Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Thursday, May 22, 2014
Daelene Long

As summer approaches, being outside and active is a great way to improve your physical health. But did you know that being outside in the sunshine can also improve your mental health?

Studies have shown that our brain creates more serotonin a natural mood-enhancing chemical on sunny days than on darker days, according to WebMD. Vitamin D, which we absorb naturally from sunlight, helps our bodies with neuromuscular and immune function and the reduction of inflammation.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The next Grandparents Raising Grandchildren meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday at the Lehigh Carbon Community College, Jim Thorpe Center, 1100 Center St.

The discussion will be on how children are affected and the roles they take on.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a series of training classes on diabetes self management from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on four Tuesdays: June 3, 10, 17 and 24, in the third-floor conference room at the Palmerton campus, 135 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

The course will be facilitated by certified diabetes educator Susan Generose.

Classes will cover:

Ÿ Meal planning: How to count carbohydrates and plan healthy meals

Ÿ Exercise ideas: Tips to keep active and find time to work out

Ÿ Basics of monitoring: How to check your blood sugar

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a mammogram clinic from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Palmerton campus, 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton for those who are uninsured or underinsured. It includes a free mammogram and clinical breast exam with a health care professional.

Breast cancer screening looks for signs of cancer before a woman has symptoms. Screening can help find breast cancer early, when the chance of successful treatment is best.

Monday, May 19, 2014
FILE - In this April 21, 2012 file photo, a National Park Service worker tends to the White House kitchen garden on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, during a preview for the media of the Spring Garden Tour. Plants that can offer high yields with low watering include leafy vegetables such as kale, lettuce and spinach; beans, snow peas and sugar snap peas; and some varieties of cucumbers and squash. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)

How can you get the most yield from a garden where space is limited, and water is too?

Plant smart, and pay attention to the soil.

"Your garden is only as good as your soil," says David Salman, chief horticulturist at High Country Gardens, a Santa Fe, New Mexico, catalog that specializes in native and low-water plants.

Find out what nutrients your soil has and what it's missing with a soil test, available through local cooperative extension offices at a nominal fee (home soil-test kits are less reliable, according to the Colorado State University Extension).

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Penn Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe Area School District was abuzz Saturday morning with the annual science fair and art show.

One of the highlights of the art show was a group of five chairs decorated and donated by the eighth-grade art class to the "Chair-ity Fundraising Event," which is sponsored by the Penn Kidder Library Center.

The fundraiser, an auction, which will take place in July, features a wide variety of chairs decorated by local artists, signed by sports teams or donated by businesses.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Amy L. Gale will sign copies of her new book, "Blissful Tragedy" from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday at the Friends of the Dimmick Library Book Store, 58 Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Gale's book tells the story of an ambitious young woman who, about to start the job of her dreams, gets sidetracked by a budding romance with a captivating singer in a rock 'n' roll band.

Gale, who is from northeast Pennsylvania, is a fan of writing, reading and rock concerts, in addition to being a pharmacist. For more information go to

Thursday, May 15, 2014
In this photo taken Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Jenna Starr inspects a pair of Louis Vuitton handbags to authenticate them and make sure they meet brand standards at the headquarters of The RealReal in San Francisco. An explosion of resale online sites from RealReal to Chairish that allows shoppers to easily trade in their gently used top brand handbags, furniture and gadgets for cash is changing the way Americans buy. The ease of reselling their possessions allows consumers to keep refreshing their wardrobes and homes without feeling guilty. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

NEW YORK (AP) – Jenna Broems shops for clothes the same way she hunts for a new car: She considers resale value.

Broems, who lives in Stamford, Connecticut, only buys brands like Abercrombie & Fitch and 7 For All Mankind because she believes they will fetch the highest prices when she's ready to move on.

"I'm now walking in like 'What's the return of this? Am I going to be able to resell?"' said the teacher who has gotten $2,500 from stuff she's resold on ThredUP, an online resale site for used clothes.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kathy Keip and Jeanne Blonsky of Tamaqua look to add to their collection at the Innovative Bead Expo, which took place May 3 and 4 at Ag Hall at the Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown. The pair make bracelets as gifts for friends and family members. A variety of stones, beads and jewelry-making supplies were available during the event from over 20 vendors.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Jeff Steinberg

Zion's Stone Church, 45 Cemetery Road, New Ringgold, will present the Jeff Steinberg Ministry Team at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18.

Born in Philadelphia with multiple birth defects, he has no arms and two bent, scissored legs a condition known as Phocomelia, thought to be the result of Thalidomide or a similar drug prescribed for his mother during pregnancy.

He and the news of his condition were kept from his mother until he was almost 2 years old.