Monday, November 30, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3078, November 30th, 2015

Governor Chris Christie. (Photo: CBS
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie received the endorsement of The Manchester Union Leader, the most influential (according to some) newspaper in New Hampshire. This is a big boost for the Christie campaign which has been in need of a boost lately.
A cautionary tale though, the Union Leader endorsed Newt Gingrich in2012.

The late Bob McGoff with current Federal Magistrate Joseph Saporito at a Matt Cartwright event a few years back. (Photo: LuLac archives).
Scranton City Councilman Bob McGoff died a few weeks back. He was fighting a very tough battle with cancer. He brought reason and stability to the Scranton City Council. McGoff also played basketball with my latre friend and LuLac poser Jim Petrie. His steady hand will be missed at Scranton City Hall.

The late John Charles and your blog editor at an event for Judge Tina Gartley in 2011. (Photo: LuLac archives).
I only new John Charles by reputation as the State Democratic Committeeman as well as the head of Recreation for Luzerne County. But I met him personally in 2008 when my mom and his wife Nan shared a room at Heinz. John was always there by his wife's side and when I visited my mother we had great chats about local political history. He was a fine man who I was glad I got to know even though both our loved ones were at their final destinations in life.
They say things happen for a reason and I'm glad John and I finally met and swapped stories about politics in the Lu as well as in the nation.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3077, November 28th, 2015

(Photo: MSNBC)
When Jeb Bush was tinkering with the idea of running for President, there was talk that his biggest impediment to office might be his family name as well as the record of his brother George W. Even Former First Lady Barbara Bush said there might be other families in America who might produce a better President.
Jeb Bush has had his struggles. He can’t seem to translate his record in Florida as well as his reasonable approach to Foreign Affairs resonate in the crowded field that includes the two extremes of the loud defiant Donald Trump and the crazy quiet Ben Carson. True Bush has last governed 10- years ago, ran an active campaign 14 years ago. But surely it was thought that this party that wants to win would embrace a popular Governor in a state that has been Democratic in the last 2 cycles. But the wholesale rejection of Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal as well as the low showing in the polls by Jeb does not bode well for Mr. Bush to be the nominee. Now politics is fluid and there’s always the possibility he can make a comeback. But at this point that seems unlikely.
One Bush however who is looking very good indeed in this race is none other than George W. Bush. Bush who left his Presidency with very low poll numbers as well as the blame for two wars that were launched on dubious premises now is being rehabilitated quicker than most people thought. But the fixing is not coming from his new Presidential Library or his partisans. George W. Bush’s reputation rewind is happening because of the unreasonable reactions to the Muslim religion by this group of Republican candidates as well as the actions or in some cases the lack thereof of President Obama.
When 911 happened, President Bush made it clear that there was a separation between the Muslim religion and the people who attacked the World Trade Center. He was decisive in his reactions but also made clear to Americans that Islam was a religion that was practiced by many peaceful individuals.
When you see national commentators bringing up George W. Bush’s comments after 911 that both blended the ingredients of toughness, anger, action and inclusiveness you know the current crop of aspirants are wanting in Presidential leadership. At the end of this race, the Bush who will become the clear winner is the 43rd President who just by doing nothing but having a record of action (that will be debated for years to come) and reasonable rhetoric will be looked on more favorably than even he could have imagined.
He has the field of candidates running in his party as well as the man who succeeded him to thank for that.


Yesterday in the West, a gunman stormed a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado Springs and opened fire with a rifle in an attack that left three people dead and nine others injured. We can argue all we want about guns and motives but this is now part of the fabric of America. It happens every few weeks, gets breaking news coverage and then recedes into the background.
This Friday as all this was going on, I was doing the Year End “Moving On” feature and came across the reporter and videographer that were killed by a gunman in September. I remember when that happened, there was outrage all around and it was said “something has to be done”.
Fast forwarding to Black Friday in Colorado and this becomes just another story that will recede into the woodwork of news coverage.
I usually don’t tell you the names of the killers and I certainly won’t today. But I must share the mug shot of the guy who did the shooting. As Rod Stewart once opined, “Every picture tells a story”. 


Thursday, November 26, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3076, November 26th, 2015



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Fifty years ago yesterday, Arlo Guthrie was helping a friend haul garbage. There were some complications so to speak. However they turned into an iconic song that is known world wide.
in many families as well as radio stations, it has become a Thanksgiving tradition. 
Tonight George Graham on WVIA FM's "Mixed Bag" presents the song after 8pm.
To get a true frame of reference on the tune, check out this link that tells the whole story of "Alice's Restaurant".

