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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
This March 2, 2016 photo shows lemon raspberry pound cake muffins in Concord, N.H. These rich muffins are well suited to dessert, but also would be fine for an indulgent breakfast. Made with juice and zest, their deep lemon flavor is complemented by the raspberries. (AP Photo/J.M. Hirsch)

resh lemon — including the juice and the peel — is one of my all-time favorite ingredients, in part because it’s just so versatile.

It can be the star of the show (as in this recipe) or a brilliant supporting actor (as in so many of my everyday dishes).

It’s indispensable in fish dishes and pairs beautifully with all sorts of vegetables, raw and cooked. I also reach for it regularly to brighten up soups, stews and sautes.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Do you know the differences between a nursing home and an assisted living facility?

Long-term care offers a broad range of medical, personal, and social services needed by people unable to meet the basic living needs for an extended period.

The basic needs include bathing, eating and dressing, and it requires the aid of a caregiver or home helper to do them.

Residents living in an assisted living facility or nursing home receive help carrying out these activities.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Q. My mother had varicose veins in her legs and now I’m getting them. She put up with them. I don’t want to. So how do I get rid of them?

Varicose veins are twisted and enlarged veins that bulge in legs, but they can appear in other places. Varicose veins are more common in legs because veins from the groin to the ankles endure the most pressure of any veins in the body.

Varicose veins affect half of people over the age 50. Women get varicose veins more often than men.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Health and nutrition consultant Sean McGeehan shares his personal story of overcoming Crohn’s disease and offers health tips to Tamaqua’s Older and Bolder group. KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

“Children being born today could be the first generation in two centuries who will not be expected to outlive their parents.”

That startling tidbit was shared with the members of Tamaqua’s Older and Bolder group last week during a presentation by Sean McGeehan, a health and nutrition consultant.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pictsweet recall

Following a recall by The Pictsweet Company, Giant Food announced it removed Pictsweet Steamables Seasoned Summer Vegetables (10 ounce, UPC 7056098001 with a best by date of 03/28/2018) due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, it can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Club hosts screening

The Nesquehoning Woman’s Club will present its annual OMEGA Health Screen performed by Quest Diagnostics from 7 to 9:30 a.m. April 30 in the St. Francis of Assisi Church basement, 140 W. Mill St., Nesquehoning.

There is a fee for the testing.

Please preregister by calling 800-776-6342, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Schuylkill County Agricultural Museum is sponsoring Plow Day 2016 on May 9, across from Heisler’s Cloverleaf Dairy at 743 Catawissa Road in Tamaqua. There is no rain date.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Plowing begins at 10 a.m. Plowing demonstrations using antique tractors, horses and mules will be done throughout the day. There will be a judged plowed competition at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded.

Monday, April 11, 2016

omen have always been an integral part of crafting culture, and now, with help from the Internet, they’re at the forefront of the current “maker” movement around the world.

Hobbies can become thriving sidelines or full-time livelihoods. At Etsy.com, a major online crafts marketplace that launched in Brooklyn in 2005, most of the sellers are women, says Heather Jassy, a senior vice president for the site. She says women make up 86 percent of the site’s sellers in America, 94 percent in Australia and 91 percent in Canada, for example.

Friday, April 8, 2016
Plant a pollinator garden and enjoy the benefits

Whether planting a garden, enjoying the beauty of your landscape or sitting down to a delicious meal, you have bees, butterflies and other pollinators to thank. These essential members of our ecosystem are responsible for much of the food and beauty we enjoy each day.

Unfortunately pesticides and habitat loss are threatening their existence. There is something you can do to help. Turn your garden, backyard or balcony into a pollinator’s habitat.

Friday, April 8, 2016
Jon Provost, “Timmy” from the classic TV show “Lassie,” will speak from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at History Expo 2016. PHOTO PROVIDED BY JON PROVOST

Jon Provost, who played “Timmy” from in the hit television series “Lassie” will speak at History Expo 2016 Saturday at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum in Allentown. The expo will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Lassie” was based on a character created by novelist Eric Knight. In 1940 his novel “Lassie Come Home” was published. MGM studios filmed the story in 1943. The novel and film generated several more films and eventually led to the hit television series.