Thursday, June 29, 2017


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Having friends makes life a lot more fun, enjoyable and easier to deal with challenges. But as one grows older, research shows it’s harder to hang onto companions because we leave the workforce and a big part of our relationships develop with people on the job.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Q. Are cosmetics safe?

Cosmetics include makeup, hair dyes, perfumes, skin creams, lotions, nail polishes, toothpastes and deodorants. Unlike drugs, which are used to treat or prevent disease, cosmetics do not affect the body’s structure or functions.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Blue Mountain Health System will co-sponsor two New to Medicare Educational Programs with the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging.

The first session will be at 1:30 p.m. June 13 in the community room at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton. The second session will be at 6 p.m. June 20 at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 512 Bank St. in Bowmanstown.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Alzheimer Association Caregiver Support Group at Blue Mountain Health System meets monthly at 5:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at the Palmerton campus at 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton. The next meeting will be June 26.

Donna Kravelk, a registered nurse on the Older Adult Behavioral Health Unit at BMHS, will facilitate the group, which is intended to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

Monday, June 5, 2017
Swim season is upon us and days spent at the pool or at the lake can be lots of fun, but for some children, taking the plunge can be scary. With proper reinforcement, children can overcome their fear and learn how much fun swimming can be, says K.J. Hales, author of educational children’s books. PHOTO METROGRAPHICS

Few things are as much fun as splashing around at the beach or in a backyard pool, but not every child is confident about taking the plunge.

“For some children, the idea of getting in the water and trying to swim can be a bit frightening,” says K.J. Hales, author of “It’s Hard to Swim,” the second and most recent addition to the “Life’s Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog” educational picture book series (

“But with the proper positive reinforcement, they can overcome their fears and discover just how much fun swimming can be.”

Monday, June 5, 2017
Women spend so much time thinking of others, they often fail to plan for their own needs. METROGRAPHICS

The trends are clear — as women age, the odds are they will be living alone, largely because of either divorce or widowhood.

What may be less clear for many of them is whether they are prepared for that life alone — both emotionally and financially, says Susan L. Hickey, a financial professional at Your Own Retirement LLC (

Monday, June 5, 2017

The next meeting of the Carbon County Art League will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. June 14 and will be hosted by The Green Leaf Gallery, 121B Berwick St., Beaver Meadows.

The public is welcome to join members as they tour the gallery and enjoy the collection of art on display. Anyone interested in carpooling should meet at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of The Seventh Moon Spa, 701 Bridge St., Lehighton. The event is free to the public.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with its special program of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs. The center, which offers special riding lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings from May through October, is located 10 miles south of Tamaqua, near Route 309.

There is a required volunteer training session from 1 to 5 p.m. June 17 at the center. Anyone who wishes to volunteer to help with the riding lessons must attend this hands-on training.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

For 80 percent of his life, Ed Marzen has worked in the hardware store he ran with his brother, George. Every day, seven days a week, Ed spends some of his time at Marzen Feed and Hardware Store in Lehighton, now owned by two of his sons, Mike and John Marzen.

“I figure my two kids stayed with me when they could have gone,” Marzen said. “I don’t mind. I’ve only been here 71 years.”

Even on his 90th birthday on May 26, Marzen was in the store. Helen, his wife of 66 years, was there, too, in the greenhouse.

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Samantha DeSpirito “Picking a college. I was stuck between West Virginia University or St. Joe’s University. I was out to dinner with my mom and saw a car covered in college stickers that said ‘St. Joe.’ I had to look for a sign. It’s a big commitment but you have to make the right decision.”

As school nears its summer break, we asked six Weatherly Area High School seniors what was the biggest challenge of their final high school year.