Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Monday, January 26, 2015
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jocelyn Scefanick of Lansford uses a treadmill at the Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton. To make this year's resolutions successful, you'll need to evaluate your performance so far and learn from any potential setbacks.

If you want to meet your goals, they need to be SMART.

SMART goals are:

Ÿ Specific

Ÿ Measurable

Ÿ Attainable

Ÿ Relevant

Ÿ Time-bound

"Keep it detailed, and keep it measurable," said Joshua Koch, a financial associate with Thrivent Financial in Lehighton.

For example, don't aim to "lose weight" or "save money." Set a goal to lose 10 pounds in two months, or to deposit $100 per month in a savings account for one year. These goals are specific, measurable and time-bound.

Monday, January 26, 2015
Reset your resolutions

Have you stuck with your New Year's resolutions, or are you already resolving to do better next year?

A study by the University of Scranton suggests that four out of 10 people will have failed to maintain their resolution by the end of January. About 25 percent drop their goals within the first week.

We asked local experts for tips on making this year's resolutions a success.

Learn from setbacks

Monday, January 26, 2015

Following everyone's favorite season, "the season of giving," comes everyone's least favorite, "the season of I'm-done-with-these-resolutions-already."

Studies show that within a month, almost half of all New Year's resolutions have already fizzled out.

That's why the experts at Taste of Home America's largest cooking magazine have come up with a simple list of goals and ideas that can change your life without sacrificing time, money or happiness.

Here are some examples:

Friday, January 23, 2015
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Poinsettia plants are popular around Christmas, and will thrive as a houseplant with proper care. It's even possible to get them to rebloom next year, if you are diligent about giving them 15 hours of darkness each night, from September through December.

The holidays are over and if you're like me, you may have a couple of poinsettias hanging around, brightening up these dreary winter days.

Have you ever thought about resurrecting them next Christmas?

It will take a little effort and dedication on your part poinsettias can be notoriously finicky and even then, you might not have a brilliant red plant to show off, but it's worth a shot.

If you look online you can find a multitude of tips to get those persnickety poinsettias to bloom again. Here are a few from Michigan State University:

Late winter and early spring

Friday, January 23, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWSCathy Riotto's hand-knitted tablecloth took the blue ribbon at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

For many years, Cathy Riotto had a fan club of friends and family who were awed by her knitted creations.

It's only been in recent years that the Barnesville woman has entered state competition; and this year, she added two more Pennsylvania Farm Show blue ribbons to her many awards.

Her silk and wool knitted tablecloth won the Home-related Accessory category, and her mohair and wool stole won the Clothing Textile Open category.

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Romantic: Success or Romantic: Fail

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we're celebrating romance both the good and the not so good.

To do that, we're sponsoring a Valentine's Contest, with two categories, which means two winners!

The winner in each category will receive a pair of tickets to see "Rhythm of the Dance" at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the State Theatre in Easton.

Thursday, January 22, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carbon County Fair Queen Jordan Behrens poses next to her tractor on her family farm in Penn Forest Township. Jordan heads to Hershey today where she will represent the county in the annual Pennsylvania Fair Queen State Competition.

When Jordan Behrens heads to Hershey this afternoon, it will be with the well-wishes of hundreds of Carbon County residents, especially those in the farming community and members of the local Lions and Lioness clubs.

Jordan, who is the reigning Carbon County Fair Queen, will be a contestant in the Pennsylvania Fair Queen State Competition over the next three days. This is the first time the current fair leadership will sponsor a contestant at the state competition.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Judi Kaufman meditates during a yoga class at her home on Jan. 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Kaufman started writing poetry when a brain tumor made it hard for her to work, and her cancer is no longer treatable. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

LOS ANGELES Judi Kaufman was having a bad day. There were more and more of those now, 18 years into her battle against brain cancer.

A tumor, her third, now the size of a golf ball, was encroaching on healthy brain tissue, upending her balance and her speech.

Her walking was shaky and her stamina was depleted. Usually generous with greetings and hugs, on this gloomy winter day, she didn't feel like coming to the door to welcome a visitor.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a community health education program on lactose intolerance at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the first floor board room at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

Lactose intolerance, or lactose deficiency, means you aren't able to fully digest the milk sugar (lactose) in dairy products. It's usually not dangerous, but symptoms of lactose intolerance can be uncomfortable.

Monday, January 19, 2015
@$:Avi Loren Fox's Wild Mantle. (Tom Gralish/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

PHILADELPHIA Avi Loren Fox's entrepreneurial endeavor with a hooded scarf started where so many efforts to find oneself do at a bar.

The place: McShea's Restaurant & Bar in Narberth. The time: September 2013.

Fox's dilemma: The 2010 Temple University graduate with a degree in environmental studies had just closed a photography business she and her brother Nikolai operated for three summers.

"I decided to enter that terrifying space of taking a year without any plans," Fox recalled, citing her mother, Teresa, a meditation instructor, as the inspiration.