Columns

Are energy drinks hazardous to your health? |Jun 12, 2014

Energy drink consumption for teenagers and people in their twenties is the fastest growing group in the soft drink industry, with sales totaling a whopping nine billion dollars. In fact, they are quite popular on most college campuses, and among adults in the workplace.

Anson B. Nixon Park is the best park around |May 29, 2014

Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.

Time for a change at Bayard Taylor Memorial Library |May 22, 2014

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, “Nothing endures but change.” So it should be no surprise that changes are coming to the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library.

Pros and cons of universal life insurance |Apr 14, 2014

(Do you have a question about your financial affairs? Financial planning consultant, Robert S. Pennartz, CFP® takes calls at 1-302-654-5556, extension 138 or 1-800-366-0632, extension 138. A selection of these questions and Pennartz’s responses are published in this column.

Pros and cons of universal life insurance |Apr 14, 2014

(Do you have a question about your financial affairs? Financial planning consultant, Robert S. Pennartz, CFP® takes calls at 1-302-654-5556, extension 138 or 1-800-366-0632, extension 138. A selection of these questions and Pennartz’s responses are published in this column.

The Law of Potholes |Mar 20, 2014

The Law of Potholes Dreaded potholes! They seem to be everywhere this year, so avoiding them all is nearly impossible. The result: lost hubcaps, bent rims, flat tires and even accidents and injuries.

A look at the jury selection process |Feb 6, 2014

If you’ve ever been called for jury service, you probably know that it can be very boring -- sitting in the jury room waiting most of the day, being filed into a courtroom like sheep being herded, then listening to a judge or attorney ask you all sorts of questions, some of them a little personal.

Our society has flipped 180 degrees |Jan 30, 2014

I received some comments from folks who have read my previous column where I addressed the Duck Dynasty brouhaha. One person felt Phil’s religious freedom was being deigned. I decided to not just answer them back in a e-mail, but as others probably have a similar view decided to address that issue in my column.

Options available when rolling over 401(k) |Nov 5, 2013

Q. I’m 56 years old and I have recently switched jobs. I’d like to rollover my old 401(k) retirement plan to an IRA for more investment choices. Any reason why I should not do this?

Kacie’s dad: Heroin needs to be confronted |Apr 11, 2013

Editor’s Note: Andy Rumsford is the father of Kacie Rumsford, 23. Kacie died of a drug overdose a few weeks ago at the Kennett home she shared with her parents.

Del Bittle a true asset to community |Jan 7, 2013

Editor: I enjoyed last week’s article on Del Bittle and it reaffirms what I already knew. What a great man and assest to our community! I had driven past Del’s place many times seeing the wooden guitar sign on Route 842.

Unionville charging too much for tennis court use |Dec 5, 2012

Editor: I have run Tony’s Tennis Camp at of the Unionville High School tennis courts since 2007. I had hoped to continue the program for many more years at Unionville High School. The reason I am emailing you is that I can’t afford the new price increases for the tennis courts.

‘Tis the season for donating money |Nov 14, 2012

Like many other economic measures, charitable donations in the U.S. have yet to bounce back to pre-recession levels. According to Giving USA’s Annual Report on Philanthropy, charitable contributions totaled $298.

Delaying Social Security has its benefits |Nov 8, 2012

(Do you have a question about your financial affairs? Financial planning consultant, Robert S. Pennartz, CFP® takes calls at 1-302-654-5556, extension 138 or 1-800-366-0632, extension 138. A selection of these questions and Pennartz’s responses are published in this column.

History behind Great Pumpkin Carve |Oct 11, 2012

The air’s a bit cooler now, with brisk Autumn breezes replacing the sweltering humidity of Summer. Children are back at school; parents are preparing for another busy schedule of soccer games and PTA meetings.

Bring Your Antique Silver Out of Storage |Sep 12, 2012

Do you have a closet full of silver that you are not using? Has your silver flatware spent most of its life wrapped in a silver cloth in the china cabinet? Unfortunately the chore of polishing it keeps most sterling silver objects hidden out of sight and out of mind.

New Policy Helps Undocumented Immigrants Who Arrived as Children |Sep 5, 2012

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced a new initiative titled “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) which addresses enforcement action against undocumented aliens. DACA provides that certain undocumented aliens who came to the United States as children and meet other specific criteria can request “deferred action” for a period of two years so that they can avoid deportation and obtain a work permit.

Marden explains reason for leaving |Jul 25, 2012

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The Miracles of Apple Cider Vinegar |Jul 10, 2012

Avoid taxes on inherited IRA |Jun 20, 2012

Q. I’m in a dilemma. My husband died recently, and I inherited his 401(k) Retirement Plan and some life insurance (I am the only beneficiary). I understand that as his wife, I can rollover the 401(k) to my IRA.

Why take away from education? |Jun 13, 2012

The first thing I thought of when I read the letter “Stop raising Avon Grove school taxes” last week was that if we need to voice concerns about the “financial ruin of the country”, wouldn’t it make sense to voice those concerns to the folks running things in Washington, D.

Obama wrong on the economy |Jun 13, 2012

Last Friday, our president had a long overdue news conference on economics. In his speech, he took credit for 800,000 jobs being added to the payrolls, since Jan. 1. I hope everyone was happy to hear about this, even if they are reluctant to give the administration credit for it.

Eating our seed corn -- Guest column by Eric Schott |Jun 7, 2012

As the legislature returns to session, Gov. Corbett’s proposal to gut open space and farmland preservation funds must be scrutinized