Thursday, March 5, 2015


Tuesday, January 27, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY OF STATEPOINT For those living with the chronic pain of arthritis, there are several natural ways to reduce complications and pain associated with the disease, from losing weight to homeopathic medicine.

One in five adults in the United States now reports having doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For those living with the chronic pain of this disease, learning how to manage arthritis is crucial to the health and happiness of millions of Americans.

With that in mind, here are several natural ways to reduce complications and pain associated with arthritis:

Ÿ Those who are overweight or obese are diagnosed with an arthritis symptom more often than those with a lower body mass index, according to CDC statistics.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Q. I'm worried about falling. What should I do about this?

Well, first of all, you can't go around worrying about falling or you won't be relaxed; that can lead to a fall.

So, you should concentrate on employing techniques to avoid falls and then don't let the fear take over your mind.

But a respect for the dangers of falling is justified by the statistics.

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.

Monday, January 26, 2015
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jocelyn Scefanick of Lansford uses a treadmill at the Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton. To make this year's resolutions successful, you'll need to evaluate your performance so far and learn from any potential setbacks.

If you want to meet your goals, they need to be SMART.

SMART goals are:

Ÿ Specific

Ÿ Measurable

Ÿ Attainable

Ÿ Relevant

Ÿ Time-bound

"Keep it detailed, and keep it measurable," said Joshua Koch, a financial associate with Thrivent Financial in Lehighton.

For example, don't aim to "lose weight" or "save money." Set a goal to lose 10 pounds in two months, or to deposit $100 per month in a savings account for one year. These goals are specific, measurable and time-bound.

Monday, January 26, 2015
Reset your resolutions

Have you stuck with your New Year's resolutions, or are you already resolving to do better next year?

A study by the University of Scranton suggests that four out of 10 people will have failed to maintain their resolution by the end of January. About 25 percent drop their goals within the first week.

We asked local experts for tips on making this year's resolutions a success.

Learn from setbacks

Monday, January 26, 2015

Following everyone's favorite season, "the season of giving," comes everyone's least favorite, "the season of I'm-done-with-these-resolutions-already."

Studies show that within a month, almost half of all New Year's resolutions have already fizzled out.

That's why the experts at Taste of Home America's largest cooking magazine have come up with a simple list of goals and ideas that can change your life without sacrificing time, money or happiness.

Here are some examples:

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Shawn McArdle and Jillian Castaldi

Jillian Marie Castaldi of Scranton and Shawn Patrick McArdle of Nesquehoning have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter Martin and Renee Castaldi of Scranton.

She is a graduate of Misericordia University with a bachelor's of science in nursing. She is pursuing a master's degree in family health nurse practitioner at the University of Scranton.

She is currently employed as a registered nurse in the emergency room at Geisinger Community Medical Center.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of John and DelRey McArdle of Nesquehoning.

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Mel Eckman

Jordan Mertz, daughter of Denise Mertz, and Mel Eckman, son of Malinda and Kyle Eckman, were united in marriage on Nov. 1, 2014, at Beltzville State Park.

Pastor Jim Dean officiated the ceremony.

Given in marriage by her brother, Tucker Mertz, the bride chose her sister, Avery Mertz, as her maid of honor.

Joseph Devereaux served as the best man.

Family and friends celebrated the nuptials in Lehighton following the wedding.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Amanda Lynne Follweiler and Ryan John Gallagher, both of Tamaqua.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Walter James Getz, White Haven, and Grace Ann Houseman, Coaldale.

Anthony Michael Zongaro and Ann Marie Palmer, Albrightsville.

Michael Todd Silfies and Cynthia Marie Malick, Slatington.

Friday, January 23, 2015
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Poinsettia plants are popular around Christmas, and will thrive as a houseplant with proper care. It's even possible to get them to rebloom next year, if you are diligent about giving them 15 hours of darkness each night, from September through December.

The holidays are over and if you're like me, you may have a couple of poinsettias hanging around, brightening up these dreary winter days.

Have you ever thought about resurrecting them next Christmas?

It will take a little effort and dedication on your part poinsettias can be notoriously finicky and even then, you might not have a brilliant red plant to show off, but it's worth a shot.

If you look online you can find a multitude of tips to get those persnickety poinsettias to bloom again. Here are a few from Michigan State University:

Late winter and early spring