Thursday, November 30, 2017



    As we welcome December a host of
holiday memories begin to fill our minds.
Most are pleasant although, perhaps,
    That first visit with Santa. Maybe yours.
Maybe your kids or grandkids. That
Christmas wish list. Christmas shopping.
     I've got a host of them too. Tonight
though I thinking back to December of
1959 and a very important office Christmas
     Before you get the wrong idea that
often gets associated with office parties
allow me to point out this was a party I
did not attend! And that's what made it
so special to me!
      I was an Errand Boy at my local
radio station, WAZL in Hazleton.
Most everyone at the station was invited
to attend the Christmas party. The DJ's
pre-recorded their shows that evening
so the music would go on.
      But somebody had to play those
tapes! And, once each half hour, somebody
had to go on-the-air with the station
identification! And that December evening
(the exact date escapes me) I was the guy
who got to do that! It was my first time on
the air!
       Between radio, and television, and with
pauses between jobs here and there,  I've been
on the air somewhere ever since!
       Kind of a Christmas memory that keeps
on giving! Hope you're heard or seen me
somewhere along the way and that all your
NEWS is good!


Wednesday, November 29, 2017


                 A DAY IN THE PARK!

       Wednesday's sunny sky and 50 plus
degree temperatures prompted my wife and
I to hit the road for the day.
       We started a little later than I had
planned only because I asked my wife which
way she wanted to go. After a review of
possible destinations to the north, east, west,
and south produced no decision on her part
I headed south on Route 11 then took a
couple of back roads that led, eventually, to
the Berwick Test Track.
          I've written about this spot before but
it certainly deserves repeating.
           During World War II the AC&F Factory
in Berwick was manufacturing military tanks.
They were tested in an area right next to the
Susquehanna River.
           Now the area has been turned into a
park with picnic tables, sports fields, a boat
launch, and a walking trail.
            Since we didn't bring a lunch, soccer
ball, or boat we opted to try the trail!
            It was a great day for a stroll right
along side the gleaming Susquehanna and
to watch other folks taking advantage of
the park.
            Afterwards we stopped by a
Cracker Barrel in Bloomsburg for a great
meal and a run in with some former
viewers who remembered my days on the
news beat for stories in Columbia and
Northumberland Counties! It's nice to
be remembered!
            Hope you enjoyed your day and
that all your NEWS is good!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017



      See the tree, how big it's grown! But friends
it hasn't been too long it wasn't big.
       Unlike the classic song Honey, my wife,
didn't plant this tree or this group of trees. They
just sort of popped up out of the ground while
we weren't really watching and began to grow.
And grow. And grow!
        It was kind of neat to watch out the bedroom
window as they swayed in the breeze. Earlier
this year, however, we realized they were
swaying enough to scrap the roof.
       With that came the realization that were
they to snap their "landing pad" would be on
top of our house!
        My wife also realized the thought of me
trying to do anything about bringing those
trees down was far more frightening than
having all of them crash on our heads!
        Fortunately a local "handy man"
surveyed the situation for us a couple days
ago and promised to get back to us.
         On Tuesday morning he showed up
with chain saw in hand to tackle the task!
         I'm sure a few birds and at least one
Squirrel will be displeased with the results.
But we'll sleep a little sounder when those
strong winds come blowing around these
          Hope all your NEWS is good!

Monday, November 27, 2017


              GIVING TUESDAY!

      Time to get serious today my friends.
We've had Black Friday, Small
Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.
I'm not sure how Sunday got left out of
the mix but November 28th is "Giving
        While most of the things purchased
on those three busy shopping days will
end up being given to someone as
Christmas presents the focus on this global
Giving Tuesday is on charitable giving.
         Promoters of this day point out there
are a number of ways to take part in the
          Of course many charitable organizations
count on people's generosity during the
Holiday season. The Salvation Army's Red
Kettle Drive is one of the better know fund
raisers at this time of the year.
           You can also give material items
rather than cash. Toys for Tots is hoping
to get gifts for children who might otherwise
have nothing. Area missions and food banks
are looking for canned goods, coats, and
            You can also give just by speaking
out on behalf of those agencies you believe
deserve support or give of your time in
ringing those Salvation Army bells, or
serving meals at local food kitchens.
             There's a lot of  need out there
but a lot of ways to help deal with it.
"Giving Tuesday" is a reminder to us all!
              Hope you'll give however you
can so that all your NEWS is good!

