Ruled by Regulation

How much fuel your car burns. What type of light bulb you buy. How much energy your appliances use. What kind of health plan you have. What do they have in common? Meet your hidden master: regulations. The devil's in the details, the saying goes. More...

I'm Seeing Things Differently Now

Here's an example of what can happen when dollars and cents get in the way of common sense.I've always purchased eyeglasses locally, but a "buy one get another at half-price" offer at a city shopping mall last summer convinced me to change More...

Our Evolving Website

We're in the midst of making some significant changes to the Rocket-Courier's website and along with the improvements, we're experiencing some growing pains.Among the many changes to our website is a feature that allows us to provide our on-line read More...

The way I See It/Empty Nesters on the Erie Canal

Empty Nesters on the Erie CanalMy wife, Nancy and I have long-known the day was coming when it would be just the two of us on our annual summer boat trips. More...

Safety's A Top Priority At Taylor Packing

The employees of Wyalusing's Taylor Packing plant deserve a huge pat on the back for their commitment to worker safety.Taylor Packing's recognition as one of OSHA's Star Sites is no small accomplishment.To get there the company achieved a job-related More...

The Changing Face of Wyalusing

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Remembering Mary Lou Chadwick

 The sad news of Camptown resident Mary Lou Chadwick’s passing on Monday of this week brought back a flurry of memories of the days when Mary Lou worked here at the Rocket-Courier office.Mary Lou was among a core group of employees who hel More...

Ding Dong Osama’s Dead

 I’m not usually one to get gleeful when it comes to someone’s death, but hey, they celebrated the death of the Wicked Witch of the West with song and dance, so pardon me while I rejoice over the death of Osama bin Laden, surely one More...

Rash of Burglaries in Wyalusing Unprecedented

 Rash of Burglaries in Wyalusing UnprecedentedHere’s an alarming piece of news for you: The string of burglaries or attempted break-ins over the last three weeks or so is the highest for such a short time span in Wyalusing’s his More...

Memorial Day Originated In New York State Village

 Odds are not many people know that the national holiday we just observed got its start not far from here in the upstate New York community of Waterloo. More...

You Might Be A Redneck If You…

 It was a predicament that needed to be resolved.My lawn tractor was out of service and at the repair shop, but the grass wasn’t taking a break and would soon be at the point where I’d be unable to cut it.“You’re going to More...

A Day Without U.S. Seapower

 The idea of a world without the benefit of preponderant American seapower may sound alarmist and farfetched. Unfortunately, those who follow military cutbacks and world affairs know that it isn’t. More...

Tips for a Garbage-Free Life

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Chesapeake Marshaling Landowners In War with Army Corps of Engineers

 Here’s a perfect example of an old expression that makes us shudder: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” More...

It’s Celebration Time

 The aroma of barbecued chicken is drifting over the town, the streets are filling with people and you can see the excitement and anticipation on most every kid’s face. It’s that special time in Wyalusing that comes every summer. More...

Muslim World Still Anti-Western Despite Obama

 President Obama entered office promising a new dawn in America’s relations with Muslim nations. He reached out to the Muslim world, offering apologies and a warm embrace. More...

The Year of School Choice

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The New China Syndrome

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It’s Apple’s iPhone 5 (Make that iPhone 4S)

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Life in the Slow Lane

 Since the Internet was developed here in the United States, you’d think our broadband service would be the best in the world.Trouble is it isn’t even close to the best. More...

My New Cellphone Knows My Name

 Odds are by now you’ve heard of Siri, Apple’s new voice recognition software that’s included with its recently released iPhone 4S. More...

California Dreamin’

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Chesapeake CEO Has Innovative Plan To Cut Use of Imported Oil

 Chesapeake Energy’s CEO and co-founder Aubrey K. More...

Obama Opposed Surge That Ended War in Iraq

 When it comes to being a military strategist, President Barack Obama is just plain dismal.Back in 2007 when President George W. More...

Get Set for Nature's Spring Extravaganza

March is a month of anticipation. It's not quite spring, but winter is surely waning. The third month of the year can also be fickle: one day it's balmy and spring-like; the next can bring a howling blizzard. More...

Farewell, Wes Welcome, Rick

I likely don't need to tell you about what a great job Wes Skillings has done as editor of this newspaper over the past 24 years, if you're a regular Rocket-Courier reader you already know that.But you should also know that it's not just his boss and More...

