With the gracious co-operation
of Prolog we
now have an up and running web page. This will eventually
a lot more to be accomplished. My profound thanks to everyone.
Son George is my web master. He and I
contacted through the main Index page.
You may note that this is the fourth volume of the second
of these epistles therefore, at my web master's behest, we are renaming
them, Book 2, Volume 4
It is still warm outside but it is very
damp out there. This
morning my blood glucose was 131 and the weight 195.
I sat up on the park bench
trusty 8 O'clock coffee and the camera. I was
the pictures I have been
taking. If I had the present camera and the technology available when
Queen and I walked our 2 1/2 miles a day every day I could offer more
variety in the photographs that I have in here. It is nice
walking past other peoples homes to see what they have done.
We simply can't
do it anymore. It is amazing what one can see just on our small jaunt
along Columbia Avenue.
It was a far cry from
those warm mornings when I sat up there under that magnificent canopy
of green in the "tent" <Sigh>
I got some e-mail the morning that
wish to include
I'm enjoying the Palmerton
Press very much and thought you
your readers would be interested in a bit of nostalgia.
wonderful website where you can listen to old radio programs for
free. I heard about from the guys on Blue Ridge Cable's
"Computerwise" program. The web address is www.radiolovers.com.
this from Bill Danneberg Jr.:
You are correct. I do indeed
appreciate seeing that photo of our old
homestead on Columbia Avenue. In fact, I enjoy seeing all your photo
coverage of Palmerton. Keep up the good work! I
Palmerton for the first time in years during our most recent PHS Class
of '58 reunion. The town looks nice, very well kept.
We went for our walk this morning and
while is isn't
cold it is not an inspiring day so far. I took along
did not see a thing worth photographing on this dull dismal looking
day. Oh by tomorrow things are expected to change. I suspect the
hammer is being lifted for a shot of real winter.
This morning Queen wanted to go to the
stamps. As I was waiting in the car I got a real shock. I saw an
leaving the building walking with considerable effort and using a
cane for support. As I looked at her I discovered that I
her. She used to be in my High School class. I will not use her name
told Queen when she arrived back at the car, I had best count my
described her and she said the women was very pleasant to her in the
Post Office. We can thank our lucky stars
things are as good as they are for both of us. Oh I
complain about our aches and pains but we manage somehow to keep going.
One must play the cards that we are dealt. I don't have to
Then we parked above Shea's and we
walking tour of the various business's that are open for the Christmas
season. I had to pay the telephone bill so we documented the trip.
Hager Furniture Company
Spillane's Store and front window
I got an e-mail from Betsy Burnhauser :
Bob - I also
remember that Arner's bakery was next to Pupak's tailor shop.They had a
shop out in the 600 block of Delaware at one time, too, I think. In
fact, they might also have been up on the hill near where the grooming
shop just recently went out of business, also.
Please suggest to the Gersbach's that
society would be an
appropriate recipient of things they don't know what to do with from
I really hit pay dirt
on the Arner's
Bakery story. I
got this from Terry Eckhart, a new reader,on the subject. It fills in a
lot of the story.
BOB, THANKS FOR THE LATEST "PALMERTON PRESS". KEEP
, PLEASE. SOME FURTHER INSIGHT ON THE
BUILDING. AS I REMEMBER AHNER'S BAKERY, IT WAS
SR WHO STARTED IT . I THINK THEY HAD A TRUCK FROM WHICH HE
PEDDLE BAKE GOODS. THEN JR TOOK OVER. IT WAS MRS
(MOTHER OF DONALD) THAT WORKED IN THE BAKERY. KEEP
NEWS FLOWING. TERRY
We have been going
through a bit of a
Butternut. He had been waking Queen at 4 or 5 in
morning. With my bad hearing they could tear the house down around me
and I would not hear it. Ha!! He either was barking or whining. She got
up, went downstairs, and
let him out of his
crate. Then she let him outdoors after which he would sleep on
landing while we
slept until 7 AM.
We now have set things up so that he now
top of the stair steps on a dog bed we fashioned from one of his older
beds. So far he loves it.
Queen is such a kind soul. She knows he
is using her
to gain more privileges. I suspect his long term goal is to
on her bed as he does in the afternoon!!! I wouldn't bet against it!!
