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Playing With Fire

LightGrams April 5, 2018 Volume 22, Number 13 A campfire can be hypnotic. Young children must be carefully watched as they stand before such a fire. Those too young to realize the dangers of fire may play with something that will lead to great harm. A man near Fresno, California was recently caught on video…

Six Days AWOL

LightGrams February 15, 2017 Volume 22, Number 7 The story of Danny Filippidis, age 49, is intriguing. The 49-year-old firefighter from Toronto was skiing with friends on Whiteface Mountain in New York last week – and then couldn’t be found. A massive search was launched, utilizing hundreds of volunteers looking in hazardous terrain. About 7,000…

Greased Poles

LightGrams January 25, 2017 Volume 22, Number 4 Entertainment was harder to find in “the old days”. I remember being at the city park for a July 4th celebration when I was young. One of the highlights of the day was watching men trying to climb a telephone pole to retrieve a $10 bill on…

An Unpayable Bill

LightGrams January 4, 2017 Volume 22, Number 1 Let me warn you: This is an Erie story. Before sticklers for precise spelling begin screaming let me assure you that I know how to spell the word that means “strange” or “weird”: that would be eerie, and it’s not capitalized. The story to which I’m about…

A Marathon, The Hard Way

LightGrams October 19, 2017 Volume 21, Number 36 Irene Sewell is now listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. She recently completed a marathon race in 7 hours and 28 minutes. If you’re wondering what’s so special about that, let me finish: She ran the entire marathon in high heels! Winning a spot in…

The Bomb In His House

LightGrams April 20, 2017 Volume 21, Number 14 When the owner of the gun shop in Hull, Massachusetts was offered the Civil War relic for $1,000, he saw it for what it was.  The 15-pound cannonball still had a fuse attached, so he said, “That looks live to me.  Out the door, please.”  He wanted…

The GOAT

LightGrams March 23, 2017 Volume 21, Number 11 I remember the morning well, though it was a few years ago.  I had just opened the garage door to put something in the trash and I saw an animal walking up the slope in our back yard.  It took only a moment to identify it –…

Haunted By Garbage

LightGrams February 23, 2017 Volume 21, Number 8 Connor Cox is like any other college student who lives away from home.  When a package arrives in the mail, he’s eager to get into it.  One of the two packages he received the other day at Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA) was what he hoped it…

The Report Of My Death …

LightGrams February 2, 2017 Volume 21, Number 5 “The report of my death was an exaggeration,” is a line written by Samuel Clemens (AKA Mark Twain) in May of 1897. Clemens was traveling abroad, and reports had been published of his “grave illness”, eventually leading to his reported death.  A reporter had written to inquire…

Gimme A Break!

LightGrams November 10, 2016 Volume 20, Number 36 For years the Hershey Company has used a simple jingle to advertise their Kit Kat candy bars: “Gimme a break …”  (You can easily find the tune on YouTube if you’re not familiar with it.)  A few days ago that message took on a deeper meaning. Hunter…