Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Fairytale of Reality


Once upon a time, there was a charismatic president of the United States, and people disliked him because of his skin color and “liberal ways.” his Congress of fools voted mercilessly against his policies regardless of how good they were.

“You’re a socialist” they would exclaim. A GOP candidate even told him “No one ever died from not having healthcare.” Fortunately, I have a good insurance plan under Obamacare; if not I’d be a goner. As for Socialism, it ain’t all bad; it’s selfless nature if you ask me.

A rally for “the 99%” now had a muddled message, but even when it was clear as crystal, nothing changed. S&P is down, while oil prices and corporate greed are at an all time high. A new law was passed to forgive student loans, but why don’t we just “nip the problem in the bud.”

If 2012 is the end, we could be better off that way. As for me, I’ll keep my bank account stocked up a bit and my credit in check. I’ll stay hopeful for “change” because it’s what we need. In a place where two of the same can’t marry and wage gaps exist, something has to be different and that’s just the gist.

If wanting to help the working class makes me  a liberal (with a negative connotation), I’ll take it as a compliment.


The Story of an Hour (according to me)


After reading the text, one can most assuredly see that the book does have a melancholy tone that shine through in this short piece. Mrs. Mallard is a very complex character; although the reader can see she loves her husband, they can also understand her joy for new found freedom after his passing. Considering the time period of the late 1800’s (1894 to be exact) , women did not have that many rights including suffrage and were still treated as second class citizens to their male counterparts.
    Kate Chopin herself, was a young widow much like Mrs. Mallard, which is probably the sad inspiration for “The Story of an Hour.” Even the title of the story conveys the menagerie of emotions involved in the circumstances of the tale. Mrs.Mallard was under the impression that her husband, Brantley Mallard, was dead. The story ends with Mrs.Mallard finding out that her husband was still alive.
    The text says something to the effect that she died of a heart attack due to shock. This may be a very good possibility, but there are other explanations that could answer this event. Of course you could stay with the notion it was of the literal sense she died, back in this time period there were far more diseases and less treatment options available to the general public. Sanitation issues were abundant and medical technology was nothing like it is in today’s terms. She may have died from countless other diseases. Considering all that, another perspective is she died in the figurative way. She was probably heartbroken by her loss of newly found freedom. It must have been such a whirlwind of emotions to take in within a short period of time. Mrs. Mallard had been grieving the loss of her husband; along with that comes the thought of the funeral arrangements, what to do with all of his belongings, how to finance the funeral, and how she was going to pay for her everyday needs after needing a husband to take care of her (yet another sickness of the time period.)
    Continuing on with her emotions is the acceptance of his death. She now had to answer to no one but herself, and could make all decisions based upon her judgment with no discrepancies. Her thoughts were completely her own, which was an unexplored territory for Mrs. Mallard. Upon receiving news her husband was alive, all of that was taken from her. A figurative part of her died that day, a part she can never get back. If Brantley did indeed die for real, she would be cautious to have such freedom again because she would only assume it would be taken from her again.

