The rear of the "Little
Upon our return
sat with my coffee on the lower
park bench. Starting the day with some meditation is a
highly recommended method of starting ones day. I realize that to many
they just don't seem to have the time. Believe me it is well worth
taking the time.
As I think about the state of our world and I
see it is
constantly in a state of flux. As much as things change they stay the
I am an admirer of the writings of Peggy
Noonan. She was a Reagan speech writer and a staff writer for the Wall
Street Journal. Here is a small excerpt from her latest article where
she writes this about
the latest world tragedy. The devastating floods
in the world.
"Of all the things I've
heard said of the great horror, nothing seemed to me to sum it up as
well as a woman chatting with a man as he cut her hair in New York. The
TV was on, CNN. They stopped and watched the latest video of surging
waves crashing through a hotel. The man sighed and shook his head.
"Life is terrible," he said. The woman said, "Oh it's beautiful,
beautiful, but full of pain."
That says it
Today I really hit the jackpot with stuff from
readers. I got this from Helen Tucker.These are so
outrageous that they are absolutely marvelous!!
a special aside to George Ashman!"
Just to get the New Year off to the right start! Happy New Year!!
Puns for Intellectuals
1. Two vultures boarded a plane, each carrying two dead raccoons. The
stewardess stops them and says "sorry sir, only one carrion per
2. NASA recently sent a number of Holsteins into orbit for experimental
purposes. They called it the herd shot round the world.
3. Two boll weevils grew up in S. Carolina. One took off to Hollywood
became a rich star. The other stayed in Carolina and never amounted to
much--and naturally became known as the lesser of two weevils.
4. 2 Eskimos in a kayak were chilly, so they started a fire, which sank
the craft, proving the old adage you can't have your kayak and heat it
5. A 3-legged dog walks into an old west saloon, slides up to the bar
announces "I'm looking for the man who shot my paw."
6. Did you hear about the Buddhist who went to the dentist, and refused
take Novocain? He wanted to transcend dental medication.
7. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and met in the
where they were discussing their recent victories in chess tournaments.
The hotel manager came out of the office after an hour, and asked them
disperse. Apparently, the hotel won't tolerate chess nuts boasting in an
8. A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One goes to an
Egyptian family and is named "Ahmal." The other is sent to a Spanish
family and is
named "Juan." Years later, Juan sends his birth mother a picture of
himself. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband, she wishes
had a picture of Ahmal. He replies, "They're twins for Pete's sake!! If
seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal!!"
9. A group of friars opened a florist shop to help with their belfry
payments. Everyone liked to buy flowers from the Men of God, so their
business flourished. A rival florist became upset that his business was
suffering because people felt compelled to buy from the Friars, so he
asked the Friars to cut back hours or close down. The Friars refused.
florist went to them and begged that they shut down. Again they
refused. So the
florist hired Hugh McTaggert, the biggest meanest thug in town. He went
the Friars' shop, beat them up, destroyed their flowers, trashed their
shop, and said that if they didn't close, he'd be back. Well, totally
the Friars closed up shop and hid in their rooms. This proved that Hugh,
and only Hugh, can prevent florist friars.
10. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot his whole life, which
created an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very
which made him frail, and with his odd diet, he suffered from very bad
breath. This, of course,
made him a super-callused fragile mystic hexed
11. And finally, there was a woman who sent 10 puns to her friends with
the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. But,
pun in ten did!
This just came
from Bob Dunn. His Dad was the manager of the W T Grant store on
Delaware Avenue and Bob also has fond memories of Palmerton.
Subject: RE: The Palmerton Press
May I and my family wish you and yours a very safe, healthy, and Happy
Regarding the small stores in the Palmerton area, my daughters remember
going to Anna's on Lafayette and I remember my father taking me into a
store on the corner of Third and Lehigh when nip came to tuck and mom
something on a Sunday. I also remember going into Nicky's Candy
classes at Franklin Elementary. The store was an old wood shack
on the NE
corner of Sixth and Franklin. Good candy at a cheap
it, but the kids loved it.
May the two of you continue to be blessed in 2005.
This is from Barbara
For one reason or another I have not written for awhile, but there are
things that I read from your paper some weeks ago that stayed in my
debated writing of them, and decided that I.will. They concern
The first was Ethel Jelley. Way back when I was ten, I went to
That was when I was a Camp Fire Girl. Girl Scouts were not yet an
Palmerton. Ethel was one of our counselors, and had an ebullient
humor. We all adored her, and had much merriment while in her
Mrs. Luther was the director of the camp, and mothered us all. My
of the camp, which I attended each year that it was open, are vivid and
happy ones. Times with Ethel stand out remarkably. I never
saw her again
after she graduated and moved away, though I can pull up memories of a
of us in falling down laughter with her, and because of her.
