Sunday, December 11, 2016


Tuesday, August 11, 2015
 Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten, top, and Palmerton, bottom, campuses recently earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. When minutes count, taking a patient experiencing stroke symptoms to an emergency room as soon as they start betters the chances of a full recovery.

Your arm feels heavy and you are having a hard time concentrating.

You try to call out, but the words don't come out in understandable sentences.

You look in the mirror and staring back at you is an uneven smile.

You are having a stroke.

In times like this, when minutes counts, you want the fastest treatment possible.

Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses now are your answers. The two hospitals recently earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

NEW YORK – A revamped Diet Pepsi without aspartame is popping up on store shelves. So will people start flocking back to the soda?

PepsiCo says its new Diet Pepsi should be available nationally this week. In response to customer feedback, the company said earlier this year that it would replace the aspartame in the drink with another artificial sweetener that has less baggage.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System bariatric surgeon, Vitaly Sawyna, MD, will offer free educational seminars on Weight Loss Surgery at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

Both sessions will be held in the third floor conference room at the Palmerton Hospital Campus at 135 Lafayette Avenue.

Weight loss surgery options including gastric bypass, lap-band and gastric sleeve will be discussed, and the surgeon will answer all your questions about the process and procedure.

Please call to register at 610-377-7070.

Monday, August 10, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY DIY NETWORK Chip Wade, HGTV star and handyman and New Beginnings Expert for Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Summer is only half over, so there's still plenty of time to hit the road.

According to a recent report from Liberty Mutual Insurance, 56 percent of Americans are planning a road trip before Labor Day.

Many will also travel after the end-of-season holiday when the vacation rush dies down and the crowds start to thin.

If you're planning a road trip, there's more to do than just pack your favorite bikini and sunscreen.

Friday, August 7, 2015
Japanese Stilt Grass

At the height of the growing season, suddenly we are faced with weeds and more weeds. They seem to have jumped up out of every place they can get a foot hold.

The villains of this drama, the ones we need to hate, are definitely the invasive weeds identified by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

These bad boys are plant killers.

Japanese Stilt Grass

I have Japanese stilt grass invading my lawn and flower beds. This annual grass is an ecological threat.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Add color to your landscape year-round by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August.

Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees through the Foundation's Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, depending on the right time for planting in each member's area.

The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions are enclosed with each shipment of trees.

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Jim Thorpe Area High School Class of 1965 will meet for lunch at noon on Aug. 20 at Penn's Peak.

This is the last scheduled luncheon. The class will host its 50-year reunion on Sept. 5.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Zion UCC, Second and Iron streets in Lehighton, will be hosting its sixth annual summer Music Academy from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday.

This free program is offered to any school aged child grades K-12, college students and to younger children accompanied by a parent.

There are multiple choices available for students, who can participate in one or all of the offered stations.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Teens and adults are invited to a Custom Shoe Painting Workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Pocono Arts Council, 19 N. Seventh St., Stroudsburg, with artist Ted Michalowski.

This fun, practical workshop will result in fine art for your feet.

Use your creative energy to design your own canvas shoes. The instructor will guide you through the painting process and each participant will leave with one or two pair of one-of-a-kind shoes. Bring one or two pairs of plain white canvas shoes, your choice of style.

Tuition is $20 for members; $30 for nonmembers.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

"As the Crow Flies," a photographic exhibit by Kristine Kotsch, will open Aug. 24 at Moravian College, Monacacy and Laurel streets, Bethlehem, in the H. Paty Eiffe Gallery.

The exhibit runs through Sept. 20. An artist reception and talk will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

Kotsch works in a variety of photographic mediums, including film and darkroom, historic processes, and a wide array of digital media and printing methods.

This exhibition features an ongoing series titled "As the Crow Flies," which refers to moving from one point to another without obstacles.