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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Chris Soules of "The Bachelor" and Witney Carson of "Dancing with the Stars" will be at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, for a performance and Q&A at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Keystone Grand Ballroom.

An autograph signing follows at 8:30.

Participation is first-come, first-served. Signing of personal items, personalization, or photos taken with personal cameras are prohibited. Headshots will be given out at the event.

Thursday, August 13, 2015
The Dublin City Ramblers will perform Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

We're halfway to St. Paddy's Day, and with that thought in mind, the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe is rolling out the green carpet to welcome the Dublin City Ramblers at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Featuring a blend of old ballads and traditional Irish music with a signature sound, Ireland's legendary folk music group includes founder Sean McGuinness on banjo, mandolin and lead vocals; Tom Miller on bass guitar and vocals; and Mike Funge on guitar and vocals.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Strawberry Playhouse, 60 Church St., Tuscarora, presents "A Little Bit of Country and A Little Bit of Rock and Roll" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and 2 p.m. Sept. 20.

Featured will be D'Lite Side with David Marchetti at the keyboard and Lucille Falá-Brennan on vocals.

Special guests include Rick Lorady and Jenna McBreen.

Complimentary coffee, tea and soda will be available. An assortment of sweets will be sold.

Reservations are recommended. Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Call 570-325-4368 or email

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
This image provided by Page Street Publishing, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, shows the cover for the book "The Single Guy Cookbook," by Avi Shemtov. Shemtov's just-released book is a refreshing look at cooking for one. (Ken Goodman/Page Street Publishing via AP)

Single and looking? If you're a guy who's willing to do some cooking, Avi Shemtov has you covered.

Admittedly, Shemtov's initial attempt to feed dudes on the prowl read a bit too much like the strange love child of Rachael Ray and a Craigslist Casual Encounters ad.

The rest? An enticing collection of so-very-guy-friendly comfort food designed for the solo fellow willing to put a little effort into what he eats.

Shemtov's just-released "The Single Guy Cookbook" is a refreshing look at cooking for one.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Thirsty? How about some cactus water?


Every now and then we get items shipped to the newsroom to sample.

Some are great. Some are "Gee, no thanks." (Hemp seeds? Cranberry-ginger flavored chia seeds?)

I have to say I felt almost the same when the carton of True Nopal prickly pear cactus water arrived, although I was curious. Water from a cactus?

I took it home and popped it in the refrigerator, thinking at least if it was chilled, it would taste better. There's nothing worse than room temperature water, except maybe hemp seeds.

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.