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3075, November 25th, 2015

Outgoing County Manager Bob Lawton. (Photo: Citizen's Voice).
So last night the Luzerne County Council had their long anticipated meeting on the budget, the proposed loan to make payroll and the fate of County Manager Bob Lawton. You needed a scorecard to keep up.
A few thoughts. First off the Council reversed itself and voted to get a loan to get it through the year. The people in the room burst into applause. Most of the people there spoke about the need for continuation of county services, especially those mandated by the state.
Rick Morelli then sent a motion to the floor to fire Robert Lawton. But then realizing he did not have the votes withdrew it. Here’s why:
Morelli might have been able to do this a few years ago when he was Chairman. After Tim McGinlrey’s tenure, Morelli could have built a coalition with the anti Lawton people. He didn’t and when he finally decided to make a move, those who wanted him to do it previously pulled out their long memories.
So the Council instead of firing Lawton put a reprimand in his file for not keeping them informed of the machinations involved to keep the county’s lights on.
Again..too little, too late. If those on Council had a problem with Lawton, it should have documented. Shooting off one’s mouth at a meeting or on the radio or in letters to the editor is pointless. I guarantee if the Brominski backed team of Giamber, Heffernan and Ciaruffoli-Taffera won, there would be enough documentation (if warranted) to remove the Manager. But some members on Council knew that Lawton, even as an “at will” employee, could make the case that there were no documented performance warnings.
Today Lawton resigned but said he’d stay on until the end of the year. Word on the street says that a few Council members might have approached the Manager and suggested the move so as not to have a blemish on his resume. Maybe. But Lawton doesn’t seem to be the type of guy to really buy that sort of thing. After all, his resume was pulled apart before he got here.
There needs to be someone to take over the job when he does leave who can transition the county for at least a year. We don’t need a search committee, a parade of interviewees and all that. A normal Council maybe might be able to deal with that, but there are too many drama queens on Council who will make this process a joke.
My picks would be Dave Pedri, the County Solicitor, Gerry Cross from the Pennsylvania Economy League or Tom Pribula who is working for the City of Hazleton. Cross is set in his position but is smart and reasonable. Pribula should have stayed on but someone (and we all know who) put a bug in Lawton’s ear and poisoned the well for him. Why he’d even consider it would be beyond me. But hey, we have a new Controller so who knows!
So there’s all that but let’s talk about leadership. Even a seventh grade current events student might understand this. Why the Council couldn’t is a mystery to me.
The state has had a budget impasse since July. There has been no funding, except of course for the state employees. 80 per cent of the County budget for Human Services and Court costs come from….wait for it, the State! Why Council never made notice of this is incredible. 
Blame Lawton all you want but there is an element on Council that reminds me of the Republicans in Washington. They’d rather tear down government rather than build it up. The Interim Manager has to do a Paul Ryan and agree to take the job only if this nonsense stops.
Finally Steve Urban Senior told the audience to go home and call the State Legislatures and the Governor because they are the ones holding up the budget. True. But it is the GOP in the House and Senate who are refusing to put an extraction tax on gas drilling. Pennsylvania is the only state not to have one. 
Then there is the issue of property tax reform. There was supposed to be bi partisan agreement on that but every side seems to be backing off.  Surely the Legislators have to know that with reduced property taxes, county tax payers who see the services first hand might not be so reluctant to have a tax increase closer to home. But with no property tax reform in sight because of foot dragging, tax payer morale is at a very low ebb. All sides are to blame on this.  
This budget can be resolved if the Legislature and the Governor reach an agreement. But it won’t because everyone is getting paid, except for Mr. Wolf who doesn’t take a salary.
This whole mess might not have been avoided all together but Jesus, at least there had to be someone under the dome who should have seen this coming.


That kid from Irving Texas who brought a clock to school and was detained because he didn’t articulate what it was is now suing the School District and the City for 15 million dollars. This was the same kid who was invited to The White House to show the President the clock.
Ahmed Mohamed’s attorneys assert, the teenager’s name and likeness will be “forever associated with arguably the most contentious and divisive socio-political issue of our time.”
A day after Mohamed met Obama at an October event at the White House, Mohamed’s family announced it was leaving the U.S. for Qatar.
Good, God speed!
But I guarantee you one thing. If a kid named Mario, Sean, Stanley or Jamal built a clock, and got some heat like this, they’d get nowhere near The White House.

 Donald Trump. (Photo: Business Insider).
Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding news that Donald Trump will headline the PA GOP’s Annual Commonwealth Club luncheon on Friday, December 11th.
“Donald Trump is a successful and dynamic businessman and we are excited to hear about his vision for the future of our country,” Gleason said. “The importance of Pennsylvania to the presidential campaign is clear and Donald Trump addressing Pennsylvania Republicans puts us in the middle of the national stage.”
Following the many years of tradition, the Commonwealth Club Luncheon will be closed to the press.
So Trump now comes to the Keystone State to showcase his campaign. Can’t wait for him at the Pennsylvania Society Dinner! 



ECTV Live hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender will welcome Bill Goldsworthy to the program during the week of November 30th to talk about the role of the American Red Cross and its ongoing need for volunteers! 
ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast Cable channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired three times daily throughout the week.


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Tony Fenton from Nationwide about Cyber Crime, and how small businesses and retailers need better protection from cyber criminals. Monday November 30th is Cyber Monday.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Caitlyn about a Tea Party to benefit "Sight for Madi", coming up on Sunday Dec 6th.
And an encore of Brian's interview with Paul Stillman from 6 Seconds, about bullying at school, at and in the workplace.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X and Sports Radio 590, and 6:25am on Magic 93.



Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. Special Edition is heard Saturdays and Sunday on these Entercom stations, WILK FM Saturday at 2pm Sunday at 6 am on Froggy 101 Sunday at 7 am on The Sports Hub 102.3 Sunday at 7 am on K R Z 98.5 Sunday at noon on WILK FM 103.1.


Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”


Tune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.


The Doo-Wop Sock Hop can be heard every Sunday night from 6P to 9P on “105 The River (104.9 FM) Host is the incomparable Bobby V.


Our 1965 logo.
Man of La Mancha opens in a Greenwich Village theatre in New York and eventually becomes one of the greatest musical hits of all time, winning a Tony Award for its star, Richard Kiley……The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is established as a specialized agency of the United Nations....Soviet general Mikhail Kazakov assumes command of the Warsaw Pact…. Congolese lieutenant general Mobutu ousts Joseph Kasavubu and declares himself president....At the Hammaguir launch facility in the Sahara Desert, France launches a Diamant A rocket with its first satellite, Asterix-1 on board, becoming the third country to enter outer space………………in Pennsylvania State Attorney General Walter Alessandroni says he is looking into running for either Governor or Lt. Governor….. in Scranton the transition begins between the outgoing Schmidt administration and the incoming Walsh crew…..and fifty years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Rescue Me” by Fontella Bass.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3074, November 23rd, 2015


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MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that a banner headline in the newspaper this weekend refers to the decline in students getting teacher certificates. Should that be surprising? Why would anyone go for a Teaching Certificate with the nepotism in this area?  Hell the worst offenders are those districts with anti-nepotism policies. In many ways school districts are a closed shop. Unless you know somebody, a job ain’t happening.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that even after all these years, the Santa Parade and the lighting of the Christmas Tree during the holidays is a very big deal. In Wilkes Barre this was Mayor Tom Leighton’s last tree lighting and you can tell it was something he was certainly going to miss.

