Monday, August 21, 2017

BOXED IN!


     TUESDAY, AUGUST 22ND., 2017
                    BOXED IN!

    So, like many of you, my wife and I
failed to get those special glasses everybody
was looking for to watch the eclipse on
Monday.
     We didn't really try very hard. But we
were interested. My wife more than me.
She heard that our grandson had built one
of those "pinhole boxes" to watch the solar
display and asked if I could come up with
the directions on my computer.
       Before I knew it she had pulled out
a scissors, some aluminum foil, a cereal
box and some tape and was busy crafting
her viewer.
        I was equally busy turning from
channel to channel to see where I might
find the best photos without having to
do any work myself,
        Some of you remember that last
eclipse all those years ago. I tried the
cereal box back then and spent three
days trying to get the Rice Krispies
out of my eyes! (There were no
instructions about emptying the box
first!)
        My wife did let me try here
Cheerios viewer and it did work as
advertised! That was kind of neat.
         I enjoyed the shots they showed
on television. Especially those where
they turned off all the lights and
everything was dark!
        Of course, come to think of it,
I could have seen the same thing if
I just turned the TV off!
        Hope you're still able to read
this today and that all your NEWS
is good!





  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

WHAT TO DO?


  MONDAY, AUGUST 21ST., 2017
              WHAT TO DO?

  I feel like I'm stuck between a rock
and a hard place. I don't know what
to do.
  According to everything I've read
there will be a solar eclipse today.
It's a big deal! Not only doesn't it
happen very often but there are
those who insists it signals the end
of the world.
   I have a show to tape at Electric
City Television around Noon. The
eclipse is suppose to begin sometime
around 1 I believe.
   So, do I have lunch before the show
or take my chances I'll...that is "we'll"
be around later?
    Also, the show we're scheduled to
tape is suppose to run next week. So,
should we bother?
     And what about the bills that are
due? Should we just forget them?
     These are all tough decisions. And
there's so little time to make them!
      Of course if you're reading this
Monday afternoon my questions are
all academic! Unless it's just the
beginning of the end!
      Whatever happens, I hope all
your NEWS is good!



Saturday, August 19, 2017

FIGHTING FOR NEWS!


  SUNDAY, AUGUST 20TH., 2017
       FIGHTING FOR NEWS!

   My appearance, with Bob Reynolds,
on Rob Neyhard's WILK Talk show on
Friday has touched off an avalanche of
response on Facebook from people who
either heard the show or saw the WNEP
story that ran that evening.
     While each of us worked together
for several years we were all also
competitors at one time or another.
      In the field you fight to get the
story, hopefully first, but more
importantly "right."
      But another former colleague
and competitor, Bill Longworth,
formally of WBRE, wrote to remind
me of a time when we literally fought
for the news!
     As Bill remembers it three news
crews (remember when 22,28, and 16
each fielded news crews?) were
camped out around the Federal
Courthouse waiting for an alleged
"bad guy," He couldn't remember
exactly who.
      Anyway each crew was in a
slightly different location.
      Bill says a friend of our unknown
(or just unremembered perp) suddenly
attacked me and there was a scuffle.
      Bill remembers rushing to my
aid and that "fists were flying." He
recalls my coming up swinging with
only ripped slacks as evidence of the
altercation. He ruined a suit! Police were
called to bring things back to order.
      Now I remember a million stories
I covered. I remember being in the
line of fire of several gunmen being
surrounded by police. I remember
choking on heavy smoke when the
wind shifted as I was walking towards
a fire I was covering. I even remember
the time the contractor tearing down
the old Casey Hotel gave Mayor
Jimmy Connors a fake Time Capsule
from the building and I broke the news
to the Mayor.
       So you'd think I would well
remember going one round with some
ner-do-well while on Courthouse
stakeout duty, But I don't!
       I though Bill was mistaken but
he says his photographer got it on
film. I'd love to see it!
        Ironically when I told my wife
she didn't remember the incident
but did remember the ripped slacks!
       Maybe there are some things
better left forgotten? Although I
always did believe I had a decent
right cross!
        Sometimes it's good for
competitors to "work" together!
       Hope all your NEWS is
good! 

Friday, August 18, 2017

SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES!


   SATURDAY, AUGUST 19TH., 2017
         SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES!

