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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that at any given moment last year on America's streets and highways, the driver in nearly one in every 100 cars was texting, emailing, surfing the Web or otherwise using a hand-held electronic device.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Many young people probably don't know who George Bright was. He was the founder of the former Bright's Department Stores, which had retail outlets in Lansford and Lehighton.

Nobody could top Bright in his sales tactics.

He had Washington's Birthday sales in which he ran a full-page ad, upside-down in the local newspapers. The sale had such things as one or two toaster ovens hidden in the store for $2 each, or a wrist watch for 50-cents.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Dear Editor,

Friday, December 9, 2011

It's quite uplifting this time of year to see the amount of charity groups making an effort to brighten the holidays for those less fortunate.

These are trying times for many families, given the amount of people out of work and the growing numbers of persons on fixed income. When it comes to helping others in need, this area has an impressive history. Charitable giving has been a fabric in the makeup of many of our local communities for generations.

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 400,000 people and costing $96 billion in health care bills each year.

When it comes to state funding for tobacco prevention programs, Pennsylvania is one of a number of states that needs to gets its house in order. According to a national report released by a coalition of public health organizations, the commonwealth ranks 27th in the nation in funding programs to prevent children from smoking and help smokers quit.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Brian Duke reports that 50 Pennsylvanians over the age of 65 died last year from influenza complications.

Groups most at high risk for developing the flu include young children, pregnant women, anyone with chronic medical conditions and health care workers. Last flu season, there were 115 flu-related deaths reported nationwide in people younger than 18 years of age.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Whether it's all the men and women in the military protecting our freedoms across the world, or those law enforcement or emergency service personnel helping to safeguard us on the home front, we owe a great deal to the many brave souls who wear the American flag patch on their uniforms.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

With the start of the holidays, young people face added danger in this special season otherwise known for celebration and good cheer. The hooligan? Often it's alcohol.

School break offers up unstructured, and perhaps unsupervised, time and thus some significant risk especially when you add in the propensity of some adults to promote alcohol-included events as a way to mark Christmas, Hanukkah, or the New Year.

Let the reindeer games begin.

Teens and Alcohol

According to research from SADD and Liberty Mutual Insurance:

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

For the better part of half a century, there have been no greater bastions in college sports than Penn State football and Syracuse basketball.

Now, in the space of a month, the foundations of both campuses and college communities have been rocked by alleged sex scandals involving assistant coaches who helped build both programs into national powerhouses, each under the tutelage of their legendary Hall of Fame coaches Joe Paterno and Jim Boeheim.