Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

(October 31, 2011) Today is Halloween when costumed ghosts and goblins celebrate the frost on the pumpkin and enjoy "trick or treat" in their neighborhoods. This year the festivities may stay inside, even at home, because of this weekend's freak snowstorm. Many activities planned for Saturday and Sunday were canceled because of the weather and subsequent power, cable and telephone outages. Also, most area schools are closed today.

Today also, according to the United Nations, the world's population will hit 7 billion. Some nations are claiming to record that 7 billionth birth in their country.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Oh, No, SNOW!

(October 30, 2011) My husband and I returned Friday night from a short trip to Washington, D.C., only to learn snow was on the way later Saturday. But when we woke up Saturday morning, snow already was falling and falling. After a quick trip to the supermarket, we settled down to recuperate from our trip when the power went out. The snow continued to nearly a foot deep, bowing the still leafy trees. Some branches broke under the heavy weight.

Oh, no, our new generator was in the shop for under-warranty repairs. But among the many phone messages was one from the generator shop saying the machine was ready for pickup. Thanks to our son-in-law with a truck, we got the generator up and running before 7 p.m.

This is the second time we have been attacked by snow in October. The last time, on Oct. 23, 2008, our township was the primary target of heavy snow which downed many trees and power lines, making roads impassable, too. We were stuck for days, which prompted us to buy a big home power generator which we used for the first time during the recent Hurricane Irene power outage. Then the generator worked but constantly spit oil.

Now, our generator is giving power to some essential services -- the well pump for water, the furnace for heat, the refrigerator, a few lights, the telephone, TV and my computer.

We tried listening to a battery-powered radio for info on the storm and no station was broadcasting what was happening. So thankfully we can check the TV news and Recorder Community Newspapers online where updates are posted daily by editors as well as bloggers.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Leaves falling

The multicolored "autumn leaves" are falling. Before the next rainstorm brings them all down, now is a good time to enjoy the reds, golds and oranges of fall in your own backyard or out in the country.

They remind me of Johnny Mercer's popular song, sung by Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra:

The falling leaves drift by my window
The falling leaves of red and gold.
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sunburned hands I used to hold.
Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter's song.
But I miss you most of all, my darling,
When autumn leaves start to fall.

Fall also is a time for harvest festivals, apple and pumpkin picking and more. Check out Recorder Community Newspapers for details on the various autumn activities in your neighborhood. Also online right here at are some 60 Recorder bloggers with thoughts of the time.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Columbus Day

Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas, which occurred on Oct. 12, 1492, as an official holiday.

Columbus is deemed the discoverer of our country and his landing date has long been a holiday here. Since 1971 Columbus Day has been observed in the United States on the second Monday of October. Most government offices are closed. Parades are a big part of the celebration.

Check out Recorder Community Newspapers for other news of the weekend. You can read about it and more in the papers and here online in the blogs as well.

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