Start the New Year off with this Timeless Home


Start the New Year off with this timeless Home
    This is a good starter home you won’t mind spending a lifetime in. Perfectly priced, this two bedroom two bathroom two story home is listed by Gordon Schneider of Spring Pond Realty for $70,900. Located in West Hazleton means a convenient hop ,skip ,jump, or gas pedal to shopping, local cuisine, and community get-togethers such as First Night in the winter, and Funfest in the summer. Nearby access to routes 93 and 309, interstates 80 and 81, and the Humboldt Industrial Park are just one of many benefits to this home’s location.
    If parallel parking is not your forte there is a two-car off street parking pad in the front of the home, and a one-stall garage with new siding in the rear of the structure. There are plenty of street lights around so you won’t be fumbling for your keys in the dark! Fresh on the market this home is move-in ready.
    Everything about this home embodies classic colonial architecture with modern amenities for your busy lifestyle.
    The pleasant demeanor of the exterior of the home continues indoors with the 13×13 living room, where the hardwood floors only begin. Two columns that separate the living and dining room are sure to invoke a cozy feeling, while serving a focal purpose to differentiate between the areas. The 13×13 dining room also features hardwood floors. In the 11×13 kitchen there are new ceramic tiles, as well as, brand new stainless steel appliances such as a Frigidaire refrigerator, electric stove, dishwasher, and even a microwave. Even though the floors are ceramic, there are plenty of wood accents within this room that tie the entire home together in to one cohesive living space. Cabinet space will not be an issue, and there is wood wainscoting to compliment the cabinets.
    Conveniently, there is a ½ bathroom just off kitchen and a door leading you out to the 6,000 square foot fenced in backyard area of your property. The full basement has an abundance of storage space and shelving, laundry hookups (washer and dryer included), and utility sinks for those tough to get out stains!
    A solid wood banister leads you to the upstairs portion of the home where you’ll find both bedrooms, a full bathroom, and more hardwood floors that are in immaculate condition. On top of the stairs is a window that lets in natural light. To your right are the bedrooms.  The first bedroom is a spacious 16×9.5, and the second adjoining bedroom is 13×13. Both bedrooms feature hardwood floors, and  fragrant cedar closets which are key features to a home built in this time period.
    To the left of the stairs is a large closet for storage, and continuing down the hallway is the full bathroom, a linen closet, and even more storage space!
    Once the weather finally breaks you can enjoy your large backyard area! Whether you are in to barbecuing, hammock lounging, or horseshoes, there is plenty of space to do as you please. If none of those options sound appealing, you can always install a pool, or spend some time fixing your car in the garage! Also, the front porch is a perfect place to soak up some sun. The entire home is heated by clean burning natural gas.
    For more information on this home or to schedule a viewing, contact Gordon Schneider directly at 570-926-1146, call the office at 570-455-6565, or drop by the Spring Pond office located at 111 Clouds Boulevard in Hazle Township.

Pardeesville Ranch Home Offers Much to the senses


Pardeesville ranch home offers much to the senses
    This three bedroom three bathroom home boasts a one acre lot with mature trees, an oversized one-stall garage, and even a stone faced fireplace with local coal accents.
Listed by Larry Tedesco of Colonial Realty for $179,900 this charming home is nestled between Hazleton and the neighboring Butler Valley. Access to Interstates 80 and 81 is close enough to be convenient, yet far enough away so you can still enjoy small town living and the benefits that come with it!
    Just a short jaunt away from St. Nasarius Church and a playground which has an annual haunted trail, and a baseball field this home has much to offer.  
    As you pull in to the driveway you are greeted by this charming home protected by brick and aluminum siding. Around the back of the house is not only a patio area, but a private raised deck for your own personal enjoyment.
    Headed in to the living room via the front door, you will be more than enamored by the 23.5×15.5 area. Featuring a ductless air conditioner that also hosts a heat pump, the spacious living room also has three large windows that face out toward your front yard. Continuing on in to the 21×13 modern kitchen, there is a stainless steel stove complete with glass range top and warmer. Within the eat-in kitchen, is a lovely breakfast bar with overhead illuminated bulk head ceiling accents and sliding glass doors that lead you to the deck area.
    Also on this level are three bedrooms ranging from 12.5×12.5 to the master’s dimensions of  16.5×12. Located adjacent to the master bedroom is a convenient ½ bath which compliments the full bathroom also located on this level.
    The gem of this house is only a few steps down to the partially finished basement area. A left past the classic wrought iron banister leads you to the 28×20 family room that has plenty of space for entertaining, relaxing, or even a game of billiards(pool table included)!
    This portion of the home has a fireplace like no other. Faced with both stone and regional coal, this large fireplace won’t disappoint. If the weather or your personal tastes don’t have a cozy fire in the picture, there’s always the built-in bar and plenty of room to put in a flat screen in addition to a table for a family game night.
    Access to the outdoor patio area, as well as the garage can be found in this level. To the right of the stairs is a ¾ bathroom with an accompanying laundry room, complete with washer and dryer hookups. If the rear paved driveway isn’t enough room for you and your guests, the one-stall garage also has more than enough space to fulfill your storage, workshop or car care needs.
    This home is recently added to the market, which gives you the opportunity to be one of the first to take a private tour or if you prefer, you can attend the Open House. This upcoming Sunday, January 8, there will be an Open House from noon until approximately three in the afternoon. Getting to this home is easy enough, via the Airport Beltway to Pardeesville Road which turns in to Francis Road. From Francis road hang a right and then make a left on to Anthony Place, and the home is located at the end of the road to the right.
    To get more information on this timeless home or the upcoming open house, contact Larry Tedesco of Colonial Realty at 570-455-9110 or drop by the office located at 239 West Broad Street in Hazleton.