Sunday, November 26, 2017


      MONDAY, NOBVEMBER 27TH., 2017

   As reported in my Sunday Blog my wife and I
and several family members ended a very long
Saturday with an early morning pancake and
sausage breakfast at the Unityville Fire Company
not far off Route 118 in Lycoming County.
     This stop, though not usually at 2:30am. has
become as much a part of my Thanksgiving
tradition as Turkey on the day itself.
      I came across it quite by accident a few
years back. From the day after Thanksgiving
until 9 Sunday night shifts of Fire Department
members and volunteers cook up hundreds of
pounds of delicious pork sausage and fantastic
buckwheat pancakes to a couple thousand
hungry customers who come, some at all hours
like our gang, to enjoy a meal and to support
their Fire Company.
       Members, their wives, their children, and
friends, set the tables, keep the food coming. and
clean up afterwards. Trays of sausage wait in a
freezer to be formed into patties, an all night
job in anticipation of the crowds that show up
at "normal hours."
      The gang we met during our early morning
visit said the numbers of customers continue
to grow each year even during the wee hours.
So does the work load for the volunteers!
      Still, it seems the smaller or more rural
the area the more people seem willing to
help each other out,
       The Company makes more money on
efforts like gun raffles but I think everyone
enjoys seeing people come together for the
Thanksgiving holiday "breakfast."
       Hope you'll put it on your calendar
for next year and that all your NEWS is


           A HARD DAY'S NIGHT!

   My apologies to regular blog readers
who anxiously await my daily post around
11:30 each night. I didn't get home till
about 4am today!
    My hard day's night began with my
Saturday morning call in to Coal Region
Connections on WLSH radio.
    After about 12 minutes on the air I
grabbed by camera and tripod and
headed into downtown Plains Township
where I videoed the annual Santa Parade
hosted by the Plains Lions Club.
      That was just the start of our adventures.
Despite my advice against going Thanksgiving
weekend, two of my daughters and my son
agreed to get the family together for a visit
to Koziar's Christmas Village, not far from
Lebanon in Berks County.
       Now in it's 70th season this farm-like
setting boasts tens of thousands of Christmas
lights and displays that makes it look like a
New York City in the middle of nowhere.
       For nearly three hours, however, it
looked like the only lights we were going to
see were the tail lights of the hundreds of
cars moving at 5 to 10 miles per hour (when
they moved at all) heading towards the
attraction. The traffic was so congested that
my son and his family arrived, saw the entire
village, and was leaving about 20 minutes
before we ever arrived!
        Though we missed him and his part
of our family our two other vehicles
arrived at just about the same time so we
toured the village until about an hour after
the last tourists were admitted.
          Sine I had hoped to spend part of
today at the annual Unityville Fire Company
Pancake and Sausage dinner (which operates
24 hours a day from the day after Thanksgiving
until 9 o'clock tonight) we decided to go there
for an early morning breakfast.
         Of course Unityville is in Lycoming
County, about an hour and a half away from
Christmas Village! Out came the GPS and
we made the trip through unchartered
territory (to us that is) and dinned at about
2:30 this morning.
          Of course home is about as far from
our breakfast venue as the pancakes and
sausage were from Christmas Village. Hence
our "early arrival."
          Still, as they say, a good time was had
by all.
          Hope we get some sleep before
tomorrow and that all your NEWS is good!

Friday, November 24, 2017


                 JUST A REMINDER!

   After researching unusual "holidays" throughout
the year there's not too many that surprise me
anymore. November 25th is an exception.
    Yesterday was Black Friday, one of the
busiest shopping days of the year. Today is
Small Business Saturday when you're encouraged
to patronize those "Mom and Pop stores" if any
still exist in your town.
    Monday is Cyber Monday when there's a big
push to get everybody to shop on line, the fastest
growing shopping method even with out a special
    Even though all that shopping is already on
your schedule today, November 25th, is
"Shopping Reminder Day."
    I'm not sure why anyone needs a reminder
at this point but who am I to question such a
noble effort? And, after all, It's exactly one
month till Christmas!
    Hope your list is ready and that all your
NEWS is good!

Thursday, November 23, 2017



      In nature metamorphosis is a biological
change in form like when a caterpillar changes
into a butterfly.
      In magic metamorphosis is an illusion in
which two people suddenly seem to change
      In our house metamorphosis takes place
when my wife has a burst of energy that
results in changing displays inside and
outside to reflect a change in seasons and/
or holidays. It usually requires several
trips to and from our shed as artifacts
stored there are swapped with those
removed from our door, windows and
      Christmas metamorphosis took place
a little early this year. I enjoy keeping our
tree up until Russian Christmas each year
but it's unusual for us to have it in place
before Thanksgiving.
        This week, with the promise of a
sunny day ahead, the metamorphosis, and
trips to and from the shed happened.
         We have seen a transformation from
a Fall/Halloween décor to "it's beginning
to look a lot like Christmas!" Houdini would
be impressed with my wife's magic! I am!
           Hope all your NEWS is good!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017


                     OUR TOWN TREE!

