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None of us wants to be the groom who splits his pants during the wedding or the woman with a dryer sheet stuck to her rear when she walks up to receive a lifetime achievement award. We try to do what we can to avoid putting ourselves in situations where we look silly in front of others. Over the years, I have seen a few people take a metaphorical pie to the face in public. I know a few who had a great laugh about it -- two or maybe 10 years later. At the time it's mortifying. Most of…
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Mini Vacation

Written by Tuesday, 18 June 2013 18:29
Just back from Potter County where we spent time with our freinds and realitives at Camp Middletown on Lyman lake. Joing us were Judy Lipiec, Bob & Bobby Barillia, Carol & Glenn Hemperly and Joann & Gravy Krupilis. What a crew that was, lots of laughs and fun. Went up to the Corning Museum of Glass and saw some great things made of glass. Nope we did not buy anything other than lunch. We did see a nice size bear on the way home just outside of Galeton on the way to the lake. We all went to Wellesboro for…
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So the weekend was here and gone, but as promised I did make it out to visit a local establishment to let everyone know about.   That establishment was Middletown’s newest restaurant; JD’s Junction.    First off I got to say what an improvement this place is from what it was previously.  The owners have taken the time to really make this place shine and become a go to spot for local dinning. Right off the bat the atmosphere is wonderful and the staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. Service was quick but it was rather busy on Friday night…
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For my dad on Father's Day

Written by Sunday, 16 June 2013 13:38
I'm going to get a little personal. This is for all the kids (young and old) on Father's Day who lost their dads. This is for all the dads who have lost their children. No one should ever have to feel that pain. Today is Father's Day. To many, it's a day to take out your dads, and tell them how much you appreciate them through greeting cards and dinners. To others, it's a day to wonder, "where is my dad?" or "why did he leave"? And for some, there is an emptiness, because your dad has died and you…
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Bad history on Flag Day

Written by Friday, 14 June 2013 17:10
During my school days, one of the elementary school highlights was a field trip to Philadelphia where we visited the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. We were supposed to go to Valley Forge as well, but the class was so interested in the Betsy Ross House and its gift shop that we had to skip Valley Forge.As I look back on that trip, I wonder how many generations of students shuffled through those same sites in Philadelphia. Why exactly, did our class or any other make a stop at the "Betsy Ross House?"Betsy Ross, of course…
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This has been a very busy and hectic time for me and so there has been no blogging.  There has also been no time to organize my thoughts into anything anyone would want to read but I miss writing so....I figured I better get back to it, ready or not! The last two months have been a time of endings and beginnings; both coming with their own unique actions and emotions and both leading into each other.  First, there has come the ending of my ten year stint with Communities That Care.  It has not been easy to say good-bye,…
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Sorry for slacking

Written by Thursday, 13 June 2013 13:03
Well hello everyone, sorry I have not posted anything in the last month.  As you may know from previous posts I am very involved and volunteer a large portion of my time to a variety of organizations.  I think I may have over done it this past month though.   Anyway enough about why I have been a slacker and not posting.  I have decided I am going to switch gears and write about some of the local restaurants.   I enjoy cooking but I also really enjoy going out and letting someone else do all the work for me.…
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Best ideas I ever heard

Written by Thursday, 13 June 2013 02:47
Late night talk shows and drive-time radio personalities love to skewer humanity's dumbest ideas, including silly laws, useless or unneeded products and the absurd life choices of others (often celebrities). We hear about so many of these than it's possible to rank them. I have even stopped counting the times I thought that TV networks have reached a new low with a particular series now broadcast.In the inverse situation, I rarely learn about an idea that blows me away. We have had them in the history of humanity, but how often has it happened lately?I know people who love certain novels,…
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Pretty Places

Written by Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00
This pretty place is on Emaus Street in Middletown. Are you ready for Fall yet? We're looking forward to the beauty in the changing of the seasons! Please send your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with Pretty Places in the subject line      
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Early this year, after a 10-year break, I joined a gym (following my wife, who did the same earlier) and started exercising again. It's been a rough process to get myself back in shape after putting on weight and being mostly inactive, aside from a few physical gigs and regular yard work. I have been sticking with it, averaging about 4 days each week in the gym, never going below 3 and sometimes hitting 5 days. During my workouts since January, I often think about a something I heard the first time I tried to lift weights a long time…
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