Saturday, February 25, 2017


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Children in the wintertime can present a challenge. You want to keep them active, but perhaps you’re not all that enthused yourself at being in the great outdoors when the wind chill is registering -10 degrees. You want to keep them safe, but you know the thrill of sledding down a hill, too. And you want to keep them healthy, but every other person has a sniffly nose or that annoying cough.

St. Luke’s University Health Network offers these ways to beat cabin fever and wintertime blues.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Q. What is the leading cause of brain injuries?

About 1.4 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year in the United States. Half of all TBIs are caused by accidents involving automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. These accidents are the major cause of TBI in people under age 75.

Falls cause the majority of TBIs in people 75 and older; this group has the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalizations and death.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Winter’s dark days can zap your mood and energy levels and result in a type of seasonal depression or “winter blues” affecting what, when and how you eat. While its cause remains unclear, diet plays a role in the prevention and treatment of depression.

Here are some tips to combat the winter blues from Giant Food Stores nutritionists.

What we eat

Monday, February 13, 2017
Audrey Wargo of Penn Forest Township and her special guy, Jon Ryncavage. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

There is no definitive answer as to how St. Valentine’s Day came about. Suppositions range from the truly romantic to the absolute bizarre — who’s up for being slapped with a strip of blood-dipped goat hide?

Centuries later, it doesn’t much matter how or why there is a Valentine’s Day, just that it’s a day to express our love, whether it’s romantic, familial, friendship or even love of self.

We asked readers to share some of their most memorable Valentine’s moments. Here’s what they had to say.

Turning 50 was a turning point

Monday, February 13, 2017

According to a recent Valentine’s Day survey by, here’s how the numbers play out for the year’s sweetest day.

Spending this year is expected to be up by 24 percent, with the average consumer doling out $56.

The average man will spend $60.78, while the average woman will spend $47.83.

But 38 percent of consumers say they won’t be spending any money this year.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

So I sit down to write this column and all I do for five straight minutes is stare at a blank computer screen.

Strangely, this actually makes me feel good. I really don’t want to care right now about all the energy that’s required to supply the effort to give a damn about this world we live in.

My dear departed friend George would often interrupt me when I was talking about a world event that didn’t pertain to him. He would say, “Jimmy Crack Corn.”

Saturday, February 11, 2017

My friend Fran is more than a friend.

She’s my moral compass, my inspiration and also a guiding light.

I know. One can’t say that about many people, but those of us lucky enough to know her believe she’s in a class by herself.

Some people are good with words. They’re good with telling others what to do. Fran doesn’t do that. By her own example, she shows us a more worthwhile way to live.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Kyle Stanek, son of Frank and Michelle Stanek of Summit Hill, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Wilkes University.

Kyle, a 2014 graduate of Marian High School, is a junior majoring in mechanical and biomedical engineering. His GPA for the semester was 3.7.

Kyle is the grandson of Julie McHugh and the late Thomas McHugh of Lansford. He is also the grandson of the late Frank and Dorothy Stanek of Summit Hill.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Colin T. Johnson of Nesquehoning has been named to the dean’s list at Norwich University for the fall 2016 semester.

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Recently as I was browsing on the Internet I found a very interesting article about angels.

I am going to pass on a few “down to earth” things that I learned while reading it.

Most of us think of angels as beautiful, winged beings that are near us but we don’t see them.

Another thought is they could be real people with mortal bodies; people who seem to be directed from above and are just what we need the most during special or trying times in our lives.

Here are some of the signs that may help us see who the angels in our lives could be.