It involves 12,000 participants, 14 bag pipe bands and 9 high school marching bands. No, no … we’re not talking about standard operating procedure in the studio for Paper Shop Live (though a Sousa March or two might add a certain je ne sais quoi). We’re referring to the 2nd largest St. Pat’s parade in the country!
Tomorrow morning, Scranton’s 51st annual St. Patrick’s Day parade kicks off at 11:45 am. With a truly impressive lineup, the parade’s a pretty ironclad tradition in NE PA. If you’re local and have never checked it out, you really should! And if you partake of the traditional green beer, remember that COLTS buses will be offering free transportation on parade day.
We don’t know about you, but we’re getting ready to batten down the hatches for a storm that may turn out to be quite a blizzard. Even if it isn’t a full-blown nor’easter, we’re still in store for a little of the white stuff within the next 48 hours. It goes without saying, we suppose, that we’re thinking snow. Because we love strange little details, we wanted to dig up some cool (see what we did there?) snow facts:
The largest recorded snowflake was 15″ across and 8″ thick – wow!
The patent for the first snow shovel (one that both scooped & scraped) was granted in 1889 to Lydia Fairweather
Chionophobia is the fear of snow
Snowflakes fall at 5.5 feet per second
The Victorian Era was a period with serious air pollution. Because of this, the snow that fell was often dark gray
The U.S. averages about 105 snowstorms each winter
Ever go to an auction? It’s not only a really interesting and fun thing to do, it’s also a source for great bargains and unusual finds.
We list all sorts of local auctions both online and in print. Most of the time the ad will tell you precisely the kind of auction it is (property for auction, restaurant supplies, machinery, etc.). Even better, the ads frequently list a number of the items that are scheduled to go on the block, often in some detail.
We don’t need to remind you how cold it is out there. And we probably don’t need to remind you that we’ve got a wide variety of heaters to make you more comfortable. Our Heating & Plumbing category’s got fireplaces, wood burning stoves, water heaters & pellet stoves. If you’re shopping around for a heating source, however, it’s important to mind your BTUs.
You’ll often see a BTU number in ads for heaters and air conditioners. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit, and it’s a standardized measurement of heat. In the case of heating units, it indicates the amount of energy needed to heat one pound of water 1° Farenheit. Because it’s a standard measurement, it’s a great way to compare the capabilities of various heating systems.
BTUs are also used to measure the amount of heat generated by different fuels. For example, propane is approximately 15,000 BTUs per pound, while charcoal is just about 9000 and wood is around 7000. If you happen to be of a scientific bent, you can figure out exactly how much fuel you’d need to, say, grill a hamburger.
So you want to advertise your small business? Good! Let us help you.
Just like you, we’re a small independent business. And, just like you, we operate on a budget. We understand how important it is to get the maximum exposure for your company while also saving money. Whether you’re interested in running a small ad a few times to see how we work or you’re looking to get into long-term advertising, we’re got solutions. After all, we’ve been serving the advertising needs of NE PA businesses for 45 years!
You can call our office at any time to talk about display advertising. We’re happy to quote you a price if you’ve already got a size in mind, or we can fax or email you a complete listing of our Black & White and Color display rates, just so that you can look them over on your own time. We also offer online advertising and web banner ads.
Best of all? We will never pressure you. We’d be delighted, however, to let you know exactly what we’ve got to offer and we are always happy to answer any questions you might have. Give us a call at 1-800-537-9377 and find out what Paper Shop can do for you!
Can you hear me now? Yes? Good! I’d like to hear you, too.
If you’ve listened to the Paper Shop Live! radio broadcast on Saturday mornings, you know that we’re completely live on the air and that the broadcasts really do end up being a mixed bag. Always fun, always interesting, but not the kind of thing that you can walk into that studio & fully predict. And that, my friends, is a good thing – and exactly what we like.
If you’re thinking of calling in an advertisement, do it! You’ll be on the air with Kim or Jen (me), both longtime Paper Shop employees & neither particularly experienced in radio. We’re just regular people like you. What we are experienced in, however, is taking ads and helping people sell their stuff; that’s why we’re right there with you as you place your ad on the air during the live broadcast.
Best of all? It really is free advertising. Not only do you get to reach our radio audience with your ad, we also put that ad up on thepapershop.com for the week, so you’ll reach our online audience, too (not to mention the listeners of the weekly podcasts – posted on our Twitter & Facebook feeds). And all of it’s free. No obligation; in fact, the only information we’ll ask when you place the ad is your first name, your city and a number that interested buyers can use to reach you.
So don’t be shy! If I can get on the air, so can you! Give us a call between 9-10 on Saturday mornings and tell us what you’ve got! 1-888-303-0630 Join us on NEPA’s ESPN radio network: 96.1/100.1FM & 630/1240AM
If you’re a fan of the white stuff, this seems to be your year! Even if you’re not, you can always embrace the unavoidable and check out some winter sports. Maybe it’s time to learn how to cross-country ski. Or perhaps resolve that 2013′s the year that you finally tackle snowboarding. After all, we’re surrounded by some of the most picturesque and exciting ski resorts in the Northeast – put ‘em to use! (Check out what’s up in the Poconos for Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month or even learn to snowshoe for free)
We offer a surprising amount of winter sports gear in our pages and on our website. From winter sports gloves to cheap skis for beginners, snowboards to ski pants, we’ll get you all set. Check out our Sports Equipment category (and even the Under $25 category) and see what’s around to make Old Man Winter just a little less disagreeable.
It’s already December 27th, so we can imagine that you’re well in the midst of New Year’s party ideas. Or perhaps you’re even thinking ahead and pondering quick weight loss (yikes!) or, more sensibly, thinking about healthy eating habits and perhaps using that home exercise equipment. Maybe it’s the year that you’ll finally get organized and tackle that garage, hall closet or pantry.
No matter how you slice it, the approaching new year is quite a motivator, huh?
Whether you’re cleaning house and have items to sell or you’ve decided that this is the year to get fit, keep us in mind. Pick up our newest issue on January 2, check us out on thepapershop.com or listen to Paper Shop Live! at 8am every Saturday on NEPA’s ESPN radio network: 96.1 & 100.1FM or 630 & 1240AM
We know how it goes: after a Poconos vacation, a cabin or property in the area sounds like a wonderful investment. Or perhaps you’re looking into commercial real estate in NEPA or thinking about purchasing a rental property. Whether it’s the Poconos or the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metro area, we’ve got a great selection of properties for sale.
Check out our Real Estate and our Rental categories, either in our weekly publication or on thepapershop.com. And don’t forget that you can use the airwaves, too: call Paper Shop Live! any Saturday morning, tell us what you’re selling or what you’re interested in buying – it’s a great chance to reach a very wide audience!
Ask around and you’re likely to find that most people you know found a car through Paper Shop.
Perhaps it was that first car: often short on bells & whistles, but generally pretty affordable. Sometimes it’s a car just for commuting. Or maybe a rough service 4×4 just for winter. Either way, we’re NEPA’s premier source to find used (and new) vehicles. We’ve got lots of experience, since we’ve been doing this for nearly 45 years!
Let’s put that 45 years into perspective.
Here’s a car that matches us in years: it’s a ’68 Pontiac Firebird. In fact, we’ve currently got it listed for sale. Pretty sweet, huh? It’ll go into print for the January 2, 2013 issue, but you can find it on thepapershop.com in our Antique Autos category (hint: type ’68 Pontiac Firebird into the Keyword Search field).