Publication Thursday February1, 1951
Book 1 Volume 36
The masthead appearing above is not
an accident nor is it meant to be a
gimmick. My dad, George R. Elliston was the editor, founder, owner and
publisher of the Palmerton Press. I am trying in my own way to keep
that banner visible to the world.
Below is the
actual lead slug
that was the masthead of the Palmerton Press in his days of operation.
It now resides with son George R. Elliston II.
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. However, her support has been a lifesaver.
My son George,
grandsons; Andy and
Jason, have been instrumental in making these things appear at all.
They supplied the technical expertise to put it on line.
Thank God they all suffer an old fool
well, my thanks to them all. I
also deeply appreciate the responses from my readers who seem to enjoy
my view of our life, dull as it may be, as well as the pictures of out
town and home.. I regret that some still have problems opening the
pictures. At least these pages don’t have to stand on their literary
merit alone. Ha!! Thank God.
This is a copy of a previous issue of The
Palmerton Press that is re-posted on the Web Site.
You can see the latest issue and
selected archives at the following: The Palmerton Press
July 24, 2004 7:08 AM 64 deg at LVIA and 66 deg in
the bus stop
It is a new week
for this web page. It
is wet and cloudy this morning. It looks as though it could rain almost
This morning by
blood glucose is 125 and
the weight 199. I will be heading outside with my coffee and dog, as
soon as the coffee is ready.
It is not very
busy outside. As I sat up
there I only saw the lady deliver the Times News. She said she was late
because the papers were delivered to the wrong house. Even Butternut
didn’t see any reason to bark.
Queen is up and we
shall be going for a
walk soon. She is starting the oatmeal. We are back from our walk. The
sky is gradually clearing and the humidity is way down.
This morning I
read Patty’s column on
her visiting her Mother in the nursing home. It is one of the most
poignant things I have read in a long time. It did bring tears to this
old softy’s eyes. I wish I had a fraction of her writing talent.
will be over shortly and we will be heading for the swimming pool for a
Saturday morning swim.
Last week I wrote and showed pictures
of our New Hampshire trips. I
just came upon this picture with Goggle Picsa picture as to how we
packed those sailboats. That was a lot of boat to go tooling up the
turnpike at 75 mph. We were crazy!!!
We went for our
Saturday morning swim.
Golly but the water and the day were beautiful. After I got home about
11 AM I cut the grass. By the time I was finished it was just a bit
George and Andy stopped
by and stayed for supper. Tommy was here as well. Queen had a slice of
ham nuked in the microwave, an ear of corn each, a baked potato, and
some Lancaster county tomatoes. Then we had brownies that Queen baked
this morning. It was an excellent meal.
25, 2004 7:19 AM 64 deg at LVIA and 64.2 in the
beautiful day has given way
to a cloudy overcast one this morning. Today my blood glucose is 122
and the weight 198.
Butternut and I
were out perusing the
yard and garden. I am starting to get a few larger tomatoes that are
beginning to turn pink. That is a good sign. We went for a walk
this morning and it
was quite comfortable out there. The humidity is low. We saw both
George and Bob Ashman as he was arriving for a days visit with George.
The pictures below
are an example of
what that new free Google Picsa picture program will do. The picture
was taken in Walter Guyer’s kitchen on the day of my sister Dot’s
memorial service. Not only did it find the picture on my computer and
show me exactly where it was but also when I clicked on the picture and
asked for properties, it shows me everything about the photo. From the
make of the camera to whether flash used, focal length, and everything
technical about the picture including when I took it. It is amazing. I
think it will be a great help with this web page.
This is a picture
of my sister Mary that
this program found for me. I cropped it taking her image out of the
larger group and resizing it before sending it to my regular ACDSee
picture program for final touchup.
Queen and I plan
to take it easy today.
We are still recovering from last week’s debacle with the fridge.
Queen rested as did I,
but then I went to PMPA for a swim. The water was just great. Tomorrow
is the beginning of the “Jittery Joints” exercise class. I was told to
remind Queen. She is not sure what she will do. Of course if the
weather is poor no one will be there. If classes are held there will
also be adult lap swimming available for us swimmers.
July 26, 2004 7:03 AM 70 deg at LVIA and 63.1 in the
This morning is
the beginning of
“Jittery Joints” and it is also the dreaded sheet day. Therefore I
stripped my bed and now <7:00am> have my sheets in the
washing machine all before Queen is up. Ha!!
The blood glucose
is 139 and the weight
198.I was up on the park bench this morning with my coffee enjoying the
great looking day. I watched the weather forecast before I got up and
sounds as though tomorrow is headed right down the tubes with rain
heavy at times!!
