Founded December 17,1912    Ceased Publication Thursday February 1, 1951

BOOK 1 Volume 24

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        At this time, I think it would be wise to make some kind of a statement as to the motives, as well as the purpose behind this web page
            Recently son, George, and grandsons Andy, and Jason, encouraged me to turn this from a letter into a web page. A web page offers a vast new opportunity to also display pictures along with text. They set it up and instructed me how to put it on line every week. Bear in mind, for this old geezer, this represents rocket science.
    I do have an agenda. I try to write an upbeat page with a bit of humor and not get too confrontational in my opinions. I do have some very firm opinions that have a way of working their way into these letters. I am also very much computer oriented and try to do as much as I can to encourage their use. I do regret that most of the pictures have to be reduced in size, due to space limitations from Prolog, thus limiting their quality.
  I hope to reach out to former Palmertonians, as well as other friends and relatives, with whom I would like to maintain contact. We may not agree on everything, however, my intentions are honorable.
    I suppose the on going saga of the adventures of Queen and Bobby is about as fascinating as watching paint dry or grass growing. We don’t lead a very fast paced life. However, with us what you see is what you get. I really must say that there is a lot of love in this house.
      If anyone is offended by my content I am sorry but at 77 years of age, I am doing something I enjoy very much. I am not about to change my ways now. As our late son Jack said,"I am me and you are you.” Phrased more succinctly, "Tough beans” There is always the delete key. Ha!!

Our Butternut

Saturday, May 01, 2004 8:47 AM  54 Deg. at LVIA and 62.7 in the bus stop
        Gee, I am late starting my morning post. I have been up and out for Quite awhile. I had to put the newspapers out for the Church people to pick up and have been generally a busy boy this morning. My blood glucose is 147 and the weight 205.
          We went Shea’s, and then up to Wal-Mart this morning. I got some parts for the front door stoop at Shea’s. While we were in Shea’s we met attorney Roger Nanovic who also needed something.
At Wal-Mart, Queen wanted some garden paving blocks, some honey, and a few other things I can’t remember.
          This morning when we were at Wal-Mart I was conversing with Milan Brestivonsky, who is their best greeter. We were both admiring the spring scenery. No not the flowers, but the people who come and go in and out of that store. Particularly the young female customers who on a Saturday are dressed, “casually “Oye Vey”. Very little is left to the imagination these days. Hey, for us old geezers the imagination is one of the few things we have left. Geez!!
          Yesterday my neighbor, Jim Kech, who has the nice new grass, told me what he did to achieve the beautiful grass he has. Part of the secret is to cover the new seed with burlap and water it well. After we got back and I unloaded the blocks from the car, I applied some seed-mulch combo stuff we got last year. This time I covered it with a piece of burlap that Jim  gave me. I watered it well and now we shall see.  There is a lot to do out there.
          I also got an e-mail from Bill Gersbach, K3BTU, in which he sent some really great pictures of this area.

This is a picture taken by Bill in 1933

“The picture was taken from up stairs in our living room .The apartment was above Charlie Kline’s garage we had 3 bedrooms and a large living room upstairs and a kitchen and dining room shown stairs in the rear of the garage”.

    This is a closer shot of the storefronts. The car picture is a photo of Ray Beers 1928 Whippet. He is parked in front of Beers store with the awnings. Notice the old gas pump in front of  Klein’s garage.

In 1915, this is, what I think, is the same place where Bill took his picture.

But it is taken from Bob Reinhart’s 1915 panoramic photo of town. Beers store with the old red wooden bridge behind it was used by us to go to the Delaware school building. I recall as a kid getting heck from Mom because we kids used to stand on it when a steam engine went by underneath and getting into the smoke.    

     Needless to say, Mom took great exception to how I smelled when I got home. Sheez!!
Across the street I believe is a picture of somebody near the back porch in the house diagonally across from the garage.

