Saturday, October 25, 2014

Let The Sunshine In!

 There are many different ways to recognize
  For some it's leaves changing color. Others
will tell you it's the Geese flying South and
the first touch of frost.
  At our house it's my wife's decision that
the plastic covers must be installed over the
porch screens!
  Throughout the Spring and Summer these
large sheets of plastic, sealed in frames, are
safely stored away while the breezes of those
seasons are welcomed on our porch.
   There's already been a few days, however,
when that breeze was not so welcome!
    So, yesterday, my wife pulled out two
pair of work gloves. One was for me. How
    Within an hour the plastic was in place
and, with the sun shining brightly, our porch
became a Greenhouse!
     By the time the sun set the porch
temperature had settled down a bit to about
78 degrees!
    We lost a breezeway, but gained a Sauna!
Should be pleasant to spend some afternoons
there. At least till the sun gets low and the
snow gets high!
     Hope we saved some sun screen....and
that all your NEWS is good!

Friday, October 24, 2014

And You Don't Mess Around With Jim!

       Jim Croce  had a big hit with the song
"You don't mess around with Jim."
      But it was sweet music to some folks
in our area when a  "Chief," who isn't a
native American, echoed those words
     I refer to "Chief Judge" Theodore McKee
of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who
said it would be "patently absurd" to disinter
the remains of the great Olympic athelete
Jim Thorpe and move them to Oklahoma.
    When he died in 1953, Thorpe's third
wife, Patricia, entered into an agreement
with what were the towns of Mauch Chunk
and East Mauch Chunk, to have Thorpe
interred there even though he had never
actually been to the area. In return, the
towns legally changed their name to Jim
     Recently the Federal Court in Scranton
sided with the children of Thorpe's second wife
who wanted his body dug up and moved to
Indian territory in Oklahoma.
     Jim Thorpe had three wives during his
life. Descendants of his first are content to
have the remains...remain where they are.
Two out of his three families are OK with
Jim Thorpe staying in Jim Thorpe!
    This latest court ruling is good with that
too.  So am I!
     The community has become a major
area tourist destination and many of
those tourists stop to pay tribute to the
man the King of Sweden called "the
greatest athlete in the world."
      His monument has become the
recognized shrine to the man and his
     The lawsuit made it the center of
the country's latest Indian war. Thanks
to yesterday's court decision it looks
like the community won the battle!
    And, by the way, isn't this resting place
about as "native American" as you can get?
The original name, Mac Chunk, was
derived from the term "bear mountain" in the
language of the native Lenape people!
     As Jim Croce sang...."You don't mess
around with Jim."
     Hope Jim Thorpe stays in Jim Thorpe and
that all your NEWS is good!


Jim Thorpe

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tracking A Memory

    I was leaving a doctor's office yesterday
when I heard the unmistakable sound of a
train rolling nearby. I've liked that sound
every since I was a kid.
   My Mom and Dad used to take me with
them when they visited friends who had a
cottage along the banks of the Susquehanna
in Wapwallopen. In the evening I could hear
the sound of a Steam Locomotive off in the
distance as it got closer and closer to the
section of tracks just across the road from
the cottage.
    Then came that single bright light,
especially impressive coming out of the
darkness, as the train roared by us.
    But it wasn't the sound of the engine
or the light that brought back those memories
    It was the Caboose!
    Yes! A little red caboose was rolling
along at the end of that freight!
    They used to be a regular feature on all
the freight trains. And, back in the day, there
was usually a railroad worker sitting by the
window. I don't know if waving to the people,
especially the kids, was actually a part of
their job description. But they always did!
     Surprisingly the worker I saw yesterday
was actually riding outside on some sort of
"work car" just ahead of the caboose.
      The caboose began to disappear back
in the 1980's when Federal Safety Laws
for railroads were relaxed.
      I wasn't happy to see them go! In fact
I decided a key part of my agenda,  if I
decided to run for President, would be a
call (maybe an Executive Order) to return
the caboose to all freight trains. That alone
would probably get me elected!
     I know yesterday's vision was just an
exception to today's "norm." Probably some
sort of rail repair project that required a full
     Still, it was really great to see that "old
friend" back on the rails again!
     Hope everythings' "on track" with you
and that all your NEWS is good.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Spitting Image!