Here's the Mayor with the First Lady of Wilkes Barre, Patty Leighton.  
Then there were these two. WILK's Karel Zurbris and L.A. Tarone in his Christmas ensemble! There are rumors Vanity Fair wants this look to be featured in their fashion issue. (Photos: Facebook.)
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that the people who were screaming about dynasties in the NFL are now seeing such parity that there is a possibility teams with less than .500 records will get into the playoffs. On another note about the NFL, how about both Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning being replaced by backups yesterday!!!!
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that 40 (forty) is the only number where the letters are in alphabetical order.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that for all the screaming about County manager Bob Lawton, he should be given credit for a few things. The County’s credit and bond rating has improved, his department heads have been scandal free and the Courthouse looks pretty good on the outside.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that Ted Cruz is now climbing in the GOP polls. Both Donald Trump and especially Ben Carson have made Cruz an almost reasonable alternative. Not for me but for some of the national GOP.
MAYBE I'M AMAZED…..that the lead story in the Harrisburg Patriot this Sunday was Penn State Football fans complaining about sub par coaching and a bad offense. I’ll give you the offense, the QB can’t seem to hit a TD inside the 15 yard line. But c’mon! James Franklin has only been there a few years. Even Bill O’Brien got a little bit of a pass. Is the new slogan for the Nittany Lions going to be “We Are Impatient!”
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that just when I started getting addicted to Chipotle, there are e coli scares in a few states, even New York. Kind of gives you pause to all those people who say “organics are the only way to go”. Fresh is good but it has to be safe. I’m tempted to go again but every time I suggest it, I get talked out of it. Hope they resolve the issues.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that the top selling NFL jerseys for women are Aaron Rogers first, Luke Keuchly second and Cam Newton Third. Rogers is the number 2 best selling jerseys for men according to Dick’s Sporting Goods.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that the winner of “The Mr. Ugly” contest in Zimbabwe was recently criticized for being too handsome.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…that in a recent New Hampshire primary poll where Donald Trump leads, this happens when you throw Mitt Romney into the mix. Romney beats Trump 2 to one. Just saying!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3073, November 22nd, 2015

Fifty two years ago today John F. Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas. What followed was 4 national days of Mourning. It also brought Broadcast News and Live TV coverage into its own. One of my favorite quotes from JFK kind of dovetails with my philosophy of declaring myself a Roman Catholic instead of a Christian. The first Roman Catholic elected President once said:
"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3072, November 21st, 2015

(Photo: Luzerne
It appears that there is real leadership coming out of the Luzerne County Council regarding the denying of the loan to supplement the money that is not available due to the state budget impasse. Bill Wellock in the Citizen Voice reported that An agreement with the state could provide the funding without the drawbacks of the original borrowing, such as unrecoverable costs for completing a deal.
In the proposal, the state is involved in the borrowing and agrees to pay the cost of the loan when the budget impasse is resolved and funds are released, council Chairwoman Linda McClosky Houck wrote in an email to council. Council will vote on the proposal at its meeting Tuesday. The agreement also needs approval from the Court of Common Pleas before the county can borrow the money.
I’m told that State Senator John Yudichak and Solicitor Dave Pedri (to me one of the most unsung heroes in this County government) got involved in this and that’s a good thing. Look the reason why the loan was needed in part was to operate but to also pay a debt of 8 million bucks. You default on that and all of the work done to get out of this budget morass would have gone down the drain. I understand that this County cannot keep piling up debt over debt but right now the government is working with institutions who are working with them. Layoffs are not the answer but somewhere down the road there has to be a redefinition of the unions and how it relates to County employees.
But for now, first things first. This makes sense, it addresses the anti loan people’s concern about payment and interest. Any further objection would be pointless.


EDITOR’S NOTE: This month we only had 7 Questions. When a poster suggested we do a13 Questions but just list the questions on a day that had the last numeral of the number of questions we got in it, I thought it was a brilliant idea. Since then we got 5 more questions and decided to do 13 Questions minus 2 which makes it 11 Questions.

1. Are nominations still open for LuLac Women We Love?

Absolutely. Cutoff is November 30th. We extended a bit so e mail me through Face Book or put something in comments and when I edit or approve, I’ll put the name into consideration.

2. Are you thrilled that “The Gilmore Girls” are coming back on TV?

Yes!!! Mrs. LuLac hated the show but I really liked it.

3. Your Twitter feed has a lot of friends. Have you ever tweeted Donald Trump?

No but I tweeted Ivanka.

4. Do any Halloweening this year?

Yeah like every year. My costume is an old guy in sweats or shorts at a keyboard. You should have seen the crowd.

5. What was your first car?
A 1970 Chevy Nova. It was my cousin Rosemary’s and when she got a new car in Rochester New York we acquired it. First thing I did was put in an FM converter.

6. What was your favorite car ?

My favorite car had to be my very first convertible. A Black Cherry Chrysler ’89 LeBaron with a digital readout on everything. Had it for a short while because I got hit head on in an accident in 1990. The on coming driver totaled it. That’s what the insurance company said.
But then a few months later a guy from Minnesota calls me and asks if I had the original boot because he had the car!!!! I did not because I gave that to Norm Hill from WARM after the accident.
So you tell me how the hell it was “totaled”.

7. If you were to have a classic car or a dream car what would it be?

A 1958 Belair Chevrolet Convertible. I’d want it to be White with Navy seats and a Navy top.
My Uncle Lenny had a Belair, a ’57, that would be a close second but I’d want it all black with gray seats.