Son George and grandson Andy were here
for a mac and cheese meal tonight. They brought up their old dishwasher
and a few
items for the house on Lafayette Ave. Then
this afternoon they did some shopping and went for a Christmas tree.
selected the tree and
cut it down
tree then was bailed for
taking home to Delaware.
and the tree
7 PM they left
for Delaware. This
evening we got their two
that they got home safely. Well now at 11:05 it is time for
December 12,2004 7:20 AM
Slatington E.S. and 36.6 in the bus stop
It is rather cloudy
this morning but it
Queen and I are heading out for a walk.
<8:30> We are
only met a man walking his dog this morning. There wasn't
much moving outside.
I will continue with our "walking tour"
on the left is the Watch Me Grow Day Care Center run by Judy
[Davies] Schwartz, Tommie Davies' sister, and her daughter Lisa Anthony
There is a new
eatery next door called
Something". Queen and have eaten there and the food is good
plentiful. She specializes in
sandwiches. The owner is a very personable young lady.
The Dry Cleaners
share the old
Holczman building with a new green goods and grocery store
"The C&C Food Outlet." They are where Werley's tobacco and
Ice cream store use to be located. Geza Holczman had his haberdashery
store where the dry cleaners are now.
in the old Post Office
building is a new clothing store called "My Store".
Window at the Palmerton Library This
used to be in Tommy Goodrich's soda
former Earl Seip residence where many a kid took their piano
lessons and the George Chmiel residence
Palmerton Neighborhood House
we arrived at the Palmerton Telephone Office
tree was beautiful and the young lady was gracious in permitting me
to take her picture.
I saved this one for last. On our way to the Post Office we passed
home at 1st Street and Lafayette Ave. Sallie Debman used to live there
a long time ago. I rented her garage at one time many moons ago.
night time pictures stink but this
is the same scene at night
don't know who they are but every year they go all out for
Christmas decorations. I bet PP&L loves them!
One thing I did notice was that Palmerton has a very viable business
center. We did not get pictures of them all by any
it was fun doing
This evening I went down to the bandstand to get
some pictures of the Christmas carol sing-along. It was
raining and it was raw and cold.
being set up
when I got there
is what I would call the old St. John's Rectory
I have not mastered the art of
nighttime photography. Joel Kern said I should use a tripod. I didn't.
Instead I braced the camera either on the car roof or held it tight
against a lamp post. I am glad I don't do this for a living!
would quickly starve to death!!
13, 2004 7:23 AM 34.1 at
Slatington E.S. and 36.1 in the bus stop
It is a wet day out there this morning.
are predicted for today with much colder weather on the way. The blood
glucose this morning was 125 and the weight was 195.
We just got back from our walk and the sun was just coming
out. It is a welcome sight indeed!
Here is a picture
of the Dichysn's kitchen window. Jean has the house all
decorated now. It always looks nice.
My Mother told
me that as a baby she would put my
bassinet in the same room where
were taking music lessons from Mr Kellet. I guess my love of music
started early. Ha! Dad
had a great love for the music of Friedrich Chopin. We still have Dad's
collection of Etude
magazines up in the garage. Now
difficult to play even by skilled pianists. However he loved to hack
way through the études. In addition to his lack of expertise he
had caught one finger in a printing press years
and had permanently disfigured that finger. Guess what is now an all time favorite
of mine? You
got it! The
music of Friedrich Chopin,
the études in particular. Ah what wonderful memories!!
Kovacs home with workmen and
Today is the dreaded sheet day. I realize that
her "easy listening "
music while she works. That is fine
but right now we both object to the wall to wall Christmas music. A bit
interspersed here and there would be welcome. However they wear out
whole meaning of the season.
As I sat up on the upper park bench this morning I
had the song" I'll be home for Christmas" running through my head.
the time I hear it as a kind of background music. But this morning the
words hit home. "I'll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams."
realize I am home with my wife and the love of our family
times like this I hearken back to my youth when all of
our family was here at this house together at Christmas.
