Thursday, October 19, 2017


Saturday, September 30, 2017

My husband and I recently visited in Tamaqua, my old hometown, from Atlanta, Georgia.

We stayed with my niece, Libby Klingaman. Libby recently had a special vigil light stolen from the grave of her husband, Bill.

The same thing happened to us years ago, when the vigil light I had on the grave of my daughter, Sheree Anne Zeigler, was also stolen. We were fortunate to get it back thanks to Ed Smith, who was caretaker at that time. He had found it at the bottom of the cemetery, and recognized it as Sheree’s.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Week three of the NFL season has just concluded and I’m already disgusted with it and have had enough.

Kneeling during the national anthem is not some sort of brave personal social injustice statement as a lot of folks in the news media would have us believe. To me, players who earn millions while bemoaning how unfair life has been for them is sad, ludicrous and impossible for me to empathize with.

No more NFL for me, I’ll take a knee.

R. Kreimoyer


Thursday, September 28, 2017

We sometimes take our beautiful region for granted, but fall reminds us of the colorful area in which we live. Listen up, leaf-peepers: This fall could be one for the ages, according to official forecasters.

They tell us that we are in for one terrific fall this year because of just-right conditions leading up to autumn.

Abundant rainfall and warm days during the past several months come together to ensure that this year’s leaf-peeping will be excitingly out of the ordinary.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Spend first, and ask questions later.

That seems to be the philosophy of our state legislators and Gov. Tom Wolf for the past two years.

In each case, they have agreed to a spending plan but not how to pay for it.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Irma was my first major hurricane since coming to the Florida Gulf Coast six years ago. Before moving to southwest Florida, I had direct experience with one hurricane — Agnes in 1972. That storm stalled over the Northeast and spawned heavy rains, causing the Susquehanna River to spill its banks. The Wyoming Valley, especially the city of Wilkes-Barre, suffered heavy flooding.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pennsylvania is in the top 10 when it comes to the number of alcohol and drug arrests of college students. So says a recent study done by Project Know. Even more alarming is the disclosure that East Stroudsburg University is in the top 10 nationally.

A spokesman for the study says that the high rates of on-campus arrests can either be a badge of honor or shame, depending on the interpretation of the data.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Thirteen decorated heart sculptures have been removed from Broad Street in Tamaqua after three months on display. They can be seen in the former Scheid’s Department Store window awaiting a public auction to be held Sept. 28. DONALD R. SERFASS/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Just over a year ago, the Tamaqua Community Art Center launched a highly visible experiment aimed at rallying the community around a heart theme.

The Tamaqua Has Heart campaign was unveiled August 2016 during Tamaqua National Night Out and its goals were ambitious and daunting.

Central to the initiative was a strategy to attract the most gifted local artists to engineer their magic on large, fiberglass heart sculptures. Business sponsors were sought to help make it happen.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Following a one-year study, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a scathing condemnation of the state’s children and youth services system.

“What I found was appalling,” DePasquale said. “I’m talking about wholesale system breakdowns that actually prevent caseworkers from protecting our children from abuse and neglect,” he added.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

After 57 years in the news business, there is one thing I can tell you with assurance: No matter how many times you run an important public service advisory, some are sure to complain that they didn’t see it, criticize the news media for not informing the public and blame us for making their lives miserable.

Such will be the case later this month when the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission closes the northeast extension between the Mahoning Valley (Exit 74) and Lehigh Valley (Exit 56) interchanges for 55 hours resulting in an estimated 65-minute detour.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Some residents in four of the five Times News counties will have new members of Congress in 2019. The only ones who won’t are all those in Schuylkill County and some in parts of Carbon, Monroe and Northampton counties.