HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division III Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division II Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division I Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS TRACK AND FIELD: 2019 Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches’ All-Star Teams

As the spring sports season enters its final week, ON THE BLOG begins to put a bow on the 2018-19 scholastic sports year. Today, the Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches' All-Star Teams are released. Western Wayne coach Justin Collins organizes a meeting of the coaches...

Wade, Didi team up for ‘extraordinary’ play

Didi Gregorius ranges up the middle to field a ground ball by Malquin Canelo in the third inning. Gregorius would spin and throw to first in time to get the Lehigh Valley leadoff hitter, but that wasn't even the most impressive defensive play he was a part of Friday...
The magic Sharpie strikes again

The magic Sharpie strikes again

We can't say we weren't warned. Trump's threat to withhold federal funds from Michigan and Nevada is a variation of the squeeze he put on Ukraine and its president last year: "Do this thing that will help me personally and politically, and you can have your money."...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 61: Charcoal Memories

Coronavirus Diaries Day 61: Charcoal Memories

Many aromas mark the start of summer -- flowers, pollen, sunscreen, etc., but for me, summer tastes like charcoal.  I burned my way through a pair of gas grills over the past 20 years, and planned to buy another one when we moved from Dalton to Old Forge last year....

Coronavirus Diaries Day 58: ‘I’ the ‘Peaple’

Coronavirus Diaries Day 58: ‘I’ the ‘Peaple’

Got an email this morning from a wise old friend I haven't seen since before the pandemic. It included a quote from Edith Hamilton, among the most revered classics scholars of the 20th Century. Hamilton's gift was mining ancient Greek politics and society for clues...

Still doing time

Still doing time

Former Trump campaign manager and current federal convict Paul Manafort is being sent home to spend the remainder of his 7.5-year sentence. The 75-year-old felon has a history of health issues, which sprung him from FCI-Loretto due to concerns over the spread of...

Workout buddies

Workout buddies

A Taylor gym owner decided to join the comparatively small "reopen movement," flouting Gov. Tom Wolf's and the state's efforts to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, but decided to re-shutter the facility when hit with multiple health citations. It's hard not...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 54: Flynn falls for sucker punch

Coronavirus Diaries Day 54: Flynn falls for sucker punch

If Marty Flynn wants to be taken seriously as a legislator, his skin has to be thicker than his head.  The Democratic state representative for the 113th District is licking self-inflicted wounds after typing tough on Facebook on Saturday. Jabbed by three apparently...

Under the dome

Under the dome

Given its expense, size, and inclination to cater to itself and the well-heeled special interests that shower its members with gifts and campaign funds, the Pennsylvania Legislature sometimes feels like a pandemic without end.

Coronavirus Diaries Day 52: Free Speech for the Dumb

Coronavirus Diaries Day 52: Free Speech for the Dumb

Believe it or not, I used to believe a lot of dumb things. The less I knew about a given topic, the more sure I was that I knew more about it than any so-called "expert."  I was a passively paranoid conspiracy theorist always on alert for the next clandestine plot...