The masthead appearing above is not an accident nor is it meant to be a gimmick. My dad, George R. Elliston was the owner, founder, editor, 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 it’s days of operation. It now resides with son George R. Elliston 2nd.
My son George, grandsons; Andy, and
Jason, have been instrumental in making these things appear at all.
the technical expertise to put and keep it on line.
I am particularly interested in reaching former Palmerton residents who my still find the old town a source of comfort and the remembrances of happy days.
Don’t expect much in the way of earth shattering events to appear here. This is how WE live. Oh and occasional “Bobby’s” opinions will appear, but there is always the delete button. Ha!!
God, my mentors all suffer an old 77-year-old fool well.
My thanks to them all. I also deeply appreciate the responses from my
who seem to enjoy our view of life, dull as it may be, as well as the
of our town and home.. I regret that some still have problems opening
pictures. At least, these pages don’t have to stand on their literary
Saturday, August 14, 2004 7:08 AM 63 deg at LVIA and 61.5 in the bus stop
I got last week’s web page on line with no problem last evening. Apparently, I don’t have to worry too much about web space until near the end of the month. Then I must pare back drastically on the volume of stuff on line. This morning the blood glucose is 130 and the weight 195.
I very much regret to report the death of Johnny Banko. Here is his obituary from the Times News.
John J. "Johnny" Banko, 68, of Lower Towamensing Township, died Wednesday in his home. He was the husband of Alberta A. (Lichtenwalter) Banko. They observed their 46th wedding anniversary last May.
He owned and operated Johnny Banko Excavating, Palmerton, for 42 years before retiring in 2000.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late John and Mary (Klutzaritz) Banko.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Palmerton.
A Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a member of Mader-Gaydos American Legion Post 269, Palmerton.
Banko was a former Palmerton Borough councilman for two years.
He was 4th degree member of the Knight of Columbus, Council No. 2522, Palmerton.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, Deborah, wife of Gary Meitzler of Indianapolis, Ind., and Dorene, wife of Ross Johnston, of Palmerton; two sons, John J. Jr., and his wife, Suzy, of Lehighton, and Jamie, and his wife, Tammy, of Bethlehem Township; three brothers, Edward of Palmerton, Stephen of Catasauqua and Richard of Kunkletown; and six grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Petroka.
The T.K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of the arrangements.
It looks like a nice day so far. Tommy and I want to go for a swim this morning. He plans to go to Portland, Pa. looking for Indian artifacts [dead Indians] after our swim. However it sounds as though the day is going to go downhill fast this afternoon with the remnants of Charlie coming this way. We went for our swim and it was great. The only other swimmer that was there was Romaine Biege who was still swimming her laps as we left. Yesterday there was a lot of activity over at the “Little White Church” by the Lehigh Gap Historical society’s work crew. They were cleaning up a storm. Those women were really busy throwing things out and sweeping and cleaning. Jim Burnhauser was busy assembling some display cases that someone donated to the cause.
cleaning up a storm
Betsy at work A lot of accumulated trash
Tommy Davies and Jeff Gillette digging at 7 ½ feet.
Tommy informs me that the objects above are OVER 10,900 years of age.
and I went to Super Fresh this morning and we got some
coffee and salmon that was on sale. Tonight we had a piece of the
supper. I packed the rest of in vacuum sealer bags and froze it. It
for months. She had some stewed potatoes, corn on the cob, fresh green
beans, tomatoes, and cottage cheese. Then we had coffee and a small
dish of ice
cream for dessert. The food was excellent even though it was not one
meals from “God’s restaurant”. Queen is cutting back on tomatoes for
and we figured spaghetti would be inappropriate.
