Author Archives: Chad Smith

Chad Smith

I'm a former reporter for the Pocono Record who moved to Hamburg, Germany, to be with my German girlfriend. I still do journalism but now teach English to pay the bills. In this blog I share my thoughts on life in Europe and often dissect the differences between German and American culture. Also sometimes discussed: cool European places to visit, German beer and the perils and joys of cohabitation. @chadreidsmith is my Twitter.

Democracy on display: The Polk Township “junk” ordinance discussion

Man, was I impressed with the way the  “junk” ordinance discussion went down Tuesday night at the Polk Township supervisors meeting. See, the township had been considering passing an ordinance that would punish people who left junk – old cars, furniture, non-used trampolines, old machinery, construction materials, etc. – on their property for an extended […]

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The face behind the popular West End Facebook page

So just who is behind that popular “West End of Monroe County” Facebook page? It turns out that the person who has been promoting West End businesses, dishing out West End news and advertising the region in general, all on one Facebook page, is Barry Dawson, a West End native who has much experience in […]

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A good sign

Something caught my attention recently. I was in the new Kinsley’s ShopRite in Brodheadsville and I noticed a sign. Yup, a sign. The sign was for Doris’s Café, the new café at Kinsley’s. The massive supermarket, which opened in August, is family owned and Doris is the mother of Chris Kinsley Sr., who runs much […]

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Observations from the West End, a day after Sandy hit

So last week the editors here at the Pocono Record sent me out to the West End to report on how it was affected by Hurricane Sandy. I came back to the newsroom with a decent amount of good  information, but we had so many reporters covering Sandy and had so much “copy” that a […]

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