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Health Screenings Blood Pressure Screening - Free Thursday, December 1, and Thursday, December 15 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Laurel Mall Walkers Blood Drive Wednesday, December 14, 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Hazleton Health & Wellness Center (a mobile unit will be located in the lower-level parking lot) Call 501.6948 to register for a donation time. Please bring personal identification card. Holiday Food Drive Please help us support local food banks during this holiday season. Community is invited to drop off non-perishable food items at the Hazleton General Hospital lobbyuntil December 16. Blood Pressure Screening - Free Wednesday, December 21, 11:00 a.m. - noon Hazleton Senior Center Additional Health Screenings - Free Health screenings at various Boyer’s Food Market locations. Call 501.6204 for times and locations or visit and click on the calendar of events.

Community Education Programs & Activities Celebrate the Holiday Season at HGH Tuesday, December 6, 6:00 p.m. Hazleton General Hospital A special visit from Santa Claus. Don’t forget your camera! Ice sculpture demonstrations Holiday music Call 501.6204 for more information. What Every Person Should Know About Stroke Wednesday, December 7, 2:00 p.m. Gunderson Rehabilitation Center at HGH, Sixth Floor Call 501.4600 to register or for more information.

Senior Choice Holiday Party Sunday, December 11, 1:00 p.m. Hazleton Health & Wellness Center Holiday entertainment and buffet dinner will be served. Free for Senior Choice members; $10.00 per person for non-members Call Joan Warner at 454.4752 with your reservation. Bariatrics Information Session Wednesday, December 14, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. HGH Office & Education Building Learn about Surgical Weight Loss Options Reservations are required; call 501.6322 for more information. Holiday Recipe Makeovers (Brand New!) Wednesday, December 14, 6:00 p.m. Hazleton Health & Wellness Center, Lower-Level Learn how to put a healthy “twist” on holiday dishes. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Please call 501.6204 to make a reservation. Joint Replacement Surgery Information Session Thursday, December 15, 6:00 p.m. Hazleton Health & Wellness Center Learn how the Healthy Steps Joint Replacement Program at Hazleton General Hospital complements your joint replacement surgery. Register on-line or call 501.4447. Senior Choice - Holiday Show (A Christmas Story) Saturday, December 17, 1:00 p.m. J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 West Broad Street, Hazleton Dinner & Show: Adults - $24.00 (All-You-Can-Eat Buffet – Served 90 minutes prior to curtain) Just the Show: Adults - $11.00 Call Joan Warner at 454.4752 for reservation.

Free Car Seat Check by Certified Tech. HGH Family Birthing Center Bring your car seat. Call 501.4200 for appointment. Parenting Class Classes held at Catholic Social Services 214 West Walnut Street, Hazleton Call 455.1521 to register or for more information.

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(New Members Always Welcome) Ostomy Support Group Annual Holiday Party Thursday, December 8, 4:00 p.m. Cookies Café, Conyngham Registrations required. Call 501.4970 for your reservation. Epilepsy & Seizure Disorder Support Group Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. HGH Office & Education Building Adjustable Laparoscopic Gastric Band Support Group Wednesday, December 21, 6:00 p.m. HGH Office & Education Building Call 501.6322 for more information. Gastric Bypass and Laparoscopic Sleeve Support Group Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 p.m. HGH Office & Education Building Call 501.6322 for more information. Stroke Support Group Wednesday, December 21, 6:00 p.m. HGH Office & Education Building Conference Room A Call 501.4632 to register or for more information.

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Clarence "Bevo" Francis

by Rev. Connell A. McHugh

Clarence Franklin “Bevo” Francis was born September 4, 1932 in Maple Heights, Ohio, the son of Clarence Franklin Francis and Ann Cronin, whose first spouses died. The elder Francis was a fifth grade drop-out who worked in the mines. He and his wife, Ann, were warm, caring parents who tried to provide for the younger Clarence and his four half brothers and two half sisters. Despite the poverty, the family household was a happy one. The older Francis acquired the nickname “Bevo” because he had a penchant for drinking Bevo, a soft drink that St. Louis based Anheuser-Busch produced during the prohibition era. The name “Bevo” was given to the younger Francis. “Bevo” Jr. was a frail child who suffered from anemia as early as the first grade.

Later anemia would cause him to miss several years of grade school. Francis loved sports from an early age and by the age of 12, he focused on basketball. Bevo would spend all his weekends playing basketball at a neighbor’s barn which was converted into a basketball court. Francis was an average student during his school years. Bevo Francis was a bit shy and married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jean Chrislip, who was on the reticent side herself. A classmate, Bob Grimm, told ESPN that Bevo and his wife were made for each other and that one could not find two nicer, more decent people. ESPN did a documentary on Francis in 2000. Bevo Francis, as mentioned, missed several years of school due to his childhood

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anemia and began playing independent basketball because his high school in Wellsville, Ohio, declared him ineligible, since he had recently moved into the area. Francis finally got his opportunity to play as a junior and led his team to a 23-2 record. While averaging over 30 points a game, he attracted a good deal of attention. Francis was selected to the All-Ohio high school team. Among Francis’ better games was a 57 point performance against Alliance High School which featured Lenny Dawson, the all-time AFL passing leader who led the Kansas City Chiefs to a victory in the Superbowl and subsequently became a Hall of Fame quarterback. Francis’ high school coach was Newt Oliver, a former basketball star from tiny Rio Grande College in Ohio. Oliver was a wheeler-dealer who would use his connection with Francis to land himself a coaching job at Rio Grande and Bevo a scholarship to the college even though he was a couple credits short of a high school diploma. This would inaugurate one of the most amazing stories in the history of basketball. Rio Grande had four unimpressive buildings situated in the front of a cow pasture. The school was so small that Francis first drove right past it. When Bevo Francis entered Rio Grande, the school had only 94 students! The gym was a bandbox called The Hog Pen. The floor had badly worn black tiles over concrete, a protruding stage at one end of the court and a wall right next to the end line of the other end of the court. Francis received $50 a month for grocery money and was given a meager 50 cents an hour for sweeping the gym floor. Rio Grande College constantly had trouble meeting the faculty payroll. Newt Oliver, with only $3,000 in scholarship money, was able to assemble some good players to help Francis, around whom he built the offense. Beginning with a 116-48 victory over the alumni, led by 44 points from Francis, the team would go on to win 39 straight games in a perfect season in 1952-53. Francis possessed a tremendous soft touch jump shot that he seemingly could launch from anywhere. Standing 6-foot, 9-inches, Francis was also a good rebounder and quick for his size. Despite numerous double and even triple teams put on him, he had a knack of getting off his jump shot. In the 39-0 season, Francis scored an unbelievable 1,954 points, averaging 50.1 a game. On January 9, 1953, Francis scored an astounding 116 points in a 150-85 romp over Ashland Junior College. Newt Oliver, who was a publicity hound, ordered his team to foul to stop the clock in the fourth quarter to give Francis extra chances to score. Score he did, ripping the nets for 55 points in the

final quarter after scoring 61 in the first three periods. The 116 points, much to the delight of Oliver, garnered a ton of national attention and Francis would be in the spotlight for the two years he spent at Rio Grande. Among those covering Francis was Life Magazine which took more than a thousand shots of Francis. Bevo Francis appeared on the popular Today show with Dave Garroway. Not all the publicity surrounding Francis was positive. Quite a few sports writers and some coaches questioned Francis’ ability, contending that his scoring exploits were against soft competition. Time Magazine in January of 1953, called attention to the dilapidated gym at Rio Grande, and asserted that Francis chose the school because of its willingness to overlook his lack of a high school diploma. Francis attracted large crowds wherever he played after his 116 point performance, and big paydays for the schools involved. The people of Ohio had more interest in tiny Rio Grande than it did in Ohio State. Among those who coached against Francis was future New York Yankee owner, George Steinbrenner, whose Lockbourne Air Force base team dropped two games to Rio Grande, 84-50 and 95-80, although Steinbrenner’s defense “held” Francis to 36 and 47 points. George Steinbrenner himself was greatly impressed with Bevo Francis whom he thought was the “Real Deal.” In 2005, Steinbrenner wrote the introduction to Kyle Keiderling’s fine book, Shooting Star: The Bevo Francis Story. Francis’ scoring heroics generated a good deal of revenue for Rio Grande, which finally was solvent and able to pay its faculty on time. Newt Oliver, who in his day probably could make Scott Boras blush, as a publicity hound for Francis, scheduled some major college teams on Rio Grande’s 195354 seasons. Among the teams were Villanova, Providence, Miami of Florida, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Creighton, twice, Arizona State, and Butler. The Redmen of Rio Grande, led by Francis, finished 21-7 with victories over Providence, Butler, Miami, Wake Forest, and Arizona State. They split games with Creighton and lost a thrilling overtime game at Villanova 93-92 in which Francis scored 39 points. Francis averaged 47.1 points a game in 1953-54, despite playing injured in the last few games. Bevo Francis finished his career with a 48.9 average for 57 games. His 116 points against Ashland was thrown out by the NCAA because it was against a junior college. However, the 113 points which he tallied against Hillsdale on February 2, 1954, is still the single game NCAA record. Despite being a decent student, Francis was expelled by Rio Grande in 1954

because of being on the road doing promos at the insistence of his coach, Newt Oliver. Francis himself disliked the spotlight and being on the publicity circuit. Being expelled by Rio Grande, a school he rescued financially by his basketball skill, led to a justifiable bitterness toward both the school and Oliver. Several decades later, the relationships were mended and since 1983 there has been a Bevo Francis classic basketball tournament which Francis attends. Rio Grande now is a University and boasts a 2,500 seat modern gym named after Newt Oliver. The gym is located on Bevo Francis Drive. Bevo Francis was not eligible for the 1954 NBA draft because his graduating class was 1956. Francis wound up playing for the Globetrotters organization at $12,000 per year, a good salary in those days. The money helped Francis become a homeowner, but he disliked the constant travel and the zany antics of the Trotters. He resented being a patsy for the less talented Globetrotters. After a couple of years with the Trotters, Francis turned down a $10,000 per season offer to play with the Philadelphia Warriors because he had enough of life on the road. Francis did some barnstorming before signing with our own Hazleton Hawks in 1958. I saw Francis play at St. Joseph’s gym, and he seemed out of place. Francis did not last the entire season. The late Ray Saul felt that Francis actually was better than what he showed for the Hawks. Hazleton did not seem to involve Francis in the offense. Finally, Bevo Francis was given an opportunity by admirer, George Steinbrenner, to play for his Cleveland Pipers of the ABL, but Francis appeared in only two games. I feel as George Steinbrenner, that Bevo Francis came along at the wrong time as far as having a lucrative pro career. He undoubtedly gave more to the game of basketball than what he received. In addition to saving Rio Grande College, now University, he generated a renewed interest in college basketball after the point shaving scandals of 1951 had caused interest in college ball to dim. I strongly disagree with the College Basketball Hall of Fame’s decision, so far at least, to exclude Francis. Bevo Francis’ autographed items can be found on eBay, and in many cases, is relatively cheap. Sometimes an autographed picture can be purchased for $10 and with luck, a ball for under $50. Francis appears on the large 1978 Sportscaster card (5x7). The card gives a history of Bevo’s feats and is available for just a few dollars. Rev. McHugh can be reached at or by calling Good Shepherd Church at 788-3141.

Note: Bevo Francis was selected to the UP’s All-American team in 1953. The first team consisted of Seton Hall’s Walter Dukes, Seattle’s Johnny O’Brien, whose scoring records Francis surpassed (the same O’Brien who was a Pirate shortstop in the 1950s), Bob Houbregs of Washington, Tom Gola of Lasalle, and Ernie Beck of Penn. The second team included Francis, Don Schlundt of Indiana, Dick Knostman of Kansas State, Frank Selvy of Furman, who scored 100 points in a game and Bob Pettit of LSU, who became an NBA All-Time great. Francis was the only freshman on either team. In 1953, Francis was named to the AP second team All-America. The first team consisted of Frank Selvy, Don Schlundt, Tom Gola, Bob Pettit, and Cliff Hagan of Kentucky. Francis headed the second team consisting of Bob Leonard of Indiana, Frank Ramsey of Kentucky, Dick Ricketts of Duquesne, and Tom Marshall of Western Kentucky. P




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Body Jewelry Quality: Is That "Great Deal" Really Worth It? by Steven M. Gulbin I've been in the body piercing industry for about 13 years now, and more and more I'm seeing studios offering "great deals" on piercings. $20 for ANY piercing, seems to be the most common, and in that situation, most likely, the quality is SEVERELY lacking. The most common way to tell is by the threads on the jewelry. There is INTERNALLY and EXTERNALLY threaded jewelry. Internally threaded means the threads are on the ball, and screw into the post. Externally threaded means the threads are on the post and there is a hole in the ball. Why does it matter, you might ask? Well for starters, externally threaded jewelry is equivalent to shoving a screw through a fresh or healed piercing. OUCH! Secondly, there are a lot of places for bacteria to hide near the ball, increasing the chance of infection, third and most important in an ORAL piercing, the threads EASILY STRIP, and can fall apart and be swallowed or INHALED! Now you might be asking, why would someone use this? Simple. It's CHEAP! They can charge you less, and it will seem like you are getting a "great deal".