     It's great to visit New York City during the
Holiday season. What fantastic sights! The
shops along 5th Avenue, Radio City Music
Hall and, of course, Rockefeller Center with
it's giant Christmas tree.
     I've been there many Christmas seasons
and I really enjoy it.
     That said there's something extra special
about enjoying the season right in your own
home town.
      We did that Wednesday night as my wife
and I drove to "the Brick" in Plains Township.
The Brick is the equivalent of our community's
Public Square.
       It's been completely renovated this year
and just in time for the annual Christmas tree
lighting ceremony set up by the Plains Lions
       The Lions are very big in doing things
for our community especially for children
and especially at Christmas.
        The tree lighting, for instance, featured
free hot chocolate, a very talented singer, and
Christmas songs offered by a children's choir.
         All that under the gleam of new street
lights and bright Christmas decorations
provided and installed by, again, the Lions
Club and its members.(On Saturday the
club hold its annual Santa Parade!)
            Shortly before our ceremonies got
started I watched on TV as the Scranton
Times turned on all the Christmas lights
on the radio tower that sits atop its
             This Sunday the folks in Dunmore
hold Home for the Holiday in Bucktown.
              There's probably events happening
in your hometown too. If so don't miss them!
Happy Thanksgiving. It's just the start of all
the fun!
              Hope you take it all in and that
all your NEWS is good!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


                       WHAT NEXT?!!!

     Those of you who think that retirement
means a day in the rocking chair or on the
couch might want to review our Tuesday
before quitting your job.
      I knew we'd be starting a bit early as
a local Handy man was stopping by to
tighten the bands in our dropped ceiling
and replace a block damaged by a leak
a year or so ago.
       As he worked our Oil delivery man
showed up and reported his key would
not unlock our tank. Fortunately we keep
our own copy so our furnace will have
fuel for a couple months.
      Then came the Bottled gas company.
Fearing a possible flame out in the middle
of Thanksgiving turkey cooking we called
a regional company to come and fill our
cylinders. Here I must stress the term
"Our cylinders." We've had them at a
couple campers we owned and moved
them to our house when we gave up
       It was difficult to explain they
did not belong to a Company and
even more difficult to get  propane
filled unless we accepted new cylinders
from the delivery firm.
      I want turkey and an occasional
dinner from time to time so we've
now got new gas cylinders.
      Next challenge, the dirt and
material from the old ceiling block
that fell on the floor.
      That's when we learned our
vacuum cleaner no longer sucks
up anything!
       We put that problem on hold
while we retrieved all the Christmas
holiday decorations from the shed.
       My wife gathered up all the
autumn items and we tested our
first string of Christmas lights.
About half of them worked.
So much for the lighting project!
        Anyway with tiles repaired,
and a full fuel supply for cooking
and heating we headed to Walmart
to replace the vacuum cleaner, pick
up a couple new decorations, and
make a new key for the oil tank
        I had our shopping items
about half loaded when my wife
pointed out I was putting them in
the wrong car, Well, in all fairness,
it was about the same size and color
and was parked right next to ours.
       I corrected that problem before
the other owner showed up and we
headed see what's next!
       Hope it's not complicated and
that all your NEWS is good!


Monday, November 20, 2017



     Well I finally gave in Monday. My little
Miata has been covered for the season.
      It's always a tough day. I sort of feel
like I'm surrendering to winter even though
winter hasn't actually showed up.
       I usually extend my touring season as
long as I possibly can but the time has
come to employ the shroud.
       Snow isn't the problem. We've only
had a few flakes and a light morning
coating thus far.
       It's not the cold. True, temperatures
are too low to favor "top down" travel,
but the car has a good heater so one can
drive comfortably even when the thermometer
gets below 40.
       My concern is the road salt the crews
spread over the highways when snow is
expected. The material helps keep the
roads clear. But it easts your car!
       So my touring, at least in the
Miata, will be on hold until the first
good rainfall after the last salt application!
       Hope that will come sooner rather
than later and that all your NEWS is

Sunday, November 19, 2017


     MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH., 2017

    I got up early Sunday morning. Much earlier
than usual!
    The high wind that had been predicted
showed up late Saturday night. It rocked our
     When the morning rolled around I glanced
outside and spotted a sky filled with very
dark clouds that looked like they were angry
with the earth! I could see tall trees swaying
and bending like I've never seen before.
      I was surprised to see my Miata.
No, I didn't expect it to be blown away. But
I did expect to see the brand new cover I had
installed on Friday. It was there but just
       Though strapped underneath with an
elastic band the cover was only covering the
hood of the car. Were it not for the strap I
suspect the entire fabric cover would literally
have been gone with the wind!
        I dressed quickly and went outside to
recover my vehicle. Strong as it was the
wind had no chance of blowing me away!
        I nearly stumbled over a garbage can
and a piece of twisted metal I've never
seen before. Maybe it's from Dorothy's
place in Kanas!
         I managed to get the car recovered
in between gusts then found a strap to
which I was able to tie a dumb bell. No,
not me. One of those dumb bell weights
you're suppose to lift to get stronger.
          Either the wind slowed down or
the weight worked because the car stayed
covered throughout the rest of the day.
           Hope we're done blowing in the
wind and that all your NEWS is good!


     SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH., 2017
                 VERY SHEEPISH!

       My wife and I were in the Dallas area
Saturday (PA. not Texas) to put a different
"spin" into our weekend.
        The attraction was "Wool Day," an
event hosted by Lehman Nursery and the
Ewe & I Farm. We didn't really know
what to expect but we were pleasantly
         A group of ladies from as near as
Wilkes-Barre and as far away as Bradford
County were demonstrating the art of
spinning wool and sharing their expertise
with anyone who cared to find out more
about this age old craft.
         We saw one young lady getting her
first lesson on a spinning wheel and my
wife, who's had her own wheel for over
10 years. picked up a couple of tips from
the experts.
          There were all different kinds of
spinning wheels to be seen but I've yet
to find the model that spins straw into
gold. Guess I'll have to keep on looking
for one of those!
           They even had some sheep in a
pen much to the delight of visitors. They,
of course, provide the raw material that
could become your cardigan!
            Seems this old method of turning
lamb's wool into sweaters, hats, socks,
and other products is still being used by
a lot more people that you might imagine!
              I've always like to watch the
process although, personally, I'd have
better luck taking a chance with spinning
a wheel with a little ball and red and
black numbers than trying to turn wool
into a scarf!
              Glad somebody's doing it
though. Making scarfs that is!
              Don't let them pull the wool
over your eyes! Have a great Sunday. Hope
all your NEWS is good!


Friday, November 17, 2017


                 WHAT WAS THAT?!!!

        You just never know what you're going
to see when you're cruising through northeastern
          I headed out on a photographic quest
the other day. I was looking for great scenes
to post on Facebook.
          It's a good time to look. As the leaves
fall the woods unveil surprises usually hidden
from view. Rock walls, old buildings, and
sometimes trash that can be a treasure in
          I spotted a neat barn that looked just
perfect so I snapped a shot then started to
drive away. That's when I saw it!
          The Pickers would have been
impressed! There, on a trailer just inside,
was a tank! Now I've got no way of knowing
if it was an authentic military vehicle or
something somebody put together for a
parade or the most impressive back yard
paint ball game I've ever envisioned.
           I do know it had tractor treads,
what looked like a cannon barrel, and
slots the seemed to be gun ports.
           I don't think it's the kind of item
one would expect to find in a barn around
here. Unless farming is becoming
especially competitive!
           I'd like to know more about it.
At least I think I would.
           Hope you like the photo and
that all your NEWS is good!

Thursday, November 16, 2017


                 TAKE A HIKE!

    Please, don't be insulted! November
17th is "Take A Hike Day."
    It is, of course, a day designed to
encourage better health through
exercise, specifically walking or
     My wife and I had been doing a
lot of walking up until about two
months ago. A case of Gout took
me out of the picture and she preferred
not to walk alone.
      The biggest problem to resuming
our daily constitutional is habit. We
got out of it! And once out it
seems doubly hard to get back in!
        Now to be totally honest there
are some who say this day was actually
first called "Tell your boss to take a
hike day." I suspect anyone who
actually did that may have gotten
out of the habit of going to work!
         But whatever the official
designation walking or hiking is
certainly a good exercise so you
might want to celebrate today by...well...
taking a hike! I wouldn't say anything
to your boss about the other title for
the day.
          Hope you enjoy your stroll and
that all your NEWS is good.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


                 CLOSE TO HOME!

