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Read more books for better health the availability of digital content has made it easy to forget how pleasurable it can be to pick up a good book and get lost in a story. in fact, a 2015 Huffington Post/ Yougov poll of 1,000 adults in the United states found that 28 percent hadn’t read a single book in the previous 12 months. researchers at the Yale school of Public Health analyzed 12 years of data from the University of Michigan’s Health and retirement study concerning reading habits. among the 3,600 participants over the age of 50, those who read books for as little as 30 minutes per day over several years were living an average of two years longer than those who didn’t read. studies have shown that reading improves fluency and story retention while providing a host of additional benefits to young children. However, the perks do not end with the passing of adolescence. data published in the journal neurology found reading regularly improves memory function by working out the brain. this can help slow a decline in memory and other brain functions. Frequent brain exercise can lower mental decline by 32 percent, according to research published in the Huffington Post. studies even suggest that reading can help a person be more empathetic to others’ feelings. research published in the journal science showed that reading literary works (not popular fiction) cultivates a skill known as “theory of

mind,” which is the “ability to ‘read’ the thoughts and feelings of others.” reading also can be calming, helping to reduce stress as a result. By losing oneself in a book, worries and stress can melt away, says research conducted in 2009 at the University of sussex. Measuring heart rate and muscle tension, researchers discovered that study participants needed just six minutes to relax once they began reading. there are many other reasons why reading is good for the mind and body. the following tips can help men and women find more time to read. n Find small minutes to read. Busy people may think they don’t have the time to devote to reading, but if they read in small intervals, the amount of time will add up. read during commutes (if you’re not driving), while in physicians’ waiting rooms or during a lunch hour. n it’s okay to quit. if you’re a few chapters into a book and it’s not striking your fancy, it’s okay to trade up for a more interesting tale. don’t feel obligated to finish a book if you are not engaged. n read paper books. reading printed books can be a welcome, relaxing change from looking at screens all day. this may inspire you to read more and for longer periods of time. n Join a book club. a book club in which you engage with fellow readers can motivate you to read more often.

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mother. Although she tried for two years to provide caregiving assistance, it finally overwhelmed her and she returned to her own home. A survey conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association found that the relationship between siblings often deteriorated (61%), especially because of a sense that the provided was “undervalued” by family members. Financial issues also caused problems. “Very few people are financially prepared for the cost of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, which is made worse by the fact that most Americans lack adequate savings for retirement,” said Beth Kallmyer, vice president of Constituent Services for the Association. For further information or tips on how to cope with someone with Alzheimer’s visit the website at or call the helpline at 1-800-272-3900.

For the second year in a row, the number of licensed drivers age 65 and older has shown an increase to 41.7 million, or almost one in five individuals. “This age group is growing faster than any other, and is far outpacing their teenage counter parts,” according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The increase is most notable among those 75 to 79, which was 5 percent over the previous year, and those 85 or older, also close to 5 percent. The FHWA notes that the various safety measures it has taken to assist older drivers, such as using cutting-edge retroreflective laminates to make higher signs easier to see at a distance and better road design. The agency also provides financing for the Roadway Safety Foundation to operPROVIDING MORE PROTECTION ate its “Clearinghouse for Older Road New bi-partisan legislation will User Safety.” increase enforcement of laws to protect For further information, visit the webolder adults from abusive practices. site at roadwaysafety. The Elder Abuse Prevention and org. Protection Act, now public law, not only provides greater training for federal EFFECT OF ALZHEIMER’S ON investigators and prosecutors and better CAREGIVERS victim assistance, but also requires “the Providing the intensive care that is redesignation of at least one prosecutor quired by an Alzheimer’s patient used to in each federal judicial district who be referred to as the “36-hour day.” Now will be tasked with handling cases of the Alzheimer’s Association is reporting elder abuse” and provides that both the that “far too many caregivers are doing Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of it alone.” Consumer Protection and the Justice “There are currently 15 million AmerDepartment will have an elder justice icans providing unpaid care for someone coordinator. with Alzheimer’s or dementia,” accordHailing the passage of this legislation. ing to Ruth Drew, Director of Family and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman Information Services for the Alzheimer’s of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Association. “It’s a problem that’s only former chair of the Senate Special Comgoing to get worse.” mittee on Aging, noted that “this legislaThe burden of caring for an Alzheimtion will enhance our response to the er’s patient can lead to two opposing concowardly criminals who try to exploit sequences - tear a family apart or bring America’s seniors. [This act] takes meanit close together. And it also depends on ingful steps to equip law enforcement, how the disease manifests itself in each seniors, and caregivers with additional individual - some people become docile tools so they can deter these crimes and and easy to care for, others can become hold perpetrators accountable.” violent. For further information, visit the One woman moved from the East website at Coast to California to help her mother care for her father who had Alzheimer’s Cheryl M. Keyser Is A FreelANCe She found a situation where her father wrIter For Good tIMes For seNIors. had started to physically abuse her