Bi-level Beauty in Brookhill


Bi-level Beauty in Brookhill
    Modern kitchen. Check. Fireplace in the family room. Check. Private covered deck with two entrances from within the house. Check. Two-stall garage. Check. What more could a homebuyer want? Chances are this place has it.
    Listed by Pat Genetti of Lewith and Freeman for $189,900 this lovely bi-level home is located within the Brookhill community in Conyngham. The development has many family oriented activities that bring together the residents of the neighborhood, including fishing derbies, Easter egg hunts, and Christmas tree bonfires. Just a short walk away is a lake for the outdoors person enthusiast in your family, and playground area for the kids .This distinguished home has a upscale look for a realistic price. The entire home has been completely updated with a security system, lighting fixtures and much, much more! You can’t help but imagine the kids playing outside in the snow in your spacious backyard, or tossing footballs around after the Spring thaw.
    Central air, energy star windows, and an energy efficient heat pump help to keep your costs down, while enjoying the comfort of this 2,050 square foot home.
    After parking in the paved driveway, a concrete slab walkway leads you to the front door of this sturdy aluminum sided home. The outside is punctuated by four pillars that make the home more prestigious. Brand new hardwood floors greet you as soon as you enter the home, which continue on in to the dining room and kitchen. The downstairs level of this home has a brick accented wood burning fireplace in the finished 17×15 feet family room complete with a built-in bookshelf or trophy case for your family’s many accomplishments. One of four bedrooms is located on this level, along with access to the roomy two-stall garage, 3/4 bathroom and newly tiled laundry room. The 17×12  bedroom not only has new cream colored carpet but a large closet for all of your needs. Conveniently, the laundry room also has a utility sink and of course hookups for your washer and dryer. A full bathroom with ceramic tiled flooring is also located just off the family room and laundry room.
    Up a few stairs and to the right is the 15×18 living room with elegant hardwood flooring, wainscoting that continues on in to the formal dining room, and large windows that allow abundant natural light in to your home. Continuing on, the cozy 13×12.6 dining room also has new crown molding and sliding glass doors that lead you to you very own covered deck with a latching wooden door to keep the kids or pets where you can see them. The modern kitchen comes complete with a electric oven/range, with an overhead microwave, matching black dishwasher and oversized refrigerator. Recessed lighting gives the kitchen a modern flair, to go with the appliances. There’s also a pantry to keep your family stocked up for the winter and plenty of cabinet space is available for all of your kitchen needs!
    There are two closets in the hallway leading to the other bedrooms and bathrooms of the home. The main bathroom has a tiled shower and bathtub, new cabinets, and a perfect area to put a laundry hamper located under the sink area. All three bedrooms in this portion of the home have ceiling fans for your comfort. The 11×16 master bedroom has double closets for whoever the lucky inhabitants of this room may be! The focal point of the master bathroom is the tiled shower area that has frosted sliding glass doors that add to the modern feel of the home.

    To get more information on this home or any Lewith and Freeman listing contact  Pat Genetti at 570-788-1999 or drop by the Lewith and Freeman office on route 309 in Drums.

