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Friday, November 7, 2014

Certain factors may increase your risk of epilepsy.

Ÿ Age. The onset of epilepsy is most common during early childhood and after age 60, but the condition can occur at any age.

Ÿ Family history. If you have a family history of epilepsy, you may be at an increased risk of developing a seizure disorder.

Friday, November 7, 2014
@$:AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Ellen Baca, coordinator of the Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania, second from right, accepts the proclamation naming November as Epilepsy Awareness Month in Carbon County, from Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard, left; Wayne Nothstein, second from left; and William O'Gurek.

Did you know that one in 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime?

That means that it could happen to you, your mom, dad, siblings, friends or co-workers.

To raise awareness, Carbon County has declared November as Epilepsy Awareness Month.

Last week, the county commissioners adopted a proclamation with the hope of shedding light on this condition.

Ellen Baca, coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania, was on-hand to accept the proclamation.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pleasant Valley High School crowned its Homecoming King and Queen at Friday night's football game against Stroudsburg. Ryan Klapatch was named King and Hayley Blanding, Queen. Abigail Roselli and Marcell McKenzie were the runners-up.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Author Grant Jarrett

Chase Stollar is angry.

His world is falling apart. He's been fired from his job, his wife left him, and his father is dying, and now, his brother wants him to come home to the Poconos and shoulder some of the burden.

And that's just the half of it.

"Ways of Leaving" is a new novel by Lehigh Valley born and Stroudsburg-area raised Grant Jarrett. The book was named winner of the International Book Awards for Best New Fiction earlier this year.

We spoke with Jarrett via email, and this is what he had to say.

QIn a nutshell, how would you describe your book?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
@$:AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS  Times News Editor in Chief Marta Gouger congratulates grand prize winner Jennifer Domines.

It was a difficult job, but when the judges finished their tough but tasty task, Jennifer Domines was declared the winner of the 27th annual Times News Cookbook and Recipe Contest.

Her Buffarolls, a Tailgating treat that combines the spicy tang of Buffalo chicken wings with cheese, which is then deep fried in an egg roll wrapper, were a huge hit with both the judges, and the other contestants as well.

"It's something that my family loved," says Domines, "and as our friends tried it, they loved it."

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Deliciously Decadent Macaroni and Cheese

I've never been one to believe that comfort food has to be rich and fattening to be satisfying. Usually, for me at least, it's all about the memories that food evokes.

I get just as excited about a salad of curly endive dressed with red wine vinegar and lots of garlic as I do about a homemade cavatelli covered in a thick marinara.

But there are days when I want something that will make me feel good, at least when I'm eating it, even though I know the guilt will come soon enough.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Open enrollment is the time each fall when most Americans select or change their health benefits for the following year.

Choosing health care coverage is one of the most important decisions people make.

Therefore, it's essential that consumers fully understand their options during open enrollment so they can choose a plan that will help them enhance their health and possibly save money.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

On Nov. 15 residents of Pennsylvania who are without health insurance will have the opportunity to enroll in a health-care plan through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

Created under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Marketplace is a resource where individuals, families and small businesses can learn about their health coverage options; compare health insurance plans based on costs, benefits and other important features; choose a plan; and enroll in coverage.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Q. I heard that marijuana helps glaucoma. I'd like to try it, but won't I get in trouble?

Marijuana can help your glaucoma and it could get you in trouble because there are legal restrictions upon its use.

If you are interested in trying medical marijuana for your glaucoma, discuss this treatment with your doctor. (I could write an entire column on the marijuana laws, but I'll stick to the health issues.)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Lehighton High School

Class of 1965

Men of the Lehighton High School Class of 1965 will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Riverwalck Restaurant in Parryville.