Social Side Of Retirement By BoB Gelik

erybody needs socialization. It is beneficial and has a positive influence on them.” To say there is a positive side to social eating your home costs money. interaction implies there is a downside to That warm glow you feel when spending avoiding contact with others, especially to time with friends costs nothing. the point of isolation. Medications to keep your heart ticking Those who don’t have a social conneccost money. tion, according to Post, have a high risk of Playing with your grandchildren to lift depression and emotional problems and your spirit and to create lasting memories those who live independently are more costs nothing likely to run that risk. “I know seniors who Groceries for meals and keeping the stay at home, who do not choose to go out house running cost money. to socialize and they are often lonely and Enjoying dinner conversations with depressed. They don’t know it, but they family and friends that keep your brain are,” Post said. “By the time they reach that working and deepen understanding costs point, they won’t change.” nothing. Fetherman said people who have highOur lives can seem like a journey along intensity or high-level jobs and who retire two parallel paths we’re continually crosswithout preparation, may suddenly find ing between. One is bordered by thickets of themselves with nothing to do and struggle dollar signs whose branches reach out and to cope. Their daily work is gone, she get in our way. The other is lined with said, but moreover, “people have a family, friends and even strangers in built-in social life at work” and that pleasant little gardens who want may have vanished as well. As nothing more than a bit of our a result, they may feel lost and time and interest. are unable to cross the bridge Both are necessary. It’s to unemployment. important to learn to navigate To avoid the negative between them and how much impacts of refraining from time to spend on each path. interacting with others, As people near retirement, the simple answer is for a concerns over the amount of person to get involved in Social Security payments, pensomething that interests him sions, IRAs and 401k plans and or her. Not only does a person The hot lunch served Mondays through Fridays at West payouts loom large, as they calengage in an activity he or Side Active older Adult Community Center is one of culate how to deal with mortgages, she finds enjoyable, but also any the center’s most popular activities. in addition to its loans, insurance, medical expenses, group activity affords the chance to nutritional value the meal provides attendees a great utility bills, etc. interact with people. That interaction opportunity to talk and form friendships. Such concerns can divert people from is in itself rewarding. the social interaction path, which is also Here are a few suggestions for action important to their well-being, according to loneliness, whether you’re looking to retire within the several local leaders experienced in worknext several years or if you’re well along in she said. Attending one of the four active ing with senior citizens. receiving Social Security checks. older adult centers helps break them out “We plan financially, (for retirement),” Pre-retirement planning, “is not done of that feeling of being alone. “I see a big Nancy Post, director of Volunteer Initiaenough,” Post said. “Take stock of your life difference with people who come to the tives for Voluntary Action Center, said. “It’s centers; their whole demeanor changes.” when you hit your 50s.” a great idea to think about other things” “You need to prepare for it (retire“Everybody feels welcome and part of such as health and activities you want to ment) just like anything else in your life,” the group; like they’re part of the compursue. It’s those activities that provide the munity. They may not feel they need it Fleming said. “You have to try things. Try opportunity for social interaction. volunteering or various social activities. If (socialization) but it’s crucial for them,” “It’s important to be social in retireit doesn’t work, try something else.” In the said Nancy Brown, manager of the West ment. It creates a social system that gives process, she said, a person might learn of Side and Carbondale Active Older Adult happiness and joy and meaning in your Community Centers. “I strongly believe ev- something new to try. Take a trial-and-error life,” Debra Fetherman, Ph.D., director of the Community Health Education Program at the University of Scranton, said. “Everyone needs social support systems” as we age physically, socially and emotionally, Fetherman said. “Creating … helps with cognitive abilities, helps minimize some of the memory loss you may be experiencing. Social supports help you have better health behaviors.” Laurie Fleming, director of the active older adults program for United Neighborhood Centers in Lackawanna County, described social interaction as “one of the best medicines for whatever ails you. … I see that at the centers. When you talk to people, a lot of illness is brought on by stress.” Older people often are subject to a sense of




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Local programs recognize importance of social interaction While it’s obvious that having a solid financial footing is a key part of a comfortable retirement, it is not the only thing that makes it enjoyable. Several local programs recognize the importance of social interaction. Two are available and a third is in the planning to be launched in 2018. Nancy Post, director of Volunteer Initiatives for Voluntary Action Center, cited a VAC program called Wellness Initiative for Senior Education which goes by the acronym WISE. It has six-week sessions for seniors who meet once a week at several locations in Lackawanna County including some high-rise housing units, churches and the Gathering Place in Clarks Summit. VAC personnel guide those attending through discussions of all aspects of aging. She said people want to talk about these issues. “And they feel very comfortable sharing,” Post said. Debra Fetherman, Ph.D., director of the Community Health Education Program at the University of Scranton, has been involved with the Growing Stronger Program in conjunction with Penn State Cooperative Extension in Lackawanna County. Most participants — ranging in age from mid-50s to 80s — are retired. Participants meet twice a week. The program works on both physical strength training and nutrition lessons. She pointed out there is a socialization component to both. “Exercise and physical activity are good for mental and social needs,” Fetherman said. “When exercising, it’s not just exercising. It’s the social interaction they’re getting while they’re exercising.” They “talk about what’s happening in their lives. Exercise helps them be social,” she said. Meanwhile, United Neighborhood Centers in Lackawanna County is developing a plan to operate an Aging Mastery Program, according to Laurie Fleming, director of the Active Older Adult Program for UNC. The program is from the National Council on Aging and consists of 10 core curriculums. Of the core curriculums, Fleming said. One is about community engagement and another focuses on healthy relationships. Both, she said, look at “exploring the benefits of being socially active as well as the Please see Social risk of isolation.” — BoBSide, GelikPage 5


approach, but she emphasized not letting the activity create more stress in your life. Planning for what you want to do in your retirement years, Fetherman said, can help people avoid the obligation trap. An obvious one is babysitting — the stereotype that grandma and grandpa are retired, so they can watch the kids. “Sometimes people feel they have to do it,” she said. “They should do it (any activity) out of passion not a sense of obligation.” “Think about what you plan to do based on your passions, things to help you feel connected to the world around you,” Fetherman said. Many times pursuing a passion comes in the form of volunteering services to nonprofit agencies. Fleming pointed out everyone develops a skill or competency in the course of their adult working life that can be used in a nonprofit organization. “And the nonprofits will love you for it,” she said, adding that many depend on the skills of volunteers to fulfill their missions. As a starting point, Fleming suggested retirees visit their churches. “That’s one of the first things you can do.” There also are the Area Agency on Aging and the Voluntary Action Center that acts as a clearinghouse for volunteers for local charities and nonprofit organizations. Post said she has a list of 75 to 80 agencies whose needs for volunteers are updated regularly. “We have been approached by people who want to volunteer immediately after retiring. They need something to do,” Post said. VAC staffers talk with the would-be volunteers, but often they don’t return immediately, and that’s a good thing, she said. “They take time to figure out what they want to do,” she said. Fetherman said that in choosing where to volunteer, the activity should be whatever a person feels can have meaning. “Maybe a legacy to the next generation,” she said, “wherever they feel they can give back.” “Libraries and churches (and other groups) have gotten on the bandwagon for education (opportunities) for seniors,” Post said. “You can find a lot of things to do.” She cited the auditing of classes at the University of Scranton and the Senior Learning Institute at Marywood University as two examples. What the classes provide, she said, is interaction with classmates. “It’s about the people you meet there” as much as what you can learn. Post said there are lots of inexpensive pro-