   Back in the early 1970's I left WILK to
become Assistant Manager of a new area
FM radio station identified as WMJW.
    Rob Neyhard was already there feeding
the automated equipment that played the
music and commercials.
    Because the station was automated we
were able to use the staff as news reporters.
     I hired Bob Reynolds and people like
Bill Saint John (Kishbaugh+ and Dave
Bennis and came up with a news staff that,
on several occasions, won more Associated Press
News Awards than any other radio or
television station in the state!
     On Friday Rob, who is currently with
WILK, lured Bob and I back into his
radio studio to talk over old times. They
was no pay involved. But we're all used
to that!
     We shared a lot of stories from those
"good old days." But you really would
have loved to hear us chat when the
commercials were playing!
       That's when we recalled some of
the tales know only to a few insiders!
But this is my Blog not live radio so,
what the heck. Let me share a couple
with you.
        Like the time I had to argue with
the General Manager because Bob racked
up such an expensive telephone bill
checking on a local family involved in
a story out of state. I took Bob's side.
        Rob had his own issues trying to
make sure the music list was up to date
when the same GM prohibited the
playing of some songs! Rob even had
to edit the number one song out of a
syndicated countdown because the boss
didn't want it on the air.
        Our GM never interfered with
news. Well usually anyway. I did have
a problem when they shut off our
Associated Press machine because he
didn't pay the bill. This was the same
AP from which we won all those
awards.
        Some how we survived and each
of us went on to bigger and better
things. A little older and a little wiser!
        And even though there were
bumps in the road back then, it was
a fun ride!
        My thanks to Rob for bringing
us together, My thanks to Bob for
all his news dedication. And my
thanks to both of them for discarding
the jackets they wore in that old
newspaper ad!
        Hope we can get together again,
sooner, and that all their and your
NEWS is good!






    

Thursday, August 17, 2017

ROSES ARE RED.....


  FRIDAY AUGUST 18TH., 2017
           ROSES ARE RED...

 This is another one of those 'Special Days'
that don't get much recognition. And, in this
case, I can understand why!
August 18th is "Bad Poetry Day!"
It was created by the folks at 'Welcat.com.'
The idea was to get some former High School
friends together to intentionally write some bad
poetry which they would then send to an old
High School teacher. Presumably their old
English teacher!
I take issue with the day because I've been
writing poetry for many years! Long before I
became a DJ and then a news reporter I was
writing poetry for school newspapers or just
for fun. My Mom used to write poetry so
maybe I took after her.
In later life I wrote some stuff designed to
get a laugh or two. I guess some people would
consider that 'bad poetry.' But might not 'bad',
like 'beauty', be in the eye or, in this case, ear
of the beholder?
For instance....can't you just picture the
scene when you take in this verse?
"I shot an arrow
into the air.
It came to earth
I know not (swish!..Ah...thud!)"
The last part, of course, is done as a sound
effect!
OK. How about this one?
"Little birdy
In the cage.
How I wonder
What your age......is."
I call that 'blank verse.'
So what do you think?
Do I have it or do I have it?

I can't send them to any of my
old English teachers!
They're all dead!
I actually wrote one aboard a train
traveling through British Columbia as
part of a poetry competition and took
first place! One of these days, if I feel
it fits a more serious Blog, I'll share it
with you.
But, since this is 'Bad Poetry Day'
I'll close with this one written just for
the occasion.
'They're looking for bad poetry
with words set down in verse.
I'm sure they'll get some terrible ones.
But mine may be the worst!
I started with my mind all blank.
Like being in a fog.
I should have kept them to myself.
But now they're in my Blog!
So my advice to others
is to write the way you should!
Enjoy the day, May it go your way.
And may all your NEWS be good!


  

 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

THRIFTY SHOPPERS!


  THURSDAY, AUGUST 17TH., 2017
          THRIFTY SHOPPERS!