Earlier this afternoon I went to the pool for my swim. The water was perfect. I spoke to Larry as I was leaving and congratulated him on reaching that lofty age! My God 50 years old and still alive!! I told him I was 50 years old once. He asked how long ago? My answer 27 years ago. <sigh>I just got these from Bob Green:
I was out in the yard using the
gas weed whacker cutting back a lot of the extraneous growth about the
Among the things I did was the bank where I have difficulty gaining
access on a
regular basis. Then I used it as an edger and trimmed along the bottom
bank where it was growing into the flower boxes. It does look better
also trimmed back the Poison Ivy and sticker growth that was growing up
the Vinca bed next to the cemetery. Of course it ran out of string and
to be replaced but it all went very well.
morning PPL was up at the “Duris”
lot installing the power pole and hooking it up
to the service panel that had already been installed. Now they should
ready for the house to arrive.
Now at 3 PM I am heading for the pool.
<Later> I had a great swim this afternoon. I was able to talk with George Ashman and Gail Nonemaker. On the way out of the pool as I passed the bulletin board I saw these pictures of Larry’s “Birthday Party”. Today I had my camera along and I copped these pictures that I suspect were supplied by “Donna” the exotic Hula dancer!! In addition, I took some video of the mushroom spewing water. That is to be my solace during the winter!! <Phooey>
This morning I saw this web page in the Morning Call newspaper. I used it to predict our lifespan. http://www.livingto100.com/We tried to answer the questions as well and honestly as we could. Queen’s lifespan was projected to be 95 years of age and mine 93. Golly!!Tomorrow at 8:30 am the Bath Fitters are to be here to finally do that job! Queen was busy cleaning off some shelves to make way for the workmen.
I would like to see if Queen will cut
my hair before noon. Then I would like to go for my swim. The weather does seem
to not bode well for the rest of the day.
She did cut my hair before noon. I went up before I had any lunch. I was the only person in the pool. I had three lifeguards during my swim. The swim was smooth as glass. No rest was needed today at10 laps. It really went well today. As I was walking over to our car I met Gail Nonamaker who was just arriving for the afternoon. I told her the weather didn’t sound promising so I went early.
<Later> The bad weather
held off all afternoon after all. However I am glad I went early. The first
swimmer in the pool has a really wonderful swim with no waves or ripples other
than what I create. Swimming through the water being the first to cut the water
with your chin, is a great feeling. It reminds me of many a morning swim on
Squam Lake in New Hampshire with the dead calm water and breaking one’s way
with one’s chin. Swimming with Fritz out to Kent Island and later swimming with
Tommy in Sturtevant Bay. One of us would operate his canoe and the other one
swim. Then we changed places coming back. That water was crystal clear and of reservoir quality. One could
readily drink it. A swim in those days was usually a mile long and had to be
swum in one shot. You have no business starting a swim of that distance if you
are not in some kind of shape. That is what got me started in lap swimming.
Ah those were happy days I surely do love the water. Golly, no one would ever guess.
Now here is an interesting site. It
doesn’t do anything important but it is interesting. Trace the places a dollar
bill has been used. http://www.wheresgeorge.com/
This morning we plan on doing our
shopping before it gets too uncomfortable outdoors.
We were back just before noon. It is hot and humid but we didn’t experience any problems. On the way back I went into Shea’s and got the curved shower rod Bernie ordered for me.
I got this from Henry Schwartz:
Who Says Cops Don't Have A Sense Of Humor?
"Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch out after you wear them awhile."
"Take your hands off the car and I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document."
"If you run, you'll only go to jail tired."
"Can you run faster than 1,200 feet per second? In case you didn't know, that is the speed of a 9 mm bullet fired from my gun."
"So you don't know how fast you were going. I guess that means I can write anything I want on the ticket, huh?"
"Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I am the shift supervisor?"
"Warning! You want a warning? O.K., I'm warning you not to do that again or I'll give you another ticket."
"The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?"
"Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven."
"In God we trust, all others we run through NCIC."
"No, sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to have quotas but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we want."
"I'm glad to hear the Chief of Police is a good personal friend of yours. At least you know someone who can post your bail."
"You didn't think we give pretty women tickets? You're right, we don't. Sign here."
Tommy came over tonight and he installed the shower curtain rod with a bit of my help. We think it is a first class job and are very happy with the result. Queen is writing a thank you note to the company.
It is Friday and about time to close this for the week and send it to my expert proofreader and censor, Queen.