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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

As of today we are just three weeks away from Christmas, and if you are anything like me (and just about everyone else I know), you're pretty busy about now.

There's decorating to do, as well as shopping, gift wrapping, writing Christmas cards, grocery shopping, meal planning, cookie baking and maybe even a party or two.

I'm exhausted just writing that.

But wait; in addition to all that extra work, you still have a hungry family sitting around the table, waiting for dinner.

Not to worry. I've got you covered.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Q. How successful are heart transplants?

The survival rates for heart transplants have improved steadily since the first successful human heart transplants were done in the late 1960s.

Almost 9 out of 10 patients survive the first year following a heart transplant. After five years, the survival rate drops to about 7 in 10.

After 10 years, the rate drops again to about 5 in 10. After 20 years, about 1.5 in 10 are still ticking.

Approximately 2,300 heart transplants are now performed each year in more than 150 heart-transplant centers in the United States

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Shingles vaccines are available for those over 60.

You have chills, aches on one side of your body and flu-like symptoms but you don't have the flu.

Then a painful rash appears.

If you had the chickenpox as a child, you could be the one in every three Americans who will experience shingles.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shingles, which is also known as herpes zoster, "is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox."

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Shingles cannot be passed from person to person, but the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to a person who has never had chickenpox.

In such cases, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox, but they would not develop shingles.

The virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters, not through sneezing, coughing or casual contact.

Monday, December 2, 2013
Alfred M. Feuerstein

Alfred Max Feuerstein is celebrating his 90th birthday today. He was born Dec. 2, 1923 in East Mauch Chunk, son of Frederick and Mayme (Danner) Feuerstein. Alfred is the third generation of the Feuerstein family living primarily on the 400 block of South Street, East Mauch Chunk, now Jim Thorpe. His brother, Elmer, resides in Jim Thorpe, while his sister, Joan, lives in Lehighton. His eldest brother, Wilbur, who is deceased, lived in Hagerstown, Md.

Monday, December 2, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Kyra Lusch, 10, of West Penn Township, recently donated 15 inches of her hair to "Locks of Love." She is the daughter of Terry and Amy Lusch. Kyra has an older brother, Brandon who is 12.

Monday, December 2, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Nesquehoning Junior Recreation Commission recently met to prepare goody bags for area shut-ins. Twenty colorful bags containing fruit and candy were prepared and included with the residents' Thanksgiving baskets. Pictured from left, first row are, Alexis Cooper, 10; Jacob Taras, 12; Richelle Van Horn, 17; Kelsey Van Horn, 16; Courtney Pilla, 10; and Madison Heckman, 10. Back row, Anne Horrigan, senior center director, Carbon County Area Agency on Aging, and Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck.

Monday, December 2, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Holly Gehman, third from left, has been named a finalist in the 2013 Earth Science Week Visual Arts Contest. A student at Weatherly Area Elementary School, Holly is one of the top five finalists in the contest, which was sponsored by the American Geosciences Institute. Her winning artwork may be viewed at www.earthsciweek.org. She is pictured with Weatherly art teacher Susan Lenhart, Weatherly Area Elementary Principal Sandra Slavick and Weatherly Superintendent Thomas McLaughlin.

Monday, December 2, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Plocinik

Mr. and Mrs. Tony Plocinik of Beltzville recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.

They were married Nov. 5, 1983 at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Lansford by the Rev. Dave Gillis.

Mrs. Plocinik is the former Ann Therese Kupec, daughter of Peter Kupec, Lansford, and the late Bernadine Kupec.

Her husband is the son of Ron Plocinik and Bernie Plocinik of Coaldale.

They have three children, Anthony, Ashley and Amanda, all at home.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Blue Ridge Communications will host the fifth annual Breakfast with Santa at Roadie's Restaurant at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, Dec. 8.

There will be two seatings this year. The first will be from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., and the second will run from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The cost for children 12 and under includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, a free gift and a chance to win prizes.

Gratuity is not included in ticket prices, and children 2 and under are free with a paying adult.