At this time I want to acknowledge the deep debt of gratitude to all
those who have supported me in this endeavor. My wife, Queen is my
inspiration and greatly augments my efforts. I realize that I sometimes
must drive her nuts with my ravings and antics. Her support has been a
My son George, grandsons; Andy and Jason have been instrumental in
making these things appear at all. They all suffer an old fool well, my
thanks to them all. I also deeply appreciate the responses from my
readers. I regret that some still have problems opening the pictures.
At least these pages don’t have to stand on their literary merit alone.
The responses from readers have been wonderful. I appreciate you all.
June 26, 2004 7:22 AM 66 Deg at LVIA and 67.1 in the bus stop.
It looks cloudy this morning but it is expected to clear. The blood
glucose this morning was 135 and the weight 204.
had planned to go for a Saturday swim but there is no sign of the sun.
The water would be fine but I would like some sunshine to take off the
chill when I exit the pool.
Once again I was reminded of one of my biggest failings last night. I
am always in too much of a hurry when I do something. My impatience is
a real curse. Queen says all I need do it to try to curb it harder. Oye
Vey!! Last night I couldn’t find my web page after I put it on line. I
knew it was there because I watched it upload. The problem turned out
to be one lousy period instead of a dash in my naming it. Son George,
informed me and fixed it. Honest to God!!! As usual I am my own worst
enemy. I am always in too much of a hurry and don’t take the time to
check things properly. <Sigh> From the quotation at the
bottom of this letter, “Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately, it
kills all its pupils “ is a great truth. I wonder if I will live long
enough to actually learn this stuff!!
After lunch Queen was busy trimming the bushes up at the old garden
area. I went up and helped her using the loppers and the gas trimmer
to get rid of a lot of overgrowth that badly needed trimming. It looks
much better now.
suspect it will be some time before these are ready for Strawberry
This afternoon I sweet-talked Queen into going up with me to the pool.
After my swim we water walked. It was wonderful! It was nice to be
greeted by Gretchen as we entered the pool. The water temperature was a
wonderful 75 degrees.
and Marci Rehrig swimming
Tommy was over to supper this
evening. After our meal we all sat on
the porch, had dessert, and had a good time just shooting the breeze.
June 27, 2004 7:24 AM 50 deg at LVIA and 51.1 in the bus stop.
I went up to the “tent” with my coffee this morning and was glad to see
such a beautiful day this morning. It is cool and very comfortable.
When Queen got up we went for
our regular walk. It was a
marvelous day to walk. I see that the “Duris Lot” is now pretty well
excavated and I suspect a foundation will soon be constructed.
have quite a hole dug there now!
This morning my blood glucose was an amazing 114 and the weight 201.
That was with a mac and cheese meal last night. To me the obvious moral
to that is to have mac and cheese more often. Ha!!
This morning Queen and I were sitting up in the “tent” resting after
some more bush trimming and Tommy came over with a new birdhouse. He
looked inside the old one to be sure they had left and permanently
installed the new one at the same location. He said there is a good
chance they will nest again in a week or two. Now we are prepared with
brand new “digs” for them.
Golly but I got a refreshing E-Mail this morning from Bob Dunn. He
lived down the street from our house. His Dad was the manager of the
old W. T. Grant Store. He has been out of this area for quite awhile.
Again what a
great pleasure it is to
receive the news of the week. For those of us who were in the
60's generation coming out of school, Palmerton was too sleepy and
dull. Well you never realize how beautiful sleepy and dull
are until you have lived in a variety of towns and cities as we have.
Your mentioning of Palmerton being a superfund site got me thinking of
a report I saw many years ago which was published by an independent
government office regarding the living conditions in and around the
stated that Palmerton had
more healthy citizens, per capita, above the age of 70 than anywhere
else in the United States. There were fewer colds or serious
infections with the populace as well as fewer serious ailments of any
type than any other area of the United States.
Here is my personal story
to support the results.
In late 1979 I banged up the lower part of my right leg to the point
that I developed gangrene around the lower quadrant of the
tibia. Our family doctor at the time, Dr. Ray Nelson, and the
dermatologist, Dr. Phelps, determined that there were two outstanding
reasons why the condition had gone this far (beside my stupidity of not
wanting to see a doctor).
