Shopping assistance noticed

Food shopping. For some, it's a headache -- the shopping list, selecting the items, loading the cart at checkout, unloading the cart and loading the vehicle in the store parking lot, unloading the vehicle at home and, finally, putting the groceries away. On the other...

Girls, welcome to Boy Scouts on all levels

Girls, want to join the Boy Scouts starting as a Cub? Want to earn the Eagle Award, the highest honor a Boy Scout can earn? Welcome aboard. The Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors made it official Wednesday (Oct. 11, 2017) when its members unanimously approved...

Staying focused

A social media meme once compared a woman's mind to a computer -- just think of 2,000 to 3,000-plus browser tabs open at the same time. True, ladies? This mom would definitely say yes. It seems that once one thing gets taken care of, another thing appears -- from...

Would you treat a teen trick-or-treater?

For most communities, trick-or-treat occurs on Halloween, Oct. 31. For some, the age limit to traverse neighborhoods in search of goodies is 12. Question: If a teenaged-looking ghost or goblin showed up at your doorstep, would you turn him away? If you say yes,...

With death comes life for some ‘classic’ rockers

For some parents thirty-something and older, the death of rocker Tom Petty hits hard. Another performer who seemed still primed for more rockin’ and rollin’ — on tour or in appearances on awards shows or at smaller venues — left this world what seems like too soon....

Shopping assistance noticed

Food shopping. For some, it's a headache -- the shopping list, selecting the items, loading the cart at checkout, unloading the cart and loading the vehicle in the store parking lot, unloading the vehicle at home and, finally, putting the groceries away. On the other...

Girls, welcome to Boy Scouts on all levels

Girls, want to join the Boy Scouts starting as a Cub? Want to earn the Eagle Award, the highest honor a Boy Scout can earn? Welcome aboard. The Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors made it official Wednesday (Oct. 11, 2017) when its members unanimously approved...

Staying focused

A social media meme once compared a woman's mind to a computer -- just think of 2,000 to 3,000-plus browser tabs open at the same time. True, ladies? This mom would definitely say yes. It seems that once one thing gets taken care of, another thing appears -- from...

Would you treat a teen trick-or-treater?

For most communities, trick-or-treat occurs on Halloween, Oct. 31. For some, the age limit to traverse neighborhoods in search of goodies is 12. Question: If a teenaged-looking ghost or goblin showed up at your doorstep, would you turn him away? If you say yes,...

With death comes life for some ‘classic’ rockers

For some parents thirty-something and older, the death of rocker Tom Petty hits hard. Another performer who seemed still primed for more rockin’ and rollin’ — on tour or in appearances on awards shows or at smaller venues — left this world what seems like too soon....

Scary world we live in

Bomb threats. Shootings. Natural disasters nationwide. Disasters have afflicted the East and West coasts, from hurricanes and tropical storms to wildfires and earthquakes. Shootings have erupted in schools, workplaces and, scarily enough, at concert venues like the...

Borrow an E-Book Today

Not into hauling the latest hardcover -- or even a paperback -- around? If you're an ebook lover then head to the Pottsville Library on Monday, September 25 when they launch their Ebook Program offering over 200 titles to "lend" for three weeks at a time to read on...

Let coaches coach and take talk off the field

Youth sports. A time to learn the fundamentals, some life skills like discipline, following directions and teamwork, and to perhaps build self-confidence and stamina. More importantly, it should a time to have FUN. It seems more and more that parents become more...

5Ws with Eric Trant

Just in time for Halloween, Eric Trant is visiting with his latest horror novel: Risen. He'll give you a peek at his latest as well as his last two novels Wink and Steps and some thoughts about what makes a horror writer tick! Genre: Historical Supernatural Fiction...

Singer’s speech to daughter special, right

This blog entry's subject matter goes back two weeks, but the singer's message resonates for all of us -- especially our little ones. It also contains that "You go, girl!" attitude that moms need to carry on and promote for themselves and their families. Really....

Remembering again, and never forgetting

Another Sept. 11, another year of remembering and, for those of us who were alive, reliving what happened in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The memories remain vivid for me. Working at what was then an evening paper, I remember a phone...

Library News

Just wanted to give you a heads up that two of our libraries are having book sales this week: Pottsville Library is having their sale from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4. There's also a holiday special: fill-a-bag for just $1. Orwigsburg Library is having a...

Student sees superhero, but we all can, too

Many area students, staff and faculty started their 2017-18 school year Monday (Aug. 28, 2017). Arriving home from their first day, students no doubt had that montage of paperwork that requires parental knowledge year after year -- emergency forms, permission slips...

Back to School Supplies

Call me crazy, but I love the smell of a fresh box of Crayons! If you're a Crayon lover or have fallen in love with the adult coloring fad, I have just the contest for you. The "Make Learning Colorful" Contest gives three winners the chance to win 10 Crayola Books --...

Total eclipse of the heart — of the family

By now, most people might be tired of hearing and reading about the solar eclipse that graced much of the United States on Monday afternoon (Aug. 21, 2017). One more observation before we all start planning ahead to 2024 when the next solar eclipse is anticipated....

School shopping: Easy, or forget it?!

With some students nationwide already back to school and most in Schuylkill and surrounding counties starting in less than two weeks, it's time for ... SHOPPING! Excursions can end easily with little fuss and muss and everything needed purchased, or a tug-of-war...

Do you agree to ‘Wait Until 8th’?

An interesting article appeared on a website www.westportmoms.com on Aug. 1, 2017. Its topic: To wait or not "wait until 8th"? The "8th," you ask? What's that? Basically, according to the article, parents should wait until their child is at least in eighth grade to...

Lilac Girls

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly is based on a true story of a New York socialite who championed a group of concentration camp survivors known as the Rabbits, this acclaimed debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for...

Team should have taken high road

The incident occurred Saturday, spilled onto social media and online outlets almost immediately and stands as a shining example of what not to do despite another team's alleged bad sportsmanship. According to online reports, the Atlee Little League softball team from...

Pie Sale

I'm a big lover of pie but not a great lover of a house made hot by baking. If you share my train of thought stop by your library for the Deppen Pie fundraiser. Local libraries are taking orders for Deppen pies until Thursday, August 17 with pick up on August 30 after...