     I was surprised at the local ties that I
noticed or were called to my attention this
     I was searching for a movie to use up
my time till "Designated Survivor" came
on TV. I found one from 2000 called
"Wonder Boys" staring Michael Douglas
and Toby Maguier.
     I was only half watching when I
heard Douglas mention Scranton. It's
funny how a local connection can attract
your attention. It was mentioned several
      Scranton has come up in a lot of scripts
over the years. Often in those used by
comedians like Bob Hope. Abbot and
Costello, and  Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
       Of course the popular TV series "The
Office" was set in the Electric City!
       Earlier in the day I had the Old Time
Radio channel airing on my satellite radio.
"The Shadow," a mystery program that
ran for many years , was on the air.
        No local connection in the script
but the channel also ran the original
commercials for the program.
        Turns out that famous nation wide
thriller was sponsored by Blue Coal,
the giant mining company based right
here in Luzerne County.
          The biggest surprise,. for me,
came after watching the special "Law
and Order" series based on the murder
trials of Lyle and Eric Menendez.
           The brothers were convicted
of the brutal murders of their mother
and father in a case that attracted
national attention.
            A Facebook friend and
hometown native informed me that
the father, Jose Menendez, graduated
from Hazleton High School in 1961,
the year after me! One of my best
friends remembers being on the
swim team. He said Jose was really
            The family immigrated there
when Castro took over Cuba so it's
likely he walked the school halls at
least part of the time I was there.
             I never knew the guy.
             It's amazing, when you pay
attention, how many stories turn
out to be close to home in one way
or another.
             Hope you're paying
attention and that all your NEWS
is good!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


                         DEER ME!

    I caught an interesting story on WNEP
Tuesday about the enormous number of
vehicles damaged in collisions recently.
All of those run ins involved deer!
     According to the story some areas in
the Poconos have a shortage of rental
cars because the available inventory is
being used by folks who have already
encountered deer in their headlights!
       I can understand. I've had at least
two instances that could be considered
close calls with deer over the past month
or so. And that doesn't include the animals
I've gone by as they grazed just off the berm.
        I hit a deer a few years back. I was
driving along Interstate 80 and had just
passed a tractor trailer when the animal
ran towards my left front bumper!
        I might have been able to avoid it
had that 18 wheeler not still been coming
up on my right. It was the deer or the
tractor trailer! Sorry Bambi!
        I was lucky enough to be in my old
Chevy Suburban during my encounter.
There was some damage but nothing all
that major. Except to the deer of course!
        The same collision in our small
family sedan probably would have
ended in a draw with both "sides"
         The same outcome would have
been likely if I had been driving my
Miata. In that case, however, the deer
probably could have cleared my vehicle
with a short leap. Of course the outcome
for him, or her, would likely have been
the same with the tractor trailer coming
along in the other lane.
          WNEP's report seemed to indicate
we were 2nd on a list of States where
car vs. deer collisions take place. I'm not
surprised by that. We've got more deer
than political signs along our highways!
            So let's be careful out there!
            If you've got to have venison
you can go to Arby's.
            Hope you're safe on the road
and that all your NEWS is good!

Monday, November 13, 2017



   Veteran's Day has passed and Thanksgiving
is still over a week away but don't fret! There's
plenty of reasons to celebrate!
     November 14th., is "National Pickle Day!"
     Cucumbers, which came from India, were
first pickled  way back in 2030 B.C.,  I
suspect they'd be pretty tart if you could find
one of those!
      Still there are plenty of pickles to be
found. According to the people who should
know  Americans eat about 9 pounds of pickles
per person every year. Of course they sneak
some of those to you in little pieces hidden
under the buns at places like McDonalds.
      I nearly had a pickle, well a quarter of
a pickle, with my Ruben on Sunday but my
grandson thought it looked good enough to
eat, so he did!
       Cleopatra ate pickles because she believed
they helped make her beautiful. Caesar and
Napoleon thought they built muscle. I only
know they have been known to make you
        But get this! During a hot game in Texas
in 2000, when temperatures on the field reached
109 degrees, Philadelphia Eagle players drank pickle
juice and credited the briny solution for their 41-14
win!. They may be drinking it again this season
from the look of things!
        Baseball fans certainly know what it means
to "get in a pickle." They may not know, however,
that the phrase came from Shakespeare who used
it to refer to finding oneself in a difficult position
in The Tempest
         So before you get yourself in a pickle, eat
one, get strong, look good, and put a dent in your
9 pound yearly quota!
          Hope your pickle and all your NEWS is


Sunday, November 12, 2017


               FIRST IMPRESSIONS!

     My wife and headed out towards
Binghamton, New York on Sunday to
meet up with my son and his wife,
along with two of our grandkids and
one of their friends,at the Discovery
Center. It's a "hands on" children's
museum where the kids can play and
learn at the same time.
      We need one around here but
that's a story for a future Blog!
       I needed to make a rest stop
along the way and choose the New
York Welcome Center along I 81
North near Kirkland.
       We've stopped there many times
in the past but this was our first since
the facility underwent extensive
         Hat's off to the Empire State
for a job well done. This place is
practically a destination in itself!
         There's a huge parking area for
some 76 cars out front (and 29 for
trucks out back.).
          There's an enclosed Dog Park,
an outdoor playground, and picnic
           Inside you'll find a store
featuring products from New York
State, large restrooms, including two
set up for families, vending machines,
and a Tourist Information Desk.
            They've even got a special
Text telephone for use by those who
are hearing impaired.
              I was sorry I only had to use
the restroom where, by the way, the
Flush button activated a flow of soap
suds to clean the unit before the next
traveler uses it!
               I was really impressed but,
then again, I used to travel a lot with
my Mom and Dad when I was just a
kid. Back in those days you were
lucky to find a gas station that had
restrooms for customers.
               First impressions aren't as
impressive when they come with a
restroom key tied to a brick!
                Have a look at the new
Welcome Center if you're headed
that way. I think you'll like what you
see. Even if it's only the suds!
                Hope all your NEWS is

Saturday, November 11, 2017


             A MOVIE MEMORY.

