Friday, July 28, 2017


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I love a deep-fried, puffy-battered fish sandwich, with a tempura-like coating, but I’m not doing that at home. That’s for an indulgent summer seafood shack lunch, or if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in a British pub.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

St. Luke’s Miners Campus in Coaldale is sponsoring a series of continuing education sessions on a variety of health topics.

The sessions will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. the third Friday of every month. To reserve a seat, as seating is limited, call 570-645-8157.

Upcoming sessions include:

July 21: National Parks and recreation, enjoy the outdoors safely using an assistive device;

Aug. 18: Diabetes awareness;

Sept. 15: To flu or not to flu;

Oct. 20: National Physical Therapy Month, physical therapy and public awareness;

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Diakon Community Services will offer a six-week program designed to help people over 50 manage the symptoms of diabetes. Caregivers, spouses and family members are also welcome.

Led by two certified trainers, the educational series will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays from July 19 through Aug. 23 at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua.

There is no cost and use of course materials is included, but people are asked to preregister by July 14 by calling 570-624-3017. Participants are encouraged to attend all classes.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot’s possible health benefits.

“This is the first solid, rigorously obtained scientific data” that a marijuana compound is safe and effective for this problem, said one study leader, Dr. Orrin Devinsky of NYU Langone Medical Center.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Premium books for the Schuylkill County Fair, which will take place from July 31 through Aug. 5, are now available.

Books will be mailed in limited quantity to people who exhibited in previous fairs. It can also be found online at A premium book is a book where all the classes are listed under departments for exhibitors.

To request a premium book, call 570-527-0294 or email

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Q. I spent many hours at my computer and got this awful pain in my forearm that made me stop. Do you think I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Alzheimer Association Caregiver Support Group at Blue Mountain Health System meets monthly at 5:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at the Palmerton campus at 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton. The next meeting will beMonday.

Donna Kravelk, a registered nurse on the Older Adult Behavioral Health Unit at BMHS, will facilitate the group, which is intended to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

RHINEBECK, N.Y. (AP) — “Green burials” are slowly gaining ground around the nation to accommodate people who want to tread lightly, even in death.

At Rhinebeck Cemetery in New York’s Hudson Valley, people are laid to rest at a natural burial ground without fancy coffins, embalming fluid and concrete “vaults.” The idea is to make sure everything going into the ground decomposes.

Of the thousands of cemeteries nationwide, it’s estimated that there are about 125 that offer options for green burial.

Monday, June 19, 2017
Kim Kardashian, left, is surrounded by her fans who are attempting to have their photographs taken with her In Melbourne, Australia. AP FILE PHOTO

Unless you’re Kim Kardashian West, you might not be an expert at taking selfies. The reality show diva is so enamored of her own pictures, she published a book of selfies called “Kim Kardashian Selfish,” and then another, updated version, with 64 more photos of — you guessed it — herself.

You don’t have to be a bona fide narcissist to take a selfie. And if you’re one of those people who are always taking everyone else’s picture, this might be the only way your old high school classmates can see how well (or badly) you’ve aged.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Like every other small town throughout the world, the community of Tamaqua marches to its own beat.

It’s that beat, the heartbeat of the community, that served as an inspiration for the Tamaqua Has Heart Project, an almost two-year-long public art initiative spearheaded by a small group of volunteers.