   OK gang, Make up your shopping
list and head out looking for the best
bargains you can find.
    This is National Thrift Shop Day!
    My daughter can tell you where
to find one! To her some of the area
Thrift Shops have become year round
Yard Sales.
     And she's done pretty darn well
in finding the merchandise she wants
without spending a lot of money or
running up credit card debt!
     Thrift Shops come in various forms.
Sometimes it's just a small local store
selling its wares at discount prices,
      Some of the best are Salvation
Army or Goodwill stores where
donated merchandise, including a
lot of new unused items, can be
found at a fraction of their original
price.
       They're also great places to find
old tapes, dvd's, and even vinyl records
and classic books.
        You may find some extra specials
on this National Thrift Store Day. So
get out there and let me know what
you come up with!
        Hope you gets some great bargains
and that all your NEWS is good!
 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SIDE EFFECTS!


   WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16TH., 2017
                  SIDE EFFECTS!

     If you're going to run a 60 second
commercial for a medicine these days
you'll probably have to be able to sell
your product in 15 or 20 seconds!
     If you've seen any of these spots
lately you've probably noticed that
more than have of the time is used
telling you about potential negative
side effects of the drug. You know.
Things like loss of vision, stomach
aches, even death. That one especially
tends to turn me off.
      Of course you get the same thing
in each package that comes with your
prescription. It's usually two pages,
much of which concerns itself with
possible side effects.
       I tend not to read the material but,
rather, just take my medicine.
       Were I to read that taking a pill
could cause your left ear to ache I
would surely have pain in my left ear
by the following day.
       Consequently after my visit to the
hospital a week ago I merely began
taking the green pill ordered by the
doctors there to aid in correcting a
digestive problem.
        I never connected the sudden and
rather severe ankle pains that hit me on
Sunday when I ended the day with a
limp on my right side and switched to
a cane when both ankles started to ache
on Monday.
       My wife, who does read the
paperwork, pulled out the publication
on my "prescription" and discovered that
the pains in my ankles were, likely, tied
to my green pill.
       So, as of today, the green pill goes!
       The doctors can suggest anything
else they want as long as it leaves my
ankles, and my left ear, alone!
        Hope I'm skipping on both feet
again soon, and that all your NEWS is
good!  

Monday, August 14, 2017

THE DAY I BLEW THE HORN!



  TUESDAY, AUGUST 15TH., 2017
    THE DAY I BLEW THE HORN!

    It is one of my earliest memories!
It was August 15th., 1945. I was 3.
    I know we were vacationing at
the shore. And I know the radio
was on in the car.
    I was already sitting up front.
Probably on my Mom's lap. "Child
Safety Seats" were unheard of back
then.
     Suddenly my Dad let me start blowing
the car horn. And he didn't make me stop!
I was in my glory! King of the road as
it were.
      Somewhere along the line we
stopped at a restaurant. I don't remember
ordering on my own. But I do remember
a huge pile of spaghetti put on a plate
and placed directly in front of me!
      Perhaps, at 3, I had become the
world's greatest horn blower! Why
else serve such a big portion to such
a little kid?
      Well, at it turns out, there was
another reason. Thought I had no
idea of its impact back then, I now
know it was VJ Day! The empire of
Japan had surrendered to the United
States thus ending World War II !
      The surrender came on August
14th but President Truman didn't
announce it publically till the 15th.
Of course it wasn't signed until
September 2nd.
      I am pleased to have been
allowed to participate in what
turned out to be a world-wide
celebration!
      It has been 72 years. And each
has its share of memories. Yet the
memory of that horn and my heaping
helping of spaghetti will always have
a special place in my mind.
      Hope you have some treasured
memories too..and that all your
NEWS is good!
(Unfortunately no photo from the
day. But this is me and the car a
year or so later!)





Sunday, August 13, 2017

HELP WANTED!


  MONDAY, AUGUST 14TH., 2017
             HELP WANTED!

   My Facebook followers have probably
already seen my photo album from the
WK&S Railroad in Kempton. If not,
check it out for a lot more photos.
    This neat little excursion run, near
the base of Hawk Mountain runs a
couple miles by a stream and some
beautiful country side.
       There's a passenger coach, an
open gondola car with seats for plenty
of people, and a caboose in which you're
allowed to ride!
        Every Sunday in season the first
of four runs begins at 1pm and the others
follow each hour until 4pm. When you
purchase your ticket you're good for the
whole day. You can ride, get off, and ride
again. There's time for a nice picnic in
between!
       I've been trying to get some of the
family there for some time but was
surprised to see the excursions limited
to Sundays. (There are a few special
excursions on certain Saturdays so
you should check their website.)
       But why, I wondered, not run every
Saturday during the summer.
       Well the answer was simple. There
are not enough people to run the
operation every weekend! You see all
the workers from Engineer and Conductor
to the ticket sales person, gift shop and
concession stand staff, are all volunteers!
        All of the money raised through
customers goes to keep this rolling stock...
rolling!
         I'm wondering if some of the people
who are involved with model railroad
clubs in the area might like to try their
hands with the real thing and help expand
this wonderful tourist attraction. They used
to run both weekend days so, with a bit of
additional manpower or "womenpower" I'll
bet they could do it again!
           Hope you'll check it out and that all
your NEWS is good!