It’s Wintertime and the living is easy with this lovely home


It’s Wintertime and the living is easy with this lovely home
    You may have to wait until spring to enjoy the green green grass of home, but until then you can enjoy the amenities featured within this 3,232 square foot home. Listed by Charlotte Marnell of Benjamin Real Estate for $329,900, you won’t mind waiting for the weather to break while spending time in this spacious yet equally cozy home.
    Located just off of route 93 in Sugarloaf, this home is close enough to civilization so that errand running is not a hassle, but it is far enough away to enjoy the views and close knit community of the neighboring areas. Just past Valley Elementary/ Middle School is the quiet development, The Meadows, where you’ll find this home along with many others perfectly spaced out to allow room for practicality.
    The paved driveway brings you to the large parking area and three stall attached garage. Whether you are an avid car collector or an avid socialite there’s plenty of room for you and your family’s busy lifestyle. The exterior of the home is punctuated by a beautiful lawn and modern landscaping that add distinguishing characteristics to the already impressive home.
    If you decide to enter through the sturdy glass  front door, you’ll be greeted with a bright and cheery array of windows at varying heights and exotic rosewood flooring. To the right is the 15.7×13 formal dining room that features double-hung windows as well as the rosewood flooring. Continuing to the 24×11.7 modern kitchen, which may have maple cabinets and an island to prepare a family dinner, but it is not overdone. The touches of elegance make this feel like Grandma’s house updated for today’s needs. Adjacent to the kitchen is a mudroom that leads out to the three-stall garage that has a workshop area within. Accompanying the kitchen space is a 14×12 breakfast nook or not-so-formal dining area as well as sliding glass doors that lead to your nearly ½ acre lot, along with a large deck and patio area! Plenty of room for the kids, and adults alike nestled in a quiet community, what more could a home owner ask for?
    The 20×16 living/ family room has oversized Transom windows along with cream colored carpet, crown molding and recessed lighting. Also on this level is a ½ bathroom with marble flooring for that ultra sleek modern flair.
    Heading up the stairs, you can’t help but notice the abundance of natural light funneling in to the home courtesy of a two-story palladian window in the foyer and countless others throughout the structure. At the top of the stairs you get a lovely view of the hanging light fixture that is suspended over the front door area.
    The 17.5×15 master bedroom of course has oversized windows along with vaulted ceilings and an enormous walk-in closet that could almost double as another bedroom. The master bathroom not only has a standalone shower but a garden tub for all your bathing needs! A full communal bathroom also features vaulted ceilings with a skylight as an added bonus.
    The two remaining bedrooms measure 13×12 and 14×11.8 both with walk-in closets. The laundry room comes with a washer and dryer. As if you would need another reason to fall in love with this home, at the end of the hallway is a 33.6×13 bonus room that can be utilized as an upstairs family room, game room, play room for the kids, or a generously sized fourth bedroom.
    To get more information on this beauty in The Meadows contact Charlotte Marnell at the office: 570-788-4101 or drop by the Benjamin office conveniently located at their route 93 location on Conyngham.

Spectacular Log Home with a Summit view


They’re not the Lincoln Logs you grew up with, but they are sure to bring you the same enjoyment! This stunning three bedroom, two bathroom genuine Lincoln Log home can be yours for the drastically reduced price of $349,000. Listed by Cindy Perlick of Century 21 Smith Hourigan this home has everything except a family to call its own.
    Located within Eagle Rock Resort this home is among the lucky homes to be built on the summit within the community. What this boils down to is a picturesque view for your own personal enjoyment, which can be taken in from your own private deck!  Sitting atop a one acre lot, this home not only gives you many benefits from within the structure, but throughout the Eagle Rock community and all it has to offer. The ownership of your double-lot gives you not only 48 free rounds of golf a year but access to an equestrian center, spa, skiing, snow tubing, tennis courts, swimming facilities, and much, much more!
    Back to the house itself, you can’t help but feel invited by the covered front porch, pillars with stone accents, and the rustic look of solid pine logs. You can park either in the two-stall garage or the paved driveway. Custom built in 2004, not a single inch of this 2,542 square foot home could be considered wasted space. Entering through the front door will lead you in to the open floor plan area that incorporates the modern kitchen, dining room, and living room. Be sure to leave your shoes at the slate tiled foyer, because this house is filled with lavish hardwood floors!
    To the left is the 14×13.4 dining room, with large windows offering a view of the front porch. The 15.2×15 living room features a wood burning fireplace for the winter, and double-hung windows adjacent to the back deck for the remaining seasons!
    The convenient D-log design of this home gives you the rounded look of the logs from the outside, and a flat surface within so you can still decorate this home to your liking without a hassle!
    Access to the garage is located just off of the living room and dining room. The 17.5×11.6 kitchen has custom cabinets, a dishwasher, garbage disposal, refrigerator, plenty of windows, and a view that is only better when you step out on to the deck.  Down the hall is a door leading to the full walkout  basement, one of two full bathrooms, laundry room, and of course the master bedroom suite.
    In the 13.6×10 bathroom there are double sinks, a jetted tub as well as a standalone shower if you prefer. The laundry room is conveniently located just off of the master bedroom and even comes with a dryer!
    If you hate windows offering a view of your property, double closets, an exposed beam ceiling and 28.6×15 feet of space you are better off staying away from the master bedroom. The suite layout gives you an extra area for workout equipment, a desk, or a hobby area.
    Upstairs is a lovely 21×16 loft area also with hardwood floors and an exposed beam ceiling. A full view of most of the downstairs area unifies this portion of the house with the other rooms.
    A huge storage area is also on this level along with another full bathroom and two more bedrooms!
    The first bedroom you’ll encounter is sure to be fought over. French doors open up to a private balcony with the same, slightly more elevated, view as the deck. The remaining bedroom is 16×15 with a uniquely shaped area for a desk.
    After you’ve taken all that in why wouldn’t you want to make this house your home sweet home? For more information on this home contact Cindy Perlick directly at 570-956-4802, call the office 570-474-6307, or drop by the Century 21 Smith Hourigan office located at 69 N .Mountain Boulevard in Mountaintop.

