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4 The Hamburg Area Item, January 14, 2004 actually because it’s not often that but last year went into the books that winter weekend long ago erties of absorbing water and snow is recorded during them. The on several counts. when the gasoline line on my burning when ignited. So it went year before the total was a scanty At 63.2 inches, the year was the automobile froze up. through the fuel system, taking Opinion 7.51 inches, a deficit of 9.21 inch- es. A major factor was the rainfall in September. Last year, the monthly total was 9.25 inches, fourth snowiest, including that surprising 10 inches on Dec. 6, the sixth greatest snowfall in history before the official start of winter, on Dec. 22, of course. Thawing a frozen gasoline line in an unheated garage without a door is, to say the least, a chal- lenge. You don’t take a blowtorch that close to gasoline. I finally got accumulated water and the risk of freezing with it. I don't’ know what antifreeze is made of these days and I don’t keep my car outside or in an compared with 3.46 for the same Snow, too, was much in our it open by applying towels soaked unheated garage, so it makes no month in 2002. Boosting the total minds back on Presidents Day in in boiling water to the offending difference to me. The Weather last year were two tropical storms. 2003 when two feet piled up. elbow in the line. All others, not so blessed, Everybody talks about the For some of us who reflect a Again, my sheltered lifestyle has That taught me one lesson I beware. weather. rural background, the five main erased all memory of that event never forgot as long as I kept my Oh, by the way, Mark Twain So declared the philosopher months of the growing season are although I suspect if I still lived car in an unheated garage. A stan- said in full, “Everybody talks Mark Twain. of more interest. They are April down at Shanesville I’d have quite dard procedure was that each fall about the weather, but nobody Last year, the weather was real- through September. vivid recollection. when I put antifreeze in the radia- does anything about it.” That’s ly something to talk about. Last year they, too, chalked up Living in the country breeds tor, a pint went into the gas tank. still so. Wetness was its most talked a significant gain over the year many of those vivid memories. Old-time antifreeze was alco- about feature. before, a total of 8.58 inches. For example, I’ve never forgotten hol and alcohol has the twin prop- The subject came up as often as Aside from those overpowering it did, I suppose, because the year 9.25 inches in September, June before in 2002 the main topic of conversation was the opposite, dryness, or the drought. was the wettest summer month, with 7.2 inches, the ninth wettest June since precipitation records Letter to the Editor For the three months of sum- have been kept for the past 134 mer (July, August, September) the years. difference was pronounced. Last Given the reclusive nature of To the Editor: there was, by her first-hand should be of complete clear mind year those three months racked up my retirement years, I don’t pay I must note with alarm the knowledge, a couple of individu- while crossing children, a rational a total of 16.72 inches of rain, all that much attention to snow, action taken by the “new” als already serving who were basis requirement. However, on Hamburg Borough Council on more impaired than what a drink the first evening of being seated as Monday evening, Jan. 5 which or two would do. The collective new councilmembers, the body puts our children and grandchil- group decided to refer the issue voted to ignore this prudent dren at risk while going to school for further investigation by the approach and take care of political Adams’ Apples “Reaching a hundred my way” in the borough. This being done in the rush of taking care of polit- personnel committee to establish a policy on this matter before any allies while ignoring any account- ability responsibilities of crossing ical allies. further action was taken. guards. porosis. and that rolled up leaf that I The “old” borough council had This action appeared to be a We now know where the “new” 5. I will do housework. My chewed and spit out. I also have identified a potential problem of prudent action by the serving bor- council stands on safety issues. assignment: The den, laundry 200 pipes from a life of disgusting alcohol impairment by a proposed ough council and in the best inter- Richard W. Boyd room, garage and basement. I carbonaceous. With today’s individual for crossing guard. In ests of the citizens of the borough Hamburg, Pa. wash the car, mow the lawn - excessive