Saturday, August 1, 2015


Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Fresh  blueberries

July marks National Blueberry Month and this year marks 100 years since the first blueberries were commercially sold out of Whitesbog, New Jersey.

Today, blueberries offer a wide variety of beneficial properties, in addition to being sweet treats for warm summer days.

They are not only a staple in the White House kitchen garden, but on chefs' and celebrities' plates around the country.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

(BPT) Summertime allows you to spend more time outside, enjoying breezy days and a vacation state of mind. But before you get caught up in the nice weather, it's important to keep your furry friends in mind.

Warm temperatures and increased outdoor time can be a recipe for trouble.

Maintaining a pet-friendly lifestyle and home in the summer doesn't have to be expensive. With a few simple tricks, you can ensure your pet will thrive during the sunny summer months.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer is a great time of year, just ask any child. Long days playing outdoors, swimming and family vacations make it a fun and exciting time for children.

For parents, summer is a time to think about how to keep children safe and injury free while taking part in warm-weather activities.

That's because the longer days and higher temperatures of summertime unfortunately can bring an increase in injuries.

Injury prevention

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Q. Do people who are colorblind see everything in black and white?

"Colorblindness" is the common term used to describe color vision deficiency. The term is misleading, because total colorblindness that turns the world into shades of gray is rare.

The most common type of colorblindness makes it difficult for people to discriminate between red and green. The next most common form of the deficiency affects the perception of blues and yellows. Those with blue-yellow blindness almost always have red-green blindness, too.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Brenda Benner: "The Silent Sister" by Diane Chamberlain and "The Last Summer (of You and Me)" by Ann Brashares

Mary Ann Hazel: "Scared Scriptless: A Novel" by Alison Sweeney

Rhonda Donaldson: "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" by Kerry Greenwood

Jery Lynne O'Neal: "The Bronze Horseman" by Paullina Simmons

Nora Kildahl: "Singer from the Sea" by Sherri Tepper and "The Traitor's Wife" by Allison Pataki

Susan Schwab: "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness

Judi Rae Kesner: "The Heist," "The Chase" and "The Job" by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Monday, July 20, 2015
Heading to the beach? Don't forget your book

Have you read "The Girl on the Train" yet? The new psychological thriller by Paula Hawkins has been sitting near the top of The New York Times Best Seller list for months.

What about the Pulitzer Prize winning "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr? The story of a blind girl and a gadget-obsessed boy set during World War II is at the top of plenty of must-read lists.

Then there's the Queen of the Summer Read, Elin Hilderbrand. Her latest book, "The Rumor" is barely a couple weeks old yet it's finding its way into many a beach bag.

Monday, July 20, 2015
Recipe for a Happy Life

From Brenda Janowitz:"Recipe for a Happy Life"

Hannah Goodman didn't grow up like most kids on the Upper East Side. Her mother, Gray, is an award-winning photojournalist with little time for the banalities of child-rearing.

The closest thing Hannah's got to a traditional matriarch is her grandmother a glamourous widow six times over with a sprawling Hamptons estate. But Gray is determined that her daughter resist the siren song of the trust fund set, and make her own way in the world.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Deebel

Emma Kathryn Ruggery, daughter of Donald Jr. and Kate Ruggery of Duncanville, and Nicholas Allen Deebel, son of Mark and Sue Deebel of Hummelstown, were united in marriage on June 6, 2015, at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Hollidaysburg. Monsignor Stanley Carson officiated the service.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents.

The reception was held at the Heritage Discovery Center in Altoona.

The new Mrs. Deebel is a graduate of Juniata College. She is pursuing her teaching certificate.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Blake

Laura N. Christian of Parkville, Maryland, daughter of Mark and Karen Preiss of Baltimore, Maryland, and Patrick J. Blake, also of Parkville, son of Gary and Judith Blake of Summit Hill, were united in marriage on July 12, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Baltimore.

The Rev. William F. Spacek, M.Div., BCC, officiated the ceremony. Mary Stanton was the organist.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride chose Lauren A. Reidy to be her maid of honor.

The bridesmaids included Jennifer L. Jeremiah, Robin M. Hope, Ashley N. Silcott and Tracy M. Purper.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Mr. Edward McLaughlin and Dr. Angela McLaughlin

Dr. Angela Burda, daughter of Michael and Gloria Burda of Barnesville, and Edward McLaughlin, son of Barry and Marlene McLaughlin of Tamaqua, were united in marriage on June 27, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church in Cape May, New Jersey.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride chose Kristen Williams as her maid of honor.

Bridesmaids included Ariele Baggett, Andrea Testerman and Samantha Burda.

The bridegroom chose Dr. Sean McLaughlin as his best man. Groomsmen included Chris McLaughlin, Michael Burda Jr. and Joshua Burda.