The first was poor circulation due to my size. The second was
that I had been away from the high quantities of zinc for an extended
period of time that the body could not heal itself. Turns out
both doctors researched the Palmerton area to see if they could find
anything to support their claim.
For one year
I underwent a program of
shots, soaks (basic therapy), salves, and 500mg of zinc a day (this was
gradually stepped down to 26mg a day).
I still have my right leg and I still take a zinc pill or multiple
vitamin containing zinc everyday. When all is said and done,
I think your statement about someone getting rich off of the superfund
site might be correct.
Please take care and thanks again for the "News From the Valley" Bob”
I suspect we are a lot more fortunate that we think to live here in
Palmerton. It is a wonderful little town. It has a lot more to offer
that folks realize in spite if it’s critics. Perhaps Roger Danielson
the Borough Manager should tout this town as a health Spa. Boy the
P.C.C.E. would have a short circuit on that one!!!
I wrote to Bob asking him if he objected to my using his E-mail in
here. I observed that Oscar Blynn told me after a serious operation at
Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa that they were amazed he
healed so fast until they saw where he lived.
I just got this from Bob,
RE: New web page
Bob, no objection from me. In fact the Air Force Lt. Colonel
who was my Dr. at Lackland AFB back in 1973 made the same comment as
was made to Mr. Blynn.
There are probably more
stories from others, with the same
conclusions than you can count. Now if only politicians and
health officials would listen...but then again if cows could
fly. It would be interesting to find
out if this occurs in people who
were born and raised in Palmerton or
could it also apply to those who were born and raised elsewhere and
then moved into the area, say by age 12 or 13. Wonder if your
readers would offer up a story or two.
Please take care,
I got this from Russ Howell in
I knew there was some reason I always like to shop at SEARS. This was
sent to me by a friend. I did not check it out, as he evidently did,
but, knowing him, I am sure it is factual.
I do know when I was counted among the
employed by Shell Oil Co., they did basically the same thing. And, I am
sure there are other Companies that do it also. It is worth passing
on!!! I received this information from a friend:
Time to shop at
Have you seen
the reports about how Sears is treating its military
reservist employees who are called up? By law, they are required to
hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people
take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up...
Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining
all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all
called up reservist employees for up to two years.
When I saw this
I decided to check it out before sending it on.
I sent the
following email to the Sears Customer Service Department:
I received the above information, by
e-mail, and I would like to know if it is true. If it is, the Internet
may have just become one very good source of advertisement for your
store. I know I would go out of my way to buy products from Sears
instead of another store for a like item even if it was cheaper at the
Here is their
answer to my email......................
Thank you for
is factual. We appreciate your positive feedback. Sears
regards service to our country as one of greatest sacrifices our young
men and women can make. We are happy to do our part to lessen the
bear at this
I just got back from the pool and my swim. The water temperature was
still 74 degrees and very comfortable swimming. As usual it was swim
ten rest then swim the remainder. The air temperature is not too bad
but the low humidity makes one feel cold while you are wet.
George was there. Doc Cyr is on
vacation at the shore with
the grandchildren all sharing a suite at a hotel there. Better him
Tommy was over for supper tonight. He
brought the dessert!!
June 28, 2004 7:16 AM 55 deg at LVIA and 54.5 in the bus stop.This morning the blood glucose was 132 and the weight 202.It looks like
a sunny beautiful day today, as I sat up in the tent this morning. Lee
Bollinger was on his morning walk and we exchanged waves.Today is the “dreaded sheet” day for Queen. That means it will be a big
wash. One good thing about washday. It is the day we dine in God’s
restaurant with her spaghetti. Ah!!! I will have to water things this morning. I don’t have too much of
anything on the agenda today.
We went for our walk this morning
before she started the wash. It was a
nice beautiful time to walk.
Beware!! Here comes one of Bobby’s political rants!! Last night I was
in bed watching the late news and came upon political commentary that
was downright stupid and insipid. There was Michel Moore railing
against President Bush and gloating how his new movie was such a
wonderfully informative thing. He said he wants to influence the
outcome of the election with it. Moore said, “He, Moore, is making
America think!! Larry Flint the pornographer followed him, telling the
world that President Bush is probably the most unqualified man ever to
hold that high office. Now when one looks at those two scruffy men, who
were exercising their “Free speech” rights on national television by a
news network as though they were men of the highest integrity, it is
mind-boggling. How stupid do those news people think we are? Then, too,
there is the foul-mouthed Howard Stern who also wants to defeat
GW. I think the Bush campaign would be smart to run those
statements as their political advertisement. The appearance that all of
those slobs trying to speak in a dignified manner, while looking like
the jerks they are, says it all. Those are the kinds of
enemies to have!!