grams available in the area, and all provide some degree of social contact. Fetherman also cited the Area Agency on Aging and United Neighborhood Centers’ Active Older Adult Community Centers along with local churches, which have community groups, and area nonprofit organizations that have opportunities for volunteers as ways to get involved in activities and thereby interact with other people. She added, “I’m a big proponent for physical activities.” The YMCA has low-cost programs, as do the University of Scranton and UNC. “There are a lot of opportunities for people to be social in those kinds of settings.” Another area is fun runs that raise money for worthy causes, like Alzheimer’s research. Participating, she said, leads to “a feeling of giving back through those types of organizations.” Fetherman said that nutrition as taught in her Growing Stronger classes is the kind of thing that can improve socialization. “Food is very social or can be very social. Learning about it in a healthful way is always important,” she said. Brown pointed out that the lunches served at West Side Active Older Adult Community Center are always well attended. “When lunchtime comes, the tables will fill up and the conversations will start,” she said. Brown agreed with the idea of looking to churches as a means of volunteering and increasing social contact. “St. Lucy’s (about a block from the West Side center) is a big focus for these people. That religious component is important to people here and those in Carbondale as well.” She said the VAC’s Senior Companion Program volunteers enjoy a socially reciprocal relationship with the West Side’s center’s members. They assist some members, she said, “but some may be coming here TO socialize.” They may be working as companions through the program but they also are doing it because they need to socialize as well. While there’s consensus that maintaining social interaction after retirement is good for a person’s outlook and health, there are degrees of participation or even the need for socialization. “Some people choose not to be social, and you have to respect that,” Post said. “They probably have been that way all their lives. You can’t force them” to socialize with others. Brown said, “they’re all different. That’s the way people are in general. Some like to sit, listen and watch. Some take more time to become comfortable and come out of their shell.” “You see it in the centers. You see people

Enjoying a game of kings in the corner are, from left, Rosemary Battista, Rose Marie VanValen, Anita LaRussa and George Porter.

who just come,” Fleming said. Some may be quiet, just observe and may engage in an activity “if you ask them.” Others, she said, join in from the get-go, “and you know they were probably like that (very outgoing) in high school. They volunteer and get involved in activities.” Fleming added, “You don’t have to be active to benefit from it. It’s not wrong or right, it’s whatever meets the needs of that individual.” Socialization, Fleming said, “is more important as you get older because it’s very

easy to sit on the couch and not do anything.” That can lead to depression. “It is important to be engaged especially when you’re older. A person’s back can hurt, the knees can hurt. It’s easy to sit on the couch, easy to fall into the depression trap.” Fleming’s answer to the social considerations of aging: “Whatever you love, do it!”

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From Chasing Records to Chasing Life By Edgar KEarnEy

school, and there he starred on the gridiron, court and diamond while earning his degree that set him on the road to his dream of a emories of bygone escapades and coaching career. exploits were awash when legendary basketAnd that’s when fate intervened. ball guru Julius Prezelski celebrated his 91st Fresh out of college, he landed a coaching birthday with some of his closest friends. job in Oil City at the other end of the state. It was a gathering that fueled smiles and But before he packed his bags, he and his laughter as the venerable mentor held court soon-to-be wife, Mary Markel, went to the at The Ambers in the Grand Hotel in Carbon- movies at the Ritz in Carbondale and there dale on a bitterly cold Dec. 13. met an acquaintance who told him of a coachA blanket of snow, a wet sometimes slick ing job at Waymart. The rest is history. road and an overcast threatening more snow From 1951 until 1953 he coached both the didn’t thwart the revelers from their travels, boys and girls teams at Waymart, the baseball near and far, to honor their beloved teacher team and also was athletic director. Then he and friend. One, John McGoldrick, came from accepted a bigger challenge, at Mountain as far as Great Bend, Kansas. View, where he reprised his roles as AD, bas“Next year,” one proposed, “we’re going to ketball and baseball coach and added track have your birthday in June.” and field. It was 1951 when the World War II Navy Two years at Mountain View would be his veteran embarked on a career that would last stop before coming home to coach the span 42 years — 34 of them at Forest City Forest City Foresters where he spent the rest — and amass honors galore, foremost being of his career and earned enshrinement in enshrinement in the scholastic both the local and state sports halls record books for coaching his of fame. teams to a record-setting 747 Among his former victories. players at the celebration Growing up in Forest were Bob Matos and I played for a City, his first love was Walter Bullet who football and he played period of time played during the it in high school, late ’50s and early ’60s when the kids along with basketball when the Foresters and baseball. were really compiled records of “I started off play21-7 and 21-3 during with me 100 ing halfback with Fortwo seasons and lost est City High School, two of the games by a percent. but then was switched to total of seven points. — Julius Prezelski end for my last two years,” “Coach did it all,” he smiled, “and that was good said Matos, whose career because at end I got more playing had him on Wall Street 40 years time.” before coming back home to retire. Lock Haven was his next stop, after high “We supplied the enthusiasm. He supplied


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Forest City High School former boys basketball head coach Julius Prezelski, retired as Pennsylvania's winningest coach in 1993 with 757 wins. Photo by Butch Comegys everything else.” Matos also remembered how Julius maintained a stoic demeanor when confronting whatever life brought, good, bad or otherwise. To that Julius remarked, “hey, I’m just trying to make it work.” Which he apparently did judging by his marriage of 49 years with Mary until her death in 1996 and their raising of four children, Julius in Maryland, Paul in the Philadelphia area, Denise in Maryland and Janice in Georgia. One memory of Matos and Bullet that still brings a laugh to Julius is of a game at Susquehanna the season that team was powered by two players well over six foot each. Matos is close to six and Bullet a little under. Julius remembers hearing how the Susquehanna coach was bragging days before the game how his team would run Forest City off the floor. The exact opposite happened. Matos and Bullet, who each became a Scranton Times Athlete of the Week in different seasons, “ate those big guys up,” Julius recalls, a twinkle in his eyes. Eventually Julius’ record number of victories was surpassed by a coach whose career spanned several years longer, a friend jokingly exhorted, “hey, let’s get back out there and take back that record.” To which Julius replied, “I’m not chasing records anymore. I’m chasing life.” Although the gym at the present Forest City Regional High School, built in 1963 has already been named after him, Prezelski’s impact on the Forest City program now is displayed more prominently. At an alumni game several years ago, two decals were revealed on opposite ends of

the gym floor that read “Julius P. Prezelski Gymnasium,” accompanied by “757” — the number of victories to which he led the Foresters before his retirement in 1993. “The first thing I think about is the lives he impacted as a coach and an educator,” Forest City boys basketball coach Billy Jones once told sportswriter Tom Robinson. “We’re all here to win, but in the grand scheme of things, we’re here to teach kids life lessons. There’s probably not a player that he’s coached that doesn’t think of him at least once a day.” Prezelski soon will yield the No. 1 spot as area’s leading boys basketball coach to Ken Bianchi of Abington Heights. Julius is 757-290 for 42 years. 44-11 for two years at Waymart; 5314 for four years at Milford; 29-11 for two years at Mountain View, and 631-254 for 34 years at Forest City. Ranking at the top of his standout players are his sons, Julius and Paul. Paul racked up 2,113 points playing for his dad, while Julius, the oldest son, followed him into coaching. Years after his retirement, Prezelski believes the real measure of his success was not the numbers - 19 seasons with 20 wins, 12 league championships, 13 district titles. Instead, the evidence of his mark on Forest City was in the boys he coached. “I think probably the biggest, most outstanding thing was I had a lot of nice kids, and I could work with them,” Prezelski said. “They stuck with me. “I was fortunate. I played for a period of time when the kids were really with me 100 percent.”

