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Tuesday, March 8, 2016
A black fly as seen through a microscope. Black flies bite and can cause allergies. They are also known to swarm a person who is unprotected. PHOTO COURTESY PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Last summer seemed particularly buggy. In fact, it was pretty hard to mow the lawn or even stay outside very long without being swarmed by gnats. And unlike other years, these “gnats” didn’t go away in the summer heat. In fact, they got worse as summer wore on.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Q. Over the years, I’ve been buying larger shoes. Could it be that my feet are getting bigger, or is it that I’ve gradually begun to prefer shoes with more room in them?

Feet do get bigger over decades of pounding. Some people over the age of 40 can gain half a shoe size every 10 years. I know my feet are larger than they used to be. I’ve gone from a 10½ shoe when I was a young adult, to a 12 in my geezer years.

The foot is a complicated machine. It contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System Adult Partial Hospitalization Program staff will offer a free community education program, “What can you do to help a loved one who is depressed?” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Blue Mountain Health System/Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, Acute Partial Program at 512 Bank St. in Bowmanstown.

Many people use the word “depression” to explain sadness or downswings in mood from life’s struggles, setbacks and disappointments. But depression is much more than just sadness.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System will co-sponsor two workshops on New to Medicare with the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton and 1:30 p.m. March 16 at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza at 512 Bank St. in Bowmanstown.

A representative from the Area Agency on Aging will provide a general introduction to Medicare, which includes Medicare Parts A-D, Medicare supplemental insurance (Medi-Gap policies), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D).

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a series of classes on diabetes self-management training and support from 1 to 3 p.m. March 15, 22, 29 and April 5 at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania will present the free Lehigh Valley Epilepsy Education Exchange 2016 Conference on April 13 at the Holiday Inn I-78, 7736 Adrienne Drive, Breinigsville.

The featured speaker, Dr. Christopher Skidmore of Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, will discuss how epilepsy and medications can impact your sleep.

Registration begins at 5 p.m. The event concludes at 8 p.m. You may register online at www.epilepsyinthevalley.org. For more information contact Ellen Baca at 610-737-0613 or by email at lv@efepa.org.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The JDRF Eastern PA Chapter will host its annual One Promise Gala April 30 at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown. The theme is “Passport to a Cure: Ireland.” All proceeds go toward funding research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

The organization will be presenting the Living and Giving Award to Eric Schippers with Penn National Gaming for his dedicated efforts to JDRF.

For tickets or sponsorship information, visit http://bitly.com/ECPA2016OnePromiseGala or contact JDRF’s development manager Mandi O’Brien at 610-216-9599 or aobrien@jdrf.org.

Saturday, March 5, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Zimmerman Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Zimmerman Jr. of Mahoning Valley recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married Feb. 3, 1956, at People’s E.C. Church in East Weissport by the Rev. Herbert Cassel.

Mrs. Zimmerman is the former Pearl Rehrig of East Weissport.

They have four children: a son, Tom III and MaryAnn in Florida; a son, Frank, and his wife, Susan, in Palmerton; a son, Scott, and his wife, Beth, in Macungie; and a son, David, and his wife, Laurel, in Lehighton.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Pizza Hut is fine when you feel like going out. But pizza home is the newest trend, with pizza ovens designed for the kitchen or backyard.

This spring, one of the most recognizable names in home appliances will go after a piece of that pie when GE Monogram starts selling a $10,000 electric, residential wall model designed to fit into the space of a standard 30-inch wall oven.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Members of the Panther Valley Class of 1971 will meet on Wednesday at Coaldale VFW at 6 p.m. They will be writing out Save The Date cards.

Please bring your address lists. Everyone is welcome to attend and lend a hand.