Some years ago I knew that her sister, Caroline, was living on the East
Coast of Florida. I'm not sure where, but she had that same sense of
I'm sorry that we lost touch, for she was the younger sister, and I
liked her tremendously. She was in my brother's class, and would
for get togethers when a cousin her age visited us from Massachusetts.
The other heads up was Charlie George. He was four years older
than I so I
would have been in second grade, I suppose, when he walked home with me
day from the Delaware School Building, and was really nice to talk
lived on Columbia Avenue at the time, and he lived farther on. I
standing on the wall at our home and watching him walk all the way down
block. Before he turned the corner, he looked back, saw me and
waved back. It was so unusual for me to be noticed by a student
I in such a kind way that the incident remained sharp in my
never happened again, though he always smiled when we crossed paths in
Palmerton, and I always thought of him as an especially good person.
I heard that he married Betty Hawk, but didn't realize that she died a
years ago. She was one of my classmates, and I remember her as a
with a beautiful smile.
Isn't it remarkable what pops up in our thoughts. I have tears
sweetness of these I remember so fondly, and who remain forever
young in my
Happy New Year to you both, Barbara
Here are some photos of our New Year's
celebration activities last night. A good time of eating and good
conversation was had by all.
Tonight we are invited to the Lafayette
Avenue Elliston family for dinner. It was a superb meal of roast beef,
potatoes, and peas.Then they had a Boston cream pie for dessert.
Sunday January 2, 2005 8:14 am 32.3 at
Slatington E.S. and 31.5 in the bus stop
I don't think we will be going for a walk this
morning. Last evening at dinner I got the chills. So we hastily headed
home. Then I took a shower as hot as I could stand it. I stood under it
for over 10 minutes and tried to get my core temperature up. I did get
properly warmed up. Then it was off to bed.
Needless to say I didn't have the best of nights. When the bed doesn't
feel good to Bobby he is sick. It certainly did not feel good!
This morning I do
feel better. I want to be able to go to the eye specialist this Tuesday for my laser treatment.
Here is a photo from our dinner at the Lafayette Ave. Elliston's last
This afternoon we got a phone call from our
friend Dave Horn out in New Freedom, Pa. He said he had the same thing
I have. Chills and couldn't get warm. It was good talking with him. We
all go back a long way together. We got our two rings from the
Elliston's so they got
Tonight for supper Queen made homemade beef
vegetable soup. It is first
class stuff. My appetite is nothing to write home about but it went
Subject: The Palmerton Press Special
Edition, January 3, 2005
It is with great sadness that we
forced to report that the Editor-In-Chief of the Palmerton Press, Bob
Elliston, passed away this morning in his sleep. We thank you all for
your support, thoughts and prayers in this most difficult time. We know
that Bob appreciated all of your support and help in the past couple of
years in making his dream of The Palmerton Press a reality. We know
that he looked forward to hearing from each and every one of you, his
loyal readers. Many of you supplied him with ideas, articles and
photos, which he used as the start of some news item.
We will all miss his friendship,
humor, common sense and hearty laugh.
God Bless You All,
The Elliston Family
January 5, 2005
From the Times-News:
R. "Bob" Elliston, 78, of Palmerton, died early Monday morning
in the Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton Campus. He was the
husband of Ruth G. (Greenawalt) Elliston. They observed their 22nd
wedding anniversary last Feb. 20.
owned and operated the former Elliston Radio and TV Service,
Palmerton, for many years until retiring in 1980, and also wrote and
edited the Palmerton Press newspaper.
in Palmerton, he was a son of the late George R. and Belva A.
was a member of St. John Episcopal Church, Palmerton.
was a former board member of the Palmerton Memorial Park
Association and a member of the HAM Amateur Radio Association.
was a 1944 graduate of Palmerton High School.
in addition to his widow are two daughters, Belva, wife of
Henry Williams of Shermans Dale, Perry County, and Mary, wife of James
Hill of Malvern; a son, George R. II, and his wife, Kathy, of
Wilmington, Del.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
was also preceded in death by a son, John E., who died in 2001.