Finding John Howell By Jack SmileS

But where was he? An obituary found him. Loch said most ne day in the spring of 2014, Nor- of her ancestors appeared to be, as she put ma Reese — the live-in caretaker it, “as poor as church mice.” of the 147-year-old, 50-acre Forest But there was one glaring exception — Hill Cemetery in Dunmore — led Nancy George Howell (1859-1914). George got a colLoch along a winding path to the site of a lege education, became a math and physics Howell family plot. There amid towering teacher, congressman, and superintendent 100 plus-year-old trees Loch stood before of the Scranton Public Schools. the grave of her third great grandfather In an email Loch wrote, “When I found John Howell, solving a mystery Loch had George’s obituary it said his father had died worked 35 years to unravel, while at the in the Civil War in 1864. His death certifisame time launching a new mystery. More cate said his father was John Howell and on that later. George was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery.” Loch, 70, said her interest in genealogy This was Edward’s father too, another was piqued in social studies class when of her great grandfathers who had served she was a sophomore at North Scranton in the Civil War and the one she knew the Junior High School. Her teacher, Miss Fitz, least. assigned the class to research their family She turned to cemetery caretaker trees and write reports. Her father, mother, Norma Reese who found John on a family and maternal grandfather helped her with plot among the 18,000 graves at Forest oral histories. Loch enjoyed the assignment Hills. Reese took notes on Loch’s search and excelled at it. Miss Fitz had her read for Howell. From the notes: “I gave her the her report to the class because she had info that John was buried with his parents gone back the furthest. and several siblings with their families. Loch learned she had at least four great According to a Forest Hill burial permit, a grandfathers who had served in the Civil brother had brought John Howell from the War. Howell Cemetery in Pittston for re-burial Her high school report was the beginin 1873. He had a government marker on ning of a love of family history. About his grave.” 35 years ago, she began to build a family The government marker launched a tree. She found information in a family second mystery. As Loch stood at John Bible. In those pre-internet days, she had to Howell’s grave that spring day in 2014, physically visit cemeteries to get birth and something was wrong. The grave’s marker death dates from tombstones, then go to the said the soldier in the grave was John Scranton Public Library to try to look for Howell Jr. and had served in Co. C 157th obituaries in newspaper microfilm. If the Regiment. Loch knew from her research obits showed the church the ancestor was John Howell was not a junior. She knew buried from, she searched church records his father’s name was David, and there for more information. were David and his wife Leah buried on the She made a trip to the National Archives same plot. She knew her John Howell had in Washington D.C. where she spent two died during the war on October 21, 1864 at days copying 250 pages of pension files of Sheridan Field Hospital in Winchester, VA four of her grandfathers who had fought in and she knew he had served in Co. K 104th the Civil War, among them Edward Howell, Regiment. The Forest Hill burial ledger and who was the youngest to enlist at 16. John’s pension file proved the marker was “I knew Edward Howell served in the incorrect. Civil War because I had visited his grave “When I am trying to prove someone with its Civil War marker since I was a child belongs in my family tree,” Loch said and for 47 years now have placed geraniums “I have to have five or more documents there every Memorial Day,” Loch said. proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that Given Edward Howell was only 16 when this is correct. It is pure gold when one he enlisted, Loch began to wonder if Edcan find a document that does this. Norma ward’s father had also served. Turned out had a burial permit stating a John Howell, she was right. When the Pennsylvania Death who had died in Sheridan Field Hospital, Certificates came on line about four years Winchester, VA, was buried in Forest Hill ago she learned Edward’s father was John on his parent’s lot, despite what the marker Howell. said. After a thorough search of the Pen-


sion files on the Fold3 website, I finally became convinced to send for the pension file of John Howell. The pension file had 45 pages of proof beyond a shadow of a doubt that the man buried on his parents’ lot was my ancestor and the marker was incorrect.” Furthermore Loch knew about this John Jr. because, knowing Howell was often misspelled, she had researched every pension card file on Fold3 under “H.” For example census enumerators sometimes wrote “Howl” and “Houl.” And the name appears in various places as “Howell” or “Howells.” It was spelled even both ways, with and without the “s” in one family obituary. Armed with her research, Loch applied for a new marker for her John Howell with the correct engraving. She sent her proof to the Department of Veterans Affairs and her application was approved. Howell, her third great grandfather, who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to preserve the Union, finally had his marker. But it wasn’t enough for Loch to know her John Howell had died during the war. She had to know how. She found the answer in an affidavit in the pension file. In sworn testimony two soldiers who served with John detailed how he died. The soldiers swore: “John Howell was in good health in the summer of 1864 when he came from South Carolina with his said Regiment. But that the men were poorly fed while coming from South Carolina to Alexandria, Virginia where these deponents said John Howell with their said Regiment arrived about the middle of August 1864 in a nearly starved condition. That about the middle of September 1864 said John Howell was taken sick after a forced march from Alexandria to Washington and died of chronic diarrhea on Oct. 21, 1864 — all in line of duty in said service.” It was signed Robert Roberts X and Frederick Brezee. Loch’s dogged determination and unflagging work has produced 44 binders of research on her and her husband’s families. Meanwhile back at Forest Hill Norma Reese was on the trail of John Howell Jr., the Civil War vet with a government marker, but no grave. She was advised she would probably never figure out what happened but she was determined. “I decided to pursue John Howell Jr. Maybe he could be found. Maybe his government marker had been switched.” Her maybes turned into certainties. She looked in the book “History of the Pennsyl-

at the grave site of John Howell with his correct stone. The stone of John Howell Jr. is lying on the ground next to it. That stone was moved to John Howell’s grave in the Pittston cemetery. From left to right is Norma Reese, caretaker of Forest Hill cemetery, Bob ayre, caretaker of Pittston cemetery and Nancy loch, three-time great granddaughter of John Howell.

vania Volunteers, 1861-1865” by Samuel P. Bates. “There he was — John Howell Jr., Co. C 157th Regiment,” she said. Reese kept digging and found a record of his death in Lackawanna County death and burial records, which showed he was buried in Pittston. An obit in the Scranton Republican archive confirmed he was in Pittston and revealed his Civil War information, which matched the marker on Loch’s John Howell in Forest Hill. In the Pittston Cemetery records she found a John Howell Jr. Reese called the Pittston Cemetery and asked caretaker Bob Ayre if John Howell Jr.’s grave had a marker. It did not. Reese told Ayre the story and offered him the marker. Happy to say yes, he went to Forest Hill, got the marker and brought it to John Howell Jr.’s grave in the Pittston Cemetery. Jack SmileS iS a FReelaNce wRiTeR FoR Good TimeS FoR SeNioRS.




