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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a series of classes on Diabetes Self Management Training and Support on four Wednesdays: May 20, 27, June 3 and 10, in the third-floor conference room at the Palmerton Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The women's cancer support group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. May 19 at Blue Mountain Health Systems, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton, in the community room, ground floor.

The format is informal and ideal for people who are looking for personal and mutual support for cancer-related issues.

For more information contact Karen at 610-377-6279 or Gerry at 484-629-3522.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Q. I've heard the worst pain you can experience is from passing a kidney stone. True?

I had a friend who served in the Royal Air Force in World War II. On a bombing run over Germany, his co-pilot started to pass a kidney stone.

The pain was so bad that the poor guy wanted to jump out of the plane. He had to be knocked unconscious.

Kidney stones have been inflicting extreme pain for at least 7,000 years; evidence of them was found in an Egyptian mummy.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Marian Catholic High School Class of 1962 will hold its annual picnic on June 13 at the West Penn Grove starting at noon.

For more information, contact Ann Miller McGlinchey at 570-952-8398 or Tom Versailles at 570-386-2202.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1980 is holding its 35th reunion on July 18 at the Orioles Community Center.

Organizers need to hear from classmates for updated addresses and emails.

Contact Deb (Tanczos) Yanders at LHS1980@ptd.net or 610-377-0151 and check out the Facebook page at Lehighton Area High School Class Of 1980.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Panther Valley Class of 1975 will host its 40-year class reunion from 5 to 10 p.m. May 23 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

The buffet meal is $30 per person with a cash bar.

For more information contact Tracey at tlhaber@yahoo.com or on Facebook.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and the time of year that brings on the wheezes and sneezes.

While most people are focused on the outside environment and air quality, many neglect the one place they spend the most time: their home.

Robin Wilson, one of the pioneers of the eco-friendly movement, an ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and author of "Clean Design: Wellness for Your Lifestyle," says making a few simple changes in each room of the house can dramatically reduce the symptoms of asthma and allergies.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Shopping for an energy-efficient appliance seems self-explanatory: Look for Energy Star certified models, then find one that meets your needs.

Energy Star certified appliances are independently certified to guarantee that they use substantially less energy than the federal government's minimum energy efficiency requirements.

For example, an Energy Star certified refrigerator is about 10 percent more efficient than the minimum requirements. Energy Star certified clothes washers use about 25 percent less energy and 40 percent less water than regular washers.

Monday, May 11, 2015
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Today's appliances are more energy-efficient than ever, but is it time to replace your refrigerator or hot water heater? Online tools like Energy Guide's "Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator" can help you decide if it makes sense to upgrade if your older appliances. Here Herbert Saltzer, co-owner of Saltzer's Appliances in Lehighton, looks at a refrigerator in the store's show room.

You've changed your light bulbs to CFL and LED bulbs and your electric bill still soars each month.

You might know that your 15-year-old refrigerator isn't helping matters, but replacing appliances is expensive.

Is it worth the investment to replace aging appliances with more energy-efficient models?

The U.S. Energy Department estimates that appliances account for about 13 percent of household energy costs, with refrigeration, cooking and laundry taking up the bulk of energy use.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Mriss

Roger and Eileen Mriss of Lehighton are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married May 8, 1965, in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Lehighton by the late Rev. George J. Fenzil.

Mrs. Mriss is the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Walck) Schmalzel of Lehighton. Her husband is the son of the late Andrew and Norma (Hontz) Mriss of Lehighton.

They are the parents of three children: Joseph, husband of Karen, of Milford, Delaware; Catherine, wife of Daniel Kurtz of Trumbauersville; and Kevin, husband of Cara, of Quakertown.