Delaware School
 This afternoon I went to my barber and then had my bath. I will be prepared for the new week. Ha!!

This morning the dogwood is in full bloom, Queen thought I had best get a few pictures before they are past their prime.
    Tonight for supper, Queen had beef chow mien over rice. Along with some cottage cheese, it was good. That finishes the last of the roast we had in this past week.

We ate out in the bus stop for the first time this year. I had to do an emergency quickie clean up so that there was just enough room for two plates on the picnic table.

Golly, but is was nice sitting there by candlelight having our dinner. We do have nice neighbors. A museum to the east of us, a historic cemetery directly in front of us, and to the west of us one of  the best Italian cooks in Carbon County. It is a marvelous combination.

Sunday, May 02, 2004 7:34 AM 66 deg at LVIA and 66 deg in the bus stop
    It is a dreary looking morning with attempts at rain. I was out for just a bit while Butternut took care of essential matters, but it was dripping too much to stay at that time.
Maybe later. This morning the blood glucose was a not so hot 154 and the weight 204.
          There is a lot to do outdoors but it isn’t very conducive weather to accomplish much with all this slop here.
  Tomorrow I go to get my head examined. No, it is an ear test. Ha!! We also want to go to Alex Kaslick’s viewing. He was a good man. His wife Pauline, who was a telephone operator along with Queen, is not in good health herself.
The other day Bob Reinhart pointed out to me the amazing detail of the old picture he sent several weeks ago that I used then. I looked for myself. This is what I found.

A small portion from this,

To this
The detail from this old large 1915 panoramic photograph is amazing.

This is a portion of the picture from Bob and Connie Rinehart. Bob told me to check it out for detail. This is just a very small portion of the large photo. The amount of detail is amazing for the technology of the time. It must have been a time exposure on very fine grain film. As you can see, our house, the church next door, the cemetery, as well as Bob’s place is here in the picture .I think it is nothing short of amazing.  The file size of his original photo is 86.5 MB (90,724,014 bytes) in TIF Image format. The picture program on the computer has to grind like Hell to load it even with 265 MB of RAM. Hey, if someone wants their area enlarged and shown I can try.
          Since it is such a lousy day, Queen gave her marching orders. Change your bed !!!,” I am washing.” Geez, that means that tomorrow will not be the dreaded sheet day, Ha!!

I got this from Tommy’s and my friend Russ Howell, in Texas. Man, he hit it on the head.

I thought of you Bob when I first read this. Happy dieting!!!
Russ :)
      In the beginning God covered the earth with broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach, green, yellow, and red vegetables of all kinds; so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.
  Then using God's bountiful gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's and Krispy Kreme.  And Satan said, "You want hot fudge with that?" And Man said, "Yes!" and Woman said, "I'll have another with sprinkles." And lo they gained 10 pounds.
  And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane, and combined them. And Woman went from size 2 to size 10.
  So God said, "Try my fresh green salad." And Satan presented crumbled Bleu Cheese dressing and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.
  God then said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them."  And Satan brought forth deep fried coconut shrimp, butter dipped lobster chunks and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man's cholesterol went through the roof.
  God then brought forth running shoes so that his Children might lose those extra pounds.  And Satan came forth with a cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And man and woman laughed and cried before the flickering light and started wearing stretch jogging suits.
  Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with potassium and good nutrition. Then Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them in animal fats and added copious quantities of salt. And Man put on more pounds.
  God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald's and the 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then Lucifer said, "You want fries with that?" and Man replied, "Yes! And super size em!" And Satan said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.
  God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.  And Satan created HMOs.
           While we were out side with Butternut, a woman came by, and came up the swale to speak with Queen She had lived in Kansas at one time and had a Beagle. She wanted to meet Butternut. However, Butternut would not go anywhere near them. Sheez!
          I took some pictures of the Azaleas that are just beginning to bud. They are going to be beautiful this year. It is great to watch each thing reach it’s season. 