Aida Abounds With Talent

Bob Shumway, co-director of the Wyalusing Valley High School's production of Aida, told me at Monday night's dress rehearsal that the abundance of talented singers in this year's cast is unlike anything he's seen in previous shows.I've been shooting More...

The Way I See It/Celebration Time

The aroma of barbecued chicken is drifting over the town, the streets are filling with people, and you can see the excitement and anticipation on most every kid's face. It's that special time in Wyalusing that comes every summer. More...

Guest Commentary

What can I say about working at the Rocket-Courier? It was very enjoyable. I had a wonderful experience that I do not regret. More...

Will Campaign Blunders Block Road to White House?

Give Presidential Candidate John Kerry an F- for the way he's conducted his campaign since the Democratic Convention.Kerry went into the convention with a slight lead over President Bush in most categories that voters consider important.But he never More...

Remembering Laceyville Mayor Mable Clark

No question about it.The community of Laceyville won't be quite the same without Mable Clark.Mable, who passed away last week, was Laceyville's first and only female mayor.Although she stepped down as mayor in 1997, a position she'd held since 1976, More...

Cancer Victim’s Obituary Offers Warning to Smokers

Asylum Township resident Ken Wizelman’s obituary in this week’s Rocket-Courier certainly ranks among the most unusual obituaries we’ve ever published. Like any obituary, it gives readers a glimpse of Ken’s life, but it goes b More...

It Happened on This Day 150 Years Ago

 Here’s something that virtually every history buff will love, especially if they are students of the Civil War. More...

1981 Welles Mill Fire Revisited

 Publisher’s Note: This column was written on May 27, 1981 the day after Wyalusing’s Welles Mill was destroyed by fire late Tuesday night, May 26. More...

From Wyalusing to Sun Valley and Back

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Floating on an iCloud

 Let’s see, iPod came first, followed by iTunes, then it was iPhone, next came iPad and now it’s iCloud.Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who’s been out on sick leave since January, made a rare appearance Monday in San Francisco to announc More...

1950’s Gas Pipeline Construction Revisited

 Odds are not many people know that a gas transmission pipeline has traversed the northern tier counties for over a half century. At least they didn’t know about it until the recent gas boom made the pipeline a topic of discussion. More...

Digital Gadgets For Note Takers

 If you’re a student or someone who takes a lot of notes, here’s a listing of digital gizmos that have dramatically changed the way I cover meetings and other events. Odds are one of them could help you, too. More...

It’s Not His Race, It’s His Record

 Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee played the race card earlier this week to assess blame in the nation’s debt ceiling debate.Lee, an African American Democrat from Texas, believes the disagreement over raising the debt ceiling is because o More...

So What’s a Jake Brake, Anyway?

 A big thank you goes out this week to the Wyalusing Borough Council for their decision to ban the use of truck Jake brakes here in Wyalusing. More...

New School Will Bring Lasting, Positive Changes

 Here’s hoping that a good segment of our community will accept the Wyalusing Area School District’s invitation to attend the open house at the new elementary school next Monday evening, Aug. 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. More...

A Success Story Of Our Times

 I love success stories. And I especially love success when it laughs in the face of failure.We’ve been watching one of these stories develop over the last couple decades. More...

I’ll Remember It As The Internet Flood

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Reflecting on 9-11

Recent ceremonies marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, resurrected memories of a terrible day that resulted in a course change for our Nation. More...

The Ways Steve Jobs Changed This Newspaper

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Guest Commentary

 I enjoyed “The Way We Were” photos of the old post office and adjoining businesses. More...

Don’t Complain When Our Weather Turns Ugly

 Next time you feel like griping about what at times can be some just plain awful weather here in the Endless Mountains of Northeast, PA, consider yourself lucky that you don’t live in Oklahoma, where Mother Nature has been playing all sor More...

How Secure Are Your Passwords?

 For the millions of people who conduct business online, securing private information with a password is a routine part of the process. More...

Remember Pearl Harbor

 I had a high school history teacher, who back in the 1960’s, would always confront his students with a surprise test on December 7. More...

A Christmas Chat with This Newspaper’s Founder

 It’s early Wednesday morning and it’s looking like I’m not going to get my usual Christmas visit from Calvin Stowell, the man who started this newspaper in 1887. More...

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