For example, for the price I pay for ONE PIECE of the jewelry I use (internally threaded,) I can purchase 7-15 pieces of EXTERNALLY THREADED jewelry, if it is of the same QUALITY STEEL!!! (That is a whole other article) If it is a cheap, Made In China, piece of jewelry, I can purchase 30-60 PIECES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE OF MINE! So let me break it down for you, I do a tongue piercing, I charge $60. "Great Deals Body Piercing" does the same thing for $20, which would be 1/3 the cost of mine.(and this is not taking into consideration skill, training, cleanliness, etc, mind you...) So you are paying 1/3 the price, for a piece of jewelry that is possibly 1/60th THE VALUE!!!!! Not sounding like a great deal anymore is it? The moral of the story is, make sure before you put your body, and LIFE for that matter, into someone else’s hands, you must base it on more that the "Great Deal" you are getting. Because things may not always be as they seem. P

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Throughout the fall of 2011 at sites around the globe, there will be a series of public exhibitions and events leading up to the sale of the vast collection of the late Elizabeth Taylor. T h e three month-long tour of highlights from Taylor’s immense private collection will begin in September of 2011. The traveling exhibition will make stops in major global centers such as London, Los Angeles, Moscow, Geneva, Paris, Dubai, and Hong Kong. At the tour’s New York finale, from December 3 thru 12, 2011, there will be an exhibition featuring The Elizabeth Taylor Collection of jewelry, fashion, decorative arts, and movie memorabilia. At the close of that exhibition, Christie’s will embark upon four days of auctions, from December 13 thru 16, 2011, to sell off the screen legend’s collections. Christie's New York will devote its entire Rockefeller Center gallery space to the public exhibition and sales, which are expected to draw several thousand visitors each day. Jewels from the world’s finest design houses will demonstrate Taylor’s exceptional taste and her breathtaking custom-made collection. Diamonds, rubies, pearls, and precious metals will be highlighted by names such as Van Cleef and Arpels, Tiffany, Cartier, and many others. It promises to be a once in a lifetime global happening in the world of precious jewels.






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E l i z a b e t h’s impeccable sense of style is legendary. The actress had a life-long love affair with haute couture and designer accessories. Products from some of the world’s design powerhouses will be on display. The fashion accessories available on view from names like Versace, Vuitton, and Valentino will range from shoes and belts, handbags and hats, and fine luggage. For the first time in history, some of the world’s most important pieces owned by a maven of fashion will come to the auction block. The last auction day, that is December 16, will focus on select furniture, decorative arts, and film memorabilia from the late star’s Bel Air, California home. In February of 2012, objects from Taylor’s fine art collection of modern and impressionist paintings will be sold at Christie’s, London. Elizabeth Taylor inherited late 19th and 20th Century British and French works of art from her father, the art dealer Francis Taylor. Her art collection will be offered for sale at Christie’s in London in February 2012. A portion of the funds generated by special events, and exhibition admission and publication fees will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) which was founded in 1991. ETAF provides funding to AIDS service organizations worldwide in an effort to assist those living with HIV and AIDS. P

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10.       Treats. Need I say more? 9.         Attractive collar with matching leash. We don’t really want this but often that’s what humans choose to give us. We don’t care how our collar is decorated as long as it’s not too tight and a leash?  we hope we hardly ever, better yet never, use it. 8.         Treats. We’re not fussy. 7.         Our own soft bed (if you won’t let us sleep with you). Just make sure it fits. I hate when my hiney sticks out the end of my bed. 6.         Toys with treats inside and we have to be clever to get them out and devour them. We uncover yummy snacks and you get to brag about how smart we are. It’s a win-win.  5.         Tennis balls. It is possible that there is one dog in the whole world that doesn’t go wild over tennis balls, and maybe he lives with you. However, the rest of us just love them. I like playing catch but I am especially fond of tearing the cover off the ball and dropping pieces of green felt all over the room. My mom prefers playing catch instead. 4.         Treats. All shapes. All sizes. All flavors! 3.         Milk Bones, always yummy and very good for our dental hygiene. Hint: if you have a large dog, buy small milk bones. They fit into your dog’s mouth and he won’t let crumbs everywhere. 2.         Extra large juicy steak. Medium rare. Hold the onions. 1.         Number One on all of our wish lists is the answer to “How to care for a puppy?” The way to care for your puppy is to love him … Forever.  .... And when he no longer has the look of that puppy, always remember that on the inside, he's still that same puppy you brought home so very long ago.  Thank you for ALL of the responses to my writing adventure. And thanks to Kathleen for transcribing my meanderings. This is Virginia Jane, signing off for 2011, wishing you and yours (and your dogs) a healthy, happy, and bone-filled year ahead. P "Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use." - Earl Nightingale

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could also be likely that many of the goods are “Made in America”, imagine that! Our local markets and shops are run and owned by the “person next door” who might even be your neighbor or an acquaintance. These relationships are built by frequenting the stores in our neighborhoods and downtown communities. The kind of service that is offered by local stores is going to be so much better than the big chain stores where often help may be hard to find. There is the sense that we are all in this together and that makes everyone important, the store worker and the consumer alike. Gift Certificates are a superb way of keeping the dollars in the area. When you buy these you support the local economy. You are giving someone the opportunity to have the experience of trying something new, such as visiting a nearby restaurant. Gift certificates keep business local and there is the perpetuation factor that steps into play where, upon using the certificate, you are quite likely to go back to the establishment again. When buying a gift certificate you might find your-

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self buying other products for yourself while in the store. The choices of gift certificates are endless and we encourage you to go through all the advertisements in Panorama to choose places to purchase these. There are all kinds of opportunities for gift certificates in each section of the magazine. Many make wonderful stocking stuffers like an oil change certificate for a car. Try tickets to the movies or the local theatre, a dog grooming gift or spa visit. Other considerations could be a dry cleaning establishment, boutiques, jewelry stores, a pharmacy. There are also all the clothing stores and facilities whose services are geared towards well-being and health. Fitness centers, including a gift of classes for yoga or other forms of exercise. Chiropractors and therapy massage centers are useful gifts as well and can be geared towards a specific person whom one may have in mind. . All of these ideas are great ways to give a gift because it can fit into any budget, and works for any person. Wow, what a versatile option! Some may argue that a gift certificate is the “Easy way out”. This may be so but these have to be one of the best ways to give someone something they can really use. When you give a gift certificate, you are helping the local economy even more than you know. Think about it. You may be given a $10.00 gift certificate to one of the local eateries in town. You step in for lunch and would you believe that Aunt Jane is having lunch in there too. Good heavens, there is Bob from the local Auto repair shop whom you have not seen in ages….you get the idea. Finally, after saying hi to everyone you sit down and order your lunch. You have that slice of pizza, a drink and a little desert. You use your gift certificate plus a few extra dollars and naturally a great tip for the wait staff. Oh, and did we mention the friends who accompanied you to lunch too? They would have sat at their desk and eaten lunch instead they now spend $10 for a great lunch experience. So there you have it. Everyone is happy. As we come to close out another year we ask you to shop wisely and economically. Please support Panorama advertisers. The staff of Panorama Magazine extend their best to all our readers and advertisers. We hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season, a healthy and prosperous New Year and that your dreams and wishes come true in 2012. P

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1 lb Merckens white candy coating ½ lb Bresky’s peppermint crunch -Melt candy coating, add crunch and stir in until mixed thoroughly. Pour onto wax paper lined jellyroll pan, try one of our beautiful new large molds in the shape of a Christmas tree, Gingerbread man, and snowflake, or break apart bar. Chill in freezer until set about 10 minutes. Enjoy or give as a gift.

-Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk and flavor oil. Combine flour, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt, add to creamed mixture gradually. Shape dough into two 1 ½” diameter rolls. Wrap in plastic and chill until firm. Unwrap and cut into ¼ in slices. Place one inch apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake 375 for 10-12 minutes. Cool completely then dip in chocolate and embellish with sprinkles to resemble wreaths. Makes 4- 5 dozen.

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Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau to Donate Funds from Puzzle Sales BLOOMSBURG/DANVILLE, PA – Holiday shopping is in full swing and everyone is looking for that special gift to give their loved ones. The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau is having a holiday sale of their 500-piece Twin Covered Bridge puzzles. From now until December 31, the puzzles are being sold at 20% off for a total cost of $12, tax included. A donation of $2 from every puzzle sold will be made by the Bureau to the Columbia County Covered Bridge Association to help with repairs sustained in the 2011 flood of Josiah Hess Covered Bridge. Director of Marketing for the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Ingrid Podgurski, states that “our driving tour map of the Covered Bridges of Columbia and Montour counties is one of the top brochures that visitors and locals alike request from our office. By giving this donation we are helping to preserve and restore these bridges for our friends in Columbia and Montour Counties, as well as the thousands of people that visit them each year.” The Josiah Hess Covered Bridge is located on Huntington Creek, in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County. This bridge is located between Forks and Jonestown on Twp. Rte. 363, off 1020. The bridge was constructed in 1875 by Joseph Redline, at a cost of $1,349.50. It was named after the Hess family who owned a sawmill and farm nearby. The Columbia County Covered Bridge Association restores, preserves and ad-

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vocates for the covered bridges of Columbia County for historical and recreational purposes. Their purpose is simple: they recognized the historic importance of the covered bridges as a public treasure to be enjoyed and available to the public and the important part they play in tourism. This non-profit association protects all of our covered bridges not only for today, but also for future generations to come. In the flood of September 2011, Josiah Hess Covered Bridge sustained significant scour on the Winding Road abutment. Repair estimates are currently being made with the hopes of a full repair in the coming months. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Association, either in time, materials or a monetary gift, may contact the Association President, Chris Young at 570-458-4290. For more information about the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, and all the things to see and do in the area, please visit and join them on Facebook at P

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Holiday Recipes Direct from Amish Country The Amish Pantry located on Route 93 in Nescopeck Township has all the ingredients to make your holiday cooking a unique experience. Here is sampling of great holiday ideas direct from the Amish Farm. Roasted Pecan Baked Ham Ingredients: 1 bottle, 12 oz Blackberry Patch Roasted Pecan Syrup 1 medium (10-12 lbs. ham) 1/2 cup water Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place washed ham in deep, foil-lined pan. Pour 1/2 bottle (6 oz.) Roasted Pecan syrup evenly over ham. Add 1/2 cup water to bottom of pan. Bake for 1 hour, 15 minutes. Remove ham from oven, pour remaining syrup evenly over ham, replace & bake for another hour, 15 minutes. Remove ham from oven. With a baster, baste ham once more with juices from bottom of pan. Cut & serve. *Roasted Pecan Syrup can be substituted with any of our other delicious fruit, nut or maple blend syrups! Roasted Pecan Chicken Ingredients: 4-6 boneless chicken breast 1/4 cup of lemon juice 1/4 - 1/2 cup of melted butter 1-2 cups of Blackberry Patch Roasted Pecan Syrup 1/2 - 1 cup of water Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Wash chicken breast and lightly pat dry. Lightly

coat chicken with melted butter and lemon juice. Place in shallow pan and pour syrup over the top, cover with tin foil or plastic wrap, let stand for about 30 - 45 minutes. Pour water into the pan and bake uncovered for 30 -45 minutes, depending on the oven. Serve with brown or wild rice. Chicken Strip Dip or Marinade Mix equal parts of any of our Amish Wedding Mustard with our own Apple Butter syrup for a delicious chicken dip or marinade. Vinaigrette Mix equal part of our large variety of fruit syrups with our Vita Bella Olive Oil and Vita Bella Balsamic Vinegar Dip mixes Use any of our large varieties of fruit butters or jams, mix with either cream cheese or cool whip for a fast and delicious dip. Great without cinnamon graham pretzels. P

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"Welcome Santa" Hazleton Area youngsters can have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus for free on Saturday, December 3rd, thanks to the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown Committee. It’s all part of the “Welcome Santa” promotion, now in its thirteenth year under the direction of the Chamber. The festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m. with performances by the students of Sherri O’Donnell’s All That Dancin’ a chamber-member dance studio. Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to arrive at Citiscape, located in The Hayden Towers Markle Building shortly after the performances, at approximately 11:00 a.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with several children, will be arriving via a fire truck from the Diamond Fire Company and accompanied by ambulances from APTS. Through the cooperation of the Downtown committee members, the first 100 children will receive free photos with Santa,

assorted candy and snacks compliments of Giant and Weis Markets, orange drink, compliments of Farmer’s Dairy, art supplies, compliments of Sargent Art, Inc. and coloring books and crayons, compliments of the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance. Bill Spear, chairman of the Chamber’s Downtown Committee, said the “Welcome Santa” project has been a great boost to holiday shopping for center city businesses. “We are always looking for ways to promote the Downtown and to assist the merchants in whatever way we can.” Spear said the “Welcome Santa” project is just one way that the Chamber’s Downtown Committee is helping to bring life to Center City. “The Christmas Holidays are a time of family and community, and the Chamber is happy to provide varied community events for our residents,” Donna Palermo, President of the Chamber added. For additional information on any of the holiday activities, call the Chamber office at 455-1509 or visit us online at P

