Elderly Couple Found Frozen To Death After Getting Lost During Drive

William Fresch, 85, and his wife Betty, 79, of Shippensburg, Pa., were found dead in Frederick County on Tuesday.
William Fresch, 85, and his wife Betty, 79, of Shippensburg, Pa., were found dead in Frederick County on Tuesday.

If you have family members, loved ones, who are showing signs of declining acuity you must eventually face some very difficult questions.  The answers may save them from themselves.  The following story brings us face to face with some grim issues.

Jo Rinehart arrived at her parents’ home and knew the empty driveway and locked house were bad signs. When she went inside, she saw that her mother’s cellphone had been forgotten on a kitchen counter. It was filled with worried, frantic and plaintive messages from Rinehart and her siblings, all left in the previous 12 hours.

The grown children had brokered a deal that might sound all too familiar to adult children trying to protect – and yet, respect – aging parents. The Fresches could keep their car, but drive only to Rinehart’s home or around Shippensburg, and only if they called to say they had made it back home safely.

It was a trade-off, but one that seemed to have worked over the past couple of years, Rinehart said.

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Five Myths About Why The South Seceded

One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War began and believe it or not many people are still fighting about how it began.  Was slavery the cause or states rights or what?  There are five strong myths that are put forth.  Take your pick.

1. The South seceded over states’ rights.

Confederate states did claim the right to secede, but no state claimed to be seceding for that right. In fact, Confederates opposed states’ rights — that is, the right of Northern states not to support slavery.

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Palin’s Effort To Defuse Controversy Backfires With ‘blood libel’ Comment

Sarah Palin

The stage was set.  Sarah Palin did everything possible to set the stage as a presidential possibility but Sarah has just proven again that she has only one gear — forward — and only one mode — attack.

The presidential-quality stagecraft was there: an American flag over Sarah Palin’s left shoulder and another over her heart. So was the rhetorical polish, with its invocations of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution, God and Ronald Reagan.

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Let Us Heal Together, Obama Says At Memorial Event

President Obama pays tribute to the shooting victims at a memorial service Wednesday.

President Obama pays tribute to the shooting victims at a memorial service Wednesday.

He did exactly what this nation needed.  He said what we needed to hear. 

President Obama comforted a community suffused with grief and summoned the nation to recommit to a more civil public discourse as he delivered a eulogy Wednesday evening urging Americans to talk with each other “in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

Evoking memories of the six killed here Saturday, Obama seized upon the mass shooting at a congresswoman’s supermarket meet-and-greet to tackle directly the subject of the nation’s harsh political dialogue. He sharply decried the “politics and point-scoring and pettiness that drifts away with the next news cycle.”

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Giffords Appears To Reach Major Milestone

Doctors treating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) said Thursday she has reached “a major milestone” in her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head with her ability to open her eyes and seemingly respond to her surroundings.

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Town Clerk’s Mother Passes

On Monday our Amherst Town Clerk, Deborah Bucki, lost her beloved mother.  Her mother was Victoria F. (Cholasinski) Bruch.  Those wishing to pay respects may do so today from 2 – 4 this afternoon and also from 7 – 9 this evening at DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME, 8630 Transit Rd., E. Amherst (1 mi. north of Maple just past Klein Rd.) where prayers will be offered Friday at 9 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from St. John Gualbert RC Church at 10 AM. Memorials in Mrs Bruch’s name may be made to St. Gregory the Great School or Canisius High School.

God bless her and her family.

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Word On The Street: Valentine’s Day May Come Early For Certain Contractors

Condominiums are taxed lower then regular homes because they take care of their own streets, lighting and other things associated with privacy.  One of our Town Board members wants the Town of Amherst to take over the ownership and care of the streets of some of these condominiums.

When these houses were built the contractor had the choice of building condominiums or regular homes.  At the time they were built they were taxed at a lower percentage than the average home.  Now some of these streets need repairs and other maintenance work.  The cost of this work would be higher than their tax breaks. 

The town won’t receive anything for taking over these streets but the home owners who bought them and contractors who built them would be saving quite a bit of money.

Could there be some sort of connection between this Councilman and the sweet deal the contractors will recieve?

Remember this is only the word on the street.

James Tricoli, Editor

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Spokeo.Com Must Go It Invades Our Private Lives

There is a web site called Spokeo.com.  This site provides information about your including your age, where you live, how many children you have, what your home is valued at and other personal information.  The information is provided free.  If you want to see other information about your life history like information you want to keep private THEY WILL REVEAL IT FOR A PRICE. 

If you to want to find information about someone else all you have to do is place their name in Spokeo.com search box.

In my opinion this webswite  should be turned over to the Attorney General’s office in  Buffalo.  It puts some people’s lives in jeopardy as to where they work and what they do.  It open doors many people don’t want opened.


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David Nelson Died Tuesday From Cancer At Age 74

Ozzie, David, Harriet and “Ricky”

At one time there was a TV show called The Ozzie and Harriet Show.  It ran from 1952 to1966.  It was a show about the average American family.  Ozzie and Harriet were the mother and father of two sons, David and Eric.  Eric became known as Ricky.  The whole family were in the TV show.

Tuesday January, 11, 2011, David the last of this show biz family died at age 74.

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Higgins Speaks on the House Floor to Honor Victims of Attack in Tucson

Brian Higgins

House Passes Resolution Condemning Massacre

Today, in the aftermath of the recent attack in Tucson, Arizona, Congressman Higgins joined his colleagues of the House of Representatives to speak in honor and remembrance of the lives tragically lost.  Later this evening, the House is also expected to approve H.R. 32, which “condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific attack which occurred at the ‘Congress on your Corner’ event hosted by Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011,” honors the memory of the victims and applauds the bravery and service of those who intervened.

H.R. 32 honors the lives of Christina Taylor, Dorothy Morris, John Roll, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard, and Gabriel Zimmerman who lost their lives in the attack as well as the others wounded.  Further, it acknowledges the extraordinary heroism of Patricia Maisch, Roger Sulzgeber, Joseph Zimudie and Daniel Hernandez, Jr., who risked their lives to apprehend the gunman and assist the injured.

Video of Congressman Higgins’ speech can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CeN9G77yNo

Below is a copy of the Congressman’s remarks as prepared:

Mr. Speaker,

The outpouring of support from every corner of Western New York for the victims of the attack in Tucson has been overwhelming and inspiring. 

It is on behalf of Western New York that I offer our prayers to Gabby Giffords and to all of the injured, and our sympathy to the family and friends of Gabe Zimmerman, John Roll, Dorothy Morris, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwin Stoddard, and Christina Taylor Green. 

Some are suggesting that violence-themed political rhetoric contributed to this tragedy.   I think it would be wise to reflect on how we characterize our political opponents.  Undoubtedly our debate could benefit from more light and less heat.

But this attack was carried out by a man who appears to be severely mentally ill and we may never understand why he did it. 

Our best response to this atrocity is to reject fear and intimidation, and to embrace work in our communities with joy, openness, and dedication. 

That is the type of public service that Gabby believes in, and I urge my colleagues to follow her example.

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