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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Tamaqua Area Cross Country Boosters will host its first Smokin’ BBQ from noon to 3 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the Owl Creek Reservoir in Tamaqua. The day will begin with a 5K race at 10 a.m.

Sister’s Cantina in Tamaqua will be providing the main courses.

For more information, check the club’s Facebook event page or call Rich at 570-668-5140.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Theresa Carle-Sanders and Diana Gabaldon enjoy a glass of wine in Scottsdale, Arizona, after signing 1,100 copies of Carle-Sanders’ new cookbook. “Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook.” Gabaldon, author of the wildly popular “Outlander” series, wrote the foreword for the book. PHOTO COURTESY THERESA CARLE-SANDERS Copyright - RYAN PARRA

Suffering from “Droughtlander?”

Not to worry.

Fans of author Diana Gabaldon and her wildly popular time-traveling “Outlander” series can now re-create the tastes of 18th century Scottish Highlands to 1960s Boston at home. Theresa Carle-Sanders’ new cookbook, “Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook,” was published last month to rave reviews. It’s currently an Amazon best-seller.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pocono Raceway will host the 21st annual Pennsylvania Wing Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13 and will award $4,000 in prizes.

Formerly the Pocono Wing Off, the newly branded festival will begin at 11 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. Rain or shine, the festival will take place in the Chalet Village located behind the grandstands of Pocono Raceway.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The heat of summer is a grave risk for older adults. The National Safety Council offers easy to apply guidelines to outsmart the heat when the thermometer rises. Its advice offsets the serious health risks that adults with chronic medical conditions encounter.

Risks include lack of fluids, absence of air-conditioning, excessive clothing, overcrowded places, physical inactivity and access to transportation.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Q. If I have a fever, at what temperature should I go to the doctor?

An oral temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or a rectal or ear temperature above 101 F is considered a fever in the majority of adults.

If your temperature reaches 103 F, you should contact a physician. Another alarm bell is a fever that lasts more than three days.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Since it was uploaded to YouTube, the video of Kimberly Turbin’s 2013 episiotomy has been viewed more than 430,000 times. In the video, Turbin lies on her back in a hospital bed. Her knees are bent, her legs and feet are elevated above her in stirrups. She is trying to push the baby out.

“Push, push, push. Go, go, go,” the nurse says.

A doctor walks into her room in Providence Tarzana Medical Center in California’s San Fernando Valley. He pulls out a pair of sharp scissors.

“What are you doing?” Turbin asks, breathless, between contractions.

Monday, July 25, 2016

snips and snails and puppy dogs tails. And such are little boys made of.

These are lyrics from an old English children’s rhyme from the mid-1800s.

For as long as mothers have been having children, they have been aware of stark differences between having little boys and having little girls. Although not all children can be stereotyped and there are certainly exceptions to every rule, mothers with a houseful of girls are different from mothers with a houseful of boys, just as those with some of each have their own tales to tell.

Monday, July 25, 2016

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe, will hold its annual free clothing giveaway beginning Aug. 4 through Aug. 20.

Days and hours are: Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be a large variety of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, as well as small household items.

For a map with directions to the church, visit www.stjohnsinjimthorpe.org.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System will co-sponsor an educational workshop on “New to Medicare” with the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging on at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Blue Mountain Medical Plaza at 512 Bank St. in Bowmanstown.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Hepler Family Reunion will take place Aug 13, beginning with a Memorial Service at the grave of Revolutionary War soldier Caspar Hepler at Zion’s Cemetery in Pitman.

An annual event dating from 1931, the reunion then convenes at the Mahantongo Fire Company. Dinner will begin at noon. Cost is $16; for children ages 7-12, the cost is $7. Children under 7 are free.

Reservations deadline is deadline is Aug. 8. Contact Mae Ann Rehrer, 171 Amity Park Road, Birdsboro, PA 19508, or call 610-582-6914. (Brown baggers are welcome.