Thursday, July 24, 2014


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Q. I don't seem to enjoy spicy foods the way I used to. Does aging have anything to do with this?

As we age, our sense of taste may change, but this loss of zing in some foods might be caused by medicines you're taking. Drugs can change your sense of taste, and some can also make you feel less hungry.

So, the aging process and the medicines we're taking can affect our enjoyment of food and, therefore, our nutrition, because we may not eat all we need.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summit Hill High School Class of 1954 held its 60-year reunion on May 24. Those attending include, seated from left, Jean Darkes Springer, Pauline Zorochin Guild, Shirley Petro Ciavaglia and Theresa Kane Ferrari. Standing, Helen Masnick Shock, Robert Forrest, Dorothy Meloskie McHugh, Mary Derby Vrablic, Gerald Williams, Janice Hontz Dennis, Dolores Miller McHugh, Jerome McHugh and Robert Breslin.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Financial fraud has been on the rise in recent years. Unfortunately, many people try to enrich themselves by taking advantage of others, and their targets often include seniors.

M&T Bank trains its staff to help prevent financial abuse of the elderly and also looks to educate customers on ways they can prevent fraud.

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, held last month, the bank shared the following tips which can be useful to consumers of all ages and particularly helpful to prevent crimes often targeting the elderly:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The 16th annual Schupp/Shupp/Shup and Hawk family reunion will be held July 20 at Don Laine Campground, 790 57 Drive in Palmerton.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. Lunch will be at noon.

Children's games begin at 1 p.m. A business meeting will be held at 2 p.m. with awarding of prizes.

At 3 p.m. there will be a cakewalk, followed by a Chinese auction at 4 p.m.

Food and refreshments will be available in the gift shop or participants may bring their own. There is an enclosed pavilion with picnic tables and outdoor grills. The pool will be open.

Monday, July 14, 2014
This photo provided by St. Lynn's Press shows step five to create an eco dyed scarf, where you fold the scarf in half over itself and wrap rubber bands tightly all over the bundle. (AP Photo/St. Lynn's Press, Chris McLaughlin)

Homegrown botanical dyes are in, part of today's shift toward more natural and organic living.

And you don't need a degree in chemistry to create your own hues for scarves, sweaters or even Easter eggs.

All it takes is a garden plot or a few pots and a kitchen.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Carbon County Area Agency on Aging will be presenting an APPRISE/Medicare presentation from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on July 16 at Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St. in Weatherly.

An APPRISE representative will be presenting information on Medicare, Medi Gap and will be available to answer any questions regarding changes in these programs.

Those planning to attend are asked to contact Lisa Marie Halecky at 570-427-4500.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System bariatric surgeon Vitaly Sawyna will offer free educational seminars on weight loss surgery from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 22 in the second floor multipurpose room at the Palmerton Hospital campus at 135 Lafayette Avenue, and at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in the third floor conference room at the Palmerton campus.

Bariatric surgery is an option for people whose health and quality of life are being affected by severe obesity.

Friday, July 11, 2014
Santina Marie Benech

Santina Marie Benech is celebrating her 90th birthday. She was born July 14, 1924, to Dominic and Caroline Jacobe. Her parents were Italian immigrants.

She has lived her whole life in Tamaqua. She graduated from Tamaqua High School in 1943. On Sept. 22, 1945, she married her childhood sweetheart, Alfred Benech, when he returned from World War II.

They were married for 65 years before his death in 2011.

Friday, July 11, 2014
Ariana Rose Costigliola

Dance Explosion and Tumble Academy in Nesquehoning recently crowned its 2014 dance royalty.

Dance Princess is Ariana Rose Costigliola, who is the daughter of Domenico and Kayla Costigliola.

She is 4 years old and attends preschool. This fall she will begin her second year of dance classes and will study ballet and gymnastics.

Dance Queen Alexa Ruzicka is 13 years old. She resides in Coaldale and is the daughter of Jack and Laura Ruzicka.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Nature is the theme for Lehigh Gap Nature Center's second annual juried art exhibit.

The show is open to media including painting, drawing, printmaking, works on paper and sculpture.

The jurors will be Kay Stauffer and Anita Collins.

The exhibition will run from July 25 to Aug. 3.

Entries must be submitted on or before July 15. Notification of acceptance will be by July 17.

Delivery of accepted artwork is July 24 with drop-off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at LGNC's Osprey House, 8844 Paint Mill Road in Slatington.