Forever in Jeansville


Forever in Jeanesville
    Money talks, but it can’t sing and dance. The good news is for $129,900 you can own this lovely five bedroom three bathroom home. Listed by Jerry T. McGuire of Jerry McGuire Realtor this home has much more heart and space on the inside than it appears from a glance of the exterior.
    This home is located on the main road of Jeanesville which means easy access to Hazleton General Hospital, Interstate 81, shopping facilities, the Hazleton Heights, routes 309 and 93 via Arthur Gardner Parkway and a BMX track.
    It doesn’t matter if weather outside is frightful or not this home is delightful in any season. With an above ground swimming pool in the backyard and an oversized brick fireplace in the living room you and your family will be content with this just over 2,000 square foot home vinyl sided home.
    The paved driveway leads you past the classic brick chimney to the backyard area, complete with a brick laden patio area perfect for poolside barbecuing, as well as plenty of parking space for you and your houseguests. If you decide to enter through the front door, you’ll end up in the 6.5×23 feet office area that is complete with a built-in roll top desk and book shelves. Hardwood baseboards run throughout the home.
    Continuing in through the expansive 12.5×24.5 living room, there is a fireplace insert for burning wood, pellets or coal that features an extended mantle that covers a large portion of this space. The modern 16×9 kitchen has many highlights that include a dishwasher and Corian counters. Unlike the rest of the house, this cozy kitchen has wainscoted hardwood accents that compliment the ceiling which is complete with customizable track lights. A large center island is provided for your mealtime preparation convenience. The vinyl floored kitchen also harbors a door that leads you to your own portion of the great outdoors.
        In the 10×12 dining room there are sliding glass doors leading out to the pool/backyard area. A large coat or storage closet is located within this room, and you can’t forget the rustic pegged hardwood floors! Also on this level is a full 6.5×8 bathroom that is adjacent to one of four bedrooms located within this house.
    The full basement not only houses the oil tank, but a cabana bar area for entertaining with plenty of room to spare for storage! Washer and dryer hookups are also within the basement. Heading to the second level of this home, you’ll find the remaining bedrooms that top out at the master bedroom’s dimensions of 11.5×24 . Dual walk-in closets with built-in organizing shelves make this space even more enjoyable. Vaulted ceilings are not only in the master bedroom but also continue in through the master bathroom. Two skylights in the master bedroom let in a beautiful view of sunshine and blue skies as long as Mother Nature decides to cooperate. If there still isn’t enough space for you in the master bedroom to get ready for a night on the town, there is a dressing room located directly off of the master bathroom. This space could also be utilized as a hobby room for the painter, novelist, or arts and crafts enthusiast in you. The ¾ master bathroom also has a skylight incorporated in to the elegant ceiling. For even more storage there are hideaway stairs tucked in to the ceiling leading to the attic.