Geez! How about this?

          I tried to contact my brother in law for the first time in over a week and this is what I got from AOL. Those Bastards are evil!!

Connected to but greeting failed.
Remote host said: 554-(RLY:B1)  The information presently available to AOL indicates this
554-server is generating high volumes of member complaints from AOL's
554-member base.  Based on AOL's Unsolicited Bulk E-mail policy at
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          Tonight for supper Queen had a boneless pork chop each, stewed potatoes with Vidalia onion in it, fresh green beans, grape tomatoes, and Cottage cheese. A cup if Melita coffee and the last bite of her ice cream bar. It was outstanding.

Monday, May 03, 2004 7:12 AM 543 deg at LVIA and 51 deg in the bus stop
    This morning the blood glucose is 141 and the weight 204.
          It is a dreary looking morning today. It was raining when I let Butternut out and it is expected to shower all morning. It rained hard last evening.
          This morning we plan to go to Alex Kaslick’s viewing, then I must go to Lehighton to the hearing aid people for an assessment of my head. Ha!! Then Queen wants to continue out to Wal-Mart for a few more plants like those that she had gotten earlier. They are “forget-me-nots”, a perennial.
This from my neighbor and friend, Mike,
         Subject: Ears
            A woman loses both ears in an accident. A plastic surgeon she consults  tells her that ear transplants are still in the testing stage, but he  will do what he can.
  The woman undergoes the operation, and after a time she returns to the   surgeon's office to have the bandages removed and the stitches taken  out. After examining her, the doctor tells her everything seems to have gone well, and she seems pleased with his work. The next day, however,  she calls the plastic surgeon in a rage.
  "You know what you did?" she screams. "You gave me a man's ears."
  "Well," says the surgeon, "an ear is an ear. What's wrong? Can't you  hear?"
   "I hear everything," she says. "The problem is, I don't understand   anything I'm told.
  I am sure Queen concurs with this.!!

 This is what the 400 block of Franklin Avenue looked like in 1915

It looks as though the rain has stopped for the moment. Now at 09:30, we are back from the first of our trips. I must be in Lehighton at 11 am.

These are from Barbara Shepherd with an aside to George Ashman:
Subject: PUNS They say that puns are the lowest form of humor.  However, some, like these are an art form.
Evidence has been found that William Tell and his family were avid bowlers.
However, all the Swiss league records were unfortunately destroyed in a fire.Thus, we'll never know for Whom the Tell's Bowled.

A marine biologist developed a race of genetically engineered dolphins that could live forever if they were fed a steady diet of seagulls.  One day his supply of the birds ran out.  So he had to go out and trap some more.  On the way back, he spied two lions asleep on the road.  Afraid to wake them, he gingerly stepped over them.  Immediately, he was arrested and charged with transporting gulls across sedate lions for immortal porpoises.

Back in the 1800s the Tates Watch Company of Massachusetts wanted to produce other products and, since they already made the cases for pocket watches, decided to market compasses for the pioneers traveling west.  It turned out that although their watches were of finest quality; their compasses were so bad that people often ended up in Canada or Mexico rather than California.
This, of course, is the origin of the expression, "He who has a Tates, is lost!"

An Indian chief was feeling very sick, so he summoned the medicine man.  After a brief examination, the medicine man took out a long, thin strip of elk rawhide and gave it to the chief, instructing him to bite off, chew and swallow one inch of the leather every day.  After a month, the medicine man returned to see how the chief was feeling.  The chief shrugged and said, "The thong is ended, but the malady lingers on."

A famous Viking explorer returned home from a voyage and found his name missing from the town register.  His wife insisted on complaining to the local civic official who apologized profusely saying, "I must have taken Lief off my census."

There were three Indian squaws.  One slept on a deer skin, one slept on an elk skin and the third slept on a hippopotamus skin.  All three became pregnant and the first two each had a baby boy.  The one who slept on the hippopotamus skin had twin boys.  This goes to prove that the squaw of the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws of the other two hides.

