Sunday, November 29, 2015


Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Blue Mountain Health System will offer a free program on quitting smoking at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the community room at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

Tobacco addiction is both mental and physical. For many smokers, it can be hard to break the social and emotional ties to smoking while getting over nicotine withdrawal symptoms at the same time. Some people are able to quit on their own, but research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have support.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Ben Salem United Church of Christ will present a health fair from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the church’s new social hall, 1965 Church Hill Road in Lehighton.

Information offered will include: Gift of Life, Miller Keystone Blood Mobile, a presentation by a physical therapist on Parkinson’s disease, The Link Suicide Prevention, nutritional support by Sodexo, and blood pressure screening by Ben Salem Health and Wellness Committee.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Imagine what you could do with $2,000. If you’re between 18 and 34, you might travel somewhere fun. Maybe buy a big TV. But would you buy health insurance?

Take it from another millennial: Think about insurance if you don’t have any.

We don’t get sick often, and maybe we’ll never get hurt, but without insurance, a serious accident or illness could put you on the hook for staggering medical bills that will haunt you for years.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Q. I heard that Botox can help if you have shaky hands. Is that true?

“Shaky hands” is a symptom of “essential tremor,” which is the most common movement disorder. The medical community calls it “essential,” because it isn’t linked to other diseases.

Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) injections, popular for ironing wrinkles, is used to treat muscle spasms and tremors caused by diseases such as multiple sclerosis, and neurological conditions such as muscle spasms of the neck, shoulders and face.

Monday, November 9, 2015


The Blue Mt. 4-H Livestock Club will be reorganizing at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Morgan household in Pine Grove. The club will elect officers and plan programs and activities for the coming year.

The Blue Mt. 4-H Livestock Club is an active group of youth breeding and raising livestock for the Schuylkill County Fair and the PA Farm Show. The club geographically covers territory from Pine Grove to Tamaqua and areas of northern Berks County. It is open to youth ages 8 to 18 interested in learning about how to raise livestock for the market place.

Monday, November 9, 2015


Tune into the Food Network tonight to watch Lehighton sugar artist Candy Repsher Knappenberger get her shot at a $50,000 grand prize.

Knappenberger will compete on “Cake Wars: Christmas,” which premieres at 9 p.m.

“Cake Wars: Christmas” is hosted by Jonathan Bennett.

Seven teams, each consisting of a cake artist, sugar sculptor and master food carver, will attempt to outdo each other with their outrageous holiday displays to jingle all the way home with a sweet $50,000.

Monday, November 9, 2015


Pocono Greyhound Adoption will be holding a Pet Photos with Santa at Tractor Supply, 486 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West, Lehighton, on Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Dec. 13, from noon to 4 p.m.

The following will be available: single photo with card frame, DVD with multiple photos and sitting for photo with personal camera.

To learn more about the event, including prices, or about adopting a greyhound, or phone 570-856-0377.

Monday, November 9, 2015
On its Motorola Droid Turbo 2. Motorola replaced glass with various forms of plastic to make its 5.4-inch screen shatterproof. The glass can crack if it hits a hard surface with enough force. MOTOROLA VIA AP

NEW YORK — New Android phones appear with regularity, but far too few of them really seem ... new.

Sure, cameras keep getting better and phones keep getting faster. For the most part, though, you’d be hard-pressed to single out many new features that aren’t just tweaks for the sake of tweaking. Though manufacturers frequently customize Google’s Android software to set their phones apart, those alterations often just make things worse by hiding features or breaking some apps.

Monday, November 9, 2015
The 1908 current courthouse with the reviewing stand. From the photo archives of William G. Schwab.

Editor’s note: This is first installment in an occasional column by local historian William G. Schwab.

A mere 14 years after the Lehigh Canal was completed, the economic might of the area was so great that Carbon County came into being.

By Act Number 41 on March 13, 1843, the county was formed from parts of Northampton and Monroe counties.

Reading the statute, there was not a great deal of controversy separating those townships north of the Blue Mountain from Northampton County, but apparently there was some negotiation as to what would be taken from Monroe County.

Monday, November 9, 2015

When I was a child I read a story called “Country Mouse, City Mouse” about finding your place in the world.

The original Aesop’s fable told the tale of a city mouse visiting his country mouse cousin. Appalled at the meager existence of the country mouse, the city mouse invites him to visit his home in the city.

Although country mouse found a rich and delicious metropolitan feast in the city, he was turned off by the perils of city living.

The country mouse was happy to return to his country home where he could bask in a lifestyle more suited to his nature.