      I was channel surfing after the Penn
State Game.. I needed some additional
entertainment to carry me through the rest
of the afternoon and Turner Classic
Movies filled the prescription!
        I was delighted to see the network
running a movie that, for me, was filled
with plenty of entertainment and a lot of
memories as well.
         The feature was "Where Eagles
          It certainly filled the afternoon.
The World War II epic starting Richard
Burton and Clint Eastwood runs 158 minutes!
I've see it before of course but the first time
was especially memorable.
          It was the first feature shown at what
was Hazleton's newest movie theater in
1969. And my Dad was the projectionist!
          The Church Hill Cinema was
filled to capacity for the Grand opening.
And local dignitaries took the stage before
the feature to boast about the theater which,
in essence, took the place of Cinema palaces
like the Capitol, and the Feeley. There
weren't too many new theaters being built
in those days.
            Over the years the theater underwent
some changes. First it was divided in half
to make two auditoriums out of the original
one. Later some additional renovations
converted it into a three screen complex.
Finally it was restructured again to provide
5 separate screening rooms.
            Since it wasn't originally built for
5 theaters the projection booths were
located in three different spots.
             The movies still came on large
reels back then. Perhaps 5 or 6 to each
feature. But the projectors had been
replaced by large platters so all the cans
with all the reels had to be carried to the
projection booths where the reels of film
were spliced together to be placed on those
platters. Then, of course, when a feature
completed its week or two week run, the
film had to be cut back onto reels to be
shipped out,
              Well into his 80's by then my
Dad finally decided to turn over the
carrying and splicing to somebody
else and retired.
               He's gone many years now
as is the theater. It's been replaced by a
Chinese buffet restaurant. We've dined
there from time to time. Each time I think
about Dad and remember "Where Eagles
Dare." I prefer some good buttered pop
corn over Wonton soup!
            Have a great day! Hope all your
NEWS is good!

Friday, November 10, 2017


            THE DOMINO EFFECT!

    I believe the first time I heard the term
"Domino Effect" was about the time Castro
made it clear  Cuba was embracing
Communism. The prevailing fear was
that one country falling would lead to
other nearby countries falling.
      While the term was new to me the
practice was not. I used to play dominos
with my grandmother. After our games
I often set up a long line of the numbered
blocks so I could watch them fall one
after the other when I toppled the first
       Little did I know how seriously
people take the domino effect. I found
out as I realized November 11th is
Domino Day!
       It was first organized in 1998 in the
 Netherlands. Each year builders set up
long rows of dominos, usually in unique
patterns, then watch to see if they'll all
fall in an artistic order.
        They still observe the day in many
countries and the last record successful
"domino drop" I've seen reported was
in 2009 in the Netherlands when they toppled
4,491,863 dominos! I used to feel pretty
good when I dropped a dozen set up in
a straight line!
         I think I always enjoyed setting up
then knocking down dominos more than
playing the actual domino game. Maybe
it's a "boy thing."
         Anyhow it's still cold outside so
if you've got a box of dominos why not
celebrate by getting them out, setting
them up, then going for the domino
          Have a blast! Hope all your NEWS
is good!


Thursday, November 9, 2017


              NUMBER PLEASE.

     I write to you today from northeastern
Pennsylvania. You may know it as the 570
Area Code. I note that because November
10th is Area Code Day!
     It's hard to believe, at least for me, but
Area Codes were first used in 1947.
     I probably didn't make too many calls
in 1947. I was only 5 at the time.
     When I did want to make a call back
then I just picked up the telephone and
waited for an operator to say "Number
please." If I happen to be calling my
home I would answer the operator by
saying "1515" and she, it was always a
woman, would put the call through to
my house.
       Later we got a rotary dial telephone.
By then there were a lot more people in
the country and a lot more telephones.
All the numbers were getting used up so
"Ma Bell" gave all got a prefix. Ours
Gladstone which was really just an extra
two numbers we had to dial.
        Rotary phones gave way to push
button models and with them came
Area Codes for everybody.
        The three or four numbers we used
to recite to the telephone operator had
grown to ten numbers we had to punch
in if the party we were trying to reach
was in a different Area Code area.
         And now that we've all got to
know Area Codes from all over the
country more and more people are
using cell phones where, after
entering your favorite numbers in
its memory, you simply push one
button to have your call go anywhere!
           And where ever you are, the
Robo callers still seem to be able to
find us! The Area Code has never
stopped them!
            Hope you've on the "Do Not
Call List" (which works every now and
then) and that all your NEWS is good.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


                SNOW SHOWS!