My Mom was doing much as Queen is doing now. Scurrying around
making Christmas cookies and getting things ready for Christmas. The
house smelled so good. The older folks all mysteriously disappeared
taking packages with them to appear later all Christmas
One thing I do know is that my Mother
delighted to know that there is a Mrs George R. Elliston
here now. She would particularly appreciate who the Mrs. G.R. Elliston
is. She loved Queen while she was her daughter-in-law, my
brother Dick's wife. I recall coming
home from High School when my Dad was still alive but no longer working
due to his heart attack. I remember walking in the front door
school was over on the last school day before Christmas. They always
week with an
assembly and a Christmas program. I remember smelling
the marvelous odor of Mom's baking. I
my Dad playing the piano. My Dad was a remarkable man. His only formal
education was at the St. James Episcopal Church School in
Lancaster, Pa. Then he apprenticed at a large Lancaster
learned the printing trade. After he and Mom came here he
himself Greek and since my older brother and sisters were
taking music lessons he decided to learn also. He was instrumental in
having a performance of Handel's Messiah
here at St. Johns
Last week we were in
K-Mart and I took some pictures
of Queen shopping.
to look. She can't shop like she used to but she still loves to go
One new thing I learned while George and Andy were here. I was trying
to install a shortcut for my Windows XP, so that I
shut the machine down
quickly without having to go to start, turn off computer, and the whole
nine yards. I wanted it to close all the programs
said I didn't need it. All the most modern computers will do that job
if you tap the shutdown button. Not hold it just tap it. It really
works just fine. I don't know if it works for Windows 98 or not. One
thing though if you keep a lot of programs open as
I do you may have to help it a bit. Try it sometime. There is so much
simple stuff that I
simply don't know a damn thing about. Sheez!!
December 14, 2004 7:27 AM 31
deg at Slatington E.S. and 32.7 in the bus stop
There is just a
touch of white outside
I noticed on my trips to the bathroom last night the lights were on out
the Blue Mountain Ski area so I guess they were making snow.
This morning my
weight was 195 and the
was 139 after last nights spaghetti meal.
I saw a very interesting article in
the New York Times science section
that Google is planning to expand their services. The article is below.
Is Adding Major
Libraries to Its Database
December 14, 2004
book is scanned at Stanford
University. Google's plans for digital
files include the University of Michigan and the New York Public
challenge for publishers in
coming years will be to continue to
have libraries serve as major influential buyers of their books,
without letting the newly vast digital public reading rooms undermine
the companies' ability to make money commissioning and publishing
the earliest days of the
printing press, book publishers were wary
of the development of libraries at all. In many instances, they opposed
the idea of a central facility offering free access to books that
people would otherwise be compelled to buy.
as libraries developed and
publishers became aware that they could
be among their best customers, that opposition faded. Now publishers
aggressively court librarians with advance copies of books, seeking
positive reviews of books in library journals and otherwise trying to
influence the opinion of the people who influence the reading habits of
millions. Some of that promotional impulse may translate to the online
world, publishing executives say.
at least initially, the
search services are likely to be most
useful to publishers whose nonfiction backlists, or catalogs of
previously published titles, are of interest to scholars but do not
sell regularly enough to be carried in large quantities in retail
stores, said David Steinberger, the president and chief executive the
Perseus Books Group, which publishes mostly nonfiction books under the
Basic Books, PublicAffairs, Da Capo and other imprints.
on his experiences with
Amazon's and Google's commercial search
services so far, Mr. Steinberger said, "I think there is minimal risk,
or virtually no risk, of copyrighted material being misused." But he
said he would object to a library's providing copyrighted material
online without a license. "If you're talking about the instantaneous,
free distribution of books, I think that would represent a problem,"
Mr. Steinberger said.
their part, libraries
themselves will have to rethink their central
missions as storehouses of printed, indexed material.
world is about to change
in a big, big way," said Daniel
Greenstein, university librarian for the California Digital Library of
the University of California, which is a project to organize and retain
existing digital materials.
considerable time and money to managing their
collections of printed materials, Mr. Greenstein said, libraries in the
future can devote more energy to gathering information and making it
accessible - and more easily manageable - online.
Paul LeClerc, the president
and chief executive of the New York
Public Library, sees Web access as an expansion of libraries' reach,
not a replacement for physical collections. "Librarians will add a new
dimension to their work," Mr. LeClerc said. "They will not abandon
their mission of collecting printed material and keeping them for
decades and even centuries."
founders, Sergey Brin
and Larry Page, have long vowed to make
all of the world's information accessible to anyone with a Web browser.
The agreements to be announced today will put them a few steps closer
to that goal - at least in terms of the English-language portion of the
world's information. Mr. Page said yesterday that the project traced to
the roots of Google, which he and Mr. Brin founded in 1998 after taking
a leave from a graduate computer science program at Stanford where they
worked on a "digital libraries" project. "What we first discussed at
Stanford is now becoming practical," Mr. Page said.
