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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

During my research on many health topics I have been amazed repeatedly by how pervasive the effects of smoking are on the body.

I quit smoking cigarettes in 1969, five years after the U.S. Surgeon General’s first report said that smoking causes lung cancer.

I was convinced the report was right when it came out, but it took me five years to develop the willpower to give up my Marlboros. But, at the time, I didn’t realize that smoking could harm you in so many more ways.

Monday, November 30, 2015
In this photo taken last month, Dr. Rob Garofalo pets his dog, Fred, at their home in Chicago. Garofalo, who is head of the adolescent medicine division at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, tested positive for the AIDS virus in 2010. He fell into a deep depression and credits Fred, a Yorkshire terrier, with bringing him back to life. Garofalo has since co-founded the “When Dogs Heal” photo project, which features HIV-positive people and their dogs. The exhibit opens in Chicago Tuesday, which is World AIDS Day, and in New York City on Thursday. AP PHOTOS/MARTHA IRVINE.

CHICAGO — Rob Garofalo was devastated. He’d built his medical and research career on helping young AIDS patients. Then he learned that he, too, was HIV-positive.

The news came after he’d already survived kidney cancer and a breakup with his longtime partner.

Try as he might, the doctor could not heal himself, at least not emotionally.

“I couldn’t afford myself the same compassion that I’d spent a career teaching other people to have,” says Garofalo, who heads the adolescent medicine division at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly, will host a holiday open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 6.

Experience “Christmas Magic” at the community and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and live reindeer. Sing and dance along to sounds of the holiday season and enjoy some hot cocoa, cookies and candy canes. Be sure to bring your camera.

This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited.

RSVP by calling Rachael Kapes at 570-427-4500.

For more information on Heritage Hill, visit www.heritagehillsenior.com.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Heritage Hill Senior Community and White Haven Methodist Church are partnering to help community members wrap their Christmas presents. Join them anytime between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at White Haven Methodist Church, 900 Buffalo St., White Haven.

Heritage Hill and White Haven Methodist Church will your gifts. All of the wrapping paper, bows, ribbons and boxes will be provided. All that is asked in return is that you bring one extra, unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.

For more information, call Rachael Kapes, Heritage Hill marketing director, at 570-427-4500.

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Edward T. Marzen

Edward T. and Helen C. Marzen of Lehighton recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

They were married on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 1950, at Immaculate Conception Church in Jim Thorpe by the Rev. John Engler.

Helen is the daughter of the late Hugo and Caroline Roos of Jim Thorpe. Edward is the son of the late John and Amelia Marzen, also of Jim Thorpe.

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Grant John William Kitchko

KITCHKO — A son, Grant John William Kitchko, was born at 11:13 a.m. Aug. 14, 2015, at Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, to Michael and Saunsanie Ramos Kitchko of Feasterville.

He weighed 7 pounds, 2.8 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches long.

He was welcomed home by his older brother, Bennett, who is 2 years old.

Maternal grandparents are Sally Graves of Dunkirk, New York, and John and Maria Ramos of Silver Creek, New York.

Paternal grandparents are Sam and Michele Kitchko of Nesquehoning.

Maternal great-grandmother is Alba Ramos of Dunkirk.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, and this one was no exception.

Unlike Christmas, It doesn’t bring along with it the stress of buying gifts for everyone or the labor of putting up a houseful of decorations.

I never was a big fan of Easter Sundays either because it was a trip to grandma’s house where I had to sit on the couch dressed in a suit and tie while holding a basket filled with candy I didn’t like, except for the occasional licorice jelly bean.

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Brian Stewart and Allison O’Connor

The engagement of Allison O’Connor of Whitehall to Brian Stewart, also of Whitehall, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of John and Cheryl O’Connor of Tamaqua. She is a 2002 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, and a 2006 graduate of Bloomsburg University, where she earned a bachelor of science in elementary education. She graduated in 2010 from Alvernia University with a master’s of education with certification in special education, reading specialist and midlevel language arts.

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. James O. Dailey

Mr. and Mrs. James O. Dailey of Lehighton are celebrating 60 years of marriage.

They were married Nov. 26, 1955, at St. Vladimir’s in Palmerton.

Mrs. Dailey is the former Anna H. Szacska, daughter of the late John and Anna Szacska of Lehighton.

Mr. Dailey is the son of the late Orvis J. and Anna M. Dailey of Walnutport.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Readers will discover unconditional love and comfort from the Holy Trinity in the nationwide release of author Travis Toth’s new book, “The Promises of God — Book 2: Paul’s Comfort”

This eye-opening read will teach its readers that they are free in Christ from the bondage of this world since they have been saved to serve God in love. Their purpose is to love like Jesus, being bought with the highest price ever paid — the life of the creator.