One Sweetheart of a Home


One Sweetheart of a Home
    A crisp new coat of paint. Refinished hardwood floors. Cozy interior. Inviting exterior, and a two car garage. The only thing missing from this four bedroom, two bathroom, two story house, is a family to make memories in it! If it was a Valentine’s day candy it would simply say: Love Me. Listed by Rick Bernstein of Century 21 Bernstein for $169,900, this home boasts a lot that’s nearly an acre, a wet bar, and much much more!
    There’s plenty of parking for you and your guests at this home! With classic brick work and black shutters, the exterior of the home is only overshadowed by the beauty within. Entering through the side door, you’ll end up in the 20.5×8 feet kitchen. With a dishwasher, Jenn Air appliances, electric oven and breakfast nook you can only begin to imagine the rest of the characteristics of this cozy home.
    To the left and down a few steps is the oversized living room/hobby room/recreation room. Measuring 22.1×20.6 the possibilities for this space are endless! Eight windows plus sliding glass doors leading to the 26.11×20.6 enclosed sun porch, means plenty of natural sunlight and a panoramic view of your very own paradise. There’s even a closet within this room to store all your favorite board games or poker equipment.
    One of many benefits of this home is the versatility the rooms offer to the homeowner. The front door brings you to a lovely 17.1×11.11 hardwood floored room with a larger than life bay window overlooking the front yard that has a partial ranch style fence to accent the roomy outdoors area. This room can be utilized as a dining room or whatever your heart desires. Down the hallway there are three bedrooms ranging from 14×8 which could effortlessly be a home office to 13.9×13.1. Two centralized closets make linen and household item storage convenient, and keeps the home looking prestigious. Access to the full basement is also located on this level. Partially finished with a wet bar, electric fireplace to cuddle up next to, and an indoor brick accented planter and 25.×21.3 feet of space this basement does a lot more than harbor the laundry hookups. Whether you’re watching the Big Game or unwinding after work, this portion of the home is sure to soothe whatever may be ale-ing you.
    Located on the second floor of this structure is the massive yet practical master bedroom suite. Measuring 20.6×17 this room has two windows facing out to the garage, two overlooking the backyard, and another that showcases the back edge of your little piece of the great outdoors.
    If you decide to venture out of this home, there are plenty of neighboring attractions the whole family can enjoy, if you’re not spending time in the garage, or enjoying the shade of the mature trees surrounding your property that is!  Penn’s Peak is only a short drive away, as well as Tamaqua and historic Eckley Miner’s Village. Jim Thorpe along with all the neat little shops, breathtaking views, and food establishments is only a matter of minutes away. Whether you are fishing at Mauch Chunk Lake or Lake Marie you will be more than happy to return to your home sweet home.

Andy Petonak discussion assignment 1


“I’d rather be able to face myself in the bathroom mirror than be rich and famous.” -Ani Difranco
“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.”-Janis Joplin
    Both of these quotes speak volumes to me, not only as a writer, but as a sensible human being. The first quote is especially important in the career field as a journalist. In any facet of journalism, you must ask yourself if running a “really great story” would compromise your values, reputation or close relationships in any way.
    Secondly, if the killer story would ruin any or all of these things, is it really worth it? I, for one would like to make a ton of money in my career, but I would not be able to live with myself knowing I really shorted someone else to get there. Although this is a noble thought, I know not everything I will do in life will be completely perfect, as humans are not perfect.
    If I can write, take a few neat trips and pay some bills, I’ll be a happy camper, whatever that may mean. I joke a lot, but in all seriousness I do rely on myself a lot because I know exactly what I am capable of and I try to push that limit everyday.
    Even though my mom still brings over dinner at least twice a week, I am pretty independent. Since I moved out, on my own, I can understand how important my self-worth is. I can deal with others letting me down, and selling themselves out but if I were to either I would have a hard time forgiving myself.
    It is really sad how some people sell themselves out to just make a few bucks. From the latest Hollywood bimbo, to the scantily clad literally selling themselves it is terrible. I mean how could you face yourself and say “wow, my ancestors must be really proud.” If you can do either of those things and still feel good about yourself more power to you.