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Saturday, July 25, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Physicians use a laparoscope, or fiber-optic cable system, to perform surgery via a small incision.

Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery, Band-Aid surgery or keyhole surgery, is a technique in which operations are performed far from their location through small incisions elsewhere in the body.

There are a number of advantages to the patient with laparoscopic surgery when compared with the more common, open procedure.

Pain and hemorrhaging are reduced due to smaller incisions, and recovery times are shorter.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS After losing 132 pounds in just six months, Nancy Meiser of Ginthers can once again perform gardening duties and enjoy advantages of improved health.

Nancy Meiser is on a mission.

Her goal is to continue to lose weight. But even more, she's committed to improving her quality of life and serving as an inspiration to others.

The Rush Township woman is pursuing a diet and exercise regimen as follow-up to laparoscopic surgery.

Meiser underwent a gastric sleeve procedure in January.

According to WebMD, the procedure "makes the stomach smaller and helps people lose weight."

With a smaller stomach, you feel full a lot quicker.

Meiser, 59, says it works.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Children love playing in the water at the Howard D. Buehler Memorial Pool (The Bungalow) in Tamaqua. This idyllic scene could change in the blink of an eye, with just one foot slip or friendly shove. While lifeguards are the first line of defense when it comes to water safety, every person at the pool must remain vigilant to ensure a safe swim season.

A recent near drowning at a local pool raised a lot of questions, and Internet critiques, about lifeguard training.

Some people rallied around pool personnel, while others just wanted to lay blame, even though the incident had a successful resolution and the majority of the commenters were not at the pool when the accident happened.

Saturday, July 11, 2015
CPR is just one of the many components of earning lifeguard certification. American Red Cross lifeguard courses also teach patron surveillance, rescue skills, victim assessment and caring for head, neck and spinal injuries. The course is taught over a 25-hour period.

Most children love the water.

They are drawn to its reflective surface and love to jump in rain puddles to watch the waves. It's pretty and it's fun, but it can also be deadly.

Infants and toddlers can drown in as little as 1 inch of water, making even the bathtub a dangerous place.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of 14 (motor vehicle accidents are first).

Saturday, July 11, 2015

For a fun-filled summer at the community or backyard pool, follow these safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide.

Never leave children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment. Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention. Small children can drown in as little as 1 inch of water.

Friday, July 3, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Brian and Angela Faust with two of their dogs, Cooper, right, a black Labrador retriever mix, and Toby, a German shorthaired pointer, along with awards the dogs won in June.

Brian Faust throws an arm around Cooper, a black Labrador retriever mixed breed, who is having a bit of trouble controlling his excitement. Like an Olympic-caliber long jumper, Cooper must perform on the edge of outstanding athletic ability and timing, while his heart pounds like a jackhammer and adrenaline makes his legs shake.

Brian walks him back to the start line and both wait. Then at Brian's signal, and words "get it, get it, get it" Cooper sprints to the edge of the dock and launches up and out to grab a "bumper" suspended nearly 7 feet high over the water.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
PAUL WILLISTEIN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  A view of Empire State Building from Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Plaza.

NEW YORK CITY CityPASS is a passkey to a world of savings, allowing the holder to not only save about 42 percent on admissions to select New York City attractions, but skip most ticket lines.

Saturday, June 13, 2015
PAUL WILLISTEIN/TIMES NEWS One World Trade Center, aka Freedom Tower, rose from the ashes of the World Trade Center in New York City.

NEW YORK CITY Kennedy. The Challenger. 9/11.

You may remember where you were when you heard about, witnessed on television, or maybe in person, the Nov. 23, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy; the Jan. 28, 1986, explosion of the space shuttle Challenger; and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

A visit to Sept. 11 memorial is a gut-wrenching, emotionally disorienting and profound reminder.

It is also essential.

The Sept. 11 memorial was dedicated May 15, 2014. It opened to the public May 21, 2014.

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Bode Morin, site administrator, Eckley Miners' Village, hopes a groundswell of support will help to salvage the failing coal breaker built by Paramount Studios in 1968.

The Eckley breaker has seen better days.

Its future is in jeopardy.

Many say it's a situation that must be rectified.

That's because the structure might be the last surviving symbol of the old-time coal breakers that once dotted northeastern Pennsylvania.

"The Huber breaker is gone and the St. Nicholas is coming down," says Bode Morin, site administrator, Eckley Miners' Village, Weatherly.

"There will be nothing left in northeastern Pennsylvania."

Truth be told, the Eckley coal breaker was never actually a breaker.

Saturday, May 23, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Center, from left, Tamaqua fourth-graders Zachary Markiewicz, Nathan Fannick and Sean Fischer start by choosing five Story Stones from a wooden crate. Seated at the desks are, left, Alex Collura and Brandon Long.

Tamaqua Elementary School fourth-grader Allie Clausius tapped her pencil thoughtfully, then repositioned the five stones on her desk.

"OK, we have to start to plan this out," she said to Tamaqua eighth-grader Kayla Zamudio.

"I'll start with the flamingo, as the main character, and the story will happen outdoors, at night."

Clausius moved the stone with a pink flamingo painted on it, placing it next to a stone painted dark blue, except for a quarter moon. Then she considered a stone depicting a lion.