A skeptical anthropologist was cataloging South American folk remedies with the assistance of a tribal brujo who indicated that the leaves of a particular fern were a sure cure for any case of constipation.  When the anthropologist expressed his doubts, the brujo looked him in the eye and said, "Let me tell you, with fronds like these, who needs enemas?"

I think the above are priceless. They are so bad they are among the best I ever read. Thanks, Barbara!!

We got back about 1PM. The test went well. It was about what I expected. She said my recognition of words was excellent, but I lacked comprehension, particularly of consonants. So, in the test I listened to a man’s voice and had to repeat them back to her while facing away from her. The words were mostly consonants. It seemed like a very comprehensive test. Tonight at supper, I told Queen I certainly hope this helps. Two Grand is a Hell of a lot of money for it. However, I don’t want to withdraw into myself because I simply can’t understand folks. Let us hope!!

          Tonight we had our meal in God’s restaurant. However, we ate inside tonight. It is raw and cold out there, we had Queen’s homemade spaghetti, it was wonderful as usual. I have to agree with friend Tommy when he says, “If God made anything better, he is keeping it for himself”.
This is Hazard Road and Princeton Avenue above it in 1915.

A modern picture of town but lacking greatly in detail.

 Queen is busy at her computer tonight.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 7:20 AM 39 Deg at LVIA and 42 2 in the bus stop
It is a beautiful day here this morning. The blood glucose is 137 and the weight is 204. The lesson from this reading, eat more spaghetti. Ha!!
In this morning’s e-mail, I got this very welcome message from George Keller, W3SAP in Florida.
“Hi Bob,
  Thanks for sending your web page. You are doing a nice job.
            Looking at the Ham pictures brought back a lot of fond memories for me.
Those were good times for me. I remember well the "antenna party" at Nobel's
house. I also remember getting you setup on 440. I can still picture Bill
sitting at my kitchen table drinking red wine and sharing his glass with
Bruno my basset hound all the while telling stories about his great
adventures with flying.  As I said, many fond memories.
            We are about to move to AZ. In fact, we will be leaving in about two weeks.
We are going to be closer to family. My present email address will change.
Not sure what it will be yet but I only have one choice for high speed
Internet where we are going. I will be pulling this computer off line
shortly. Will send you the new address when I am back on. Expect to be off
for two to three weeks.
            Sure was a nice article about you, enjoyed reading it. Nice press. I had my
name in the newspaper once, I think I got parking tickect or something like
that. Ha
Take care, keep on having fun.
George  W3SAP”

    As I say, I always enjoy hearing from old friends as well as new ones. This new endeavor of mine has brought me so much gratification in finding old friends long forgotten and renewing old acquaintances. However, the ability to reach out to new folks pleases me also very much. I an not ungrateful that the good Lord has permitted this to take place.
     I found a bunch of interesting stuff from the large picture Bob Reinhart sent me. It is a veritable treasure trove of stuff. One can literally spend hours looking at stuff. Here are some more.

This is is a blow up at lower left corner is the Historical society’s “Little White Church”. Then  up to Towamensing Church and Cemetery. The house where Anne Rodda now lives is there also.

I got this from Bob Green
I was going around the internet after reading my e-mail and found this site from Kim Komando. It looks interesting. it shows on a page of possible list of things in your fridge and in your cupboard, it allows you to select what you have there, and finds an appropriate recipe. It looks like a very good idea. I found some interesting ideas there.

This morning before noon I cut the grass. Golly but that improves appearances a lot.

A few pictures taken at sunset. The softer light makes it very nice

Sunset picture of Bobby looking at the Dogwood tree taken with the self-timer.

Queen was running the plow upstairs in expectation of company this week end. The Elliston’s from Delaware are expected. I am told Andy has a potential cure for my chronic problems getting my web page on line. I hope so. I can use a simpler system.

