Wednesday, December 7, 2016
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8TH., 2016
FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON.
Things always get busy around the Christmas
season. As Willy Wonka finally observed
correctly, "There's so much to do and so little
But at least we no longer faced a lengthy
scheduled of soccer and volleyball games that
kept us going through the fall. There was no
where we felt we had to go. And then came
Our daughter's foreign exchange
student decided he wanted to try out for the
High School team. So, on Wednesday evening
we found ourselves at a "Meet the team night"
at Holly Redeemer High School.
Each member of every team, JV's, Varsity,
the Girl's squad, and the Cheerleaders were
introduced to the audience after which some
special competition was presented for the
During one segment tickets were drawn
to determine which of the fans in attendance
would join a couple players on the court for
a shooting contest. I watched my two adult
daughters sigh with relief as their numbers
were not among those announced. I also had
an eye on my wife who held our two tickets.
I was totally willing to give both to her had
one of our numbers been called.
The thought of seeing her at mid court
trying to reach the basket was reason enough
to enjoy the evening. Fortunately, for her,
we were not among the "winners."
Now I suppose we'll find ourselves
venturing o at least a few home games this
season to support our family's visitor. At
least basketball is played indoors in a
Hope there's food too and that all
your NEWS is good!
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7TH., 2016
LIGHT 'EM IF YOU'VE GOT 'EM!
Well I held out as long as I could. But
on Tuesday my wife and I began the task of
putting up some Christmas lights.
Don't get me wrong. I love Christmas
lights. I just don't like the job of getting
them out, figuring out where the plug has
to go, and setting them up.
Judging from my complaining you
might think our house must look like the
Griswolds place. Nope. We've just got a
few sets that basically cover some bushes
outside our place. I like to see them up.
I'm just never anxious to put them up!
Last year I picked up a Snowman
face that lights up and speaks a few words
when you get close. Scared my wife a
couple times while she was decorating
some bows for the front porch. Hope
it does the same with the people who
stop by with phone books or trying to
get us to change our electric provider!
For now anyway the simple
outside lighting is done. The tree and
inside decorations come next.
Fortunately don't have a lot to
do with that project. Too many breakable
things to handle so my wife usually
prefers if I just watch.
Hope the neighbors appreciate
our efforts and that all your NEWS is
Monday, December 5, 2016
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6TH., 2016
YOU LIGHT UP MY....NIGHT!
It seemed kind of ironic that ABC
kicked off "The Great Christmas Light
Show" last night.
Christmas lights are all the rage right
Over the weekend the old Globe
Store in downtown Scranton, soon to
house County government offices, was
decked out in lights on windows and
walls just like the days when the huge
department store welcome thousands of
Scranton resident Tom Culkin was
approached by the producers of the
network show to include the two homes
he decorates to light up his block every
Christmas. Problem was, they wanted
him to have it ready in September to
film the show. Oh well, this way you
can enjoy his display in person!
The guest on my ECTV program
this week is Joe Spinelli from the small
town of Newfoundland in Wayne County.
Joe's display features animated
Christmas characters that used to light
up a department store window in
Brooklyn, New York. Joe salvaged
and restored the display and now
opens it to the public in a drive through
area next to his home. It brings smiles
to the kids coupled with memories to
My house, on the other hand,
remains dark. There's a box of
Christmas lights on the front porch.
My wife got them out of the shed
about a week ago.
By now I figured the Christmas
elves would have come by and set
them up. I guess they've been too
busy working at Culkin's and
I know my wife will get to
it and I know just the "elf" she'll
ask to help! I'm not great with a
Hope we've got enough
band aids.... and that all your
NEWS is good!
Sunday, December 4, 2016
MONDAY, DECEMBER 5TH., 2016
LET'S HEAR IT FOR CHESTER!
. I suppose many of you are thinking about
Chester Greenwood today! And rightfully
Old Chester's invention came in pretty
handy for some of us over the years and
many a mom will be celebrating the man
today! It's Chester Greenwood Day."
Maybe you just didn't hear about it
because your ears were covered?
December 5th is Chester's Birthday!
And he's the guy who invented earmuffs!