Gardening By Duane CampBell


ark anything 90 percent off and I’ll buy it. That is how I got a new book, Florida Top 10 Garden Guide. I got the usual dirty look from my wife, but the truth is that many of the plants are not only in Florida but here in my basement. Frankly I don’t much like Florida, but I do like the plants that like Florida. Some are tropical and grow all year round in southern Florida; they don’t like any frost at all. But many plants growing there are semi-tropical or sub-tropical. They like it warm but can weather the occasional cold snap by going dormant. They have one thing in common: they don’t like Pennsylvania, at least not in winter. The former are shivering on my sunporch, the later in emptylooking pots in the basement. Those are mostly bulbs, Colocasia for instance. You probably call them elephant ears, those grapefruit size lumps sold pretty cheap from large crates in big box stores. They produce huge leaves in clumps for an easy and trendy tropical effect in your garden. You can dig that bulb and store it in a warm, dry place to save yourself five bucks next spring. In fact if you can still get a spade into the ground, it might not be too late to dig it up. Worth a try. But beyond these common bulbs there are numerous varieties too elegant for the nickname elephant ears, so I use their proper name: Colocasias. In better garden centers and mail order suppliers like Plant Delights you might find Illustrus (royal taro), Black Magic, Kona Koffee, Diamond Head and a couple dozen others. With different leaf forms and sizes and colors, it is easy to get hooked on Colocasia. And if you are adventurous, you can make poi from the bulbs. My efforts to overwinter some varieties have been problematic but strangely successful. Some



struggle through winter on the sunporch, others not. But the ones that seemingly succumbed have taught me more about them. Dumping the soil in the pots I have often found small sections of spaghetti-like roots. Laid horizontally on a pot of soil in a warm spot, covered lightly, and kept ever-so-slightly moist, each section sprouts new plants. Small, but they grow, and you can get several from one undead plant. Alocasia is very similar to Colocasia, even fancier, except for one thing (maybe two). I can overwinter Colocasias but I can’t Alocasias. Colocasias don’t like the winter temperatures we keep in this house, but they endure it. Alocasias don’t. In the same family are two of my favorite tropical bulbs, Amorphophallus konjac (a smaller version of the giant corpse plant that makes the news every few years when it blooms in a conservatory) and Sauromatum venosum. Sorry, they don’t have common names. You can try to order Voodoo lily, but you can’t be sure what you will get. The leaves are different but both provide that tropical look Both bulbs, which after a couple of years will reach the size of lunker potatoes, have a common feature. Dug out of the garden in fall and rinsed off, you can put the bulb on the kitchen table, maybe hold the napkins down. In late winter a stalk will begin to grow out of the naked bulb, reaching three feet tall with mature bulbs before it opens into a … let’s call it a unique flower which has two qualities. First, the day it oens, if you cup your hands around the flower about an inch away, you can feel it radiating heat. And second … well, I’ll let you find out for yourself. The flower will fade and wither. Then the leaf grows. After danger of frost has passed, you can plant it outside and start over.

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plants that decorated the deck in summer sleep in the basement in winter.

There are several smaller Another semi-tropical bulb bulbs that I just love, especially great for patio tubs is lily of the grouped three or four in a pot. Nile. For some reason, lily is a Caladiums are pretty easy to find very popular name for flowers in spring, often potted and growthat are not lilies – lily of the ing, sometimes just the bulbs in valley, day lily, etc. (“etc” is used when you know there are more bags (cheaper). To get started, the but you can’t think of them.) Lily bulbs need warmth and careful of the Nile is really Agapanthus. watering. If you are an admitted It grows stalks of blue or white duffer, get one already growing. flowers that are Easier to start a standout on the are Peruvian summer deck, daffodils (which then go off somearen’t daffodils, where and sleep but at least they out the winter. didn’t call them I did my deck Peruvian lilies). this year not in They are really blue but in red Hymenocallis. — red pot sized The flowers are dahlias and red not just beautiful cannas. These but have one of are both tropical the top ten scents plants that die in the floral kingwith the first killdom. Most are ing frost but leave white, but if you behind roots that run across the can be dug and yellow variety, stored in a cool grab it. And grab dry spot over the one for me; mine everyone in the bridge club might have a winter. I pack died. Red lion amaryllis, but you can win with a them in kennel The unfortubutterfly amaryllis. bedding in plasnately named tic grocery bags blood lily, Scadoxand hang them from the basement us, deserves a less sanguine name. rafters. There are more than three With red, bristly flower heads the dozen down there now (watch size of oranges, or at least tangeryour head). Occasionally I’ll lose ines, guests will notice them. All one or two in winter, but I have of these flower in summer and some that have flowered year after year for two decades or more. Please see Gardening, Page 9

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The sun porch provides an escape from the snow outside.


about the cost of those Valentine’s just get stuck dry in the basement Day roses, but the roses die. Clivia or under the bed for the winter. will perform for decades. Think of You don’t even need to take them the money you’ll save. out of the pot. Some semi-tropical plants want Speaking of tangerines, my sun cold but not freezing temperaporch has several citrus trees. I tures. Those go in the Bilko door have never understood why the leading from outside, and I leave Benjamin fig is the ubiquitous inthe lower door half open. They door tree. It is boring and drops its will sprout when they are ready, leaves at the slightest affront. Cit- so you need to check on them ocrus trees don’t carpet the carpet casionally and move them out into with leaves, at least not as much. the light. And they have sweet scented flowAnd of course there are the ers in winter. Oh, and fruit. Dwarf amaryllis. They should be half lemon trees are the most reliable; price soon. With care they too can if you ever pick a lemon off a tree bloom for many years. If you have in your family room and taste it, the opportunity, get a butterfly you will never buy a supermarket amaryllis. Unlike the usual bulbs, lemon again. these do not go dormant, so the Another tropical plant not hidcare is less tricky, and the flowers den away in the cellar is clivia. If are elegant. you have only one houseplant, this When our kids were young we should be it. Dead easy to grow – used to take a winter vacation it doesn’t even need watering in to Florida. Now I just have to go winter -- tolerant of indoor light, down the cellar steps or step out and every year without fail it on the sunporch. It’s not quite the throws huge flower heads in bright same, but at least the trip is easier. orange. They are a little pricey,