Wednesday, May 05, 20047:17 AM 39 deg at LVIA and 39.9 in the bus stop
          It is a beautiful day this morning. I well be heading out with my coffee and Butternut in a moment. The blood glucose was an unbelievable 117 this morning and the weight 204. The salmon patties couldn’t account for that kind of a reading.
          I still haven’t resolved my problem with the dish antenna. As one can see the new growth of the maple tree presents problems. That coupled with the problem that the system in general is still not working.

I still love this tree in the summer for its magnificent canopy.

Butternut and I were out perusing the property this morning and were sitting on the lower park bench just beneath the satellite dish.
Just in case anyone gets this new W32.Sasser.B Worm. Here is a place to go to remove it. I am told a good firewall should protect you. My router with a built in mechanical firewall, as well as my regular Kerio personal firewall should be OK for all our computers. Always be vigilant. Also, be sure to keep your anti-virus up to date.

It was starting to rain as I returned from the “Ironworks” and returned. Queen was busy cleaning the downstairs. I sort of, volunteered to clean up the room that among other things has my computer equipment and all its associated equipment. I had to clean off the couch, which is next to my computer workstation. It has become a handy place to store excess usually used work [read junk], however since it is not all junk it must all be gone over and examined. Since it is often needed when we have guests, it really needed a going over. Now you can actually see the cushions on it and sit there. Golly!! When that was done, I finished vacuuming the rugs here and in the kitchen. At this time of the year, we are plagued with masses of pine needles that seem to be falling like rain. They are tracked all over the house. Geez! I sure don’t make a very good housewife. Believe me, wives, and homemakers are grossly underpaid. I must surely try her patience almost beyond belief. Somehow, she still puts up with me. <Thank God>

Thursday, May 06, 2004 7:17 AM 43 deg at LVIA and 40.4 in the bus stop
  Well, it looks as though the scales are broken again. This morning I weighed 198lbs. If true, it is good news. The blood glucose was 144. I will be heading out with my dog and coffee as soon as it is ready.

<7:35 AM>I am back inside. Butternut and I perused the property. He took great exception to Nan Campton and her dog walking in the alley, however he didn’t bark when Marline and Lee Bollinger walked down on the other side of the street. Sometimes that sets him off also. After we got inside, I sent him upstairs looking for Mom. I love to hear her cries of joy when he finds her. Then Butternut and I sat on the landing for a moment while he washed my face and neck. I came back down to the computer while he waits for his turn with her on the landing. He is the most lovable dog.

           I saw  this on the Internet and it is taken verbatim from the Cincinnati Inquirer at this web site.
During his visit to the Golden Lamb Inn in Lebanon, President Bush stops to hug Ashley Faulkner, who lost her mom in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Photo by Lynn Faulkner  
Bush pauses to comfort teen

'This girl lost her mom in the World Trade Center on 9-11'
By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer
In a moment largely unnoticed by the throngs of people in Lebanon waiting for autographs from the president of the United States, George W. Bush stopped to hold a teenager's head close to his heart.

Lynn Faulkner, his daughter, Ashley, and their neighbor, Linda Prince, eagerly waited to shake the president's hand Tuesday at the Golden Lamb Inn. He worked the line at a steady campaign pace, smiling, nodding and signing autographs until Prince spoke:

"This girl lost her mom in the World Trade Center on 9-11."

Bush stopped and turned back.

"He changed from being the leader of the free world to being a father, a husband and a man," Faulkner said. "He looked right at her and said, 'How are you doing?' He reached out with his hand and pulled her into his chest."

Faulkner snapped one frame with his camera.

"I could hear her say, 'I'm OK,' " he said. "That's more emotion than she has shown in 21/2 years. Then he said, 'I can see you have a father who loves you very much.' "

"And I said, 'I do, Mr. President, but I miss her mother every day.' It was a special moment."

