Monday, February 27, 2017


Tuesday, February 7, 2017
A runner is silhouetted against the sunrise on his early morning workout near Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital. Research released last month suggests that people who pack their workouts into one or two days a week lower their risk of dying as much as those who exercise more often, as long as they get enough of it. AP PHOTO Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Weekend warriors, take a victory lap. People who pack their workouts into one or two sessions a week lower their risk of dying over roughly the next decade nearly as much as people who exercise more often, new research suggests.

Even people who get less exercise than recommended have less risk than folks who don’t break a sweat at all.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Family caregivers can identify with the emotional and financial stress of helping older parents. But when it comes to taking care of a beloved pet, it can seem just as emotionally challenging. Many people wouldn’t trade the opportunity to give the loving care that both require. As a result, your pet may become your best friend while caring for it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Q. I’m having an MRI and I heard that tattoos can present problems for this test. True?

True. Tattoos can create a misdiagnosis with magnetic resonance imaging because there is metal in many tattoo pigments. Magnets attract metals. So, tattoo pigments may interfere with the quality of the image from an MRI. In some rare cases, people experience swelling or burning in the tattoo when they have an MRI.

If you have a tattoo, you should discuss it with your doctor before undergoing an MRI.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly, invites seniors to a King & Queen of Hearts Dance at the community at 2 p.m. Feb. 14.

Dance the afternoon away with your friends and loved ones to entertainment provided by Joe Lapchak. Enjoy Valentine’s Day treats and meet the Heritage Hill King and Queen of Hearts.

This event is free and open to seniors; however, seating is limited. RSVP by calling Rachael or Toni at 570-427-4500.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Certified AARP TaxAide volunteers are available to provide free tax form assistance to middle and low income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older. All sites offer E-filing and direct deposit for any refunds.

Monday, February 6, 2017
Natalie Martino with Leonardo. Natalie was a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence as part of her junior and senior year service project. Leonardo has since graduated from his training and is now a hearing dog for a woman in California. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Imagine someone gave you an adorable puppy and you fall in love. You walk it, feed it, teach it how to behave and take it with you wherever you go.

Now imagine someone takes that dog away. You’d be devastated, right?

Now imagine you knew all along that you would love that puppy and then have to say goodbye.

That’s exactly what happened to Natalie Martino of Saylorsburg.

“My family and I had always loved dogs,” says Natalie, “and I was looking for a community service project to do for my school.”

Monday, February 6, 2017

Having a service dog is not just a convenience for Patricia Parker of Fresno, California, it’s a lifesaver.

“I am what is known as a ‘late-deafened adult.’ That means I was born hearing, but I became deaf when I was 38 because I had the chickenpox,” says Parker.

“I went into the hospital hearing and came out three days later with a 60 dB hearing loss that became progressively worse over time until I was profoundly deaf.”

Friday, February 3, 2017

A few nights ago after dinner, I looked across the kitchen at our fishbowl where Buddy the betta lives.

He was lying on the bottom of the bowl at rest, getting ready for his next ascent to the top.

I thought that Buddy must be satisfied to swim up and down his bowl several times a day. When he swims to the top with his deep blue fins rippling like a wind-driven sail on top of a boat, he shows off his brilliant colors.

We all live in a fishbowl, so to speak.

Friday, February 3, 2017
A robin rests on a pile of snow, proving they are not just predictor of spring. JULIE FEINSTEIN PHOTO s

When the phone rings at work, sometimes I know the answer; sometimes not. Recently, I had a call regarding robins staying during the winter (and what can be done help them). I knew just what to say.

Not all robins migrate. It really is that simple — they are short-distance migrants. They lack the ambition to fly very far each fall. Over the past 10 years, robins have been spotted during the winter months in every state in the U.S., except Hawaii.

Her immediate response to my answer was, “But … robins mean spring is coming!”

Well, no, not always.

Friday, February 3, 2017

I couldn’t wait until my kids were in school, because I couldn’t wait to be a PTA mom. Based on my experiences over the past six years, about half of the parents out there just went, “I know, right?” and the other half of you went, “OMG, what is wrong with you?”

During the 20-plus years that I have been coaching, I have learned that the most successful teams are the ones that have the best parent organizations. By successful, I don’t mean that they have the most wins, I mean that being around that team is an enjoyable experience for everyone around them.