Campton Funeral Home, 525 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, is in charge of
January 6, 2005
This from the Allentown Morning Call on January 6, 2005:
R. Bob Elliston, 78, of Palmerton, died early Jan. 3 in Blue Mountain
Health System-Palmerton Campus. He was married to Ruth G. (Greenawalt)
Elliston since February 20, 1982. Born in Palmerton, he was a son of
the late George R. and Belva A. (Ashelman) Elliston. Bob owned and
operated the former Elliston Radio & TV Service in Palmerton for
many years. He was a member of St. Johns Episcopal Church, Palmerton.
Bob was a former board member of the Palmerton Memorial Park
Association and wrote, edited the Palmerton Press Web Newspaper. He was
a 1944 graduate of the Palmerton High School. Survivors: Wife;
daughters, Belva, wife of Henry Williams of Shermans Dale, Perry
County, Mary, wife of James Hill of Malvern; sons, George R. II and
Kathy Elliston of Wilmington, Del., John E. Elliston deceased, 2001; 6
grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Services: private graveside
services. Memorial services will be announced by Campton Funeral Home,
Palmerton. Contributions: Palmerton Memorial Park Association and
Church Memorial Fund, both c/o the funeral home, 525 Delaware Ave.,
in the Morning Call on 1/6/2005.
January 7, 2005
NOTE FROM THE WEB MASTER: We will be posting several
testimonials and e-mails from family and readers on this site in the
near future. A photo collage has been posted and can be reached by
. We will notify all readers on the present list of recipients of any
new postings. In the meantime, the Elliston Family would like to thank
each and everyone of you for your prayers, thoughts, cards, E mails,
support and concern during this most difficult time. Bob was a special
person who touch many lives with his thoughtfulness, kind words, wisdom
and love. As he said in the recent past " When the man upstairs calls your name,
that is it!"
We have included here the original article published in the Time News
concerning Queen and Bobby:
unexpected love story
you just know.
the phone rings, before you even answer it, sometimes you know it’s bad
Elliston had that ominous feeling when the phone range early one
evening as she made supper for her husband, Richard. The call
came about the time he should have been driving home from his job in
Reading an hour away.
been an accident,” said the caller, telling Ruth only that her husband
was in the hospital.
Palmerton woman immediately called her husband’s family. “I’m
afraid it’s going to be serious,” she said.
Dick Elliston’s body was battered in the one-car crash, his brain was
most severely damaged.
gentle man who could once fix anything was robbed of all his skills and
accident stole everything.
quiet woman from West Virginia who reveled in her role as Dick’s wife
found she had to take on a two new ones: Breadwinner and nurse.
between working swing shifts as a telephone operator at Palmerton
Telephone Company, Ruth rushed home to tend to her husband.
for Ruth, her in-laws lived across the street. Dick’s entire
family tried to surround her with love and support. Most
supportive of all was Dick’s younger brother, Bobby.
year, Dick and Bobby worked together at their own television repair
business. When there wasn’t enough business for two paychecks,
Bobby offered to do without his. Because he lived at home with
his family, he figured he could get by. With a wife and three
children to support, Dick needed the money more, Bobby reasoned.
though, the lure of a steady salary made Dick decide to leave the TV
repair business for a job in Reading. His brother stayed to run
the TV repair shop.
Dick’s accident, Bob would finish at the shop and rush over to his
brother’s house to try to cheer him up or give Ruth a hand. As he
watched his sister-in-law, he admired the strength he saw behind her
12 long years of Dick’s illness, as Ruth’s responsibilities mounted and
her husband’s condition deteriorated, she never wavered in her loving
Dick realized he was dying, he had one request for his brother:
“Take care of Ruth.”
spent more time at his brother’s house than he did at his own.
When the weather was bad, he drove Ruth to work. He helped her
whatever way he could.
defining moment – the moment that put life in perspective for Bob and
allowed him to more clearly examine his own motives – came during
fell as he was being carried from the house for medical care.
we picked him back up and the crisis was over, I was startled to
realize that during the whole episode I was watching Ruth’s face.
there and then, this old bachelor knew something important about
myself. And I knew I had to keep my feelings to myself,” Bob
never said anything to Ruth, not even after his brother died.
then she told him something alarming. She was planning to move
back to West Virginia to be close to her family.
we are your family,” Bob countered.
know, Bobby, but I have some decisions to make,” Ruth told him as she
left for work.
she was gone, he made a decision of his own.
cooked her favorite meal, set the table as fancy as an old bachelor
knew how, and rehearsed in his mind the words he wanted to tell his
talked and laughed during the meal like two old friends who were
comfortable around each other. Until Ruth started talking about
her moving plans.
now or never, Bobby told himself.