Special for Lynn Faulkner because the Golden Lamb was the place he and his wife, Wendy Faulkner, celebrated their anniversary every year until she died in the south tower of the World Trade Center, where she had traveled for business.

The day was also special for Ashley, a 15-year-old Mason High School student, because the visit was reminiscent of a trip she took four years ago with her mother and Prince. They spent all afternoon in the rain waiting to see Bush on the campaign trail. Ashley remembers holding her mother's hand, eating Triscuits she packed and bringing along a book in case she got bored.

But this time was different. She understood what the president was saying, and she got close enough to see him face to face.

"The way he was holding me, with my head against his chest, it felt like he was trying to protect me," Ashley said. "I thought, 'Here is the most powerful guy in the world, and he wants to make sure I'm safe.' I definitely had a couple of tears in my eyes, which is pretty unusual for me."

The photo has been circulating across the country, Faulkner said. Relatives have passed it on to friends, bosses and acquaintances. As they tell the story, they also share in Wendy Faulkner's legacy, which her family continues through the Wendy Faulkner Memorial Children's Foundation.

"I'm a pretty cynical and jaded guy at this point in my life," Faulkner said of the moment with the president. "But this was the real deal. I was really impressed. It was genuine and from the heart."
          Sometimes I really do despair for this country. The opposition hates this man so much. I guess I never will understand their hatred. Political opposition I can understand, but the outright hatred is simply beyond the pall. That said, I never watch Dan Rather, but I doubt if he had this story on the CBS news.
    Speaking of much more pleasant things, this afternoon Jim Burnhauser was out in the churchyard cutting the grass.

It certainly does improve appearances

I would hate for him to know this, but he is a good man.
          Tonight I made supper and we had a filet of steelhead trout that we got at Giant today, fresh green beans, and a rice dish. I opened a can of chicken broth and cooked the rice in it along with mushrooms, a touch of Vidalia onion, and some green pepper. Then I cooked the beans in the remaining broth. Some grape tomatoes with low fat cottage cheese were the rest of the menu. Coffee and a shared ice cream bar was the meal.
          Queen was planting some of the plants we got earlier today. I planted a 6 pack of yellow pansies we got at Country Harvest this morning.

Friday, May 07, 2004 7:36 AM 55 deg at LVIA and 57.3 in the bus stop
This morning the blood glucose was 130 and the weight was 201.We plan to go for a walk soon. We have a lot we want  do today.

We are back from our walk. I took the camera along. Honestly there is so much beauty around us, if we but look. Here are a few pictures I took this morning.

Dr. Leshock’s house with the dogwood in bloom 

These are the cherry trees at the hospital now developing leaves.
          I  got get the car out and went downtown to consult Prolog about web space; It is as I was previously told. No extra is available above 15 MB(megabytes) and still be free. It would be $1 a MB above that. That just might be an option. We shall see. Of course, if I had 200 MB, it still wouldn’t be enough knowing me. <Sigh>
          I re-potted the tomato plants that Jim gave us. Then got Queen’s new front porch chair out of storage, She has the front porch looking very good now. Summer will be here soon.
          We are expecting the Delaware Ellistons this evening for dinner. Queen baked a cake and we will be having Mac and cheese, breaded fish filets, and stewed tomatoes. It doesn’t get any better than this. The food here is damn good.
Well this has been proofread and is ready to place on line. As I always write as my finale, In these perilous times especially, Please at least,try to love one another.
May God bless us all.  love Mom and Bob. [Queen and Bobby]

  The following are two of my very favorite Quotations. They say a lot, about what is important in this life. Bob

 “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

  Albert Einstein (1879-1955), sign hanging in Albert Einstein's office at Princeton
  “Praise is well, compliment is well, but affection--that is the last and final and most precious reward that any man can win, whether by character or achievement.”
Mark Twain 1835 1910 - Affection speech, 1907

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