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CD Principal to retire

Thu, 03 May 2007 11:06:21 UTC

I read in today's newspaper that Richard Mazzatesta is retiring this summer. Mazzatesta is the principal of Central Dauphin High School in West Hanover Twp. The reporter mentioned how great of a relationship Mazzatesta had with State Police. However, the article failed to mention details about the most important relationships to a school principal -- the relationships between students and faculty.

It would have been nice to highlight his relationships between his students and faculty.

But one thing is for sure....Mazzatesta sure spent a LOT of time at school. That is to be commended. Thank you for your many years of service to students and educators.

Support our Troops this Saturday

Tue, 01 May 2007 11:02:06 UTC

Join WHP 580 in supporting our troops by attending the rally this Saturday, May 5.

Bring the American flag with you as you prepare to be inspired. WHP's RJ Harris and Bob Durgin will host another "Support the Troops Rally" this Saturday at the State Capitol.

The event begins at noon. For more information, go to

Ipod is something great

Fri, 27 Apr 2007 16:21:43 UTC

I was going to come on today and write about Alec Baldwin's appearance on "The View"

However, I think that enough people are writing about that, including guestbook signers at

So, instead, I want to blog about how much I enjoy my new Ipod.

I was gifted an Ipod shuffle last week. My wife owns a bigger version of the Ipod, significantly named the nano. She has always loved it, but I was always intimidated by the Ipod. I mean, how would I hook this thing up to my computer?

At the age of 25, I am ashamed to say that I am not as technologically advanced as I would hope to be.

But I love it! Only my favorite songs play with no commercial interruption. The shuffle is so small that it can be clipped to any article of clothing and can fit in my pocket.

Maybe the best feature of my Ipod is the ability to download "pod casts". Everyday I download the latest version of NPR's "Fresh Air" -- a show with a wide variety of topics. I've learned so much in just a few days by listening to the guests on that program.

With such technological advances, who needs commercial radio anymore? For over a decade, I have been obsessed by radio broadcasting, but I feel that within the next 10-15 years, it will be something of the past.

Possibly in 10-20 years, regular joe's like myself may be able to broadcast a program on the Internet at a reasonable rate. I know about You Tube, but I am talking about an Internet radio station. One can only dream, as the radio media giants in Harrisburg are not interested in training someone new. Do they feel threatened? Who knows. And who cares! Because with Zune and Ipod, who needs commercial radio and television?!

Free movie weekend!

Thu, 29 Mar 2007 10:50:42 UTC

This weekend, the movie Peaceful Warrior opens nationwide. It looks like a very good movie. Best Buy gave out thousands of tickets. If you missed your opportunity, and would like to see this movie for FREE in Camp Hill, read on.

WHAT: (2) Free admission tickets to see Peaceful Warrior movie

WHEN: During any showtime March 30-April 1 only.

WHERE: Cinema Center 12, 3431 Simpson Ferry Road; Camp Hill

(image) Peaceful Warrior opens nationwide on March 30.

HOW: Send an e-mail to Rob Nease before 6:00 pm today. Be sure to include your complete mailing address.

Offer available to the first five (5) people to send an e-mail. Winners of the tickets will be notified by e-mail and the tickets will be mailed to you. If you are a resident of the midstate area, you should receive your tickets on Friday or Saturday.

Click here to e-mail Rob and request your free tickets

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Remembering the TMI incident

Wed, 28 Mar 2007 13:52:23 UTC

It was a day full of confusion and uncertainty. March 28, 1979.

100,000 people were evacuated and countless songs were made about the nuclear incident here in Harrisburg almost 30 years ago.

CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite, began his March 28, 1979 broadcast with these words:

"It was the first step in a nuclear nightmare; as far as we know at this hour, no worse than that. But a government official said that a breakdown in an atomic power plant in Pennsylvania today is probably the worst nuclear reactor accident to date. There was no apparent serious contamination of workers. But, a nuclear safety group said that radiation inside the plant is at eight times the deadly level, so strong that after passing through a three-foot thick concrete wall, it can be measured a mile away."