Stanford, Google hopes to be
able to scan 50,000 pages a day within
the month, eventually doubling that rate, according to a person
involved in the project.
Google plan calls for
making the library materials available as
part of Google's regular Web service, which currently has an estimated
eight billion Web pages in its database and tens of millions of users a
day. As with the other information on its service, Google will sell
advertising to generate revenue from its library material. (In it
existing Google Print program, the company shares advertising revenue
with the participating book publishers.)
library, meanwhile, will
receive its own copy of the digital
database created from that institution's holdings, which the library
can make available through its own Web site if it chooses.
officials said they
would be happy to use the Internet to share
their collections widely. "We have always thought of our libraries at
Harvard as being a global resource," said Lawrence H. Summers,
president of Harvard.
least initially, Google's
digitizing task will be labor intensive,
with people placing the books and documents on sophisticated scanners
whose high-resolution cameras capture an image of each page and convert
it to a digital file.
whose corporate campus
in Mountain View, Calif., is just a few
miles from Stanford, plans to transport books to a copying center it
has established at its headquarters. There the books will be scanned
and then returned to the Stanford libraries. Google plans to set up
remote scanning operations at both Michigan and Harvard.
company refused to comment
on the technology that it was using to
digitize books, except to say that it was nondestructive. But according
to a person who has been briefed on the project, Google's technology is
more labor-intensive than systems that are already commercially
small start-up companies,
4DigitalBooks of St. Aubin, Switzerland,
and Kirtas Technologies of Victor, N.Y., are selling systems that
automatically turn pages to capture images.
2004 The New York Times Company
though they are taking an excellent product and making it even better.
we walked I sat up on the upper park bench
with my camera and coffee.
When Queen and I went for our walk this
met Romaine Biege and two other walkers, Shirley Neff, Gail
Nonnemaker, and her dog. They were returning from their 3-1/2 mile
I had to make an emergency trip to IGA
for some food
coloring that Queen needed for her cookies. Four small bottles of the
stuff for almost $5.00. That must figure out to a "skillion"
dollars per gallon!!!!
Then this morning Queen called and made
appointment at Dr. Nicholson's office for me at 10:45 AM. I have been
working at a small cough and the beginnings of a cold. He had
previously given me
medication that if taken soon enough will knock it
we are trying it again.
got out of there a bit after noon. So I have a batch of stuff to take.
hope that takes care of it!! I complained to him that I just can't do
things that I used to do. He replied,"Oh you can still do them but it
takes three times as long to do it". Very true!! Doctor Nicholson told
relax and don't get all tensed up about things. I guess he knows me
pretty well!! I do not have any patience. He said folks coming to see
him often think they have a catastrophic terminal disease.
of the time they don't. I think he was trying to tell me something!! I
think he was hinting that a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous
thing. I would also add" He who treats himself has a fool for a
I wonder if that is why I am known in this house as "Doctor Quack"? Ha!!
My blood pressure was good 140/83 and my
down a pound. Queen's cholesterol was down from 220 and now
185. That too I suspect is due to the bran we both have been using.
Queen has been mixing up cookie doughs
afternoon and now has gone up for a well deserved rest. She
really works hard at that job, but she loves it!!
I plan to make homemade vegetable soup
It is cold enough so that should be a welcome meal on a cold night such
The soup turned out very well. I cooked
the beef in
the pressure cooker along with a can of beef broth and then added the
veggies. I added the carrots, celery, onion, potato, green beans, green
pepper, frozen lima beans, and tomatoes. I pressure cooked that for 6
minutes. I also cooked some spaghetti to add to the mix. It
damn good. The rest will go out in the bus stop for storage.
December 15, 2004 7:17 AM
18.1 at Slatington E.S. and 18.5 in the bus stop
We are in shock. Last evening our nephew, Dr
called to tell us that my brother-in-law, his father, Walter Guyer, was
dead. Apparently he had a
dental appointment in town somewhere and was hit by a car at a
street corner and killed instantly. David said the police had not
determined exactly what happened. I just spoke with Walter the other
day. So far I am at a complete loss for words. I still
desperately miss talking with my sister Dot, his wife, and
this. Walter called us on a regular basis. I was so proud of how he at
90 years of age had
become as proficient at the computer as he did. I only wished we lived
closer so I could have given him some" hands on" help. That is what he
really needed.. He did have AOL which is entirely different from what I
am using but I would have tried.