cigarette taxes, all discussion with the “new” council and their children and grandchil- Editor’s note: Boyd is the for- where does it end? My wife only smokers should stop for their on this issue it was pointed out by dren. This is consistent with the mer Hamburg Borough Council has the rest of the seven room (monetary?) health. an incoming councilperson that concept that the crossing guards president. house to take care of. 15. I will buckle up. The life I 6. I will not meditate. I do a lot save just might reach 100. If I go, of reflecting though, it helps pro- duce physiological activity and all those great anti-aging hormones. MET/LIFE goes too. 16. I will not run. Not for office or for health. No aspirations. Too Britney and the Croc Hunter 7. I will watch TV sitcoms. much respiration and perspiration. Laughter is part of my stress bust- ing activity. It keeps me mentally young. That’s my gratification in the long run. 17. I will speak up. However, it - Forever tarnishing images 8. I will not live beyond my does get me in trouble. My opin- means. If you grew up in the 30s ions and advice? So who cares By Chris Barnes end’s news that the famous pop about time he got out there and did By Charles J. Adams Jr. you’d know the value of the dollar Charlie? When John or Jane Citizen star got married in Vegas should his first croc demo.” I’ll be the big eight-o in April. I ( 33 cents?). 18. I will not get a dog. Over crosses over from being a mere just be like any other star gossip. You know, I remember when have every intention of going for 9. I will try hard to watch my the years we had five. Walk, wash, nobody to getting whisked away Who cares? my dad bought me my first cigar the century mark. Maybe I will. blood sugar levels. It ain’t easy for feed, paper train, treat a disease or onto the red carpet with celebrity For a girl who tearfully broke at age 17. Maybe I won’t. this chocoholic. (Hershey condition, bury, - been there, done status, the world (and tabloids) down in front of television jour- A fine smoke is more appreci- That said, allow me to tell you Saccharin Kisses?) that! are awaiting and analyzing every nalist Diane Sawyer, crying how ated over being dangled above exactly how I plan to do it. 10. I won’t overeat. Aging 19. I will and do have the right move. she’s misperceived, the new bride blood-thirsty jaws. “One hundred” is 20 years slowed down my gorging, along partner. How does six decades Tom Hanks and Jay Leno are said her “I do’s” and got an annul- Irwin doesn’t necessarily hold away, so I wrote down 20 things I with a painstaking effort by my grab you? balancing quite well on that ment the following day. the same level of high society that will and won’t do to accomplish wife. (She never sees the junk at 20. I will not take up dancing tightrope, still being known as the Remember moms, your daughter Spears does, which can be even this yearning. night.) thank you. Right partner or not. nicest people in show business. might idolize this ‘princess.’ more detrimental. 1. I will (after 60 years) contin- 11. I will do the work I love. I got it figured: If I can imagine But like a lion at feeding time, USA Today reported that This stunt will most likely ue to be faithful. Monogamous You are reading part of it right my future at 100, I’m more than the world’s watching eyes never Spears “didn’t fully understand haunt the Croc Hunter longer than men live longer and healthier now. Drawing cartoons for publi- two thirds there. That’s the trouble close and just one slip can cost what she was doing when she got his flopped movie. Whose idea lives. I’m willing to die for her - cation is my number one activity. with the future. It keeps getting them their squeaky-clean images. hitched on the spur of the was it to put Steve Irwin on the she’s willing to let me. (Call my editors.) closer and closer. Once I get there, Britney Spears, however, has- moment.” Donning a baseball cap silver screen anyway? Probably 2. I won’t indulge in drink. Two 12. I won’t take afternoon naps. more conjecture begins. n’t been the cute, pigtailed and torn jeans, she was escorted the same person who gave Food units of alcohol (beer) now and That means no sleeping pills at If any of the above confused Mousekateer for years. That down the aisle by a limo driver. Network chef Emeril his own sit- then can’t hurt. Actually, I never night. That way I get double rest. I you, you just don’t know what’s image was flushed when she I’m sure daddy was proud, wher- com. drink unless I am alone with often dream I’m sleeping. going on. I am a man with the transformed from a sweet, inno- ever he was. I’ve always said there’s nothing somebody. 