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Saturday, October 18, 2014

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Michael F. Martinez of Carbon Surgical Associates in Palmerton is offering survivors a chance to start afresh.

"For cancer patients who receive radiation treatment, a small blue or black tattoo is applied on their skin to accurately aim the radiation on the affected area," Martinez said.

"For many survivors, they decide to have their tattoo removed as the final step to their full recovery."

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HARRISBURG The desire for public health protections trumped privacy concerns this week, as the state Senate sent legislation that would establish a broad prescription monitoring program to Gov. Tom Corbett's desk.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the legislation despite continued concerns levied by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which contends the program will strip citizens of their privacy rights when it comes to sensitive medical information.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS SHINE students from Mahanoy Elementary perform to a Michael Jackson medley during the Lights On celebration on Thursday at Jim Thorpe Area High School. See more photos in our photo gallery at www.tnonline.com.

Carbon and Schuylkill counties sure have a lot of "stars."

During the annual Lights On event, celebrated nationally for the past 15 years, Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE Afterschool students from Mahanoy and Shenandoah elementary schools and the Carbon County Career Academy showed off the skills they learned over the past few years. The theme of the evening was "10 years and still 'SHINE'ing," because this year also marked the 10th anniversary of the program.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Carbon County Veterans Affairs office will host its annual Veterans Day program at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Josiah White Park, downtown Jim Thorpe.

All veterans organizations and the public are invited.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Two defendants in pending drug-related cases entered guilty pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Drug sales

Michael Ryan Muth, 24, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of delivery of a controlled substance-heroin.

He was charged by agents of the state Attorney General's Office with selling heroin on three separate occasions to an undercover agent. The plea was to one of the sales with charges related to the other sales dropped in a plea bargain.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Three Pennsylvanians who were on a flight from Cleveland to Dallas with a nurse who tested positive for Ebola are in Texas and have not been back home since the trip, Gov. Tom Corbett and other health officials said Friday.

The three people are not showing symptoms of Ebola and are not being quarantined, Corbett said. Their risk of contracting Ebola is very low, the governor said.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Two members of Tamaqua Borough Council and community leaders huddled with PennDOT representatives in an attempt to convince the state agency to proceed with a limited improvement to Route 309 traffic patterns and reinstall loops or grids to control the traffic light at Pine and Mauch Chunk streets.

Representing the borough were council President George Willing and George Wenzel, chairman of the parking and traffic committee, borough manager Donald Matalavage and Mayor Jerry Knowles. Also in attendance was Linda Yulanavage, representing the Tamaqua Merchants Association.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Nurse practitioner Barb Kocher gives a flu shot to Terry Purcell, Blue Mountain Health System's vice president of ambulatory and support services. All employees at BMHS are highly encouraged to get a flu shot, with the hospital  looking for more than 90 percent compliance. The  hospital has a mandatory masking policy. Any employee not getting a flu shot must wear a mask in patient areas.

By CHRIS PARKER

cparker@tnonline.com

The morning air is cool and crisp, brightly colored leaves are spiraling to the ground, and doctors are urging people to get flu shots.

This season, there's really no excuse.

Under the Affordable Care Act, the shots for most people are now fully covered by insurance with no copay when given by a network provider, and available everywhere from local drug stores to your doctor's office. Almost all insurance plans cover the average $35 cost of the shot.

Seasonal flu is not to be taken lightly.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Jeanne Miller, third from left, smiles brightly with her family after the Lights On celebration on Thursday. From left are daughter-in-law Rashana and son John; granddaughter Lydia Strucko; husband Peter; and daughter Rachel Strucko with her husband Michael and their son, Michael.

Passionate.

Persistent.

Dedicated.

Advocate.

These are just a few of the words used to describe Jeanne Miller, director of the Lehigh Carbon Community College Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE 21st Century Afterschool Program.

During the Lights On celebration on Thursday evening, a number of friends honored Miller for her dedication to the SHINE program over the past decade. Miller, who has led the growing program since its inception in 2004, is stepping down from her post as the woman behind SHINE on Jan. 9 as she retires from LCCC.

Friends speak out

Saturday, October 18, 2014

In addition to physical and emotional damage, domestic violence also has huge financial costs for individuals, as well as their families, following an act of abuse or as they work to pick up the pieces following an abusive relationship.

Ÿ The cost of intimate partner violence annually exceeds $5.8 billion, including $4.1 billion in direct health care expenses.

Ÿ Between one-quarter and one-half of domestic violence victims report that they lost a job, at least in part, because of domestic violence.