Monday, September 22, 2014


Tuesday, September 2, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY METRO GRAPHICS Research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association indicates a  history of gestational diabetes elevates a woman's risk of developing heart disease as well as type 2 diabetes.

Pregnant women may face an increased risk of early heart disease when they develop gestational diabetes, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Gestational diabetes, which develops only during pregnancy and usually disappears after the pregnancy, increases the risk that the mother will develop diabetes later.

The condition is managed with meal planning, activity and sometimes insulin or other medications.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System bariatric surgeon, Vitaly Sawyna, MD, will offer free educational seminars on Weight Loss Surgery at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16, in the second floor multipurpose room at the Palmerton Campus and at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 in the second-floor conference room at the Palmerton Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The women's cancer support group meets on the third Tuesday of the month.

The next meeting will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 16. at the Blue Mountain Health System, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton, in the community room on the ground floor.

The format is informal and ideal for people who are looking for personal, mutual support for cancer-related issues.

For more information, contact Karen at 610-377-6279 or Gerry at 484-629-3522.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Caitlyn N. Ruch and John T. Pilla, both of Andreas.

Megan L. Ingraham, Tamaqua, and Kyle M. Berezwick, Mahanoy Plane.

Trisha Marie Sockwell, and Kevin M. Rehrig, both of Tamaqua.

Friday, August 29, 2014

It's late summer, the time when wasps, yellow jackets and hornets hang around garbage cans and outside food areas.

While these stinging insects can be beneficial since they prey on other pest insects that destroy garden flowers and plants, they can also sting if they believe their nest is in jeopardy.

So, what exactly can be done to rid oneself of the threat of stinging insects and their nests?

It's all in the approach, according to Allan Boyer, owner of A.F. Boyer Hardware in Slatington.

Friday, August 29, 2014
AP Photo/Lee Reich A garden with cabbage and other seasonal greens in New Paltz, New York. Growing fall vegetables is like having a whole other growing season in the garden. Cool weather brings out the best flavor from vegetables such as kale,  broccoli and carrots.

In the heat of summer, it's hard to imagine that the weather will ever be cool again. And with dry weather it's hard to imagine it becoming rainy again.

But of course the weather does change, and you've got to plan what vegetables to grow for the cool and rainy days ahead that sap the vitality from tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and other summer vegetables.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
This undated image provided by the South Dakota Historical Society Press shows Judy Thompson's illustration of the cover of "Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography". The original version of the autobiography, that Wilder likely wrote in the late 1920s, was written on tablet paper with lead pencil. The South Dakota State Historical Society Press plans to publish an annotated version of this fall. (AP Photo/South Dakota Historical Society Press)

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a series of training classes on Diabetes Self Management from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on four Tuesdays: Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Sessions will be held in the first-floor board room at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

The course will be facilitated by certified diabetes educator Susan Generose.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Awareness, screenings, and early detection are the keys in the fight against breast cancer," states the Northeastern PA Gallery of Hope home page.

"If detected early, the five-year survival rate for localized breast cancer is 97 percent."

To promote breast cancer awareness, the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will sponsor its ninth annual Pink Light Walk at the Lehighton Recreation Center on Oct. 7.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the walk to follow at 6:30 p.m. Participants will walk from the recreation center to the Lehighton Amphitheatre and back.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Most adults probably remember going to the doctor as a child to have their 'shots.'

While painful at the time, those shots or immunizations helped prevent potentially serious diseases such as mumps, measles and polio that were widespread before vaccinations were successfully developed in the 1950s and 1960s.

Did you know that as adults, it's just as important to receive recommended immunizations to stay healthy?