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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Fresh from the farm

There’s no better time than August to check out a local farmers market. Take advantage of the array of in-season vegetables and fresh from the farm eggs and cheeses to make your summertime dishes even more delicious. QVC’s “Resident Foodie” and best-selling cookbook author David Venable has some perfect recipes to try out.

Corn Maque Choux

(Serves 8)

Ingredients:

1 cup bacon, diced

2 Tablespoons bacon grease, reserved from cooking the bacon

½cup red pepper, diced into¼-inch pieces

½cup yellow pepper, diced into¼-inchpieces

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Things to keep in your medicine cabinet

It could be a no-brainer for you on what items to keep in a medicine cabinet, but if you wonder what medical professionals keep handy, here’s what I learned.

Since I’m getting older, my list of items changed from less makeup and fragrances to lots of cures for dry skin, wrinkles, brown spots, antihistamines and red eyes.

If a real emergency should happen, I want a live doctor around, but for simple, everyday concerns, I will settle for a physician-like crisis supply.

So, what do doctors and nurses keep in the bathroom cabinet?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
METROGRAPHICS

he PA LINK program recently held a workshop to educate the seniors of the community on ways they can ensure they are safe when emergencies occur.

“Our goal is to get the information out to our aging population to help them in any kind of emergency, whether it be a terroristic act, flood, fire, pandemic or anything else,” Julie Rovinski-Mann of PA LINK said.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Q. I’m a 76-year-old woman and I have to take a long nap every day because I’m up nights urinating. I know a lot of my contemporaries have the same problem. I’m curious to know how widespread this is.

A. First, don’t presume that the nightly bathroom trips are insignificant. See a doctor to determine the cause. There are solutions to your problem but they depend upon a diagnosis.

You’re suffering from a very common problem called “nocturia,” the need to urinate at night.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System and Arden Courts Memory Care Community co-sponsor a movie and discussion, “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory,” at 6 p.m. Thursdayat the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 512 Bank St. in Bowmanstown.

Alive Inside is an exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken the souls and uncover the deepest part of humanity.

It chronicles theexperiences of people around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music, including “some amazingly transformative results in the treatment of dementia through music.”

Monday, August 15, 2016

Have you ever felt as if there’s too much going on? Not enough hours in the day? Can’t seem to find the time between the kids, work and other commitments? How do the most successful people manage to conquer the world and do it all with ease?

After studying and coaching top performers for more than 30 years, Steve Siebold, author of “177 Mental Toughness Secrets of The World Class,” and a psychological performance and mental toughness coach, says it comes down to 10 ways of taking on life and managing time.

Monday, August 15, 2016
This photo provided by J.C. Penney shows a model wearing an Arizona short-sleeve, faux suede, fringe top and jeans as part of the store’s back-to-school offerings. STEVE VISNEAU/J.C. PENNEY VIA AP Copyright - J.C. Penney

NEW YORK — Varsity-inspired cardigans. Preppy layers. Satin bomber jackets. There are plenty of fashion trends that experts say should help pique shoppers’ interest for the back-to-school season. That could provide a sales bounce for retailers after last year’s dearth of mainstream looks hurt business. The trick for shoppers: taking advantage of timing and tools to stay within a budget.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

I just had a lengthy debate with a friend about dividing household responsibility.

Her complaint is the same one I hear from so many women: She has to be responsible for all the cooking and household work.

Her husband thinks his only job is earning a paycheck to support the family, she said.

Most of the time she’s fine with that arrangement. She takes pride in cooking healthy meals and in maintaining a well-kept house.

But every now and then resentment bubbles over, she told me.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Katie Eidem of Lehighton was named to the dean’s list at Wells College for the spring 2016 semester. Eidem, Class of 2016, majored in English, creative writing, with a minor in theater and is a graduate of Lehighton Area High School.

The dean’s list consists of students who earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average for at least 12 hours of coursework in a given semester.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Four teenagers sit in a circle in a small room. Their heads are bent forward and their eyes stare downward. With rapid motion, their fingers move across their empty laps as if they are typing make-believe messages.

A counselor walks into the room and one of the young adults is motioned to a podium. With her eyes still staring downward, she speaks in quiet words.

“My name is Haley and I am a cellphone addict.”

Don’t laugh. There is no medical term for this condition yet, but don’t be surprised if one is invented within the very near future.