55, the confirmed bachelor who never before had need for those words,
spoke them for the first time to Ruth.
love you, you know.”
asked her how she could know the secret he had guarded so closely.
woman just knows those things, Bobby,” she answered in the gentle way
he so admired.
Ruth nor Bob remember what was said next. They just know it was
at that moment that both their lives were forever altered.
years later, Bob and Ruth Elliston are still sitting at the table
talking like two old friends comfortable with each other. And
it’s still the same house and even the same table they sat at more than
a decade ago when Bobby asked Ruth to be his wife.
started as a tragedy into a love story for the Palmerton pair who still
take daily walks holding hands and sharing laughs.
in town call them “the love birds” because although Bob is 71 and Ruth
is 81, they still act like giddy teenagers infatuated with each other.
he no longer calls her Ruth.
calls her “Queen.”
wants her and the rest of the world to know that she’s his Queen of
her Bobby, a man with a hearty laugh and a zest for life that uplifts
her quiet nature.
just think,” laughs Ruth Elliston, “I didn’t even have to change my
In closing, here
is a special letter Bob wrote to all of his "children" at Christmas
The original text was hand written and sent to each of us.
To all my children at Christmas 1989
I feel compelled to sit down and write a few words to you all. (I am
trying to write one legible copy and xeroxing it.)
you all must know my life has been completely changed. (All for the
good! Sort of like Scrooge.)
is no letter of religious fervor, but one of my Great Love.
Mother has brought so much happiness into my life. As an old bachelor
of 55 years and set in his ways, I think that I have at last sorted out
the things in life that are important. The love, tenderness, kindness
and all that makes up your Mother is tremendous warmth which has
enriched my life. We may not live in a mansion or have great wealth or
many of what people today take for granted; but we do have reasonable
health, our love for each other, and of course Fred the wonder dog.
this brings me to you children and what you mean to me. I may not be
your biological Father, but by God you are all my nieces and nephews. I
can see a small bit of me in all of you, both good and bad. A bit of
what I think of you all follows.
is almost an exact clone of my sister Mary. Not physically but
emotionally and mentally. She is resourceful, unflappable, and full up
to her ears with Love.
has been going though a very difficult time. However, she is not going
to be defeated. She simply will not let it happen. She is learning that
it is amazing what you can do when you have to.
calls to her Mother are sources of great joy to both of us. She is
always there. We love her very much.
has many of the qualities of her namesake. She is intelligent,
efficient, and a true craftsman. Her love of her husband and family and
her great way of expressing her love and feelings remind me so much of
she and Fritz greatly enjoy making music and listening to it. They
compliment each other in all of their life. Man may not live by bread
alone but there is nothing wrong with being a damn good cook. I never
had a bad meal there.
I consider to be one of my very best friends, one that goes back long
before their marriage. We usually insult each other when we get
together but there is a bond that is very strong. (P.S., He’s OK)
kind, gentle, brilliant man with compassion for all mankind. A man who
has suffered much, but who now is among strong, loving, and supportive
and I have much in common in our love of music. I am so glad that he
has found a peace not available to him much of his life. The Emrich’s
have brought to him and thus to us all a kind and loving environment
which enriches both he as well as Queen and I.
is a real jewel. Her love, sense of humor, inspiration, and strength
mean so very much to his well being. Queen and I love her dearly.
is a brilliant young man who brings together a vast amount of common
sense along with a technical expertise rare in young people of today.
father would be very proud of his exploits in the technical and
engineering field. However his job, while important and to which he
gives 100%, is not the compelling force many use to get ahead today at
family means so very much to him. His “patience” with his children, his
love and compassion for his wife Kathy, and her problems and their
children’s problems, are things foremost in his life.
or un-fortunately, he is blessed with a son Andy who is so like “Pop”
it scares you. Jason is a bright a talented young man with a flare for
art; much like his Grandfather John.
is a good gal who is doing her best to hold things together. We love
I bring this to a close. My heart is full up with love. Love for my
wife and love for my children. You all mean very much to me. I want you
all to know that you are ALL loved and appreciated.
will be greatly missed by all!
We will sign off with the same words
that the Editor-In-Chief has used for all precious issues:
it is time
to close this for this week. Please
love one another, Mom and Bob [Queen and Bobby]"
"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
(Bob Elliston -12/15/2004)