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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY STATEPOINT MEDIA The effects of your painkiller medication may be worse than the pain you're actually treating. Take steps to treat pain as safely and effectively as possible.

The use of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin is on the rise and this trend is taking its toll. Opioids account for 46 deaths each day in the United States more than any other drug.

Is your pain medication the best option for you? Depending on the type of pain you're experiencing, and the duration of your expected treatment, the answer may be "no."

"Surprisingly, opioids are not very effective pain medications, and they can also have serious side effects," says Dr. Donald Teater, MD, medical adviser to the National Safety Council.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Q. Are older people more anxious than younger people?

Because the stresses of health problems, losses and and other major life changes build up as we get older, we tend to become anxious. Some surveys suggest that one in five older adults suffer anxiety symptoms that require treatment.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

CrossFit TC Unplugged and the Trinity Praise Band may be two completely different organizations with different purposes but when it comes to the United States of America and our veterans, they are joining together to form one brotherhood.

These groups want to honor and serve veterans when they need it the most, especially wounded veterans.

To that end, they have created two fundraising activities to take place April 18, in the hopes of accumulating at least $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The annual Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the ACS Telethon Committee Chinese Auction will be March 29 at Lakeside Ballroom, Barnesville. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; drawing begins at 2:30. Polka Joe will broadcast on WMGH live from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Annual ACS Telethon.

To donate items or purchase tickets, call 570-645-4228 or email madula@ptd.net. Bakers are always needed.

Monday, March 2, 2015

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union is reaching out to the community with its "Smart Teens Seminar Series."

It will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, April 14, 21 and 28 in the Bethlehem Branch, located at 257 Brodhead Road.

This three-part seminar will focus on such topics as: Budgeting, saving and credit.

Teens age 15-18 will learn basic money management skills that will last them a lifetime. The session will include interactive activities to help them apply the concepts they will learn.

Monday, March 2, 2015
PRESS PHOTO COURTESY OF DISTRIBUTING DIGNITY Joanie Balderstone and Rebecca McIntire are the founders of Distributing Dignity. They started collecting new bras and feminine hygiene products in 2010.

Bras, tampons, pads and panty liners are female necessities that come at a high cost. For the women who cannot afford these supplies, Distributing Dignity is there to provide them.

Distributing Dignity was founded by Lehigh University alumnae Joanie Balderstone and Rebecca McIntire. They were doing donation work in Camden, New Jersey, receiving gently used business clothing from an organization they belonged to.

Monday, March 2, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY STATEPOINT MEDIA If you're an entepreneur, finding ways to make the most of your time and finances is crucual for your sanity and success.

There are two things most small-business owners have in common: limited time and limited finances.

If you're an entrepreneur, finding ways to make the most of both is crucial for your sanity and success.

The key to becoming more efficient with these two key resources is organization, says "SmallBizLady" Melinda Emerson, small business expert and author of the best-selling book "Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months."

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lupcho

Lisa Armano, daughter of John and Lorraine Armano of North Andover, Massachusetts, and Paul L. Lupcho of Northampton, son of Paul and Malinda Lupcho of Palmerton, were united in marriage on Oct. 18, 2014, at St. Michael Parish in North Andover.

The Rev. Kevin Deeley officiated the double-ring ceremony.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Kristin Tedesco of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, to be her maid of honor.

Bridesmaids included Carrie Leary of North Andover, and Jennifer Fernandez of Pottstown.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Dustin Anewalt and Grace Murtoff

The engagement of Grace Murtoff of Pittsburgh, and Dustin Anewalt of Cranberry Township, has been announced by his parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Gary andKathleen Murtoff of Carlisle.

She is a 2008 graduate of Boiling Springs High School. She graduated from Grove City College in 2012.

She is currently employed at Magnetics in Pittsburgh.

The prospective bridegroom is the son Dee and Jamie (Reed) Anewalt of Cranberry Township, formerly of Lehighton.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Tim Pressede and Lauren Davison

The engagement of Lauren Davison of Pottstown, formerly of Summit Hill, and Tim Pressede also of Pottstown, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Darlene Hentosh of Nesquehoning, and Christopher Davison of Orwigsburg.

She is a 2004 graduate of Marian Catholic School. She earned a bachelor's degree in rehabilitative services at East Stroudsburg University in 2008. In 2012 she earned her master's degree in psychology from University of Phoenix. In 2013 she graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with her ABA graduate degree.