8. What are your two hot buttons regarding people’s behavior?

Litter bugs and people who waste food. Drives me nuts to see slobs throwing butts out the window as well as garbage. Wasting food is also a disgrace. There are many people in this country and world that can’t get nutritious healthy foods and to see people waste food just drives me up a wall.

9. Who were you rooting for in The Series?

I was rooting for The Pirates first. Then the Cubs. Then Toronto. (I listen to a radio station from there almost every night/morning and that was my connection). Finally wound up going for The Mets because the PR guy there, Jay Horowitz was always good to me when I wrote a baseball column in the 80s. I was thrilled to see Horowitz on TV before one of the games. The Yanks went through tons of PR guys since the ‘80s but Jay has been with the Mets since Joe Torre was their manager. Torre by the way got fired on September 16th, 1979.

10. Do you have a favorite election day food?

Huh? Not really. If anything I’m so busy I’m just chomping on Clif Bars and PF Bright side Granolas. Really. I did hear that WBRE TV’s Kelly Choate brought back a Banana Nut Bread from one of her assignments on Election Night. I did not indulge with the morning crew but I heard it was very good.

11. Turkey day, leg or breast?

Legs but I’m sure you already knew that.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3072, November 19th, 2015

Luzerne County Council member Harry Haas. (Photo: LuLac archives).
Harry Haas shocked his fellow members n Luzerne County Council the other night when he sided with Kathy Dobash, Ed Brominski, Eileen Sorokas, and the Urbans (Steve A. and Steve J. respectively in voting to not apply for a 20 million dollar loan to get the County through the State Budget impasse. Through the years Haas has been pegged and targeted by taxpayer groups as a guy who voted to raise taxes. To many it was a sure bet that he would vote to take the loan. He didn’t!
His rationale was that this County and presumably Mr. Haas himself needed to send a message to the Governor and Legislature that the budget stalemate had to stop. It is true that the County desperately needs the money to continue vital County services mandated by the non paying state. It is also true that the Governor and the Legislature are at odds and have been trying to hammer a budget out for months now.
I get all that. And I always liked him, voted and respected Harry Haas. Still do.
But this was the wrong message at the wrong time. The State Legislatures and their staffs are getting paid. (Some aren’t taking salaries but for the most part it is “Obla di, Ob la da Life Goes On”) for all of them. They know what needs to be done but neither side will budge. 
Then there’s the Governor who as a non traditional candidate has followed that mind set into being a “non traditional Governor. Wolf figures in his first year he wants to send his own message on how thinks a state budget should be crafted. Haas’ “Danger, danger Will Robinson” will be totally lost on this Governor.
Haas’ declaration made big waves in the County. Unfortunately his message was like a pebble in an ocean with the State Budget people. If we learned anything about the gridlock in Washington the last few years, it was that government needs to work. Essential services need to be funded. No matter where you get the money.
County employees suffer from low morale. I’m confused by that but I can understand not being paid for what you do. This will not help services in various departments.
Harry Haas joined the anti loan people to send a message that was not heard for those who he intended it for. But at least he made a stand. Bob Lawton was nowhere to be found. That message from him was loud and clear. Unlike Harry’s, Lawton’s will require immediate action.


There are votes now to dismiss Robert Lawton. When he lost Rick Morelli, he lost his job.


This week I received a letter from The County Election Board. Apparently this week I received 6 Write In Votes for Constable in my ward (6) in Wilkes Barre. I was to appear tomorrow afternoon for the tie breaker and really considered whether I wanted the position or not. But my full time job which has expanded, my media commitments during the three day election tridium as well as being mindful about my health are the reasons why I sent a note declining the opportunity. But it would have been interesting.
Perhaps providence willing, somewhere down the road. But to the 6, thanks. I am humbled by you true Americans!

U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide veterans who have served in combat from all military operations with greater access to mental health resources.
TheVeterans Mental Health Accessibility Act, introduced with the support of 15 colleagues, would eliminate a current five-year window that veterans face within which they must seek treatment for mental illnesses before losing their “higher priority status.” If passed the legislation would allow veterans to seek treatment for service-connected mental illnesses regardless of when their conditions manifest themselves.
“This commonsense piece of legislation would ensure the services and treatments that are available to recently discharged veterans are available to all who have served in combat,” said Rep. Cartwright. “It is time we ensure that the veterans living in northeastern Pennsylvania and across America have the fullest access to the health care benefits they have earned.”
While the diagnosis of physical injuries typically is made before or shortly after separation from the military, mental illnesses may not manifest themselves until years later. Serious mental health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder were virtually undiagnosed in veterans of conflicts prior to 2001.
Rep. Cartwright concluded, “As the United States military and the VA continue to improve treatment for those who have served, there remains a gap for veterans struggling with mental illnesses. This is a gap we need to close.”

 Congressman Lou Barletta (Photo: Barletta office).
Congressman Lou Barletta, appeared on C-Span’s Washington Journal program to call for a “time out” in the United States program that admits refugees from other countries. Barletta, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, noted that he has heard from four national security experts, including two from the FBI and the Secretary of Homeland Security himself, who testified that the U.S. has no ability to properly vet refugees fleeing Syria. In the wake of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Barletta discussed the issue with C-Span host Greta Brawner and took viewer phone calls for 45 minutes.
Barletta stated, in part:
“We’ve had four national security experts, two from the FBI and the Secretary of Homeland Security himself, Jeh Johnson, testify to our lack of ability to gather information. The FBI has no system on the ground to collect information, there’s no FBI office in Syria. There’s no one we can count on. And the Secretary himself said that there’s a lot that we don’t know about the people that we’re letting in. That’s a national security risk and I think it boils down to just that.
“Allowing Syrian refugees into the United States when ISIS has claimed that ‘no blood is better than American blood,” and that they will ‘taste it soon,’ I think it’s irresponsible for us to turn our heads and not heed the warning of national security experts who cannot collect any background information.