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How to overcome workout fatigue

Regular exercise provides a host of immediate and long-term benefits. Those who exercise regularly can maintain healthy weights while reducing their risk for illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. While exercise can make people more energetic throughout the day, some might find themselves battling fatigue during their workouts. Muscle fatigue is a normal side effect of exercise, but people who are experiencing difficulty getting through their workouts due to fatigue may benefit from the following strategies. n Eat a balanced diet. The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City advises that a well-balanced diet that includes complex proteins, fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates can help men and women combat workout fatigue. People who are working out in an effort to lose weight may think that combining exercise with a diet low in carbohydrates can help them achieve their goal more quickly. However, the HSS advises people dealing with workout fatigue to increase the amount of carbohydrates they eat. Doing so will help muscles maintain their glycogen levels, which are depleted during exercise. According to the HSS, carbs should account for between 40 and 60 percent of aerobic athletes’ caloric intake, and between 30 and 35 percent for anaerobic athletes. n Eat before and after a workout. Early risers who like to exercise first thing in the morning might develop muscle fatigue if they

workout on empty stomachs. The HSS recommends eating a light meal or snack roughly two hours before exercising, and then eating again within one hour of finishing a workout. Doing so provides some energy during a workout and helps muscles broken down during exercise refuel and repair. n Stay hydrated. Hydrating during a workout helps replace the water and nutrients that are lost through sweat. Muscles that are not hydrated during a workout and throughout the rest of the day are susceptible to fatigue. n Use proper form when exercising. Improper form can lead to injury and/or muscle fatigue. Men and women who cannot adhere to proper form when working out may need to reduce the amount of weight they’re lifting. As activities are performed using proper form, people may find they’re building muscle without growing fatigued. As workouts progress, weight can be added. n Give the body time to recover. Whether it’s more time between sets of repetitions or an extra day off between workouts, a fatigued body might just need more time to rest and recover. Aging men and women must recognize that they might not be capable of pushing themselves as hard as they once did and should adjust their workouts accordingly. Fatigue is a formidable foe for exercise enthusiasts. But such exhaustion can oftentimes be overcome with a few simple strategies.

Fatigue is a formidable foe for exercise enthusiasts. But such exhaustion can oftentimes be overcome with a few simple strategies.



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Fruits and vegetables may lower risk of PAD

Pain in the lower extremities may be indicative of a condition called peripheral artery disease, or PAD. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says PAD occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to the limbs, head and organs, contributing to atherosclerosis, or a hardening of the arteries. Blocked blood flow and eventual limited oxygen supply to these areas can cause pain and numbness. When severe enough, PAD may lead to tissue death. Discomfort due to PAD usually occurs when a person is walking or exercising, because the muscles are not getting enough blood during these activities to meet their needs, says the American Heart Association. Those with diabetes may confuse pain with neuropathy, and the elderly may think pain from PAD is a normal sign of aging and stiffness. When undiagnosed, PAD can lead to further complications, including increased risk for heart attack, stroke and coronary artery disease. Even amputation of a limb may be necessary. However, PAD is preventable when taking a few steps to improve diet. According to new research published by the American Heart Association, eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of developing PAD, which affects an estimated 8.5 million people in the United States alone. Researchers examined dietary data from roughly 3.7 million men and women, with an average age of 65. Approximately 6.3 percent of the subjects had PAD, and 29.2 percent indicated they ate three or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day. The discovery was those who reported eating three or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables had an 18 percent lower risk of PAD than those who reported eating less of these foods. The association between fruit and vegetable consumption and lower PAD risk remained even after accounting for age, gender, race, smoking status, and various cardiovascu-

lar risk factors. Saturated fats, trans-fats and sodium can contribute to the formation of plaques that lead to PAD. Replacing these foods with more vegetables and fruits that are naturally lower in saturated fats can help, as can increasing dietary fiber consumption. One way to incorporate these types of foods is to adhere to a Mediterranean diet, which offers high proportions of legumes, fruits, vegetables; moderate amounts of fish and dairy; and limited meat and meat products. Peripheral artery disease can be a warning sign of cardiovascular trouble. Altering one’s diet may help naturally prevent or treat this condition.

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Good Times Travelers Take on Tennessee By ed and eleanor rogers


rom tiny seahorses to what seemed to be miles of gailydecorated hotel corridors, Good Times travelers saw them all during their Country Christmas tour to Tennessee. The busload of 55 regional residents visited three of the Volunteer State’s most popular cities – Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville – during the nearly 2,000mile, seven-day journey arranged by John Madden of TravelWorld. In Chattanooga, the Tennessee Aquarium was one of the highlights of an overnight visit. The aquarium, with fresh and salt water buildings, is rated as one of the best in the nation. While there are 575 species of amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles on display in the two buildings, it was the seahorse gallery in the River Journeys section that seemed to draw the most attention of the local group. Following dinner at the Big River Grille & Brewing Works, the locals spent the night at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, once a busy hub of the Southern Railway system, which currently is undergoing a major renovation. The following morning it was off for Nashville, the principal focus of the trip. The next three days were a real Christmas Wonderland, especially at the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center where the group was booked into rooms in the Delta sector. The massive complex, which has grown to 2,883 guest rooms, 20 some restaurants and a host of other amenities since it opened in 1977, was decked out with three million twinkling colored lights, decorated trees of every size, 15,000 poinsettias, garlands, ornaments, wooden soldiers, etc. Finding one’s way through the maze of hallways isn’t easy, even with the help of a very detailed map given every guest. Thankfully, there are hotel staffers stationed throughout the complex to steer



some members of the good Times group enjoy a flatboat cruise on the indoor delta river at the opryland resort in nashville. The group includes Bill Pasco, Wesley and ellen ross, Paul and Melanie Mohila, Joan Pilosi, ann Marie daniel and Jeannie stack.

eleanor rogers passes out Cracker Jacks to good Times travelers as they board bus. From left, Melanie Mohila and dolores and rich Fabri.

