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Friday, September 24, 2010

It's quite alarming to learn that in 2008, over 1,000 Pennsylvania seniors died from injuries related to a fall.

Also, there were over 45,000 older residents of the state who were hospitalized for a fall, which resulting in medical costs of over $2 billion.

Pennsylvania is not alone. National statistics show that more than 18,000 older Americans (65 and older) are dying every year from falls. That count has risen sharply in the last decade and with more baby boomers entering their retirement years, the number will likely be going up even more.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

At one time, bedbugs were a major problem. It wasn't unusual for youngsters to go to school with the red marks created by bedbug bites.

They were as hated as feared as cockroaches.

Until now, bedbugs have become an almost forgotten household pest – at least locally. New major outbreaks have been reported in New York, Philadelphia, and many other cities. The bugs have made news on some college campuses, in hotels, and even among travelers.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP), an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to restoring economic freedom, limited government and personal responsibility by impacting the legislative and electoral processes, has expressed stern opposition to House Bill 2246, legislation amended by the Commonwealth's trial bar, which would increase the cost of car insurance in the near term and lead to higher health care costs down the road.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Last week, the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a drought warning for our newspaper's entire coverage area – Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill Counties.

The combination of lower rain than usual with the excessive summer heat has resulted in stream levels being well below normal.

One only has to see the receding shore line at Mauch Chunk Lake Park to understand how critical the water level has become.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Unfortunately, it often takes a horrible disaster like the gas explosion in California earlier this month before eyes are opened about the aging infrastructure in our nation.

Three years ago it was the collapse of the I-35W bridge that spans the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, killing 13 and injuring 145, that fueled concerns on how many bridges were in such bad shape throughout the nation. Suddenly, states and local muncipalities began doing their own monitoring of traffic and vehicles to determine if their aged spans could handle the load.

Friday, September 17, 2010

National Child Passenger Safety Week begins next week and PennDOT is reminding parents and caregivers to get back to basics and review car seat safety for their children.

During Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept 19-25, parents and caregivers can visit a fitting station to have their seats checked by a trained technician for proper instaqllation and use.

The three major types of misuse include:

* Incorrect harness use with the harness being too loose, routed incorrectly or twisted.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

In June, a lawsuit was filed by the son of Olympian Jim Thorpe which seeks the transfer of his remains from our local town named after him to the state of Oklahoma.

Jack Thorpe filed the suit in federal court.

After the suit was filed, a columnist for Sports Illustrated magazine concluded, "Maybe it's time for Jim Thorpe, Pa. to pass him on - the body, not the spirit. The soul of the town will remain."

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

For many people, these are tough times financially.

No matter how difficult things get, though, people always find a little extra to generously donate to their favorite charities.

When making donations, use caution and common sense. With the tough times comes an increase in schemes. Often these schemes involve fake charities.

Preferably, donate to groups closest to home. Think about your fire department, local Cancer organization, Red Cross, or some other local charity which would help you, your loved ones, or your neighbor if disaster occurred.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The 45 million people – that's 1 in 7 – now being counted as officially poor can consider it a misnomer to call America the richest country in the world.

With the high unemployment of nearly 10 percent and the declining purchasing power of the U.S. dollar, more American families find themselves in dire straits. The latest figures show that almost 15 percent of American households are struggling to put food on the table.

Monday, September 13, 2010

It seems like it's been years now - actually, it is a number of years - that the Summit Hill Borough building project has been going on.

The buildings are occupied but the borough still hasn't accepted them. That's because they weren't constructed to contract specifications.

The buildings - a new fire station and a borough hall which includes a police station - have a price tag roughly of $3.5 million. Of this amount, about $1.5 million is coming from state grants.