       Snow flurries showed up around our
area this week. It's always interesting to
see people's reaction to those first few
flakes and, of course, the cold temperatures
that usually come with them.
        For many it's a chance for some
excellent photos as those first flurries
coat the lawns and trees still covered with
colored leaves.
        For many thoughts of Christmas
begin to fill their minds and memories of
holidays past with their families.
        Many are thinking about the ski
season that begins very soon although
I've never been a big fan of speeding
down a mountain on two sticks of wood.
        It's also the time we begin to hear
from those who have abandoned their
hometowns for warmer climates. They're
always happy to boast about temperatures
in the 80's with an occasional photo at
pool side.(That, of course, is from areas
that have either recovered from or managed
to avoid the latest of the storms that
clobbered southern communities far worse
that any snowstorm around here.)
        No question about it, it's cold outside.
But it's 72 degrees in  my living room as
I write and I can duplicate that in my car
if I'm heading out anywhere. Like, for
instance, the pool at the YMCA or at
my daughter's housing development.
It's pretty warm at both of those places
         Don't get me wrong. I enjoy the
warm sunshine as much as most anyone
(as long as it's not constantly above 85
when breathing becomes an issue for me).
         I also enjoy the Spring, Fall, and
Winter. Guess I'm a man for all seasons!
That's especially true with all the family
members I love close by!
          And, if the snow does get deep,
we can make snowmen!
          Hope your mittens are ready and
all your NEWS is good,


                    GET THE POINT?

    I have shared some of this information with
you before but some things, like grades, deserve
to be repeated.
    This is November 8th which is also "Dunce
     Very few people know much about the
"Dunce" except, perhaps, for the image of a
school kid from years ago, sitting in the corner
of a classroom, wearing a cone-like hat with a
point at the top.
  The "Dunce" was always pictured as the
troublesome kid in the class who wasn't too
   Lucky for me the day of the "Dunce" and the
"Dunce Hat" were already long past when I did
my best to get through school!
   In reality, the term "Dunce" comes from the
name of a medieval scholar, Duns Scotus of
  He came up with that pointed hat because he
believed knowledge would flow from the point
into the head of the person wearing it! Seems
logical to me!
   His theory didn't work very well and, over
the years, students forced to wear the caps
became known as  a "Dunce" and were usually
thought of as being....well....not very smart.
   I still maintain there's no direct connection
between Election Day and "Dunce Day" but
there is circumstantial evidence that the
previous selections made by some voters during
some elections were, well, not too bright!
    Hope you don't get sent to the corner....
 did some  studying before you went to
the polls, and that all your NEWS is good!

Monday, November 6, 2017


           THE TRUNDLE BED.

   "Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
   And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
   Is a wee one's trundle-bed."
  (From a children's poem by Eugene
Field. 1889)
   Our trundle-bed, the one in our spare
room cradled our two-year-old grandson
last night for the first of what I hope will
be many sleep overs at our home.
     That bed has served us well!
     My brother-in-laws used it when it was
still in my wife's home when she was
growing up. Then it came here.
      My oldest grandson, now 19, insists he
had slept there "about a billion times" by the
time he was two. It was probably a few less
although each was probably worth a billion
dollars to Grannie and me!
       Over the years the bed has been a
temporary sanctuary for some family
members who needed a place to stay for a
while even if just for a night or two.
        Visitors know it's been available to
them when they've come to share holidays
or as an overnight place to crash on their
way to somewhere else.
          My wife  has depended on it as a
place to lay out our traveling clothes when
we're getting ready for a trip.
           Most recently it's served as a train
platform for a little electric trolley car last
night's overnight visitor loves to watch and
            I got to enjoy it myself for a while
last night as I turned out the lights and
made up a story I recited to my grandson.
My tone got softer and soften until I was
sure this "Wynken, Blynken. and Nod" had
sailed off to that "river of crystal light, into
a sea of dew."
           Hope we'll sail together again for
many years and that all your NEWS is

Sunday, November 5, 2017


             HAPPY... AGAIN!