13. I will check my prostate courage of my convictions. You cent, teen role model to a basical- So while her now ex-husband, worse than wasted talent. You 3. I will eat lots of fiber. Seven regularly. I give blood often, and have just read 20 of them. ly-naked sex symbol that was Jason Alexander, can proudly can’t blame the public for attack- different cereals, pretzels and in return I get reports on the To make a long story short...too tossed into the Hollywood caul- declare he was Mr. Britney ing the gossip, especially when chips. Love’em. soundness of my rugged 184- late!!! dron of scandalous behavior. Spears, if only for one night, the it’s just so easy. When a “celebri- 4. I won’t lift weights. Winding pound physical structure. Your opinion? E-mail: These days, just shrug your one-time musical sweetheart is ty” climbs on top of the world, or my pacemaker every morning is 14. I won’t, and I don’t smoke; LST281@aol.com. shoulders at whatever she does or continuing her downward spiral. into a crocodile pit, it’s so easy to exercise enough to prevent osteo- I did for 50 years - packs of butts, wears next – nothing should be a True, you can’t be sweet and inno- fall down. Luckily for the baby, surprise anymore. So last week- cent forever, but her image has Steve remained on his feet. become as dirty as her videos. Chris Barnes is the co-editor of A year of ups and downs for Hamburg area Traveling down under, Steve Irwin (better known as the Croc Hunter), didn’t think he did any- The Free Press and The Saucon News. He can be reached at email@example.com. Another year has come and The timing seemed perfect. focal point in the downtown dis- prior. thing wrong. The Animal Planet star and crocodile guru stunned a Letters to the editor can be gone, and while looking over the Just as Cabela’s announced it trict. But 2003 wasn’t without its happenings of 2003 for our Year- would make the area its new Barta jumped on board as well, flaws. crowd by feeding a 13-foot croco- sent via e-mail to: In-Review (featured on page 14), I home, the Our Town Foundation, extending its service to Northern The year also saw a lot of dile while holding his 1-month- firstname.lastname@example.org. noticed there have been many ups charged with revitalizing Berks; and the Our Town infighting between members of old son in his arms. Irwin was quoted in Australia’s Sunday All correspondence must and downs for the Northern Berks Hamburg’s downtown, was get- Foundation, Greater Hamburg council and the citizens of area. ting up and running. Business Association and Hamburg, which are also detailed Telegraph denouncing compar- be signed by the author. First, we’ll review the good. Through the non-profit organi- Northern Berks Chamber of in our Year-In-Review. isons to the Michael Jackson See below for details. Many had something to be zation’s efforts, the town saw such Business and Industry saw the Now that 2004 has seen the stunt, holding his infant son over a excited about when the World’s beautification efforts as sprucing launch of www.hamburgpa.org, a election of four new faces to hotel balcony. EDITORIAL POLICY Foremost Outfitter, Cabela’s, up the municipal lot at Fourth and Web site serving as a planning Hamburg Borough Council, I’m “I would never, ever put my The Hamburg Area Item wel- opened its first east coast store in Pine streets and grants awarded to tool for visitors to the area from hoping the arguments will wane. son in any danger – not in a mil- comes letters to the editor concern- Tilden Township on Sept. 18. local businesses to implement near and far. Here’s to continuing success lion years,” Irwin told the paper, ing local issues. Letters must Thousands came out in force to changes such as facade improve- Not only is an increased num- for the Northern Berks area in somehow with a straight face. include the writer’s signature, get a look at the store and, albeit ments. ber of tourists visiting the area, 2004! That’s as good an excuse as saying he couldn’t find a babysit- address and telephone number. slowly, it seems shoppers are get- Also, the Rotary Club of but the Hamburg they’re visiting Nikki M. Murry Unsigned letters will not be pub- ting curious about what down- Hamburg donated a clock to the today is a more beautiful and Item Editor ter. After the stunt, Irwin told the lished. town Hamburg has to offer. borough, which now serves as a exciting place to see than in years We encourage our readers to crowd, “He’s 1 month old so it’s write letters to the editor on any local issue. Letters should be issue- The Hamburg Area Item oriented. PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY BERKS-MONT NEWSPAPERS, INC. 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