The late Robert Kennedy (Photo: UPI)
Robert Kennedy would have been 90 tomorrow had he lived. Even though he was a ruthless son of gun who never gave Lyndon Johnson his due for passing his brother’s agenda, he did inspire a generation and that was no mean feat.



For those who missed it here is the WBRE TV Eyewitness News-makers program that was seen this past Sunday on WBRE TV.


Everyone in attendance at The Irregulars Think Tank Breakfast on Saturday said they benefited from the presentation “Tools For Success: Thinking Without Action Is Merely Entertainment” presented by Gina Yarrish from YarCorte Acres in Kingsley. The group is sharing the printed handout so you too can discover what the three tools are for developing success. Gina warmly welcomes you to contact her directly by calling 570-877-3655 or write to … Happy Thanksgiving!!



Christmas with a Twist will be the subject of discussion on ECTV Live during the week of November 23rd. Steve Perillo of "Making a Difference Ministries" will join David DeCosmo and co-host Rusty Fender to talk about the Christmas concert that's set up to help the Toys For Tots Drive. 

ECTV Live is carried on Comcast Cable channel 19 (61 in some areas) and can be seen three times daily throughout the week. The program is scheduled to run near Noon, 6pm, and Midnight.


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with David Slade from Healthy Living Solution about his physical challenges and how a homeopathic approach got him out of a wheelchair.
Brian speaks with Dr. Paul Checchia & Jennifer Degl about Prematurity Awareness Month and about the dangers of RSV to pre-mee children.
And Brian speaks with Cassie Ronning from Catholic Charities and prospective mother Katie about the adoption process.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X & Sports Radio 590, and 6:25am on Magic 93.


The Magic of Christmas kicks off Wednesday morning at 9am on Magic 93, and runs straight thru Christmas Night. Here's one I can't get enough of!


I'll see your Chick-version-Christmas song and raise you one!!!


Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. Special Edition is heard Saturdays and Sunday on these Entercom stations, WILK FM Saturday at 2pm Sunday at 6 am on Froggy 101 Sunday at 7 am on The Sports Hub 102.3 Sunday at 7 am on K R Z 98.5 Sunday at noon on WILK FM 103.1.


Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”


Tune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.


Every Wednesday at 5PM, Steve Corbett shines the light on a Public official with his “Somebody’s Watching Me” segment. Corbett picks an alleged public servant to eye ball and observe. Batten down the lawn furniture in the driveway and that e mail machine. There is nowhere to hide when “Somebody’s Watching”. Wednesdays at 5 on WILK’s Corbett program.


The Doo-Wop Sock Hop can be heard every Sunday night from 6P to 9P on “105 The River (104.9 FM) Host is the incomparable Bobby V.


Our 1965 logo.
Freedom Flights" begin: Cuba and the United States formally agree to start an airlift for Cubans who want to go to the United States (by 1971 250,000 Cubans take advantage of this program)…. Dorothy Kilgallen, 52, (below) dies suddenly. The cause of death was unknown which led to many conspiracy theorists saying she knew something about the JFK assassination….

The Soviet Union launches the Venera 3 space probe from Baikonur, Kazakhstan toward Venus (on March 1, 1966 it becomes the first spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet)….. In the Philippine general election, incumbent President Diosdado Macapagal loses his opportunity of a second full term as President of the Philippines to Senate President Ferdinand Marcos……in Pennsylvania Governor Scranton begins a real push for a Constitutional Convention….in Wilkes Barre Councilman do battle with Mayor Frank Slattery as the talk of a wage tax begins…and fifty ears ago this week the number 1 song in LuLac land and America was “Everybody Loves a Clown” by Gary Lewis & the Playboys.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3071, November 17th, 2017


The Citizen Voice's Bill Wellock wrote tonight that Luzerne County Council voted 6 to 5 to not take the 20 million dollar loan to bridge the state spending gap.
The Voice reports that with only about $4 million left in the general fund, the county may not be able to pay all its employees for the rest of the year.
The County manager said it needed the loan because the state government was not reimbursing it for money owed to Human Services agencies. The county provides money to the Human Services Division, then is reimbursed by the state.


Bobby Jindal. (Photo: CNN)
Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, the first Indian American Governor dropped out of the race tonight. Jindal’s campaign just never got off the ground. He was hampered by a huge field, a sense of desperation and the fact that as he said it was just not his time.
Jindal was a Governor like other struggling state chief executive Chris Christie and Jeb Bush. The party seems to be divided in wanting either a Donald Trump or Ben Carson, two outsiders who are pllar extremes of the other. Jindal had no chance to break out.
The 44-year-old governor said he wasn't ready to endorse another candidate, but intended to support the eventual Republican presidential nominee.
He cannot run again and will work with his think tank “American Next” after he leaves office.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3070, November 16th, 2015


A good friend of ours sent this along regarding the November 13th attack on Paris. He researched this and passed it along. It is interesting but I think ISIS is so unaware of the historical significance of anything that maybe this went over their heads. Then again..maybe not!
The Historical Significance of November 13th in Islam:
On November 13, 1918 the Allied troops occupied Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire was the Caliphate, the Islamic State of its day.
A little extra background, from the Wikipedia entry, Defeat and Dissolution of the Ottoman Empire:
The Occupation of Constantinople took place in accordance with the Armistice of Mudros signed on 31 October 1918], ending the Ottoman participation in World War I. The occupation had two stages: the initial occupation took place from 13 November 1918 to 16 March 1920; from 16 March 1920 – Treaty of Sevres.
1918 saw the first time Constantinople had changed hands since the Ottoman Turks conquered the Byzantine capital in 1453. An Allied military administration was set up early in December 1918. Haghia Sophia was converted back into a cathedral by the Allied administration, and the building was returned temporarily to the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch.