Saturday, August 12, 2017

THAT'S ONE GOOD LOOKING TOMATO!


       SUNDAY, AUGUST 13TH., 2017
THAT'S ONE GOOD LOOKING TOMATO!

 
     Now don't start jumping to conclusions! This is
not an ode to my wife, daughters, or grand daughters
(although they're all very deserving).
     My weekly program on Electric City Television
was devoted to the Pittston Tomato Festival this past week.
     It's amazing what this little red piece of fruit has
done for the City! Without any bacon or lettuce!
     People outside of northeastern Pennsylvania
still know it as "Coal Country" even though deep
mining ended around these parts after the
Knox Mine Disaster in 1959.
     And while it's important to remember our
heritage it's also nice to know there's more to our
area than "Black Gold." In this case....it's "Red
Gold!"
     Folks in Pittston insist that the soil above
all those old underground mine tunnels is
uniquely rich and allows for the growth of some
of the tastiest tomatoes anywhere.
     They spend 4 days each year trying to prove
it with the Tomato Festival!
      The event now draws upwards of 40,000
people to this community of under 10,000
residents!
      There's musical entertainment, crafts, all
kinds of foods (not only those with a tomato
base), a Pageant, a race, and a parade.
      The best tomatoes win prizes. Those that
don't make the competition are very likely
used in the highlight event....the Tomato
Fight! Contestants pay 5 bucks to throw
rotten tomatoes at other contestants.
      I suspect most of us would like to be in
the competition AND probably know some
others we'd like to have as targets! I wonder
if we could get some of our elected officials
to sign up! That could bring in thousands!
      And all the entry fee money goes to local
charities!
      This is big stuff! You'd think Heinz would
wise up and set up one of its factories in the
city!
      I'm trying to get them to expand the
Festival to a full week. They could close
each day with a duel between politicians!
Think of the possibilities!
     Hope you remember to "Duck", and that
all your NEWS is good!





Friday, August 11, 2017

SALUTE!


  SATURDAY, AUGUST 12TH., 2017
                     SALUTE!

    He learned how to salute. He marched!
He worked with weapons. And last night
my grandson came home.
     No he isn't in the Army, or Navy, the
Marines, or Coast Guard.
     My grandson was at the State Police
Camp Cadet!
      The Pennsylvania State Police  offer
Camp Cadet across the state. My grandson
attended the camp run by Troop P, Wyoming
at Camp Kresge near White Haven.
       For one full week these young men and
women learn about all kinds of police work
while, at the same time, working on their
physical fitness. Most of all they learn
respect! Respect for others and for themselves!
        They go with there with T shirts and
shorts, No cell phones, IPads, or electronic
devices.
         They come back with customized
shirts  hats, certificates of accomplishment
and, perhaps, a medal.
          They also come back with self
confidence as well.
          Unfortunately their closing ceremonies
were cancelled because of heavy rain. So our
family got together at Grotto Pizza to celebrate
Ryan's accomplishment. We salute him today!
           Hope more kids take advantage of this
wonderful program and that all your NEWS
is good.






  

Thursday, August 10, 2017

CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE!


   FRIDAY, AUGUST 11TH., 2017
   CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE!

