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A Tribute to Larry Guinan by Marolyn Pensock On December 18, 2012, we bid goodbye to the last of the original Guinan family of Barnesville and Mahanoy City, PA.  Lawrence E. Guinan passed away at the wonderful age of 93 years. I met Larry back in 1993 while on a visit to his home with Neil Rodino, former owner and editor of Panorama Magazine. This was the first of our visits and phone conversations for the series I wrote on Lakewood Amusement Park and all the wonderful memories associated with it. As a tribute to Larry, I thought it only fitting to mark his passing by revisiting a portion of the series I wrote. Excerpts from: The Guinan Family Story and Lakewood Amusement Park First there was the land, then the amusement park with its’ wonderful swimming pool, the ballroom which presented all the big bands of the day, the summer theatre which brought the stars to our area and provided a venue for out local talent to flourish, and the wonderful ethnic festivals. The park even had its’ own train spur which brought the families for those wonderful festivals. How did it all begin?  Larry’s father, an Irishman, Richard Guinan, Sr. worked as a breaker boy at the St. Nicholas Colliery near Mahanoy City. Mahanoy City lies in the heart of the Anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania. It is surrounded by patchtowns, where most of the labor force for the mines lived in company houses. Richard Guinan, Sr. started his salesman

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days peddling coffee and tea door to door in these patchtowns. In doing so, he got to know his customers very well.  One day, a lady of the house asked him if he could sell her a stove. Being the salesman that he was, naturally he replied, of course he could sell her a stove. This he did.  It was his first big sale. From this sale, through word of mouth advertising, he received requests for other household appliances, refrigerators, more stoves, tables and chairs. Remember these were the days in the last 1800’s before the automobile. That is how the R. Guinan Department Store started in 1889. Larry’s father had found a need and he filled it. (Larry, his youngest son) was the last Guinan president of the R. Guinan Department Stores. The original store was located on Centre Street in Mahanoy City.  The Guinan Family lived in the rear of the store on Linden Street. This was very convenient since Mrs. Guinan was the sole clerk, in addition to being mother to five children, four sons and a daughter. Their daughter passed away at a young age.  The business prospered and a series of stores was established. As the sons became of age, they headed their own store in the family partnership. Mount Carmel was the largest department store, while the Shamokin store sold all furniture. At one time they also had a small store in Girardville and a large department store in Berwick. The four sons came into the family partnership, Larry in Mahanoy City, Frank in Berwick, Richard in Mt. Carmel and Shamokin, while Daniel served as head advisor to the partnership. On Memorial Day in 1945, when Larry was serving in the United States Navy at Leyte Gulf in the Pacific Theatre of Operations, there was a tragic fire in Mahanoy City’s business district. The fire started in the block west of the Guinan store. Mr. Guinan, the founder, had passed away by then.  Mrs. Guinan was running the business. At the height of the fire, she opened the store so her neighboring merchants could move their items into the store, to be saved. Tragedy struck.  The wind shifted. The fire spread along a three block area of the business district where most of the buildings were constructed of wood. The Guinan store burned along with all inventory, business records and those of their neighbors. The firemen tried valiantly, but there was only a trickle of water in their hoses. Everything was lost. Unfortunately, their store had

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Larry Guinan on his patio in Barnesville, PA. Photo taken in July 15, 2003.

no insurance. Ever believing in Mahanoy City, the Guinan Family rented three remaining structures and reopened their business, while rebuilding in the old location. Larry was now the proprietor of the Mahanoy City store. As such, he decided to change the image of the store completely, to compete with the influx of mall shopping centers. His wife, Marjorie, a creative artist in her own right, joined him, taking over the ladies and children’s departments. Between them, they streamlined the whole store. Their customers loved the changes. The Guinans were a key factor in helping to turn around the image, not only of their store, but of Mahanoy City, which had suffered with the decline of the coal industry. By 1983, Larry sold the building to Edward Walson, son of John Walson of Service Electric Cable Television Company for their offices. Larry and Marjoriie moved all the quality merchandise into another building to have a real going out of business sale. They had decided it was time to retire.   Just think, the sale of that first stove by Richard Guinan, Sr. was the springboard that led to Lakewood Amusement Park and all the amazing memories that live in the minds and hearts of many of those who enjoyed so many happy hours there. I’m so grateful that I got to know, in a small way, his youngest son, Larry. So I say, for myself, and I’m sure for many of you, as I remember the evenings with my husband, Bob, hearing Gene Krupa and his band, playing, Sing, Sing, Sing and Vaughn Monroe, singing, while his orchestra played, Dance Ballerina, Dance, thanks Larry for the memories. P