Congressman Lou Barletta. (Photo: LuLac archives).
Congressman Lou Barletta today sent a letter to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf urging him to reconsider his plans to accept so-called “Syrian refugees” in Pennsylvania in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Barletta, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, advised Wolf to heed the warnings of national security experts that the vetting process for the refugees is inadequate and flawed.
“I write to urge you in the strongest terms possible to reconsider your plans to accept the so-called ‘refugees’ fleeing Syria and welcome them to Pennsylvania,” Barletta wrote to Gov. Wolf. “As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and also its Subcommittee on Counter terrorism and Intelligence, I implore you to suspend cooperation until a dependable system is in place to check the background of those seeking refugee status.”
Barletta reminded Gov. Wolf that one of the attackers in the Paris terrorist assaults is believed to have entered the European Union through Greece as a Syrian refugee. Barletta indicated that this should give Pennsylvania pause in accepting the relocated refugees.
“In my role on the committee tasked with overseeing much of the security apparatus of this country, I have had the opportunity to speak directly with some of our best and most experienced national security experts,” Barletta said. “They have told me that properly vetting these refugees is a difficult challenge at best and nearly impossible at worst. These are professionals who are best positioned to know what our intelligence and analytical capabilities are, and I strongly recommend that you consider their warnings.”
Barletta noted that governors of other states have decided to reject the settlement of refugees and asked Gov. Wolf to follow suit.
“With all these facts considered, I appeal to your concern for the safety of your fellow Pennsylvanians and ask that you reverse your policy of accepting the so-called ‘Syrian refugees.’” Barletta wrote. “Already, the governors of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, and Texas have announced that they will not be cooperating with the federal relocation program. I urge you to direct your administration to do the same.”

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3069, Novembrer 15th, 2015


My friend L.A. Tarone and I usually disagree on the size of government. I think government should be bigger if it makes sense and there is accountability. (ie monitoring how many kids of unwed mothers we are paying for, etc) Tarone wants cuts in government waste but feels our State Legislature’s size is just fine the way it is. I disagree. Cut the thing in half.
Here’s why:
1. We are now in a different age where things can be done electronically.
2. Just this week there was a story out of Harrisburg which outlined the waste that is happening even as non profits who are waiting for State money to do business wither on the vine.
According to the Times Tribune Reporter R.B. Swift (miss him on PCN’s Journalist’s Round-table, hell even miss Journalist’s Round-table) most of NEPA’s Legislators expenses were under a thousand bucks. But Scranton Reps Marty Flynn and Frank Farina were over $1300.00, Republicans Tina Pickett from Towanda, John Gordner from Bloomsburg and Jack Rader of Jackson Township were at $1600.00 and change. This is the same GOP party in Harrisburg that hates big government, right? Maybe they should rename their caucus  “If it’s free’s for me!”
Eddie Day Pashinski checked in at $1400.00 but at least he is more compassionate for working families than the aforementioned trio.
Swift also reported that more than $234,000 was spent by the Legislators who make over $65,000 grand a year on hotel bills and meals. If this doesn’t cry out for a cut in half, I have no idea what will!
3. Maybe when there is no budget, no one gets paid. After all in private business, if you don’t work……..or produce you don’t get paid.


This does dovetail with the State Budget stalemate that is going on. If this thing is not resolved this week, counties as well as school districts will have to borrow money. As a matter of fact this week the Luzerne County government will make a presentation to Council to borrow 20 million dollars to get the county through the budget issue. Councilwoman Dobash outlines the information provided to her and what will occur at the meeting on the 17th. One thing that stands out is the stretching of the loan over 10 years at 10 percent interest. Now in any loan a person or entity could pay if off sooner. What bothers Dobash as well as many who read this blog is the refusal anywhere to state the loan should be paid back when the State money comes in. The meeting on Tuesday is going to be interesting. Here’s the letter e mailed to us from Dobash late last week:
This is a public letter to the majority of Luzerne County Council.
On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, Council will discuss the borrowing ordinance presented by Robert Lawton and Brian Swetz.
I ask you to not support this request from County Manager Robert Lawton and Budget and Finance Division Head Brian Swetz.
The proposed borrowing ordinance estimated the county would be charged 10 percent interest on the loan and stretch out payments over a decade, resulting in a total repayment of $32.3 million through 2025 in both principal and interest.
We cannot add such a burden onto Luzerne County property owners.
This should not be a Bob Lawton bailout.
Do you want future generations to pay for the Luzerne County Home Rule debt?
Surely if you have already decided to borrow this money to protect and bail Manager Lawton for his overspending, then at least demand it is paid back as soon as the State money comes in.
This presentation by Mr. Swetz is not acceptable.
There is no wording in the document to pay it back as soon as State money comes in.
This is a $20 Million Dollar Loan for the next ten years at a cost to the Luzerne County taxpayers of an additional 2 percent tax increase each year.
Council, stop creating more Luzerne County Home Rule Debt.

Kathy Dobash
Luzerne County Council Member
Hazleton, PA

The County Council as it exists today. Tim McGinley, Rick Williams, Kathy Dobash, Eileen Sorokas, Linda McClosky Houck (Chair), Harry Haas; Stephen J. Urban, Edward Brominski (Vice-Chair), Rick Morelli, Jim Bobeck. Steve A. Urban was not present. (Photo: Luzerne Cunty website).
Currently Tim McGinley, Rick Williams, Kathy Dobash, Eileen Sorokas, Linda McClosky Houck (Chair), Harry Haas; Stephen A. Urban, Edward Brominski (Vice-Chair), Rick Morelli, Jim Bobeck; Stephen A. Urban make up the Council. With Steve J. Urban, Jim Bobeck and Rick Morelli leaving and being replaced by returnee Gene Kelleher, newcomer Bob Schnee and Jayne Walsh Waitkus it will be interesting to see what will make this council tick. I’m sure there will be disagreement on key issues but I’m wondering how this board will shake out vs. a possible tax increase as well as hiring a new Manager if necessary. I could be totally wrong but look for Haas, Kelleher, McGinley, Houck and Walsh Waitkus to line up on one side. Then look for Urban, Brominski, Dobash, Sorokus, and Williams on the other. Williams though could be a wild card being the Independent on the Board. But the person who may be the one that will be the swing vote could be Mr. Bob Schnee.
Now all of this is speculation but it will be fascinating to see who votes when there will be a decision on modifying Home Rule and to what extent if any this Council might take.
We will offer these notes again but a debt of gratitude needs to be paid to Attotney Bobeck and Rick Morelli for actually being two of the Founding Fathers of this Council. They were always accessible and took a whole lot of unwarranted criticism that just never materialized into truth. Their critics said Bobeck was posturing for higher office and that Morelli wanted to be the Manager and that stuff just never happened. All they wanted to do was launch this new government soundly and without much incident.
A word too about Steve J. Urban who offered a different perspective as well as pretty good insights into running the County, especially lending his IT expertise opinions. LuLac wishes all three well and we thank them for their dedicated service.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3068, November 12th, 2015

