Saturday, November 28, 2015

He's Everywhere!



   Santa came to my town yesterday!
Escorted by Police, Fire, and local
Emergency crews the jolly old elf
made his annual stop in Plains Twp.
He has already been to Wilkes-Barre
and Scranton. Now he's here!  
    Our local Lions Club, which also
provides the community's Christmas
light decorations, arranges for the
visit. A couple hundred kids and
parents waited in a light rain to greet
Santa. Most of the parents like to get
photos of their children with Saint
Nick, although there's always a couple
of youngsters who look like they'd
rather eat asparagus than sit on his
lap! But whether there are smiles or
a couple tears all the kids get stockings
filled with goodies packed by the Lions
Club members.
     I try to shoot video each year. I tell
the club members I like to help them
out. And I do. Of course, should the
opportunity present itself to talk with
Mr. Claus about some of the items on
my list.....well......why not?
     I think I even saw him smile a little
bit. He even laughed! Unfortunately
he did so just as I was explaining how
good I have been. Probably just a
     Hope so, and that all your NEWS
is good!


Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Family Forest Fun!



        I think the late Manny Gordon
would be pleased! After enjoying a
fantastic pancake and sausage dinner
at the Unityville Fire Company Co.,
my wife, daughter, son-in-law, and
three of our grand children decided
to spend what was left of our day in
the forest!
        It's amazing, and very pleasing,
to watch kids when given a chance
to put away their IPhones and IPads
and set loose in the woods!
       These particular woods are part
of Worlds End State Park in Sullivan
County. The kids immediately began
exploring, walking on fallen trees
across a small stream, hiding along
the creek's banks, then gathering fire
wood. My participation was limited
to taking pictures. That's just as well.
It probably would have been hard
to lift me out of the water had I tried
to pull a "Wallenda" on those trees!
       Not far from the Ranger
Station there are covered pavilions
build by the Civilian Conservation
Corps years before even I was born.
Inside each is a large fireplace. As
the sun set behind the deep forest
trees we used the ferns and berries
we were able to find to decorate the
fireplace mantel in a Christmas like
       Then we simply sat around for
awhile enjoying the small fire we
build in that fireplace. No power,
no phones, no games. Just a short
story or two and great company! 
       We did, as Manny used to say,
"Enjoy, enjoy, the great outdoors."
Smokey would be pleased as well.
We made sure that campfire was
out before we headed out in the
dark of night to find "civilization."
         The visit was short. The
memories, I think, will last a long
time! Hope that's the case, and that
all your NEWS is good!


Thursday, November 26, 2015

They Didn't Stand A Chance!



    The table was set and ready for our family
Thanksgiving gathering early yesterday
afternoon. It looked like a scene out of one
of those fancy magazines. The plates were
all in place and the silverware all set out.
Soon they would be flanked with platters
filled with turkey, ham, potatoes, beans,
stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce, and other
goodies too numerous to mention.
      The main courses arrived separately.
A Turkey weighing in an just under 30 lbs.
and a Ham checking in at just about 20!
       Growing up back in a time when all
kids were admonished to clean their plates
because "little children in Europe were
starving," I suspect our bounty could have
handled at least one small town over there!
        The attack was swift. Just after grace
the goods were passed around the table as
we all dug in! Within a half hour or so it
became apparent there was just more food
than our squad of 16 could handle. (We
did all save a bit of space for dessert!)
        But the family women, having
envisioned this scenario, brought along
containers of all sorts and sizes so the
plentiful supply of leftovers could be
sealed up to feed the guests for the next
week of so! Europe will have to take care
of itself!
        Hope one of those containers has
pie and that all your NEWS is good!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015



          HOLIDAY HOURS!

     More and more business places
seem to be hauling their employees in
on the holiday to begin their Black
Friday on Thanksgiving. That may
make them the biggest Turkeys out
there today!
        I've decided to go "old school"
and spend the day without work and
with family! Therefore, my Blog is
Closed for Thanksgiving!
       From all of my family to all of
yours, hope you have a wonderful day
and that all your NEWS is good!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015



              I MADE IT!

