40 YEARS- 40 WEEKS

March 10, 2021 – December 8, 2021

First Paper

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Penny Power’s First Paper: March 11th, 1981  

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Updated Each Week! Thumbs Up/Down From This Week’s Featured Year

2014

Thumbs Up

To the inhuman, cruel, uncaring, heartless people who leave their dogs outside year-round, especially in this brutally cold weather. Aren’t you cold when you go outside wearing many dry layers of clothing? You have a warm dry refuge, while your dog is lying cold, wet, and alone in a doghouse with probably nothing warm to lay on with the cold wind blowing through the opening of the doghouse. It’s a privilege to own a dog, to receive their affection and love. People like yourself are undeserving of it. Open your heart and give these kind creatures the life they deserve.  

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To the Southern Lehigh Competition Cheer Squad’s District Champion 1st place win. Good luck at the State Competition January 24th. The Cheer Squad will also be competing at UCA Nationals in Florida in February. Good luck to you all and know that we are very proud of your accomplishments this season. A big Thumbs Up goes to Coach Colleen and Coach Kara for teaching our girls to work hard and become the champions that they are. A Proud Cheer Parent.

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To all the people who assisted us during the car accident on Route 313 between Mountain View and Sterner Mill Road on January 25. We’d like to thank the first responders, East Rockhill Regional Police, Officer Maloney, paramedics, EMT’s, firefighters, the women who retrieved my wallet (who knows Rachael G.). And a big “Thumbs Up” to Megan, you took a total stranger and her dog into your care, gave us a warm place to stay in your car and drove us home. Thanks to all of you my husband, father-in-law and Oscar the dog will be okay. I think it is safe to say “Get this darn winter over with!”.

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To the owner of the car who regularly parks in the 5-minute pick-up zone in front of the South Bethlehem Post Office. What gives you the right to park there for hours at a time, day after day, preventing others from making a quick stop, while the rest of us are paying for parking spaces in that crowded neighborhood.

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This is an overdue thank you to three people who helped me when my car conked out on Main Street in Quakertown on December 31st. The gentlemen in back of me got out of his vehicle and offered to try to start my car. He did get it running. The young couple who followed me home in their car to see that I got home safely. It’s too late for Merry Christmas, so how about Happy Valentine’s Day? I never forgot your kindness. Thank you and may God bless you. A Grateful Senior Citizen.

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To the driver behind me on Dublin Road on Friday, February 7 at 8pm. As we approached the one lane bridge there was a car coming toward us from the opposite direction. I though he was far enough away that I’d reach the bridge first. As I entered the upgrade of the bridge the car behind me continuously honked his horn, alerting me that the opposing car was also entering the bridge. I quickly pulled over to the side as the opposing car barreled past us. I was just a foot form a head-on collision! Whoever the driver of the car behind me was, thank you for saving my life!

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To the inconsiderate people who, during the snowstorms, did not think of others and try to dig a space in the snow for your trash and recyclables. These men can’t climb over mounds of snow. At least try, one shovel at a time, and then you have a space or even try to make a pathway for them.

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To whoever is responsible for fixing potholes in our area. I drive over 40 miles every day to and from work from Sellersville to Hatboro and I have to deal with the war zone of potholes on the Route 309 expressway and County Line Road. Every day I see more and more cars pulled over fixing flat tires. I’d like to know where our tax dollars are going.

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To guys who fix the streets of Quakertown. Our streets look like a “war zone”, especially Broad Street & Front Street and the intersection of Front Street & Park Avenue. You guys have to use these roads too, how about fixing them? We certainly pay enough taxes to have our roads fixed correctly.

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To the aides and nurses who went above and beyond their duties during my grandmother’s stay at the nursing home. Especially to Maria, Julia, Lougie, Pat, Chrystal, Alona, Dawn, Tameka, Evelyn, Sherene, Janet, Dawn, the list goes on. If I missed you, I’m sorry. You know who you are. Nam was very lucky to have that extra care and love you gave her. You made the last of her 103 years filled with happiness. Never forget the cupcake parties in Nam’s room that she enjoyed with everyone. Bless you all! Love, Debbie & Family XOXOX.  

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Two Thumbs Up to the person who found my iPhone in Frenchtown on April 7 and turned it in. I would have liked to thank you in person, but you didn’t even leave your name. I can’t thank you enough for your kind actions. I’m sure your karmic bank account just got even richer.

