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Grillmaster TUCKER HOTTES is still hosting cookouts. Look for your evite soon.   The joys of lump charcoal Unless you’re new ’round these parts, it’s fairly well known that I’m a grilling enthusiast. I’ve also spilled lots of ink going on and on about the relative merits of charcoal, and how it’s superior even though I occasionally enjoy the...

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WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES plays catch up on a few favs   Saving up for a rainy day This may win the ‘Understatement of the Year’ award, but getting sick sucks. I had the distinct misfortune to pick up a stomach bug from a visiting friend who was kind enough to gift it to me on his last day of illness. Turns out, the thing is resilient and quick enough...

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 TUCKER HOTTES has the ‘end-of-summer blues’   Forget spring cleaning. Let’s talk fall organization. Getting stuck in school traffic for the first time all summer reminded me, depressingly, that we’re almost done with the warm(ish), carefree, long days. Don’t get me wrong — I love fall and winter, but for the most part, I feel myself slipping...

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a few thoughts on fishing the lackawanna with TUCKER HOTTES   Anglers should work together to help clean up the river Last spring, I posted a quick pair of videos to YouTube of a friend of mine landing a brown trout on the Lackawanna River, not far from my house. Combined, to date, they’ve received shy of 300 views — certainly nothing spectacular, but...

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WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES explains how he met stella   Your new best friend could be just a click away I have this mutt, Stella. She’s not a nerd. She’s the opposite; a downright Luddite. Lots of dogs are afraid of vacuums and such. Stella isn’t a huge fan of the vacuum, but she doesn’t flee in terror from it, either. When I’m feeling lazy and...

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WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES unleashes his inner musician   Let’s make some noise I have a confession: I’m not a very good guitar player. Now, I’m not the subtly bragging type who says that and then turns around and jams away, fishing for compliments all the while. No, I’m lucky enough to have learned a few chords and a song or two, and can limp along...

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TUCKER HOTTES has a healthy respect for the power of the river   Have fun, be safe out on the river It’s been something like 20 years since I stepped foot into a kayak. Back in the days of summer camp, I always liked to gravitate toward the activities around the lake — fishing, canoeing, sailing, swimming, etc. Clearly things haven’t changed all that...

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at the movies with WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES   Robots and monsters and more — oh boy! I’m a big fan of movies — I grew up wearing out several VCRs and spending lots of time across the street from my house in a dusty old video rental store. The place was dimly lit, and run by an old couple who didn’t seem to be able to stand each other. The place...

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Heading out to a summer concert? TUCKER HOTTES has a few tailgating tips   The art of the tailgate Well into the swing of the summer concert season, we’ve got a few more shows and festivals hitting the area before things start to cool down. I’ve got a couple shows under my belt already this season, and I’m still looking forward to a few more before...

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WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES: Have tablet, will travel   Over the weekend, I took a trek into New York City to visit a good friend of mine for his 30th birthday. Due to the hassles of parking, and the need to accommodate my dog, I usually wind up taking a sort of odd little journey when I’m visiting New York. First, I swing to my mom’s place in North...