     Following up on my Tuesday Blog
I am happy to report that I did make it
to the Happenings Magazine Luncheon
honoring businesses and services
labeled "The Best".... as selected by
the readers of that publication!
      Somehow, perhaps accidentally,
my Blog got one of those awards! I
found myself dining with some very
impressive company!
       Happenings magazine will have
a full list of those honored in its
December issue. But, just to give you
an example, winners included the
Radisson as Best Hotel, and La Festa
Italiana as the Best Festival in the
        I was seated with some very nice
people, including members of the
"Dearly Departed Players" who offer
historical tours of local cemeteries.
I expect that's just a coincidence. My
Blog is alive and, if the votes are
accurate, well!
         They watered and dinned us
(there was no wine) and provided some
great entertainment offered by some
elementary school singers!
         I'm really glad the staff was able
to track me down even though it was a
day before the ceremonies! I gave them
my email too. Hope they'll keep it
handy (in case I get lucky again next
year) and that all your NEWS, like
mine, is good!    

Monday, November 23, 2015




      It was yesterday afternoon.
About 4 o'clock. I fired up my laptop
to check Facebook and found a message
which had been sent just 15 minutes
earlier. It was from a young lady
representing Happenings Magazine.
She was writing to tell me I had won
an award for the BEST BLOG! I
assumed she had the wrong guy. But
no. She was looking for me!
She included a phone number to call
for more information.
     While honored, I was stunned!
First I had no idea there was any
contest in which my daily blog had
been entered! Secondly, when I
called the telephone number, I got
a recording telling me the Award
Luncheon was today!
       Since I knew Happenings
Magazine was involved I checked
on line and learned that reservations
for the luncheon were due nearly a
week ago! But I didn't know I won
a week ago!
       I left a message on the machine
as well as on my Facebook message
with my telephone number in the
hope someone might call and tell
me what was "happening."
       A representative did respond
and admitted that, although I won
the award, no one knew how to
find me! That probably shocked me
as much as winning! I'm on ECTV
everyday. I'm on Facebook everyday.
And, my name and number are, and
have always been, in the telephone
book! I may be the easiest guy in
this area to find! 
        I happen to think the world of
Happenings Magazine! It is a great
publication which represents our
area in an impressive format with
highly professional standards. That
said, I do think the staff should get
a telephone book!
       Apparently the contest in which
my Blog was named was one in
which readers submitted the name
of their favorite businesses or, in my
case, favorite Blog. So I've got you
to thank! Of course I'm not sure exactly
who "you" are or how many of you there
are. I know my wife didn't vote for me!
       But I do thank you although you
may have just set the "art" of blogging
back a few years!
          Hope I find out "what's happening"
a little sooner in the future...and that all
your NEWS is good!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Talking Turkey!


           TALKING TURKEY!

       I must have stuck out like a sore
thumb yesterday. Our Pastor asked
the men in our congregation if they
realized the process of thawing a
frozen turkey had to have begun if
we expected to serve that bird on
Thanksgiving Day. I knew that! But
I think I was the only guy who raised
his hand.
        I've learned a lot about turkeys
over the years. Even worked with a
few. I knew we'd need a big one this
year. We've got a lot of family getting
together on Thursday. The one we
found weighed in at just under 30
pounds! I wasn't sure the shopping
cart could handle it. It looks like
a small VW!
      I know we got a healthy bird.
According to the label it has never
had antibiotics and was raised on
vegetables! It must have had a lot
of carrots and potatoes!
     It's heavier than my three month
old grandson and not built to be carried!
I managed to get it inside which pretty
much takes care of my responsibilities
until I get to the dinner table!
      My wife will handle all the cooking
preparations. I'm still not sure why she
has to stuff it. I don't believe it's hollow!
We certainly won't be once we've
consumed it.
       Hope it thaws in plenty of time and
that all your NEWS is good.