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I Did It Again

I did it again. I picked on a waitress. Oh, well, guess I must be horrible that way. Well, I disregarded her serving me and two others coffee. I cajoled her into retrieving a glass of tap water from the kitchen.

In a previous reader’s letter, I mentioned a device that’s meant to determine the amount of “total dissolved solids” in water. When she brought the water, I employed my device to estimate that amount. As I remember, something closed to “070” appeared on the device’s liquid crystal display. And that’s meant to be read as seventy parts per million. For tap water, so I was assured earlier, that shows the quality of the tap water is “pretty decent”.

By the way, one of my companions informed me about a report, issued annually by Pennsylvania American Water. The report goes into meticulous detail. It not only reveals the amount of total dissolved solids, but also identifies the individual constituents of those solids.

Afterwards, I proceeded more on a whim that for good cause. The distilled water I bought at a nearby pharmacy showed up as “000” on the device. As concerns product, a gallon of which sells for a $1.29 plus tax, that had better be the case.

Down the road a piece from the Veterans Memorial Bridge and the post office, there’s a spring. To get water for their tea and coffee, people from as far as Carbondale visit it. Well, so I’m told. Anyway, that water showed up as “041.” Yes, I did find that a little surprising. In fact, I had to take several readings, before I would give my device any credence.

Here’s what made me chuckle. For several years now, I would pay something close to 40 cents for a gallon of CULLIGAN™ Water. It’s available at some GIANT™ Market in Binghamton. That water showed up as “107.”

As promised, here’s my suggestion for that stairway that connects the parking lot in the Shops Plaza with Main Street. The walls can be painted azure with wisps of white. The railing could stand a coat of gold paint. And the steps of the stairway can be painted in a way to look like red carpeting.

After all that had been done, the stairway would serve as more than a nice piece of municipal art. It would also promote the idea that there’s a connection between the parking lot and Main Street. Really, one would think the merchants on Main Street would’ve, long before this letter, gone about promoting that connection. It shouldn’t hurt too much to help prospective customers get the idea there’s more to shopping than what’s found about that parking lot.


A Alexander Stella

Susquehanna, PA

Volunteers Needed

I am writing this letter to thank the Legion Riders Post 86 in Susquehanna for helping me clean up the James A. Wall Cemetery on SR 4037 by Wrighters Lake on June 8. No one is in charge of it, so we need volunteers to help. If there is anyone who would like to help us please call William Kuiper at 853-4524 and volunteer your service.


William Kuiper

Susquehanna, PA

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