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006 Legacy of the Old Coal Iron Kitchen Stove by Larry Ksanznak

008 Sheppton to Oneida, PA Part Two by Marolyn Pensock 013 Art & Antiques: Holiday Fruit in Home Decor by Dr. Lori 035 Polka Connection by Carl Simchena 038 Outstanding Hazleton High Basketball Opponents of the 1950s by Rev. Connell McHugh 071 Choosing the right brake pads by Thomas R. Buff

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Stockings were hung at...THE UNITY MISSION

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011 Holiday Gift Guide 028 Family 034 Dining & Entertainment 040 Home & Garden 044 Legal & Financing 050 Health & Fitness 070 Automotive 074 Outdoor & Recreation


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Legacy of the Old Coal Iron Kitchen Stove by Larry Ksanznak There was a ritual every morning and evening in many of the homes in the Greater Hazleton Area. Early in the morning, mothers would get up and remove the ashes that had accumulated over the evening in the pan under the stove. She would then take a coal bucket into the basement and get a bucket of coal from the coal bin. The fresh coal she placed in the stove would begin to get a reddish and orange glow and heat would begin to come from the coal iron kitchen stove. Well before any other members of the household would take their places at the kitchen table mothers had prepared for their breakfast. She would fill a metal container with coffee and have it piping hot on the back lid of the stove. Next was placing a pancake mix in a bowl and whipping it to prepare for making fresh pancakes on the stove. On special days,

she would place homemade apple dumplings on tin pans to be heated for breakfast. She would add some brown sugar and some syrup to add to the taste. Two quarts of milk would be delivered at your front door every morning. You would take the cold bottle of milk and spill a little over the hot apple dumplings. A special treat was homemade bread dipped in a mixture of egg yolks and then placing it on the front burners for French toast topped with Log Cabin Syrup. In the evening, before going upstairs to bed, the ashes had to be removed and the coal moved about to keep the heat registering for the evening. The coal iron kitchen stove was one of the most important appliances in the early days of the coal mining communities. They were made of sturdy cast iron with four lids on the top and a large warming area in the rear of the stove. There were only two colors: black or brown, with some chrome trimming. A small iron poker was on the side to pick up the iron lids to add more coal or to stir the coal to even the flame. On the front side was an oven door that opened into a spacious oven. In the front of the stove was a vent with a pan to catch the ashes. During the winter months the ashes were placed under the back wheels of the car to get traction in getting your car


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out of a snow filled parking space. To compliment the coal iron stove were an assortment of cooking and baking utensils. The frying pans were made of heavy black metal. The cast iron skillet was perfect for making “sunny side up” egg dippers in the morning. There were large and small mixing bowls, pie pans, cookie jars, sturdy knives of all sizes, eggbeaters and an assortment of utensils hanging from hooks on the wall. The tending of a coal stove was in many respect a work of art as much as a mechanical endeavor. My mother taught our oldest brothers the proper way to start a fire ,keeping the proper levels of coal, and cleaning the ashes safely to assure the sparks wouldn’t start a fire. To assure the most effective heat there was the need to use quality coal, the right size of the pieces of coal and when to add more coal. My mother made us aware of tending the fire differently according to wind chill and severe snowstorms. At night, the coal stove had to be banked, lowering the heat output so the fire would last throughout the night. My father showed my brothers how to check the chimney to keep a steady flow of heat and to avoid any type of clogging in the chimney. During the Christmas season, there was always the smell of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire!” We would slice an “X” on the top of the chestnut and place them on the front lids of the stove. My sister, Patsy, would place chestnuts in a pan of water, sprinkle with salt and wait until the water was boiling to remove and eat the chestnuts. The coal iron stove was our alternative to the current use of microwave ovens and electronic controlled modern stoves. When we were in school, our mother would begin the mixing of homemade soup, chili and the baking of pies or cakes. She made a peanut butter icing cake that was delicious. Charlie Podlesny’s mother was noted for baking the best Banana Cream cakes in West Hazleton. After a holiday, we were sure to have ham and green pea soup with the bone of the ham stirred into the mix. On very cold days, we would be treated to homemade potato cakes that we were eating as fast as they came off the stove. Depending on the ethnic neighborhood the old coal iron stove would be used to cook meatballs and spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli, macaroni and stewed tomatoes, scalloped potatoes with bacon, sauerkraut and pork, bigos (Hunter’s stew), chicken dumplings, sausage,

peppers and mushrooms, pierogies (potato, spinach, meat cheese), fried chicken and goulash, stuffed cabbage, weiner schnitzel, roast pork, cabbage and noodles and spare ribs, Easter Bread (Paska), beef goulash, beef or pork barbecue, palenta, chicken pot pie, corn beef and cabbage, gnocchi’s, halupki, eggplant parmesan, kielbasa, kapusta, golabki(pigs-inthe-blanket) and hot antipasto. If there were hunters in the family, your mother would be cooking venison or rabbit stew on the stove. It was a family affair on Saturday morning when mothers would bake their bread for the week. A large galvanized tub was placed on the kitchen floor. A large bag of flour mix with the adding of water produced a dough batter. We all took turns punching the dough into a thinner mixture. Every mother had her own personal recipe for making the best tasting bread. After long periods of beating the dough, it would be shaped into loaves of bread and then placed in the hot oven. There was a tradition in making bread that was passed down thru the generations. My mother knew the exact time the dough was properly mixed and when it was time to bring it out of the oven. We would watch the simmering loaves of bread taken from the oven and placed on tin pans on the kitchen table. We waited with anticipation while they were

cooling down. Then the ultimate treat our mother would cut us each a big slice and we would place butter or margarine and jelly and it was like a full meal. In the summer months, we would pick blueberries, huckleberries, June berries, elderberries, and mushrooms. Our mothers would set aside days for placing these berries into a watery mix and then boiling the mixture on the stove. She would put the berries into Mason jars with a wax lid sealer. This would be our jam for the winter months. Another coal stove special was the making of root beer. After hours of stirring the root beer mixture to a boiling point on the front burners, the large metal pot containing the soda mixture would be placed on the back apron of the stove. After the root beer cooled down it was poured into glass bottles to be stored in the basement for a treat at holiday. When I see, countless food items being placed in microwave ovens or orders of piazzas being delivered it makes me realize how valuable our meals were that were cooked on the coal iron stove. We have all the conveniences readily available but they all lack the warmth of our old time kitchens and the coal iron stove. Questions or to comment on this article, can be emailed to P

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Sheppton to Oneida, PA Part Two by Marolyn Pensock The history of Sheppton and Oneida has been very intertwined from the start. Geographically the two villages were one mile apart, mostly separated by a large swamp which required the settlers to enlarge the Indian paths and later the villagers to make a road through the forest and around the swamp. As I read through the history of East Union Township in Schuylkill County, PA, I learned of the Early American Indian tribe called the Oneida Nation. Somehow I feel that the village name evolved from those proud people. That would be material for another story. The coal miners in Oneida mostly came from the ‘old country’ to work in the mines. Here they found freedom, employment, a company home, a company store and they brought their faith with them to their new land. Company homes provided shelter for them, while the familiar company store supplied most of their worldly needs. Do you remember the song by Tennessee Ernie Ford, ‘I owe my soul to the company store’? I feel very fortunate to have worked with Anna Honochick Kowalick at my very first job in the Bon Ton Department Store in Hazleton, PA when I was fifteen years old. Yes, I had to have working papers, since I was still a high school student. My husband Bob and I spent a pleasant afternoon with Anna just reminiscing about the ‘old days’ when she was a girl growing up in Oneida. Her story is also much the same as many of the people of Oneida and of the village itself. Anna’s story really starts with her parents, Susan and George Honochick, who were married in the old country at the turn of the century, before coming to America. By 1918, the Lord had blessed them with a wonderful family of eight: Joseph who was 18 years old, followed by Peter, John, Michael, Anna, Mary, Susan and George James. They called him, Jim, as a nickname. Jim was just 8 months old when his father died in the flu pandemic in 1918, which fell many people before the discovery of modern medicines. Just a little fact about Jim which I discovered in my research, Jim was an American League MLB Umpire from 1949 to 1971.   He officiated at six World Series and all four All-Star games. He was also famous for Miller Lite Beer commercials with Boog Powell. Young Widow. Honochick was left with the daunting task of raising eight children in their small company home. It had two rooms down, the kitchen with its coal stove and the parlor, upstairs were two bedrooms and a large third floor attic. Their beds were cover with a tick blanket to keep them warm.  Anna remembers sleeping

under the tick covers to keep warm on the cold winter nights. The children were good children and their mother kept them in order. By then the older boys had gone to work for the coal company. Her brothers and the village boys did not go directly into the mines until after they were eighteen. Before eighteen, they started working at the breaker which was above ground. I’m sure you have heard of the breaker boys sorting the coal into sizes for market. To begin with, we should picture the small village of Oneida in our minds eye. Oneida had four streets First St., Second Street, Third and Fourth Streets. First Street was the main street.  Those houses had two rooms up and two rooms down. Second Street houses were a little bigger with three rooms down and two rooms up. The bosses and the Irish lived on Second Street. Third Street and Fourth Street had two rooms up and two room down. There were six row houses on each street. They all had double outhouses in the back yard. There were three wells on First Street.   The children got the job of carrying the buckets of water home. At the top of First Street, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Chapel sat. It was the only church in Oneida. It had one mass on a Sunday. There were six houses on each street.  They accommodated twenty-four families. So, 24 x 4 = 96 families lived in Oneida. The railroad tracks ran along the bottom of the hill. On the top of the hill, across all four of the streets was a large school house which housed grades first through eighth. For grades ninth through twelfth grade, the students went over to Sheppton’s new high school. This school was located on the road between Sheppton and Oneida. Later on the students were given a choice to go to the West Hazleton High School. A few of the teachers Anna remembers are: Miss Margaret Burns, Miss Alice Burns, Miss Mensinger and Miss Pugh. Anna graduated from the eighth grade in Oneida. The Oneida school had a large pot bellied stove for warmth.  The older boys brought in the coal and wood to start the fire.  It was the teacher’s responsibility to keep the fire going in the school.  The bigger boys took the ashes outside for disposal when they were cool.   Anna told us a Christmas time memory.  Every year the school children would practice their Christmas carols and poems to recite for a special visitor. A few of them would be chosen to meet the train one December morning. Mrs. Sophia G. Coxe would come to see the children every year. Mrs. Coxe would be dressed in a long, warm black coat with a shawl over her shoulders. She was escorted up the hill to the school by the

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children. There she would enjoy the program the children would present. The teachers would pass out the bevy of presents which Mrs. Coxe would bring for the children. There would always be candy.  What a treat it was. She brought sweaters, hats and mittens for everyone. The girls were given material to make a dress. The boys were given a wagon or a wheelbarrow.  This wonderful caring woman truly earned her name, “The Angel of The Anthracite.”  She also brought food and medicine to the families if the miner in the family was injured. She started the first hospital in Drifton. She did so many unknown kindnesses for her miners. A very humble person, hers’ is a story of its’ own. When a child was in first and second grade, the child received a small slate for printing the alphabet and figuring arithmetic. It wasn’t until third grade that sheets of paper were passed out to the children. There was a large blackboard across the front of each room. Anna really liked going to school. The girls would wear a dress and a sweater to school. After school they changed to their play clothes before enjoying a game of hopscotch or jump rope. They played in their yards unless it was planted with the vegetables that their mother would can for the winter months. Other times they could play in the school yard on maybe down by the railroad tracks. Mrs. Honochick was a wonderful baker. The bread was mixed in the house and set to rise the night before baking day. It was kneaded in the morning.  Her Jewish friend had taught her how to build an outdoor oven to bake the family bread, all ten loaves at once, instead of two by two in the kitchen stove. The outdoor oven was built like a small hut of brick and mortar. The wooden fire was lit on the bottom under the iron grate. When the oven was hot, the ashes were scraped out and the filled tin bread pans were put on top of the grate.  All ten pans went into the oven together. The door was firmly closed and did not get opened until the bread was done baking.  This type of oven did not need the pans to be turned to bake evenly, as the heat surrounded all sides of the pans. Mrs. Honochick had a long bench on the side of the oven.  Here she placed all ten bread pans to cool. Anna could smell the bread all over town. Several Oneida families used

the outdoor method to bake bread. The family raised chickens for food and for eggs, as did most of the Oneida families. They had a dog. Their neighbor had a cow. There were lots of children.  Oneida was a wonderful village in which to grow up. Washday was another large project. The wooden tubs and washboards for the dirty clothes were put out and filled the night before. After the clothes were rinsed, they were hung outside to dry.  It was an all day project. Anna remembered the joy and awe after time had passed and with the arrival of electricity, they all gathered around their first electric washing machine. I can understand why. She thinks it was purchased from Sears. Cleaning also went through the transition from the broom, to the hand sweeper to the first electric sweeper. Irons were heated on the back of the stove before the advent of the electric iron. It wasn’t easy being a housewife, mother, and cook, now, was it?  Now, we didn’t talk about sewing, but all the girls in those days had to know how to sew and mend clothes.  The girls all had different jobs to do, the dishes, cleaning, beating the carpet, sweeping the floor, starching the curtains and the bottoms of their petticoats. Now, this was new to me.  Anna explained that if the bottoms of the petticoats were starched, they did not stick to their dresses. I bet they would have loved the modern day spray starch in a can. Anna told me that nothing seemed hard to do. They were just jobs they had to do. On bath day, the tub was brought out again.  The cleanest children got their bath first. On it went until the dirtiest child got the last water. Of course, Mother Honochick had heated water to add after each bath.    In the evening, after the supper was cleared away and the chores were done, the kitchen table became the game table.  It was divided in half. The boys played checkers on one half.  The girls played jacks on the other half. Anna’s mother, it seemed to me, had a saying for just about everything.  And, they all made sense. She was the mother, the father and the boss over all her children. She told all her children that they would have to work hard in life to get what they wanted. They all applied that principal to their lives.  When the boys were a little older, cars became the topic of conversation. They talked about getting a car.  Their mother said, “Fine.  If you can buy a car, then you can afford to pay board.” Silence reigned. No one spoke but Jim. He said he would pay board.  He was going to buy a car!  And he did, with a rumble seat, probably a Ford.   For the girls, she told them not to buy diamonds. Diamonds only show the wrinkles on your neck. Don’t buy a fur coat. You’ll only look like a bear. Put your money in the bank for your old age. When Anna married her lifelong friend, John Kowalick in the Greek Catholic Church in

Sheppton, her mother held the wedding dinner at their home. She was happy to do it for them. She had another saying for them.  You don’t need a big wedding to have a lot of bills right from the start.  Put your money in the bank.  Save it for a rainy day. Going to church was a must. All the neighboring families walked the mile to 9 A.M. Mass on Sunday in Sheppton. There was only one service as their priest came from McAdoo. It was fun, even in all kinds of weather.  The children walked together, the women could visit on the way and the men could talk about the things men talk about. It was a very happy time to grow up in Oneida and Sheppton, too, during the 20th

Century. Now, one hundred year old Anna understands that the mothers of today have a hard time raising their children. They have so many things taking them away from the family structure. There were no drugs around in Anna’s day. Mothers did not have to worry who their children’s friends were. Mothers did not have to work outside of their home, as a rule. Neighbors were like your own family.  They were there to help each other. Anna is thankful that she has a good mind, can read and remember.  That’s important. Thanks Anna for a wonderful visit and a wonderful look at life when you were growing up in 20th Century Oneida, PA. P

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Stockings were hung at...THE UNITY MISSION by Linda Sult, Curator of The Berwick Historical Society In 1904 the founding of Anthracite Mission which began in the coal fields of Hazleton led to an extension in 1905 to the mission established in West Berwick. Many immigrants from foreign countries had settled in West Berwick. Early mission work began in 1904 when the Calvary Methodist Church was built at Warren Street and First Avenue, four years later the building was sold to the Ukrainian community which named its new church Ss.Cyril & Methodius. Another site was selected for Calvary at Warren and Orange Streets and the cornerstone was laid in March 1908. In 1907 plans were made for a convenient mission home through the sale of property donated by S.W. Dickson. Constructed in 1909 at Warren Street and Fifth Avenue, the frame chapel was called St. Peter Stavi-

ansky’s Methodist Mission.. The mission was without a pastor in 1918 when Edith Orvis arrived in 1919. The mission took on a new life. Her extended hand, warm heart, and smiling face won the younger children. It wasn’t long until the little mission house was bulging with enthusiastic kids. Miss Orvis was soon discouraged by the meager funds and limited facilities and urged the program be expanded. With the continued support of Mr. Dickson and Rev. Gilbert a mission building was erected in 1922 at the cost of $14,000. Rev. Gilbert was pastor of the First Methodist Church until 1924. The building contained the remodeled chapel,gymnasium, classrooms, reading room, and rooms for comfortable housing of workers. In the early 1920’s West Berwick was a separate borough and many churches tended to the spiritual life

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of West Berwick’s new residents. Grace Lutheran Church, St Paul’s Evangelical Church, now St Paul’s United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Italian mission. The Unity Mission had a tremendous impact on the lives of many youths until a fire badly damaged the mission as a Christmas Party was getting started in 1935. Later a women’s group arranged to use a house on Ferris Avenue for a new Unity Mission. In 1947 kindergarten classes were the main activity at the mission A 1956 article in the Berwick Enterprise recalled the accomplishments of Miss Orvis: she had a difficult work schedule as manager, Sunday School teacher, club organizer, home visitor, personal advisor, and, “Scoutmaster” of the first chartered Boy Scout troop in Berwick, Troop 13. The mission’s physical culture program produced many outstanding athletes who went on to contribute to Berwick High School’s winning tradition. Miss Orvis served as financial secretary and treasurer of the now First United Methodist church leaving in 1961 for the BrooksHowell Home in Asheville, N.C. a home for retired church workers. Miss Orvis is remembered fondly for her many years of community service she provided to the Berwick area. *Berwick Historical Society research files. P

Ask Virginia Jane by Virginia Jane Benyo Dear Readers, It is I, Virginia Jane, hostess extraordinaire at Kathleen’s Collectibles in Drums. Last December my column focused on what dogs would like to find in their Christmas stockings so you could be helpful to Santa Paws. This year, I am providing you with a list of items we canines prefer not be delivered to our house by Santa Paws. In case you have purchased any of these items, take them back and be ashamed of yourself. If you are thinking about any of these items, shame on you and coal in your stocking.


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TEN THINGS I DON’T WANT FOR CHRISTMAS: 10. An ice cream cone with all the ice cream gone (what’s the point?) 9. Clothing, including costumes. Let’s be fair; we don’t buy the clothes you wear so don’t buy them for us. Canines wearing clothes is like a human taking a bath fully dressed. Either way, it’s just silly. 8. A Puppy. Really, I know how cute puppies are. After all, you humans say that over and over and over and ... I am busy enough being the center of attention. I don’t need or want any competition. Not that a puppy could compete. I’m just sayin’. 7. Boots. Covering my paws before I go out in the snow is an effort in futility: for You. Trust me, we canines can handle it. Just give us a nice warm spot when we come inside. Snow melts, in case you’ve been too busy dressing and undressing your dog to notice. 6. Medicine of any sort for any reason that goes inside or outside of us. Never unless ab-

solutely the very last resort, then we will begrudgingly oblige. Most of the time. 5. My own “crate” or doggie bed. I prefer your nice, comfy bed. Just try not to hog all the covers. 4. Obedience Classes. Our behavior is just fine. You need to adapt. 3. A visit to the vet. Please, no. Refer to #6. 2. A choker chain. Believe it or not, canines don’t like to be choked. We don’t find it fun. Or comfortable. Or necessary. Or helpful. Or cute. 1. A cat. Need I say more? Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night! —Virginia Jane P

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Art & Antiques: Holiday Fruits in Home Decor by Dr. Lori

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represented the tradition of hospitality at holiday time and all year long. The hospitable pineapple form was typically carved into Chippendale and Federal furniture including bedposts, mantles, dining room sideboards, etc. Today, pineapples are the fruit of choice for home décor items ranging from silver candelabras to front porch welcome mats. Fancy Fruit Like fruit wreaths, fruit pyramids and aromatic pomanders dating back to the Colonial period were among the delights of a holiday home. Scents of fresh fruit and spices lingered from the table top fruit pyramids suggesting architectural examples in miniature. In the

19th Century, sweet smelling fruit pomanders had yet to be relegated to the hall closet, but instead they were prominently hung front and center in a Victorian home’s entry foyer. Enhanced with whole cloves, orange, lime, or lemon pomanders were suspended over doorways and in stairwells to give busy areas of a home a lovely scent. Made by pushing cloves into whole oranges or other citrus fruits, a pomander was a welcomed and popular hostess gift. They were used in the 1700s and 1800s to ward off foul odors that were thought to bring illness into a home in wintertime. In colonial America, fruit wreaths, pyramids, and pomanders were popular in holiday homes. These antique holiday handicrafts not only smelled delightful with the scents of apple, clove, and citrus, but they were pretty, natural additions to the interior decor. The pleasing aroma of the fruit decoration allows the pomander to maintain a prominent place among holiday decorations. Happy Holidays! P Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and award-winning TV personality, Dr. Lori presents appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on the hit TV show, Auction Kings on Discovery channel. To learn about your antiques, visit www., or call (888) 431-1010.


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Renaissance Wreaths The works of art by the Renaissance artisan and master, Luca della Robbia served as the impetus for today’s version of the holiday fruit wreath. Aptly called the della Robbia wreath, fruit wreaths decorate homes and hearths all over the world. Della Robbia’s 15th Century architectural medallions were often highlighted with fruit wreaths and decorative garlands of green and red apples, berries, pineapples, lemons, limes, and oranges. Based on these Renaissance decorations, the della Robbia style wreath was reintroduced during the late 1800s in a time period known as the Renaissance Revival. Traditionally, fruit wreaths were lovingly hung on the exterior doors of homes at holiday time. Fruit wreaths gave the winter greenery a bright, colorful contrast. Fruits often appear in the paintings, prints, architectural, and furniture designs of the 18th and 19th centuries based on Renaissance iconography. The type of fruit chosen for such living wreaths was symbolic. For instance, ornamental apples symbolized the family and this fruit played a major role in holiday decorations. Apple ring wreaths were associated, at Christmas time, with the Holy Family and the Nativity. Other related wreaths featured fruits such as lemons, pineapples, and oranges. Wreaths made of whole lemons symbolized friendship and were typically hung on doors at the back of homes (where close friends enter), rather than on front doors. For the holidays, fruitinspired decorations remind us of the bountiful harvest and the joy of sharing with family and friends. Also, pineapples were symbolic fruits associated with the holiday season. The pineapple

Pictured on the left: Fruit wreath sculpture by Luca della Robbia, circa 15th Century, from the collection of the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.


Along with festive sights, a major part of the holidays is aromatic smells. From evergreens to the holiday meal, the holidays offer a feast for the eyes and for the nose. Some of the most popular scents derive from holiday decorations like fruit wreaths, citrus pomanders, and evergreen garlands. The models for these luscious holiday elements all have roots in art history.

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MetroCast will partner with U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s “Toys for Tots” program Berwick, PA (November 15, 2012) -MetroCast, the video, Internet and phone provider serving customers in the Greater Berwick, Pocono and Schuylkill areas of Pennsylvania, will help make the holiday season brighter for area children in need through its partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s “Toys for Tots” program. From November 15-December 20, 2012, MetroCast will provide Two Free Video On Demand coupons for customers who donate a new, unwrapped toy. The MetroCast office on Market Street in Berwick and Main Street in White Haven will serve as an official drop-off location for the toys, which will be distributed to less fortunate children in the region by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. For more information about the Toys campaign, contact 800-633-8578 or visit www. P

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Great Gadget Gifts for Life on the Go (Family Features) Technology is always high on holiday gift lists, and this year is no different. Recent trends in mobile phones, an ever-growing range of tablet and e-reader price points and styles, and fashionable accessories mean you have more great options than ever. • Thanks to some of the hottest handsets coming to no-contract plans, smartphones are truly giftable for the first time. Get the ultimate in flexibility with no long-term commitment from providers like RadioShack No-Contract Wireless, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. Time to upgrade or on an existing contract? Consider a gift card, or look for the best deals at a retailer that offers top contract carriers. • For the video or book lover on your list, tablets and e-readers come in many brands, sizes and price points to meet their needs and manage your holiday budget. They are very portable and are a great way to make waiting in line or at the doctor fly by much faster. Consider buying a device on the same operating system as the recipient's

smartphone so app purchases will go twice as far. Plus, some people are loyal to one camp or another and will value your gift more if you show you know that. • Accessorize your gadget purchases. The right phone, tablet or e-reader case shows recipients you know their style and protects their present. Speaking of extending the life of these devices, consider a warranty plan - especially for kids or adults whose work or leisure activities might put that gifted gadget at risk. • For the music lover, headphones are a great choice. Wireless headphones use Bluetooth technology and operate on batteries for a hands-free experience. If choosing wired headphones, look for a pair with a strong cord or one that can be replaced if damaged. For a combination of highfashion and high-function, look for hot headphones like Beats by Dr. Dre. • For entertaining a crowd, check out compact options such as the AUVIO Bluetooth Portable

Speaker. The speaker has great sound, and a compact size make it easy to enjoy music with friends no matter where you are. • Don't forget the power. For battery-operated gifts, make sure to pick up the right batteries. For rechargeable tech gifts, power them up with Enercell Portable Power Banks, car chargers, or even a phone-charging case. If you're a little unsure about choosing the right tech for everyone on your list, nothing beats turning to experts like the folks at RadioShack for help. Relying on gadget gurus and even getting a hands-on demo help ensure your present is just the right fit - unlike that sweater Aunt Margaret gave you last year. For more ideas, check out www.radioshack. com, or visit the location in your neighborhood.

How to make your Online Shopping More Social (Family Features) Finding new products and gifts can often mean spending hours shopping at the mall or searching through different websites. But as the Internet has become more social, many people are now tapping into their personal networks to get recommendations on which products to buy. One way to decide what products to purchase is to use a social recommendation site such as, which allows you to get product advice from a community of experts. Just type in your shopping question and hit the "Get Advice" button. You can also let people know what you want by publicizing your wish list from popular websites such as Once you've added products to your list, simply click the Facebook and Twitter icons to post your list to these social networks. Facebook itself has also become a vibrant social shopping destination and even has its own virtual "Shopping Mall" that allows you to browse millions of products and make purchases with just a few clicks. Products your friends "Like" are prominently displayed as you enter the mall as well. And by clicking the "Want" button on products in the Shopping Mall, you add items you like to a social "Wish List" that you can share with your friends in their Facebook stream.. You can find the Shopping Mall by searching on Facebook or by visiting

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In the Kitchen

with Joan Barbush

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.  I feel especially blessed this year, as our family awaits

the birth of my first great grandchild.    This holiday season, try a new recipe or two, and get an early start to your holiday baking! Enjoy your holiday and may your home be filled with the love and happiness that surrounds us on the birthday of Baby Jesus.  Merry   Christmas  from my family to yours. P

This next recipe is one of our families favorites, easy to make and freezes well. My daughter Bonita received this years ago from a friend. Pound Cake (pictured on the left) Ingredients: 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese ½ lb. butter 2 cups sugar 6 eggs 2 cups flour 1 tsp. vanilla 1 cup or more, chopped walnuts 2 jars chopped maraschino cherries, drained. Directions: Cream the softened cream cheese and butter. Add sugar, flour, and beat. Add in 2 eggs at a time and continue beating until all eggs are added. Add vanilla next, then fold in the walnuts and cherries. Grease a tube pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 ½ hrs. Cool before removing from pan.

Broccoli Cheese Soup Submitted by Nina Mehlig FOOD FOR THOUGHT Ingredients: A research firm polled some 1,000 adults 2 T. Butter about what they did with fruit cake. 2 lbs. broccoli (cut into 1 inch pieces, • 38 % gave it away stems, peeled and sliced) • 28 %  actually ate it 1 onion chopped • 13 % used it as a door stop 2 garlic cloves minced • 9 % scattered it for the birds 1 ½ tsp. dry mustard • 4 % threw it out 1 tsp. salt • 8 %  couldn’t remember 3-4 cups water ¼ tsp. baking soda Cranberry Ham Loaf 2 cups of chicken broth Ingredients: 2 cups of fresh spinach 1 egg lightly beaten ¾ cups grated sharp cheese 1 cup whole milk ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese 2 medium onions chopped Directions: 1 medium green pepper chopped Melt butter in a dutch oven. Add broccoli, 1 cup soft bread crumbs onion, garlic, mustard, salt, and cook for 6 min1 ½ lbs. fully cooked ham, ground utes. 1 lb. bulk pork sausage Add 1 cup of water and baking soda and 1 can (14 oz.) whole-berry cranberry sauce Place on a baking sheet. Bake,uncovered, at bring to a simmer, cover and cook 20 minutes, ¼ cup water 350 degrees for 70-80 minutes or until a meat stirring once during cooking. thermometer reads 160 degrees. 1 T. light corn syrup Add chicken broth, and 2 more cups of waIn a small saucepan, combine the cranberry ter. When mix begins to simmer add spinach Directions: In a large bowl, combine the egg, milk, on- sauce, water and corn syrup. Bring to a boil. and cook until wilted. ions, green pepper and bread crumbs. Crumble Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minTransfer half of the soup to blender and proutes or until thickened. Remove ham loaf to cess until smooth. Repeat with rest of soup. Put ham and sausage over mixture and mix well. Pat into an ungreased 9 inch by 5 inch loaf a serving platter; serve with cranberry sauce. blended soup in a separate bowl. Return all to Yields: 8 servings pan, (pan will be full). dutch oven and add cheese.

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y e k r u T s a m Christwith all the trimmings Bread Pudding Submitted by Sue Schaeffer, from her late Mother-in-Law, Mrs. Dorothy Schaeffer Ingredients: 6 cups milk 8 eggs beat slightly 2/3 cup sugar 6-8 slices of buttered bread Directions: Mix all ingredients, place in buttered 9 by 13 dish. Top with bread, buttered on both sides, sprinkle with nutmeg. Put in a pan of hot water and bake at 350 degrees for one (1) hour.

Koch’s Whole Fresh Turkeys.....$2.67 lb. Koch’s Whole Frozen Turkeys...$2.12 lb. Koch’s Turkey Breasts 4-10 lbs......................................$3.54 lb. 10 lb. and up...............................$3.64 lb. Koch’s Fresh Whole Smoked Turkeys.......................$3.99 lb. Smoked Boneless Breast...........$6.14 lb. Koch’s Free Range Turkeys.......$2.79 lb. Koch’s Organic Turkeys............$3.95 lb. NEW! Fresh Original Bronze Turkeys.................$2.99 lb. Also Available: Homemade Bread Filling, Frozen Turkey Dinners,Cranberry Relish, Gravy and so much more!

Visit Our Retail Store Overnight Egg Casserole Ingredients: 8 slices bread, cubed ¾ lb. cheddar cheese, shredded 1 ½ lbs. bulk sausage 4 eggs 2 ½ cups of milk 1 Tablespoon prepared mustard 10 ¾ oz. can cream of mushroom soup ¼ cup chicken broth Directions: Arrange bread cubes in greased 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and set aside. In a skillet, brown sausage over medium heat. Drain all excess fat, crumble sausage over cheese and bread. In a bowl beat together eggs, milk, mustard, soup and broth. Pour over sausage. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least 2-3 hours before baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or just until set.


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Deck the Halls, Holiday Party Decor Tips (Family Features) When it comes to decking the halls in advance of a holiday party, there's nothing quite as festive as creating homemade decorations with the family. From handmade ornaments to shimmering trees, your party guests will catch that holiday spirit when they see the special decor created just for the event. To help get you started, the inspiration experts at the Jo-Ann Stores have shared the following holiday craft ideas. These simple step-by-step projects are great for crafters at every level, and the best part is you can get the whole family involved. Decor Ideas Small touches can make a big impact on your

guests. Use these ideas to add small details to your party decorations: • Create a winter wonderland - Teach the kids how to create paper snowflakes, then string them up throughout the house using fishing wire. From the dining room chandelier, to the windows, fireplace and staircase, you can create a flurry of snowflakes around the house in minutes. • Design a sparkling centerpiece - To get started, gather pinecones on a walk around the neighborhood. In a well-ventilated area, use glitter or metallic spray paint to completely coat the pine cones in silver and gold. Then simply stack in a


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glass bowl and place at the center of the table surrounded by sprigs of fresh greenery and holly branches. Take your holiday decor above and beyond with these holiday craft project instructions for a Champagne Shimmer Tree and Glitter Glass Ball ornaments. Your guests will love walking into the winter wonderland you create just for the occasion. For more holiday dÈcor inspiration and craft projects, visit Champagne Shimmer Tree Skill Level 1: No experience necessary Approximate Crafting Time: 1 to 2 hours Read all directions before starting and use the photo as a guide. Note: Make sure to read the directions on the spray paint can before using. Use spray paint in a well-ventilated area. Supplies and Tools: • 2 cans champagne metallic spray paint • 1-4-foot white Christmas tree • 1drop cloth • 1sturdy cardboard box Working outside, place cardboard box on drop cloth. Open up tree and fluff branches to give it a natural look. Place tree on box to give it some height. Spray around every branch, so paint coats all of the tree's needles. Allow to dry for a few minutes and spray a second coat. Allow to dry overnight in a well-ventilated area before decorating.

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Is giving a Pet for Christmas a Good Idea? by Jeanie Donahue at The Pet Care Clinic by Dalice We’ve seen it in the movies a thousand times: Little Polly runs downstairs on Christmas morning to find the cutest little puppy or kitten waiting for her. This is every kid’s childhood dream! However, there are valid reasons why veterinarians, shelters, rescue groups and responsible breeders advise to think twice about a Christmas pet. Pets are not toys and they need a lot of attention. Just because a child asks for a pet for Christmas does not mean that they are ready to take on that responsibility. Who’s got the time during the busy holidays to start house-training? Are you prepared to be standing outside on a cold, stormy night while your new puppy decides whether to sniff or pee? If you think about it, giving pets for Christmas is probably the worst time of year you could pick. Even if you manage to hide the pet until Christmas (very unlikely), young pets just don't mix well with wrapped gifts, Christmas trees and breakable ornaments. Add to that the excitement of Christmas morning, the task of food prep or visiting Grandma, leaving a new pet at home alone in a strange environment. This could be downright traumatic. The last thing that anyone wants is to give a pet that will quickly be sent to the shelter. Getting a pet requires careful consideration as to breed, temperament, expense and housing needs. Many people are swayed by the cute puppy in the window, but cuteness only lasts so long. Bringing a pet home is serious business that requires a 10 to 15 year commitment. This is not to say that you can't give your child a new pet this Christmas. Just go about it in a way that will be much less stressful for both you and the new pet. For one thing, let your child know that it’s something that you’ll consider after the holidays and explain why. You may also find an abundance of animals in the shelter come January because unfortunately, there are those that do give pets for Christmas only to realize that it isn't working out so

of course, these may most likely end up there. You may still wrap up a new collar, leash, or pet toys. This will let the child know that you’re serious about adding a new addition to the family that you can pick out together. In the meantime, there is something special that you can do with your child before Christmas. You can donate a gift of money or food

for the animals in the shelter. Then you and your child can go visit the animals and drop off your donation. This is not only appreciated by the staff of the animal shelter; it will also teach your child how good it feels to give to those in need at Christmas or anytime! Happy Holidays! ~ the staff at The Pet Care Clinic by Dalice P


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Holiday Recipes from Bresky's Baking & Candy Supplies Dip in Merckens green chocolate and decoKrispie Trees Using a Rice Krispie Treat sheet cut out tri- rate with sprinkles and sugar pearls. Instant angles; insert a lollipop stick into bottom. Christmas Tree Pop! (You can use color chocolate of your choice, too).

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½ cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 ½ tsp. pure vanilla 1 bag Bresky’s raspberry chocolate chips Directions: Sift flour, salt and soda together. Cream margarine, sugars, eggs and vanilla until fluffy; add dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes. Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake Ingredients: 1 cup sugar ¾ cup mayonnaise 1 cup water 2 cups King Midas Flour 6 Tbsp. cocoa 2 tsp. baking soda Directions: Mix all ingredients in exact order given. Bake in 9x13 inch pan at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

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We Love Ex-Boyfriend Jewelry! Women Business Owners

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Happy Holiday Shipping: Get your packages there safely and on time (Family Features) The holidays are usually pretty hectic, and the last thing you need is to stress over shipping your holiday gifts. With millions of packages moving across the country every day, knowing how to pack and when to ship your gifts can save you time and money, taking the hassle out of holiday shipping. These tips from FedEx will help you ensure the safe and timely delivery of your holiday packages. Smart Packing Tips • Use new, sturdy boxes with the flaps intact, and do not reuse boxes. Select a box that is large enough to accommodate the proper thickness of cushioning material. • Wrap items individually with cushioning material and center them in cartons away from other items and away from the sides, corners, top and bottom of the box. • Choose cushioning of appropriate density and thickness, and use enough to fill all void spaces in your shipping container. Position at least two inches of bubble wrap, peanuts or other packing materials on all sides, and use a heavy duty tape designed for packaging. • Double-box fragile items with 3 inches of cushioning in and around the smaller box. • For odd- or irregular-shaped items, be sure to wrap and tape all sharp edges or protrusions. • Position the shipping label squarely on the most visible side of the container away from any folds or seams. Provide complete sender and recipient addresses, including zip codes

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and telephone numbers. Make sure the label is properly and securely attached. FedEx also recommends placing an extra label, business card or letterhead with the shipper's address and phone number inside the package before sealing it. • Apply at least three strips of packing tape (no duct or masking tape) to the top and bottom sides of the container using the H taping method. Don't be afraid to ask for packing and shipping help. There are more than 1,800 FedEx Office Print & Ship Center locations around the world that provide a variety of packing and shipping supplies and services. Smart Shipping Tips • Send your gifts ahead. If you are traveling this holiday season, take the hassle out of carrying wrapped packages with you by sending

your gifts ahead of your arrival. • Ship early in the season. This will allow you to avoid the lines and provide you with a greater selection of shipping service options. Take advantage of FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery, and FedEx Express Saver and 2Day services to save money on your shipments. Holiday Shipping Deadlines For delivery in time for Christmas, the last day to ship with FedEx Ground is Monday, December 17, and the last day to ship with FedEx Express is Saturday, December 22. For more tips, or to create and print a shipping label, visit

Now available at Ryan’s Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

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Men's Weekend Out at Cooper Floral & Gifts

Come See Our Holiday Gifts! We have the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

• Personalized Ornaments • Jewelry Scarves • Happy Feet Slippers

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We will help you pick out the perfect gift for your special someone!

We have what you need for your Holiday Festivities! Fruit Baskets • Center Pieces • Floral Arrangements Also carrying a wide variety of gifts including 8 petals products!

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Potato & Cheese

Spinach & Feta

Cheddar & Bacon

Potato, Cheese & Jalapeno

Cabbage Prune

Alessio’s Cheese Ravioli

Farmers Cheese

Lonczynski’s T & L Products & You Old Fashion Make the Perfect Potato Drop Noodle Holiday Solution Pancake Batter Haluski Available in local supermarkets & direct purchase for bazaars, church functions, fundraisers, etc.


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Men run into the same dilemma every holiday season: what beautiful and unique gifts can you get for the beloved ladies on their lists? Thankfully, Cooper Floral and Gift, located just past LaRock Field on East County Road, has just the solution. On December 8 and 9, Cooper Floral is hosting their first Men’s Weekend Out. All are welcome to the event, but Terri will be helping men pick out that perfect holiday gift for their lucky ladies. Men can de-stress and shop at ease that weekend, knowing that they are certainly getting one-of-a-kind presents. These items include beautiful jewelry, candles, lotions, and purses, all from contemporary and classic companies. Cooper is carrying the 8 Petals line this season, which is a collection of hand crafted, fused glass jewelry. From earrings to bracelets to belts, you’re sure to find something perfect for her. An 8 Petal belt is pictured on the left. Also available is the Votivo line of candles, lotions, and room fresheners, which are sure to be a hit with the ladies. And Terri has just recently received an elegant yet rustic line of leather purses and cuffs that will definitely stand out from the crowd. As always, don’t forget to order your fruit baskets, center pieces and floral arrangements early for your holiday festivities! And if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the boys and the men, Cooper Floral also carries a wide variety of RC Hobby remote control trucks, planes and helicopters. Don’t stress this holiday season: go to Cooper Floral and Gift and pick up a present for each and every person on your list! P

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Holiday Gifts on a Budget (Family Features) From family and friends to teachers and coaches, finding the perfect present for everyone on your list can be a daunting task. But with a little creativity, you can find a great gift without breaking your budget. Choosing the Perfect Gift The key to finding the perfect present? Taking time to consider what your loved one most cherishes. Do they favor a specific hobby? How do they spend their free time? If you're picking a gift for someone you might not know well, such as your child's teacher or school nurse, consider giving them something to help them unwind and relax. Here are some ideas to get you started: • For teachers, school nurses and coaches: The role models in your child's life are often the people that would benefit most from a pampering present. Help them indulge in some relaxation by packaging up a basket of spa-inspired items. Moisturizing beauty products with seasonal scents - such as the Softsoap Wintermint Wonderland and Enchanting Sugar Plum body washes - will keep skin smooth and glowing throughout the season's festivities and conjure up images of favorite winter memories. Bundle with

a lush loofah, mini manicure and pedicure kit, facial mask and lotion for a basket filled with items that will give them the opportunity to treat themselves to a little "me" time. Homemade treats and photo collages are also great gift options. • For cooking and baking enthusiasts: For your favorite foodie, consider giving some fun and affordable kitchen tools, such as ninja gingerbread cookie cutters. If your loved one is known for their savory cuisine, consider purchasing an assortment of spices to add to their favorite dishes. Likewise, a new cookbook will help inspire creativity in the kitchen and add a dash of excitement to their regular recipe routine. • For travel lovers: For those on your list who love to hit the road and explore new territories, consider gifts that will make their travel more enjoyable. Passport covers, camera accessories, travel journals, or a mini alarm clock are all great options that won't break the bank. You can also give them items that will remind them of their explorations. Put together a gift basket of exotic chocolates and shelf-safe foods to remind them of their favorite flavors from abroad. Or you can remind them of one of the best parts of travel - the feel-

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Calendar of Events December 2012 December 1 & 2 Schuylkill Christmas Gala, Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2 from 3 to 8 pm. The event will be held on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors of the Pottsville Masonic Building located at 2nd and West Norwegian Street in Pottsville. Admission is free. December 2 Spaghetti Dinner, Sunday, December 4 from 11am to sellout at Columbia Hose Fire Co No 1, 742 West Centre Street in Shenandoah. Includes bread, salad and dessert. Adult $8, Child $6. Eat in or Take Out. Free local delivery. For more information, call 570-462-9574.

December 5 20th Annual CAN DO Community Christmas “COME CELEBRATE THE ARTS!” on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. The event is FREE and will be held at the J. J. Ferrara Center (Philharmonic), 212 West Broad Street in Hazleton. Participants are various Instrumental and Choral groups of Hazleton Area School District. Throughout the evening we invite you to enjoy refreshments served by the CAN DO Student Action Committee. For more information, contact Nancy Stasko (570) 455-1508 or

December 8 Rock Glen Tree Lighting, Sunday December 2nd Bleenie, Soup and Bake Sale, Saturday December at 5 pm at the Black Creek Alumni Memorial 8 from 10am to sellout at Columbia Hose Fire Site. Caroling, Refreshments, and Santa, too! Co. No. 1, 742 West Centre Street in Shenandoah. Free local delivery with a miniuim order Flapjack Fundraiser for Audrianna Bartol on of $7.00. Bleenies—$.50 each. Soup: Chicken Sunday, December 2nd at Applebee’s on Route Noodle, Cabbage, Potato Cheese and Bean— 93 in West Hazleton from 8 am – 10 am. Dur$3.00 a cup/ $7.00 a quart. For more informaing this season of giving this is an opportunity for tion or to place an order, call 570-462-9574. us to get together as a community and support this little six year old girl who is suffering from a Downtown Berwick presents the 2012 Victorian neuroblastoma. The purpose of this fundraiser is Night Holiday celebration on Saturday, Decemto rally around her family and help raise money ber 8 from 5 to 8 pm. Victorian Night is an old to eliminate some of the expenses associated with fashion Christmas celebration in Downtown a long term illness. There will be over 40 tricky Berwick. There is plenty of family fun for everytrays, a pair of Eagles tickets and a Penn State one. For more information, see us Facebook or Football memorabilia basket amongst many visit the website at other great prizes and is a wonderful place to start your holiday shopping for an awesome cause. Dinosaur Day! Saturday, December 8 from Who knows…maybe even Santa will show up! 10am to 4pm at The Children’s Museum at 2 Tickets are $7.00 and will be available at the West 7th Street in Bloomsburg. Learn about didoor. They are also available through Daneen nosaurs, follow the scavenger hunt, look at fossils, DiSpirito Tuggle at 570-956-3409. For tricky view the special art, make crafts, and enjoy the tray donations, also contact Daneen DiSpirito at day. Wear a dinosaur shirt for $1 off admission. 570-956-3409 or email at For more information, call 570-389-9206, email

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570-454-0816 • 1-800-289-2349 26 • Panorama Community Magazine: Holiday Gift Guide or visit our website www. December 8 & 9 St. John’s Lutheran Church, 319 South Avenue in Jim Thorpe cordially invites you to attend their 5th annual indoor crèche/nativity display being held Saturday, December 8 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. in their social hall at the church. There will be on display over 300+ different nativity items in a wide variety ranging from new to very old and many types of material such as pewter, wood, ceramic, bees wax, tin, cloth, celluloid and many more. Featured also are nativities from many different parts of the world. Please join us for this very uplifting event sure to add to the “Reason for the Season”. Light refreshments will be served and admission is free. A chair glide is also available. For a map to the church please go to our website at See you there!! December 15 Olde Fashioned Christmas, Saturday December 15 from 5 to 8 in Downtown Ashland. Weatherly Lions Club Holiday House Decorating Contest, Saturday December 15. The contest will include homes in Packer, Lehigh and Lausanne Townships, as well as Weatherly Borough residents. Register your home by calling Teresa at 570-427-4321, Paula at 570-427-2592 or Chris at 570-427-4028. Leave a message clearly stating name, street address (with house number and whether township or borough), and phone number. Registrations must be in by Saturday, December 8. Decorations should be lit and ready for viewing by dusk on December 15. Winners will be notified by the club. December 22 Thank You Day! Saturday, December 22 from 10am to 4pm at The Children’s Museum at 2 West 7th Street in Bloomsburg. Thank You to all of our patrons for supporting the Museum this year! Have some cocoa and cookies, enjoy special holiday music, make-and-take crafts, ornaments, and more. $1 off admission for wearing a holiday sweater! For more information, call 570-3899206, email or visit our website To list your Community Event in our Calendar, please email the event to:

How to set a Fantastic Holiday Table Family Features) The holidays are about making memories with friends and family. When it's your turn to host, you can set a truly memorable holiday table - without breaking the bank. Celebrity chef and event planner Travis London, of Healthy Chic Eats, shares three great ideas for creating fantastic holiday table settings and a recipe: • Don't be afraid to mix and match. It's okay to mix patterns and textures because it adds another level of interest to the table. Mikasa offers many different dinnerware patterns that can be easily mixed with each other to create a great look. For example, start with red metallic chargers and add white Cameo Platinum dinner plates and festive salad plates such as Love Story Holiday. Or go for a fun, contemporary look by layering Christmas Cheers Dots and Christmas Candy Cane dishes. • Be creative with table decorations. Try using what you have in new ways. Fill a Pfaltzgraff Winterberry serving bowl with cranberries, or line a Winterberry platter with pretty votives

and evergreen sprigs you snip from the back yard. • For an easy, long-lasting centerpiece use potted plants. Many supermarkets sell potted plants at great prices. Rosemary plants make a beautiful and fragrant addition to the holiday table. Try setting out two pots of rosemary wrapped in red foil, then put them on either side of a glass vase or jar filled with red ornaments. No matter how you dress your table for the holidays, the food is the real star of the show. For more entertaining tips and recipes, visit Holiday Bliss Low Calorie White Chocolate and Ricotta Cheesecake Ingredients: 12 ounces low fat cream cheese 1 1/2 cups fresh ricotta 2 tablespoons sugar 5 ounces chopped white chocolate, melted 1 large egg

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Not all animal surgeries are created equal by Dr. Kenneth Trippett, West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital There is a fairly common belief that all veterinarians perform surgery in the exact same way, using the exact same anesthetics, and therefore all surgeries are “high risk” procedures. In truth, there is an impressive array of anesthetics and surgical techniques used on animals now-a-days. An inexpensive spay performed at a rescue, is not the same procedure performed at most high quality veterinary hospitals. The rule that “you get what you pay for,” is especially true when it comes to anesthesia and surgery. At the West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital, we take surgery very seriously. We insist on presurgical blood tests to make sure that the animals are healthy enough for anesthesia. We use only short acting or reversible injectable anesthetics. Except for very short procedures that require only mild anesthesia, we

intubate our patients so that we can breath for them if they don't breath on their own. While the animal is asleep, we monitor their ECG, blood oxygen level, and respiratory rate, to make sure the patient is not getting into trouble. While it is impossible to make anesthesia 100% safe, our goal is to make it as safe as possible for all of our patients. Now that you know that surgery can be safely performed for almost every animal, in December, Dr. Trippett is offering all clients, 10% off the price of anesthesia and surgery that he preforms (see the ad). P

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Angels by World Re-Known Psychic Shirlet Angels are divine messengers and protectors  many of which are dedicated to helping humanity.  They are most often seen when people need protection, guidance, or to speak with a loved one who has passed on.  When angels interact with people, they are not always in "church window" form. They can appear to look just like the average person or animal, although observant or sensitive people will notice something is really different about them. Intervening at times of great stress, crisis, or hardship, there are a lot of historical  references to angels appearing and communicating with people to change everything at a pivotal point. Often when everything seems lost but the light at the end of the tunnel is just around the corner, not yet visible to the people involved. Sometimes we need this spark of divine intervention when hopes are flagging but a positive , relieving  outcome is just a slight pull in the right direction. Many people have a close relationship with their  guardian angel and talk or pray with them every day. Believe me,  the angels are always listening and appreciate the respect and attention. A lot of people do not take time out to show them admiration or reverence but they should.  As a psychic medium I have contacted many angels through my angel readings for clients who just needed some hope and guidance, or even to save someones life.   I do want to also say that angels can also send what I call a living angel to help someone in need.  It could be the man who lets you out in traffic before you run out of gas,  it can be the woman who says you look nice on a day you really felt depressed, or other unexpected but welcome intervention when things are bleak.  Or, messages can also

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nobody else is around, a glowing warm light enveloping a room we are in,  or a sense of overwhelming peace and kindness settling over us.  I would like to use a true story as an example from a client. A woman came up to me one night at a private speaking I was giving on angels. With tears in her eyes,  she told me her story of how she was saved by an angel. She was driving in a bitter storm on her way home from work one night.   She could barely see through the windshield,  when she noticed a figure in the road.    She slammed on the breaks , bracing for hitting something and swerved to the side coming to an abrupt stop.    Shaken,  she looked out her rain soaked window and could not believe her eyes. There in the road looking right at her was her beautiful golden retriever, Colin.  She knew it was him because he was still wearing the custom made red collar with crystals he had been buried in. Colin had lost his fight with cancer three months before.  What really shocked her later ,  was the realization  that he had died the same exact time as the accident she was almost in.   As she unbuckled her seat-belt to get out of the car, Colin disappeared right in front of her eyes.   She set there quietly for a little bit,  then pulled out shaken remembering her beloved pet from the past. After driving along slowly for about two miles,  she noticed up ahead of  her,   a row of three cars smashed into each other. She later found out a tree had broken and fell on one of them from the storm. She knew at that moment her life had been saved by Colin her angel,  when she found out the couple in the last car had not survived.  That would have been her car. Remember angels can come in all sizes, shapes and forms.   Always look for the signs.      Shirlet is a  world re-known psychic and does do angel readings for clients or groups. You can get a hold  of her at or call 570759-0092 or 570-764-3053. P Shirlet Enama is a World Renowned Professional Psychic, Meta-Physical Advisor, Reiki Master, Spiritual Decorator. Visit her Website: Phone: (570) 759-0092, (570) 764-3053 or (570) 764-2088.

ElderWish Foundation Essay Contest The senior citizens of the greater Hazleton area make sacrifices all the time for their loved ones and their communities, and now you have a chance to repay them for their efforts. The ElderWish Foundation is sponsoring an essay contest, the winner of which will get a seven night cruise for 2. The destination for the cruise is Port Canaveral Florida, then on to Coco Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas. This year’s cruise will take place in May, 2013. The contest rules are simple: write an essay of any length describing “Why I think my loved one deserves to win this cruise”. The recipient must be able to travel on the reserved dates. Two personal references for the recipient must be submitted with the essay. Contest entrants should describe why the candidate they are nominating is important to them and why they believe that person is worthy of such a prize. The essays must be submitted to the ElderWish Board no later than January 1st, 2013. The winner of the contest will be announced at an ElderWish fund raising dinner dance to


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Enjoy a trip back in time...Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas Celebration Jim Thorpe's streets bustle with the sounds and joy of the Christmas season, just like a scene from a Dickens novel. This year is Dickens 200th Birthday so we have added a few surprises! Street carolers sing in chorus while horsedrawn carriages transport riders through the beautifully adorned Victorian streets. Decorated store fronts invite visitors inside to discover unique items and ideal gifts for their loved ones. Visiting Jim Thorpe during the holidays is like taking a step back in time to relive festive childhood memories—it's a Christmas of yesteryear. Jim Thorpe’s popular Olde Time Christmas Celebration is spread out over three weekends:

December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16. Grab your family, friends and loved ones and come to Jim Thorpe for lots of yuletide fun and merriment! Jim Thorpe was just named one of the top Ten Small Towns in America by USA Today and Rand McNally and Christmas is a wonderful time of year to celebrate in a small town. The decorations, the cozy accommodations, the sounds of the trains and carolers, and relaxed strolling through our downtown will transport you to a different era. Please check our news, events and sponsors tabs for more info on this year's Olde Time Christmas Celebration. We are updating everyday! Friend us on Facebook and don't get left out of the updates! P

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did the vocals. He never had a plan to release this recording. He just wanted to take on the challenge of recording an entire album by himself. It took him about a year and a half to complete the project. What resulted was an excellent and impressive recording. As can be expected, Matt is a very busy musician. He is currently touring with Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push. Next time they come to the area, check out this group and the very talented Matt Rosinski. As we close, don’t forget about “The Polka Connection” every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on 1490 WAZL. “The coolest polka show on the radio.” You can also listen on-line at And be sure to join the Polskie Swingmasters on Sunday, December 2, at Pine View Acres, Chamberlain Avenue, in Pottsville, PA. The start time for this dance will be 2:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Coal Crackers Polka Association. Come on down and join us. We will have a great time. By the way, the Polskie Swingmasters are available for private parties and engagements. Call me at 570-429-0859 or Steve at 570788-5336. Until next time, have a great month. And, have a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas with family and friends. P



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Outstanding Hazleton High Basketball Opponents of the 1950s by Rev. Connell A. McHugh

One of my all-time favorite stories, not only of the Christmas season, but of any narratives is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Among the characters in the story is the ghost of Christmas past. In this article, I would like to concentrate on several outstanding basketball players of the 1950s who played against Hazleton High in winters past. Certainly there are additional excellent opponents besides the ones I will treat. The players that I wish to reflect on are, in my opinion, quite interesting in that they went on to play in the NBA or in major league baseball, and in one case, in both the major leagues and the NBA. The first player is Joe Holup, the most famous of a family of fine basketball stalwarts. Joe Holup starred for Swoyersville where he was All-State in 1951 and 1952. His brother, John, was an AllStater in 1950 when Homestead defeated Swoyersville 48 – 42 in the state championship game. That game was played when there was only one state title game regardless of school size. In the loss to Homestead, John Holup scored 27 points and Joe, a center who was a sophomore tallied eight. Swoyersville defeated Hazleton during the Holup years. Both John and Joe Holup would go on to play for George Washington, where Joe Holup is still considered the best player in the history of the school, and with good reason. Joe Holup was a 6’6” forward who played at George Washington from 1953 through 1956 and scored 2,236 points and hauled down 2,030 rebounds in 104

varsity contests. Even in his freshman year, Holup was the team’s top scorer averaging 19.4 points per game. For his four year college career, Holup averaged 21.4 points. He also led the country in field goal percentage two of his four varsity years. Joe Holup was the nation’s leading rebounder in his senior year. He still holds the George Washington record for points in a single game with 49. In the 1952-53 season when John Holup was a senior and Joe an underclassman, the team compiled the best record in George Washington history going 23 -3. In his senior years, Joe Holup averaged 25 points and 23.2 rebounds per game. Joe Holup was the first selection of the Syracuse Nationals (now the Philadelphia 76ers) in the 1956 draft. Holup averaged 7.8 points per game for the Nets during the 1956-57 campaign. In 1957-58, Joe Holup split time between the Nets and the Detroit Pistons and averaged 4.8 points and 4.2 rebounds a game. In his final season in the NBA, Holup averaged 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for Detroit. For his three year career in the NBA, Joe Holup averaged 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. Joe Holup appeared in a total of 15 playoff games and averaged 4.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in these contests. Joe Holup died on January 28, 1998 in Rexford, New York at age 63. He definitely ranks as one of the best hoopsters to ever come from Northeastern, Pa. Dick Ricketts was born in Pottstown, Pa. on December 4, 1933 and played for that city’s

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high school team before leading Duquesne to the 1955 NIT Championship with Sihugo Green when the NIT was more prestigious than the NCAA crown. Hazleton handily defeated the 1950 Pottstown quintet on the road although Dick Ricketts had an outstanding game. Both Dick Ricketts and his younger brother, Dave, would star for Duquesne. Dick Ricketts was a second team All-American in 1954 and was a first team selection on everybody’s list in 1955. Dick Ricketts was an extremely strong 6’7” 225 pounder who played center and forward. The Ricketts brothers were viewed as kings on campus during their years at Duquesne. Dick Ricketts was drafted by both the St. Louis Hawks of the NBA and the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League. Dick Ricketts was drafted #1 overall by the Hawks but also was under contract to the Cardinals as a pitcher. Ricketts split time between the Hawks and Rochester Royals in 1955 and averaged 8.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He averaged 11.2 points the next season for Rochester and then accompanied the Royals when they moved to Cincinnati in 1957 where he averaged 7.8 points a game. Ricketts was a teammate of the great Maurice Stokes who became paralyzed from an injury toward the end of the 1957-58 seasons. Stokes would be confined to a wheelchair and later die at age 37. Teammate Jack Twyman became Stokes’s caregiver. Stokes’s injury had a profound influence on Ricketts who had been a playground rival of

Stokes. This led to Ricketts giving up basketball after only three NBA years, even though he was a much better basketball player than baseball one. While Dick Ricketts did have four winning seasons in the minors, he was unsuccessful in a short stint in the majors. He appeared in 12 games for the Cardinals in 1959 and went 1 – 6 with a high 5.82 ERA. Dick Ricketts died on March 6, 1988 at the age of 54. )Dick Ricketts’ younger brother, Dave, who was a very good basketball player at Duquesne, averaging 17 points in his senior year, played parts of six seasons in the majors; five with the Cardinals and one with the Pirates. He only had 213 career at bats in 130 games with a .249 lifetime average as a backup catcher. Broadcaster and former Cardinals star catcher, Tim McCarver, regarded Dave Ricketts as an astute baseball man and a great clubhouse presence. Dave Ricketts was a reserve catcher on the 1967 Cardinal World Series winning team. He later had a long career in baseball, primarily as a bullpen catchercoach. He was the bullpen coach of the 1971 Series-Winning Pirates and later for the 1985 World Champion Cardinals. Dave Ricketts died on July 13, 2008 at age 73. The third outstanding basketball opponent of Hazleton in the 1950s that I would like to discuss is Bob Heffner, who was a standout in basketball and baseball for Allentown when Hazleton belonged to the highly rated East Penn League. While Joe Holup and Dick Ricketts were a little before my time, I saw Bob Heffner play with my dad at St.Joseph’s Gym. I know Allentown defeated Hazleton, and I recall that Heffner had an outstanding game. Allentown also had a fine player named Charlie Quarterman. The Allentown Canaries were the class of the East Penn League when Heffner starred for them in the mid fifties. Bob Heffner was not only selected to the first team All-State, but was chosen as a Na-

tional All-American basketball player by Scholastic magazine as one of the best 30 players in the country. The All-American team was headed by Jerry Lucas who would be a first team All-American at Ohio State and later have a fine NBA career with Cincinnati, San Francisco and the New York Knicks. Lucas averaged 17 points a game in an 11 year career and was a seven time all-star. Despite being one of the best basketball players in the country, Bob Heffner who was a sturdy 6’4” 210 pounder, decided to pursue a professional baseball career. He signed with the Red Sox right out of high school and pitched well for three years at Corning, New York in the low minors. Bob Heffner had a fine year in 1960 for his hometown Allentown Red Sox in which he won 16 and lost 9, struck out 163 and had a fine 3.23 ERA. Heffner pitched for York in 1962 and led the league in strikeouts with 234 and had a sparkling 2.68 ERA. This led to a promotion in 1963 to Seattle of the Pacific Coast League. In his first 20 games for Seattle, Heffner had an ERA under 2.00 which earned him a call-up to the Boston Red Sox at the age of 25. Bob Heffner’s initial game for the Red Sox resulted in a complete game 9 – 2 victory. He finished the season with a 4 – 9 record and a 4.26 ERA. In 1964, Heffner had his best big league season going 7 – 9 with a 4.08 ERA. For his career, Heffner won 11 and lost 21 with a 4.51 ERA. He allowed about a hit per inning and had a good strikeout to walk ratio, fanning 241 and walking 107 in 351 innings. A knee injury sustained playing basketball in 1965 led to an ineffective 1965 season. Heffner pitched mainly in relief that year. Bob Heffner pitched very briefly though effectively for the Indians in 1966 and the Angels in 1968. In 1967 he had a good season in the Pacific Coast League winning 15 games. Despite being relatively short, Heffner’s ca-

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reer had its moments. On August 24, 1964, Heffner shut out the Yankees at Fenway Park on his daughter’s first birthday, striking out Mickey Mantle three times. On August 25, 1963, he defeated Cleveland 2 – 1 with 12 strikeouts. Heffner is only one of three pitchers to record three putouts in one inning. He accomplished this while pitching for Boston and covering first base three times and receiving assists from none other than “Dr. Strangeglove” Dick Stuart, the notorious poor fielding first sacker. Heffner also came within one out of pitching a no-hitter against Cleveland, only to have it broken up by Tito Francona, the father of former Phillies and Red Sox manager, Terry Francona. Bob Heffner’s final appearance was for the Angels on May 20, 1968. Heffner still lives in Allentown but has little memorabilia left from his career. Both Dick Ricketts and Joe Holup appear in Topps’ first basketball set put out in the 1957-58 season. Both cards are worth about $20 in midgrade condition and around $40 in near mint. The Holup card is a bit more difficult to find since it is a single print. Baseball cards of Dick Ricketts and Bob Heffner run around $5 in exmint condition. P Rev. McHugh can be reached at Good Shepherd Church, Drums at 570-788-3141 or at 570-454-5058, or by his new email address at LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED






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Surprising Ways to add to Your Savings by John A. Addison Jr. (NAPSA)-Learning to be more of a "saver" than a "spender" can often start with small steps that take you in a new direction and help you to acquire new habits. If you struggle with finding money to save, here are some ideas you may have overlooked: • Put aside your loose change each day. Saving just $1 a day will yield you $365 in a year. • Cut your phone bills. For less than $10, you can buy a prepaid cell phone and pay only by the minute. Unless you have medical issues that can require emergency calls, you may even want to consider canceling your land line. • Do your best to avoid unnecessary bank fees. For instance, by avoiding bounced checks, overdrafts and ATM fees, the $20$40 you normally spend each month could save you $240 to $480 each year. • Bring lunch to work. Spend $2 a day on making lunch at home instead of eating out for $5 a day, and before you know it you've saved $780 in one year. • Track your spending. You might not realize where your money is going. Keep a receipt for everything you spend in one month. At the end of the month, separate them into categories. This process can often help you see where you can trim excess spending without radically changing your lifestyle. Many people find that entertainment and dining out are two areas where modest cuts can lead to significant savings over time. To learn more, visit www.primerica. com. Mr. Addison is Primerica's Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Primerica Distribution. 46 • Panorama Community Magazine: Legal & Financing

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How Grandparents can help Grandchildren with College Costs by John J. Beltrami, Financial Advisor As the cost of a college education continues to climb, many grandparents are stepping in to help. Helping to pay for a grandchild's college education can bring great personal satisfaction and is a smart way for grandparents to pass on wealth without having to pay gift and estate taxes. So what are some ways to accomplish this goal?

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Outright cash gifts A common way for grandparents to help grandchildren is to make an outright gift of cash or securities. But this method has a couple of drawbacks. A gift of more than the annual federal gift tax exclusion amount--$13,000 for individual gifts and $26,000 for gifts made by a married couple--might have gift tax and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax consequences. Another drawback is that a cash gift to a student will be considered untaxed income by the federal government's aid application, the FAFSA, and student income is assessed at a rate of 50%, which can impact financial aid eligibility. One workaround is for the grandparent to give the cash gift to the parent instead of the grandchild, as gifts to parents do not need to be reported as income on the FAFSA. Another solution is to wait until your grandchild graduates college and then give a cash gift that can be used to pay off school loans. Yet another option is to pay the college directly. Pay tuition directly to the college Under federal law, tuition payments made directly to a college aren't considered taxable gifts, no matter how large the payment. But payments can only be made for tuition-room and board, books, and other similar expenses don't qualify. Paying tuition directly to the college ensures that your money will be used for the education purpose you intended, plus it removes the money from your estate. And you are still free to give your grandchild a separate tax-free gift each year up to the $13,000 limit ($26,000 for joint gifts). However, colleges will often reduce a student's institutional financial aid by the amount of the grandparent's payment. So before sending a check, ask the college how it will affect your grandchild's eligibility for college-based aid.

to $65,000 ($130,000 for joint gifts by married couples) and avoid federal gift tax. To do so, a special election must be made to treat the gift as if it were made in equal installments over a five-year period, and no additional gifts can be made to the beneficiary during this time. This money is considered removed from the grandparents' estate, even though the grandparent would still retain control over the funds. There is a caveat, however. If a grandparent were to die during the five-year period, then a prorated portion of the contribution would be recaptured into the estate for estate tax purposes. If grandparents want to open a 529 account for their grandchild, there are a few things to keep in mind. If you need to withdraw the money in the 529 account for something other than your grandchild's college expenses-for example, for medical expenses or emergency purposes-there is a double consequence: the earnings portion of the withdrawal is subject to a 10% penalty and will be taxed at your ordinary income tax rate. Also, funds in a grandparent-owned 529 account may still be factored in when determining Medicaid eligibility, unless these funds are specifically exempted by state law. Regarding financial aid, grandparent-owned 529 accounts do not need to be listed as an asset on the federal government's financial aid application, the FAFSA. However, distributions (withdrawals) from a grandparentowned 529 plan are reported as untaxed income to the beneficiary (grandchild), and this income is assessed at 50% by the FAFSA. By contrast, parent-owned 529 accounts are reported as a parent asset on the FAFSA (and assessed at 5.6%) and distributions from parent-owned plans aren't counted as student income. One option is for the grandparent to delay taking a distribution from the 529 plan until any time after January 1 of the grandchild's junior year of college (because there will be no more FAFSAs to fill out). Another option is for the grandparent to change the owner of the 529 account to the parent. Note: Investors should consider the investment objecti ves, risks, charges, and expenses associated with 529 plans before investing.

Private Ementary/Secondary School If you're interested in contributing to your grand529 plans child's private elementary or secondary school education, A 529 plan can be an excellent way for grandparents a Coverdell education savings account (ESA) is worth a to contribute to a grandchild's college education, while look. You can contribute up to $2,000 per beneficiary simultaneously paring down their own estate. Contribu- each year to a Coverdell ESA. tions to a 529 plan grow tax deferred, and withdrawals Give my office a call at (570) 455-6301 to allow me used for the beneficiary's qualified education expenses are completely tax free at the federal level (and generally at the to assist you in your contributing to your grandchildren’s education. Visit my website @ state level too). There are two types: college savings plans and prepaid for further info. tuition plans. College savings plans are individual investJanney Montgomery Scott LLC Financial Advisors are available to discuss the ment-type accounts offered by nearly all states and mansuitability and risks involved with various products and strategies presented. aged by financial institutions. Funds can be used at any We will be happy to provide a prospectus, when available, and other information upon request. Please note that the information provided includes referaccredited college in the United States or abroad. Prepaid ence to concepts that have legal, accounting and tax implications. It is not tuition plans allow prepayment of tuition at today's prices to be construed as legal, accounting or tax advice, and is provided as general for the limited group of colleges--typically in-state public information to you to assist in understanding the issues discussed. Neither Montgomery Scott LLC nor its Financial Advisors (in their capaccolleges--that participate in the plan. Grandparents can Janney ity as Financial Advisors) give tax, legal, or accounting advice. We would contribute a lump sum to a grandchild's 529 account, or urge you to consult with your own attorney and/or accountant regarding the application of the information contained in this letter to the facts and smaller, regular amounts. of your particular situation. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, Regarding lump-sum gifts, a big advantage of 529 plans circumstances is a full-service investment firm that is a member of the NYSE, the FINRA is that under special rules unique to 529 plans, individuand SIPC. Prepared by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. Copyright 2012. als can make a single lump-sum gift to a 529 plan of up

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Tips on protecting your Financial Information (Family Features) ownership, backup Stress over financial credit lines, even comatters can affect both signing your child's your health and your student loans can be family's well-being. You influenced by your can reduce the stress by credit score. In addifollowing a few simple tion, spotting fraudutips. lent accounts - such as Gather your docucredit cards opened via ments and store them identity theft - is much safely. Over time, you easier when you're accumulate all sorts of important papers from managing your credit score. Free credit report medical histories to bills and insurance in- services with email alerts are available online. formation. It's a good idea to keep all these Look to life insurance to help protect your important documents in a safe place, such as a safety deposit box or fire-proof strong box. Here are some things you'll want to store safely and be able to retrieve quickly: • Insurance plan information - life, health, dental, home owners, renters, auto, boat, etc. • Mortgage information • Tax information - returns, purchase and charitable contribution receipts • Investment paperwork - savings, stocks, bonds and retirement records • Will and trust or health care directives Keep ATM receipts for a month, and paycheck stubs, bills, credit card, bank and investment statements for a year. Hold on to tax returns, medical bills, mortgage and home records longer - up to three to seven years. Set a monthly budget. It's important to keep track of your finances and what you're spending money on in order to determine where you can cut back. Keep an accurate account of your finances for several months, then start trimming expenses where possible. There are excellent software packages available to help you keep your income and expenses balanced. Set a savings budget and stick to it. Whether it's for your children's college tuition, a home down payment or for retirement, it's important to make your savings goal part of your monthly budget. Set aside a regular amount - starting as early as you can. Keep an emergency fund. Financial emergencies can happen when you least expect them. Instead of adding to your debt through a credit card withdrawal or bank loan, keep an amount equal to six months expenses on hand. Get started by arranging a bi-weekly or monthly automatic transfer into your savings account Stay on top of your credit score. Good credit opens many doors - auto and home

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Changing of the Seasons by Anthony Urillo, MPT Well, the air temperature and the time change let us know that summer is long gone! Winter is on the doorstep, with the holiday season not far behind. As a sports fan, this time of year kind of reminds me of the off season, where athletes take some time off from their usual inseason workouts and relax until the next year rolls around. Most of us not being professional athletes, however, don’t get the benefit of an off season when it comes to changing our routines as the seasons change. There are seasonal tasks that we don’t do frequently and that if done improperly (poor safety awareness and body mechanics), can result in an untimely injury. Things like cleaning our lawn mowers, moving heavy equipment around in crowded sheds and garages, and yes, putting up decorations often require us to get into awkward positions, work in poor, sustained postures, and employ improper lifting techniques. Averages of more than 5,000 people are treated in emergency rooms annually for fall-related injuries that occurred while decorating for the holidays! Bah, humbug! The key to avoiding an “off season” injury is to not allow yourself to get out of “in

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Carbon Monoxide Hazards by James F. Caggiano, MD, FAAP, Alliance Medical Group Pediatrics The frost already has formed on the pumpkin this autumn, so even the most frugal among us is forced to turn on the heat at home…at least at night. Did you know any heating system that burns fuel, whether it is coal, propane, natural gas, home heating oil or wood, produces carbon monoxide (CO)?

atrics (AAP) revealed roughly 15,000 Americans visit the Emergency Department each year due to unintentional carbon monoxide intoxication. Of these, five hundred people die. Home heating systems are the most common source of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to statistics gathered by the CDC.

Carbon Monoxide Basics Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas. At elevated levels, carbon monoxide prevents the body from transporting oxygen appropriately. Victims may experience headaches, nausea and vomiting. They can become confused, experience memory loss and even lose consciousness. Chest pain can occur. Left untreated, carbon monoxide can result in death. When heat-producing appliances malfunction, carbon monoxide can build up indoors, causing serious health hazards to humans and pets. Every home has these hazards. They include automobile exhaust leaking through the house door in a dwelling with an attached garage, wood stoves, coal stoves, fireplaces, ovens, gas stoves and furnaces. Appliances that are meant to burn fuel outdoors, such as gas grills, can be particularly dangerous due to their relatively high carbon monoxide emissions and the risk of fire. Even cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide! When power outages occur, portable gasoline powered generators are frequently used as a backup power source. Studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal the average portable gasoline powered generator can produce one hundred times more carbon monoxide than an automobile. In addition, the CDC has undertaken research with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to determine how close a portable gas-powered generator should be positioned to a dwelling. While ten feet is a frequently recommended distance, the research study indicates that in conditions where little or no wind is blowing, positioning a portable generator even 15 ft. away from a dwelling may not be far enough. As a further precaution, the generator should be operated in an area that is free of combustible material.

Be Aware of the Signs While gastroenteritis (“stomach flu”) is more common in the winter months, it rarely causes drowsiness and nausea in multiple family members simultaneously. If everyone in the house is drowsy and sick to their stomach and the smaller members are more affected than the larger ones, then get out of the house! Individuals who are intoxicated or fall asleep in a place where carbon monoxide has accumulated can die before they ever develop symptoms. The AAP recommends the following precautions to keep you and your family safe and warm this winter: • Install battery powered or battery backed up carbon monoxide detectors, especially near bedrooms. Test the alarms and check the batteries regularly to ensure proper function. • Have your furnace, fireplace, heaters and chimney inspected yearly. This will improve efficiency and safety. • Do not use charcoal grills, kerosene heaters or portable stoves indoors. • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for the installation and use of heating devices, espe-

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cially gasoline powered auxiliary generators and catalytic heaters. • Use an exhaust fan vented outside over kitchen gas stoves. • Never leave an automobile or other gas powered vehicle idling inside the garage, even with the garage door open. • If possible, leave a window opened a crack in the room when using the fireplace. • Use dry, well-seasoned wood in your fireplace. Green or wet wood produces more smoke and contributes to smoke build up in the chimney. In the event of a carbon monoxide alarm, leave your home immediately. Children and pets show the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning earlier than adults, so they may already have symptoms by the time the alarm sounds. Get any unresponsive family members outside right away and call 911. If the alarm sounds and everything and everyone appears to be fine, do not take any chances. Leave the building at once and call 911 to have the situation checked out. Yes, the bitter cold winter weather will soon be upon us. With a little care and attention to detail, we can all be safe and warm. P James F. Caggiano, MD, FAAP, is a health care provider for Alliance Medical Group Pediatrics, an affiliate physician network of the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance. To schedule an appointment, please call 570501-6400.






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a monthly preventative treatment. If you’re noticing premature signs of aging such as skin discoloration and sun damage, Microdermabrasion is a preferred way to gently buff away dry and damaged skin. Or, if you are otherwise happy with the condition of your skin, but are looking for a monthly “refresher,” Microderm offers a winning combination-The rejuvenating benefits of a facial, along with the renewing qualities of a deep facial scrub. A Microdermabrasion treatment involves a “microderm machine” that emits a pressurized stream of crystals on the skin’s surface. The Microderm  machine is designed to gently slough off dead skin, eliminate black heads, shrink large pores, and leave skin feeling unbelievably soft and smooth.  A Chemical Peel is a safe, commonly used method of treating acne, age spots, brown spots, large pores, fine wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. The traditional chemical peel procedure involves the application of a chemical solution designed to smooth and exfoliate skin while removing its damaged outer layer. Many of the compounds used in chemical peels are found in nature, such as Glycolic acid (of the alpha-hyrdroxy family), which is derived from certain fruits and plants. It assists in the skin treatment by stimulating new collagen and skin growth while allowing dead skin cells to fall off naturally. Salicylic acid, a simple fruit compound, is an effective acne scar chemical peel and also works for oily and acne prone skin, by increasing cell turnover. Mandelic acid, meanwhile, is an extract from bitter almonds, and is often used in a chemical peel for uneven skin tones and or patients with pigmentation problems. Most chemical peels take only 10-15 minutes to perform, and the majority of patients report only a mild stinging from the chemical solution. The chemical peels mentioned above, the recovery time is quick, with most redness and dryness subsiding within a week’s time. Age Intervention Enlighten is a remarkable at home product with new composition that brightens and encourages the uniform appearance of facial discoloration - even stubborn hyper-pigmentation!  Robert Stevens Face And Body offers free consultations call 788-SKIN (7546) to make your appointment. P Debi Shandrick is a Certified Aesthetician and the owner of The Skin Care Center at Robert Stevens Face & Body, 536 Route 93 in Sugarloaf. For more information or to make an appointment, call 570-788-SKIN (7546).

Give the Gift of Holiday Cheer by Marlin Duncan The holidays are fast approaching, and for most of us this means fun times spent with family, friends and other loved ones. However, for seniors, holidays can be difficult. Many have lost a spouse and friends through the years, or perhaps live far away from their families and may be unable to travel long distances to see loved ones. This means the holidays can be a lonely time for many seniors, especially those who live by themselves at home. This year, Comfort Keepers® encourages you to reach out to elderly people you know and give the gift of holiday cheer. There are many ways you can make a huge difference in the life of seniors by simply spending time with them. Offer to bake holiday goodies together, or invite a senior friend shopping for Christmas presents or a cup of coffee. You can play games and even spend an afternoon writing holiday cards to send to friends and family. Take a walk or an evening drive to enjoy holiday lights and decorations. Reach out to seniors you do not know for the same reasons. Organize a holiday get- together at your church for seniors. Take a visit with your children to an assisted living facility and sing Christmas carols. You can also volunteer at local organizations that offer services to seniors in your community. You can help plan activities such as trips, exercise classes, book clubs or other gatherings that provide avenues for seniors to expand their circle of friends. Call an orga-

nization like Comfort Keepers, which employs caregivers to assist the elderly during the holidays and throughout the year to provide grocery shopping, light cleaning or other duties that make it easier for seniors to live independently at home alone. Comfort Keepers offers more than just physical assistance – we provide important social interaction for seniors on a daily basis. During the holidays, for example, caregivers could take your loved ones to holidays events, sit with them to go over old photo albums, and similar activities. Spending time with seniors makes them feel valued, involved, and less lonely and isolated during the holiday season. The holidays can pro-

vide unique opportunities to connect with seniors in ways that enrich not only their lives, but your own. Giving the gift of your time is a small way you can make a large difference in the lives of seniors. They may not use words to express the value of your time with them, but watch as their faces light up with smiles and their steps become a bit lighter during your visit. You are certain to find your gift of holiday cheer comes to mean as much to you as it does to the elderly people with whom you share it. P For more information on senior living and elder care options, go to www.comfortkeepers/ Each office is independently owned and operated. Marlin Duncan, owner of Comfort Keepers, works professionally with the elderly on issues relating to senior independence. He can be reached in Hazleton at 570-450-0890.

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The Laurels Senior Living Community December 2012 Laurels Holiday Happenings The most wonderful time of the year! 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! It is such a special time of the

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year to cherish the family and friends in our lives and keep those memories close to our hearts.   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 Family Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 9th. We will also feature a Christmas Cookie Bake Sale, book sale, 50/50 chances and tricky trays.  If anyone would like to donate baked goods or tricky trays, please 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 570455-7757.   Holiday Happenings Tis the season for Christmas cards and gifts!  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.  Greeting cards for any occasion as well as postage are available to residents for purchase at the front desk. This special service as well as assistance with gift wrapping will begin on Dec. 7th.  What a nice way to spread the Christmas joy to others!

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Christmas Activity Corner Entertainment: • This month keeps us swinging, moving and entertained by talents of: George Rittenhouse, Tammy Gilbert, Betty Carpenter, Greg Palmer, Tom Rogo, Bible stories with Rodney Foxx, Dedra & Al, and fiddler Paul Riffon. Upcoming Events: • Holiday Decorating - Every year, our residents help decorate the facility for the Christmas holiday season. Our annual tradition will begin on December 1st with Greg Palmer joining us with his musical talents to top off the evening. If you get a chance, stop by and see our Winter Wonderland! • Local 6 year old, Gabrielle Howe, will dazzle us with her piano playing on Dec. 20th and the Greater Polonaise Society will be here to sing Christmas Carols on Dec 16th.  It’s a month of musical magic! • Our Culinary Group will be tempting us with Pumpkin Roll, Christmas cookies, and Christmas candy.   Holiday Toy Drive Every year our Laurels staff, residents and family members collect toys for local children who would otherwise not be able to share in the joy of receiving gifts.  This year, our collection is being donated to a toy drive heading by a special 6 year old named Audrianna.  She wanted all of her friends, who spend most of their time at Geisinger’s Children’s Hospital, to be able to experience and celebrate Christmas like the rest of us.  Audrianna has an amazing heart and spectacular smile!  What a wonderful child to think of others during the Holiday season.  We will be collecting unwrapped toys and crafts items for boys and girls ages 0-16 through December 16th.  We appreciate your kindness during this most blessed time of the year!   If you would like more information regarding our services, please call our administrator at 570-455-7757, to schedule a private tour and complementary lunch, or contact him via email at From the residents and staff at The Laurels, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! The Laurels Senior Living Community…"Where Our Family of Residents Come First!” P

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by Dr. Alexandra Wasmanski, OD Researchers are increasingly finding a link between good nutrition and ocular health. It is now believed that progression of eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration, can be slowed by a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and vitamin supplementation. Two nutrients that are extremely important to visual acuity are lutein and zeaxanthin. These are found in green leafy vegetables and eggs, and help reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases. This is especially important in maintaining a healthy macula and in reducing the risk of macular degeneration. Ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, is a common antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables. Along with boosting our immune system, evidence suggests that it may slow the progression of cataract development. Another powerful antioxidant is vitamin E. Alpha-tocopherol is thought to protect the cells of the eye from damage caused by free radicals; which break down healthy tissue. Vitamin E can be found in nuts, sweet

potatoes, and fortified cereals. Zinc is a necessary mineral that helps with transporting vitamin A from the liver to the retina. This aids in the production of melanin, which is a protective eye pigment found in the retina. Zinc is most abundant in oysters, shellfish, and liver. Essential fatty acids are also needed to maintain good ocular health. They help keep the nervous system functioning properly and help increase the immune system. Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory in nature which helps with chronic dry eye syndrome, blepharitis, and meibomian gland dysfunction. Omega-3s are most readily available in oily fish such as salmon and sardines. Health and nutrition are a lifetime concern. It is important to act now to improve your diet before an eye problem develops. Eating the right foods and taking the necessary supplements today, will help ensure good vision for tomorrow. P



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The Year is Ending and so too are your Dental Benefits by Frank Glushefski, D.M.D. Now that Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas and New Years are fast approaching our calendars are filling with obligations. Extra time is now at a premium and the last thing going through our minds is dental insurance and additional appointments prior to the year end. Were you aware that by utilizing your dental insurance benefits before the end of the year, you could save hundreds if not thousands of dollars? Most dental insurances run based upon a calendar year. If this holds true for your dental insurance the following are six reasons to put this magazine down and pick

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up the phone to schedule a dental appointment immediately. 1) By deferring dental treatment and avoiding your dental visit, you are at high risk of more advanced and costly dental expenses as time progresses. Today’s cavity, if left untreated, will result in tomorrow’s root canal and crown. 2) If you pay for your dental insurance on a monthly basis, you should use your benefit package to your own advantage. If you do not require dental treatment, I encourage all of my patients to keep up with their regular, routine dental cleanings and examinations in an effort to early detection and intervention of any potential dental issue. 3) Chances are you have already met or exceeded your annual deductible for your dental insurance. This being said, why not get as much of your required work done in order to maximize your dental benefits as your deductible starts all over again in January of the new year. 4) Your annual benefit maximum is the most money that your insurance will allow you to utilize annually. This amount varies from insurance carrier to insurance carrier with the average being $1,000 per year. If you have not fully utilized your benefits for the year, the remainder does not roll-over into the following year. Rather, it is removed from your annual benefit package and is unable to be utilized by you, the insured. 5) Due to the rising costs of dentistry and healthcare in general, annual fee increases are

necessary and occur most commonly on January 1 of every year. This will result in more out-ofpocket expense to you and may make your copay increase accordingly. 6) If you participate in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) you must utilize the pre-tax dollars you have contributed by the end of the year or you forfeit the amount. Many patients use FSA money for their dental care. As part of our continued commitment to providing our patients with exceptional dental care, we wish to ensure them that they receive all the benefits to which they are entitled. So why not visit your dentist now and start the New Year off with a healthy smile? On behalf of myself and my staff, we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please visit our website at Should you have insurance coverage questions, or wish to schedule an appointment call us today at (570) 443-9892. P

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by John Degenhart, DC Chiropractors have proven to the scientific community that they get the best results for back pain and neck pain. It is financially the most effective treatment, and indeed, patient surveys nationwide give chiropractors a 97% satisfaction rate when study after study surveys their patients. Yet, chiropractic is so much more than that. There is an Innate Power inside each of us. When the spine misaligns, it blocks that power by not allowing the Nerve System to heal as it was created to do. But many of us lack confidence in our body’s ability to do what it was created to do. Yes there are times we need medical intervention in tines of a crisis, but people depend on that all too often, never allowing the magnificent masterpiece of God to shine.   Young people feel anxiety today so they search for the magical pill. They learn no coping skills, and in fact, weaken their body for the next

stress. When I feel anxiety, I take a long walk, talk to God, adapt to the stress, and I am stronger in the long run. When I give blood, the nurses are always amazed that I’m 55, on no medication, never missed a day’s work in 32 years, and my blood chemistry is perfect. Moderate exercise, rest and a passion for what I do. I keep my weight down and I get my spine checked monthly to keep my body adapting to this stressful society and God has blessed me. So I ask you, do you truly believe that the power that made the body can heal the body? If so, live a lifestyle that nurtures God’s temple. It is the power within the body that uses our food and if we need them, our medicines, to heal.   As we enter this holiday season, thank God and respect the Innate Power that God has put in us. I want you to have a prosperous and abundant life. P

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Holiday Stress by Bill Spear, R.Ph., CCN

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The holiday season is here and can be a stressful time of year for many! With cards to mail, family portraits to take, gifts to purchase, travel plans and cookies to bake, the list is endless causing havoc on our adrenal system! Prolonged stressors can be a source of much anxiety and eventually lead to depression. Cortisol is a major hormone produced by the adrenal gland. Its production takes priority over all the other hormones. This hormone mediates the physiological changes which occur in response to stress. With prolonged stress, adrenal functioning diminishes. As cortisol levels drop, so does your ability to cope with daily stressors. The normal rhythm of cortisol production may be reversed leading to low cortisol levels in the morning and high nighttime cortisol levels. These reversed cortisol levels produce fatigue during the day and insomnia at bedtime, thus making you feel tired and wired. If the stressor continues, the adrenal glands begins to fail leading to chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, poor bowel function, abnormal insulin and glucose function, abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism. Patients with adrenal dysfunction are also more likely to develop cancer, autoimmune diseases and infections. The best way to test for the effects of stress is through saliva testing. Hazle Drugs provides Saliva Testing Kits for patients. Saliva testing allows the physical effects of stress to

be measured. Hazle Drugs certified nutritionist, Bill Spear can provide options for Adrenal Dysfunction. Many symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue can be lessened by using one of our popular nutritional formulas such as Hazle Drugs own brand of “Adrenal Health Support” and “Feel Good Support”. Hazle Drugs “Adrenal Health Support is a synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals and glandulars designed to support normal adrenal health and stress management. Hazle Drugs “Feel Good Support” supplies specific nutrients and botanical agents that support the functions of the adrenal gland in responding to various biological, physical, and chemical challenges that can cause physiological stress. So as you approach the holiday season, take a step back and relax! There is nutritional support for your stress! Contact our Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Bill Spear, R.Ph,CCN at Hazle Drugs today for more information on Adrenal Dysfunction. P Bill Spear, R.Ph., CCN is a Compounding Pharmacist and Certified Clinical Nutritionist. He is available for personal nutritional consultations at Hazle Compounding, Broad & Wyoming Sts., Downtown Hazleton, Pa. 18201 570-454-2958 •

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Heat or Ice? by NovaCare Rehabilitation Many people are unsure when to use heat of heat/ice, consult your physician and contact and when to use ice when dealing with an in- NovaCare in Hazleton, Plains, or Scranton if jury, muscle soreness and when suffering chronic physical therapy is needed. conditions such as back and neck pain. Here are NovaCare Rehabilitation’s highly skilled clinisome helpful guidelines. Heat is typically used for chronic conditions, mainly to relieve pain, increase circulation, decrease muscle spasm and also to relieve joint and muscle stiffness. Moist heating pads, hot showers and whirlpools are good sources of heat therapy. Individuals should experience comfortable warmth. Make sure you limit each heat application to less than 20 minutes. Ice is typically used to decrease inflammation and swelling immediately following an injury, and can also relieve pain and muscle spasm. An ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel are good sources of cold therapy. Generally cold treatments should last 15-20 mintues. Whether you are using heat or cold therapy, never fall asleep while lying on a heating pad or using an ice pack. Heat and cold therapy should not be used over areas with diminished sensation. If symptoms are not relieved with the use

cal team provides individualized treatment plans to help patients of all ages and abilities heal and return back to work, recreational activities and daily living. P

Seniors want a home, not an institution. At Pinebrook Personal Care and Retirement Center, we understand how important your time is. Our residents go to the mall or visit a friend on their schedule, not ours. Pinebrook Personal Care & Retirement Center is a fully licensed 63 bed facility committed to caring for the whole person. By treating our residents as individuals, with all the respect and dignity they deserve, and providing a stimulating environment rich in program and content, we maximize our resident’s independence and individual interests. Pinebrook Personal Care & Retirement Center provides a safe, supportive, residential setting for individuals who need some assistance with daily living activities.

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Mystic Power Yoga hosted Author and Certified Bastiste Teacher Kristy Summers Mystic Power Yoga recently had Author and Certified Baptiste Teacher Kristy Summers to their studio! Kristy did an amazing two hour sweat cleansing all levels Master Yoga Class with the community. She also shared knowledge of healthy fruit based on her book called the “Fruit Feast” which is a guide to fruit cleansing. The “Fruit Feast” is a simple and healthy way to cleanse your body and energize your mind in three days – through nothing more than the power of fresh, ripe fruits. The three-day plan outlined in the book can have profound impacts on your life. “This was another fantastic weekend at Mystic Power Yoga! Kristy taught our com-

Pictured in front row from left to right: Sarah Yanoski, Grace Greco, Maryellen McFarland, Judy Zenier, Jennifer Sloot, Gloria Brooks, Sarah Cusatis, 2nd row: Jean Plesh, Cindy Layton, Coady Skelley, Pam Dudinyak, Elyse Boczkowski, Teresa Hutchison, Melissa Crabe, Emily Finer, 3rd row: Heather Diano, Gary Steibler, Toni Englehart, Guest Teacher Kristy Summer, Studio Owner Michele Fisher, Muneca Kovacsi, Amy Bicking, Alison Mazzie, Sharon Cox. Photo by Alison Mazzie, Sassafras Photography

munity about healthy eating and how fruit cleansing can be fun and easy!We learned how to improve our mental clarity and focus through food . The students who attended the event said that their Taste Buds had AN awakening!” ~ Owner of MPY Michele Fisher.

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Every woman deserves to Look and Feel Her Best this Holiday Season Lewisburg, PA –Treat yourself this holiday season by attending a “Look Good Feel Better” makeover workshop. Women with cancer are invited to pamper themselves for the holidays by attending “Look Good Feel Better” from 10 am through 12 pm, Monday, December 3, 2012 at Evangelical Community Hospital Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health Community Health Education Center in Staples Plaza. During Look Good Feel Better” women will learn how to care for skin changes like loss of eyebrows and pigmentation, nail changes, and hair loss due to cancer treatment. Attendees will learn from trained cosmetology professionals, be with other women with cancer, and will receive a free gift bag filled with brand-name beauty products. Pre-registration is required. Please call 1-800227-2345 to register. “Look Good Feel Better” (LGFB) is a national public service program created from the concept that if someone with cancer can be helped to look good, her improved self-esteem will help her to approach the disease and treatment with greater confidence. LGFB offers suggestions and advice on dealing with the appearance-related side effects of treatment through its Web sites, brochures and group programs offered nationwide. LGFB is a free, nonmedical, product-neutral program offered as a collaborative effort of the American Cancer Society, the Professional Beauty Association | National Cosmetology Association, and Personal Care Products Council Foundation, a charitable organization supported by the cosmetic industry. For information about “look good feel better”, visit or call 1-800-227-2345.

How to keep your shoulder healthy by Ting Oh, PT The shoulder is one of the most abused and misunderstood joints in the body. It is a commonly injured joint and some studies show up to 46% of people will experience pain every year and 66% will experience pain sometime in their life. However, even with such high numbers, there are many misconceptions about shoulders. The key to understanding how to keep your shoulder healthy is to understand how

Fry now, Pay later by Stephen Schleicher, MD Nearing winter and our thoughts may shift from natural sunlight to the artificial. My advice: keep them as thoughts, not actions. Why? Check out this headline from the Fall 2012 issue of Sun and Skin News which can be accessed at the website One Tanning Session Raises Melanoma Risk by 20 Percent Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer predicted to affect nearly 80,000 Americans in 2012. The article adds that during a one year period each additional indoor tanning session increases the risk by nearly two percent. To quote directly: “the news for young people, the top users of tanning machines, is even worse, with those who started tanning before age 35 increasing their risk by almost 90 percent”. Thus I was very disturbed to read the results of a Stanford University study published this October that found that one in five college athletes admitted to indoor tanning. All of those surveyed were outdoor athletes who were already exposed to high ultraviolet light levels (i.e. natural sunlight) when competing in sports. This study concludes: “Continued efforts are needed for increased state and federal regulation, as well as ongoing education and public health intervention, particularly in this high-risk population.” Amen. P

they work. There are 3 major muscular components of the shoulder and each have to work in harmony for optimal function. Everyone knows about the rotator cuff muscles. Think of these muscles as the ones that keep the shoulder joint in proper alignment when it moves. When they don’t work properly, the shoulder joint will be out of alignment creating stress on the joint and rotator cuff tendons. The next set of muscles is the prime movers of the joint, such as the deltoid. They are the muscles that generate the power needed to move the arm especially when you have to raise or lift something. The third set of muscles is the shoulder girdle stabilizers. Think of these like a foundation to a house. When they are weak, the rotator cuff and power muscles work from an unstable base, like building a house on a swamp. The stability is just not there which creates stresses and ultimately injury. So in order to have a healthy shoulder, you need to exercise all 3 components the proper way. The rotator cuff muscles respond best to

eccentric exercises (negatives for people who lift weights). The prime movers respond best to higher intensity exercises and the stabilizer such as the rhomboids, low trapezius and serratus anterior respond better to slow, heavy exercises. A great program that covers all 3 components is called the “Thrower’s Ten”, a program put together for pitchers. So in order to have a healthy shoulder, you need to have all 3 components functioning in unison and failure or weakness of any one of the 3 can lead to pain and injury. When injured, knowing which component is not functioning at its optimum that may have created the injury in the first place is essential in the healing process. Hazleton Physical Therapy are experts in the shoulder. With our advanced knowledge and treatment techniques, we understand what it takes to have a healthy shoulder and to recover from injury. For more information, please call Hazleton Physical Therapy at 570501-1808. P


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Mountain City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center receives 2012 American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living's (AHCA/NCAL) Bronze Quality Award Mountain City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is proud and happy to announce their recognition  as one of 399 long term care centers across the nation to receive The 2012 American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living's (AHCA/NCAL) Bronze Quality Award. The award is based on their strong commitment to customer service, have a vision for the organization, quality care and improvement,  strong regulatory compliance, quality clinical care, , creating an environment where

residents feel valued, well cared for, treated  with dignity and respect, and helping people live better. This Bronze Award is the nation's premier award recognizing distinguished achievements. P Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Networking Mixer sponsored by Mountain City Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, November 14th,  Complimentary homemade hors d' oeuvres and desserts as well   . Tons of door prize drawings, facility tours and the announcement that Mountain City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has received the 2012 American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living's (AHCA/NCAL) Bronze Quality Award.



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“The Therapy department at Mt. City is very dedicated, cheerful, and they always have smiles on their faces that makes a difference! The nurses and aides smile and make everything seem like it is no bother - that is important! After my accident, it was frustrating having to depend on the staff for everything. Kim, the aide is a saint! I would recommend Mt. City to anyone; everyone is so friendly and they make you feel at home! After 99 days, you can form and accurate opinion of what you experienced. Thier efforts with me weren’t in vain. - Joseph Matteo, Rehab Graduate

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The Medicare Age is still 65 by Edward Ford, Social Security Area Director If you’re in your sixties, you probably know that the age to receive full retirement benefits has changed. But it’s important to remember that the age to begin receiving Medicare has not — it is still 65. Even if you have decided to wait until after you are age 65 to apply for retirement benefits, most people should start getting Medicare coverage at age 65. If you would like to begin your Medicare coverage when you first become eligible, we suggest that you apply within three months of reaching age 65. You can do it online in as little as 10 minutes at medicareonly. At the website, you’ll find more than just the online Medicare application. You’ll also find information about Medicare, and have the opportunity to watch some short videos about applying for Medicare online. One is a family reunion for the cast of The Patty Duke Show. In another, Patty Duke and George Takei go boldly where you should be going — online. Why go online to apply for Medicare? Because it’s fast, easy, and secure. You don’t need

an appointment and you can avoid waiting in traffic or in line. As long as you have ten minutes to spare, you have time to complete and submit your online Medicare application. People who started receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits before age 65 do not need to apply; they will be automatically enrolled in Medicare. There is no additional charge for Medicare hospital insurance (Part A) since you already paid for it by working and paying Medicare tax. However, there is a monthly premium for medical insurance (Part B). If you already have other health insurance when you become eligible for Medicare, you should consider whether you want to apply for the medical insurance. To learn more about Medicare and some options for choosing coverage, read the online publication, Medicare, at www. or visit To learn more about applying for Medicare Only using the online application, please visit P

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Welcome Dr. Daniel Maybee by DeJesus Family Chiropractic Originally from Buffalo, NY, Dr. Dan served in the United States Navy in 1995 and was honorably discharged receiving numerous accommodations. He attended Erie Community College in New York where he received his Associates Degree in the Sciences in June 1999. He graduated from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California in 2004. He is happily married to his wife, Colleen. After practicing in the Lancaster Area, they relocated to join the team of De Jesus Family Chiropractic. Dr. Dan is looking forward to contributing his talents to the practice with passion and commitment. “To help people reach optimal health is my ultimate goal.” Best wishes to Dr. Gregory Petruzzi as he moves to Colombia, South America! He is expanding his practice and to be with family. P

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Stress and Your Health by Dr. Joseph Bafile Traffic Jams. Paying Bills. Deadlines. Pesky neighbors. These unpleasant or challenging situations create stress in our lives. So why is it some people deal with these stress situations better than others? The answer is complex and includes many factors from genetics to weather conditions, but an interesting study in The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics indicates that there is a relationship between chiropractic and the effect it can have on dealing with stress situations in your life. This study revealed that nearly one in three patients viewed their lives as moderately to severely stressful, and more than 50% felt that stress had a moderate to severe impact on their health problems. Additionally, 71% of the patients indicated that it would be helpful if their chiropractor offered advice to help them cope with these stressful situations. Communicating with your chiropractor about dealing with stress is the starting point, and you might be surprised to find that your chiropractor is full of sound advice on ways to effectively deal with stress in your life. Most people know that improving nerve and spinal function has a dramatic impact on improving emotional, mental and physical function. Getting the most out of your chiropractic care may include talking to your chiropractor about effective strategies to deal with the stress in your life, so be sure to inform your chiropractor about your personal situation so your Doctor of Chiropractic can help you improve your health and wellness at maximum levels. Source: JMPT, July/August 1999 (originally published in the PCD Chiropractic Newsletter). The most common symptoms of stress nat-

urally include headache, backache and fatigue as well as cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, etc.) digestive problems (ulcers, colitis, etc.) and sleeping difficulties. Chiropractic involves touch; this factor alone sets the stage for release of muscular tension. Your chiropractor administers one or a series of manipulations ("adjustments")

to the spine and surrounding musculature. The adjustments may help the fatigue or stress by removing nerve irritation, releasing muscular tension and improving blood circulation. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you call (570) 788-3737 today for a complimentary consultation. P

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Mahoning Valley Orthopedics, PC receives MRI Accreditation by the IAC Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an extremely useful diagnostic imaging tool, performed an estimated 28 million times annually in the United States, enabling interpreting physicians to visualize the structure and function of the body. As it provides detailed images of the soft tissue of the body, magnetic resonance is especially helpful in diagnosing issues related to neurological (brain), musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and oncological (cancer-related) conditions. Early detection of life threatening conditions and other diseases is possible through the use of MRI procedures performed within

hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on MRI testing. The skill of the MRI technologist performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing. Mahoning Valley Orthopedics, PC, located in Lehighton, PA has been granted a threeyear term of accreditation in MRI in the area of Musculoskeletal MRI by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

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Conyngham Dental Office attends Advanced Comprehensive Dental Hygiene Program Local dental hygienist, Kerry Perry, RDH, and members of Shandrick Dental Care Studios, this August, completed a week of postgraduate Comprehensive Dental Hygiene training at the premier post-graduate teaching center, Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), in Nevada. Doctors and their hygienists from around the United States and Canada, joined hygienist Kerry Perry, treatment coordinator Nadine Kubilius, and Dr. Shandrick , to train under the direction of course director Jill Taylor, RDH and Dr. Norman Thomas. National statics suggest that 65-85%of adults have some form of periodontal disease. An overwhelming number of scientific studies now show periodontal disease is linked to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, low birth weight in infants,premature delivery, osteoporosis, and other medical conditions. People are living longer, and striving to keep their natural teeth longer. Gone are the days where the “6 month cleaning” may be sufficient. While at LVI this past August, Kerry Perry, RDH and the office team studied the latest technologies, equipment and proven findings in dental hygiene care. Hours were spent

on diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease, examining the “mouth-body connection” of gum disease, the “biofilm” model of gum disease, and especially the newest salivary tests to determine the presence of both the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease and the DNA markers that signal one may be prone to gum disease. Ms. Perry, in addition, spent hours of clinic time, refining her skills with micro ultrasonic instrumentation and diode laser therapy, to help treat gum disease in her patients. Shandrick Dental Care has Microultrsonic instrumentation, diode laser treatment, computer assisted gum disease recording, and the latest Oral DNA Perio Path and PerioID saliva tests for pathogens and DNA marker presence, to aid in the diagnosis and care for gum disease. Kerry Perry, RDH, is lead hygienist at

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Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries and Lutheran Home Care & Hospice integrate their home care operations With similar missions focused on serving and caring for people in need, Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries and Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania have integrated their home care operations. The integration of three Diakon Home Care programs—Diakon Hospice Saint John, Diakon Home Health, and Diakon Help at Home—with Lutheran Home Care & Hospice was effective July 1. Diakon Hospice Saint John and Help at Home staff have joined the Lutheran Home Care & Hospice team to provide hospice, home health, inhome support and home health telemonitoring to individuals and families from northern Maryland through northeastern Pennsylvania. All three Diakon Home Care offices in Allentown, Wyomissing, and Hazleton remain in operation. “LSS is pleased that we will be able to offer clients in the expanded service area the same level of exceptional service currently provided by our team.” said Robert L. Rundle, LSS CEO. “LSS and Diakon share similar missions focused on serving and caring for people in need. It makes this a natural partnership and gives us more opportunity to support persons in achieving an optimal quality of life while enjoying the comforts of their own home.” “This venture allows us to pool resources and gain operational and cost efficiencies while fulfilling Diakon’s mission to love the neighbor through acts of service,” said Mark T. Pile, Diakon CEO. “Lutheran Home Care & Hospice is committed to delivering health care and related services to help individuals recover from an illness or injury, live life to the fullest and continue to live in their homes,” said Terry Shade, LSS Vice President for Community Health Services who serves Lutheran Home Care & Hospice as its Executive Director and CEO. “Through this new arrangement with Diakon we will be able to help even more people achieve greater independence and improved quality of life.” “It is important that we have a seamless continuum of services available for all of our clients,” Rundle and Pile agreed. “We will continue LHCH’s and Diakon’s traditions of providing quality homebased services to those in need, including the community at large as well as the residents of our senior living communities.” Staff is available every day to answer questions about care. Please call 1-800840-9081 to learn more or to arrange for services.

Give the Gift of Health and set New Year’s Resolutions that Strengthen Your Life and Your Community The holidays are a time for family, food and the start of New Year’s Resolutions! For the Y – a leading nonprofit that strengthens community through youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, eliminating racism and empowering women – one of the most important resolutions is to resolve to make positive changes that strengthen individuals as well as entire communities. The following are five New Year’s Resolutions the Y recommends: 1. Live Healthier – Achieving greater health and well-being is all about taking small steps. Take care of your health by eating nutritious foods and being physically active each day – experts recommend 30 minutes of daily physical activity for adults and 60 minutes for kids. This can be achieved throughout the day by incorporating physical activity into your daily routines (i.e., taking stairs instead of elevators, walking instead of driving, etc.) The Y offers many fun opportunities for individuals and families to be active. Visit to learn more. 2. Volunteer – Doing good feels good, and giving back to support neighbors benefits everyone involved. Volunteering also provides individuals the opportunity to meet new people and to develop new relationships. Find an opportunity in your community that you may enjoy, such as cleaning your neighborhood park or volunteering at your local Y. 3. Help Inspire Children and Teens, Be a

(NAPSA)—Influenza vaccination is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for everyone 6 months of age and older. For more information, visit Faces of Influenza, an educational campaign of the American Lung Association, made possible through a collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur, at www.faces (NAPSA)—Medicare and Medicare Advantage, the private sector Medicare option, can help people prepare for a healthy future. Once boomers and beneficiaries understand the Medicare options available to them, they can visit the websites of specific health plans.

Mentor – Children and teens often need caring adults to look up to and seek guidance. By nurturing our youth, we can help them strive to accomplish success and reach their full potential. Whether a relative or neighbor, use your experience and talent to help youth realize who they are and what they can be. 4. Learn Something New – Step out of your comfort zone, have fun and grow by exploring personal interests. Is there a swimming, Zumba or Piloxing class you’ve always wanted to take? Try something new that you’ve always wanted to do, to build your spirit, mind or

body. Find opportunities at 5. Spend Time with Family and Friends – Socializing is good for your well-being and spending time with the people you care most about really helps strengthen meaningful relationships. It’s also helpful to have a community of people you can reach out to during times of need. So, try to carve out time each month, depending on your schedule, to connect with family and friends, and to get involved with community organizations, such as the Hazleton YMCA/YWCA. P


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Choosing the right brake pads by Thomas R. Buff Brake lining, often referred to as brake pads, are heat resistant materials that press up against the brake rotor or disc to create friction. When the brake pedal is applied they activate a system that places the friction material against a disc that slows the wheels of the vehicle. This lining must be capable of enduring high temperatures while remaining soft enough to absorb noise and dissipate heat. In a standard brake pad replacement the motorist is normally unaware of the types of brake lining available due to the fact that for many years there were not many choices available. The brake industry is witnessing rapid developments in brake lining styles and materials thus giving the motorist many choices for their driving style and budget. Types of Brake Pads • Asbestos - one of the most significant changes in the last decade has been the use of asbestos in lining material. The asbestos brake pad or shoe resisted heat and noise well but created a dust that was deemed a hazardous material. Asbestos brake lining has been phased out of part stores and is no longer available. • Semi-metallic brake pads – semi metallic brake pads have been used for many years and are the most common type in the industry. These pads contain steel wool or steel fibers. Steel provides strength and conducts heat away from rotors. This allows the rotors the ability to handle extreme temperatures. But steel is abrasive and does cause rotor wear. The biggest drawback concerning semi metallic pads is the noise factor. Metal rubbing against metal causes vibrations that tend to produce that annoying screech or squeal you may have experienced after a brake job. • Organic brake pads- Organic pads are composed of carbon based compounds with glass or synthetic fibers. These pads were originally produced to replace the asbestos based pads and are well matched for the average motorists driving habits. But organic pads do not resist heat as well as semi metallic pads nor will they last as long. • Ceramic pads – One of the main differences between ceramic enhanced friction materials and semi-metallic brake lining is that ceramic pads contain no steel wool or fiber. Ceramic brake pads first appeared in the

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The Real Truth about Synthetics (NAPSA)-If you're like most drivers, when it comes to vehicle maintenance, you use the motor oil the vehicle manufacturer recommends or rely on the service technician for its oil selection. Lately, more and more manufacturers and other car care experts are recommending synthetic motor oil for new and luxury models. Facts and Myths To help you decide what's best for your car, consider some common myths and facts: Myth: Using synthetic oil will void the manufacturer's warranty. Fact: The engine does not know what the oil is composed of and "cares" only that enough protection is provided. As long as the oil meets the API/ILSAC specs, and any applicable OEM oil specification, the oil will be warranty compliant. Myth: Once you start with a certain kind of oil you can't switch between synthetic and nonsynthetic oil. Fact: High-quality, reputable synthetic engine oils do not adversely or permanently af-

fect seals, gaskets or metal. Myth: Synthetic oils cause older vehicles to leak. Fact: Premium synthetic oils have a natural detergency that cleans engine deposits. Older or higher-use engines sometimes have seals and gaskets that are not in good condition. If an older engine has degraded or damaged seals and gaskets, removal of engine deposits may expose existing leak paths. A quick rule of thumb is to inspect the engine, transmission and so on for leaks before a switch. Myth: I can't justify paying for premium synthetic motor oil. Fact: It may even help you save money. Highquality synthetic engine oil such as Royal Purple can go two to three times the typical oil change interval. The reduced oil changes will usually make up for the difference in purchase price by itself. (Fewer oil changes can also save you time, which can be priceless.) Perhaps the biggest benefit of using highquality synthetic lubricants, however, is that the engine gets better protection. That means

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it will not only last longer but perform better over the extended life. According to a study by Kline & Co., synthetics accounted for about 22 percent of global car oil consumption. In Europe, synthetic motor oils account for most of the market, though the cost is dramatically higher than in the United States. You can find further facts about synthetic oil at

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Game Commission 2013 Calendar on sale HARRISBURG – With the holiday gift-giving season coming up, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is pleased to announce that its 2013 wildlife calendar now is available. To purchase a calendar, priced at $8.95 (plus shipping and, for Pennsylvania residents, six percent state sales tax), call the Game Commission at 1-888-888-3459 (toll-free) or visit the agency’s website (www.pgc. To order online, put your cursor over “General Store” in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, then click on “Visit the Outdoor Shop” in the drop-down menu listing, then click on “Pennsylvania Game Commission Outdoor Shop” in the lower-left, click on “Merchandise”


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and then choose “Misc. Items” in the left-hand column. “Game Commission calendars sell out quickly,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “So don’t delay, order today.” The 2013 calendar features a year’s worth of dramatic wildlife photos taken by current and retired agency employees, including: Hal Korber, photographer in the Harrisburg headquarters; Jacob Dingel, radio dispatcher in the Northwest Region Office; Timothy C. Flanigan, retired Bedford County Wildlife Conservation Officer; Coy D. Hill, retired Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer from Fulton County; and Willard C. Hill, a retired Game Lands Maintenance Supervisor from the Southcentral Region. Each month features a full-color photo of a different wildlife species.  This calendar’s subjects are: screech owl; muskrat; Carolina wren; male turkey; Eastern bluebird; black bear; a pair of bald eagles; trio of white-tailed deer; bull elk; drake wood duck; ruffed grouse; and a buck.  The 2013 calendar includes tentative hunting and trapping seasons, a reminder about National Hunting and Fishing Day in September and many other interesting bits of information about wildlife and the outdoors. Each month also provides photo inserts of Game Commission employees conducting many wildlife management tasks. As in past years, there is plenty of room for writing in appointments and other personal important dates and scheduling information. The calendar also provides a brief overview of the Game Commission and a list of contact information for the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters and six region offices.

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A Walk Back in Time at the Sharpe House by Karen Esak, Eckley Miners' Village At the far western end in the village of Eckley is the beautiful Victorian house which was occupied by Richard Sharpe from 1854 until 1874. Mr. Sharpe was one of the founding partners of the village and mine operations at the Council Ridge Colliery.  This beautiful home was designed after the Gothic Revival of the early 19th century and has fourteen rooms to occupy Mr. Sharpe’s family of eight along with a number of servants.  During the Sharpe family’s occupation of the home, a stable and Mrs. Sharpe’s gardens were cared for by a full-time gardener, who decorated the property.  Today, Eckley Miners’ Village is a quiet and quaint place to spend a day engaged with the past, immersed in the nostalgia of a by-gone era.   But for about a century, beginning some 150 years ago, it exemplified the clamor and conflict of the anthracite coal industry, which almost singlehandedly fueled the early state of America’s industrial revolution.  Like many other communities founded in Pennsylvania in the nineteenth century, it was a company-owned town.  Along with these other communities, Eckley village was considered a “patch town”, which attracted immigrants from many Western and Eastern European nations, between the mid- nineteenth through the twentieth century’s.   The story of Eckley and the people who lived and worked here is one of dynamic economic and social change, but its most recent chapter tells us why Eckley, like many industrial centers in America’s Northeast and Midwest, is so quiet today.  Anthracite coal, America’s first industrial fuel in the nineteenth century, was outdated by alternative and cheaper sources of energy as the twentieth century progressed.   As the demand for anthracite coal diminished, the pace of life in Eckley slowed.  Most of its residents were forced to leave for new job opportunities.  Ironically, that a Hollywood film could save a coal company town serves as a metaphor for America’s changing economy, from providing daily necessities for people to creating a multitude of more visible but less essential services that our ancestors only dreamed of a hundred years ago.  It was the decision of Paramount Pictures in the late 1960s to film a movie about the one of most infamous episode in the history of the anthracite coal industry, “The Molly Maguires”, the star-studded film that saved Eckley from ultimate destruction and led to the decision by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to preserve the village and operate the former company-owned village as a historic site. The Eckley Miners’ Village Association, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission works hard to ensure that this story of this village and its past residents

lives on. From March thru December, the Village hosts events that keep history alive and gives the public opportunities to interact with the past.   The Sharpe House was broken up into apartments during the 1950s and for a number of years; two families lived in the house.  When the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission took over the village, the house was slowly restored structurally to the one-family house as it appeared during Richard Sharpe’s time.  Now that the structure is restored, the Eckley Miners’ Village Association is now attempting to restore the inside to its past splendor with wall paper, furniture and a 1860‘s kitchen.  This past year is the first year that major events have been held in this beautiful building.   Our last event for the year at Eckley will be at the Sharpe House. We will be holding a festive Victorian Christmas on the first two weekends of December 2012 (December 1, 2, 8 and 9).  Our Associates will decorate the grand old lady and we invite our guests to view this house in its old Victorian splendor, decorated with dazzlingly lit Christmas trees, while delighting in tea, hot chocolate and an endless supply of traditional Christmas treats and specialties.  Our guests will participate in a Chinese Auction, raffle items and purchase Christmas gifts. Hand-made Victorian ornaments will be on display and for sale along with other items that have been donated.  Interact with finely dressed Victorian ladies and gentlemen as you finish your Christmas shopping,

selecting from delightful holiday gifts, as well as crafted specialties and one of a kind presents and stocking stuffers. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop for gifts in the grand Victorian Christmas atmosphere, and we look forward to hosting your new Christmas tradition and seeing all our visitors at Eckley in the coming weeks, months and years and thank them for their support of our unique piece of history. Be sure to check out our programming for next Christmas and make your reservations for our Children’s Christmas Program by the end of November 2013. Eckley Miners’ Village is a museum and historic site administered by the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission. We interpret the lives and losses of the men and women from all across the globe who chose to make the patch towns of NEPA their homes and coal anthracite mining their livelihood. The Village is located three miles south of Freeland, Pa on the Highland Road, off Route 940. For further information call 570-636-2070 or visit P

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New Name, New Stadium, New Attitude on the Mountain 2013 will bring baseball back to Montage Mountain in Moosic. Except for the original foot print of the playing field everything will be brand new when the season begins Thursday April 4th versus Pawtucket.

The RailRiders Arrive In mid-November the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees officially became the Railriders. The name was chosen by the fans by on-line voting, which started in the spring and was narrowed to six names this past summer. The RailRiders brand signifies our reenergized commitment to the community, not only with a new team name and logos, but our unwavering focus to provide the best in affordable, family fun entertainment," said Rob Crain, president and general manager of the club. "Our new identity also honors NEPA's rich baseball history with the interlocking SWB mark. Plus, it highlights our strong partnership with the New York Yankees with navy caps and home pinstripes." The team name was selected after fans suggested over 2,700 different names in a monthlong name-the-team contest. The RailRiders moniker pays homage to the very first trolley system in America, one created right here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. A porcupine conductor, the gritty critter that calls NEPA home, is at the centerpiece of the identity. Fans will enjoy the classic lettering and trolley tracks, combined with various porcupine, conductor and electric marks. Electric Gold, Rich Maroon and Yankee Navy make up the club's new official colors, paying tribute to the region's rail heritage along with a tip of the cap to the squad's parent club, the 27time World Series champion New York Yankees. The RailRiders are the first professional sports

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team to use this unique color combination. The redesigned navy pinstriped home uniforms showcase the team's "RailRiders" lettering across the chest. The new navy home cap features a gold "R" logo over trolley tracks. On the road, the club will don traditional gray uniforms with "RailRiders" displayed across the chest, and Rich Maroon caps featuring a new interlocking SWB logo. The logo gives a modern look to a mark of NEPA's baseball past à la the Red Barons of yore.

A Grand Entrance The New PNC Field is completely redesigned facility rising out of the original footprint of the old stadium. With the exception of the playing field and a little resurfaced concrete in the seating bowl, the entire stadium will take its place among the best in Minor League Baseball. The Centerpiece of the Stadium is the Grand Entrance where fans will be welcomed by a carnival atmosphere to their new ballpark. The field will immediately be in view upon entering the stadium. The Entrance leads to the new concourse which is about three times wider than the old stadium. The concourse is a 360 degree promenade, which will allow fans to stroll through the ballpark and never miss a pitch. The outfield will feature lawn seating of for about 3500 fans, a children’s play area, a picnic area and a theme bar. A few of the unique features are the incorporating of the natural rock wall in tree lined walking path to reach these areas from right field. A bridge offering an unobstructed view of the field is the entrance from left field. Underneath the bridge are the bullpens, which will allow for some playful interactions between the fans and the opposing team. The second tier is the club area with 14 boxes available to the public, as well as table areas and a main club area. Going High Definition One of the advantages of being the new kid on the block is getting all of the newest toys. The

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eye catching scoreboards and video displays will be the best in all of minor league and quite possibly all of baseball in 2013. The main scoreboard and video display will include a 26-foot-by-40foot 15 HD Video Board Display, a 12-foot-by40-foot LED fixed digit scoreboard, and four advertising panels each measuring 10-feet-by20-feet. The outfield wall LED display, located on the right field wall, will feature a 6-foot-by150-foot 15 HD outfield wall video display. There will also be two 15 HD LED fascia ribbon boards on the first and third base sides of the ballpark measuring 3-feet-by-40 feet. A total of 14 47-inch flat panel signage displays will be featured throughout the concourse. Altogether, PNC Field will feature 2,260-square-feet of HD video - that's the equivalent of 393 47" televisions. Daktronics, a video board and audio systems company based in Brookings, S.D., is manufacturing the video display boards. Daktronics will feature its premier 15 HD Video displays throughout PNC Field. Daktronics 15 HD Technology LED displays are crafted for premier video applications that demand pristine color clarity from all viewing angles. The displays use the finest LEDs and an innovative pixel arrangement to take contrast and color to bold new depths. New Attitude A new stadium with all the bells and whistles will only solve a few of the problems that this franchise has suffered through, during the past few season. President and General manager Rob Crain and his staff our committed to bringing the entertainment value that all successful clubs recognize is key to the fan experience and return visits by the fans Hosting 72 events, however, is more in line with what the team has in mind. "Our soul focus at PNC Field is to provide the best in affordable family fun," said Rob Crain, “From Monday through Sunday we will offer a variety of promotions that the entire family can enjoy." On "$1 Hotdog Mondays," patrons will be able to buy a ballpark hotdog for only $1.

"2 For Tuesdays" will feature an incredible value, where fans can buy one lawn ticket and get another free. Be sure to corral the little ones and bring them to "Kids Eat Free!" on Wednesdays. Children 12 and younger will be given a coupon at the gate for a free kids' meal. "Thirsty Thursday" will get the weekend started early with $1 beer specials and $1 Pepsi products. Loosen up and rock out with the live band that will perform pre-game. Come to the ballpark early on Fridays to join in on the pre-game block party festivities and live pre-game music. Following the game, stay for some of the most incredible professional firework displays you'll see in Northeast Pennsylvania. Each Saturday, the SWB franchise will have a special giveaway and also feature a live band before the game. To wrap up the week, Sundays will be known as "Family FUNday," where players will sign autographs, clowns will entertain and kids will have the opportunity to run the bases post-game. A more detailed promotion and giveaway schedule will be released at a later date. Fast Facts The stadium will hold 10,000 people…There will be signature food items many tied into the coal region heritage…The franchise plans on honoring the rich history local baseball…Construction is on time and on schedule…The club area will be used 365 days for parties, business gatherings and even weddings…The kids playground will be 3800 square feet.

with national press coverage. • Friday, December 14th, Dinner with the Stars at Genetti's Best Western on North Church Street. The program begins at 6:00 PM. featuring sports celebrities from past and present. Included in the program is the “Better than Ever" Sports Memorabilia auction featuring signed items from the Rays, Yankees Angels and many other baseball teams. Tickets are $50/person with free sports collectible for every child twelve and under. Full Table sponsorships are also available. • Saturday, December 15th, Joe Maddon’s Community Christmas at the Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts Center at the Historic Castle at 7:00 PM. Hazleton Youth Christmas Talent Show featuring live performances by students from area schools. There is no charge for admission and everyone in the community is invited to attend. • Sunday, December 16th, Joe Maddon’s

Thanksmas at the Catholic Social Services Family Center on South Church Street. Time TBA. In cooperation with Catholic Social Services in Hazleton a dinner will be held for economically disadvantaged citizens. Meal will consist of ethnic specialties honoring Joe's Italian and Polish ethnicity as well as dishes from our newest immigrants of Hispanic origins. Tickets for the event are $50 and are available now at Shop2, 7-9 East 11th Street, Third Base Luncheonette, 704 Rear Carson Street and Concerned Parents of the Hazleton Area at 100 West Broad Street. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. More information can be obtained at: Thanks to SWB Railriders, Rob Crain, John Sadak Director of Marketing and broadcasting for the Railriders and Bob Curry for their gracious assistance and time for this article. For more information on the upcoming HIP events check us out on twitter @hardcoalbasebal. P


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Hazleton Integration Project All Star Line Up Members of the Hazleton Integration Project announced their All Star lineup for the upcoming 2nd Annual Holiday Celebration. Joe Maddon, Honorary Chairman of HIP, is excited to have received commitments from former New York Yankee great, Tino Martinez as well as current Tampa Bay Rays stars Carlos Pena, Fernando Rodney and Joel Peralta. The event is being held Dec 14th at Genetti’s Best Western and will also feature the great sportswriter, media personality, and recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award  for outstanding baseball writing, Peter Gammons.  The Schedule of Events • Thursday. December 13th, Press Conference (TBA). A major press conference with Joe Maddon and Tampa Bay Rays will be in attendance



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A D V E R T I S E R S A. J. Limo...................................................6 Action Glass Works ..............................6, 72 Addus Healthcare......................................69 Advance Auto Parts...................................71 All Care Home Care..................................58 All Occasions Gift Shop............................20 Bafile Family Chiropractic.........................65 Basile's Italian Restaurant..........................25 Bedrock Gardens/Radznel's Outdoor Specialties....25 Berwick Hospital.........................................2 Billig-Helmes Insurance............................10 Blakeslee Animal Clinic.............................77 Bonanza Steakhouse..................................39 Boyer's Insurance Agency, Inc...................25 Brazzo & Ghosh Orthodontics..................60 Bresky Supply............................................20 Bright Sky, LLC........................................21 Broyan's Farm Market...............................30 Calello's..............................................70, 72 Capitol Food.............................................35 Capriotti's Catering.............................34, 39 Caring Care...............................................52 Carman Chiropractic................................63 Carmen's Bakery & Deli...........................24 Carpetkraft................................................42 Carrato Surgical Associates........................57 Chaskin's Jewelers.....................................13 Christy M. Demelfi, Esq...........................44 Comfort Keepers.......................................53 Conyngham Builders.................................40 Country Folk............................................23 CTC Apparel Plus.......................................6 Degenhart Chiropractic.............................57 DeJesus Family Chiropractic.....................64 Della Croce Dental...................................66 Demsko Agency........................................47 Doggie Detailing.......................................32 Dr. Frank Glushefski, DMD.....................56 Dr. Janet A. Golazewski, DMD.................58 Dryfoos Insurance.......................................9 Earth & Fire Supply..................................42 Eckley Miner's Village Associates...............75 Empire Cleaners........................................30 Evanko Respiratory...................................68 Family Dermatology ................................57 Famous Salon & Spa................CALENDAR Fellin's Jewelers.........................................15 Feussner Ford............................................73 First Choice Bookkeeping & Tax Service......44 First Liberty Bank.....................................49 Frank J. Bonin Funeral Home, Inc............10 Freeland YMCA/YWCA...........................12 Fritzingertown Senior Living Community... 65 From Head To Toe....................................25 General Vending.......................................46

Gillespie, Miscavige, Ferdinand & Baranko.... 47 Ginos Shoes..............................................22 Good Shepherd Church............................31 Greater Hazleton Health Alliance..........5, 27 Griguoli Chiropractic................................53 Hair Dynamics..........................................25 Happy Feet...............................................22 Harry's U-Pull-It.......................................71 Hazle Drugs..............................................58 Hazle Yellow Cab......................................31 Hazleton Eye Specialists............................55 Hazleton Physical Therapy........................61 Hazleton Public Transit.............................32 Hazleton YMCA/YWCA..........................69 Head Rush Beauty Salon...........................32 Heights Terrace Pharmacy.........................51 Hobby Headquarters (Cooper Floral & Gift)....22 Hometown Nursing & Rehabilitation.......56 Howard's Jewelry & Gifts, Inc...................79 Integral Investment Group........................45 JA & WA Hess, Inc...................................25 James Maurice Spa...............BACK COVER Janney Montgomery Scott LLC.................48 Jimmy's Quick Lunch...............................34 JK Financial Advisory Services...................46 Jon David & Helen's Hair Salon...............32 K. M. Sency Plumbing & Heating............41 Kathleen's Collectibles..............................12 Klesh Plumbing & Heating.......................25 Koch's Farm Service..................................40 Koch's Turkey Farm..................................17 Kris Dees Consignment Shop....................24 Lehigh Coal & Navigation Apartment Building....42 Lehigh Tire................................................72 Lincoln Taxi Service....................................7 Luzerne Bank............................................79 Luzerne Medical........................................62 Mahoning Valley Orthopedics...................66 Majestic House Apartments......................67 Marchetti's Hardware................................42 McNelis Home Care.................................52 Metrocast Cable/Infinity Marketing..........14 Mike Bailey Photography..........................14 Miller Auto Body......................................72 Modern Therapeutics................................50 Mountain City Nursing & Rehab Center......63 Mountain Top Gold & Coin.....................20 Mountain Top Paving & Sealcoating.........42 Mystic Power Yoga..............................41, 60 Northeast Gold & Silver Exchange....CALENDAR Northeast Kitchens....................................43 Nova Care Rehabilitation..........................59 Ovalon Restaurant....................................35 Pantry Quik Gulf/Pantry Quik Beer Store.........7 Party Beverage...........................................36

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I N D E X Pat's On The Heights................................35 Pavlick & Boyle Dentistry.........................62 Penny's Transmission Service.....................70 Pet Salon By Dalice..................CALENDAR Physical Therapy Specialists.......................62 Pinebrook Personal Care & Rehab Center......59 Pioneer Evergreen Farms...........................21 Poplar Office Park/Bldg For Sale....CALENDAR Providence Place........................................62 Quiet Valley Living Historical Farms.........74 Reading Dermatology Associates...............61 Remember When......................................19 Robert Stevens Face & Body....CALENDAR Rostas Café...............................................36 Ryan's Country Charm.............................21 S. J. Kowalski............................................43 Sal Sorrento's Inc. Pizzeria.........................25 Senape's Bakery...................................12, 36 Sernack Farms Deer Processing.................74 Service Electric Cable................................19 Shandrick Dental Care Studios..................67 Shen Smiles, PC........................................31 Shirlet Enama Professional Psychic............30 SJM Auto Sales.........................................72 Solution Provider Inc. (Better Loan)..........47 Sonic.........................................................79 Sophie's Closet..........................................20 St. Luke's Village.......................................28 Standard Drug Store..................................67 Star Cleaners.............................................32 Stewart's Florist & Greenhouses................25 Sudzer's Beer To Go/Groceries Plus....CALENDAR Summit Hill Heritage Center....................31 T & L Pierogies.........................................22 T. Verrastro Beverage Company.................27 Tarone's Market.......................CALENDAR The Amish Pantry.....................................14 The Cheese Store......................................18 The Kitchen Gallery & Design Center.........41 The Laurels...............................................54 The Lookout House..................................36 The Seach Law Offices..............................45 The Shop 2...............................................18 Third Base Luncheonette..........................34 Top Of The 80's........................................37 Treasure Hunt Outlet Store.........CALENDAR Valley Originals...................................24, 33 Valley Pharmacy........................................54 Valley Pizza/Valley Pets..............................18 Victoria's Candies Inc...............................15 Weatherwood Nursing & Rehab Ctr..........66 West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital............28 Yocum's Pharmacy....................................63

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30 Minutes • Series of 6 $425.00

LED Light Therapy -

Hot Oil Scalp Massage - A deep scalp masage with a

blend of wheat germ, jojoba oil and lavendar that stimulates the scalp, encourages hair growth and relieves stress for the whole body. $30.00 30 Minutes

One of the newest, most celebrated & documented treatments for aging & damaged skin. LED has no side effects,non-invasive, pain free and is cost effective. It uses your body’s natural process to heal. It pulls collagen to the surface to fill in lines and wrinkles. Studies have shown that skin exposed to LED light therapy heals 150% to 200% faster. $70.00 Series of 6 $400.00

Ref lexology Hands & Feet -

Steam Treatments

Face & Body Waxing

Add to massage for $15.00

Joint & Muscle Relief - Ease the tension & reduce inflammation with this full body massage that includes therapeutic Herbalized oils for joints, followed by a full body steam treatment. $75.00 90 Minutes Body Exf oliation - $40.00

30 Minutes

This treatment is offered to help bring the client back into balance so that the body can nurtrure and repair itself. The body responds to touch which allows healing on all levels. $25.00 Add onto massage treatment $20.00

• Eyebrow - $10.00 each • Lip/Chin - $8.00 & Up • Underarm - $20.00 each • Full Arm - $20.00 each • Half Leg - $32.00 each

• Full Leg - $54.00 each • Chest - $50.00 • Back - $45.00 • Bikini - $25.00 • Brazilian - $60.00

Detox Wrap - Improve circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite with this deep detox treatment. $100.00 90 Minutes Cleopatra Wrap - Using ultra natural moisturizers Milk and Honey, this hydrating treatment uses the same ingredients that Cleopatra herself, used to give her a radiant, hydrating glow. $100.00 90 Minutes

Make Up Youngblood Make Up Application • Eyelash Perming - $34.00 • Eyebrow Tinting - $20.00

Permanent Make Up

Call for pricing & details! Eyebrows, Eyeliner, Beauty Marks, Lip Liner & Full Lip

Mink Eyelashes -

• Extension Accents - $35.00








• Full Set - $50.00

Natural Nail Care • Manicure - $15.00 • Pedicure - $20.00 • Gel Polish - $30.00

• Spa Manicure - Soak, scrub, massage & polish. $25.00 • Spa Pedicure - Soak, scrub, massage & polish. $30.00 • Parrafin Treatments for Hands & Feet - $10.00 each 20 Minutes

Ear Candling

A cylinder is gently placed in the ear and lit at the opposite end to create a slw vacuum with no discomfort. Old ear wax and noxious toxins are removed, helping to relieve pressure, wax buildup and inner ear blockage. Includes sinus opening facial. $40.00


Princess Package - 60 Minute Massage, 30 Minute Customized Facial & a Pedicure $120.00 2 Hours of Relaxation Queen f or a Day - 60 Minute Massage, 60 Minute Custom Facial & a Spa Pedicure $140.00 3 Hours of Relaxation

Men’’s Package -

60 Minute Deep Tissue Massage, 60 Minute Facial & a Spa Pedicure $130.00 3 Hours of Relaxation

James Maurice Exclusive -

60 Minute Hot Stone Massage, 90 Minute Ani-Aging Facial & a Spa Pedicure $200.00 4 Hours of Relaxation

Couples Massage - Ask about couples packages, made to • Swedish Massage $110.00 • Hot Stone $140.00

fit each couple! • Deep Tissue $130.00

James Maurice Day Spa

277 Airport Road, Hazle Township

$35.00 • Eyelash Tinting - $20.00

The Skin Professionals






Panorama Community Magazine December 2012  

December 2012 issue features our Holiday Gift Guide with great gift ideas for everyone in your family! Plus our usual sections!!