Old Time Toys Old Time Toys to be held on Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in the Sweet Arrow Lake Park Clubhouse. Ever walk on stilts or a moonwinder or, play with a whimmy diddle geehaw? Now, is your chance to enjoy these Appalachian Mountain type toys with Porcupine Pat. Learn about the history of toys in this fun and handson program. Free and open to the public. No registration required. P

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How to Find Out What Everyone Wants for Christmas this Year Take Notes The only problem with trying to come up with ideas all throughout the year is that it's really easy to forget them before it's time to go holiday shopping. This problem is easily fixed though if you just take a moment to jot down gift ideas whenever you come up with them. You can even just make a list on your cell phone - really anyplace where you'll have an easy time keeping track of them is good. That way, you'll have your list intact Shop With Friends when you're ready to use it and can edit it as You'll get a lot of ideas for what to needed throughout the year. buy for friends or family members if you go shopping with them. Obviously you won't be Start Early able to buy their gift while they're with you, Another option is to start buying but if you pay attention, you'll be able to go gifts whenever you get an idea for someone. back and pick out the perfect gift for all of There's no rule that states you have to buy them. Plus, it's always nice to have someone Christmas gifts only a certain number of with you to help you pick out gifts for people weeks before Christmas. Buying gifts early you both know. will have the added benefit of spreading your holiday spending out over a longer period of Pay Attention time. This can make it much easier to absorb Most people you spend any time the added expense of buying all those gifts in with throughout the year will drop some a short amount of time. good hints unintentionally, but you have to The only potential problem with be paying attention. It can be hard to start this approach is that some people may wind thinking about the holidays in March or July. up going out and buying something for But if you can get in the habit of making a themselves that you'd already bought them mental note whenever someone you know but hadn't given them yet. This problem is mentions a particular item of interest, you'll generally avoidable though if you pick out be way ahead of the game when it comes to items that you know your friend or relative holiday shopping. would never buy for themselves. Buying early can also cause you to miss out on some new items that hit the stores just in time for the holiday shopping season, so you'll have to take that into account too Gift when evaluating your gift ideas. However you Certificates chose to go about it, holiday shopping isn't make nearly as hard as it seems. You just have to go excellent gifts! about it the right way. P There are those few people you know who will tell you exactly what they want for Christmas. Most friends and relatives on your list, however, will be less than helpful when it comes to divulging this type of information. But there is hope. You actually have all the tools you need to pick out a great gift for everyone on your list. You just need to have the right mindset as we approach this holiday shopping season.

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The Hazleton Rotary Foundation, a 501©(3) non-profit affiliate of the Rotary Club of Hazleton, is seeking support from the community to help fund its “Kidz Coatz’’ program which will provide new coats to needy children in the Greater Hazleton Area. This project has been held, yearly, since 2007. Working with local retailers, brand new coats will be purchased for children in need from all eight elementary/middle schools in the Hazleton Area School District. The coats are distributed to those children who are confidentially identified by their teachers. Because of the economy, the number of children needing coats has increased dramatically since last year, while the cost of purchasing them has also risen. Last year, the Hazleton Rotary Foundation’s goal was to purchase at least 350 coats for area children in need, but as it turns out the need was so great that over 700 coats were distributed by the end of November 2010! The goal for this year, 2011, is to raise about $7,000.00 and purchase at least 350 coats for the upcoming winter season.

Coats are sorted and delivered to the area elementary and middle schools by Rotary Club of Hazleton members. Coats will be delivered to the schools after Thanksgiving. “Please join the Rotary Club of Hazleton, which annually provides generous financial support to this project and donate what you can,” asks Jerry Benz, Rotary Club of Hazleton President. “ A donation of $25 would help purchase at least one coat to help keep a needy child warm in the area’s brisk winter weather.” “All the help given by everyone in the past for “Kidz Coats” encourages the Foundation to look forward to continuing this project yearly,” says Foundation Presient, Lex Sloot. “It is a wonderful community effort that provides something every child needs.” Tax deductible checks can be made payable to The Hazleton Rotary Foundation, c/o Printmark Industries 600 South Poplar Street, Hazleton, PA 18201. Please call 4557000 for more information. P

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decrease range of motion and strength, vision and balance impairments, certain medications (antidepressants, neuroleptics, narcotics, nitrates, and others), and environment and footwear. Physical therapists are able to perform a fall risk assessment which will assist the therapist in determining appropriate therapeutic interventions, and monitor meaningful changes in balance to prevent future falls. Adults with recurrent falls, gait abnormalities, or noted balance impairment should receive a fall evaluation by a physical therapist. Specific balance testing helps the therapist differentiate between vertigo (feeling of spinning), dizziness (general feeling of disorientation or lightheadness) and disequilibrium (feeling of imbalance). Our physical therapists can treat these risk factors by establishing an individualized program of strengthening and stretching the major muscle groups, aerobic training, and balance training activities that challenge the patients’ vestibular system. The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association have studied fall risk, and notes that regular exercise can reduce falls by 35% to 45%. If you are experiencing joint pain, muscle weakness, poor posture, and dizziness, trouble with balance, walking, or falling, you should discuss these problems with your personal physician. You should be seen by a physical therapist for balance assessment and treatment. P


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walks. This often leads to muscle and ligament problems of the lower legs and eventually to serious foot deformities. With each step we take, our feet cushion a force up to three times our total body weight. Our feet make us mobile and are the most neglected parts of the body. Significant foot pain requires immediate treatment. A wellknown foot pain is Plantar Fascitis and Achilles Tendonitis. Other causes of heel pain are prolonged standing, obesity, previous injury, and high-energy exercises such as running or walking. Symptoms of plantar fascitis and heel cushion pain include tingling or numbness of the bottom of the feet, tight and painful arch ligaments, and heel core swelling. For a free foot consultation in regards to pain or fitting call Gino’s at 474-6051. P

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Feeling Restless? It might not be “in your head” by Peter H. Seidenberg, MD We all remember childhood days of being instructed to “quit wiggling” or “just sit still.” While most people grow out of these squirmy tendencies, many adults still struggle with jittery, toe-tapping jumpiness – and the problem isn’t anxiety or that extra cup of coffee. Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition characterized by the irresistible urge to move one’s limbs – usually the legs – while at rest, and affects up to 10 percent of the nation’s population. An additional 2 to 3 percent of American adults – around 5 million people – have severe RLS that affects quality of life and their ability to function on a daily basis. Symptoms RLS is characterized by an uncomfortable pulling, creeping, or itchy sensation in the legs (and sometimes, the arms or other parts of the body), that is only relieved by moving the affected limb(s). People have described RLS as a feeling of “creepy-crawly,” “tugging,” or “gnawing.” Symptoms come and go, and vary in severity, but are usually more noticeable when sitting or lying down. Because of this, RLS can lead to sleep deprivation and stress. More than 80 percent of people with RLS also experience a more common condition known as periodic limb movement of sleep (PLMS), according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). PLMS involves involuntary leg twitching or jerking movements during sleep, typically occurring every 15 to 40 seconds, sometimes throughout the entire night. These symptoms cause repeated awakening and severely disrupts sleep. The most distinctive symptom of RLS is the need to move the limb – at night, while lying down, and the disappearance of symptoms in the morning. According to NINDS, other triggers are periods of inactivity such as long car trips, sitting at a concert or theater, airline flights, or immobilization in a cast. Causes The cause of RLS is unknown, but the disorder is thought to be hereditary. Research indicates that a gene variation or low levels of iron in the brain may be factors in the development of RLS. RLS can begin at any age, but most

often begins around middle age, occurs more often in women than in men, and runs in families. Symptoms typically become more frequent and obvious with age. In children, pediatric RLS is frequently attributed to “growing pains” or misdiagnosed as attention deficit disorder (ADD). However, ADD is also seen in many children and adults with RLS. Adult RLS symptoms are often incorrectly diagnosed as nervousness, insomnia, stress, arthritis, muscle cramps, or aging. RLS is also linked to other chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, kidney failure, peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage to the hands or feet) and diabetes, although it’s unknown if these diseases cause RLS. An RLS diagnosis does not mean that the patient will develop one of these chronic conditions; rather, patients with these chronic conditions often experience RLS as a consequence of the disease. RLS can develop during the last trimester of pregnancy, but generally disappears after the baby’s birth. Other triggers include an iron deficiency; alcohol; sleep deprivation; and certain medications such as anti-nausea drugs, antidepressants, psychiatric medications and some cold and allergy medicines that contain antihistamines. Diagnosis & Treatment RLS is diagnosed through a neurological and physical exam, including an individual and family medical history, blood tests for iron and vitamin deficiencies as well as other chronic diseases typically associated with RLS, and in some cases, a sleep study. During a sleep study, a patient’s brain waves, heartbeat, breathing, and limb movements can help identify the presence of RLS or other causes of sleep disruption. While there is no cure for RLS, it

can be controlled through medication or lifestyle changes. Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms, and may include treating any related medical conditions (such as diabetes) to lesson RLS symptoms. Mild or moderate RLS can also be managed with lifestyle changes: • Reduced intake of caffeine, alcohol and tobacco • Vitamin supplements to correct iron, folate and magnesium deficiencies • Setting and maintaining good sleep habits • Moderate exercise • Massage • Hot baths, or a heating pad or ice pack Visit and click on “Health Resources” to research additional health information through our Health Encyclopedia. About the Author: Dr. Peter Seidenberg is a staff physician for the Berwick Retirement Village. In addition to his work at the Berwick Retirement Village, Dr. Seidenberg and his wife have a multi-specialty practice at King Medical Care on Route 11 in Bloomsburg. For more information about Berwick Retirement Village or to schedule a tour call, 570-759-5634. Remember that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and help equip patients with information and facilitate conversations with your physician that will benefit your health. Sources: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, www.ninds., Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation,, WebMD, www.webmd. com P

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This Christmas Accept the Gift of Health by John Degenhart, DC A man for 10 years has been trying to get his wife to see me. She suffered from migraine headaches and lower back pain. Her pains didn’t allow them to travel as much, she couldn’t take care of the grandchildren, and she was gradually getting harder to live with. People with chronic pain don’t realize it, but their attitude is grumpy at times and they don’t mean to, but it affects their personal relationships.   Then one day, his wife came to my office, I was overjoyed to finally meet her! When I asked her why she was so reluctant to see a chiropractor, she related to me that



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she had a bad experience with chiropractor 20 years ago. He was too rough with her, and she was very sore afterwards, so she was afraid to ever go to any other chiropractor. After listening to her intently, I looked her right in the eyes and I thanked her for trusting me enough to even make an appointment. I understood her fears, and yet her pain forced her finally to listen to her husband’s advice.   I told her some chiropractors use a rougher technique where they twist the neck and back. I told her I could correct her spinal misalignments without doing that. I proceeded to examine her, I took an x-ray, and I adjusted her. She got off the table and cried, with joy. She said, “I already feel less pain, and if that is how gentle your adjustments is,

I should have been in years ago!” Well, it took 8 visits in one month. All of her migraines are gone, she has no back pain. She is now taking the grandchildren camping; she is having the best time that she has had in 20 years.   Her husband sent me a Christmas card. He was so thankful to have back the woman that he initially married. Instead of laying home in pain complaining, she was active and happy again.   This Christmas, accept the gift of health. If you or a loved one had a bad chiropractic experience, try us out. Our gentle ways could help you to have the best Christmas you had in 20 years! P

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The Laurels Health & Fitness Section Laurels Holiday Happenings It is amazing how quickly the time passes. November snuck by and here we are getting ready for Santa to arrive!  We hope your Thanksgiving was a magical one for you and your family.  We were extremely busy here at The Laurels.  We’re gearing up for our annual Resident/Family Christmas celebration, the arrival of St. Nick and all the delicious cookies we’re going to devour! Our December calendar is packed with many Holiday treats.  From tree decorating to baking Christmas cookies, signs of the Season are everywhere! Our Laurels residents are going to help decorate the facility for the Christmas holiday season. Everyone gets in the festive mood reminiscing of Christmas’ past and singing joyous Christmas carols. It is such a special time of the year to cherish the family and friends in our lives and keep those memories close to our hearts.  If you get a chance, stop by and see our Winter Wonderland!   Writing Christmas Cards Tis the season for writing Christmas Cards!  At the Laurels, Residents are able to purchase Christmas cards and receive assistance from staff writing cards and addressing envelopes. This great service has been a huge success over the years and early this month we will be working on our Christmas cards to get a jump on the holiday!  Greeting cards for any occasion as well as postage are available to residents for purchase at the front desk. What a nice way to send out the Christmas joy to others!   Laurels Christmas Family Meal Turkey, Ham, Green bean Casserole, Egg Nogg, Christmas Cookies, Hot Chocolate, can this menu get any better? Spending this wonderful Holiday with family and friends makes this traditional dinner even more delightful.  Our Annual Resident / Family Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 11th. Our family type atmosphere will also feature a Christmas Cookie Bake Sale, book sale and tricky trays.  If anyone would like to donate baked goods or tricky trays, see Wilma.  All money raised goes towards our activity fund.  We hope many family members are able to join us for this wonderful Laurels tradition.  If you have any questions or would like further information, please call our office at 570-455-7757.

