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In The Beginning by Marolyn Pensock On November 9, 1867, a new township to be known as East Union  Township, was created from parts of Union Township, Mahanoy and Rush Townships. The purpose of creating this new township was to maintain public roads and public schools in the interests and the convenience of its residents. Listed as the three original settlers of this new township were, Thomas Gootscholl, William Gootscholl, his brother, and John Maurer. The villages of East Union Township were Sheppton, Oneida, Slabtown, Green Mountain, Brandonville, Girard Manor and Phinneyville.  Which ones are you familiar with in the year 2013? The first settlers were engaged in lumbering which was only natural as the forests were so very dense; and they needed the logs for their homes. The forests were composed of a great variety of trees. Among them were: pine, spruce, hemlock, ash, oak, and chestnut. The French Lumbering Company was formed later to export timber to France. The company failed; and the property near Girard Manor was offered for sheriff sale in 1864. It was purchased by Charles Tate. Another large tract went to William L Torbert, who was a relative of Mr.Tate. Adam Pfeifer owned the saw mill which made the logs into lumber. When the trees were gone, agriculture took over the land and farms were developed. Next in the development of East Union Township came the mining industry.  Men from Audenreid and Phinneyville worked in the Green Mountain Mines.  These mines were operated by the Glen Alden Coal company. The main mining started by Eckley B. Coxe

took place in the Oneida area .around 1885. Some of the bosses who worked for the Coxes were: Tom Tosh, Tom McNamara, Chris Miller, Dan Brennan, Tobias Seiwell, and Mr. MacMahon. The Coxes later leased the land to the Lehigh Valley Coal Company.  The bosses during those years were: Tom Burns, Dan Kennedy and Tom Conahan. These family names are prominent Greater Hazleton Area names now, over one hundred years later. Jeddo Highland Coal Company, owned by the Markles, outbid the Lehigh Valley Coal Company for the land lease when it was renewal time for the leases. Some of the bosses under Jeddo Highland were: Dan Brislin, J. Ulshafer, C. Denly and A. Van Blargan. The Wolfe Coal Company followed Jeddo Highland.  This operation was run by Joseph Saricks.  The Wolfe bosses were: Henry Kirchdoerfer, Emmerson, Shillhammer, Paul Reitmeyer and William Knelly.  The spelling of Emmerson’s name seems to me as though it may have changed over the years by loosing an m and maybe, the i changed to an e in Shillhammer. In 1931, the state highway, now known as route 924, began in Hazleton, traveling on through Sheppton and Brandonville.  This road opened up the picturesque Ringtown valley.  This valley was said to rival the Conyngham valley for its beauty. In the late 1800’s, Eckley B. Coxe built his own railroad to connect all his mines.  This Coxe operation was known as the D.S. and S. Railroad. Mr. Coxe was thinking ahead as to how to bring his coal to market. In 1934, Mr. A.E. Dick trading as Dick

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Construction Company made reservations to look for coal on the Coxe land.  He had the land surveyed on May 17, 1934. His strip mining supplies and his men soon followed and they started strip mining on May 24, 1934. You can now see how the process of strip mining the coal from the top down was easier, less expensive and probably more profitable for the coal barons. Now lets turn back a mile to Sheppton.  H.S. Bayer surveyed the town of Sheppton in 1889.  Three men from Mahanoy City claimed the entire tract of land for its coal deposits, only to find that the Coxes had also filed a claim.  Litigation followed and two years later the courts declared the Coxes the legal owners.  Mr. Shepp owned the land from the property known as the Horwath House on Main Street in Sheppton to Brandonville.  Nelson Brandon, acting as land agent for Mr. Shepp, sold lots to the area settlers for Mr. Shepp.  Back in 1873, Mr. Daniel Bittler had occupied the ‘Possession House’ which was located near the railroad on the northern end of Sheppton. This house was the first structure in town and signified the ownership of the land by Shepp, Dull and Silliman. At that time there were burned ruins of log cabins from very early settlers, names now unknown except for one Mr. Fritz who was said to have resided there. After the land ownership dispute was settled, Mr. Bittler was evicted.  The Biddlow Family moved into the “Possession House’ thereby holding the land for the Coxes.  Mr. Bittler came back to the valley in 1890 and formed a growing town named ‘Nelson City’ after Nelson Brandon. The first business was a grocery store owned by an Irishman by the name of Bonner.  This was located at the corner of Main and East Pine Streets. The McGeehan Family also migrated from the northside to Nelson City. The town had a theatre and a multipurpose school building, serving as a church on Sundays and a dance hall. The dances were sponsored by the Recla Family. Mr. Marchetti owned the first hardware store. The first baker was Mr. Longo, of Tyrolean descent, and the first barber was a John Lynch, a native of Poland, also known as ‘John, the barber’. Upon his death in 1924, money and bonds were discovered under the leather seat of his barber chair. The Fellin Family also migrated to Nelson City about that time. In 1890, the first Hungarian families arrived in town directly from Hungary. Some of those people were: Andrew Tamor, Carl Babick, Jacob Reitmeyer, Steve Sabo, John Cobachick, Steven Tachosh and Frank Horwath. Greek families who arrived there were: the Romans, Krutz, Dado, and Kowalsky families. From England came the Peaks and the Seymours.


