Monday, April 21, 2014


Friday, April 18, 2014
The Blue Mountain Health System gala committee dons their Kentucky Derby hats during the media event on Wednesday, Committee members are, seated from left, Jeannine Siegmond; Dr. Richard Lizak and Alicia Shutack-Silliman, honorary hosts for the evening; and Romaine Biege. Standing, Nancy Matyas, Lisa Johnson, Sylvia Goral, Denise Kennedy, Dr. Deb Smith, Kay DeMatte, and Joe Guardiani.

"And they're off ..."

In honor of the 140th annual Kentucky Derby on May 3, Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville will be transformed into a smaller scale of the prestigious event during the 17th annual Blue Mountain Health System gala.

Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m.; dinner is at 7; and the casino opens at 8.

The charity ball, which is the largest fundraiser for the hospital, will benefit the Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lehighton and the new 11-bed Summit at Palmerton.

Friday, April 18, 2014
Luca Giorgio Pacitti

A son, Luca Giorgio Pacitti, was born at 2:27 p.m. Feb. 3, 2014, at St. Luke's University Hospital in Bethlehem to Carla and Joseph Pacitti of Bethlehem.

He weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Gregg and Cleo Baran of Hometown.

Paternal grandparents are Joseph and Christine Pacitti of Barto and the late Patricia Ann Pacitti.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Volunteers at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were feted at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea. From left are, David Westrip, Sandy Jerdon, Lela Hartranft and Elder Walker.

Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center honored its "shining stars" Friday at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea.

"What comes to mind when you hear the word "star?" questioned Cindy Swatt, activity director, who served as mistress of ceremonies.

Swatt said the shining star volunteers at the center help brighten the day for the staff and residents.

"No one could ever say Mahoning Valley Nursing Home is dark and void of light," she said.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers group will host a discussion on Book Cover Design and Aesthetics by industry professional Robert Mendoza at 11 a.m. May 10 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

There is a $10 fee for non-PLRW members for either in person or online participation.

For details visit

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Weatherly High School Class of 1974 will hold a reunion planning meeting at the Weatherly Borough Conference Room at 7 p.m., on Thursday, May 8.

All interested members of the class, please attend.

If unable to attend the meeting, please contact Georgia (Zeleznock) Farrow at 570-427-4527 or email

Thursday, April 17, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Several of the artists of the Pocono Mountain Art Group that displayed their artwork at its Spring Art Show were, from left to right: Pat Smith, Nancy Embich, Julia Sager, Lorie Eastman, Marie Gelsomino, Grace Ikai.

The Pocono Mountain Art Group held a Spring Art Show at Kinsley's ShopRite in Brodheadsville in Doris's Cafe.

The event featured several local artists and their artwork and included paintings of still lifes, flowers and landscapes using mediums of oil, acrylic, pencil and pastels.

Other artwork featured included photography, dried flowers, wreaths and more.

"We're very grateful to the Kinsleys for allowing us to hold the show here," said art group President George Miller.

"I think the public enjoyed it as much as we did."

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Ÿ Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., will host its community Easter Egg hunt Saturday. This is a free event.

The times of the "hunt" are ages 1 to 6 from 1 to 2 p.m.; and ages 7-12 from 2 to 3 p.m. Bring your own basket.

Register your child's name and age in advance by calling the church office at 610-377-4303.

Ÿ Country Junction, 6565 Interchange Road, Lehighton, will offer free egg hunts on Saturday.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

St. Luke's University Hospital Miners Campus is hosting seminars on health-related topics which are open to the public.

Some sessions will be held at locations throughout the community, but the bulk will be held at the hospital in Coaldale.

A seminar on exercise and heart disease risks, offered by Joseph Paluck, exercise physiologist will be held from 11 a.m. until noon April 29 at the Y in Tamaqua, and from 4-5 p.m. May 13 at Pyramid Sports, 230 Ochre St., Lehighton.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS  Margherita Pizza ready to go into the oven.

With Good Friday this week, I thought this was the perfect time to unveil my mother's secret weapon.

If she wanted to see any of us, she usually just had to say one word, and we'd all come running.


She didn't order from the local pizzeria, or pick up some premade crust and a jar of sauce.

Everything was made from scratch and it was, in my humble but biased opinion, the best.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Q. What is the definition of constipation?

The clinical definition of constipation is any two of the following symptoms for at least 12 weeks (not necessarily consecutive) in the previous year:

Ÿ Straining during bowel movements

Ÿ Lumpy or hard stool

Ÿ Sensation of obstruction or incomplete evacuation

Ÿ Fewer than three bowel movements per week.

Those reporting constipation most often are women and adults age 65 and over.

Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the United States.