Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Q. I’ve been seeing lots of references about “restless legs syndrome.” I’ve never heard of this condition. Is it rare?

Restless legs syndrome affects about one in 10 adults in North America and Europe. RLS is found in both men and women but can begin in children. The percentage of people with RLS increases with age. And, seniors experience symptoms longer and more frequently.

Many researchers believe that RLS is underreported. Victims of RLS are often diagnosed as suffering from insomnia, depression or a disorder of the nerves, muscles or skeleton.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Dr. Musa Tangoren teaching some stretching poses from the Spring 2015 Biggest Winner Challenge. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, has announced the return of its third Biggest Winner Challenge beginning tonight.

The Biggest Winner Challenge is a six-month program from Oct. 13 to March 22, designed to help people take control of their lives, lose weight and become healthy.

As a Pocono Medical Center Healthy Living Series program, this challenge provides the opportunity for people in the community to embark on their own health journey.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment Period will take place beginning this Thursday through Dec. 7. Both Part D and Medicare Advantage plan members can make plan changes at this time. If they miss the opportunity to make adjustments to their plans now, they will have to wait another year.

• Medicare’s Annual Disenrollment Period will take place from Jan. 1-Feb. 14, 2016. People only with Medicare Advantage plans will be able to return to Original Medicare and join a stand-alone prescription drug (Part D) plan.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

NEPA Intergenerational Coalition will present “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Trauma, Grief and Loss,” its ninth annual conference for grandparents, relative caregivers, service providers and others, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday at Genetti’s Best Western Plus Hotel and Conference Center, 77 E. Market St., in Wilkes-Barre.

The conference is free. Registration deadline is Thursday.

Keynote speakers will include Dr. Joseph Crumbley and the Hon. Jennifer Rogers

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Neurologic Support Group for survivors and families or friends of neurologic diseases like multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s or stroke will be held at St. Luke’s Hospital Miners Campus from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each Friday in the community room of the hospital, located at 360 W. Ruddle St., in Coaldale.

The group meets regularly to socialize and learn how to deal with problems related to the neurologic diseases. By emphasizing what can be done rather than what can’t be done, it may give new hope and insight to those involved.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The issue of school start times and sleep-deprived youth is not new. Back in the early 1990s, researchers at Brown University found that the onset of puberty creates a shift in sleeping patterns. Teens tend to go to bed later and get up later than younger children to get the eight to 11 hours of sleep they need.

In 1994 physicians and researchers proposed starting times after 8:30 a.m. for middle and high school students.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


Blake Nathan Campbell of Boston, formerly of Lehighton, is the winner of the 2015 Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award for his poem “Bioluminescence.”

The competition is sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and comes with a $1,000 cash award. The poem can be viewed at

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Let me take you on a trip down my Nostalgia Road.

Me and my buddies (bad grammar intended) are riding our bicycles across a dirt path, and then alongside the railroad tracks to a weed-infested baseball field. We throw our wood bats and Spalding baseball gloves to the ground. We carelessly drop our bikes. Somebody brings a ball. Two hours later, after arguing over the rules, searching for foul balls in the weeds, and beating our chests about who got the best hits, we jump back onto our bikes and ride to Boro Market for some Yoo-hoos and TastyKakes.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

It was January 2003 and my husband, Ronnie, called me at work.

Just before lunch my phone rang and I knew it was serious because he never called me during the day.

But I never expected what came next.

“Marta, this is gonna be a rough one,” he said. “Mem’s house is on fire.”

My grandparents lived on a narrow dirt road in East Penn Township.

They had been napping and awoke to smell smoke. My grandfather somehow managed to get my grandmother out the back door. She walked slowly because of a stroke and a sore leg from diabetes.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The trees are on fire.

In a good year, they’ll burn for a solid month, and people will come from all over to watch it happen. The inferno will peak in October, with Carbon County awash in tourists, and the forests aglow. Fall foliage season is a predictable cause for annual celebration.

By Thanksgiving the whole matter is forgotten. Trees that commanded our attention just weeks ago in vibrant shades of yellow, orange and red will fade into a uniform shade of background gray.