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The Legacy of the Anthracite Region: Part One by Larry Ksanznak It does your heart and soul good to take out your High School Yearbook to review an important chapter in your journey through life. You will begin to remember many treasured memories of those special years. I look back with much joy and pride at my high school years at West Hazleton High School in the Anthracite Region. There was a time when the Anthracite Region dominated the athletic, social and cultural happenings in the Greater Hazleton area. We enjoyed fierce but healthy competition in sports, debating clubs, marching bands, cheerleaders, and class plays. We made many friendships with the students from neighboring schools in the Anthracite region. On weekends, we would travel to other high school areas to attend dances, sporting events or see a movie. A favorite place to attend a dance was at St. Kunegunda Church auditorium in McAdoo. The Anthracite League was comprised of the following teams: West Hazleton “Wildcats” (Blue and Gold), Hazle Township “Shippers” (Purple and Gold), MMI “Preppers” (Red and White), McAdoo “Maroons” (Maroon and White), Foster Township “Falcons” (Blue and Yellow), St Gabriels “G-Men” (Purple and White), and Freeland “Whippets” (Red and Yellow). The companion league was the Mountain League consisting of St. Ann’s, Sheppton, White Haven, Nurenberg and Weatherly. In 1949-50, St. Ann’s High School was the Mt. League Champions. Coaches Father Hughes and Joseph “Rip” Collins, and team members Jim Campbell, Gerry Malloy, Tom Fisher, Corky Pennion, Bob Ferry, Bob Boyle, John Fattrecino, Pat Thomas, Mickey Carr and Jim DcDermott. The high school rivalries brought intense pride and spirit to

each community. The night of the games the gyms and football fields would find rabid fans, cheerleaders and the vibrancy of the marching bands. If you were a member of a sports team, cheerleaders, or marching band member you received full support and encouragement from your community. I remember going to Fritzie Cheslock’s barbershop before an important basketball game, Fritz and his customers were giving me unlimited advice about how to play that night. When we won the Anthracite League Basketball Championship, Fritz gave members of our team a free haircut and even more advice about how we could beat Plymouth High School in our forthcoming Playoff Game. The first Freeland High School team was in 1922. In their initial season in the third game they defeated Hazleton High School 52- 0. The coach of the “Whippets” was Harold Woelfel. Some of the other teams they played against were Pottsville, MMI and WHHS. The 1940 FHS football team player were: Andy Zahn, Ed Novak, Gabbo Lutz, Orion Popick, Hickey Gallagher, Tom Hohan, Ray Reese, J.C. Corrigan, “Chinky” Feissner, Felix Alimo, Carl Pecora, Tom Bensinger, Joe Rudi, Bob Orr, “Streth” Dovan, “Shadow” Yaskowitz, John Zealis, Bernie Gross, “Ziggy” Potzner, Ossie Preat, Ron Penella, Ed Bradley,Rocco Lutz, BillVerbitsky, “Doc” Cazza, Mike Tigelo, Andy Zamba, Joe Machella and Mike Kushmeder. The coach was Herb Rathey. FHS fielded a football team from 1922- 1942 and dropped football due to WWII. Many of the senior athletes left high school to enter the military service. The football program would resume in 1974 thru the 1991 season. (Special thanks to the Freeland Historical Society for providing this informa-


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tion about the FHS football teams.) We played our basketball games at our home gym or championship games at Hazleton High School gym. The football team played most of their games at Harmon Geist Stadium or Cranbury Ball Park. The biggest game of the season was WHHS vs. HHS on Thanksgiving Day. There were crowds of 10,000 people attending this annual game. In our senior year 1949, the Turkey Game WHHS vs. HHS, was played at Harman Geist Stadium. The Wildcat won by a score of 7 to 6. Charlie Podlesny threw a 69-yard pass to Dan Sekanovich for the winning touchdown. Jimmie Evanko ran over the left side of the line for the extra point. Ed Warnet played offensive and defensive tackle and was selected to the All-State football team. Other members of the team were John Seamon, Jimmy Howell, “Buzz” Treible, Bob Probert, “Yosh” Mahalick, John Mehalick, Joe Planutis, Walt Petrovich, Tom McBride, Ed Lincalis, Danny Rybarck, and Bob Wersinger. “Babe” Mahalick, Tommy Antolick, and Joe Koskolitz. Some o the HHS players were: Bove, Fry, Knoblaugh, Beechey, Undeck, Ragazzi, Koch, Mooney, Prusak, Lesko and DeMatt The Anthracite Basketball League was very competitive and well balanced with superior teams in the 1949 season. The Wildcats tied MMI for the first half championship and played for the championship at Hazleton High gym. There was a standing room only crowd of over 1,400 fans to watch this game. WHHS defeated MMI and then had to play Hazle Township, the second half champions, for the League Championship. It was a typical Anthracite League game very competitive with the lead changing many times through out the contest. Once again, there were over 1,400 fans at the game. With one second to go one of our players made a foul shot to win the championship game for WHHS. The members of the Wildcat championship team were Bob Probert, Charlie Podlesny, Larry Ksanznak, Dan Sekanovich, Tom Matushoneck, Jimmy Striney, Glenny DeFranscio, Eddie Junay, Ronnie Kaplan, Jerry Planutis, Jack Krause, Don Fueher, and Tom Horinko. There were countless arrays of skills, teamwork and competitiveness that were learned playing sports in the Anthracite League that helped in pursing personal careers. Dan Sekanovich, played in the Cotton Bowl and