It looks as though
the Democrats are
starting their convention. I just love this one. Mrs. Heinz-Kerry gave
an interview about the nastiness that has now permeated politics and at
the end told an inquiring reporter that she didn’t like to “shove it”.
It looks like a jolly good time is going to take place. I bet CNN would
be all over Laura Bush if she had said that!! More later!!!
It was an
absolutely beautiful morning
for Queen’s water aerobics exercise class. Of course I took some
pictures while Queen was to jittering this morning. I also took some
video with the same camera that was interesting but were not
outstanding. Sorry but I can’t display them here.
put the folks through a darn good workout.
has the red hat. They all seem to enjoy the class.
It was a marvelous time to
swim laps. The water was perfect
and the sky was so blue. The wispy clouds as one swims are a great joy
to behold as I plod along. My usual rest at 10 laps makes it go much
Then when we got home I was greeted
with a message from Diane Andreas,
the tax collector. The @%&X@?/> black hole tax (read
School tax) arrived. My God it went up again!
Queen is tired tonight from not only
the exercise but also the big
wash. One thing to look forward to about washday is this is the day we
usually dine in God’s restaurant with her homemade spaghetti. Tonight
was no exception. I did as she “suggested” and saved about half of it
for a lunch tomorrow. Oh I could easily have eaten it all but being a
good kid is hard to do.
Side of the President
is a picture of Mike McNaughton of Denham Springs, LA. He stepped
on a land mine in Afghanistan Christmas 2002. President Bush came to
visit the wounded in the hospital. He told Mike that when he could run
a mile that they would go on a run together. True to his word, he
called Mike every month or so to see how he was doing. Well, last week
they went on the run, 1 mile with the president. Not something you'll
see in the news, but seeing the president taking the time to say thank
you to the wounded and to give hope to one of my best friends was one
of the greatest/best things I have seen in my life. It almost sounds
like a corny email chain letter, but God bless him.
Justin P. Dodge, MD
Surgeon, 1-2 AVN RGT
Corps, U.S. Army
may want to pass this to everyone you know.
The media is pulling every dirty
trick in the book to undermine our
president's popularity in the polls.
Let's join together and be all the
media our president needs to get the
truth out to the public about who he really is! Blessings to all.
Tuesday, July 27,
2004 7:09 AM 66 deg at LVIA and 66.7 in
the bus stop
This morning the
blood glucose is 124
and the weight 198. It had been raining at sometime this morning and it
looks as though more is on the way. I suspect there will be no “jittery
Joints” this morning, or a good swim. <Sigh>
I was up in the
“park bench” tent this
morning and while it wasn’t raining it sure looks like it could pour
at any moment.
We went for a walk
this morning. It was
not raining then but it sure looks like it will soon. We didn’t meet a
soul on our walk. Speaking of the Democratic convention and
REPORT XXXXX MON JULY 26, 2004 21:00:01 ET XXXXX
TERESA HEINZ UNEARTHED: 'I
DON'T TRUST TED KENNEDY'; DEMOCRATS 'PUTRID'
A historic bombshell interview
has surfaced of Teresa Heinz Kerry
ripping Ted Kennedy and the Democrat political machine!
The interview is set for
splashing at the BOSTON HERALD, the DRUDGE
REPORT has learned, the newspaper, which originally ran the session
with a then Republican Teresa Heinz.
The candid flashback hits as
both Teresa and "Bastard" Kennedy prepare
to address the Democrat convention in Boston.
ABC NEWS's GOOD MORNING AMERICA
plans to highlight the Teresa Heinz
Host Charlie Gibson presented
Heinz Kerry with the unearthed quotes,
sources tell DRUDGE.
You know the media just
sloughed it off as old past stuff
that was unimportant and not worth reporting. Now tell me there is no
media bias!! I
just saw this on the internet:
this guy has a real problem!!
<11:47 AM> It has been
raining pitchforks and
hammer handles. It really started to come down in buckets about an hour
We didn’t do much
of anything today.
Tomorrow we both go to the dentist and Queen gets her hair cut in the
Tonight Queen had
the leftover chicken
cut into small pieces and made into gravy that she had over twisted
pasta. She also had an ear of corn each, cottage cheese, and some of
our grape tomatoes. Coffee and a shared ice cream bar followed it. It
was an excellent meal.
It is still raining this evening.
28, 20047:13 AM 63 deg at LVIA and 61.8 in
the bus stop
This morning my
glucose level was 123
and the weight 198. It still looks like a rainy wet day on hand.
I was up at the
park bench with my 8 O’clock coffee and got a hearty wave from Marlene and Lee Bollinger
while they were on their walk.
It certainly isn’t an
awe-inspiring day this morning. I must
take Queen to Dr Everett’s office now!!