Audio of the opening words are available at

Even before the "accident", watchdog group Three Mile Island Alert (TMIA) was warning citizens of the dangers of nuclear power. They knew that "Unit 2" was a lemon from the beginning and that it actually wasn't even supposed to be operating that day.

Eric Epstein, creator of TMIA, is an advocate for alternative sources of energy. In a telephone interview with "The Designated Blogger" , Epstein warned that "people are unwillling to confront the true costs of nuclear power. While it's important to remember the anniversary, it's more important to operate the plant safely."

In an interview with "Frontline", Epstein said, "I'm firmly convinced that nuclear power is unsafe, it's uneconomical, and it's opposed by an overwhelming majority of Americans."

Dedicated to the improvement of the world's response to nuclear power, Mr. Epstein continues to insist on simple emergency planning just in case the unthinkable occurs again. He wrote this letter to the editor concerning the lack of emergency planning in regards to day care centers.

What can the Three Mile Island incident teach us? It may very well teach us to question authority, to not believe everything we are told, and to insist on a safe world in which our children and grandchildren don't have to live in fear of a nuclear mess.

Note: An archive collection is kept at Dickinson College. More information at:

More Hershey Greed

Tue, 27 Mar 2007 12:56:13 UTC

I'm out of it today (again) and there are so many things to talk I wanted to talk about none of them and allow a forum member to do it for me.

Below is a post from #GoldenYears# that was posted in the Hershey forums here at I thought that it deserved more exposure.

Another MHS first can now be added to the current "alumni" Administration's stellar record.

According to the MHS 990 for the fiscal year ended 7/31/05, the total annual compensation for MHS President Johnny O'Brien was (are you sitting down?)$620,855.

The breakdown was as follows: $490,906 of compensation, $46,674 of benefits, and $83,275 of expense allowances. $200,000 was a one-time "retirement payment."

Once again, total compensation of $620,855.

So the guy who pounded his chest about "servant leader model," who has poisoned relations among alumni, who has overseen an appalling exodus of quality employees, who has incited hatreds unthinkable in any other environment, and under whose watch [b][i]over 500 children[/b][/i] have been removed, has now added to his list of "achievements" this new level of MHS Presidential compensation selfishness, surpassing even Bill Lepley.

Please join me in congratulating Johnny O'Brien on his latest "success." I guess we now know why he sent out his "Happy Fiscal Year!" letter -- he sure did have a great one himself!

This is particularly ironic at a time when hundreds of hardworking local employees are about to be laid off at the chocolate factory. These are people who have labored on the lines for many years, who never sought any kind of luxury, and who never did anyone harm. They're just average working people who have limited options once the plant closes.

Nonetheless, a guy whose performance has been absolutely abysmal, and who has abused and bullied anyone who so much as questioned him, is being rewarded by the BOM with a mind-boggling compensation package.

So this is how the BOM spend the Trust money they generate by slashing local jobs? This is why local factory workers are losing their livelihoods? So that O'Brien can live high on the hog while residing in that luxurious house also paid for with Trust dollars?

It is one thing to ask workers to sacrifice so that MHS can serve more children. It is another thing entirely to ask for those sacrifices so that the BOM can throw away Mr. & Mrs. Hershey's money on personal indulgences.

I don't know about others, but as for me, I am outraged and don't think that this is what Mr. & Mrs. Hershey would have wanted. The entire combination is a shame and tells you just what O'Brien and the BOM are all about: children get hurt and are removed in shocking numbers, local workers are squeezed, but those at the top indulge in every extravagance imaginable, including obscene compensation packages.

They have stood Mr. Hershey's priorities entirely upside down, and O'Brien's $620,855 compensation package epitomizes it.

Behind one of the copies of the Declaration of Independence

Mon, 26 Mar 2007 13:09:22 UTC

Michael Sparks didn't know what he was getting into when he purchased a yellowed and rolled-up document at a thrift shop.

