Close to my heart

When you look at some women, they wear oodles of jewelry. Rings on every finger. A necklace and matching earrings for every outfit. Bangles of bracelets. I have a good amount of jewelry, but don’t wear much of it. Over the years I’ve tended to wear a...

When they turn, it can be scary

The family pet. A source of comfort, loyalty and in some instances, protection. But what happens when those qualities turn on the family with awful, or in some tragic cases, fatal consequences? It can, and does, unfortunately happen. Why? There are a host of reasons...

Many questions, a tiny life lost

The baby was born May 28 in a car after her mother started having contractions during a trip to the grocery store. The infant fell to the floor of the car as she arrived in the world and cried. Yet her mother, Jennifer A. Barrise, 28, or her father, Christopher T....

Make it more than words

As those lazy, hazy crazy days of summer set in (well, here in Schuylkill County they aren’t so hazy right now, but I’ll take it), it’s easy to put aside the task of reading. Curling up with a good book on the beach or on the porch might sound quite...

Summer ‘vacation’ — and dad

For most kiddos in the area, school’s out for summer. Or it will be out by week’s end, according to our coverage area’s graduation schedules (Minersville Area and Hamburg Area graduate on Friday). For some, it means sleeping in and lazy days by the...