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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Flu vaccines will be offered 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 19 for people 18 years and over at the Mahanoy City Senior Community Center, 138 W. Centre St., Mahanoy City.

Vaccines will be available at no cost to the uninsured or those who are under-insured, courtesy of Walgreens. Adults with Medicare are asked to bring their Medicare and supplemental insurance cards.

Appointment are required. Please call 570- 773-0738 to schedule an appointment.

For additional information, call 570-624-3017.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Novinger

As a pediatrician, I've seen my share of ear infections, sinus infections and strep throats over the years. Antibiotics are often prescribed to treat these conditions, but I'm often asked by parents and caregivers if antibiotics are the right treatment for other conditions as well, such as colds or the flu.

Each November, we recognize Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, and it's the perfect time for parents and caregivers to reflect on when antibiotics are an appropriate treatment and when they are not especially for children.

Monday, November 10, 2014
AP Photo/National Toy Hall of Fame New additions to the National Toy Hall of Fame are seen in an  undated photo provided by the National Toy Hall of Fame. Little green army men, along with the Rubik's Cube and bubbles, were announced last week as the newest additions to the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. It's mission accomplished for little green army men.

The molded plastic must-haves for generations of pretend soldiers were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday, along with the 1980s stumper Rubik's Cube, and bubbles.

The trio of toys takes its place alongside other classics including Barbie, G.I. Joe, Scrabble and the hula hoop after beating out nine other finalists including Fisher-Price Little People, American Girl dolls and My Little Pony.

The tiny monochromatic heroes have been around since 1938, with ups and downs along the way.

Monday, November 10, 2014
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News In a world filled with technology, low-tech toys are still popular and make a great holiday gift for children and teens. From left, 3-year-olds Zachary Goodhile, Eliza Rodgers and Quinn Haydt, all of Lehighton, play with foam shapes during story time at the Lehighton Area Memorial Library.

When it comes time to choose holiday gifts for the children in your life, think beyond video games and electronic devices.

"Books and low-tech activities are so important for children because they foster creativity and imagination, giving a child an opportunity to think and to explore and to be engaged for themselves rather than simply being entertained," said Becky Wanamaker, director of the Lehighton Area Memorial Library.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Between smartphones, computers, television and video games, your family's home is likely filled with electronics and technology. Could you benefit from unplugging and putting the electronics away, even if just for a few hours?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Certain factors may increase your risk of epilepsy.

Ÿ Age. The onset of epilepsy is most common during early childhood and after age 60, but the condition can occur at any age.

Ÿ Family history. If you have a family history of epilepsy, you may be at an increased risk of developing a seizure disorder.

Friday, November 7, 2014
@$:AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Ellen Baca, coordinator of the Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania, second from right, accepts the proclamation naming November as Epilepsy Awareness Month in Carbon County, from Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard, left; Wayne Nothstein, second from left; and William O'Gurek.

Did you know that one in 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime?

That means that it could happen to you, your mom, dad, siblings, friends or co-workers.

To raise awareness, Carbon County has declared November as Epilepsy Awareness Month.

Last week, the county commissioners adopted a proclamation with the hope of shedding light on this condition.

Ellen Baca, coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania, was on-hand to accept the proclamation.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pleasant Valley High School crowned its Homecoming King and Queen at Friday night's football game against Stroudsburg. Ryan Klapatch was named King and Hayley Blanding, Queen. Abigail Roselli and Marcell McKenzie were the runners-up.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Author Grant Jarrett

Chase Stollar is angry.

His world is falling apart. He's been fired from his job, his wife left him, and his father is dying, and now, his brother wants him to come home to the Poconos and shoulder some of the burden.

And that's just the half of it.

"Ways of Leaving" is a new novel by Lehigh Valley born and Stroudsburg-area raised Grant Jarrett. The book was named winner of the International Book Awards for Best New Fiction earlier this year.

We spoke with Jarrett via email, and this is what he had to say.

QIn a nutshell, how would you describe your book?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
@$:AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS  Times News Editor in Chief Marta Gouger congratulates grand prize winner Jennifer Domines.

It was a difficult job, but when the judges finished their tough but tasty task, Jennifer Domines was declared the winner of the 27th annual Times News Cookbook and Recipe Contest.

Her Buffarolls, a Tailgating treat that combines the spicy tang of Buffalo chicken wings with cheese, which is then deep fried in an egg roll wrapper, were a huge hit with both the judges, and the other contestants as well.

"It's something that my family loved," says Domines, "and as our friends tried it, they loved it."