That document was actually one of only 200 original copies of the Declaration of Independence, commissioned by John Adams beginning in 1820.

Sparks purchased it for only $2.48.

But last week, it was sold at auction for over $470,000!

Can you imagine finding such a treasure?

As the yard sales begin to pick up, keep an eye out for neat collectibles. You never know, you may find some treasure of your own.

If you have an antique which you would like to have appraised, check out the Antiques Roadshow. There will be a stop in Baltimore, MD on June 16. To request free tickets to the event, go to: Ticket Request Form. Be sure to fill out the form before May 3.

Have a great week!

80-year old cop still going strong

Fri, 23 Mar 2007 12:22:09 UTC

80-year-old LAPD Sgt. John O'Toole is still serving the citizens of Los Angeles. The detective has been on the force for 54 incredible years.

When I was searching for some material to blog about today, I accidentally stumbled across this article from the LA Daily News. It amazed me so much that I just had to share it with you.

O'Toole joined the Los Angeles Police Department in May of 1953. He now works as a detective in the traffic division. He starts his day at 5:00 am and puts in 10 hours a day; four days a week. He presents evidence for prosecutors involved in drunk driving cases.

By choosing not to join the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, O'Toole turned down $500,000. That's how much he enjoys his job.

While other officers now carry automatic weapons, Sgt. O'Toole still carries a .38 revolver.

What a dedicated cop and what a story! When this silver-haired detective joined the LAPD, Elvis Presley was beginning his career as a truck driver. President Eisenhower was in the White House.

Have a good weekend and I will see you here on Monday at

Mall shopping adventures

Thu, 22 Mar 2007 11:09:30 UTC

The family decided to do some shopping at the Colonial Park Mall on Tuesday. You don't want to miss this. Disgusting restaurant employees, a bad experience at Claire's, and more!

My youngest daughter wanted to get her ears pierced and was most excited. So we decided to hop in the barbie jeep and drive over to the Colonial Park Mall.

We started our mall journey at Boscov's where my wife quickly found the restroom. While she was there, I took our oldest daughter to the children's clothing section. As we were looking at some of the spring dresses, I overheard two ladies talking in the same section. One of them said, "Look at this. It's so sexy." I immediately asked myself...WTF?
How disgusting! We're talking about young girls clothing here! It wasn't until later that I found out that they were talking about maternity clothing which happened to be located in the same section. I am so glad I saved myself some embarassment with that one and kept my mouth shut.

We checked out Gap Kids for a bit and then went to Claire's. My daughter endured the pain of having both ears pierced. Poor thing cried for a few minutes but was a big trooper. Lolipops were issued to the brave princess, her stuffed horse, and her sister. Unfortunately, the story does not have a happy ending. When the employee took my wife's debit card, it was processed twice by mistake.

I went to my bank's website and checked on the status. I found out that indeed there were two holds under pending transactions from Claire's. I called my bank and they said all they needed was to have Claire's give them a call to remove one of the holds. I called Tuesday evening and the assistant manager wasn't comfortable doing that. So I called yesterday and spoke with the regional manager who would NOT do that either. Instead, I was instructed to call 1-800-CLAIRES. They gave me a number for their offices in Miami. After talking with more than 6 people, the lady said that she would not call our bank but instead credit us for the amount within 72 hours. Meanwhile, two holds on our checking acct. remain until March 27. What a crappy company full of incompetence. Absolutely disappointing and frustrating.

Then, we decided that we would go to the food court for dinner. My daughters wanted pizza. I passed the Sbarro's and noticed the guy in front of the pizza had sneezed and did not wash his hands. No plastic gloves. He then proceeded to touch his face. The lady at the register did the same...touching her face ...thinking that I would eat there. WRONG! What an insult to customers of the Colonial Park Mall.

Instead we ate at the wraps place. The lady there was very nice and the food was good. A bit expensive, but snot-free. And that's the way we like our food.