   While my title will probably make some
people think of the old "B movie" horror
stories I'm afraid my tale is all too true.
    As I convalesced from my hospital
visit on Wednesday I realized that I am
still faced with the damage from cats
that are fed by some well meaning
neighbors who do nothing else to contain
or care for them.
    For the second time in as many years
the claw marks and tears are beginning to
destroy an expensive cover that protects
my Miata.
    We've spotted at least one resting on
top. He made a quick getaway when I
stormed out of the house.
     What we did not see, thankfully, was
the cat that leaped into an old cage we use
as a bird feeder and killed a beautiful
Cardinal that had been feeding there!
     Of course cats aren't the only problem.
There was a pile of dog waste in our yard.
We don't own a dog!
     Look, I'm all for pets. We have a
couple of fish in aquarium and we did
care for a rescued Cockatiel until he
passed away.
      As far as I'm concerned if you're
feeding an animal he's yours and that
means your responsibility.
       Although I can't watch over my
property 24/7 I have "rearmed" to meet
the threat!
        I've got a brand new water gun
waiting to greet unwelcome visitors
with a steady stream of cold water!
        Hope I don't have to use it......and
that all your NEWS is good!






Wednesday, August 9, 2017

HEART ACHES!


         THURSDAY, AUGUST 10TH., 2017
                       HEART ACHES!

       My wife got a lot of great care as she went
through her open heart surgery some eleven
weeks ago. Nurses and doctors were around
her all the time making sure she had everything
she needed.
       Maybe, subconsciously, I was jealous!
       On Wednesday morning at 5 I awoke to
severe chest pains! I took a baby aspirin which
did nothing to improve the situation and then
a Pepto Bismol tablet.
       When neither of my home remedies
helped I woke my wife and suggested we
head to Geisinger Hospital.
        I had a choice to make. The hospital is
literally less than a mile walk from my
house, or I could have my wife drive me
there.
       In spite of the danger involved......I let
her   drive! (I'm usually not at all comfortable
unless I'm behind the wheel.
       The fantastic nursing staff at Geisinger
went right to work getting me set up in the
Emergency Room and a young female
doctor gathered all my data until another
physician provided some nitroglycerin he
hoped would ease my pain.
        It didn't work! I never blew up and
the pain remained.
        Again a team of caring nurses stepped
in to make me as comfortable under the
circumstances while a number of doctors
appeared to tell me a cardiac catheterization
would ne needed to see if one or more of
the arteries to my heart were blocked.
         I don't remember the names of any
of the doctors who stopped in but I'm
sure each will be listed on the bill.
          Again the nurses took care of me
are prepared me for the procedure which
involved running a line into an artery in
my wrist.
         The good news I have no blockages!
         The bad news is I probably can't
watch my grandson for a few days because
I'm not allowed to lift anything over 10 pounds!
I'm more upset about that then the pain which,
they believe, is a gastro intestinal issue.
           As I write some pain remains but a lot
less than that which prompted my decision to
seek help1
          Anyhow my thanks to the nurses and
doctors who took care of me for 12 full hours!
          Hope their, and your, NEWS is good!

          

      

       

JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED!


    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9TH., 2017
 JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED!

  My wife and I get "just what the doctor
ordered" at Sheenan's, our local pharmacy
in Plains Township.
   We've got so many prescriptions between
the two of us that stopping in there is a
little like checking our mail every day.
    But our visit Tuesday was really
exceptional!
    I've often heard it said that laughter is
the best medicine. That may be true but
I'll bet ice cream is pretty high on that list
too!
    So imagine our surprise when we found
an Ice Cream truck in the pharmacy parking
lot! Happy surprise that is!
    I suggested my wife pick up a couple
dishes of Italian Ice while I went in to
pick up our prescription. I gave her five
bucks to cover the purchase.
    But I got it back, and my Italian Ice,
after finding out the pharmacy brought
the truck in for "Customer Appreciation
Day!" The ice cream was free!
     I really appreciate the appreciation!
     Hope they do it again some day and
that all your NEWS is good!









Monday, August 7, 2017

WALKING'S UPS AND DOWNS!


     TUESDAY, AUGUST 8TH., 2017
     WALKING'S UPS AND DOWNS!

