Sunday, April 23, 2017


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
This image released by Sesame Workshop shows Julia, a new autistic Muppet character debuting on the 47th Season of “Sesame Street,” on April 10 on both PBS and HBO. AP PHOTO

NEW YORK — Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted.

That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes — and autism. Rather than being treated like an outsider, which too often is the plight of kids on the spectrum, Julia is one of the gang.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Q. Will taking testosterone bring back the virility of my youth?

The subject of testosterone is fuzzy, so it’s difficult to give a simple answer to this question.

There is some controversy about whether testosterone therapy should be used in men who have naturally lower testosterone levels because of aging. It remains unclear whether restoring earlier testosterone levels benefits older men.

Monday, March 20, 2017
A new program called StrongWomen, which aims to help men and women age 40 and older live a healthy life, is starting in Carbon County on March 28. METROGRAPHICS

It is important to continue a workout routine and healthy lifestyle as you age.

That’s because starting in your early 40s, women begin to lose 0.25 to 0.33 pounds of muscle a year, which is replaced by fat.

To combat the effects of aging and help men and women continue to live a healthy life well into their senior years, the Penn State Extension office and Blue Mountain Health System is partnering together for the StrongWomen/Growing Stronger program.

Monday, March 20, 2017
The Tamaqua Community Art Center will offer a class on pallet painting April 5. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua, will host an evening of pallet painting with Bossards Boards from 6 to 8 p.m. April 5.

The subject will be “Jar Flowers.”

The fee includes all supplies and materials, along with step-by-step instruction on painting on wood pallets. Designs may be personalized by color and wording.

Bring your favorite drink.

For more information, call 570-668-1192.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Heritage Hill Senior Community invites the public for an afternoon of bingo, with chances to win prizes a 1 p.m. March 29 at 1 p.m. at the Hazleton Senior Center, located at 24 E. Broad St., Hazleton.

Get ready for the spring weather with some games of bingo and prizes, such as jewelry, gift cards and home décor, compliments of Heritage Hill.

This event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. Please RSVP by calling Rachael or Toni, at 570-427-4500.

For more information about Heritage Hill, call Kapes or visit

Monday, March 20, 2017

New To Medicare, an educational program for people entering Medicare for the first time to better understand this comprehensive health care program, will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 March 28 at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 512 Bank St. in Bowmanstown.

Representatives from Carbon County Area Agency on Aging will provide a general introduction to Medicare, including Medicare Parts A-D, Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Medigap Policies), Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D).

Monday, March 20, 2017

“Born For This,” a musical production detailing the final hours of Jesus Christ, will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St. in Summit Hill.

The production is a prayerful way to prepare for Holy Week and Easter for families and youth groups. It will be performed by Lift Your Spirits Performing Arts.

Those under 16 are free accompanied by an adult.

For tickets or for more information, call 570-645-9133 or text 610-704-4308.

Sunday, March 19, 2017
The T-Rex dinosaur. Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The boot has been booted, the wheelbarrow has been wheeled out, and the thimble got the thumbs down in the latest version of the board game Monopoly. In their place will be a Tyrannosaurus rex, a penguin and a rubber ducky.

More than 4.3 million voters from 146 countries weighed in on which tokens they wanted to see in future versions of the property-acquisition game, which is based on the real-life streets of Atlantic City. Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based Hasbro announced the winners Friday morning.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Wyatt Trantham

Wyatt Trantham, a senior at Marian Catholic High School and the son of Elizabeth Trantham of Slatington, was recently honored by the Knights of Columbus as the first-place winner for “The Importance of Religious Freedom in America” essay contest.

The award was presented following the weekly Mass at the school.

His future plans include enlisting in the United States Navy and pursuing a career in nuclear engineering.

Saturday, March 18, 2017