Senator Robert Dole. (Photo: Bloomberg News)
Jeb Bush picked up a very big endorsement Wednesday. Former U.S. senator Bob Dole announced his support of Mr. Bush. But to me this endorsement is a two edged sword. One one hand this will help coalesce the establishment behind Jeb Bush. Dole is an icon in the party.
On the other hand, Dole is of a different generation and his nod is a signal that the GOP needs new blood like Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio.
Additionally on Veteran's Day, Dole will also serve as national veterans chairman for the Bush campaign.
Dole said he liked all the candidates but felt Bush had the most experience. But experience seems to be on the low priority list with the rise of Donald Trump and Ben Carson two leading candidates without experience.


There seems to be a move to get a state budget done. There is talk of an increased sales tax but this has to be coupled with significant property tax relief. The people, the home owners need to get that break. They are paying the freight for the entire state. Bottom line, if there is no significant property tax relief, Governor Tom Wolf and the Legislature will be held accountable.

Congressman Lou Barletta (Photo: LuLac archives)
Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, has expressed his support and solidarity with Israel against violence and aggression from the Palestinian Authority and Iran just as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Washington to meet with President Obama. Barletta cosponsored two House resolutions backing Israel and condemning terrorist attacks and hostility, while also signing a letter to the Palestinian National Authority calling on them to avoid violence, including recent stabbings and shootings. Netanyahu, who made history by addressing Congress in March, is meeting with Obama to discuss U.S.-Israeli relations and the volatile conditions in the Middle East.
During the month of October alone, there were dozens of violent, terrorist-related incidents aimed at Israeli citizens. In just one month’s time, there have been 48 stabbings, five people rammed by vehicles, five shootings, 132 Israelis injured, and eleven Israelis murdered.
“The United States must stand with Israel as our strongest friend in that region of the world, especially since they face threats every day from nations and extremists pledging to wipe them from the face of the Earth,” Barletta said. “Our allies, particularly Israel, must know that America will be at their side when the enemies of civilization violently display their contempt for peace and human life.”
Barletta is an original cosponsor ofH.Res. 485, which expresses solidarity with the people of Israel in the wake of recent terrorist attacks and condemns the Palestinian Authority for inciting an atmosphere of violence. The resolution details a number of recent terrorist attacks supported and encouraged by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, and is also critical of propaganda efforts intended to increase the surge of violence against Israeli citizens.
“Resolved,That the House of Representatives (1) expresses support for the recent terrorism victims and their families in Israel, the people of Israel, and the Government of Israel; (2) condemns terrorism committed under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority,” the resolution reads.
Barletta is also an original cosponsor of H.Res. 500, which expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the State of Israel has the right to defend itself against Iranian hostility and that the House pledges to support Israel in its efforts to maintain its sovereignty. The resolution contends that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, diminishes Israel’s national security. Barletta has been a harsh critic of the deal President Obama approved, which paves the way for Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.
“Whereas the State of Israel has been a loyal friend and ally of the United States since its establishment in 1948,” the resolution states, while citing continued threats from the Iranian leader. “… on September 9, 2015, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that Israel ‘… will not see [the] next 25 years … Until then, struggling, heroic and jihadi morale will leave no moment of serenity for Zionists.’”
In addition, Barletta, with a large bipartisan group of 368 other members of the House of Representatives, signed a letter to Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, expressing concern about the recent spate of violence in Israel and the West Bank. The letter calls on the Palestinian Authority to take “concrete steps to avoid further violence.”
“False claims about changing the status quo on the Temple Mount or accusations of Israel executing an attacker when, in fact, he is being treated in an Israeli hospital only encourage more acts of terror,” the letter reads. “The abhorrent and deadly rhetoric including calls for knife attacks on Israelis must stop.”


This Sunday at 11AM on WBRE TV and 11:30PM on WYOU, join host Jayne Ann Bugda and Andy Mehalschick as they grill King's College Professor Doctor David Sosar and yours truly oon the recent election.


Our good friend Joe Klapatch will have his book, "The History of the Carbondale, PA Fire Department 1843-2015" for sale this Saturday at the Holiday/Vendor/Craft Fair at the Carbondale Area Elementary School. Looks like some great vendors will be on hand for those looking to start Christmas and other Holiday Shopping.


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Dr. Joe Leonardi about the new USDA dietary guidelines and a letter on that subject co-written by Congressman Matt Cartwright.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Jean Adams from Wilkes University and Mike from St Vincent DePaul Kitchen in Wilkes Barre about their "Empty Bowls" event coming up on Sunday at the Wilkes Henry Student Center.
And Frankie speaks with local author Ashlee Harry about her new young adult novel.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 979BHT, 6am on 97.9X and Sports Radio 590, WARM, and 6:25am on Magic 93.


