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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Postal Service to issue new stamps

The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate soda fountain favorites this year with a new series of stamps featuring these iconic cold, sweet treats.

Each of the Soda Fountain Favorites stamps features one of five illustrations by artist Nancy Stahl of New York City: a double-scoop ice cream cone, an egg cream, a banana split, a root beer float, and a hot fudge sundae.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The 2016 presidential election is creeping up fast and the tough battle for American votes is intensifying.

It’s time older Americans take a stand and fight for the policies that matters most, like financial stability, health care, long-term care and Alzheimer’s research. There are 44.7 million Americans over the age of 65 and that number will continue to rise, so the candidates better listen up.

There is a battle for attention. The most popular political issues that people search on Google are: immigration, same-sex marriage, education, gun control and taxes.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Q. Will sex mess up my pacemaker?

Only if powerful magnets are involved. Seriously, your pacemaker is safe.

Modern pacemakers are stable devices, but there are still some precautions you should take if you’ve had one of these miraculous gizmos implanted in your chest.

The following could be problems:

Power machines are dangerous. Stand at least 2 feet away from arc-welding equipment, high-voltage transformers and motor-generator systems.

Monday, January 4, 2016

You won’t find heart-stopping views, lung-crushing climbs, or even rare plants at West End Regional Park, but there is a deeply peaceful pleasure to be had during a walk in these woods. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23, you’ll get your chance.

Carol Hillestad of Brodhead Watershed Association will lead a hike at 10 a.m. to showcase the winter wonders at this Brodheadsville park. The hike is part of the Get Outdoors Pocono series.

Monday, January 4, 2016

The first few weeks after the holiday season often consist of using gift cards, exchanging items and returning unwanted gifts. Before you stand in a long line to return holiday gifts, the Better Business Bureau serving Metro Washington, D.C., and Eastern Pennsylvania advises you to read and understand the policy on gift returns and exchanges.

Monday, January 4, 2016
Meredith Bay Tyack stands in her kitchen with her year-old daughter, Eleanor, in Burlington, Vermont. Her new year’s resolution is to take on a zero waste lifestyle, eliminating plastic and disposable food packaging and other items. MEREDITH BAY TYACK VIA AP

NEW YORK — Sure, sure, sure. You’re gonna quit smoking, lose weight, get organized and work for world peace in 2016.

And we’re pulling for you. We really are. You can do it!

New Year’s resolutions come as big strokes and small victories, along with a high rate of failure. Is it best to reach for the stars or make a petite promise?

We asked a few folks about their plans to do better, go bigger or simply baby step it outside the box next year.

Seven marathons in seven days

Saturday, January 2, 2016

I know there are guys who like to shop, but you can’t count me as one of them.

I walk into a store. I scope out the shortest cashier lines. I set up my built-in radar. I find what I need. I buy it. I’m out of there.

I think guys like me are descendants of the caveman. The Neanderthal picked up his spear, went into the woods, killed the first animal he saw, dragged it back, and ate his meal.

Saturday, January 2, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Brett Diehl

Jenna Ferraraccio and Brett Diehl were united in marriage on Sept. 12, 2015. The ceremony was held at the Scottish Heights Golf Club in Brockport. Air Force 2nd. Lt. Paul Munson, a friend of the couple, officiated. The reception was held at the Brockwayville Depot in Brockway.

Attending the bride were matrons of honor Kim Baun and Crystal Fatula. Gabrielle Wayne was the bridesmaid. The flower girl was Maya Fatula.

Saturday, January 2, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Jon Yenser

Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie was the setting for the Aug. 15 wedding of Nicole Smith, daughter of David and Nancy Smith of Lehighton, and Jon Yenser, son of Dennis and Jane Yenser, also from Lehighton. Officiating the double ring ceremony was Brian Godard, brother-in-law of the bride. Steve Green was the vocalist.

Saturday, January 2, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Anthony

Danielle Lynn Steele became the bride of Brandon Paul Anthony on Oct. 3, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton. The Rev. Nancy L. Moore officiated the double ring ceremony. Susan Lovejoy was the organist.

The bride is the daughter of Paul Steele and Denise Ackles of Tamaqua. She was given in marriage by her father.