I was sitting up on the upper
park bench this
morning contemplating yesterday's events. I did see Lee and Marlene
Bollinger. They didn't see me behind the glider but they did when I
called to them. They were bundled up as though they lived in Alaska.
We just got back
from a short walk. It
is darn cold but fortunately there is no wind. We just wanted to get
out a bit and get a snoot full of air. We also just wanted to
talk a bit.
Last nights news hit us hard. Last evening I sent e-mails to
of our children. This morning a really heart felt reply came to us,
It is shocking news.
A quick death is
merciful for someone who's lived a long life like Walter. But
those close to him, it kind of takes your breath away. E-mail
a poor substitute for being with you at this time. This loss
reminder of how precious the two of you are to us and the place you
have in our lives.
Our love to both of you.
Fritz and Belva"
The above note means a lot
to Queen and I. We read it together
and deeply appreciate our wonderful family. No coin of the
realm can possibly substitute for family!
be afraid to tell someone you love that you love them.
IT IS LATER THAN YOU
there this morning with the sad feeling of Walter's death upon me I
to walk back to the house and saw this.
I took these
pictures today on
12-15-04 with the grim knowledge of his passing but the sure
that the world just keeps on going! "As
it was before, is now, and ever shall be, world without end"
decided to do our food shopping this
morning. Tomorrow Queen has an appointment with Karen Arner
have her hair cut. The next day I have an appointment at Dr
Walter's office to see Dr. Ross, a specialist, who visits
once a month.
Dr. Walters wants him to check
me for possible Macular
Degeneration that may be just
my left eye. This is not a happy turn of events but I am told while
can't cure it, it can be held in check with laser treatments. I hope
The sight of daughter Mary's ex-mother-in-law, Lillian Rau, who is in
the advanced stages of the disease, is not a pleasant thought.
However yesterday's events surely make me think ! Hey I am still here
and able write about it, see it, and still be able to complain!!! I
write more later when I can better collect my
Tonight for supper I
made salmon, two
potatoes, cooked carrots, onion rings and cottage cheese. We had
and coffee for dessert. Queen mixed up and baked another batch of a new
cookie dough tonight !!
December 16, 2004 7:09 AM
19.1 at Slatington
E.S. and 18.5 in the bus stop
It is darn cold this morning. I will be
to the park bench with my coffee and perhaps Butternut. He
may want to
go a second time. I was out and got a few pictures. It is damn cold
morning but there is no wind.
took a few pictures while I was
out. There is a lot of stream arising from folks chimneys in the frosty
cold weather and the sun glistening on a jet plane overhead.
went in the house
downstairs shortly thereafter. We decided to do as we did yesterday and
we walked down to 4th Street and back. On our walk was the
Biege just finishing her walk..
A short time ago
Dick Guyer called and
filled us in
on his father's death. Apparently Walter was walking on the sidewalk
car hit a parking sign knocking down the sign. As the sign
it hit Walter on the back of the head causing severe trauma. He never
regained consciousness. Apparently
Walter was an innocent victim of a small accident that had
bad consequences for Walter.
there probably will
memorial service for Walter between Christmas and New Years. We are
still in shock. I know the Episcopal Church speaks in one of its
prayers of this "transitory life". Earlier
in the page I wrote of my visit to Dr. Nicholson who said medicine can
do a lot, but he also said, "When
upstairs call your name, that it it."
This is very true!!!
morning my blood sugar is 132 and
194. This morning as we were returning from our walk we saw the garbage
truck in the alley behind our house. I had not taken the stuff up
there yet so I scurried around and lugged it to the alley put it in
the car trunk and took it up to the 100 block of Columbia where they
were still picking stuff up. The young man smiled and took it
of the trunk . <Sigh>
This afternoon I
will be taking Queen to
Arner's for a haircut. Golly I will have to make an appointment with
mine also. Now that Queen is in the cookie business appointments will
be hard to get!!
<3:30 pm.> We are back
from the beauty salon.
with my Queen
few pictures I took of Queen outdoors
I managed an
appointment with my barber and she cut my hair. Now, perhaps I will be
able to hear the doctor tomorrow!
I see in
tonights Times News that Joel Kern had an excellent picture of the snow
Blue Mountain Ski Area.