Chester Greenwood patented the
"Champion Ear Protector." Later they
became known as ear muffs."
I've know my wife to carry and
wear a par in mid summer when I've
got the Miata top down and there's a
cool breeze towards dark.
If you see anyone wearing ear
muffs today you should probably
congratulate them for their knowledge
of history and the importance of this
anniversary. Or, maybe their ears
are just cold!
I think Chester would be glad to
know his invention has survived and
prospered over the years....at least in
some climates! I know it's about to
get a lot colder. But I hope you won't
be needing your ear muffs all the time
and that all your NEWS is good!
Saturday, December 3, 2016
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH., 2016
NAUGHTY OR NICE?
We may have a few weeks before
Christmas. But according to Holiday
Insights.com December 4th is "Santa's
Now as we all know, Santa actually
has two lists. There's the Naughty List
and the Nice List.
For many years the Naughty List
was a major factor in northeastern
Pennsylvania's economy. That's because
the naughty kids traditionally got coal
for Christmas. I don't know if Santa is
still carrying a supply of anthracite. Or
if those on the Naughty List just don't
After all coal prices are pretty
high so a sock full or two is nothing to
Just for the record, I have been
extremely nice this year. I note it here
just in case Santa checks the blog. Since
that's the case have prepared my own
list of proposed gifts from which Santa
can choose. I like to be helpful!
Hope you're on the Nice List so
that all your NEWS is good!
Friday, December 2, 2016
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD., 2016
DRIVING BY THE DRIVE THROUGH!
Now that McDonalds has finally added my
Bacon, Egg, Cheese Biscuit to its all day
breakfast menu I give a lot more though to
stopping by even in the afternoon.
That thought crossed my mind Friday as
I was on my way to visit Steamtown in
With some 36,615 restaurants in 119
countries that's a lot of places to pick up
my favorite sandwich!
Of course in my case my route took me
through Moosic in Lackawanna County.
Instead of smiling McDonald's workers I
came across a Mc-Wrecking crew in the
process of leveling the former Golden
Arches outlet there!
The place actually closed last year.
But while the building still stood I had
hopes somebody might take over the
franchise. After all the highway
construction some blamed for a loss of
business has ended and a lot of potential
customers...like me....drive right by that
Of course my only shot Friday would
have been borrowing some lunch from a
member of the demolition crew. I'm not
sure they'd be anxious to share.
Oh well, there's a nice empty lot
there now, perfect for a new restaurant!
Hope somebody builds one and that all
your NEWS is good.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2ND., 2016
LET ME IN, LET ME IN!
I've heard a lot stories over the past
few years about the decline of Shopping
Malls. I guess, to some extent, I've been
I admit I hadn't gone to the Wyoming
Valley Mall on a regular basis since the
movie theaters there move out. But that
changed about a month ago.
I like to take my 15-month-old
grandson for walks in his stroller. But
when the warm weather disappeared I
decided a stroll through the mall might
We had visited twice during
November, both times entering through
the Sears store at the western end of
the complex. Negotiating our way
around lawn tractors and tools was
a bit risky with a young man who
wants to touch everything. So when
we visited Thursday I found a great
parking spot just off the main entrance
and started inside.
But the main entrance includes a
set of steps. Another challenge for
someone using a stroller. No problem.
There's also a ramp for the disabled.
We decided to use that. At the top
there's a switch. You simply push it
and the door opens automatically.
Well, it's suppose to! It our
case it made some mechanical noise
but gave no sign of opening.
No problem. I'd just open it
manually. But it wouldn't give!
We had to retrace our path and go
back down the ramp, bypass the
stairs and sneak in through a side
door near an arcade. Of course
without an automatic door you
have to reach ahead of the stroller
and make sure you get through
before the door swings shut.
I alerted a store clerk then,
later, a maintenance worker about
About an hour later we
tried to leave through the
automatic door leading to the
ramp. Guess what? It was
still frozen shut. So glad we
weren't trying to negotiate
this exit in a wheelchair or
during a fire emergency.
Maybe Malls are in trouble
Hope somebody gets this
fixed before there's an emergency,
and that all your NEWS is good!