   As previously noted my wife and I have
been trying to get some walking in as often
as possible.
   We've enjoyed the local levee system a
number of times. But that gets a little tough
on very hot days because there's little shade
along those trails.
    We really enjoy the Lehigh Gorge Trail
in the White Haven area. There's river and
trees on one side and trees and rock walls
on the other.
     You can almost picture the trains that
used to run there when you see the remains
of old utility poles and railroad ties scattered
here and there.
      But although we walk basically the same
distance on each hike the Gorge Trail has
always seemed to be just slightly longer
than the others.
      I wondered how that could be. I mean
two miles is two miles. Right?
      It had me a bit confused until I finally
realized we were walking uphill one way!
Now, admittedly, it wasn't much of a hill.
But the old rail bed has a 2% grade when
you're walking "up river."
      Since we usually started in White Haven
and walked south the walk back was, in
fact, uphill.
       It's more noticeable to those riding
bikes over a great distance than we take on.
But it does make a difference.
        So on Sunday we reversed our course
and did the uphill part first. After you've
used half your energy it's a great feeling
to know the last part is down hill all the
way! Just wanted to "level" with you!
        Hope you've got more ups than
downs and that all your NEWS is good!



Sunday, August 6, 2017

SURVIVAL!


     MONDAY, AUGUST 7TH., 2017
                SURVIVAL!

     Part of my daily routine during
vacation last week involved a trip to
the playground with my two year old
grandson.
     Playgrounds do not look the same
as the ones I remember!
      The one at the shore had a device
similar to one we used to call the
"Merry" or "Jinny Go Round."
       In the old days if was made of
wood and pipes. Some of the kids
pushed  and the others hung on for
dear life as centrifugal force tried
to throw us off onto the dirt and
rocks on which the playground was
built.
       The one in Wildwood Crest
was made of molded plastic with
seat-like spots built on the inner
area. Even if you could fall out
you'd land on a playground floor
made of a rubber base that yields
to you when you land!
        The see-saw is a molded
form too! Yesterday I saw one of
the old metal ones that had all
kinds of places to pinch your
fingers or toes.
         I had hoped to see the old
tall sliding board I used to enjoy
too but it fell victim to the
insurance company that demanded
it be dismantled!
        I'm glad today's kids are a
lot safer thanks to modern equipment.
And it makes me proud to have
survived the old ones!
        Hope you're still safe and that
all your NEWS is good!




 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

HOME AGAIN, HOME AGAIN!


     SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH., 2017
     HOME AGAIN, HOME AGAIN!

   Well our annual family vacation has
come to an end.
    It was a great week for the most part.
The weather was good and the ocean
water was warm!
     We stayed in Wildwood Crest this
year at a condo a mile and a half away
from the Boardwalk. My son-in-law
drove me there the other day and I
opted to walk back. It seemed like 5
miles!
      As reported in an earlier Blog we
paid a visit to Diamond Beach where
the remains of the concrete ship
Atlantis are slowly but surely being
erased by the winds and tides.
       My grandson Anthony turned
2-years-old during the week and I've
got to wonder if any signs of the ship
will be visible when he brings his
family there some day.
        My 14-year-old grandson Ryan
and I tried some crabbing and fishing.
But both the fish and the crabs must
have know we were coming and hid
somewhere out at sea.
         Grand daughters Kara (soon to
be 16) and Mckenzie (soon to be 7)
enjoyed the water whether it was
the Atlantic or the pool at our
complex.
          As for the parents and we
grand parents, we just enjoyed a week
spent together.
          As a matter of fact I'm not sure
how I'll get through this week without
the sound of the little guy running to
my room shouting "Grandpa, Grandpa,
Thomas? (He enjoyed watching Thomas
the Tank Engine videos with me each
day.)
         Hope we're all around to do it
again next year.......and that all your
NEWS is good!






























 

Friday, August 4, 2017

SENIOR DISCOUNT-ED!


     SATURDAY, AUGUST 5TH., 2017
           SENIOR DISCOUNT-ED!

    Our family is wrapping up our annual
vacation to the Jersey shore.
     It's been a great week of good weather,
swimming, and all kinds of activities we
all enjoy.
     As usual we closed our weekly schedule
with a visit to one of the Boardwalk's
Water Parks. The kids love the giant water
slides and floating down the Lazy River on
a tube.
     As grandparents we always enjoyed the
free senior admission since we didn't use
the facilities but enjoyed watching the kids.
     You'll note that last sentence was written
in past tense! We were more than just a little
surprised when we  brought
the gang there today and discovered there is
now a $20 admission fee just to come in  and
watch!
     The young lady at the ticket booth told
us we could go to the observation deck and
sit there while we checked on the kids.
     But when we got to the deck we found
three sofa-like seats all occupied by ladies
who were using them like beds!
      One nice woman made room for my
wife. I didn't walk to wake the others so
I just began observing from the observation
deck! It only took a moment to realize you
couldn't see much of the park from there!
      Fortunately I had arranged for our gang
to signal me when there were near two or
three spots that were actually in view. That
arrangement, coupled with my camera's long
lens, did allow me to get a photo or two.
      For the record, I think the park's new
police is all wet!
      So I got my couple photos and walked
out to get French fries! They were a lot less
than twenty bucks!
       Hope all your NEWS is good!













