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“lost” guests in the right direction. It isn’t unusual for one of them to leave their post and escort a guest to their destination. The secret to finding your way, we are told, is to always use the same elevator when leaving your room. The problem: there are 21 public elevators in the place. The grounds are decorated for the Yuletide just as much as the interior. Two million LED lights on 20,000 strings are used to illuminate trees and bushes. One of the most impressive was a driveway lined with poinsettias fashioned from red and green light bulbs. The hotel was just one of the treats the Good Times group enjoyed in Music City, USA. There was a performance of the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville since the opry house was being used for a show featuring Chinese acrobats. Almost every one of the nearly 3,000 seats in the “Mother Church of Country Music” was filled as Ricky Skaggs and seven other entertainers of lesser renown took turns on the historic stage for the two-hour show. Getting into the Ryman that night proved to be a major task since the National Hockey League Nashville Raptors had a home game at the Bridgestone Arena just across the street. Talk about traffic jams and crowds of people. We sat in the balcony on the solid oak pews that were installed when the auditorium was built for the famed Methodist evangelist Sam Jones in 1892. The group toured RCA”s Please see Tennessee, Page 13


historic Studio B on Music Row where Elvis recorded “It’s Now or Never” and many of his other hits. The Steinway grand piano that Elvis played is still there, but guests are no longer allowed to try it out. One of the other songs Elvis recorded there was “Good Luck Charm” which topped the charts in the spring of 1952. With the help of studio engineers and after a couple of rehearsals, the Good Times people recorded the lyrics. It was played over the sound system when they ate lunch at the Wildhorse Saloon, another Nashville landmark. Other highlights of the agenda included a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, flatboat cruises along the manmade Delta River inside the hotel, and a visit to ICE, the signature holiday attraction at the resort that features the story of A Charlie Brown Christmas and a full Nativity hand-carved in ice by 40 artisans from China. Several in the group were even brave enough to try one of the four twostory ice slides. The building boom that is taking place in Nashville was apparent when the group took an escorted bus tour of the city that recently eclipsed Memphis as the state’s largest. According to our guide, there is a billion dollars in commercial construction, including several hotels with 2,000 rooms, underway. “Stork” cranes appear on the skyline like a flock of big birds. Nashville’s ever changing skyline was evident on the last night as the group boarded the showboat General Jackson for a dinner cruise on the Cumberland River. Between dinner and the start of a great Christmas show, guests had an opportunity to go on deck to view the brightly illuminated buildings on the shoreline. The uneven skyline is highlighted by the twin spires of AT&T’s 33-story, 617-foot-tall “Batman” building, which was finished in 1994. The next morning the group headed north toward Knoxville for a visit to the Museum of East Tennessee and lunch. The interesting museum has,

among its displays an authentic 19th century corner drug store, a restored streetcar, Davy Crockett’s rifle, a sparkling 1903 Cadillac touring car and Dolly Parton’s dress. Knoxville, the state’s third largest city, also is in the midst of a downtown building boom with the major project being a $25 million restoration of the long vacant Farragut Hotel as a 165-room Hyatt Place Hotel which is due to open later this year. The Good Times group spent the last night in Lexington, Virginia, and arrived back in the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre area the next afternoon — Saturday, Nov. 18 — filled with memories of exquisite Christmas decorations, toe-tapping country music and southern hospitality. Ed and ElEanor rogErs arE frEElancE writErs for good timEs for sEniors.

these good times travelers were part of the group that recorded their version of Elvis Presley’s hit “it’s now or never” at the historic rca studio B in nashville. from left, arthur and debra Kibble and alice and frank Pluciennik.

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Webside Manner: A Closer Look at Telemedicine by Cheryl M. Keyser

As the U.S. population ages, more and more patients are dealing with chronic care issues - diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, to name a few - which need regular medical attention. These same illnesses, because of their on-going nature, also place a heavy burden on medical resources. Just in time, a new era of medicine is expanding, known as telehealth or telemedicine. (The two terms are used interchangeably.) Taking advantage of the benefits of all forms of communication, from electronic to digital, it enables patients to communicate with their health care providers without having to go into an office. In actual fact, telemedicine has been around for some time. Early experiments in this new form of health care delivery used either the telephone or cable TV, but with the sophisticated advances in information technology, new ways are available to expand its reach. Initially, the cable TV operators were skeptical of whether older adults would use an interactive cable channel to talk with a nurse, but when it was tried out at one senior residence everyone in the building joined with enthusiasm. The Veterans Administration (VA) has been using various forms of telehealth for years. For example, when a veteran with a pacemaker needed to report the data on his implanted device, he could call a dedicated phone number and the date would be automatically be transmitted over the phone. Since then the VA has developed two complementary services for its patients - real-time clinic-based video telehealth (CVT) and home telehealth. To provide care without a veteran, especially those of age, having to travel to a VA facility, the agency has created more than 700 community-based outpatient clinics which can provide diagnoses, manage care, perform check-ups, and “actually provide care,” according to its website, using electronic transmission. Further, the VA acknowledges that “it is now recognized as one of



the world leaders in this new area of health care. Early on in the development of telehealth, there was enough recognition of its potential that the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) was formed in 1993 and Medicare has provided reimbursement for telehealth services since 1997. (For information on its telehealth services see page 55 of the 2018 Medicare handbook.)

But over the past few years this form of medical technology has really taken off. “Starting Jan. 1, Medicare will begin covering technology-assisted monitoring of patient conditions,” according to an ATA press release. “The new benefit, called Remote Patient Monitoring, will provide Medicare beneficiaries who have one or more chronic conditions the choice to receive in-home monitoring in addition to traditional check-ups in clinics, doctor’s offices and hospitals.” One survey of telemedicine showed that in 2014, 87 percent of respondents did not expect to see their patients using this form of health care by 2017. This year, however, that number has almost completely turned around with 75 percent of

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those surveyed saying they are either already using or plan to add telemedicine services. Respondents were also concerned about reimbursement, although this situation has also improved. Comparing 2014 numbers where 41 percent of respondents received no reimbursement, this year, 76 percent reported being reimbursed. The survey included hospital executives, specialty clinics, and other

(R-Tenn), the Increasing Telehealth Access to Medicare ( H. R. 3727), which further expands delivery of telehealth services to patients in Medicare Advantage plans and is estimated to save Medicare $45 per visit. “Telehealth focuses on harnessing innovative technology to increase convenience for patients and caregivers, enhance the quality of care and save both patients and the Medicare program money,” said Black, a former nurse. The legislation passed its first step to enactment with unanimous support from the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Additional legislation introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the Veterans Community C are and Access Act, includes provisions that would make it easier for physicians to practice telehealth across state lines by overriding licensing restrictions and allow doctors to provide telehealth in other states. One caveat is California, where the state Medical Board has stated that broadening this practice would “undermine California’s ability to protect healthcare consumers. Significantly, even the American Medical Association (AMA) is getting on board, with a recent issue of its respected publication, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggesting the need for a health care organizations. new medical specialty. As the auMedicare now offers reimbursethors noted critical care only became ment for certain telehealth services, a distinct area of medicine some 30 is received from “an eligible proyears ago, and now might be the time vider” who “isn’t at your location.” to do the same for telemedicine or as If a patient lives in a rural area, for the new terms for this area of medicine is known - “the medical virtualinstance, the locations where telehealth can be accessed include a doc- ist.” The editorial in JAMA, written tor’s office, hospital, nursing home or by two New York doctors, Michael Nochomovitz and Rahul Sharma, dialysis center. notes that some 70 percent of all All beneficiaries who have Medicare Part B are eligible to use patients would be in virtual visits. these services and the cost is the And, perhaps the strongest argument same as if they were seen by a phy- in favor of telelmedicine, is that it is estimated to create a market worth sician in person. more than $12 billion by 2020. Some of the services offered It would also mean that these mediinclude smoking cessation, medication management, home dialysis and cal virtualists would have to have a broader medical education and, note psychotherapy. the authors, a new “webside manner.” Legislation has been introduced into the House of Representatives Cheryl M. Keyser Is A FreelANCe by Congresswoman Diane Black