     I received an interesting email this
week and it came thanks to many of you!
     The folks who publish Happenings
Magazine wrote to tell me my blog was
voted the best in their annual poll  to
select the best businesses and services in
our area. The icing on "my cake" is the
fact this is the third year in a row I'm
getting their "Happie Award!"
      The first year this happened I wasn't
even aware there was a contest! It also
snuck by me last year until I got the
message from Happenings.
       This year I did know the voting was
under way and I asked my Facebook
followers to consider casting a vote.
Apparently they, you, did! Thank you!
        When I began this blog back in
2011 I never suspected my daily
ramblings would be 7 days a week and
last for 6 plus years! I didn't know I'd
have that much to offer!
          Nonsense seems to go a long way!
          Hope you'll stick with me a little
longer and that all your NEWS is good!

Saturday, November 4, 2017



    I'm a big advocate of travel. As hosts
for Travelworld my wife and I have had
the opportunity of visiting places like
Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and
Italy to name just a few.
     But you don't always have to go far
to enjoy wonderful sites.
     On Saturday my son, grand daughter,
grandson and I paid a visit to the town
of Weatherly to take in a model train
show. It was on display at Eurena Park.
      We could just have easily been in
New England!
       While colored leaves still clung to
many trees in this beautiful park those
that have already fallen make a carpet
that invites kids to kick and or cover
        There's a stage covered by a
cone shaped roof that provides near
perfect acoustics for those attending
summer concerts or for kids to play
"singer" in the off season,
          The playground us something
you'd expect to find in any small
New England community too. A kind
of "down home setting" so inviting
for neighborhood kids or folks
just passing through like us.
            Now that you've got an extra
hour to explore I might suggest you
take a drive to Eurana Park in
Weatherly. Enjoy the New England
like atmosphere and the quiet of a
small town you'd expect to see there
or, perhaps, in the Twilight Zone!
              Hope you so and that all
your NEWS is good!

Friday, November 3, 2017


                    TIME TRAVEL!

       I suppose most of us have had a day or
two when we've longed to go back in time.
You know. Back to those times when life
seemed simpler.
        Well now you've got your chance.
Limited though it may be!
         Back in 1918 the United States
joined a lot of other countries by
adopting Daylight Saving Time, a
plan to expand the light we get from
the sun each day by readjusting our
        Much of the world has dropped
the system and many countries have
never used it at all. There's even areas
within the United States that don't observe
the custom.
         Around here DST is about to come
to an end for the year. Technically it
stops at 2am Sunday morning. Most of
us, however, will turn our clocks back
one hour before we go to bed tonight.
         But that's your big chance! You
can go back and relive one hour of your
life! In essence you'll be traveling back
in time.
          You'll have 60 extra minutes in an
hour you've already observed! Too bad it
can't happen in the middle of a weekday.
Maybe we'd be able to "buy" or "sell" and
take advantage of the market!
           Since it's on a weekend most people
will simply sleep for an extra hour. Seems
like such a waste of a great opportunity!
             Anyhow your trip back in time will
give you one extra hour, at least until Spring.
             Hope you use the time wisely and
that all your NEWS is good!

Thursday, November 2, 2017


           AS CLEAR AS MUD!

    Regular readers know I love to find
unusual "holidays" we know little or
nothing about. Well this is one of them
and the writing on the wall is as clear
as mud!
    November 3rd is "Cliché Day!"
    I'd like us all to give this day some
attention and don't be afraid to think
out of the box! If at first you don't
succeed, try, try again. You're bound
to come up with some unique ways to
      You can think about it where ever
you are but, of course, there's no place
like home.
       Don't panic if it take you a while.
Rome wasn't built in a day!
       I must admit I couldn't come up
with anything but, then again, you can't
teach and old dog new tricks. So do as I
say not as I do.
       Even if you can't come up with any
ideas it's fun trying so it's a win, win
        I can't think of a single cliché! Hope
you can and that all your NEWS is good!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


            LET'S HEAR IT FOR SID!

     Everyday Facebook lists names of
people celebrating birthdays. But,
somehow, Sid was not on my list for
November 2nd. I had to find out on
another web site.
     It's possible that Sid's birthday was
just overlooked. Or it's possible he's not
getting attention because, well, because
Sid is a Monster!
     I don't mean that Sid was a monster
for Halloween or a bad guy! He's always
been a monster. But he's a very popular
     You, and your kids and grandkids,
probably know Sid by another name.
When he appears on "Sesame Street"
we all call him "Cookie Monster!"
     Turns out he was "born" on
November 2nd. His parents and other
family members have all appeared on
the TV show and all have googly eyes
and blue fur. His "parents" named him
      I have a lot in common with Sid
and have a pack and a half of Oreos
close by to prove it! I may have a
couple to celebrate! I just happen to half
a fresh half gallon of milk for dunking!
       Come on, join in the fun!
       Hope Sid has a Happy Birthday
and that all your NEWS is good!