The Irregulars Think Tank Breakfast will be held on Saturday, November 14th at 9:00 a.m. at the Lakeside Skillet at Harveys Lake. Presenter will be Gina Yarrish, Equine Specialist, Life Coach and Motivational Speaker from YarCorte Acres in Kingsley. Gina has a strong passion for helping people/personal development. We encourage you to arrive early to get acquainted with others and find a good seat at a table. Cost for the breakfast is $13.00 payable at the door. After breakfast take a ride around the lake and enjoy the wonderful scenery and pristine architecture
Are you ready to make a change in your life? On Saturday through dialogue and discussion Gina Yarrish will enlighten us as to what it will take to start your journey, ignite your passions, find motivation, and work towards the realization that everything you've been wanting is entirely within your reach.
For over 30 years Gina Yarrish has worked with organizations and individuals helping them to develop their dreams, accelerate their results, and create richer and more fulfilling lives through Life Coaching and Equine Assisted Learning Programs and Workshops.
Gina works to help people acknowledge old habits and learn through experiential practices how to change them. And most importantly she offers consistent support to assure that real lasting transformation is achieved.
Ideas pertaining to what every successful person knows, needs, and does in order to create results in careers, relationships, health, and time/money management will be discussed.
“All of these things are possible once you know how to approach them,” said Yarrish.
As a sought after Life Coach, Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Facilitator, as well asSpeaker, Gina offers Leadership and Transformational Workshops to organizations, entrepreneurs, women’s groups and individuals and families. She inspires people by teaching effective principles that motivate them to take action in their own life or organization or company.
For more information log on to or contact Gina Yarrish by email to For more direct dialogue please call Gina at 570-877-3655.
Since breakfast is open-seating the earlier you book your seat the better it is for us in determining the advance count. If you make a reservation please do your best to honor it. If your plans change please call our illustrious facilitator, Cholly, at 570-760-1213.

Many people remember the elaborate Christmas window displays that could be found at most major Department stores during the Holiday season. Well one man has salvaged and restored one such display and opens it to the public free of charge each year. Joe Spinelli will talk about the history behind his collection and bring viewers up to date on this year's display when he joins David DeCosmo and his co-host Rusty Fender on ECTV Live during the week of November 16th. ECTV Live is Directed my Mark Migilori and is seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) three times daily (Midnight, Noon, and 6PM).



Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. Special Edition is heard Saturdays and Sunday on these Entercom stations, WILK FM Saturday at 2pm Sunday at 6 am on Froggy 101 Sunday at 7 am on The Sports Hub 102.3 Sunday at 7 am on K R Z 98.5 Sunday at noon on WILK FM 103.1.


Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”


Tune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.


Every Wednesday at 5PM, Steve Corbett shines the light on a Public official with his “Somebody’s Watching Me” segment. Corbett picks an alleged public servant to eye ball and observe. Batten down the lawn furniture in the driveway and that e mail machine. There is nowhere to hide when “Somebody’s Watching”. Wednesdays at 5 on WILK’s Corbett program.


The Doo-Wop Sock Hop can be heard every Sunday night from 6P to 9P on “105 The River (104.9 FM) Host is the incomparable Bobby V.


Our 1965 logo.
Operation Hump: The 173rd Airborne is ambushed by over 1,200 Viet Cong............. Northeast blackout of 1965: Several U.S. states (VT, NH, MA, CT, RI, NY and portions of NJ) and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13½ hours.

Vietnam War: In New York City, 22-year-old Catholic Worker Movement member Roger Allen LaPorte sets himself on fire in front of the United Nations building in protest against the war...... A United Airlines Airlines Flight 227 a Boeing 727-22, crashes short of the runway and catches fire at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City; 43 out of 91 passengers and crew Pennsylvania there are still shock waves from the trade the Phillies made with the Cardinals. The Phils traded Art Mahaffey and Alex Johnson to the Cardinals for Bill White, Dick Groat, and Bob Luzerne County Veterans are saluted at Te Courthouse with a special ceremony under the rotunda.....and fifty years ago the number 9 song in LuLac land and America was “Everyone's Gone to the Moon “ by Jonathan King.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3067, November 11th, 2015


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3066, November 10th, 2015

Presidential contender Ben Carson. (Photo:
Ben Carson is battling for the GOP nomination and is running one and two with Donald Trump. But Carson’s recent statements really makes one wonder how as a man of science (and I always thought Doctors were people of science) he can believe some of the stuff he is saying. He has been utterly dismissive of climate change, and he has promoted the idea that vaccines cause autism. Plus his assertion that that Joseph, he of the coat of many colors, built the pyramids in order to store the grain of the seven fat years flies in the face of history. Plus Carson used that as an illustration to embrace the Bible instead of science.
Look I’m all for the Bible and peace loving rational Christians but really this doesn’t seem right to me. The supposed variations of his biography are not deal breakers for me. Strange, but not something I’d disqualify him for. But the fact that he has said the President will declare martial law in 2016 and cancel the election as well as saying that the founders of the country, the signers of The Declaration Of Independence had no experience is just plain scary.
Still he is in second or fist place and with another GOP debate taking place, the fact that he is a front runner is good news for the Democrats.


Our friend Wil Toole passed this along to us regarding the big day tomorrow for Veterans. Country Buffet free lunch for veteran's tomorrow and if you're passing Sheetz they are also offering free lunch tomorrow all day. I'm sure there are other restaurant's as well so let me know and I will pass it along.

The Edmund Fitzgerald (Photo:
It was 40 years ago today that the Edmund Fitzgerald. There have been many sunken ship in the Great Lakes but because the saga became a popular song, the legend grows bigger. Here is a link to a wonderful story we found on the anniversary. The article is by Edmund DeMarche from Fox News Science.

And of course the iconic song.


He was an insurance titan in Wisconsin. The $8-million ship had been commissioned by Fitzgerald. His board of directors honored him by putting his name on one of the largest ships ever to navigate the Great Lakes. The christening took place in 1958. His son, Edmund was responsible for bringing  baseball back to Milwaukee and died in September of 2013. Fitzgerald along with Bud Selig brought the Brewers back to town in 1970 acquiring the original Seattle Pilots franchise.