The Lithuanians were: Joseph Vanavage, Joseph Seslusky and Joseph Schneli. The Slovaks were represented by the Neverlys.  The village was a reagular American melting pot of all nationalities.   A Doctor Jenkins rode on horseback and in his buggy to care for the people in both Sheppton and Oneida.  He resided in Sheppton. Dr. Jenkins was followed for a short while by a Dr. Karns. A Doctor Hoebener, from Derringer also made some calls in both these towns.  In the 1930’s, there was a Doctor Longo who practiced there, charging fifty cents for a home or office visit. My, how times have changed.    In an effort to secure higher wages, the miners went on strike in 1902. This was the first and only strike in the Oneida Mines history.  Only half of the miners belonged to the union at that time. Thereby a dreadful conflict took place.  There was one death which occurred among the deputies appointed by the Coxe brothers to settle the conflict. Peace returned to the two villages. I found it interesting that the Longo Family owned a bottling works which produced a temperance drink.  This must have been during prohibition.  I wonder if this was the start of soda, a precursor to the soft drinks of today.       In the year 1892, the first post office in Nelson City was opened on Main Street. The first postmaster was Edward Lord.  He was

followed by William Shuman in 1895. Maria Tosh followed Mr. Shuman for a year in 1898. Would you believe there was another Nelson City in Pennsylvania, so that the name of the town had to be changed?  The next name of the town was Shepp Dull, after the other two original land owners.   Later the name was shortened to Sheppton. Sheppton became the official name for this patchtown. So we had Oneida coming from the Indian Tribe, a part of the Iroquois Nation and now Sheppton after an early American pioneer.    In the beginning of this patchtown series on Sheppton and Oneida, I wondered if there was a real Mr. Shepp. I asked my readers if anyone knew. This rang a bell for June Nensteil.  She remembered an old booklet that her mother had saved many years ago. This was about the history of this particular area and was written by Joseph H. Zerbey as part of the history of Pottsville and Schuylkill County.  It was published by the ‘Pottsville Republican’ and the ‘Pottsville Morning Paper’ in 1935.  I am very grateful to Ms. Nensteil for sharing this booklet with me and thereby adding to my research for this project. I am grateful, also, to Mr. Zerbey, for writing and recording this important part of our coal country history. I hope to share another bit of mining history about Sheppton with you in our next issue. P

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There was a time when you could pick up your telephone and speak directly to a live telephone operator. You were greeted by a smiling voice a real person that actually cared about helping you to complete your connection. There was no need to dial 911 for an emergency assistance since the telephone operator was trained to respond to your problem. You could be assured that the operator would remain with you and never place you on hold. It was a time when there was civility and caring in the workplace and society. This may sound unreal but it actually existed for over 50 years in the Greater Hazleton area via the Bell Telephone Company. Many of the finest women in the Hazleton area were employed as telephone operators to handle all local and long distance telephone calls. The Greater Hazleton area was fortunate in having the Bell Telephone Company locate their field offices at the corner of South Church Street and Green Street. The Com-

pany officials stated their reasons for locating in Hazleton were the work ethics, moral and ethical values, pride in doing a job right and being assured workers would have and excellent attendance record. There was an ample supply of women who were capable of completing the high-level skills required to be a competent telephone operator. To assure a steady flow of high quality workers members of the Personnel Department would visit all local high schools to interview graduating seniors for employment. The standards were very high so it was an honor to be offered a position with the Bell Telephone Company. The work assignment of operators were complex demanding, and challenging. The operators sat on metal high back chairs facing a large manual switchboard, with hundreds of small inlets that required the operator to place a jack to complete the call. There was a small table in front of the operator with cords, keys and lamp. The operators were assigned to

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either local or long distance calls. There was extensive on the job and skill semester sessions to prepare the operators for the complexities of the assigned tasks. A supervisor would walk behind the operators to monitor performance, technical assistance and to answer unique requests by the customers. At the beginning, stages of operation there were three party lines with four digit call numbers. As the system became more sophisticated, the speed of the calls increased and the number of telephones in homes and businesses increased dramatically. At every major street corner and in local businesses pay telephone were mounted on walls for public use. The telephone operators were expected to dress appropriately and were governed by a code of behavior with an emphasis on demonstrating a positive attitude. Since the Hazleton area was known as “People Friendly” the caller and operator would recognize their voices. This friendliness developed into a trust and bond with the Bell Telephone Company. When there was an important HHS basketball game people would call an operator to get the score of the contest. Many operators would know names and addresses, the latest news and the correct time. Remember these were less stressful times than the multi tasking society of today. There was expectancy that in carrying out your assigned task you would use a pleasant and courteous voice in speaking with customers. At times, a customer would be rude or abrasive but the operators were trained to be cordial and remain calm. If the caller became unruly, a supervisor would take over the call and address the problem sternly and with dispatch. During the 1940’s thru the 60’s women played the key role in carrying forth the telecommunication system in the Greater Hazleton Area. The men were hired to complete maintenance, management and technical assignments. It was felt the women had a softer side in talking with the public. This is just a partial list of some of the men and women who worked at the telephone company. Art Krause returned from WWII and started his employment with the Bell Telephone where he worked for over 44 years. He worked diligently and was promoted to one of the highest levels of district management. This is a partial listing of some of the many dedicated professionals who were employed at the Bell Telephone Company. employees included Delores Bottley, Connie Kulig, Gerald Duffy, Ed Koloski, Delores Brenner, Rita Ostrowski, Carol Smith, Ozzie O’Donnell, Phyllis Vadja, Evelyn Galinski, Rosemary Carey, Nancy Schade, Cecil Meisner, Carol Smith, Elsie Carr, Jane Ann McGeehan, Edward Williams, Alice McNally, Jane McNally, Gloria Cook, Julia Miga, Shirley Watkins, Delores


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Committing to a Healthy Lifestyle by J Eugene Gorski, MD, Alliance Medical Group Family Practice Are you aware that there is a Pacific Rim auto manufacturer who ships import vehicles to the United States with wider seats to accommodate our wider back ends? At some point, we need to face the reality that we weigh more than we should and that our health is not as good as it should be. Unfortunately, Americans spend most of their time trying to figure out how little time they need to devote to achieving a desired goal—weight loss being one such goal. This, in the long run, ends up being expensive and fruitless. We all need to pay better attention to how we fuel our systems and how we take care of ourselves. Diet pills, air brushed models, promises, and manipulated data feed the masses into believing that a healthy body is just a bottle of pills away. People get rich telling us what we want to hear. While we are all motivated, to some degree, to hit a certain number on the scale or squeeze into a smaller pants size, it is our long term health that should be of greatest importance during any weight loss. It is about the ability to wake up and feel better. Get out of bed with energy,

sleep well at night, and experience less body pain. All of this sounds great, but where do we start? A multifaceted approach works best, including diet and exercise, as well as life coaching points, to leave the old baggage behind and catch the train to Wellville. All of this is easier said than done so where does the motivation come from? It is my opinion that the mirror is a good place to start. Take the time to look long and hard. Decide if you are happy and if this is how you want to stay and feel or if a lifestyle change is in your future. Then let the journey begin. We have to come to a better understanding of who we are, what motivates us, and who we are making these changes for. First and foremost, you must be committed to the lifestyle change for you. Second, it is a very motivating factor to have positive figures in your life also be a reason for the lifestyle change, i.e., a spouse or child who wants to see you achieve health and wellness. Surround yourself with people who want to help you achieve your

goal and keep you focused, balanced, and motivated throughout your journey. As we enter the season of New Year’s resolutions, remember that change begins with support. If weight loss is your goal this year, then do it the right way and for the right reasons. P