  We've all been warned about the
consequences of "spitting into the
   My wife doesn't spit at all.
   But that changed yesterday!
   No! She didn't have a "Chaw."
   A family friend or, perhaps, a
family relative convinced her
to take a DNA test! The outcome
should determine if the friend is
a relative!
    She's working on family history
and discovered a link between my
wife's great grandmother and her
great grandmother!
    Her initial research has turned
up German, Irish, and Scottish
heritage in the family line.
   There's even, get this, a French
connection! Maybe even some
Jewish heritage.
    To see how and if my wife fits
in she had to spit into a cup so her
DNA can be tested at a laboratory!
    I'm anxious to see the results when
they're ready!
    We passed a lot of Castles on our
recent tour through Ireland and
Scotland. Now I'm wondering if one
of them might belong to her family!
Maybe we're forgotten heirs! And,
if we are, maybe we can remind
somebody that we're here!
    Maybe we can learn all about my
wife's long lost family members. I
wonder if any of them are...a spitting
image.....of my wife?
    Hope their keeping our Castle
clean......and that all your NEWS
is good!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014


    There have been some great duos over
the years!
    Batman and Robin! The Lone Ranger
and Tonto! Sonny and Cher. Frankie and
    And then there was Frankie and Davy!
    For many years Frank Andrews was
a competitor. He anchored at WNEP TV
while I, as most of your know, was a
reporter with WYOU.
     Suddenly, one day, Frank not only
joined the Channel 22 Team. He became
the News Director! He went from my
competitor to my boss!
     Surprisingly we seemed to be a good
duo! I think it was, in part, because of
our similar sense of humor. Our morning
telephone calls often sounded like a Laurel
and Hardy skit. He's the only person who
ever called me "Davy." (I think he was
a fan of the Monkees!)
     Still when it came to news, he knew I
knew my territory and pretty much gave me
free rein to go out there and work my news
     What really impressed me, however,was
his willingness to welcome some "good news
stories" when I came up with them. The old
saying "If it bleeds, it leads" is pretty much
the truth. Trying to find time for something
other than murders robberies, and other
violent crimes was like asking the boss for
a raise! He didn't give me a raise, but he did
welcome those other stories!
     Yesterday Frank found himself working
with me again on my weekly ECTV Live
television program. He was a guest and
joined me to promote the upcoming
Veteran's Walk/Run which will be held on
November 1st. That's a pretty darn good
news story!
     The program will begin airing next
week on Comcast Ch 19 in Scranton and
Wyoming Valley.
     Thanks for joining me "Frankie!"
     Hope all your NEWS is good!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Chillin With The Chiefs!

    I ran into the President yesterday. And
a Roman Centurion. There was an Indian
Chief too. And a few other characters I
can't really identify.
    Who knew they'd all be at the same
place on the same day?
     That place was Country Junction, near
Lehighton. The business describes itself
as the country's "Biggest General Store."
      There are a million things on sale
there. Everything from peanuts and pets
to furniture and hardware.
      And then there are the statues!
Life sized mannequins of characters
like President Obama and Chief....ah....
well...I'm not exactly sure what chief.
       I'm also not quite sure how many
shoppers are actually looking for a
statue of the President or any of the
others I've mentioned. Or seen.
       But, if you want to get something
for that person who has everything, these
statues may just do the trick.
        Or perhaps you live in a high
crime area and could benefit from the
image of a Western Gun Slinger
standing on your front porch!
         You'll probably need a pick up
truck to get any of them home.
          Come to think of it you'll likely
need a pick up truck full of money to
buy one anyway.
          Think I'll just stop by to visit
them from time to time!
          Hope you'll stick with the Pink
Flamingos and that all your NEWS
is good!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

The DeCosmo Roast

   No! There was no dinner at which
dignitaries took turns poking fun at
me. But my wife was there. She's
capable of handling that kind of
humor all by herself.
    In this case the roast was a real
one. You know. The kind with
meat, potatoes, carrots, and onions.
    The occasion, however, was a
very rare one for us. A stay at home
    After a morning walk I found
myself facing a cloudy day with
chance of showers and not one
single soccer game on the agenda!
    My wife had purchased a roast
a week or two ago for just such a
    I watched as she prepared all
the ingredients. delayed only
slightly by the need to clean the
pan I used to fry some eggs earlier
in the day. She even allowed me to
have one of those unique treats
enjoyed by me...but few others...a
raw potato.
    Just a few hours later it was
ready to be enjoyed. Unlike our
pizzas, you determine when a roast
is ready by sticking a thermometer
into the meat, not by the sound of
our smoke alarm!
    We may have to stay home a little
more often!
     Hope that fry plan cleans up...and
that all your NEWS is good.