Saturday, August 1, 2015


Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Cagney Gentry/Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center via AP Michael Gendy of King, North Carolina, continues to exercise after participating in a Wake Forest School of Medicine study that found aerobic activity may lower a risk factor for developing Alzheimer's.

WASHINGTON – The latest Alzheimer's research has a clear theme: Change your lifestyle to protect your brain.

It will take several years for scientists to prove whether some experimental drugs could at least delay Alzheimer's disease, and an aging population is at risk now.

Whatever happens on the drug front, there are generally healthy everyday steps people can take from better sleep to handling stress to hitting the books that research suggests just might lower the risk of Alzheimer's.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

WASHINGTON – Eli Lilly & Co. reported last week that an experimental medication might slow mild Alzheimer's if people take it early enough, one of a handful of drugs in late-stage testing in the frustrating hunt for a better treatment.

Monday, July 27, 2015
This photo provided by Converse shows the new Fall 2015 Chuck Taylor All Star II sneaker in blue, white, red and black. Converse's Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker is receiving its first update since its debut 98 years ago. The new shoe goes on sale July 28, 2015. (Converse via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) – Converse Chuck Taylor All Star fans rejoice!

Your favorite sneaker is receiving its first update since debuting 98 years ago.

The idea behind the All Star II is more comfort, Converse said in a statement Thursday.

The update is made of durable Tencel canvas, as opposed to the cotton kind, with higher tech shock absorption in Nike Lunarlon for the footbed.

There's foam padding inside at the ankle, non-slip padded tongues and perforated micro-suede liners along the interior sides.

Monday, July 27, 2015
This June 2, 2015 photo released by Todd Mitchem shows Mitchem at his home near Denver. Mitchem is a cannabis consumer and CEO of an app-based social network for cannabis enthusiasts, High There! He's also the single dad of three kids ages 11, 9 and 7. Mitchem says legal recreational marijuana has changed the pot conversation for him and other parents. (Todd Mitchem via AP)

NEW YORK – Soon after Colorado legalized recreational cannabis, Todd Mitchem's son proposed using the plant for a horticulture project at his Montessori school in Denver.

School officials said no way, despite support from dad, a regular weed user and chief executive of a dating app and social network for fellow enthusiasts.

"They didn't want to touch it. They weren't ready to touch it," said Mitchem, who is divorced and shares custody of his kids, ages 11, 9 and 7.

Friday, July 24, 2015
Jeff Kroeze/Big Ass Fans via AP This photo provided by courtesy of Big Ass Fans shows the Haiku ceiling fan in a dining room. Energy Star recognizes it as the top-ranked fan in energy efficiency. Haiku is available with SenseME, an onboard computer that automates comfort based on temperature, humidity and user preferences. SenseME also has an occupancy sensor, turning the fan off automatically when you leave the room to save even more energy.

As summer temperatures and utility bills rise, there are some easy ways to keep cool that are cheaper and greener than air conditioning.

A little savvy about when to open windows and when to keep them closed with curtains drawn goes a long way toward cooling a home, as does putting thought into what cooling appliances to use and when, the experts say.

Cooling curtains

Friday, July 24, 2015
Laura Moss Photography/Wayfair via AP A dorm room is a design dream and a challenge. DwellStudio founder and creative director Christiane Lemieux's tips include hanging a temporary, adhesive mural and incorporating attractive bedding that coordinates with the room.

For teenagers heading off to college, it's both a design dream and a challenge: What to do with a small, nondescript dorm room – a space you may have to share? A space that may include furniture you can neither remove nor alter?

Do-it-yourself projects are a great, low-cost way to inject personality into a temporary space.

Some DIY advice from the experts:

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Capture a raging firestorm that's the music of Los Angeles-based Incendio, performing their dazzling flamenco-flavored music at Jim Thorpe's Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8 p.m. Friday.

At the heart of every song is bold, romantic Spanish guitar, its timeless sound recast in powerful modern arrangements. They create a rhythmic swirl of Latin American music forms (boleros, cumbias, salsa, tango, mambo) and passionately combine them with Indian, Arabic and Celtic flavors.

Thursday, July 23, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Steep Canyon Rangers include, from left, Charles Humphrey, upright bass; Mike Guggino, mandolin; Mike Ashworth, box kit; Woody Platt, guitar and lead vocals; Graham Sharp, banjo; and Nicky Sanders,  fiddle.

What started out as a group of college kids hanging out and jamming turned into one of the country's most successful bluegrass bands. Steep Canyon Rangers will bring its special blend of high energy and mad skills to Penn's Peak on Friday.

"We've been together around 15 years," says Woody Platt, guitar and lead vocals, "which is kind of hard to believe. It still feels so young. It feels like we're catching our momentum now."

Platt says the band came together while they were seniors at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Pennsylvania Blues Festival will be held at Split Rock Resort, 100 Moseywood Road, Lake Harmony, this weekend.

Gates open at noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and music begins at 1 p.m.

Music lovers can enjoy a number of Blues performances at various venues around the resort. Musical performers include:

Friday: Mikey Junior's Blues Revue; and Bobby Kyle, Randy Lippincott, Barry Harrison, Joel Perry and Friends Tribute to Johnny "Clyde" Copeland.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

$10 off per ticket for the following shows when purchased at the Penn's Peak Box Office or Roadies Restaurant and Bar. Restrictions apply.

Arrival The Music of ABBA


Sale Price: Regular reserved seating: $12;

Premium reserved seating: $17

Steep Canyon Rangers & Jeff Austin Band


Sale Price: General Admission Seating: Advance: $12; day of show: $17

Promotion Details/Restrictions

Maximum of four tickets purchased per patron.

Must be purchased at the Penn's Peak Box Office or at Roadies Restaurant and Bar.