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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

If Medicare and Medicaid confuse you, welcome to bureaucracy.

Millions of people are puzzled with the programs and unless you’re a long-term care expert, understanding the differences can be like looking through mud.

Even today, I admit to being lost when reading all the parts that make up the insurance plans. And since they create a lot of mystery and confusion for many Americans, I’ll make an attempt to clearly address them and try to make some sense of it all.

Hopefully, we’ll both gain a better understanding.

Medicare and Medicaid are government-sponsored.

Monday, November 23, 2015
The Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe is hosting an ongoing art gallery, featuring local artists and themes. The current display highlights pencil and ink drawings by Edward Benjamin, the artist and author of “The Architectural Heritage of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.” Benjamin, left, and library director Mariann Kmetz recently launched the gallery with an open house.

If you stop by the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe, you might notice something different: New artwork scattered throughout the library’s main floor.

The library is hosting an ongoing art show featuring local artists or artists with local themes. The first exhibit, running now through the middle of January, will feature Edward Benjamin, the author of “The Architectural Heritage of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.”

Monday, November 23, 2015

Black Friday is the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season.

According to Steve Siebold, author of “How Rick People Think, last year Americans spent a whopping $50.9 billion over Thanksgiving weekend. This year, Americans plan to spend even more money during the holidays, according to new research from the consulting firm Accenture.

For many consumers, this means more debt and higher monthly credit card payments.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The annual Snowflake 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk will take place Dec. 12 in Lehighton.

The course begins and ends at Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. start.

The event is hosted by Dylan and Gavin’s Rainbow Ministry, which was established in memory of brothers Dylan and Gavin Krum, with the mission to reach out to families who are dealing with a serious illness of a child, as well as families who have experienced a child’s death.

Sunday, November 22, 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 22, 2015
How far can monarch butterflies fly?

Roarna, 9, New Zealand, asks. “How far can monarch butterflies fly?”

Dear Roarna,

When cold winters come around, thousands of monarch butterflies begin a long journey in search of warmer weather. Some will fly more than 2,200 miles to find it.

That’s what I found out from my friend David James, a scientist here at Washington State University who is studying where monarch butterflies go.

So far, it appears that many monarchs that start their journey in Canada or the Northern U.S. head down to Mexico.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Did you ever encounter that rare person who is always happy, and never has a bad word to say about anyone?

These rare people are always smiling and appreciative of people in their lives.

They don’t jump to conclusions, are slow to anger and are never drawn into gossip.

Reminds me of a Bible verse or two that I can only hope to remember, but I remain stuck in kindergarten when it comes to following these directions.

Reminds me of my mother-in-law Gladys who was always nice to me even when I didn’t deserve it.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Good news.

According to a Gallup poll conducted last year, only two out of 10 employed people in the U.S. hate their jobs.

Now the bad news.

Only three of the 10 like their jobs, leaving the other five who describe their daily work as “blah.”

I can be counted as one of the three lucky ones, having enjoyed teaching high school for 38 years before retiring four years ago.

Teaching is not a glamorous career, and it’s often maligned by a segment of our population.

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Lailanni Dizon, fourth grade, Shull-David Elementary School “We go to my grandma’s house and go to the park. Then everyone sleeps over at our house.”

By JARRAD HEDES

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Swenson Jr.

Jennel Lynn Yelito, daughter of David Yelito of Coaldale and Diane Miller of Nesquehoning, and William Lee Swenson Jr., son of Mary and William Swenson Sr. of East Stroudsburg, were married on June 20, 2015.

The ceremony and reception were held in the scenic backyard of William’s parents’ home with longtime family friend, the Rev. Harold Rosenberger, officiating the ceremony. The couple followed with honeymooning this fall and winter to the Douglaston Salmon River to enjoy one of their favorite hobbies, fly fishing.