When we finished eating, I grabbed my mall receipts and headed to the customer service desk. Now until April 22, every dollar you spend at the mall can mean a donation being made to your favorite local charity. Because it was a Tuesday, the points doubled! If you plan on shopping at the Colonial Park Mall soon, please take 3 minutes of your time to do this. For more information on this promotion, check out

Overall, not a terrible experience at the mall. I won't shop at Claire's again and I won't eat at Sbarro's, but you can't win 'em all.

Time to think of Spring

Wed, 21 Mar 2007 13:29:11 UTC

Surprise! It's the first day of spring and there is still snow on the ground waiting to melt. I'll share with you a web-link where you can find some garden tips and I will discuss some springtime goals.

Yesterday was such a blah day that I didn't even want to post an entry. I will leave yesterday's events for tomorrow's entry.

But for now, let's celebrate the first day of Spring! It's finally here. As you may recall, we were quite lucky with winter weather this year. Except for that terrible PennDOT fiasco, it wasn't that bad. The weather center says it will be pretty nice today with a high of 47 degrees.

I hope you don't forget to grab your free goodies at Dunkin Donuts and Rita's! If you're clueless to these freebies, check out my last entry.

With the beginning of Spring, we think of rebirth. Here's a website to help you with your gardening. There's even a section with some recipies.

How about some goals for Spring? What do YOU want to do? How about walk a little bit more and while you're out, picking up some litter. If we all do a little bit, we can accomplish a lot! A trip to Wildwood sounds nice. With temperatures predicted to rise to the sixties tomorrow and Friday, you may want to take advantage of the great weather and begin your exercise regime outside.

As for me, I am going to landscape the yard this year. It desperately needs it. The driveway also needs sealed. But before anything, I'm headin' over to Rita's for some free italian ice. See ya there!

Celebrate Spring with free stuff!

Mon, 19 Mar 2007 13:38:41 UTC

Celebrate the first day of spring with some free stuff from Dunkin' Donuts and Rita's Ices!
Find out where and when by reading today's blog entry.

Wow, what a nice amount of snow we received on Friday. I enjoyed my Friday night by watching WHP-CBS21's newscast. Thank you to all of the local services employees who plowed the snow and slush. Also, thank you to the EMS, Fire, and Police for a job well done.

Now, with that behind us (and a very nice forecast this week), it is my pleasure to share some freebies that will be given out on the first day of Spring. It's in two days can you believe it? (March 21)

Nationwide, Dunkin Donuts will be giving out a free 16 oz. cup of Dunkin' Donuts' premium iced coffee. Dunkin Donuts brews their iced-coffee twice to ensure a full flavor in every cup. (March 21 only)

For a list of area Dunkin Donuts locations, scroll down.

Rita's Italian Ice will be celebrating as well by giving away a free regular ice to everyone who stops by on March 21.

For a list of area Rita's locations, scroll down.

So in the morning -- stop at Dunkin Donuts and enjoy iced coffee and donuts. (You'll have to pay for the donuts) Then, in the afternoon, visit Rita's for a cool treat!

DUNKIN DONUTS locations: Harrisburg - Route 22, Paxton Street, Linglestown Road, 2nd Street, Enola Road in Enola.

West Shore- Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg

Lebanon- Cumberland Street

Lancaster- W. Main Street, Leola

York- Mt. Rose Avenue, N. George Street, S. Queen Street
RITA'S locations: Harrisburg- Linglestown Road, Grayson Road, Union Deposit Road

West Shore- Market Street, Lemoyne. Simpson Ferry Road, Mechanicsburg. Lewisberry Road, New Cumberland.

Lancaster- Manheim Pike, Lincoln Highway East, Columbia Avenue, Park City Center

York- E. Market Street, S. Queen Street, Loucks Road

The unlucky victims of drunk drivers

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 12:38:01 UTC

St. Patty's Day falls on a Saturday this year. With the concern of many people drinking and driving, the police patrols will be thicker than a pint of Guinness.