Then it was my
turn. I took along the
camera and got these pictures. Darlene Johnston did a very good job. It
was absolutely painless and the fact that we go twice a year
is not too bad a job for either of us. She is very thorough and has a
good sense of humor which helps a lot.
Darlene’s dad is
Johnny Banko. A man who
was the master of the backhoe construction machine. Now he is retired
and has time but now unfortunately has been suffering from ill health
for quite awhile. The Miller Bloodmobile collected blood at their last
visit here in his name to aid in the treatment of his Leukemia. We all
wish God speed to him and his family.
That man was a
magician with a backhoe.
He once told me he bet he could unhook a young lady’s bra with his
machine! I don’t doubt it. He was a real technician with that equipment.
wing X rays being taken, complete with lead shorts!!
cleaning my choppers
Everett and Darlene
This afternoon after a rest I went to
the pool for my swim. The water
was marvelous and it went just fine. Tomorrow is Jittery Joints
morning. That means another delightful morning of exercise.
Dr. Everett spoke
about trying swimming.
He complained that running was hard on his joints. It sure is. As
George Ashman says stay out of those joints. Swimming takes all the
weight off of them and one can work as easy or hard at it as they wish.
For me swimming is far superior. However as with anything else one
has to build up to it a bit at a time. Now it goes just great and is
very relaxing after a stressful or tension day. I heartily recommend
swimming. I only wish some wealthy philanthropist would build a winter
swimming facility that us older folks could use. I remember the girl at
the Good Shepherd rehab center on Franklin Avenue told me that it is
the best overall exercise program one can get. It really
helps keep one in shape!!
Thursday, July 29,
2004 7:10 AM 61
deg at LVIA and 61.5 in
the bus stop
This morning the
weight is 198 and the
blood glucose is 125. This morning I must take the garbage to the alley.
Yesterday I took
Queen to Karen Arner’s
beauty salon for a haircut. I think she got a beautiful haircut. It
really looks nice. Of course I took some pictures.
I am not
sure of the name of
the woman in the black top but I think she was called Rene or
something like that. Among her jobs at one time was as a bartender at
Homer Green’s saloon. She is a neighbor of Karen’s in Meadowcrest in
Bowmanstown. I do know she is a very outgoing and engaging woman and it
is a pleasure to talk to her.
Queen, and Rene
think she looks wonderful, but then I am prejudiced. Ha!!
I have been checking my e-mail. I
sure get a lot of stuff. This morning
about time to go to “Jittery Joints” Queen decided that she had best
not go due to the probable heat and humidity problems. Instead we
decided to do our food shopping.
This morning the mailman brought my
driver’s license information that
requires me to have my picture taken. So during our shopping trip we
stopped in at Penn Dot and the man took my photograph. For once it
didn’t look like one taken at Graterford prison!
This afternoon I went to the pool
about 3:30. It went very well except
that I got the hiccups during my first 10 laps. That really screws up
ones timing and rhythm.
George had to go home at 4:30
so that he could man the
“Society’s” booth at Palmerton’s sidewalk sale. They are selling raffle
tickets for a painting by the lady who painted the murals on
Palmerton’s “Patches” seen below:
Friday, July 30,
2004 7:16 AM 68Deg at LVIA and 63.8 in the
This morning the
blood glucose is 119
and the weight 198. I go to Dr Nicholson’s office this morning for my
tire kick and the oil check. Ha!!
We went for a walk
early today. It is
cloudy but nothing is coming down as yet. After I get out of
the Dr’s office I want to try for a swim and if possible take Queen to
I didn’t get out
of the doctor’s office
until 10:30 and Queen had given up going to “Jittery Joints” due to my
lateness. She had gotten into her swimsuit and was ready to go but no
Bobby. By the time I did get home she had changed back and was running
the plow upstairs
At least I had a
good report from the
doctor. My blood pressure was 120/80 and I had lost three pounds
according to their scales. I told him I now feel the best I probably
will be all year with the
exercise and activity we have been doing.
got this from Bob Green
After I got home
I rushed up to the
pool for my swim. The “Jitterers” were about half way through their
routine. It was misting just a bit of rain so I got right to it. By the
time I finished all the rest were gone. Gretchen and the lifeguard who
was watching me were the only ones that were there by then. Now at
1:18 PM the sun is out and it is hot and humid.
by the way Rene said I had a beautiful wife. She was right about that
Tonight for supper
we had the salmon we
got at Giant yesterday. Also we had few French fries, some of Queen’s
coleslaw, cottage cheese and cantaloupe with a small scoop on ice cream
I just finished the corrections from my proofreader and it is
going on line.
Please love one
another, Mom and Bob
[Queen and Bobby]