This morning I took the car to go down to Shea’s Hardware store and
happened to take the camera along. I went down to the Y to go down
Delaware Avenue and saw the re-seeded mountain. I went over and took
some of these pictures. The mountain is coming back. It will with time.
At least we are not making it any worse!!
went from this on 4-20-04
this on 6-28-04
When I came back I helped Queen prune one of the lilac bushes. Then
later this afternoon I went for my swim. Apparently they are having a
swim meet tonight and I got there plenty early and got my swim in with
no difficulty. There was a photographer taking pictures of the swim
team. He had them posing at one of the ladders. The families of those
kids will probably treasure those pictures. I didn’t see
George at all so I swam
and came home before the place got too crowded with swimmers and their
families near meet time.
After I returned I helped her cut some more stuff she was trimming. I
used the lopers. Queen wants to trim some more stuff including the
other lilac bush and some other stuff near the garage for
which I am sure I will be “asked to volunteer” Ha!
Tuesday, June 29,
2004 7:01 AM 55 deg at LVIA and 57.3 in the bus stop. We went for our walk this morning before 8AM. Previously I saw Marlene
and Lee Bollinger walking down Columbia Avenue. It was nice walking
early on a nice clear dry day like this one. I forgot to weigh myself
this morning but the blood glucose was 113. Spaghetti appears to be
“healthy” for it. Ahem!!
of our flowers are just beautiful as seen below.
double impatiens a look almost like miniature
One of our lilies
Queen was talking
about trimming some
more bushes this morning so we were up at the end of the yard trimming
the second lilac bush. I must have chopped off four feet of it. It
certainly looks better now.
was busy at work cutting and trimming
It certainly looks
better now after our
pruning job. We took it easy this afternoon. About 3PM I went to PMPA
for my afternoon swim. George was there as well as Doc Cyr. Doc had to
return to town interrupting his seashore vacation for some kind of a
necessary borough meeting.
As I entered I
met and spoke with Jean
Fritzinger. I had not seen her since the death of her husband, David,
last year. She looks well. She asked about Queen. She is learning to do
a lot of things she never had done before like pump her own gas and a
lot of the financial paperwork that Dave took care of during his
lifetime. She acts very well. She will make it all right!!
The swim went very
well. As usual a
rest after 10 laps is the norm now. The water was quite comfortable.
June 30, 2004 7:15 AM 55 Deg at LVIA and 56.8 in the bus stop
I went up to the bus stop with my 8 O’clock coffee this morning and I
saw Marlene and Lee once again on their morning constitutional. We
This morning is a great day to go for a walk. We did and I took along
the camera and got these shots of the construction up the street. The
masonry contractors are there now and starting to work on a foundation
After I took these pictures the men arrived for work followed shortly
by the concrete truck to pour the footings.
This morning the blood glucose is 124 and the weight 202. I feel damn
good this morning. I believe the swimming is helping a lot to further
my feelings of well being.
This morning we went downtown for a bit and then Queen decided it was
time to clean up the east patio side of the house. While she was at
that I watered the tomato plants, the flowerbeds, as well as the new
grass. I uncovered the new grass seed that had been covered with burlap
all last week. It had come up beautifully. Then I wet the burlap up at
the garden area near the garage.
I went to check on her and found she cleaned out a pile of stuff under
the patio roof on the east side of the house. In addition she pulled
a mess of weeds. She threw out the old tarp that was used as a curtain
over the enclosed area. I looked for a replacement up in the garage.
While it isn’t in greatest shape it is a lot better than the old one. I
fished out a drowned chipmunk from the small pond over there. Boy was
he ever ripe?
She had me also
spray “Round up” on the
weeds that I missed down at the street level. I also got the
ones growing in the swale. This should cure that problem. Then after a
thorough wash I went back to the west side to complete my jobs there.
About 11:30 she decided to quit. We sat up in the tent with some ice
This afternoon after 3:30 I went to the pool for my swim. I only swam
10 laps today. I was tired and sometimes I suspect 20 laps a day
everyday for me at 77 years can be a bit much. It is another concession
to getting older. So I will do them all when the spirit moves me.