As you go out tonight and tomorrow night, please designate a sober driver to take you home. It's a pretty bad feeling when a child wakes up to no mom or dad because a drunk driver decided to be stupid.


The average cost of a DUI now a days is $15,000. I don't know about you, but I don't have that kind of money. (I don't drink anyway)

If that doesn't convince you, visit

So let's make it a safe and enjoyable holiday Central PA! Go out and have fun, but please be responsible.

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Selling a car or gym membership here?

Thu, 15 Mar 2007 14:36:54 UTC

On Saturday, I drove to Camp Hill to witness the grand opening celebration of LA Fitness. My wife and I have been interested in finding a gym that provides childcare. Driving in Camp Hill was an absolute nightmare. The weather was nice and the streets were crowded.

Upon entering the facility, I was directed to the "cubicle area" to meet with a sales consultant. I honestly felt as if I walked into a car dealership.

Britney was friendly and offered to give me a tour. I told her that I wanted to take a look at some prices, but she insisted that I allow her to show me the place first. Fair enough.

I was impressed by the equipment and the classes they offered. They have a nice swimming pool, hot tub, and basketball court. Their kids klub is awesome.

So after the tour, I took a seat at her desk to close the sale. Any car salesperson will tell you that if you allow a potential customer to walk out the door, there is a 60% chance that he or she won't return.

Britney and I reviewed my fitness goals and she asked me what I liked about LA Fitness.

Then, finally, came out the price list. $49.99 a month plus a $150 one-time initiation fee per person. After doing some squirming in my seat and an iffy "I dunno", another sales rep immediately sat down next to me. I knew that this guy was going to be more aggressive. (Car dealerships do this all the time.)

Mr. Aggressive Sales Guy complimented me on the broadness of my shoulders and proceeded to hand me a paper with a discount listed of $34.95 per person. Plus, I could sign-up two people for the price of one. (Only one initiation fee)

He quickly told me that the offer was only good that day.

Hmmm. That's funny, I thought. Earlier last week, I received a flyer in the mail from LA Fitness with that same offer....only it said that it was valid 'til the end of the month!

They lied and I had caught them. So I left without signing up. You wanna play games with me? I'm gonna play games with you.

Britney called later that night. Then, another LA Fitness sales guy from Harrisburg called. He told my wife that I had an appointment with him at 2:30 that day. Appointment is defined as a fixed mutual agreement for a meeting or an engagement. Guess what? We never had a mutual agreement. He made up this appointment! Another lie!

Then on Tuesday of this week, Britney called again. Don't they get it? I don't care to deal with liars. So what were you planning to take my $50 a month if I wasn't hesitant? Were you EVER going to offer me the $35/month "deal of the day"?

I now know what the L and the A in LA Fitness stands for.... Liars and A@@holes.

Learn how to fold a shirt

Wed, 14 Mar 2007 14:16:51 UTC

I don't feel like getting involved in any issues today. I mean it's just too tempting, but I am sick and tired of stories. PHEAA, left my crack pipe at Mickey D's, and township supervisors who can't control themselves.

So, instead, I am going to share this cool link to a video. Check it out! Learn how to fold a t-shirt the Japanese way. Since I lived in Japan for two years, I was very impressed and I'm almost afraid to try it myself.

Click here to play the video

Sorry, I'll try and dig up some stuff for tomorrow....but it's mid-week and I don't feel like thinking today. I'm sure you can understand. I'm not even going to assign any "tags" for this entry.

Rule of 3rds - Check out this!

Tue, 13 Mar 2007 14:48:16 UTC

Hey I found this band today on the web. They do some blues/rock/alt and are from San Diego. Check out some of their music by listening for free online.

Today I thought it would be cool to introduce you to a band you may not be familiar with. And I have included a link (MP3) so you can listen to one of their songs.

Click here to listen to "Failure" from their 2006 demo. It's not too bad at all.

And if you'd like to listen to even more of their music, check out

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Don't ignore a fire alarm!

Mon, 12 Mar 2007 13:30:36 UTC

In yesterday's editorial section of The Patriot-News, Sarah Delligatti wrote about a recent experience she had at a grocery store.