Thumbs Down

As an indoor cat owner, I am greatly distressed there are those to continue to let their cats roam the neighborhood. This morning being an example of two cats fighting under the bedroom window. One of the cats obviously belongs to someone, as she has a pink collar on, the other is a gray striped with white paws. They can be seen in the neighborhood of Harriet Drive. As a pet lover, I am asking you to be conscientious pet owners and do the right thing by keeping your cats indoors. It is far safer for them as well, as we all know there are many people who do not like cats and won’t hesitate to hurt them. Please stop and think before you allow your cats to have the run of the neighborhood. Thank you.

Thumbs Down

To the local police who I called first when my car was caught in a flood on North Rockhill Road on Wednesday, April 30th. You did not send anyone out, were not concerned about my safety, and the first thing you said was if you had to tow my car I would be charged. Thank you God I had some neighbors who did help.

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To Officer Hohenwarter for the successful rescue of 8 baby ducks from a storm sewer last week. It was very upsetting to see the mother so distraught. Your humanity and resourcefulness was appreciated by all the moms on Bartram Lane! Ghandi once said, “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” Thank you Officer Hohenwarter.

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Many, many thanks to the person who paid my bill at Applebee’s the Friday night before Christmas. I had a situation. Imagine my surprise when my waiter said my bill had been taken care of. It was so kind and gracious of you to pay my bill without me knowing who you were. This was a great learning experience for my granddaughter. There are good, caring people in this world and you are certainly one of them. May the Lord richly bless you.

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To Richland Township for the dangerous condition of Union Road. Though we appreciate the several attempts made to fill the gaping potholes, there are still enormous gaps that require attention.

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To the two witnesses who called 911 when our daughter was in a car accident June 7th. Thanks to all the neighbors that quickly responded and jumped in to help before the EMT, fire and police arrived. To all the EMT, fire, paramedic and police that responded, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service. The quick response in getting her to the hospital was awesome. To all our friends and neighbors thanks for all the support you are giving our family during this time. Lastly, thanks to the Jeep clubs from Hershey to this area, friends, supporters, for the overwhelming support by having the Jeep Rally/Parade and prayer time for Alana at the hospital. You all will be remembered forever. God Bless. Alana Knieriem’s Family.

Thumbs Down

To whoever took the bench away that was used by bus passengers that board a bus that comes through our town for the disabled people and elderly. The people that wait for this bus have nowhere to sit. And our town wants to attract visitors? I do hope it will be replaced.

Thumbs Up

To the man at the Promenade Shops who called the police when he noticed a dog panting in distress, who was left in a vehicle on Sunday, June 29. It was too hot, the poor dog could have suffered brain damage or death. Shame on the owners! Thanks to Upper Saucon Police for responding.

Thumbs Down

To the girl who is always late, has to pick out a meal at a restaurant before she gets there, hates basketball, and makes it so difficult to plan events. You are one-of-a-kind. I want to marry you.

Thumbs Down

To the moron on the motorcycle who tailgated me in Upper Black Eddy, hit my truck, then proceeded to take off. You give other motorcyclists a bad rap. Do yourself a favor and sell your bike before you hurt yourself or someone else.

Thumbs Up

A big thank you to a father of two school-age daughters who helped a great grandmother gain entry into her auto. After a quick run into the grocery, I discovered my car keys in the ignition, motor running and door locked. Oh my- “Help” and he did! Two hugs just doesn’t seem like enough!

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The Saucon Rail Trail is not only a place for people, dogs and snapping turtles (as per a Thumbs Down). It apparently was a highway for a fast-moving black bear! On the day after Memorial Day, I was driving to work and coming down Passer Road heading towards Route 309 at 7:25am. I saw a black bear running across Passer Road at the Saucon Rail Trail heading north! Guess he was avoiding the traffic on Route 309, too!

Thumbs Down

To rental property owners that say “no pets”. They are one of the top reasons there are many homeless animals. I understand there are some people out there who are not clean, but not everyone.  Isn’t that one of the reasons there is a security deposit? Besides, they can also charge a monthly fee so any damages that aren’t fixed by the tenant will be covered.  Anymore, people have to have background check, credit check, references and previous landlord information.  Couldn’t you also find out what kind of a pet owner they are? Just remember, when you see a pet up for adoption, don’t say, “Awwww…”. You could be the reason it’s there.

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To all the businesses, churches, community groups and individuals and COB team members who donated time, money, auction items and in-kind items such as food, talents, printing, etc. to the Community Outreach depends upon each and every one of your contributors! Thank you so much!

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A long overdue “Thumbs Up” to the fine gentleman who identifies himself as “The Old Man” or T.O.M. Your assistance to me and my family has provided us with a cool summer and many pleasant memories. Thank you for your help. You made quite a difference for us. You have represented yourself and your faith quite well. Your quiet faith and humility spoke through your service to us. Many thanks and God bless you.

