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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.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Last week, a federal judge ruled that a lawsuit seeking the retrieval of the body of Olympic great Jim Thorpe from a mausoleum in a local Pennsylvania town carrying his name and sent to Oklahoma to Native American burial grounds can proceed.

An objection to the suit had been filed by Attorney William Schwab of Lehighton, who was working pro bono on behalf of the borough of Jim Thorpe and 11 other defendants, and was dismissed.

Friday, November 25, 2011

For all those people who enjoy the thrill of the hunt and finding that special red ticket item that somehow eluded all other shopping addicts in the store, this time of year doesn't get any better.

And for the millions of football junkies who have suddenly grown a new hand extension for this weekend (called a remote control) to watch the smorgasbord of college and pro games, life couldn't be better.

Time will tell if the millions of dollars being pumped into our economy this weekend by both groups will be enough to help lift the economy.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

With our elected leaders trying to figure out how to manage this sick economy, and with all the other depressing news swirling around us these days, we have more than enough room for a positive story this Thanksgiving eve.

Providing us with one of those feel-good stories is one about a pet reunion that occurred in New York City last week. Thanks to a British-based animal rescue organization and the help of American Airlines, 14 dogs and one cat from Afghanistan were reunited with their American soldiers for the first time since they left the war zone.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The traffic detour around Route 209 in Tamaqua for a bridge construction project began this weekend and will occur every weekend for the next year or more.

Since it's going to be a long-term detour, some things should be done by PennDOT and borough officials to make it as safe as possible.

Much of the traffic was rerouted through Lansford and Summit Hill. For some 45-foot tractor-trailer combinations, the turn was pretty difficult from Route 209 in Lansford onto Route 902 toward Summit Hill.

Friday, November 18, 2011

For the millions on fixed income and those Baby Boomers who have already reached or will be soon moving into their retirement years, the need for preserving and even expanding senior services will continue to be a pressing national issue for years.

That fact was amplified Thursday on news that there are now nearly two million Americans 90 years or older. With the number of Boomers coming of age, that number is expected to balloon to almost nine million by 2050.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Some years ago, merchants came up with a great way to jump-start the Christmas shopping season.

The shopping season officially began the day after Thanksgiving and has become known as "Black Friday."

We remember how some stores opened at 5 a.m. and lines began forming hours earlier by people lured by great advertised bargains who desperately wanted to be among the first in the store to capitalize on them.

Now, some stores are changing the rules. Some are advertising they will open at midnight on Thursday. We heard of one opening at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving night.