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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System will recognize Stroke Awareness Month with free stroke screenings from 9:30 a.m. to noon May 5, in the second floor Next Step Acute Rehab Unit at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th Street in Lehighton.

Daniel Yeager, MD, medical director of BMHS's Acute Rehabilitation Center, will screen participants for the presence of carotid bruits. Acute rehab staff will evaluate for elevated blood pressure and irregular heart rates and rhythms.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Q. I may have to undergo bypass surgery and I heard that it can really mess up your mind. Is that true?

If you have coronary bypass surgery, you could suffer from what some in the health care professions call "pump head."

During traditional surgery, a patient is put on a heart-lung bypass pump to oxygenate and circulate blood. This machine may create clots that could harm the brain. In addition, a surgeon handling the aorta the main heart artery can free bits of accumulated plaque and they can block blood vessels in the brain.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Many people have outdated or unused medications in their medicine cabinet or elsewhere in their home.

Often, these old medications are being kept for future use or are simply forgotten after an illness passes.

But keeping old and unused medications can lead to some serious problems. Taking medications after they expire may be ineffective, and may even be dangerous, because the chemical makeup and potency of drugs can change over time.

Unused medications can also fall into the wrong hands and provide an easy source for those who may be seeking to abuse drugs.

Monday, April 27, 2015
METROGRAPHICS Corsages complete a prom look.

Flowers and formal events go hand in hand. Both women and men may wear flowers at weddings, graduations and dances.

A corsage is a small bundle of flowers that is pinned to the lapel area of a woman's clothing or tied around her wrist. Some people get creative and wear corsages in their hair or on their ankles.

Corsages get their name from the French bouquet de corsage, meaning a grouping of flowers for the bodice. Initially, corsages were attached to the bodice of a dress and wearers believed the corsages helped to ward off evil spirits.

Monday, April 27, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS Grab a bowl of popcorn and a corsage and sit down for some of Hollywood's most memorable prom and graduation moments.

High school students with proms and graduations on the horizon realize that these events will provide some of the most memorable moments of their lives.

Promgoers and graduates frequently look back on this special time in their lives with fondness as they remember the special moments they spent with friends and family.

These are such extraordinary events that many filmmakers have immortalized them on the silver screen. Here's a look at some memorable prom and graduation films. You may learn a thing or two before your own prom and graduation.

Monday, April 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) – "Will you go to the prom with me?"

Teenagers are still popping the question, but they're doing it in bigger and bolder ways that can sometimes rival a wedding proposal. Some ask on stadium Jumbotrons or surprise their future dates in class with giant signs. Known as a "promposal," they can pump up the overall cost of going to the prom. Teens then post videos and photos of their promposals on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, fueling the trend.

Monday, April 27, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS Prom night and the associated festivities that accompany the night can prove very expensive.

It should come as no surprise that the cost of prom tickets, transportation and attire continues to rise as the years pass. According to a recent study from Visa, families spent an average of $1,139 on proms in 2013. This figure represents a 5 percent increase over prom spending in 2012.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Getz Sr.

Richard and Barbara Getz Sr. of Palmerton recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

They were married on April 10, 1965, at St. Matthew's Church in Kunkletown by the Rev. Aiden Bohner.

Mrs. Getz is the daughter of the late Vane and Alma (Costenbader) Smale of Kresgeville. Her husband is the son of the late Walter and Elsie (Hittner) Getz of Franklin Township.

They have two children: A daughter, Sherry, wife of Louis Smith of Lehighton, and a son, Richard Jr., husband of Yvette, of Palmerton.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Brantley Lewis Brungard

BRUNGARD A son, Brantley Lewis Brungard, was born at 3:29 p.m., March 13, 2015, at Lehigh Valley Hospital to Susanna Morgan of Andreas, and Nicholas Brungard, also of Andreas.

He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and measured 19.5 inches long.

He was welcomed home by his 18-month-old brother, Bryson Brungard.

Maternal grandparents are Brenda Ritter of Nesquehoning and Frank Morgan of Lehighton.

Maternal great-grandparents are Barry-Lee and Susan Ahner of Lehighton. Mariah Ahner is the maternal great-great-grandmother.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Michael Kline and Tamarra Rusnock

Tamarra Rusnock of Lansford, daughter of Greg and Trudi Rusnock, also of Lansford, and Michael Kline of Hamburg, son of Kenneth and the late Edna Kline, also of Hamburg, have announced their engagement.

They will exchange vows on Aug. 8 at St. Katharine Drexel Church in Lansford.

The bride-to-be is a 1995 graduate of Panther Valley High School. She is employed by Redner's Market in Nesquehoning.

The prospective bridegroom is a 2000 graduate of Hamburg High School. He is employed by Redner's Market in Reading.