Christmas Activity Corner Entertainment This month keeps us swinging, moving and entertained by talents of: Phil Voystick, The Drumheller’s, Tom Rogo, The Tune Bandits, Rodney Foxx Leo Valovich and Cindy Robertson. Upcoming Events This month we will be heading to Wal-Mart and the Laurel Mall for some essentials and having lunch at Mary’s Breakfast World.  Our Culinary Group will be making pumpkin squares and Christmas cookies and we will have a special flower show from the Hazleton Garden Club.  Plus, we will also be indulging in our usual fun activities such as manicures and our favorite Christmas movies.  This month, our merchandise bingo will feature hand crafted wreaths for our doors! We will also very excited for our Christmas Carolers to visit and share Holiday cheer with us and our Laurels Staff members.  It is a beautiful time of the year and we enjoy all the friendships, traditions and magic the Holiday brings!  We wish everyone a very Blessed and Merry Christmas! For more information, or to schedule a private tour and complementary lunch, please call our administrator at 570-4557757, or contact him via email at The Laurels Senior Living Community…”Where Our Family of Residents Come First” P

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Our Sincere Greetings To Our Most Valued

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Peace, hope, and joy are sentiments that can never be expressed often enough. Another is our heartfelt gratitude to you, our patients, who have made the growth of our thriving practice possible through your loyalty and friendship. It's truly astonishing to think how quickly yet another holiday season has arrived. Before we all get too caught up in what seems like an endless flurry of activity, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on the year that has just passed. There's no doubt in the minds or hearts of our team that the bonds of friendship and trust we share with our practice family make everything easier. From the minute fall appears on the calendar, time starts flying by ushering in the holidays. The parties, dinners, shopping and traveling all start keeping us busy. There is so much to do that we sometimes forget, or slack on our routines. We eat and drink more than normal, consuming rich foods and beverages. Our bedtimes get off schedule not to mention our bedtime routines. However, we shouldn’t let the holiday season be an excuse to forego proper oral care. No doubt about it, during the holiday festivities we all consume more sugar with desserts and snacks. This in turn, exposes our teeth to more cavity-causing bacterial acids. When we travel during the holidays, overnight stays away from home can disrupt our daily brushing and flossing regiment. However, there are ways you can keep your routine in place and keep that beautiful smile healthy, even while dancing, dining and partying through the night. At just about every drug store, grocery store, or big box store there is a section of travel size hygiene product. You can find shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, and even toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss! Whether you have room in your luggage at home or have to pick these items up when you get to your destination, you can have all the comforts of essentials to keep your routine of good dental hygiene in place and on track. While you’re dining and partying, you can alter some things that will be helpful in keeping the sugar attack mild for your teeth. Replace your usual piña colada or dai-

quiri with a club soda with lime. If you desire an alcoholic drink, order a dry red or white wine instead. Get a jump on the holidays and take care of any dental procedures before the parties start. Delaying root canals, fillings or other procedures could ruin your holidays by causing problems later. It’s no fun being in pain while everyone else is eating, drinking, and being merry! Plan to enjoy your holidays and get your dental appointment set today with us at Frank M. Glushefski Dentistry at (570) 443-9892. If you have questions or concerns

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Far Infrared Heat Wraps by Debi Shandrick There are many products in the marketplace making claims to do with weight loss and wellbeing. This makes it difficult to decide what will or will not work and determine whether money will be well spent . We have done a great amount of research on far infared heat, and now carry a treatment for weight loss and wellbeing. The Formostar Far Infrared Body Wrap system has been manufactured in Germany since 1983. It was originally developed for therapeutic purposes to treat people with severe rheumatoid arthritis and joint mobility problems. Subsequently it was discovered that consistent weight loss was being achieved. For weight loss, 10 sessions were recommended with an interval of 2-4 days in between and for joint mobility, five sessions with an interval of 2-3 days. People that lead a very sedentary lifestyle can still achieve great results over a longer period assuming that they exercise adequate control over dietary and other general health factors. However, results will be dependent on each person’s particular make up and physiology. It is physically impossible though for the Formostar to put

weight or inches on a person based on the physiological process that takes place. There are positive benefits associated with menopause and the Formostar. It is reported that hot flashes decrease and energy levels improve. The moodelevating, tension-relieving effects can help reduce the depression and anxiety that often accompanies menopause and can also promote the loss of abdominal fat. Detoxification: The skin produces cool sweat to regulate the body’s elevated temperature. It also has the ability to transform toxins from lipid-soluble or oil-based into easier to eliminate, water-soluble form. Sweat carries toxins out of the body and flushes them through the pores. Improved Blood Circulation: As the blood flows with the Formostar can increase in volume by twice as much as normal and travels around 3.5 times faster through the body, continued use can eventually provide a permanent improvement n blood circulation and blood pressure. The blood flows into areas that are poorly promoted with blood such as scar tissue and fat that is stored on the out-

er areas of the body. Pain Management: The Formostar was developed for therapeutic purposes. Because heat is absorbed around 4.5 cm’s below the surface it helps blood vessels dilate (expand), bringing relief and aiding healing of muscle and soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, arthritis, muscle spasm and many other muscular-skeletal ailments. Skin Toning: As for Toxin removal. Pores get clogged up with Toxins and other materials, the significant sweating created by using the Formostar can help to unclog pores, improving the condition of the skin, including problems such as acne and psoriasis. General Well-Being: A 50 minute session can help people relieve stress and tension promoting relaxation and a general sense of well being. The formostar actually is an “inside out” heating process, rather than heating blankets etc. that try to heat from the outside in, which is why it is very effective. The combination of the heat, which breaks down fluids and fat, and the improved blood supply, helps to carry away these deposits via the body’s natural sweating and waste disposal processes. When beginning your session you are asked to wear cotton clothes of long sleeves and pants, this is a non invasive treatment, therefore you will not be asked to disrobe. Six bands will be placed around your body, as you relax to a warming sensation and calming music. When finished your treatment you may want to have dry clothes as you will be sweating , although the composition of the sweat means it does not smell. You will feel relaxed and energized for hours afterwards. You will love this treatment! P

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Chiropractic Top Ten by Dr. Joseph Bafile Here we go continuing our countdown of the Top Ten for Chiropractic Care and remember last month we started with #10: Chiropractic Alleviates Pain then #9: Chiropractic Boost Productivity. If you recognize one or more that you or a loved one may benefit from Chiropractic care give us a call @ 570-788-3737 so we can help you stay young your first hundred years. #8: Chiropractic Improves Cognitive Function – Mapping of brain activity before and after chiropractic adjustments of the spine and the neck reveals that chiropractic care stimulates cognitive function. In a study involving 500 adult volunteers, researchers used cutting edge technology to create maps of functioning in the cortical portions of the brain before and after chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine. Researchers found that “cervical adjustments activate specific neurological pathways” in the brain, potentially stimulating cognitive function (JMPT1997;20:529). Chiropractic adjustments also enhance response mechanisms in the brain, according to researchers in New Zealand who conducted a study involving 30 volunteers: all with evidence of cervical spinal joint dysfunction. Instead of cortical mapping the researchers used reaction time to various stimulation as a gauge. “Multiple sites of cervical spinal joint dysfunction were related to impaired cortical processing,” noted the researchers. This was demonstrated by “significantly less accurate response selection and a trend toward more variable performance of an anticipated response.” (JMPT 2005;28:502-7). After chiropractic adjustments, the volunteers demonstrated improved cortical processing and response selection.

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Conquering the Challenges of Menopause Using Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement by Lori Ann Gormley Are you approaching 35, 40, 50 or even 60 years of age? Is your overall quality of life changing? Are daily routines becoming overwhelming and/or difficult to manage? All women will experience menopause at some point in their life. Menopause is officially defined as the absence of menses for one year. Women on average begin natural menopause at age 51. Hysterectomies force some woman directly into the menopause stage. Surgical menopause skips the natural transition of a woman’s body and can often be very difficult to manage. However, it is the portion of a woman’s life called perimenopause that can be the most challenging. Perimenopause can begin anytime between age 35 and 50. Some woman may experience more symptoms in perimenopause than through actual menopause. Perimenopause can be a very brief stage of time directly prior to a woman’s period stopping at menopause. Unfortunately,

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bio-identical hormone replacement prescription is unique to every woman. The goals of therapy are to correct the low hormone levels and to maintain the correct balance of estrogen and progesterone. Follow up is also an important part of maintaining that balance of hormones as a woman’s needs continually change with age. Bio- identical hormone replacement therapy mimics a woman’s natural hormones. These hormones are plant derived and have the exact chemical structure of those naturally produced in a woman’s body. The individual dose can vary greatly from one woman to another. Hazle Compounding has the advantage of being able to custom tailor the hormone dose to the individual patients needs. This enables a woman to take the lowest possible dose to relieve her symptoms and maintain her quality of life. Options include a once a day oral capsule using one or multiple ingredients, topical gels and creams, which may be a better option for some women, or flavored troches that dissolve in the mouth. Perimenopause, menopause, and post menopause are all natural stages of woman’s life. Understanding the changes our bodies are making enables a woman to better cope with these challenges and the lifestyle changes they may cause. Women need to become more in tune with their bodies. These stages are the crossroads in our lives and women need to take charge of their health. Exercise routines, healthier eating habits, supplements, and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can hopefully make this road a little less bumpy. P

Lori Ann Gormley, R.Ph, CME is a Compounding Pharmacist and Certified Menopause Educator at Hazle Compounding. She provides Menopause Consultations by appointment at Hazle Compounding 7 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, Pa 18201 570454-2958

A Little Known Senior Care Benefit for Wartime Veterans by Lisa Marie Halecky Looking forward to visiting with family during the holidays is a tradition cherished by young and old. Gatherings are a great opportunity to spend time with an older family member and to see how they are doing. Whether you visit them often or only a couple of times a year, it is always a good idea to observe any lifestyle changes that may indicate a physical or mental change. As an older adult, it can be difficult to recognize personal symptoms such as forgetfulness, confusion or a reduced interest in spending time with others as something to be concerned about. Chances are Grandpa or Mom probably does not realize that they are handling everyday tasks differently. Finding out the cause of these changes early and responding to those needs will allow them to continue to live safely and to live life to the fullest. It is ok to have a “senior moment” and occasionally misplace an item like a grocery list, but forgetting how to complete a routine chore like how to run the dishwasher could be a warning sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. Other indicators of memory impairment are forgetting to eat or complete daily hygiene tasks. Changes in their mood or personality could also be the symptom of a problem. The cause could be something as simple as a vitamin deficiency or other health-related issue like a thyroid problem; or it could be the early stages of Alzheimer’s. An examination by a doctor will provide an ac-

curate diagnosis. Early detection of a health or psychological issue could make the world of difference in their quality of life later on. Speaking with an experienced memory care professional can also educate you on the care and treatment of a senior with memory impairment needs. Different stages of memory impairment require different levels of social, mental and mobility activities; and possibly personal care in a safe environment. The experienced staff at Shepherd’s Garden, the memory care neighborhood at Heritage Hill Senior Community, can help you, the caregiver, learn about the many options available for appropriate and quality assistance. Our dedicated professionals are specially trained and updated in the latest methods and techniques in caring for seniors with Alzheimer's Disease or other related dementias. Shepherd’s Garden at Heritage Hill is located at 800 Sixth Street, Weatherly. Please stop by or call us for information at (570) 427-4500. P

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ral lens of the eye. The lens becomes cloudy and less flexible, making it more difficult to see properly. A person might experience difficulty with night vision, sensitivity to glare, or a fading of colors. Although age is the most common cause of cataracts, it is not the only culprit. Certain medications have been proven to cause cataract formation. Most common among these are corticosteroids, such as prednisone, which patients may be using to decrease inflammation in the body. Also, antipsychotics such as phenothiazine are a known source. Systemic disease is a main contributor to developing cataracts. People with diabetes tend to develop cataracts earlier and more quickly than others. Wilson’s disease may result in a “sunflower” cataract that is red-brown in color. Also, hypocalcemia, myotonic dystrophy, and Down syndrome may involve cataracts. Chronic intraocular inflammation (uveitis) can cause a clouding of the posterior lens. Trauma can result in an immediate

cataract. This may be due to an ocular injury, head contusion, or even electrocution. Therefore, it is very important to wear the proper eye and head protection when possible. Another major source of cataracts is UV radiation. This can be from natural sunlight, or artificially from tanning beds. Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays are necessary even on overcast days. Congenital cataracts are those that are present at birth. They may be inherited due to a chromosome disorder or occur because of a problem during the pregnancy. If the mother experiences a trauma, takes certain drugs, or gets an infection (i.e. rubella) while pregnant, a cataract may develop in the child. So, if you are experiencing a gradual decrease in vision or increase in glare at any age; make an appointment with your favorite eye doctor. Get checked out and see if a cataract is the cause of you trouble. Why view life through a blur if you don’t have to? P



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A Change in Administering Acetaminophen by Dr. James Caggiano

OK parents: it’s time to pay attention. The way we administer acetaminophen to our children has been changed in an effort to practice better safety measures. Acetaminophen is the widely-recommended pain reliever and fever reducer sold under a variety of brand names. Millions of doses have been given over the past few decades to both adults and youngsters. The liquid form of the medicine has always been available in two strengths, one for infants/toddlers and one for older children. This always resulted in some confusion. “Doctor, do I give the infant drops or the children’s suspension to my child?” “What’s the dose?” After all, all of the bottles say, “Consult a physician (healthcare provider, etc.) for children younger than two years old.” Prior to the changes, infant drops were three times stronger than the children’s suspension. A teaspoon of the children’s suspension contained 160 milligrams of acetaminophen while a teaspoon of the infant drops contained 480 milligrams of acetaminophen. This was done so that infants could be administered the medicine in the smallest volume. Also, infants can’t complain about how bad the stronger strength medicine tastes. The weaker strength children’s suspension tastes better. Errors did occur… given the rule that if something can go wrong, it will. The worst possible error, theoretically, would be to administer the infant drops to an older child using a teaspoon. The older child could receive three times the intended dose. This rarely happened because the amount of medicine in a bottle of the infant drops is relatively small. Fortunately, the one-time dose of acetaminophen required to cause major problems is ten times the recommended dose. In the opposite case, giving the children’s suspension to an infant would result in the baby receiving only one third of the intended dose of acetaminophen. In order to simplify using the new infant’s suspension, as it’s now called, a new container and measuring device was introduced. The new infant preparation contains 160 milligrams in each 5 ml teaspoon. In place of the old infant dropper that was la-

beled 0.4 and 0.8 ml (ml stands for milliliters), the new syringe is labeled in increments of 1.25 ml, 2.5 ml, 3.75 ml, and 5 ml. These correspond to one quarter, one half, three quarters, and a full teaspoon. For a time, both strengths of infant acetaminophen will be in use. Obviously, when getting the correct dose of acetaminophen for your child, you will need to tell the doctor or nurse what strength of acetaminophen you have at home. Unfortunately, you may be asking for this information when your child is sick, which will never be a nonstressful situation. Now, if they could only do this for ibuprofen… P

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One of the Best Ways To Reduce Osteoarthritis Pain by Ting Oh, PT


Osteoarthritis develops when your joints start to wear down from the stresses placed on them. Being overweight increases those stresses especially in the back, hips and knees. It’s a well known fact that doing daily activities such as walking, getting out of a chair and squatting increases the load on your joints by 3-6 times. So if you are 20 pounds overweight, you are putting 60-120lbs of extra stress on your hips and knees with every step you take. Imagine how sore you would be carrying a 120lb weight around all day. Fortunately the opposite is also true. According to Geoffrey Westrich, an orthopedic surgeon “For every pound people lose, they lose 3 pounds of stress across their knee and 6 pounds of stress on their hip, on average.” This adds up. In 2009 the average American was 23lbs overweight. If we were to

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lose 23lbs, we would be taking 138lbs of stress off our hips. Think how good that would feel for a painful joint. Sounds easy right! Well in reality most of us battle with losing weight. Most of us don’t choose to be overweight and if it was easy to do there probably would be no overweight people. Would you believe Americans spent 60 billion dollars on weight loss products last year and most of them, such as weight loss supplements, wonder foods and diet books don’t even work. What works to lose weight and keep it off is becoming clearer. A ton of research is being done on weight loss and it all comes back to the basic principles of eating healthy and exercising regularly. When you have painful joints though, exercise can be tough. Doing it the wrong way can actually worsen your arthritis. Luckily, there are experts such as physical therapists who can help. Hazleton Physical Therapy are experts in reducing joint pain and the right types of exercises for people with arthritis. Not only that, our Metabolic Rx Program is a weight management program designed for individuals struggling with Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes. It follows guidelines from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology & the Dietetic Association so you know it is scientifically sound. So what do you have to lose? Weight obviously. If you are tired of struggling with arthritis pain, we can not only help reduce your pain through physical therapy. We can also take you step by step through our 8 week weight control program. And your insurance may even pay for it. For more information, call us at 570-501-1808 or visit Not sure if you qualify, call to schedule a free 20 minute Q&A session and receive our free gift book “The Obesity Terminator”. P

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Giving the gift of time • Telling someone you love them • Forgiving a friend or relative Forgiving yourself • Having a family get-together • Remembering Christmas’ past Pausing…..and reflecting on your • good fortune Gearing it down a notch • Seeing the beauty of a snowfall Making a snowman • Having a snowball fight with your • family • Spending only what you can afford Going to your place of worship Turning off the TV and listening to Christmas carols MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY Calling someone you haven’t talked to CHANUKAH AND A JOYOUS NEW in a long time Telling your spouse, kids, grandkids, YEAR!........HOWARD OGIN P

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The Hazleton Health & Wellness Center built a reputation of excellence in the community by offering high quality, customer-focused services in a comfortable environment. The team of healthcare professionals offers a variety of services that are individualized to meet your special needs. One such service is the new low vision therapy program, a treatment program that specializes in helping patients with visual conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma. While these patients possess some functional vision, they suffer from advanced vision impairments that interfere with the appropriate performance of daily tasks including cooking, reading the newspaper, writing, using the telephone or microwave, dressing, and labeling and matching clothing. The Hazleton Health & Wellness Center not only offers this area’s only low vision therapy program, but also employs a certified low vision rehabilitation therapist who has more than 19 years of experience in the field. Experienced staff work together to offer those patients with uncorrectable vision an opportunity to learn how to achieve maximum function. The team assesses your personal visual impairment, trains you in the use of helpful adaptive equipment, and educates you about useful techniques to compensate for low vision. In order to be enrolled in the program, patients must be 18 or older, have a best corrective vision of 20/40 or worse, and receive a referral via a script from a primary care physician or ophthalmologist. The low vision therapy program is covered by Medicare, but patients are encouraged to educate themselves about their personal coverage. If you have any questions about the low vision therapy program, call 570.501.6716 or check out our website at P P

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Season’s Greetings From the Hazleton Senior Center The Hazleton Senior Center, sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne & Wyoming Counties, would like to wish all the local seniors and their families a Happy and Safe Holiday Season. The Hazleton Senior Center is located at 24 East Broad Street in downtown Hazleton, PA. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00AM Till 4:00 PM and welcomes seniors 60 years of age and older to become a members. Membership renewal time will once again be approaching starting with the 2012 New Year. The asking donation for a new or renewing membership at the Center is $5.00 per membership and will cover the member for the entire 2012 year. The Center's Hot Lunch Program provides hot nutritious meals and is available to our Senior Members, their spouses or their occasional guest. The meal is served at Noon, with an asking meal donation of $2.00 per eligible person. Seniors are reminded that it is recommended that all members wishing to attend the Hot Meal Program call their reservation in the day before attending by 1:00 PM. This is to ensure hot meals will be ordered/available for all who plan to attend. ************** The Centers December activity calendar holds many exciting social and education opportunities including but not limited to: One on one computer classe is offered Mondays at the Center in the afternoon. Classes are free to members and are available by appointment only. For our Veterans and/or their spouses we have “Sarge” Heinz available Mondays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Sarge possesses a vast knowledge base when it comes to Veterans benefits, programs and paperwork as well as general questions and answers. Thursday, Dec. 1st from 10:00 AM Till 3:00 PM, APPRISE counselors will be at the Center for the Medicare “Open Enrollment Event.” Medicare Beneficiaries may attend to address any questions about Medicare programs and options. Dec. 6th from 11:00AM to 12:00 Noon, Consumer Credit Counseling Services of N.E. PA will present the F.L.A.M.E. Program. For more information or to sign up for the program contact the Center at 570-4591441. Dates for December's Special Din-

ners are: Dec. 13th- The Christmas Special Dinner. Dec. 16th- Member’s Birthday Celebration Dinner. Dec. 29th-The New Years Eve Special Dinner and Activities. All Special Dinners are served at the regular meal time. Blood pressure screenings will be held on the following dates in December from 11:00AM to Noon. Dec. 8th (Hospice of the Sacred Heart)

Dec. 21st (Hazleton Health Care) Dec. 29th (All Care Home Care) A reminder to all members that the Center will be closing early on Dec. 15th, thus no afternoon activities that day. For questions about the Senior Center, membership or any of the programs offered please call the Center at 570-459-1441 and we will be happy to answer them for you. P

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What is Orthodontics? Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain. Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also detract from one's appearance. The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime. A specialist in this field is called an orthodontist. Orthodontists receive two or more years of education beyond their four years in dental school in an ADA-approved orthodontic training program. How do I Know if I Need Orthodontics? Only your dentist or orthodontist can determine whether you can benefit from orthodontics. Based on diagnostic tools that include a full medical and dental health history, a clinical exam, plaster models of your teeth, and special X-rays and photographs, an orthodontist or dentist can decide whether orthodontics are recommended, and develop a treatment plan that's right for you. Make a free consultation appointment today at Ghosh orthodontics to see if you are a candidate!

Five Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season by John DeBalko Shopping for presents, cooking holiday meals and decorating the house - - there is so much to do during the holidays that it is easy to ignore your healthy diet. But you don't have to leave your diet behind, just follow these guidelines for an easy way to stay healthy this year. • Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays. Instead, try to maintain your weight. You will have more success and less stress. • Prepare healthy snacks. When the pace of the holidays prevents you from eating on your normal schedule, you won’t have to resort to high-fat, fast food. • Keep moving. Sure, that’s easy dur-

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Winter Weather Lore As the official calendar start date of winter approaches, December 22, 2011, we wanted to take this opportunity to explore some weather lore associated with winter. First off let’s discover some tell-tale signs to predict a harsh winter. If nuts are plentiful it is said that the ensuing winter will be harsh and like wise if nuts are plentiful it would only serve to say that squirrels will be busy collecting these nuts which is, also, a sign of an abrasive winter. A squirrel’s activity level is not the only sign that a squirrel provides to tell us of the impending winter, if the squirrels’ tail is extremely bushy it, also, means a hard cold winter. Squirrels are not the only wildlife that are used to predict the severity of the winter months. Wooly bear caterpillars show the harshness of winter by how much of their wooly bodies are colored black vs. brown. Also, if there are a lot of sightings of black bear in the fall it is said that one should expect an extreme winter. If animal watching isn’t your thing, you could simply explore the moss and where it has chosen to grow. It is thought that more moss on the south side of the tree the harder the winter to come. Another piece of the winter weather lore puzzle has to do with that dreaded four letter word for some, SNOW! Listed below are four sure fire weather lore ways to predict snowfall: 1. Count the number of foggy mornings in August and that will equal the number of snowfalls for the upcoming winter. 2. The first snowfall – the first traceable snow that falls and the day that it falls on denotes the number of snowfalls for the year. For example: The first traceable snowfall in 2011 occurred on Oct 29, therefore the 2011-2012 winter season should see 29 snows! 3. Take the first snowfall and count the days from that date until Christmas that number is the total number of snows that will occur for the winter season. 4. Count the number of days from the first snow fall until the new moon and that will the predicted number of snows for the winter.

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Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) graces many homes during the holiday season. When properly cared for, it can remain healthy and attractive throughout the winter months. Poinsettia prefers a temperature of 65 to 70° during the daytime, but does well as low as 60° at night. To maintain bloom, it is important to keep it in a draft-free location. If possible, place the plant near a window that faces south so that it will have abundant sunlight. Check the soil daily for moisture. When dry to the touch, water the plant until the water runs out of the drainage hole, but discard any water that accumulates in a saucer holding the pot. Do not allow the plant to stand in water. Avoid letting the plant wilt,

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which will cause early loss of leaves If wilting occurs, water the poinsettia immediately, and then five minutes later water it again to assist it in recovering. With some difficulty, poinsettias can re-flower the following Christmas. An alternative is to plant your poinsettia outdoors in a shady location after all danger of frost, and enjoy its lovely foliage throughout the warmer months. Contrary to popular belief, poinsettia is not poisonous to humans. For further information, including getting poinsettia to re-flower, contact the Luzerne County Extension at 1-888-825-1701 or download a Fact Sheet from the internet at html P

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Memories of an Old Fashion Christmas by Larry Ksanznak The most reprinted newspaper editorial appeared in The Sun newspaper in 1897. The editor had reporter Francis Pharcellus answer a letter from an 8 year old reader. It was to become the classic response that simply stated, “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.” He eloquently and with sincerity wrote, “Virginia, your friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see…He exists as certain as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound to give your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas, how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias.” During the Christmas season, I reread this literary gem to our grandchildren. It helps to bring a renewed spirit of enthusiasm about the holiday season. I vividly recall many treasured memories of how we celebrated Christmas the old fashion way in the Greater Hazleton area. Families spent extra hours in decorating a real fresh cut Christmas tree with strands of tinsel, strings of lights and


a large star at the very top of the tree. The windows, front porches and the front yards were aglow with lighted colorful bulbs and ornaments. There was the traditional gift exchange, mothers baking cookies and preparing stuffing for the turkey, standing under the mistletoe, listening to Nat King Cole sing “The Christmas Song,” selecting the ‘perfect’ Christmas tree, roasted chestnuts, hanging of stockings, placing tinsel, ornaments and candy canes on the tree, singing of carols, families attending Midnight Mass and the constant flow of relatives and friends getting together during the holiday season. In our neighborhood, as in many throughout the Hazleton area, extensive preparations were made to celebrate Christmas. Many homes dedicated their living rooms to accommodate elaborate Lionel Trains and large Christmas trees. Fathers took immense pride in constructing platforms for their elaborate train sets. Mothers gathered the children to make garlands, string popcorn and to decorate the house with large colored lights. Younger children sat silently to hear older siblings tell stories about the North