Thumbs Down

I must have missed the memo that told customer service folks that, when thanked by a patron, the correct answer is “No problem”. Glad to know that I, the customer, am not a problem.  Whatever happened to a simple “You’re welcome”? This has become endemic. Managers everywhere, please inform your staff that responding with “No Problem” is a problem.

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To the thieves who keep ripping off the Quakertown Train Stations Historical Society. Two of the items stolen recently were a donation jar and a special $150 rubber mat that was on the ramp at the main entrance. Our Society exists only because of a few dedicated volunteers. Give us a break! These thefts are being investigated, so if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime!

Thumbs Down

To the PA State Game Commission for promoting the slaughter of Canada Geese at Nockamixon State Park. Eleven months of the year, the lake is a sanctuary and respite for the geese and other water fowl. Lulled to a false security, the geese will be blasted out of the sky there during the month of September. This is the same agency that sanctioned the slaughter of tens of thousands of migrating hawks and Hawk Mountain, until it was stopped by conservationists in the 1930-1940’s. PA State Game Commission, shame on you!

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To people who use “you guys”. You guys, according to dictionary.com and Merriam Webster, can be used to address women. When used to address a group (men or women or mixed), it is not gender specific. Please look it up. Your neurotic thinking and fragile sensibilities do not trump the dictionary. Yours truly, “The Dictionary”

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To the Giant customers who noticed kids buying lemonade for Alex’s Lemonade Stand and bought it for them. Your generosity helped our lemonade stand at Coopersburg Community Day raise over $1100 for childhood cancer! Thank you Coopersburg!

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As the mayor of Richlandtown Borough, I would give Borough Council two Thumbs Up for taking the time to address all borough residents concerns. There is no issue too small as to be deemed unimportant. The seven council members serve the community without taking one cent in tax money as a salary, they are required to not only attend the regularly scheduled Council meeting, but also a monthly work session. Items mentioned in the recent “Thumbs Down” were voiced by residents who were concerned enough to come before council seeking resolution. I believe that Council acted appropriately in addressing these concerns in a timely manner. Since January, Borough Council has dealt with issues of drug use, noisy neighbors, loose dogs and even unclaimed dog droppings. In each instance some action was taken. Borough Council recently gave the approval for the restart of the Borough Town Watch. I am thankful for each councilperson and the time they give up from their families to serve the Borough of Richlandtown.

Thumbs Down

To the woman who runs down Main Street in Coopersburg pushing the baby in a stroller. Side streets are bad enough, but on Main Street?! Please run on the sidewalk! Whatever your reason for running on the street may be, it cannot possibly outweigh the danger you are placing your child and yourself in. Drivers do look out for people, but accidents do happen.

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To the thoughtless slobs that litter our beautiful country roads. Who does such a thing? Why? And guys, when you toss an empty can or fast food wrapper into the bed of your pick-up truck, and when you get home it’s no longer there. Where do you think it went? Trust me, it didn’t vaporize, it’s now litter. But you knew that.

Thumbs Up

A big Thumbs Up to the idiot who egged our home on Roundhouse Road. You win the Idiot Award for two reasons: 1. For not reading the clearly posted “Surveillance Video Camera” signs. By the way, the surveillance covers 360* of the entire property day and night. 2. For not smiling. So before entering our property again, read the signs and smile for the cameras. You idiot!

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Photographers with little to no respect for private property. I would love to know how many people are good with someone parking in your driveway, opening the back of their van to get out several cameras per person and just start clicking photos as if we opened the place up for a photo shoot. A simple knock on the door, “hello” with a friendly smile, asking if it “would be OK to photograph your farm” would be appropriate to honor those that live there.

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A few words to thank all the volunteers who responded to the house fire on Quarry Road in Springfield Township. Thank you to the wonderful people in the community for the concern, food and gift cards. The Weierbach’s

Thumbs Down

What is wrong with people and Christmas decorations? The week or two after Halloween and they’ve got their holiday lights glaring. Nothing more disconcerting than coming around the corner at night and getting blindsided by a house lit up like the North Pole before Thanksgiving. It always used to be the Sunday night after Thanksgiving was the “go” date.

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This week I was traveling up Cowpath Road towards Telford and I was amazed at the work that was done at that very dangerous traffic area between Cowpath and Godshall. What has been accomplished at this area has been well worth the summer’s inconvenient detours. I would like to offer a hearty thank you to all that had any part in this awesome improvement. Fantastic job!

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To the person complaining about the holiday lights. You are being a Scrooge. Find the holiday spirit and perhaps enjoy the season. The lights make people happy and we all need a little more happiness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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