She wrote that while shopping with her two young children, a fire alarm had sounded. Ms. Delligatti did what any responsible mother would have done -- she dropped what she was doing and quickly exited the building.

As she made her way to the exit, she saw faces filled with confusion. Is it a test? It's probably a test, they thought. No need to treat it as a real alarm.

She wrote, "I couldn't help but wonder if some of the folks on the Titanic thought..." it's just a test.

I applaud this mom's actions. She demonstrated responsibility, leadership, and personal courage.

One point that Ms. Delligatti did not mention involves the fire company. If the "it's just a test" people are going to ignore a fire alarm, they are directly risking the lives of firefighters who will have to rush in to rescue them.

Again in yesterday's paper, another story about fire safety...

Lara Brenckle, of The Patriot-News, reported of a house fire involving a teenage girl. She followed the rules of fire safety and was found at her family's predetermined meeting place. She was the only one inside the house at the time of the fire. Wow. She must've had a mom like Sarah Delligatti.

Over the weekend, many people reminded us to change our smoke detector batteries. I'm reminding you again. The life you save could very well be your own.

GA man claims winning jackpot

Thu, 08 Mar 2007 18:33:43 UTC

A truck driver from Georgia has won $116 million in the Mega Millions lottery drawing.

Ed Nabors has been described as a "good man" by his sister, Becky. The truck driver bought $10 worth of Mega Millions tickets on Tuesday from the Favorite Market.

Nabors was a truck driver. In a video broadcasted on, the Associated Press reported that the winner found out about his lucky ticket at work. He was so shaken that his employer sent him home.

After taxes, Nabors will be looking at about $80 million to spend on whatever he wants. He will buy his daughter a brand new home. What is he going to do with the rest? Help a lot of people.

Now that I am on the topic of truck drivers winning big lotteries, did you read about the guy who won $34 million in New York?

Ed Mikkin of Long Island, New York, says he'll plan a dream vacation at Disney World with his winnings. He was a truck driver for PepsiCo and bought $5 worth of tickets. After taxes, he's looking at taking home a little over $12 million.

Mikkin purchased the ticket and didn't check to see if he'd won until two days after the drawing. Mickey Mouse made a special appearance at the press conference yesterday. Dreams really do come true!

And if you want to find out if you're a big winner, check your numbers at

By the way, for all of you lucky ducks out's daily number (daytime) was 777. If you are planning on playing the lottery, please play responsibly.

Some big winners in the Central PA area for February 2007:
Lisa Marie Witman, Reading: $200,000
Albert Morgan, Lykens: $100,000
Randolph Shackelford, York: $100,000
Karen Diehl, Chambersburg: $100,000
Peter Wetzel, Carlisle: $25,000
source: Pennsylvania Lottery

Drink, drive, and practice law

Tue, 06 Mar 2007 11:35:14 UTC

Today I want to talk about a story that comes out of Gregg County, TX. It involves a former district attorney and a few too many.

Gregg County, TX - which was named for Confederate General John Gregg - is a well known industrial center for which it is best known for its petroleum.

But today, this county is known for something else: a poor judicial system.

Former Assistant District Attorney Lance Larison stood in front of Judge Ben Grant. Despite him being there for his third DWI conviction, Larison can still practice law privately. He will serve seven years probation, but only 10 days in jail.

Sure, Larison did some great things back in the day. He placed murderers behind bars. But today, he's struggling with doing the right thing. Drinking and driving is wrong.

And if probation, fines, and jail time don't convince you...maybe the death of your nine-year-old son will.

In Washington County, WI, a father will face drunken driving charges today involving an incident that occured on Friday. John Ibeme was drunk when he crossed the median on Highway 45 and crashed into an oncoming SUV. His nine-year-old son, John Jr., died in the crash.

I don't care who you are or how important you think you are. You can go ahead and call yourself a public servant. You can't drink and drive. It's not right nor is it responsible.