      

Thursday, August 3, 2017

THE MAGNET ON THE FRIDGE!


    FRIDAY, AUGUST 4TH., 2017
 THE MAGNET ON THE FRIDGE!

    Honestly now, how many times do
you really check out the magnets on a
refrigerator? Especially somebody else's
refrigerator!
    At home ours is covered with photos
of the grandkids.
    Here in our rented apartment there's
only one and there's no photo. But
thanks to that magnet a vacation
tradition was saved!
    I only half looked at it while opening
the refrigerator door Thursday morning.
Suddenly one word jumped out at me!
    The word was "Bakery!"
    I looked closer and noticed a number
of assorted goodies spelled out. Although
the term "Sticky Buns" was not among them
my daughter and I realized the possibility of
finding this favorite breakfast treat might be
just a few blocks away.
     Her husband was sent on the mission
and I'm happy to say he was successful.
So here I type, with sticky fingers, hoping
there's a plentiful supply on hand and that all
your NEWS is good!  





Wednesday, August 2, 2017

DIAMONDS ON THE BEACH!


  THURSDAY, AUGUST 3RD., 2017
     DIAMONDS ON THE BEACH!

   A lot of people stop at Sunset Beach
when they're vacationing in the Wildwood
area!
   It's a popular spot to watch the sunset,
view the remains of a Concrete ship that
dates back to WWI, and watch a
patriotic ceremony during which an
American Flag which has draped the
casket of one of our military heroes is
lowered to the sound of Taps and
re-presented to that soldier's family.
    Diamond Beach is also famous for
its so-called Cape May Diamonds! Tiny
rocks and stones that have been worn into
crystals by the sea and sands.
     In my case I brought my own
diamonds for our visit on Wednesday,
     My son, daughter-in-law, and 4 of
my grandkids were there to take in all
the beach has to offer. Well, all but the
sunset!
      I'm sure it went down as usual because,
eventually, it got dark, Unfortunately it
made its exit behind some very thick dark
clouds!
      Still my diamonds provided a great
glow for the evening, especially since
it was the end of my youngest grand
child's 2nd Birthday!
       Hope there's still something of the
concrete ship showing when he's older
and that all of his, and your, NEWS is
good!









Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A GREAT "NIGHT OUT!"


    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2ND., 2017
          A GREAT "NIGHT OUT!"

      A big 'Thank you' to all of the men and
women who protect and serve us in so many
ways!
      Our vacation gang enjoyed a fantastic
evening in Wildwood Crest as that community
joined thousands of others across the nation
for "National Night Out."
       For those who don't already know,
National Night Out is a community-police
awareness-raising event in the United States,
held the first Tuesday of August.
       It's a night when these public servants
remind us that they're a part of our community!
       Here in Wildwood Crest every agency
within the Police Department joined their
colleagues from the Fire Department, Rescue
units, the Life Guard Service and others in
staging a wonderful community event.
      And keep in mind, around here, most of
the people enjoying the free hotdogs, prizes,
demonstrations, bounce houses, face painting,
and music are tourists!
       The older of my two grandsons in
attendance got to try out some SWAT gear
while my grand daughter was delighted with
her face painting design,
       The little grandson got to climb all
over Fire engines as well as the Life Guard
Rescue boat.
       I was especially impressed to see all
the kids who came out to have fun but, at the
same time, learned some respect for  these
people who put their lives on the line for
everyone on a daily basis!
       I personally thanked as many officers
from the various departments as I could for
the wonderful evening they gave us all!
       Our gang had a great time. I even got
to try on my grandson's new fire helmet!
Hope you enjoyed a "National Night Out"
close to you and that all your NEWS is
good!