  to us
 a month or two ago were sprouting  new
 peppers! We had already enjoyed a
 harvest from those plants so seeing new
 growth was a welcome sight!
         Just minutes later, as I was covering
 my Miata, I spotted something red in the
 bushes nearby. A closer inspection
 reveled there were new strawberries popping
 through! Here again, we had already pulled
 a nice batch from those bushes weeks ago!
 They're not large. But they're plenty sweet!
         Somehow, without really trying, we
 seem to have developed a green thumb!
          Now may be a good time to report
 our unexpected success to the Department
 of Agriculture! Maybe we can pull the plants
 and get paid for not growing anything next
 year! Either that or start showing up at the
 Farmer's Markets once we get one full quart
 of something!
           Hope the apple cores I tossed around
 bear fruit...and that all your NEWS is good!


Sunday, September 18, 2016



    You hear a lot about "Fair weather friends."
You know. Those who are glad to be with
you when things are fine but are otherwise
hard to find.
    I'm lucky to have some "All weather friends."
Take my buddy Bob and his wife.
    Bob and I went to grade school together.
Though separated by about 5 hours these days
we get together whenever we can. Fair weather
or not!
     Sunday's forecast was for cloudy skies, rain
and thunder showers. But we had planned to
get together at Knoebel's Amusement Park. So,
we decided we'd take whatever Mother Nature
decided to throw at us so that we could get
      As it happens Mother Nature apparently
didn't hear the forecast. The clouds did show
up. But that actually made for a perfect day at
the park!
     My buddy hadn't been there for some 20
years and was delighted the park had maintained
it's nostalgic look and feel.
     We took in a few of the rides ourselves and
even let his wife "drive" the antique autos. She
hasn't been able to drive for years! You could
see the apprehension and yet joy in her eyes!
     We enjoyed the setting, some park foods,
some rides, and mainly our time together! That
was capped off as the sun began to set and the
amusement ride lights really began to cast a
magical light through the early darkness!
      Rain or thunderstorms might have made
us duck for cover a bit. But not give up! We
are "All Weather Friends!"
      Hope you have some too and that all
your NEWS is good!

Saturday, September 17, 2016


     SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH., 2016

  I'd like to begin today's blog with a very big
Thank You to all my readers and Facebook
friends that took the time to send me Birthday
greetings yesterday!
   When I was just a little kid my Mom would
throw a big party for me and all the kids from
the neighborhood would show up for games,
food, and Birthday cake.
    Yesterday, in spite of my advancing years,
I felt like I was back home and just a little
kid again.
     That's partly because a whole bunch of
kids showed up for yesterday's Birthday
Party. You see the party was for my
grand daughter who  just turned 6. She
actually made that turn a few weeks ago.
But her Mom felt is was better to wait till
she got back to school to have her party so
more of her friends, old and new, would be
able to attend.
     As it happens the first available date
was on my Birthday!
     I had hoped all her little friends might
bring presents for me too. But I guess they
didn't get the memo.
     Fortunately my own children and
grand children did bring presents for
both of us and....we both made out very
     It was nice to share my Birthday
with my grand daughter. And, as far as
presents go, I'm still in the lead. Of course
that's because I've had 68 more birthdays!
     Hope you had as good a day as we had
and that all your NEWS is good!