Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Tuesday, March 3, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY STATEPOINT MEDIA The effects of your painkiller medication may be worse than the pain you're actually treating. Take steps to treat pain as safely and effectively as possible.

The use of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin is on the rise and this trend is taking its toll. Opioids account for 46 deaths each day in the United States more than any other drug.

Is your pain medication the best option for you? Depending on the type of pain you're experiencing, and the duration of your expected treatment, the answer may be "no."

"Surprisingly, opioids are not very effective pain medications, and they can also have serious side effects," says Dr. Donald Teater, MD, medical adviser to the National Safety Council.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CrossFit TC Unplugged and the Trinity Praise Band may be two completely different organizations with different purposes but when it comes to the United States of America and our veterans, they are joining together to form one brotherhood.

These groups want to honor and serve veterans when they need it the most, especially wounded veterans.

To that end, they have created two fundraising activities to take place April 18, in the hopes of accumulating at least $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The annual Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the ACS Telethon Committee Chinese Auction will be March 29 at Lakeside Ballroom, Barnesville. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; drawing begins at 2:30. Polka Joe will broadcast on WMGH live from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Annual ACS Telethon.

To donate items or purchase tickets, call 570-645-4228 or email madula@ptd.net. Bakers are always needed.

Monday, March 2, 2015

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union is reaching out to the community with its "Smart Teens Seminar Series."

It will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, April 14, 21 and 28 in the Bethlehem Branch, located at 257 Brodhead Road.

This three-part seminar will focus on such topics as: Budgeting, saving and credit.

Teens age 15-18 will learn basic money management skills that will last them a lifetime. The session will include interactive activities to help them apply the concepts they will learn.

Monday, March 2, 2015
PRESS PHOTO COURTESY OF DISTRIBUTING DIGNITY Joanie Balderstone and Rebecca McIntire are the founders of Distributing Dignity. They started collecting new bras and feminine hygiene products in 2010.

Bras, tampons, pads and panty liners are female necessities that come at a high cost. For the women who cannot afford these supplies, Distributing Dignity is there to provide them.

Distributing Dignity was founded by Lehigh University alumnae Joanie Balderstone and Rebecca McIntire. They were doing donation work in Camden, New Jersey, receiving gently used business clothing from an organization they belonged to.

Monday, March 2, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY STATEPOINT MEDIA If you're an entepreneur, finding ways to make the most of your time and finances is crucual for your sanity and success.

There are two things most small-business owners have in common: limited time and limited finances.

If you're an entrepreneur, finding ways to make the most of both is crucial for your sanity and success.

The key to becoming more efficient with these two key resources is organization, says "SmallBizLady" Melinda Emerson, small business expert and author of the best-selling book "Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months."

Friday, February 27, 2015

It may not look like it right now, but spring will eventually arrive.

Get a jump on the planting season with some new ideas from these gardening courses at Northampton Community College.

Classes are held at the Main Campus in Bethlehem Township unless otherwise specified.

Landscape Design for the Homeowner: Mondays, March 9-30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $99

Plant a Tea Garden: Monday, March 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Fowler Family Southside Center. Fee: $29

Growing and Using Herbs: Monday, April 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $29

Friday, February 27, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY JENKS PRODUCTIONS The 13th Annual Spring Eastern Pennsylvania Home Show opens tonight at the Allentown Fairgrounds. It runs through Sunday.

The 13th Annual Spring Eastern Pennsylvania Home Show, Feb. 27- March 1 at Ag Hall at the Allentown Fairground, 302 N. 17th St., Allentown, offers more than the usual home show.

This year's event presents innovative, high tech and imaginative products and displays, local crafts and great prizes all with hometown flair.

Show producer, Jenks Productions, is offering $1 off admission when attendees bring a nonperishable food item to the show. Donations will benefit the Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank.

Friday, February 27, 2015
Working on the show's entrance feature on Thursday is Pricila Minetti with Valley Forge Flowers. The show opens to the public on Saturday.

PHILADELPHIA – Lights, camera ... blossom!

Floral and garden designers are paying homage to Disney and Pixar films at the Philadelphia Flower Show, which opens Saturday with the theme "Celebrate the Movies."

Meticulously landscaped exhibits have been inspired by more than a dozen features, from "Frozen" and "Finding Nemo" to "Cars" and "Cinderella."

Friday, February 27, 2015

The 50th class reunion for the Marian Catholic High School class of 1965 will be held on May 24 at Capriotti Palasso's in McAdoo.

Call 570-645-7259 for any questions or if you know of any classmates who did not get an invitation.