Saturday, June 24, 2017


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Members of Maine’s blueberry industry fear losing growers due to a depression in prices that has made growing the beloved crop lately a less reliable way to make a living.

Wild blueberries are a Maine tradition on par with lobsters and lighthouses. But prices to farmers have plunged from nearly a dollar a pound (454 grams) in 2011 to around 25 cents per pound (454 grams) now.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Monroe County Historical Association will be hosting a three-course wine pairing dinner and auction fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 7. The third annual “Raise Your Glass & Support the Past” event will be held at the Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake in Reeders. Chairman Selection wine will complement each course.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
These items are used for the Virtual Dementia Tour to help people to understand what those with dementia experience. KRISTINE PORTER/TIMES NEWS

In an effort to help caregivers gain a glimpse into the world of dementia, Arden Courts hosted a “Virtual Dementia Tour” on Tuesday at the Blue Mountain Health System Bowmanstown Medical Plaza. The program was developed by Second Wind Dreams, a nonprofit organization in Georgia. About 20 people attended.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

When a family member has dementia, his or her behavior can be hard to understand. Jennie Rose Serfass, a certified dementia practitioner and business development specialist for Arden Court in Allentown, has some tips and insights.

Dementia can cause a person to do things similar to a young child.

“They may be acting like a child, but they are still an adult,” she said. “They still deserve dignity and respect.”


Most of time they are looking for a bathroom, she said. Make sure they know where the bathroom is located and help them find it.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

St. Luke’s Miners Campus in Coaldale is sponsoring a series of continuing education sessions on a variety of health topics. The sessions will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. the third Friday of every month. To reserve a seat, as seating is limited, call 570-645-8157.

The June 16 session will focus on “Laughter is the Best Medicine.”

Upcoming sessions include:

July 21: National Parks and recreation, enjoy the outdoors safely using an assistive device;

Aug. 18: Diabetes awareness;

Sept. 15: To flu or not to flu;

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A workshop on making jam and jelly, conducted by Penn State Extension, will be held at the Berks County Agricultural Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 19.

Topics covered include: making cooked and freezer jams, pectin use for a proper set, how to process in a boiling water bath and why certain ingredients are essential.

Cost is $15 and the registration deadline is June 14. Register online at (choose Home Food Preservation in the gray box on the left) or call the Berk County Extension office at 610-378-1327.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Alzheimer Association Caregiver Support Group at Blue Mountain Health System meets monthly at 5:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at the Palmerton campus at 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton. The next meeting will be June 26.

Donna Kravelk, a registered nurse on the Older Adult Behavioral Health Unit at BMHS, will facilitate the group, which is intended to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Blue Mountain Hospital — The Summit is offering a junior volunteer training course for teens 13 and older who are enrolled in school and/or have graduated from high school this year.

An eight-hour training program will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29 in the ground-floor activities room at The Summit Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Blue Mountain Health System in Lehighton.

Registration deadline is June 15. To obtain an application, call Sherry Strohl at 610-377-7206.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tamaqua High School classes of 1952 and 1953 will hold a combined class picnic on June 24 at Leiby’s Grove in Lewistown Valley. Anyone who was ever a member of these classes at any time is invited to attend.

Reservations must be received by June 19.

If you haven’t received an official invitation and registration form and are interested in getting more information concerning this year’s reunion picnic, call 570-668-1831.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Federal Reserve recently released a new report, which WalletHub used as the basis for its Q1 Credit Card Debt Study, concluding that U.S. consumers repaid $31.5 billion in credit card debt during the first quarter of 2017.

This first-quarter paydown is a 14 percent improvement relative to the same quarter last year. But it is 5 percent below the post-Great Recession average Q1 paydown.