Today it didn’t move however I felt OK but Gee whiz!!
George said Doc Cyr is still in town working today at his Carty job.
His meeting is tomorrow.
Earlier on our walk we passed Mike Bloomfield’s house. His wife,
Kathy has plans for a raised flowerbed. All day yesterday they were
busy preparing the spot where she wants it placed. Mike was shoveling
and Kathy and her Mom were busy pulling out weeds and generally making
the area ready for planting. She was still working at it last evening.
This morning on our walk I took these pictures.
is a lot of work but it will be nice when they are done.
This is a damn nice little town and folks take pride in their
properties. One can see it wherever you go in town.
July 01, 2004 7:20 AM 57 deg at LVIA and 60.2 deg in the bus stop.This morning the blood glucose was 122 and the weight 202. I took the
garbage to the alley and then got the car out for our shopping trip
this morning. After I got back I took my cup of coffee up to the park
bench. It is a nice cool morning today. We went for a short walk this morning and I took these pictures after
the footings were poured yesterday up the street.
Here is a picture
I just got from Bob
Green of Delaware Avenue taken in 1908. It must have been taken in the
middle of Delaware Avenue at about Fourth Street. There are no
sidewalks but the park appears to be planted. Seen also is The
Palmerton Supply building long before it became the
“Palmerton Printing Co.” There is no Chestnut Ridge Railway bridge
across Delaware Avenue either. I don’t know where he gets these
pictures but I am always appreciative of old stuff like this one.
This afternoon I went to the pool for my swim. There was a swim meet
and the lane markers had just been installed so I had the luxury of
swimming in my own lane with the water flat as glass. It really
improves the swimming. After my swim I talked with George for a time
before heading home and helping Queen with the supper. We had a seafood
meal tonight. It turned out very well.
July 02, 2004 7:04 AM 64 Deg at LVIA and 62.9 in the bus stop.The blood glucose is 128 and the weight 201. I shall be going out with
Butternut in a moment as soon as the coffee is ready.
We will be leaving shortly for our shopping trip.
We got back about
noon. It was beginning to get crowded but it was not too bad.
I got an e-mail from an old friend Dave Horn, who is up at his summer
place in Vermont. Here is a part of that letter.
a great visit I had back home and at the pool. The
pictures were really good, too. Give my best to
those who just might remember me, especially Tom.
expecting Jennifer and Tim this
afternoon for what turns out to be their annual July 4th
visit. Peter David is now about 10 weeks old so he
should be a big hit. I'll probably march with the Williston
Band on the July 4th parade (actually July 3rd this year) along with
Jennifer (flute) and Amanda (cymbals). Gathering at
the neighbors at the lake will precede the fireworks in
town. I REALLY got homesick for you and the gang at
the pool with your great letter. A vicarious trip
is better than none at all. Thanks so much.
It is always good to hear from a valued old friend like the Horns. As
to the Horn family marching in the Williston band on the 4th
of July. I would be careful if I were Dave. It has been said that he
has been mistaken for Vice President Dick Cheney. In fact there is a
remarkable resemblance. Now there he is up in Patrick Lehey country. I
hope he is careful and “temperate “ with his language!! Up
there he is probably considered a radical
This morning early I cut the grass. I started when I went out with my
first cup of coffee. As usual I dragged out the job to make the job
fit the available time.
Jim Burnhauser was over in the cemetery cutting back the overgrown
“bushes” growing all along the bank. His Grandson was with him and he
used the lawnmower on the grass while Grandpa cut the brush. They
stacked it and cleaned up nicely. They make a good combination. It
really looks nice after their work!!
Queen and I went over to the Post Office and the bank this morning. I
had to get the battery changed in my Pulsar watch. The man on the
treadmill died after about 4 years. Imagine that!!
The Bloomfields were busy with their landscape job. They were both at
it for quite awhile. Now they appear to be finished.
Mike and Kathy have been busy
at last it appears to be finished
is time to end this week’s page. Please love one another.
Mom and Bob [Queen and Bobby]
“Time is a great
teacher, but unfortunately, it kills all its pupils.”
wireless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The
ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull
tail in New York, and it meows in Los Angeles. The wireless is the
same, only without the cat.
tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives