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SUSQUEHANNA: The L. W. Carrington building on Main Street, formerly known as the Cook block, was badly damaged by fire yesterday. The fire is thought to have originated from the explosion of chemicals in the store room of the Bell Telephone company, which is located on the second floor. The fire gained rapid headway and the occupants of the upper rooms, unable to escape by the stairway, were rescued by the firemen. The first floor of the building was occupied by J. B. Fenner, dry goods merchant, whose stock was badly damaged by water, as were the household goods of James Brensley on the second floor. The household goods of Thos. Halpin were a total loss. Within 50 minutes after the blaze started the office of the Bell Telephone exchange had been transferred to J. Harris’ office on Exchange street. Mrs. Thomas Burke had a narrow escape from the burning building. She is the mother-in-law of Mr. Halpin who occupied the upper floor, and was there when the fire started, having to be carried down the ladder by the firemen. Mrs. Burke is a heavy woman, and it was with great difficulty that the ground was reached.
GREAT BEND: Mrs. Johanna Donovan, aged 99 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. Leary, in Great Bend, on Thursday night of last week. The deceased was the oldest resident of that town.
WEST LATHROP: The West Lathrop creamery company leased their plant to the Italian cheese makers of Glenwood.
FAIRDALE: An account of a party at the home of William McKeeby, published in the Republican last week, was grossly exaggerated by the writer, who hid her identity under an assumed name. The party was a small and informal one, but the intention of the writer was to convey an erroneous impression as to the number and names of those present. Persons giving or writing misleading information to newspapers are liable to heavy penalties if apprehended and is pretty small business whatever way it is looked at.
NEW MILFORD: About 3 o’clock last Saturday morning a gang of burglars entered the postoffice and ransacked the place, and also blew open the safe in Carpenter’s feed store. Nothing was secured in the postoffice, and all that was secured in Carpenter’s store were a few insurance papers and deeds, which will be valueless to the burglars. The money had been taken from the store the night before, otherwise they would have secured quite a haul. Nitro-glycerine was used to blow open the safe and although there is no clue as to who the burglars are, it is probable from their skillful methods that they are professionals.
THOMPSON: Last Saturday was Mrs. P. R. Tower’s 75th birthday and she determined to spend the day with friends in Jackson. She was astir early, and arrayed herself in proper apparel and awaited the coming of her spouse, who, she supposed, had gone to the livery for a horse and carriage for the trip. He came at the set time, but instead of the horse and carriage he was accompanied by a bevy of ladies with ominous packages and queer looks, and a sort of “I am at home and am glad you are” way that so surprised her that she never inquired where the horse was. The table was spread in due time and a lengthy discussion of viands and other matters followed. After a breathing spell came a display of oratory equal to the occasion, and the bestowing of mementoes rare and precious, until the recipient could say nothing but “thanks” and wipe her weeping eyes. The day was beautiful and the occasion was joyous to all. So says one who was there.
SPRINGVILLE: The wood bee which was held for the M. E. church recently was well attended. A nice supply of fuel was secured so we can venture into the coming winter without any fear. Thanks to James Blakeslee and the many willing workers who came with axes and teams and did the work so cheerfully.
LITTLE MEADOWS: The Little Meadows Telephone and Tel. Co. is now rushing the work on their line. The poles are mainly distributed; a part set and the stringing of the wire will be commenced at once between here and Friendsville.
LAKE VIEW: Three children belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Morris Potter, of Lake View, died Nov. 23d, 1905. The nature of the disease was not discovered until two of the children had died. Much excitement prevails at Lake View, for fear of the disease spreading, as a number were exposed.
FLYNN, Middletown Twp.: The select party at Jerry Lane’s, Thursday evening last, was a glittering success. The evening was spent in games and song--finished with a two-step, after which refreshments were served.
UNIONDALE: We are very glad to hear that two of our townsmen, George Esmay and Arthur Foster are getting along nicely. They were hurt in an Erie train wreck at the upper end of Carbondale yard. They failed to give the Flyer the right of way and ran into another engine. They had better change the name of the “Old Reliable” Erie to “Liable to get wrecked.” They have been very unfortunate in having several wrecks lately on the Jefferson branch.
MONTROSE: Rev. J. W. H. Johnson, of Norwich N.Y., preached in the A.M.E. Zion church, Sunday. Rev. Johnson is now in charge of three churches, located in Norwich, Deposit and Montrose, making this church a call once a month. He is recovering from quite a severe illness.
FOREST CITY: “It’s Mr. Dooley”: He’s arranging to toot weather signals in Honesdale. We note by the papers that Mr. Dooley, who floated about Forest City recently, getting up a weather signal card, is now in Honesdale. The papers say the whistles will toot the signals for the coming 24 hours each evening. Perhaps we’ll hear them.
NEWS BRIEFS: Many automobiles toot their horns as though it were a notice to the farmers to get off the earth. They have got some new tooters now with two, three and four notes and they call them Gabriel’s trumpets. They are self blowing and are calculated to throw a scare into a horse that will make a war charger of a plow plug on short notice. One of these whistling calliopes with four notes seems liable to cause any old saw-horse to get action and ginger and fly the road. AND: Nineteen deaths from football have occurred in this country during the season just closed.
Commissioners meeting is worth the trip
You gotta hand it to our county commissioners. I mean they are the hottest trio since Moe, Curley and Larry. They have a couple of years left on their current contract and I understand CBS and NBC are already bidding for the TV rights. Wanna make a situation comedy series out of their meetings.
My friends, if you haven’t taken in one of their shows you are missing some of the funniest acts to ever play the courthouse. This show is right up there with All In The Family and M*A*S*H. They say faith can move mountains. Our commissioners have problems with moll hills.
Last week, Commissioner Mary Ann Warren said she could not make a December meeting and asked that the date be changed to December 23. That triggered an argument that was good for almost 15 minutes and a few chuckles. Especially when Commissioner Loomis said, “Nobody asked me if I could be there on the 23rd.” It was as good as a Frank Burns whine to Margaret.
“Well I said six months ago that I would be on vacation,” MaryAnn Warren declared. She then took a shot at Jeff for not having the budget ready for a November meeting.
Mrs. Kelly said the meeting would be on the 23rd because she wanted all commissioners there to vote on the new budget. And when someone mentioned there is plenty of time to advertise the meeting change in a weekly newspaper where the rates are much cheaper than the dailies, Mrs. Warren said she would pay for the ad out of her own pocket.
Heard another funny one during the week. Friend of mine said he read it in a magazine someplace. Goes like this. “Democrats make plans and then do something else. Republicans follow the plans their grandfathers made.”
What can I tell you my friends other than I hope you have your holiday shopping done. Looks like we are in for a rough winter. But on those days when the sun is shining and the streets are clean, find out if the commissioners are meeting. If they are, break up your winter doldrums by attending a meeting. It is an experience you can share with your children and grandchildren.
And speaking of holiday shopping, just in case you are stuck on what to buy Uncle Fred or Aunt Wilma, our county coroner has a list of some unusual gifts. Like a body bag for instance. You can get 'em in black or white and in light, medium or heavy duty weight.
How about a cremation certificate? Now there’s a one-of-a-kind Christmas present. If you’re looking for something for that last page of Grandma’s photo album, how about a picture of her all dressed up and ready to go and meet her maker.
Of course, our coroner, Tony Conarton, is not that ghoulish and did not suggest you buy a Christmas gift from him. I’m just kidding around folks. After all it is the holiday season and the time to be merry. But he does have a fee schedule for such items and his prices are rather reasonable.
Hey, don’t knock it, back in the days when I was a DJ, I once did a living wake. The fella that had it said he did not want to have people come and say goodbye to him while he was laying in a coffin. He wanted them to party one last time with him. It was one of the most successful parties I ever had the pleasure of attending.
They had a large cake shaped like a coffin, and they even did a bit of a play where one of his friends was God and the other was the devil and they each took turns announcing his good deeds and bad deeds. All in fun of course but those that were there then had an opportunity to vote on whether the guy earned a chance to go upstairs or downstairs. In keeping with the humorous side of the entire evening, his friends sent him to hell.
As I recall they told a lot of jokes at the party, most of them unprintable. But one that I got a laugh from goes like this. As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. He answered it and promptly heard his wife’s warning.
“Herman,” she said I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way in Interstate 81. Please be careful.”
“Heck, Ma,” Herman replied, “It’s not just one car, it’s hundreds of them.”
When it’s my turn, one of my friends once told me he found the perfect epitaph for me. He said he is going to have the following message carved on my tombstone: Here lies P. Jay who spent his entire life believing he was on the right track, only to discover he was on the wrong train.
Crazy things happen in jury rooms. Recently in Philadelphia, there was a murder trial and the jury had difficulties reaching a final verdict. The jury was attempting to make a decision between third degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Eventually, the court declared a mistrial and discharged the jury after concluding that the jury was unable to reach a verdict. Afterward, it was discovered that the marker board in the jury deliberation room indicated that the jury had unanimously reached a not guilty verdict on the third degree murder charge – but had never informed the court of its decision. Thereafter, the court reassembled the jury and the jury confirmed that they had unanimously determined that the defendant was not guilty of third degree murder – and the court entered a not guilty verdict.
The Commonwealth appealed this decision, arguing that the court lacked the authority to reassemble the jury after a mistrial had been declared and the jury discharged. In particular, the Commonwealth noted that jurors cannot find a defendant not guilty one day, and then come back collectively a month later and indicate that they had made a mistake and want to find the defendant guilty. In other words, once the jury has spoken, as in this case where it indicated to the court that it was unable to reach a verdict, there can be no going back. To allow the mere opportunity that jurors, after being discharged, can be reconvened to allow for a new verdict would raise serious questions as to the finality of a jury’s decision. The Superior Court agreed and concluded that once a jury has indicated that it could not make a decision, and was discharged, the court cannot reconvene the same jury to enter a verdict – regardless of what leftover notes are discovered in the jury room.
On another topic, several weeks ago, I did an article on the need for legislation prohibiting “upskirting,” i.e., the practice of individuals surreptitiously taking intimate photographs of unsuspecting persons. The Pennsylvania legislature has responded, and, effective January 15, 2006, there will be a new criminal offense for using electronic equipment to view, photograph, electronically depict or film the private body parts of an unsuspecting victim for the purpose of sexual gratification.
The legislature did not stop there. The current statute relating to making it unlawful to lure a child into an automobile failed to criminalize an attempt to lure a child into an automobile. Thus, if the predator was unsuccessfull or foiled in his or her attempts to abduct a child, there was no specific criminal statute addressing such conduct. Furthermore, the existing legislation did not make it unlawful to lure a child into a structure, such as a house, shed, trailer, or other building. Effective January 9, 2006, a new law will make it unlawful to lure or attempt to lure a child into an automobile, house, or similar structure.
Finally, the legislature also created a new criminal violation for refusing to turn over firearms in response to a Protective Order that directs the firearms be relinquished. It is common for law enforcement to have a hard time finding, locating or identifying the firearms belonging to a person against whom a protective order has been issued wherein the court directed that all firearms be seized. If the perpetrator refuses to turn over his or her firearms, then a new criminal violation has occurred. Likewise, if a third party is holding the firearms for that perpetrator so as to avoid detection by law enforcement, the third party is also guilty of a criminal offense.
Kudos to the legislature on a job well done.
Please submit any questions, concerns, or comments to Susquehanna County District Attorney’s Office, P.O. Box 218, Montrose, Pennsylvania 18801.
My day started off with a good laugh this morning. There were about eight wild turkeys in my neighbor’s yard. Two of them were chasing each other around an evergreen tree, around and around they went – didn’t seem to be dizzy when they stopped. Then they joined other turkeys that had made a circle, then they danced around, and I’m not kidding, I guess it was the “Turkey Trot” they were doing. Didn’t know turkeys were that playful.
June Downton entertained most of her family for the traditional meal last Thursday and Todd Hadden, her grandson, decided to spend a week with her.
Gale Williams was delighted that her mother, although not well, was able to have dinner with her and other members of the family on Thanksgiving.
The Uprights, Carl and Gina and son, Brett from Modina, NY were happy to accept the dinner invitation of daughter, Brenda and family. Later in the week, Gina and Carl welcomed son, Bradley and wife, Jean from Williamsport, PA, who spent the weekend with them.
Alice and Kirk Rhone and family had Thanksgiving dinner with brother, Robert and wife, Lillian, an annual affair.
Vincent and Andrea Matta and children went to Lake Lorain for their holiday dinner.
Carol Robidoux, Tunkhannock, PA welcomed her father, Charles Levchak for the holiday.
So many, including myself stayed home, because of the outrageous weather.
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