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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Here’s what’s coming up at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe:

• Friday, Ryan Pelton, 8 p.m.

• April 8, Ronnie Spector sings the Fabulous Ronettes, 8 p.m.

• April 15, Paul Revere’s Raiders, 8 p.m.

• April 16, Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan, 8 p.m.

• April 22, Robin Trower, 8 p.m.

• April 29, Josh Turner, 8 p.m.

• April 30, Live Wire, 8 p.m.

• May 3, 4 and 5, Branson Fever, 1 p.m.

• May 7, Get the Led Out, 8 p.m.

• May 11 and 12, Mike Albert and the Big E Band, 1 p.m.

• May 13, Dark Star Orchestra, 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Cornmeal performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the opera house.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, features the Chicago-based jam band Cornmeal at 8 p.m. Saturday.

A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal seamlessly blends lightning-fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electric group’s vast musical repertoire.

At 4 p.m. Sunday it’s the two-year anniversary show for 40 Story Radio Tower. Check out Friday’s Lifestyle page for an interview with the creators of this unique production.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Shepherd’s Pie is a traditional Irish dish, only without the crust. KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

Not a fan of corned beef and cabbage or maybe you want to eat something a little more Irish for St. Patrick’s Day?

Consider this easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe from Sheila O’Neil, chef and innkeeper at The Gilded Cupid in Jim Thorpe.

This dinner goes together so quickly and is so tasty, you’ll be wishing every day was St. Patrick’s Day.

Shepherd’s Pie

Serves 4

1 pound ground beef

1 large onion, diced

1 16-ounce bag of frozen peas and carrots

2-3 cups fresh mashed potatoes

1 16-ounce jar hearty brown gravy

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Samuel Adams Irish Soda Muffins.

Start St. Patrick’s Day off with a festive twist, Samuel Adams Irish Soda Muffins.

A spin on traditional Irish Soda Bread, these muffins are best enjoyed with a dollop of jam on top. The recipe is courtesy of Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream small business program participant Sandy Russo of LuLu’s Sweet Shoppe.

For evening festivities, try Samuel Adams Corned Beef and Beer-Braised Red Cabbage.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System will offer two food and nutrition health fairs for National Nutrition Month. The fair at the Gnaden Huetten campus will be held March 29 in the hospital’s ground floor lobby, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton, and on March 30 in the cafe at the Palmerton Hospital campus at 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton. Both fairs will be from 10 a.m. to noon.

The 2016 theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

• Arrange your work station so you can sit or stand comfortably without putting stress on any specific area of your body. Keep your neck in a neutral position and minimize the need to look up or to the sides continuously while you are working.

• Eliminate most movement from your waist. Keep workstation tools within reach without having to lean, bend or twist at the waist frequently.

• Take breaks frequently throughout the day. If sitting for an hour, get up and stretch for at least five to 10 minutes. Short breaks reduce eyestrain and buildup of muscle tension.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Wear your lucky green outfit and join Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly, for a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Enjoy Celtic Folk music and festive refreshments. Bring someone who has never been to Heritage Hill before and be entered to win a “Pot of Gold.”

This event is free and open to seniors and their families. Seating is limited. RSVP by calling Rachael or Toni at 570-427-4500.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
This is a photo of a chart hanging in Jennifer Sterner’s treatment room showing upper crossed syndrome.

Modern technology is truly a wonder. With just a couple of taps on a hand-held device you can check your email, tell your husband what to pick up at the grocery store on his way home or read the latest novel.

It’s nothing short of miraculous when you think of it.

But all that convenience comes with a price — text neck.

Also known as forward head posture or upper crossed syndrome, text neck is an overuse syndrome, like tennis elbow, but perhaps a lot less subtle in the way it creeps up on you.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Q. Why do old men have big ears?

I didn’t believe the premise of this question. Well, it turns out that old men — and women — have bigger ears than they had as young adults.

In short, your ears grow larger as you age. I know this sounds like a myth, but it’s been proven by scientific studies.


• Researchers at the VA Medical Center/Texas Tech University found that ear circumference increases an average of 0.51 millimeters per year.

Monday, March 14, 2016

BOSTON — Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, genealogical research website is making 10 million Catholic parish records from Ireland — some dating to 1655 — available online for free to help people trace their Irish heritage.

The goldmine of information, available without cost for a week starting Friday, includes baptism, confirmation, marriage, and burial records from more than 1,000 parishes in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.