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Pole and the anticipated visit to their home by Jolly Old St. Nick. There was one home located on West Green Street that was the envy of all true holiday decorators. It was the home of John and Ramona (Antolick) Cott. This celebration of an old fashion Christmas was truly a family friendly experience. The Cott children, Chris and “JR”, were eagerly joined by their cousins Laurie, Ray, Kim, Traj, Leslie and Tracey Antolick from West Hazleton. They were then joined by cousins from Jeansville Theresa, Davy, Claire, Lisa, George and Michael Antolick who were part of the working young “elf ” brigade. The preparation was straight from a corporate management textbook. The first logistical task was to remove everything from the front two parlors. Each parlor room was 10’ x 15. Elaborate netting mesh was fastened to the ceiling and over 1,000inch Christmas balls were suspended from the ceiling and the netting. This was all accomplished by the working “elves.” Ramona was the CEO and directed the children to be sure that no two of the same colored balls would be next to each other. There was a rule that no one was permitted to hang blue next to green, red next to pink, silver next to gold. As the work continued and deadlines were not being met, high school students would volunteer to support the effort of the “elves.” The first year there was one large Christmas tree. The second year there would be two large Christmas trees strategically located in the parlors. Platforms were built by putting 4’ x 8’ plywood sheets mounted on wooden horses and the empty decoration boxes. It was important in placing the wooden horses and boxes to leave spaces for sleeping bags for the children. As Christmas drew near, the cousins would sleep over. Paper resembling rocks that were covered with sprinkled snow would cover the walls from the platform to the ceiling. The paper would be formed into mountains, houses, trees, miniature people and artificial snow would complete the sides of the platform. A miniature village would adorn the surface of the platform. There were homes, churches, police station, fire station, schools, banks, funeral parlor, drugstore, grocery stores and an ice cream store. The village had operable streetlights, roads and road signs. The focal point of the platform was the sprawling train tracks, train crossings, tunnels and switching tracks for the two Lionel trains. One of the two trains chugged up the side of a mountain and the other went through a long tunnel. When

a train left the track, which often happened, one of the smaller children squeezed under the platform and reached up to place the train back on the track. The front of the Cott house was decorated with so many large colored lights you could see the lights from a block away. There were decorations from the very top of the house to the ground. There was a large Santa Claus and sleigh on the roof of the front two rooms and a choir of Angels placed in the center of the roof awning. There were garlands, snowflakes and lights in every window. A manger and Nativity scene adorned the entire front lawn. Christmas music was piped into the outdoors via a stereo system. There was a continuous stream of slow moving cars passing the house with children’s faces pressed against the car windows to get a full view of the pageantry. The local buses that traveled on West Green Street would slow down so passengers could view the decorations. Once word spread around West Hazleton about the Cott’s decorations it became a must see for the holidays. Ramona’s dad, the well-known “Sheik” Antolick, was an active member in the Senior Citizens. He would make arrangements for the seniors to visit the Cott House. The Principal of the Transfiguration Church School would contact John and Ramona to have the classes have a field trip experience. Many years there would be over 500 visitors who signed he guest book during their visit. By 1972, the “young elves” were now grown adults and assumed new responsibilities. However, every Christmas the Cott and Antolick children recalled with joy and excitement the years that they celebrated Christmas the old fashion way--filled with tradition and enjoyment. My special thanks to Tommy and Bernie Antolick for their assistance and information. P

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Joe Maddon Returns Home to Help Improve the Community On Wednesday November 18, Joe Maddon was named 2011 American League Manager of the Year. The award, his second, was well deserved after leading his team to one of most historic comebacks in baseball history, down by nine games in early September. The comeback was capped by arguably the greatest single day in major league history on the last day of the season, his team rallied from seven runs down to clinch the wildcard. After the season he could have been in his off season home in California or New York doing the interview circuit talking about the award. Instead he was in his childhood home of Hazleton, conducting his interviews from the studios of WYLN-TV. The reason he was home was to kick off the Hazleton Integration Project (HIP) events upcoming in December. As honored as he was by the award for himself and the entire Tampa organization, he feels this is one of most important things he can be doing is contributing to his hometown. The Hazleton Integration Project,

which he created in the hope that it will help develop and maintain an atmosphere in his hometown of Hazleton, Pa., that will serve to unify the varied cultures of that community, and thus keep the area vibrant and relevant. "A big part of it is to create dialogue and get the Hispanic community and the Anglo community pointed in the same direction," Maddon said. "When I went home last Christmas, it was very obvious that's not happening." Maddon noted that during that trip home, he visited an Hispanic day care center on a Sunday afternoon after church and saw adults sitting around a kids table, eating potluck lunch, and their kids were "running around having a blast." "And I thought to myself, 'That's what my family looked like back in the day,'" Maddon said. "That's what I remember of Sunday back in the '50s and '60s, my earliest memories, and it really struck me that we are missing the point. If we don't utilize this group of Hispanic people who want to be in our community, if we don't utilize them and their abilities to the fullest, our town is going to eventually die and go away. "These people want to be there. They're wonderful people, and they're just exactly like we were back in the day -- down to the point that they don't speak very good English yet, some of them. Neither did my grandpa and grandma on both sides -- Polish and Italian." The project's mission is to provide a

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suitable location within the city conducive to creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged children to participate in a variety of no-cost or low-cost educational, cultural and athletic activities. "We are a country of different cultures that have grown into one," Maddon said. "What is the difference between now and when our forefathers came to this country centuries ago? Their proficiency with the English language was no better than that of today's young Hispanics trying to assimilate. Those immigrants were our grandfathers and great grandfathers." The partners in the project include the Ripken Baseball Foundation, the WWE anti-bullying campaign called Be A Star, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and a newly formed Board of Directors for the Hazleton Immigration Project. "I want to thank those who have partnered with us and share our vision," said Maddon. "Our efforts this December are only a start. There is much that needs to be done by all of us who call Hazleton home." The project includes a four-day series awareness and fundraising programs: Dec. 15: News conference (Time and place TBD). The Press conference will feature Billy Ripken of the Ripken Foundation who is a partner with this event. Dec. 16: Fundraising dinner of Italian, Polish and Dominican food to be held at Lobitz Catering (1090 State Route 940, Hazle Township, PA 18202). SPECIAL GUESTS: YOGI BERRA, NY Yankees and DON ZIMMER, Tampa Bay Rays and WWE’S SGT. SLAUGHTER and others! HUGE SILENT SPORTS AUCTION!!! SPORTS MEMORABILIA from New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, and many other MLB teams along with collectibles from the WWE. The Pittsburgh and WBS Penguins are providing merchandise as well, such as jerseys signed by Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby and others. The baseball memorabilia that Joe Maddon and his wife collected is simply among the greatest collections you will ever see anywhere; Bats, balls and jerseys signed by Derek Jeter, Papi Ortiz,   Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay and team-signed NL and AL balls from the 2010 ALL Star game. We are well over 400 pieces of baseball history at this point and this makes necessary to run an auction online as well. All will benefit our Hazleton Integration Project and development of the Hazleton One Community Center. This event will also feature "celebrity waiters." Tickets are $50 for adults and $20

for kids 12 and under and will be available at the following locations: Third Base Luncheonette and, The Shop2 at 7 East 11th Street in Hazleton. Dec. 17: A free Movie Night at The Alice C. Wiltsi Performing Arts Center. The movie "It's a Wonderful Life" will be shown free with Spanish subtitles. Ticket information for this event will be announced at a later date. Dec. 18:  Maddon and volunteers will serve his traditional Thanksmas meal at the Hazleton area Salvation Army Shelter on Broad Street, which serves a diverse group of citizens. Joe Maddon first introduced his annual Thanksmas program in 2006 with the purpose of bringing awareness to the homeless situation in Tampa Bay. “I’d see all these guys – and women with their children, all of them with their whole lives in a basket. I could not stand to see the inequity in all this. They are invisible. They become invisible. And I always thought if I was in the position to get on a soap box, I would remember those people. Because they aren’t invisible to me.” Said Maddon. “I really challenge people that if you volunteer for one day, you’ll become more empathetic to the situation and want to give more time or do whatever you possibly can do to help.” It's always done between Thanksgiving and Christmas, hence the name Thanksmas, but to emphasize that homeless shelters are filled every day. I would like to thank Hazleton Integration Project Coordinator Bob Curry for his help with this article. I would also like to thank for providing information for this column. For more information about the upcoming events of how to help in the months and years ahead, write to Hazleton Hardball League Award Winners. Jim Leonard was named Most Valuable Player and Davy Masteller was chosen Cy Young for the  Hazleton Hardball League's  2011 season. Leonard hit .469 for the champion Rough Riders, and collected 38 hits and scored 37 runs in 23 games. In leading the Jeddo Stars to the championship series, Masteller went 8-4 with a save, had a 3.02 ERA and struck out 118 batters in 81

innings pitched. The winners were chosen two dozen groups devoted to the study of a through league-wide player voting. specific area related to the game — from Baseball and the Arts to Statistical Analysis to the The Hazleton Hardball League will Deadball Era to Women in Baseball. In adbe embarking on its fifth season in 2012. New dition, many SABR members meet formally teams and/or players, 18 years of age and old- and informally in regional chapters througher are being accepted. Call Mark at 570-436- out the year and hundreds come together for 5876  or visit  for the annual national convention, the organimore information zation's premier event. These meetings often include panel discussions with former major league players and research presentations by Hard Coal Joins SABR members. The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) had its beginnings in Coo- Hard Coal Baseball on Twitter Hard Coal is now on twitter, check perstown, New York. It was the brainchild of L. Robert Davids, who in August 1971 us out at @HardCoalBasebal. It isn’t a typo, gathered 15 other baseball researchers at the twitter cut off the last “L” As always we look forward to your National Baseball Hall of Fame to form the comments at organization. From this modest start, SABR membership has broadened steadily. A decade Happy Holidays I would like to wish all of our readlater, it had reached 1,500; today, it totals more than 6,000 worldwide. Who belongs to ers a terrific Holiday Season and Prosperous SABR? Many major and minor league base- New Year’s. 2012 will begin the third year of ball officials, broadcasters and writers, as well this column. As the Panorama has expanded as numerous former players. Primarily, the its distribution area, Hard Coal will continue to expand its coverage and dedication to membership consists of fans of baseball. SABR members have a variety of in- the continuing history, heritage and current terests, and this is reflected in the diversity of events of baseball in Eastern Pennsylvania. P its research committees. There are more than

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My Father’s Shoes featuring Eddie Blazonczyk, Jr. This CD marks the transition from Eddie Blazonczyk, Sr. to Eddie, Jr. as front man and leader of the Versatones. My Father’s Shoes contains some great tunes including, Frank Wojnarowski’s “Poor Girl Polka”, “Try a Little Kindness Polka”, “If I Only Knew Polka”, and “I Am a Musician Polka”. I also like “I’m From Krakow Oberek”. All in all there are ten polka tunes and two obereks. In addition, the liner notes include touching tribute to Eddie Blazonczyk, Sr. written by his son. This is a very nice album for your collection. You can order this or any other Versatones CD’s by writing to Bel-Aire Records, 7208 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, IL 60455. Their website is www.versatones. com. You can call them at 708594-5182.

Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. (Eddie B, as his fans refer to him) was born in Chicago in 1941. He was the son of immigrants from the rural Tatra Mountain region of southern Poland As a teen, Eddie spent his high school years in northern Wisconsin and turned his sights to Rock N Roll music. At that time, he went under the name of Eddie Bell. He recorded for the Mercury record label and toured with such stars as Buddy Holly and Brenda Lee.  His highlights included the hit single “Hi-Yo Silver” and a performance on American Bandstand with Dick Clark. Following high school, Eddie returned to Chicago and was convinced by his childhood friend Chet Kowalkowski to join him in a local “up and coming” group.  He would sing and play bass for a group called the “Versatones”. Over the years, The Versatones have achieved many notable honors. In 1967, a Congressional Committee awarded the title “The Nations #1 Polka Band” to Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones and registered this title with the Library of Congress. In 1970, Eddie was elected into the International Polka Association’s Polka Music Hall of Fame and in 1986, the Versatones received a Grammy Award for their “Another Polka Celebration” album.   Also, in 1998,

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Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. was inducted into the National Heritage Fellowship. The award was presented by then first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Eddie’s son, Eddie Blazonczyk Jr. was born in 1967 and was raised in the music industry. He was greatly influenced by his father’s career and followed in his footsteps playing polka music. By 1989, Eddie Jr. was touring with the Versatones, playing along side his father.  In 2002, when Eddie Sr. retired from the band, Eddie Jr. continued the group.  The following year, Eddie Jr. and the Versatones received the band’s 14th Grammy nomination for their recording “My Father’s Shoes”.  Since then, Eddie Jr. and the Versatones have proudly carried on the legacy started over 40 years earlier on the South Side of Chicago. Since 1963, Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones have recorded over 60 albums and made well over 6000 appearances. In addition, they have received over 125 miscellaneous awards! They undoubtedly have been a major influence on how polkas are being played by many of today’s great polka bands. Now, after over 40 years of playing polka music, the band will make its final appearance on December 31, 2011. They will be playing one last time at the Glendora House in Chicago, IL. While it is certainly the end of an era in the polka industry, Eddie Sr. and Eddie Jr. have left behind many great memories for the multitudes of Versatones fans everywhere. In closing, don’t forget to tune into “The Polka Connection” every Sunday 10:30 a.m. on 1490 WAZL. “The coolest polka show on the radio.” You can also listen online at Also, be sure to catch the Polskie Swingmasters at the Freeland VFW on Thursday, December 8, and Thursday, December 22, starting at 6:00 p.m. each night. We will also be appearing at Pine View Acres in Pottsville, PA on Sunday, December 18, starting at 2:00 p.m. See you there! Until next time, my wish is for all of you to have a very joyous Christmas with family and friends. P

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to rent a Dooley box for 10 cents to place their valuables in. This box was then placed and stored in a designated building where the family could change into their swimwear. Dooley boxes were used heavily during their time by the mining industry to hold dynamite. Due to changing times and water chlorination issues, the pool was unfortunately shut down, filled in, and then covered with grass. All that remains of the Stoffa’s pool today is a field of lush green grass surrounded by large oak trees that are four and a half inches in diameter. It was believed that the land once belonged to Indians and it was used as a celebration ground for weddings and so fourth. With over 998 square feet, beautiful flower beds, gazebos, arbors, three working fountains and waterfalls, Carmen’s Country Inn and Gardens holds glorious weddings and socials events sure to please. P

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In the All of our holiday celebrations are laced with memories going back to our childhood, and Christmas is surely the most memory laden. As we unpack the ornaments for the tree or hunt for favorite recipes we think of all of the times that we have done this before.  These remembered experiences become a vital part of our celebrations.  The sounds and smells, the tastes of past Christmases are with us as we gather every year and enrich each new celebration.  We find ourselves again in the kitchen warm with good cooking, breathing in the wonderful   fragrances and wrapping endless packages of cookies.  We find ourselves preparing dishes our parents made many years ago, and pass these timeless recipes and traditions to our children and our grandchildren. 

METHOD: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix coconut, condensed milk, and vanilla until combined. In a medium bowl, with mixer fitted with whisk attachment on high speed, whip egg whites, and salt until medium firm peaks form. Carefully fold egg whites into coconut mixture. Drop batter onto prepared cookie sheets using a 1 and ¾ diameter ice cream scoop, or in two rounded teaspoonful portions. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. With metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire racks to cool. Store in air tight containers with wax paper between layers. They can be stored up to 2 days in the container, or place in the refrigerator for a longer period. If placed in the freezer they will be good for one month.

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Christmases Long, Long Ago by Marolyn Pensock I’ve collected Christmas memories from my friends and relatives over the years and recently added some new ones which I want to share with you. Some of these dear friends have now passed on. We are so privileged to have their remembrances to enjoy. The late Cecilia (Tillie) Ladick told me of her family’s Christmas celebration in the early 1900’s. Preparation started long before December with canning of the vegetables, picking and drying on the back of the stove of the mushrooms, baking of the breads, grinding of the poppy seed, making of the jellies, gathering of the honey and much more. Then there was the trip to the woods to find the right tree which was so simply trimmed with homemade decorations of strings of popcorn and real candles. On December 24th, after an all day fast, the Holy Supper, The Vilia, started with communion. Her father used the Oplatki which he brought home from the Slovak church. Oplatki are big rectangular blessed wafers imprinted with the Nativity scene. Communion was followed by a wonderful meal at which no grease had been allowed in the preparation of the special foods. There was poppy seed bread, served with hot water and honey. Boiled potatoes with caraway seeds and dried peas, sauerkraut and mushrooms and all the traditional foods. The children were allowed a small glass of wine with this special meal. Midnight Mass followed at the Slovak Church in Hazleton. The highlight of the Christmas Day dinner was a

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stuffed chicken dinner. Oh what wonderful memories. Uncle Victor, as told to me by the late Marie Scheifer Krapf. Marie was a young girl in the early 1930’s. Her Uncle Victor lived on Highland Street in Jeddo Borough with Aunt Frances. Every Christmas Eve, he would dress up in a red Santa Claus suit, complete with a white beard and black boots. In his one hand he carried a leather strap filled with sleigh bells which he shook as he went along. In the other hand he held a cloth bag filled with lots of goodies, mostly candy for the children. He visited every child in Jeddo and would leave candy for them even if they had gone to Christmas Mass, church services or to bed. When Uncle ‘Santa’ Victor was finished in Jeddo Borough, he would come, bringing Christmas goodies, to the Schiefer home in

Hazleton to the delight of young Marie. It brought him such joy to play the role of Santa and gave Marie such a wonderful memory. At about the same time, in the early 1930’s, another little girl was growing up in Heidelberg, Germany. Dorothea Zaiss Berry was so fortunate to be the youngest of three children. Her older sister, Greda and brother, Werner, were big enough to know the secret of Saint Nicholas. The celebrations started on December 6th each year. All the children would place one shoe or boot outside their front door for Saint Nicholas to fill with Christmas goodies, mostly candies. There would be some sort of noise and the children would know that he had been there; and they would hear him in the distance down the street. The Zaiss home looked over the Nekar River which flowed through Heidelberg. On the first floor was a front room beautifully furnished with her father’s desk and chair, a sofa, a rug and other pieces of furniture. Sliding doors closed off this front room from a very curious little girl, as it had her sister and

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brother a few years earlier. On Christmas Eve, Mr. Zaiss was given the job of entertaining young Dorothea. He would read her stories, play games, do anything he could think of to keep her out of the front room. Mrs. Zaiss was very busy with all the final touches for Christmas. As the evening wore on, ‘Saint Nicholas’ would ring a bell and Dorothea’s mother would come into the room, wiping her hands on her apron, exclaiming, “Hark, St. Nicholas was here!” Father would then open the large doors revealing a room of wonder and awe. There would be a beautifully trimmed Christmas tree, all lit and surrounded by presents for the whole family. Dorothea remembers standing, looking at that beautiful Christmas tree in such wonderment. Each person would receive one present. When she was very little, Dorothea received a really large baby doll. Every Christmas after that, there would be a present, maybe a new dress, for baby doll as well as a present for Dorothea. Next came the singing of Christmas hymns and carols with Greda on her piano. Werner would play his violin accompaniment. Yes, they did sing Silent Night and O Tannenbaum, in German, of course, along with so many others which we still sing today. A delicious Christmas dinner was enjoyed by the family on Christmas day. Fireworks, above the Heidelberg castle, for all the townsfolk to enjoy, rounded out the holiday celebrations on New Year’s Eve. The late Emil P. Kushner wrote about Christmas 1944 in his book, ‘Poor, But Didn’t Know It’, being the year without a Christmas tree because his brothers, John and Mickey were both serving in our armed forces. The family lived in Japan, Jeddo at the time. Rationing was in full force; ingredients were hard to get; his mother was very concerned about the quality of her baked goods. His sister Helen worked in a defense plant in New Jersey and was saddened when she came home to find no Christmas tree. Her family explained that since everyone was making sacrifices for the war effort, this was one small way that they could sacrifice and support their brothers overseas. Along the same wartime theme, Emil was on a troop ship in 1951 on Christmas Eve. Our country was deeply involved in the Korean War at the time. The troop carrier ran into very rough weather that night. When it was time to enjoy the Christmas dinner the next day, most of the troops were in their bunks,

too sick to raise their heads, let alone enjoy a good dinner. Morale was at an all time low. The Christmas blessing Emil’s family received was the fact that he lived through that terrible conflict and was able to return to his patchtown home in Japan, Jeddo. During the 1920’s, the late Helen Pavuk Santore remembered Christmas in the patchtown of Highland as her favorite time of the year. Her father and brothers would go into the forest to find the perfect tree. A wreath for their front door was fashioned from the lower branches. Red poinsettias from the Five and Dime Store decorated each window. In those days, their cost was five cents. Mrs. Pavuk prepared all the good Slovak dishes for their meal. Helen and her sisters trimmed the tree with beautiful glass birds, fiddles, balls and other ornaments along with real candles. On Christmas Eve, Mr. Pavuk would light the candles and the family gathered around the Christmas tree while singing Christmas carols in Slovak. By the time they finished their caroling and the candles were put out, the fast dinner was ready. The Christmas Eve meal started with prayer and the Oplotki was broken and served with honey. While there was no meat served, many other dishes crowded the table: sauerkraut with dried papinki mushrooms, lentils with prunes, bobalky mixed with poppy seed, lima beans and diced potatoes, pierogies, cabbage bread, poppy seed bread drizzled with honey, coffee, milk and honey. Dinner ended in prayer. The whole village would walk to Freeland together for midnight mass, breaking and walking to their own particular church. The Pavuk family was a member of St. Johns Parish. They prayed and worshiped in Slavish. The children would awaken to find their Christmas stockings filled with simple goodies, such as a clear toy candy, pink popcorn on a string, an orange or a banana. There were no toys, as toys were a luxury that few, if any coal miner’s family, found on Christmas morning. The fattened goose with all the trimmings graced their Christmas dinner table. What a wonderful Christmas memory! I asked a small group of our friends about their Christmas memory or the best present they had ever received. What sights and sounds did they treasure? There was much similarity as many of us grew up in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Bill Berry told of his father buying a real tree in his hometown of Pringle. The tree was put up a few days before Christmas. There was a Lionel train under the tree. His mother prepared Christmas dinner of ham, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce. Christmas morning was Mass at St. Ignagius R.C. Church in Kingston, then home to that won-

derful dinner. His best remembered present was a shiny silver four- engine metal airplane. My husband, Bob, added the memory of his favorite present, an erector set from his uncle Norman Eidam. Bob, his brother, Donald and sister, Katherine, had a real tree too, with a small Lionel train on the platform. I think we have a few of the cars still, to this day. In the 1950’s, our daughter, Martha , remembers waking up to the smell of the turkey on Christmas morning. I would put it in the oven around twelve midnight or one o’clock at a very low temperature. I was so surprised when I learned of this memory. We never know about the little things we do, do we? Bob and I remember telling her every story she and we knew one Christmas Eve, while Barbara was sound asleep, so that Santa could arrive before daylight with the tree, train and presents. Their best loved presents were the dolls, Tiny Tears and her playpen for Martha and Chatty Cathy for Barbara. White GoGo boots were the hearts desire for Barbara one year. She accidentally found a receipt from Young’s Shoe Store for a pair of GoGo Boots, so she was sure they would be under the tree for her. Christmas morning came. Presents were opened. No GoGo boots. All that was left to open were a few envelopes. Dutifully she opened her envelopes. Imagine her surprise when the very last envelope contained a note which stated that Santa owed her one pair of white GoGo boots. The wrong size had been shipped in to Young’s store for Santa. What a relief. Barbara’s face broke into a big smile. Martha’s husband, Phil, remembers a burp gun being the present he enjoyed the most, in addition to remembering the beautiful silver artificial tree which had a revolving colored light underneath, shining upward to

the branches. They were very popular back in the 1960’s. Stanley Wagner had a real tree, too with a platform, Lionel train and wooden houses. It went up two days before Christmas, stayed bare until Santa came. The tree came down New Year’s Day or shortly thereafter. Remember, houses had coal heat and the tree did dry out quickly even if it was put in a holder filled with water, water and coal or aspirin in the water. Stanley and his brother, Wilbur, put out cookies for Santa’s visit. Nancy Depalma Wagner remembers that Santa always knew what to bring her. Usually it was a favorite book for her collection, probably of the Nancy Drew series. Down in Conyngham, Rollie Wolfe and his sister, Ruth, lived on Main St. Santa made a stop there, too, where he found another real tree on a small platform surrounded by another Lionel train with its’ engine, caboose and two passenger cars. The tree was filled with big colored lights, round balls and ropes of construction paper rings made by Rollie and Ruth. The tree had an angel on top and shinny individual icicles. It came down on New Year’s Day, since their tree was up since Thanksgiving Day. Now this wouldn’t be a Christmas memory without a word about coal. Every child was very aware that if he or she was not a good boy or girl, Santa could very well put coal in their Christmas stocking. The children tried to be really good so they would not get coal. Be sure to make a memory this Christmas season. Write it down to share with your future generations. Take a photo. They will love you for it. To all of you I say: Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year. P

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During the holiday season, it’s hard to walk in a public place without hearing a Christmas carol or two. One of the most popular traditional songs is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” It’s been a holiday favorite since it was published in 1780. Here’s our take on the song: “The Twelve Sites of Social Security.” For the first site of Social Security, we present to you: our home page, www. It’s the place to go for all things Social Security. Everything you could want — from online services and screening tools to publications and press releases — can be found easily from this starting place. On the second site of Social Security, we present to you: an easy way to get or replace your Social Security card using our online application at ssnumber. On the third site of Social Security, we present to you: an online application for retirement benefits that you can complete and submit in as little as 15 minutes at www. On the fourth site of Social Security, we present to you: a secure, convenient way to apply for disability benefits at www. On the fifth site of Social Security, we present to you: five estimates of your future Social Security benefits! Or one, or as many as you would like using different scenarios. Get instant, personalized estimates of your future benefits at www.socialsecurity.