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Three dimensional entertainment is everywhere – blockbuster movies, television sets and networks, video games, and computer monitors. This technology is intended to make consumers feel more involved in the stories that are being portrayed. Unfortunately, there are millions of people who simply cannot see it. Anywhere from three- to nine-million people have difficulty with binocular vision that prevents them from viewing in 3D. Binocular vision occurs when both eyes align precisely on an object and fuse the individual images into one. This allows accurate depth perception to be observed. Individuals with even a small eye misalignment or who have unequal vision between eyes, may not be able to view 3D images properly. Those who struggle with eye muscle coordination or focusing abilities may also have difficulties. Problems arise from fatigue caused when 3D technology requires the eyes to make focusing adjustments simultaneously on far and

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Warren Buffet’s View on Health by Ting Oh, PT What is your New Years resolution? If you are like most people, it will include looking after your health better, losing weight and exercising more. I cannot think of better goals as investing in yourself leads to positive changes in your life. Studies have shown healthier people are happier, better workers and make more money. Don’t take it from me, listen to one of the riches people in the world, Warren Buffet. In his biography, he tells this story about health. “Let’s say that when I turned 16, a genie appeared to me and said, “Warren, I’m going to give you the car of your choice. It’ll be here tomorrow morning with a big bow tied on it. And it’s all yours.” I would say, “What’s the catch?” And the genie would answer, “There’s only one catch. This is the last car you’re ever going to get in your life. So it’s got to last a lifetime.” But, can you imagine, knowing it had to last a lifetime, what I would do with it? I would read the manual about 5 times. I would always keep it garaged. If there was the least little dent or scratch, I’d have it fixed right away because I wouldn’t want it rusting. I would baby that car, because it would have to last a lifetime. That’s exactly the position you are in concerning your mind and body. You only get one mind and one body. And it’s got to last a lifetime. But if you don’t take care of that mind and that body, they’ll be a wreck forty years later, just as the car would be. It’s what you do right now, today, that determines how your mind and body will operate ten, twenty, and thirty years from now.” Feed your body the right way, look after your weight, get those dents and scratches in

your body fixed and make sure your body lasts your lifetime. We are great at putting things off until later thinking we are going to have more time, more energy and more willpower to do it tomorrow, next week or in the new year. The truth is we tend to see our future selves as being better than we actually are, when in fact we are probably going to be busier with less energy doing things we have been putting off. So make

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tea not only stain your teeth but also encourage decay with the use of sugar in them. Establish a proper brushing and flossing regimen. Brushing should be done twice daily both in morning and in the evening. The action of proper brushing removes plaque and bacteria which coats your teeth and causes decay. If you consume excessive amounts of sugar, more frequent brushing is advised Daily flossing is advised to remove food and germ buildup in between teeth which further leads to tooth decay. The American Heart Association has now linked flossing to prevention of heart disease. It’s hard to believe that routine flossing can save not only your teeth, but your life too! Communications with your dentist concerning any dental issues you may have will solve a problem before it gets to be more involved and expensive as a result. In closing, why not declare a resolution on your oral health? Simple modifications of your daily oral health routine will result in tremendous benefits to your overall health, confidence, and well-being. Should I be of any assistance in making your new found resolutions come true, do not hesitate in contacting me directly at (570)443-9892. Also, feel free to visit our website at www.toohdocpa.com. P

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ing only serves to increase levels of discomfort and agitation for those with Alzheimer’s. Instead, practice patience and offer occasional suggestions for words they are trying to speak. When appropriate, retreat to a quiet place to communicate. Noise and crowds may intimidate the Alzheimer’s patient, resulting in increased frustration and anxiety as well as decreased verbalization. Sometimes, all the person needs is a bit of quiet to organize their thoughts and correctly verbalize them. If the sufferer is in late stages of Alzheimer’s there are other measures you can take to improve communication efforts. Let the person know who you are to create a sense of familiarity. Use simple words and sentences and speak slowly in a lowered tone of voice. Be prepared to repeat your questions or information you are imparting, and also be prepared for those with Alzheimer’s to repeat themselves. Be respectful, calm and car-

ing in your actions and tone of voice. Using signals or written words to communicate or as reminders can be extremely helpful. Above all, try to remain positive even in the face of this difficult condition. Alzheimer’s disease is extremely trying for the patient and the caregiver, family members and friends who are dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Remember, the challenges are neither your fault nor theirs. Patience, understanding and compassion on your part can mean the difference between failure and success in effective communication. P For more information on senior living and elder care options, go to www.comfortkeepers/hazletonpa.com. 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 January 2013 Winter Wonderland What a winter it has been!  We can’t complain too much with the mild temperatures.  But we are looking forward to some “winter precipitation” to witness the cascading snowflakes create our own winter wonderland!  We hope everyone had a wonderful New Year celebration and look forward to everything great ahead for us in 2013! We will be very busy this month…Valentine’s Day is around the corner and we have a lot of planning to do!  We will be making our own decorations and yummy treats for the celebration. No “winter blues” here!  We have many exciting activities planned for the next few months!   New Activities for the New Year! Our Laurels residents are looking forward to the New Year with excitement and anticipation.  In addition to new beginnings, new friends and new memories, residents will have the opportunity to experience a little variety and explore some new interests with various unique and different activities that will be added to our activity calendar this year.  We have many exciting ideas for all of our residents; and as always, if any resident has a new idea, we are always looking for special requests!  Visit Wilma and fill her in!   New Years Eve We had our New Years Eve Party on Friday, December 28th at 5:00 with entertainment by our friend, Tony Angelo.  While we all looked forward to the delicious treats, tasty drinks the

festive hats and traditional noise makers, we felt even more blessed to share this tradition with great friends.  We cannot believe that another year has passed and we look forward to every wonderful journey 2013 will bring.  We hope you had a beautiful 2012 and wish you a magnificent 2013!!   From Our Home to Yours The administration and staff would like to wish everyone a healthy and Happy New Year!  It has been almost 10 wonderful and productive years since we first opened our doors.  We have enjoyed welcoming many residents to our beautiful facility.  As hectic as it was, we have found that this has been a tremendously rewarding time for all of us involved in caring and helping our residents get acclimated to residing in our facility.  We thank our residents and their families for giving us the opportunity of getting to know you and we all look forward to continuing the wonderful reputation in service The Laurels Senior Living Community has gained through the past few years.  We wish you the very best for 2013!   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 rjm@laurels-seniorliving.com From the residents and staff at The Laurels, Happy New Year! “The Laurels Senior Living Community…”Where Our Family of Residents Come First!” P

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Lower Back Pain by Dr. Joseph Bafile The majority of back pain patients have not experienced any trauma, accidents or major injuries prior to the onset of their problem. The cause of most back pain is the cumulative affect of improper sitting posture, poor work habits, incorrect lifting, lack of proper exercise and other lifestyle-related factors. All of these factors cause stress and imbalances on the spine and eventually pain. This is why people

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just for the more easily identified costs! SYMPTOMS: • Tenderness, pain, and stiffness in the lower back • Pain that radiates into the buttocks or legs • Difficulty standing erect or standing in one position for a long time • Weakness and leg fatigue while walking • Discomfort while sitting Wilkey, Gregory, Byfield, & McCarthy (2008) studied randomized clinical trials comparing chiropractic care to medical care in a pain clinic. "The treatment regimens employed by the pain clinic in this study consisted of standard pharmaceutical therapy (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics, and gabapentin), facet joint injection, and soft-tissue injection. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machines were also employed. These modalities were used in isolation or in combination with any of the other treatments. Chiropractic group subjects followed an equally unrestricted and normal clinical treatment regimens for the treatment of [chronic low back pain] were followed. All techniques that were employed are recognized within the chiropractic profession as methods used for the treatment of [low back pain]. Many of the methods used are common to other manual therapy professions" (p. 466-467). Wilkey, A., Gregory M., Byfield, D., & McCarthy, P. W. (2008). A comparison between chiropractic management and pain clinic management for chronic low-back pain in a national health service outpatient clinic. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 14(5), 465-473. After 8 weeks of treatment, the 95% confidence intervals based on the raw scores showed improvement was1.99 for medicine and 9.03 for the chiropractic group. This research indicates that chiropractic is 457% more effective than medicine for chronic low back pain. To say that the medical approach doesn't have a place in healthcare would be inaccurate and irresponsible, but based upon evidenced based outcome studies, research concludes that for chronic low back pain, the path is chiropractic first and drugs second. Chiropractic doctors are trained to determine the cause of the injury and are expert at formulating an accurate and effective diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan. The cornerstone of that plan is the chiropractic adjustment. P


Smart Ways to start the day (Family Features) Mornings can be one of the most hectic parts of the day for busy parents. While trying to get the kids dressed, fed and ready-to-go during the morning crunch, it's easy to skimp on the little things that keep you at your best and ready for the rest of the day. Heinz Nutritionist Carla Addison shares a few easy tips to get the day started right and keep you feeling your best throughout the day - even on the busiest of mornings. • Plan it Out. A good day starts with a good plan. Think about what you'll eat not only for breakfast, but also throughout the day before hunger strikes. This way, you're less likely to indulge and more likely to make smart choices.

• Variety is the Spice of Life. By incorporating a variety of foods, you can break free from the same old cold cereal routine and also get the nutrients you need for the day. Fresh fruit on top of hot oatmeal or a quick fruit smoothie make tasty, yet healthful options. • Fresh Fruit is Your Friend. Always leave a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter so you never walk out of the door hungry - even if you're in a big rush. Keep the fruit bowl at eye level so that it's in sight and top of mind for everyone. For those extra hectic mornings when you don't have time to sit down and eat, bananas, peaches, oranges and apples make great on-the-go options.

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(NAPS)—Often, those looking for a quick fix when trying to lose weight can end up losing money— and possibly their health. While many weight-loss products claim there is an easy way to shed pounds, it’s rare that these products live up to their claims. Even worse, they can cause serious harm and even kill you. Tainted Weight-Loss Products Pose a Risk The FDA has found numerous weightloss products labeled as “dietary supplements” that are tainted with hidden prescription drugs and other harmful ingredients. Some products contain dangerous concoctions of unlisted ingredients including stimulant diet drugs, controlled substances and drugs that were removed from the market for safety reasons. Such products can carry significant risks to unsuspecting consumers. Tainted products come in many forms including “slimming” capsules, coffees or teas. They often promise drastic and immediate weight loss and claim to be “all natural” with “no side effects.” Consumers should be especially wary of weight-loss products labeled in foreign languages. The FDA has received numerous reports of serious injuries associated with tainted weight- loss products, including stroke, kidney failure and death. Many of these products are imported and sold through the Internet, but some can also be found on store shelves. Watch For Bogus Claims There is no magic bullet for ­losing weight. Consumers should beware of products that promise quick fixes and amazing results. Learn to recognize the false claims that are often used in weight-loss scams. Be on the lookout for claims, including: • “Lose 30 pounds in 30 days” • “Permanent or guaranteed weight loss” • “Lose weight without diet or exercise” • “Eat all you want and lose weight” • “Takes weight off quickly— and keeps it from coming back” • “Lose weight while you sleep” • “Money-back guarantee.” If you have questions about weight-loss products, check with your health care professional before using them. T o report illnesses or injuries believed to be related to a weight-loss product, call (800) FDA-1088 or visit FDA online at www.fda. gov/safety/MedWatch. For more information on how to spot health fraud scams, visit www.fda.gov/healthfraud.


You are never too old to see a Chiropractor by John Degenhart, DC I received a phone call from a woman asking if her 94 year old mother is too old to be seen by a chiropractor. The mother has stenosis in her lower back, went to a pain management doctor who where three shots didn’t help her. She agreed to make an appointment.   Her mother looked like a mentally sharp, gentle woman. She told me how she fell six months ago and hurt her right back area.  She hit her head, needed 5 staples, and has been dizzy since. When the shots didn’t help her, they ran out o medical options. Her daughter watched our TV show, saw we were gentle, and wondered if her mom’s legs were unlevel due to her back being out of alignment.   As her mother lay on my chiropractic exam table, it gently lowered her. I checked her leg length, and her right leg was 1/2” longer than the left. As I touched her right sacroiliac joint she said, “That’s exactly where my pain is”. The daughter was astonished to see that her back was out of alignment. I gently adjusted the right side, and brought the table up.   It all made sense. As her mother fell, she twisted her right hip against a concrete post.

My test verified that her back was out of alignment. The shots at pain management wouldn’t be helpful until her back was in proper place.   I saw her twice a week for one month. At 94 she was out of alignment fox six months, so I had to be gentle and Nature needs time to heal. It was a joy to get to know her. Her back pain was gone for Christmas. She had stenosis in her back before the fall. The arthritis

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Winter Workout Tips (Family Features) Just because the season has changed, it doesn't mean that you have to give up on your workout routine. Here are a few winter workout tips from Aaron Ruth, strength and conditioning coach at St. Vincent's Sports Performance in Indianapolis, which works with more than 300 professional and amateur athletes. You can stay fit no matter what the temperature is outside. • Don't Skip the Warm Up - In colder weather, your muscles are tighter, making them more prone to muscle pulls and strains. Spend a little more time warming up your body to help you avoid injury. • Stay Hydrated - When it's cooler outside, you generally drink less water - but when you exercise, you still sweat and lose fluids and electrolytes. Be sure to drink plenty of water before and during your workout to avoid dehydration. • Dress in Layers - Exercising generates body heat and sweat, and when sweat starts to dry in cold weather you can get chilled. Dress in layers that can be removed when you start to sweat. Start with a thin layer of synthetic material which will draw sweat away from your body. Then add a layer of fleece or wool, and top it all off with a waterproof and breathable outer layer. • Protect Your Extremities - When it's cold outside, the body tends to concentrate blood flow to the core, which can leave your hands, feet and ears susceptible to frostbite. Wear gloves, warm socks and a hat or headband. • Have a Post-Workout Refueling Plan - What you put in your body after you work out is just as important, if not more, than what you put

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Master Gardener: Post-Holiday Plant Care by Mary Ann Miller, Master Gardener Popular holiday decorations include colorful plants such as poinsettia, Christmas cactus, amaryllis, and cyclamen. They grace our homes with a special living beauty during the festive Christmas season. But if you are somewhat houseplantchallenged as I am, January heralds the question, “So what do I do with it now?” Last month’s column addressed the care of Christmas cactus, one of the easiest of the holiday plants to grow successfully for many years. The others are a bit more challenging, and, though I am no expert, I did some research to determine how best to care for them. Even I have been able to keep poinsettia as an attractive houseplant through spring. It thrives at a temperature of 65 to 70° during the daytime, but tolerates 60° at night. To maintain bloom, keep it in a draft-free location. If possible, place the plant near a window that faces south so that it will have abundant sunlight. Check the soil daily for moisture. When dry to the touch, water the plant until the water runs out of the drainage hole, but discard any water that accumulates in a saucer holding the pot. Avoid letting the plant wilt, which will cause early loss of leaves. If wilting occurs, water the poinsettia immediately, and then five minutes later water it again to assist its recovery. After all danger of frost in the spring, I plant poinsettia outdoors in a shady location and enjoy its lovely foliage throughout the warmer

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The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders aren’t the only area minor league teams making news this offseason. Lehigh Valley, Reading and State College, three nationally recognized organizations are rolling major changes for 2013. The Fightin’s are Here The Reading Fightin Phils was announced as the new name of the Reading baseball franchise by General Manager Scott Hunsicker. Along with the name, Hunsicker revealed the team's new logo, uniform set, and identity program. The new name of Fightin Phils pays homage to the team's 46-year affiliation with the Philadelphia Phillies and references the big-league club's nickname during the Whiz Kids era of the 1950s. Affectionately, the team will be referred to as the Fightins. "Our relationship with the Phillies is stronger than ever and the Fightin Phils is a unique way to enhance our ties with Philadelphia even more," said Fightin Phils General Manager Scott Hunsicker. "The Fightin Phils reaffirms our bond with the Phillies in a creative, unique way." The Fightins' new name is highlighted by an ostrich logo that symbolizes the feisty bird that is now indigenous to Reading because of the Crazy Hot Dog Vendor. With its fists ready for battle, the new ostrich logo represents the fighting spirit of the franchise, both on and off the field. It will be the first time in the franchise's history that the team will feature an identifiable mascot. The logo is also the first in professional sports to feature an ostrich as its mascot. "When we decided to look

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at our franchise, we felt that we needed a mark that spoke to families since being a family destination has been paramount to our success," said Fightin Phils General Manager Scott Hunsicker. "Our former mark didn't speak to those families and kidssomething our new mark definitely does. Why an ostrich? Because if we were going to select an animal or creature, we wanted to pick something that spoke to the fun nature of a Fightin Phils baseball game." Even though most of our fans are Phillies fans, not all of them are," said Hunsicker. "The Fightins allows you to celebrate both the Phillies and the Reading franchise independently of the Phillies if you choose to do so." The Fightins look was brought to life at Brandiose in San Diego, where Jason Klein and Casey White make teams famous by celebrating their brand stories. Partners Klein and White invented the first glow-in-the-dark on-field cap for the Casper Ghosts and first on-field rally cap for the Altoona Curve. They also have dreamt up some of the most popular logos in baseball including the Richmond Flying Squirrels, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, and the Cincinnati Reds, America's oldest baseball club. On the road and at select home games, players will have the option to wear black Baseballtown jerseys"Our analysis showed us that Baseballtown resonated across all metrics," said Hunsicker. "Our fans love Baseballtown and what it represents from a historic standpoint. Fans in visiting cities are fascinated by the Baseballtown identity and how it spoke to the baseball history of the entire region." The development process for the rebranding began 18 months ago when Klein and White met with front office staff, community members, and Philadelphia Phillies representatives to discuss how the franchise could further its brand while digging deeper into its heritage. Brandiose developed the logos, uniforms, and other enhancements for the 2013 season. "There's no place in America like Baseballtown," said Brandiose's Klein. "It's one of the great sports and entertainment destinations and we're embracing all the elements fans have grown to love about America's Classic Ballpark while trying a few things that have never been done before." One of the Best Gets Better Coca-Cola Park, the most visited venue in Minor League Baseball for each of the last three

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seasons, is installing two brand-new seating areas, the “Hot Corner” and the “Bacon Strip” have been added to Coca-Cola Park, offering IronPigs fans the most unique and distinctive seating and hospitality areas in all of Minor League Baseball. The Hot Corner, named for its remarkably close proximity to third base, is located directly below the PPL Picnic Patio and provides a one-of-akind environment on the Field Level. The Bacon Strip, providing a similar look and feel to the famed “Green Monster” seats at Fenway Park, is a bi-level seating area located along the right field wall that is expected to be among the most desired seating inventory at Coca-Cola Park. “We are constantly seeking out new ways to provide innovative and unique experience for our fans,” remarked IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes. “These two new locales are just another example of our club’s continued commitment to offer affordable, family entertainment to the Lehigh Valley!” The Hot Corner features 48 swivel-style seats across two rows directly in front of the PPL Picnic Patio and includes great amenities such as in-seat food and beverage service as well as drink rail counters, allowing for a more comfortable viewing and dining experience. Hot Corner tickets are $20 per person. The bi-level Bacon Strip beyond right field’s “home run alley” includes 75 bar stool seats in the first row and an additional 52 stadium seats on the second level. Both rows of seating include the added comfort of drink rail counters for food and beverages. Bacon Strip tickets are $10 per person. This is the second significant reinvestment project in as many years at Coca-Cola Park, following the debut of the popular Red Robin Tiki Terrace & Oasis in 2012. Coca-Cola Park’s other award-winning hospitality areas, including the PPL Picnic Patio, U.S. Lawns Dugout Suites, PenTeleData Party Porches.

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(PDC) with the St. Louis Cardinals through at least the 2014 New York-Penn League season. The joint announcement was made by Spikes Chairman and Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg and Cardinals Director of Player Development John Vuch. The announcement of the affiliation agreement between the Spikes and Cardinals marks a re-birth of the partnership between the two clubs. St. Louis served as State College's Major League Baseball affiliate during the team's inaugural 2006 season, and produced a club that featured nine future major league players and, to date, the lone winning season in Spikes franchise history. Two of those nine players -- pitcher Jason Motte and outfielder Allen Craig -- pitched and caught, respectively, the final out of the Cardinals' World Series-clinching victory over the Texas Rangers last October. "The State College Spikes are very pleased to re-kindle our partnership with one of the most well-respected and successful franchises in all of professional sports," said Greenberg. "The Cardinals were wonderful partners during our inaugural season and their players, coaches and other player development staffs were instrumental in helping to legitimize both the Spikes brand and Minor League Baseball in the Centre region and all of Central Pennsylvania. The manner, in which the Cardinals operate, both on and off the field, is respected and emulated by the entire baseball industry. We are excited to bring the

'Cardinal Way' to our loyal Spikes fans." "The 2006 season as a Cardinal affiliate remains the highlight of the Spikes' seven-year history and we are proud to realign with their successful, consistent approach to player development," said Spikes' General Manager Jason Dambach. "Off the field, the Cardinals support of our community outreach efforts and our philosophy on providing fans with a fun, affordable, memory-making experience at the ballpark 38 nights each summer makes this partnership the perfect match." "As part of our player development model, we are always striving to improve the overall training and development environment for our players, and Medlar Field and the State College ballclub offer us a first-class experience at all levels," said Cardinals' Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. "We look forward to our renewed relationship with the State College Spikes." Hazleton Integration Project The goal of The Hazleton Integration Project (HIP) is to create a place in the community where youth of different ethnic backgrounds can come together to learn, play, share and develop friendships that transcend ethnicity. In December HIP and Tampa Rays manager Joe Maddon announced it was purchasing the former MPB School on 4th Street and will open the Hazleton One Community Center, a community youth initiative that Maddon believes

will spark the renaissance needed to bring Hazleton back to its days of being “the best place in the world” for raising children. Hazleton Integration Project board Chairman Bob Curry said organizers will arrange for a “soft opening” in March 2013, which will give the public and community leaders an opportunity to tour the youth center and get a sense of its purpose. An indoor/ outdoor festival and official opening could happen by May 2013. The HIP board of directors secured a nearly $195,000 state grant that will be put toward buying and renovating the building. HIP will buy the building, which formerly served as Holy Spirit Academy and as an annex for Arthur Street Elementary School, from Caffrey and Trimmel LLC, which Curry recognized for selling the building significantly below market value. Also in December, HIP held its 2nd Annual Fund Raising Banquet and Sports Auction. The event drew over 600 people to Gennitti Best Western in Hazleton to meet and mingle with Maddon, MLB players Carlos Pena, Matt Joyce, Former Player Tino Martinez, Tampa Coach Tom Foley and national sports personalities Ed Randall, Ken Rosenthal, and Kimberly Jones. For more information check out the groups new website http://hazletonintegrationproject.com/ Happy New and don’t forget to follow us on twitter @hardcoalbasebal and by e-mail hardcoalbaseball@yahoo.com. P

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Calendar of Events January/February 2013 January 5 & 6 Railroad Club Open House, Saturday January 5 from 12 to 7pm and Sunday January 6 from 1 to 5pm at the club house located at 1057 Hanover Court in Hazle Township. We invite you to come and visit our club and meet some new friends who share a common interest! Celebrate the fond memories of awakening Christmas morning to the sights and sounds of a model train circling under a warmly lit tree! For more information, call Jack Shelly (570) 788-8800. January 6 Spaghetti Dinner, Sunday January 6 from 11am till sellout at Columbia Hose Fire Co No 1, 742 West Centre Street in Shenandoah. Eat in or take out. Free local delivery. Adults $8 and Child $6. For information call 570-462-9574. January 8 Penn State Extension Master Gardener Mary Ann Miller will present a workshop entitled Raised Bed Gardening, at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, January 8, at the West Side Annex, Forty Fort. There is a registration fee of $5.00 per person. Call the Luzerne County Extension at 1-888825-1701 or email LuzerneExt@psu.edu. January 16 Penn State Extension Master Gardener Sandy Visintainer will present a workshop entitled How to Create a Terrarium at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, January 16, at Good Shepherd Church, Route 309, Drums. There is a registration fee of $5.00 per person. Call the Luzerne County Extension at 1-888-825-1701 or email LuzerneExt@psu.edu.

Sunday, February 17 Presidents Day Weekend in Jim Thorpe. Presented by the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce. Activities will include Ice and Wood Carvings, Music at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Civil War Re-Enactment, Famous Jime Thorpe Mug Walk, ShopJanuary 22 ping Specials around town and so much more. Daffodil Days Kickoff Party! Tuesday, January 22 from 6-8pm in the Holy Rosary Church Come out for all the winter fun! Basement, 240 South Poplar Street in Hazleton. Do you want to learn how to coordinate February 23 Daffodil Days at your place of work? Interested Lehighton Area Pool Pals is letting you know to in becoming a delivery driver? Would you like HOLD THE DATE for our CABIN FEVER to join our Daffodil Days Committee? Want to DANCE, on Saturday, February 23rd at the help in the fight against cancer? Come join us Orioles Pavilion. Music will be provided by The and find out how! FUN! FOOD! PRIZES! Doctor - DJ Layne Roberts. Great music, finger INFORMATION! For more info please call food and dancing. Dance contest, you can win a Lenore Koval at 570-459-1212 x 2102 or Le- Season Pool Pass for the 2013 Season or a Door nore.Koval@cancer.org. Prize of a free Pool Pavilion Rental Party. For more information call Diane at 610-377-5275. January 27 Benefit Concert, Sunday, January 27 from 7 to 10pm at the Tresckow Fire Company, 26 To list your Community Event in our E. Oaks Street in Tresckow. The concert will Calendar, please email the event feature the 8 piece show band, 70's Flashback. to: editorial@panoramapa.com Come experience the greatest music of the seventies. Doors open at 6:30pm. Show begins at 7:00pm. Tickets cost $20. There will be a cash bar as well as refreshments for purchase. To reserve tickets, call Lenore, 459-1212 Ext. 2102 – or mail a check to ACS, PO Box 2306, Hazleton, 18201 or pick up tickets at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce (ask for Joe). Reserved tickets can be picked up at the door that evening, but tickets will not be for sale at the door that evening. Tickets will not be mailed. Portions of the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. day January 19 from 8pm til ?? at Columbia Hose Fire Co No 1, 742 West Centre Street in Shenandoah. Cover: $3.00 Bar & Kitchen open at 6pm. Happy Hour 6 to 8pm. For information call 570-462-9574.

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cals and percussion and on drums Dave Bott. “70’s flashback” is one show you don’t want to miss. Come experience the greatest music of the seventies. Relive those fun times, those special memories and that simpler time of life we all loved. Doors open at 6:30pm. Show begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $20.00 each and will be available by calling Lenore, 459-1212 x2102 to order, or mailing a check to ACS, PO Box 2306, Hazleton, PA 18201 or pick up at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce (ask for Joe). Reserved tickets can be picked up at the door that evening, but tickets will not be sold at the door. Tickets will not be mailed. There will be a cash bar as well as refreshments for purchase. A special thanks to the Tresckow Fire Department and Fairway Motors. A portion of the net proceeds will be donated to the american cancer society-greater hazleton unit telethon to take place on February 23, 2013 . The theme of this year’s telethon is “35-stayin’ alive” which represents the 35th year of the american cancer society telethon. It also represents the great news that more and more birthdays are now being celebrated for cancer survivors who are “Stayin’ Alive” thanks to the advances being made in cancer treatment and research. P


The Polka Connection by Carl Simchena In 1986, polka entertainer, Bruno Mikos, was inducted into the “Polka Music Hall of Fame” by the International Polka Association. This talented musician was born on October 5, 1946 in Chicago, IL. His Bruno Mikos parents, being of Polish decent, would often take their children to polka dances throughout the Chicago area. This is where young Bruno got his first taste of polka music. By the time he was five years old, he was memorizing the words to many of the polka songs. “Two Bucks” polka was his favorite tune and many bands would call him up on stage to perform this song with them. During his grammar school days, Bruno tried to play the accordion.  However, he did not care for this instrument and eventually switched to the trumpet.  He attended the Roseland Conservatory of Music and, during his high school years, he played the trumpet with the Jazz, Concert, Dance and Marching Bands. Later, he joined a local band called the Polka Jacks.  Eventually, he became a sideman for the very popular Li’l Wally Band and played across the country in over 18 states. A memorable event for Bruno was his performance at the Toronto Canadian Expo, where he backed up singer Bobby Vinton. In 1966, Bruno entered into the Army and served in Germany.  Upon his discharge, he went back to Chicago, where he performed with Li’l Wally, Casey Homel, Richie Gomulka, Li’l Richard and others. In 1974, Bruno settled in Ohio and formed his own band, the Harmony Stars. His first recording gave him national recognition.  The group then went on to record several other albums. In 1979, Bruno’s recording “People Pleasing Polkas” was voted the favorite album by the United States Polka Association (USPA). And, in 1982, he received the Outstanding Polka Achievement Award from the USPA.  In addition to playing and recording, Bruno did polka radio. For 3 ½ years he did the “Weekend Polka Party” over WHHH Radio, Warren, Ohio.  He then worked at WKTL in Struthers, Ohio and appeared on the “Polka Variety Show”, on Channel 5 in Cleveland. 

Bruno lead the Harmony Stars until the early 1990’s when he decided to take a break from playing. However, the break didn’t last long. In 1997, he recorded his 7th album “Back on the Bandstand” for Sunshine Records. As owner of Bem Star Records, a publishing and recording company, Bruno has promoted other great polka bands such as the Holy Toledo Polka Stars, the Dynasonics, the Troubadours, and Judy & Her Suchey Brothers.  He has also written songs like “Back To Chicago," "Hey Pretty Girl," "Lost Love," "Can’t Get Married," and others.  Bruno is still actively running Bem Star Records He has also taken a more relaxed role as sideman for Stephanie and Her Honky Band and Jersey Polka Richie. These days, Bruno enjoys spending his free time with his wife of 39 years, Sue, and his three children and four grandchildren. His son, John, is carrying on the Mikos polka tradition. He is currently playing concertina with Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push. Finally, be sure to tune into “The Polka Connection” on 1490 WAZL every Sunday, starting at 10:30 a.m. We’ll play the best in polka music and open up the phone lines for call-in dedications. It’s the “coolest polka show on the radio.” In closing, I would like to extend my best wishes to all of our readers for a Happy and Blessed New Year. May this be your best year ever.

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This nicely done CD contains a great medley of polka tunes called “A Jukebox in My Mind” This selection plays for 10 minutes and 51 seconds and contains some great songs like “Lillian’s”, “Green Bridge”, “Back to Chicago”, “Hey Pretty Girl”, and the “Frisky Puppy Oberek”. In addition, there is a unique polka/waltz combo called “What Should I Do” and a well done instrumental entitled “The Hillside Hop”. Bruno’s son, John, produced this CD and also lends his talents on vocals and concertina. To order your copy, you can write to Bruno Mikos, 735 Connecticut Avenue, McDonald, OH 44437 or you can call 330-530-6077.

By the way, our band, the POLSKIE SWINGMASTERS, will be appearing at the Jeddo Stars in Jeddo, PA on Saturday evening, January 12, starting at 7 p.m. We will be doing variety music as well as polka tunes. Come on out and support the Jeddo Stars and have a great time partying with us. Just a reminder, The Swingmasters are available for private parties and engagements. You can call Steve Brill at 570-788-5336 or you can call me at 570429-0859. P

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Ham and Bean Soup (pictured on left) Submitted by Martin Mehlig Wash 1 pound of navy beans. Add 2 quarts of cold water. Soak overnight (or simmer for two minutes, remove from the heat, cover and let stand one hour. ) Don’t drain. Add one meaty ham bone, ½ tsp. of salt and pepper and 1 bay leaf. Cover and simmer for two hours until beans are tender. Remove meat from bone, dice and return to the soup pot. Add one large onion diced. 3-4 stalks of celery, diced. 1-2 carrots diced. Cook for one hour and add 4-6 diced potatoes and cook until tender with 1 quart of chicken broth. Season to taste. Yields one large pot, makes extra which is good to freeze.

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New Year’s Day is not always January 1st.  People around the world celebrate the New Year at different times, but they always celebrate with special foods. Long ago, the Seminoles of ancient Florida celebrated their New Year in midsummer when the corn harvest was ready.  Their year began when they once again had fresh foods to eat. A long time ago in Europe, New Year’s arrived in April with the first warm spring air.  On Chinese New Year, usually in February, the Chinese smeared honey on their paper pictures of the gods, so that when the gods went up to heaven to report, they would only have sweet things to say about the people below. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year falls in September or early October.  Rosh Hashanah is a time for sweet foods (carrot coins and apples dipped in honey) and a time to wish friends a sweet New Year.

Scottish children celebrate Hogmanay, the last day of the old year, by going door to door collecting fruits and nuts and special coins from their neighbors.  Hogmanay for Scottish children is a bit like trick or treating on Halloween here in the states. In the American south, children used to hop around the table at New Year’s (and sometimes still do).  Then they would sit down to eat cornbread and “Hoppin John”, a dish of dried red peas, rice and ham. The French eat pancakes for New Year’s. The Swiss eat whipped cream for good luck. The English drink a wassail.  What will you make for your good luck New Year’s food?   FOOD FOR THOUGHT “There is no sincerer love than the love of food” – George Bernard Shaw S P EC IAL PART Y M EN US AVAILABLE

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Dryfoos Insturance (Grange Insurance).......9 Earth & Fire Supply..................................45 Ec'clectibles...............................................40 Empire Cleaners........................................11 Evanko Respiratory...................................20 Family Dermatology..................................19 Famous Salon & Spa................CALENDAR First Choice Bookkeeping & Tax Services.........34 First Liberty Bank.....................................33 Fritzingertown Senior Living Community........17 General Vending.......................................32 Gillespie Miscavige Ferdinand & Baranko........35 Greater Hazleton Health Alliance.......... 5,15 Griguoli Chiropractic................................13 Harman Funeral Home.............................41 Harry's U-Pull-It.......................................51 Hazle Drugs..............................................12 Hazle Yellow Cab......................................10 Hazleton Eye Specialist..............................16 Hazleton Physical Therapy........................17 Hazleton Public Transit.............................11 Hazleton YMCA/YWCA..........................13 Head Rush Beauty Salon...........................42 Heights Terrace Pharmacy.........................29 Hometown Nursing & Rehabilitation.......28 Integral Investment Group........................35 James Maurice Spa...............BACK COVER Janney Montgomery Scott LLC.................36 Jimmy's Quick Lunch...............................57

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