Good Times Calendar Festival of Trees: The Roaring Twenties, through Friday, Jan. 12. The Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Free. 570-963-6590 or Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m. Performs as part of Live from the Chandelier Lobby series. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $20 advance/$25 day of show. 570-826-1100 or Sherman Winter Craftfest, Saturday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. More than 70 vendors. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Free. 570-420-2808. Fourth annual LRCA ShiverFest, Saturday, Jan. 13, noon to 4 p.m. Extreme Kayak and Canoe Race launches at noon, and a Thaw Party follows the race at Backyard Ale House. Parker Street Landing, Lackawanna River, 12 E. Parker, Scranton. $30 race and thaw party/$20 thaw party only. Classical Guitar Concert, Sunday, Jan. 14, 3 p.m. Jay Steveskey performs Spanish and South American compositions. Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, 26 Lake Ave., Montrose. $15 advance and members/$20. 570-278-9256 or or wellness@epix. net. Scranton Brass Orchestra, Sunday, Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m. Houlihan-McLean Center at University of Scranton, 800 Linden St., Scranton. Free. 570-941-7624 or Annual MLK Celebration and Community Awards Dinner, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center at University of Scranton, 900 Mulberry St., Scranton. $25/$200 for table of eight. 570-941-7400 or Martin Luther King Jr. Program, Monday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m. The King’s College community honors the service and contributions of the late civil rights activist in the Snyder and Walsh rooms. Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center at King’s College, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-

Ice sculptor Mark Crouthamel, owner and president of Ice Works Inc., carves the outline of a heart during the annual Festival of Ice held in Clarks Summit. The festival returns with a Harry Potter theme (The Wizarding World of Ice) on Friday, Feb. 16 through Monday, Feb. 19. The festival features more than 50 ice sculptures, live ice carving demonstrations, a parade, entertainment, horse and carriage rides and more. Photo by Barre. 570-208-5875 or MLK Celebration Luncheon, Monday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Luncheon and award presentation followed by a day of service. Reserve by calling 570-963-2690 or by visiting Penn State Worthington Scranton, 120 Ridge View Drive, Dunmore. Free. MLK March, Monday, Jan. 15, 5 p.m. March from UNC Progressive Child Care Center, 414 Olive St., Scranton to Lackawanna County Courthouse. Following the march there will be a ceremony and remarks at the Courthouse. Downtown Scranton. Free. MLK Birthday Party, Monday, Jan. 15, 6 p.m. Hot Cocoa reception. Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Free. 570-344-1111 or The Langston Hughes Project, Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz, Thursday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. The Ron McCurdy Quartet presentation uses spoken word artistry, live music and images to recreate Langston Hughes’ vision of the global struggle for freedom. Lemmond Theater at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. $10/free for Misericordia faculty and students. 570-674-6719 or

Winter in the City Cocktails, Friday, Jan. 19, 5:30 to 8 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 16, 5:30-8 p.m. Enjoy local cuisine, live music and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the projects of Scranton Tomorrow. POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. $20. 570-963-1575 or Winter Lights Festival, Saturday, Jan. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 21. Kicksoff with Mac ’N Chile contest Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dimmick Inn. Ann Street Memorial Park, Fifth and West Catherine streets, Milford. $5 donation per ballot/free for children under 4. Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra, Sunday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m. Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts at Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 570-348-6211 or The Man in Black, Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. Tribute to Johnny Cash performs. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $20-$35 plus fees. 570-8261100 or Fifth annual Polar Plunge: Splashin’ with Compassion, Saturday, Jan. 27. Registration, 9-11 a.m.; plunge, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costumes are encouraged. Features ski-up bar, prizes, gift baskets, sleigh of cheer and

vendors. Proceeds benefit young people battling cancer in Northeast Pennsylvania. Montage Mountain Resorts, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. $35 to plunge. 855-754-7946 or Wally Ice Fest, Saturday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 28. Features ice sculptures to a curling demonstration event, Pocono Pond Hockey Tournament and Iced Tee Golf. Lake Wallenpaupack, Route 6, Hawley. Golf: $20 advance/$25 day of. Seventh annual Snowflake Gala for Leader Dogs for the Blind, Saturday, Jan. 27, 6-11 p.m. Features dinner, open bar, music by Music for Models, DJ, basket raffles and silent auction. Fiorelli Catering, 1560 Main St., Peckville. $75. Winola Rotary Polar Plunge, Sunday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit Supporting Miles for Michael Fund of Luzerne Foundation help local families battling cancer. Lake Winola. $35. 570-575-0364. Crystal Cabin Fever, Friday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 25. Sculpted Ice Works, 311 Purdytown Turnpike, Lakeville. $15 adults/$10 children/$12 seniors and military/free for children 3 and younger. 570-226-6246 or Blakely Borough Mardi Gras Celebration, Friday, Feb. 9, 6-10 p.m. Assigned seating. No sales at the door. Fiorelli Catering, 1560 Main St., Peckville. $45. 570-383-9946. North Branch Land Trust’s Winter Picnic, Sunday, Feb. 11, 1-4 p.m. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, join the one-hour moderate guided hike along some of the trails or sit by the fire in the lodge to enjoy board games, cards and hot cocoa. A hearty picnic meal is included. Registration required by Feb. 7. Bear Creek Camp, 3601 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. $5 NBLT members/$10 nonmembers. 570-3101781 or or America, Thursday, Feb. 15, 7-10 p.m. Grammy-winning rock group performs. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $45-$69 plus fees. 570-8261100 or Clarks Summit Festival of Ice: The Wizarding World of Ice, Friday, Feb. 16 through Monday, Feb. 19. Features more than 50 ice sculptures, live ice carving demonstrations, parade Friday night, entertainment, horse and carriage rides and more. Downtown Clarks Summit.




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