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The word honeymoon may have originated with an ancient custom that said that a newly married couple had to drink a potion containing honey on each of the first 30 days—a moon—of their marriage.

As you know, the holiday season can be joyous, hectic, celebratory — and expensive. And while you certainly enjoy hosting family gatherings and giving presents to your loved ones, you’ll find these things even more pleasurable if they don’t add a lot more weight to your debt load. And that’s why you’ll want to follow some smart money-management techniques over the next few weeks. To begin with, try to establish realistic budgets for both your entertaining and your gift giving. When you host family and friends, don’t go overboard on your expenditures. Your guests will still appreciate your efforts, which, with a little creativity, can create a welcoming and fun experience for everyone. As a guiding principal, keep in mind these words attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the famous German poet and philosopher: “What you can do without, do without.” Set a budget and stick to it.   And the same rule applies to your gifting. You don’t need to find the most expensive presents, or overwhelm recipients with the sheer volume of your gifts. This is especially true if you, like so many people, have been affected by the tough economy. Everyone you know will understand that gifts don’t have to be lavish to be meaningful.   Furthermore, by sticking to a budget, you won’t be tempted to dip into your long-term investments to pay for fabulous parties or mountains of gifts. It’s never a good idea to tap long-term investments for shortterm needs, but can be especially bad when your investment prices are down, as they may well be this year. 

So, if you want to stick to a budget but you don’t want to raid your investments, how can you pay for your holiday season expenses?  If you can spread out your purchases, you may be able to pay for them from your normal cash flow. But if that’s not possible, you might  want to consider  “plastic” — your credit card.  Using your credit card does not, by itself, need to amount to a financial setback, especially if you’ve chosen a card that offers favorable terms and you’ve already shown the discipline not to over-use that card. Just try to minimize your credit card usage over the holidays and pay off your card as soon as you can.  Of course, you can make your holiday season much easier, financially speaking, if you’ve set up a holiday fund to cover your various expenses. While it’s too late to set up such a fund this year, why not get an early start on the 2012 holiday season? All you need to do is put away some money each month into an easily accessible account, separate from your everyday accounts. You don’t have to put in a great deal, but you do need to be consistent, which is why you may want to have the money moved automatically, once a month, from your checking or savings account to your holiday fund. When next year’s holiday season rolls around, you might be pleasantly surprised by how much you’ve accumulated.  But for now, following some common-sense money management practices can help you  get through the holiday season in  financial shape — and that type of result can get your new year off to a positive start.  P

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Be Careful of Credit Card Use During the Holidays by Christy M. DeMelfi, Esq. It’s the time of the year for lots of holiday cheer, but unfortunately that cheer can lead to New Year blues if you overextend yourself by using credit cards to buy presents. I’m a realistic and know that many people use credit cards to finance part (if not all) of their holiday gifts, but accept this article as a bit of a warning. KEEP YOUR SPENDING UNDER CONTROL. While it is very tempting to “buy now” and worry later, that attitude is what can lead to problems. During this holiday season, try to limit your credit card spending or if you’re going to use credit cards, take advantage of low (or no) interest promotions. Many stores offer low or zero percentage interest on purchases over a certain amount, so take advantage of that!

If a store that offers these financing deals have gifts for several people on your list, try to buy all those gifts in one store. Even if the price is slightly more expensive, the interest that you can save may make up that difference and more. Just be sure to pay attention to the exact terms of any credit offer so that you are not hit with “surprise interest” charges. Most importantly, make sure you can pay the full balance on your purchases before the promotion runs out. I wish all faithful Panorama readers a Happy Holiday Season and a safe and healthy New Year! P

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It’s no secret. I am a proud Penn State alumnus. B.S. 1979; J.D. 1982 to be exact. I bleed blue and white. So you can imagine that I’m holding my head a bit low these days. Shocked, sickened, angered, disgusted, embarrassed and saddened beyond belief. The terrible tragedy at Penn State has left everyone hurting for the victims and their families. I’ve heard that some previously loyal supporters now intend to sever their ties to Penn State forever. Have we completely lost focus on the mission of our institutions of higher education? The football program is in a heap of trouble, that’s certain. As an alumnus, I do deeply care about the future of Penn State. But the future of this great university is not its football program; it is the quality of its students. The next crop of high school seniors will be making their college selections over the next few weeks. In the midst of this crisis, some of them might even be re-weighing Penn State as an option. I would love to talk to any high school senior and their family about all that Penn State has to offer. Penn State was ranked No. 1 last year by the Wall Street Journal for producing the kind of graduates that employers most want to hire. This fall, Penn State was ranked in the top quarter of the top one percent of all institutions of higher education on the planet (The Times Higher Education World University rankings). Penn State was ranked No. 1 in the number of Fulbright Fellows on faculty this year. The months and years ahead will be challenging times for high school students heading to Penn State. Don’t give up on Penn State because of the misdeeds of a few individuals. We want you; we need you to help get us back on track. If you are up to the task, you will improve and enrich your life along with more than a half million fellow alumni; you will prosper and join us as leaders everywhere. Penn State has a rich tradition going back 156 years. In years to come, you will be proud to say that you were on the ground floor during the historic rebuilding of a world class university. P


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Berwick Historical Society Location: A VICTORIAN HOLIDAY AT THE JACK- The Jackson Mansion 344 N. Market Street SON MANSION Berwick, PA 18603 Date & Time: December 9, 2011 thru December 10, 2011 Contact: 570-759-8020 Description: Visit the Jackson Mansion for a glimpse at http://http://www.berwickhistoricalsociety. a true Victorian holiday. We're planning the org event in conjunction with Berwick's Victorian Night. Admission fee. More details are Dec 10th on the way at www.berwickhistoricalsociety. Diamond Bread Basket org or call 570-759-8020. Sat., December 10th (Noon-1pm) Host: FREE Meal to Anyone! (Christmas Menu) Diamond United Methodist Church 519 N. Locust St.; Hazleton, PA Call Lori to volunteer or donate @ 636-2059

Dec 11th AFSCME RETIREES, sub-chapter 8701 will hold a Holiday Luncheon at J.J. FERRARA CENTER to see "A Christmas Story" on Sunday Dec.11. Cost is $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members. Everyone is invited to come. Checks should be made payable to AFSCME,8701 and mailed to ROSEMARY LUCASH 122 E. 22nd St. Hazleton, Pa. 18202. Deadline for reservations will be Dec. 2nd

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Winterfest Get ready for Christmas with a visit to Winterfest presented by the Hazleton Art League from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at St. John Bosco Church, Route 93, Conyngham. Winterfest offers something for just about everyone’s taste. Visitors can browse the crafts and fine arts tables for Christmas gifts such as fused glass and silver jewelry, purses, artwork, hand-painted Russian folk art including nesting dolls, fairytale boxes and more. Candy and home-baked goodies including cookies, brownies, pineapple squares, cakes and fudge will also be available as well


as a wide variety of tricky trays. Guests can lunch with friends and enjoy homemade soups, haluski, ham barbecue, pasta salad, hot dogs, pierogies and a variety of beverages. Food can also be packaged for takeout. Gayle Lukas, co-president of the Hazleton Art League’s Board of Governors, says “Winterfest is indeed a festival, special hours in your day when you can really feel the spirit of Christmas. “Whether you check out the tricky trays, the crafters’ unique creations or sample delicious homemade pastries, you will like sharing this special holiday event with friends and neighbors. We welcome you to visit, discover, and, most important, enjoy.” Ample parking is available. All proceeds benefit the Hazleton Art League, which has served to promote the arts and art education in Hazleton for more than 70 years. For more information, call Gayle Lukas at 6362698. P

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SEARCH SOURCE 22nd Street Auto Center.................................. 56 A Better Cleaning by Jane................................ 58 Action Glass Works.......................................... 54 Addus Healthcare............................................. 44 AJ Limo........................................................... 84 All American Jeep............................................. 54 All Care Home Care......................................... 29 All Occasions Gift Shop................................... 19 All Phase Electrical Supply............................... 60 Alta Pizza......................................................... 75 Attorney Peter Fagan........................................ 21 Atty. Jordan Pecile............................................ 87 Berwick Hospital................................................ 5 Billig-Helmes Insurance................................... 84 Blakeslee Animal Clinic.................................... 68 Blossoms and Buds........................................... 18 Bonin, Frank Funeral Home............................ 79 Boyer Insurance................................................ 21 Bresky Supply................................................... 17 Broyan's Farm Market...................................... 82 Calello's........................................................... 52 Carmen's Bakery and Deli................................ 95 Cartridge World............................................... 96 Comfort Keepers.............................................. 36 Conyngham Builders........................................ 59 Country Folk Store, Inc.................Back Calendar Creekside Restaurant........................................ 76 CTC Manufacturing........................................ 10 D'Angola Construction.................................... 61 Damon's Grill.................................................... 3 David P. Skinner Carpentry.............................. 58 Degenhart Chiropractic.................................... 34 De Jesus Family Chiropractic........................... 30 Della Croce Dental.......................................... 34 Delmonico Plumbing & Heating....................... 9 Demmergraphics.............................................. 23 Demsko Agency............................................... 54 Direct Maytag.................................................. 24 Bafile Family Chiropractic................................ 39 Derm Dox........................................................ 32 Dr. Anthony Carrato........................................ 28 Dr. Samuel Ghosh and Dr. Brazzo.................... 48 Dr. Terance Duffy.............................................. 2 Dr. Frank Glushefski........................................ 37 Dr. Howard M. Ogin....................................... 45 Golaszewski Janet Dr........................................ 30 Dragonfly Cafe................................................. 64 Dryfoos Insurance............................................ 83 Earley-Polli Agency, Inc.................................... 80 Ec'clectibles................................................ 18, 24 Edward Jones Hazleton.................................... 86 Empire Cleaners............................................... 10 Evanko Respiratory.......................................... 50 Fairway Chevrolet Subaru................................ 21 Falvello Law Firm............................................. 21 Family Dermatology......................................... 31 Fellin's Jewelry................................................. 22 Feussner's Ford................................................. 55 First Liberty Bank............................................ 88 Five Star Restaurant.......................................... 73 Freeland YMCA............................................... 30 Fritzingertown.................................................. 50

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Includes one Entrée, one Medium Tots or Fries, and one Medium Soft Drink. Add-Ons and Add-Ins cost extra. Includes Iced Teas, Slushes (excluding CreamSlush® Treats) and Limeades only. Tax not included. Please mention daily special offer when ordering. Not good in conjunction with combos or any other offers. Offer good only at participating SONIC® Drive-Ins. HURRY! OFFER GOOD THROUGH February 29, 2012. No cash value. Copies, sale, or Internet distribution or auction prohibited. TM & © 2011 America’s Drive-In Brand Properties LLC.

Every Day


Half-Price Drinks and Slushes at Happy Hour, 2-4 p.m. Every Day Additional Fruit and Flavors may cost extra. Includes Soft Drinks, Iced Teas, Slushes (excluding CreamSlush® Treats) and Limeades only. Combos and Wacky Pack® Meals excluded. Happy Hour may vary by location. Offer good only at participating SONIC® Drive-Ins. TM & © 2011 America’s Drive-In Brand Properties LLC.

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Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10 to 5 Wed 12 to 6 • Sat. 10 to 3

THURSDAYS 35¢ Wings $ 2.00 Domestic Drafts


During the Game

2.00 Bud Pints 1.50 Miller Lite Pints $

Buy a $50 Gift Certificate Receive a $10 Gift Certificate

760 Airport Road, Hazle Township • 570.497.4224

Offer expires 12/31/11




(Across from Wal-Mart)

Call Ahead To Order Your Holiday Desserts!

Delicious Desserts For Your Holiday Table • Italian Pastries • Carrot Cake • Gourmet Pies • Silk Cakes Dipped In Garnish EXT END • Our Very Popular Poppy, Nut Roll • Pumpkin Rolls HOU ED RS • Christmas Logs • Tiramisu • Rum Cakes CHR ISTM • Chocolate Cheese Cakes • Biscotti • Cannoli Cakes WEE AS K • Italian Wedding Cake • Italian Rum Cake • Our Own Fresh Baked Bread & Rolls • Plus Much More!

Beautiful Cookie Trays for All Occasions

Sandwiches, Wraps and Paninis, HOT and COLD LUNCHES in the AREA! Delicious Hot Entrees, Homemade Soup Daily, at AFFORDABLE PRICES!! and More… ALL HOMEMADE!

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2011 December Panorama Community Magzine  

Panorama Community Magazine's December 2011 Edition

2011 December Panorama Community Magzine  

Panorama Community Magazine's December 2011 Edition