Sugar Bowl while attending the University of Tenn. He later coached for the Miami “DOLPHINS” New York JETS and was with the Buffalo BILLS in their four appearances in the Super Bowl. Tom Matushoneck graduated from Scranton Univ. and became a top official in the Criminal Justice Department in Ohio. Jerry Planutis attended Michigan State Univ. and played in the Rose Bowl. He later became a teacher and very successful football coach. Charlie Podlesny played on two undefeated basketball teams at Millersville College. He was a teacher in the Neshaminy School District and was a very successful basketball coach. Jack Krause graduated from Bloomsburg University and was an outstanding Superintendent of Schools in the state of New York. Dr. Jack Kraus was awarded his PhD and served as Dean of Education at New Paltz University. Bob Probert attended Suquehanna University and was the captain of their basketball team. He was a teacher and coach at Shamokin High School. He is considered one of the best coaches in the state of Pa. Larry Ksanznak attended Bloomsburg Univ. and played on the 1953 State Championship team. He was a candidate for the National Principal of the Year and has appeared on educational forums for CBS, NBC, CNN and ABC. Dan Sekanovich, Charlie Podlesny,

Jerry Planutis, Bob Probert and Larry Ksanznak were inducted into the Greater Hazleton Area Sports Hall of Fame. The 1950-51 season for the Hazleton Regional Area Basketball teams was a rebuilding year for many of the teams. McAdoo High School won the Anthracite League Championship with a 19 and 4 record. Rock Glen High School won the Mt. League Championship with a 15 and 10 record. Hazleton High School was in a rebuilding year and came up short with a 7 and 14 record. St. Ann’s was 15 and 11; White Haven was 11 and 11; Weatherly 12 and 12; Freeland 11 and 13; Nurenberg 9 and 13; St. Gabriel’s 6 and 14; West Hazleton High School 6 and 15; Foster Township 6 and 16 ; Hazle Township 6 and 18 and Sheppton 1 and 10. The Anthracite area claimed the national sports center in a unique high school basketball game between the MMI “Preppers” and the WHHS “Wildcats.” The West Hazleton High team coached by Ron Gatski had a high scoring and dominating team with a 17-0 record. The “Wildcats” were well endowed with a 62 game winning streak. The MMI team, coached by Al Goedecke, had a 17-6 record. Coach Goedecki devised a creative game plan. His strategy was to have his players hold the ball on every possession until there were

30 seconds left on the shot clock. At half time MMI was winning by the score of 4 to 3. In the second quarter, neither team had scored a point. The “Preppers” Jack Hollis scored a basket with 18 seconds left in the game. The “Wildcats” missed two shots in the final minutes of the contest. MMI’s Jack Feussna made a free throw and an MMI victory by the score of 7 to 5. Newspapers and television stations across the country reported this unique contest.. In 2011, Coach Goedecki was inducted into the Greater Hazleton Area Sports Hall of Fame. Albeit, the MMI basketball team gained the national sports spotlight, it was the MMI cheerleaders who remained the fan favorite in the Anthracite League. The MMI cheerleaders consisted of an all male squad. The fans would wait anxiously to hear their unusual fight cheer. “Rootie-Toot-Toot. Rootie-Toot-Toot. We’re the boys from the Institute. We don’t smoke, we don’t chew and we don’t go out with girls who do. Fight Team Fight.” See part two of this article in the May 2013 issue. If you have any questions or comments about this article, please contact me at lrknek@ P



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Menstrual Madness by Scott Muir, DO, Alliance Medical Group OB/GYN “Is it here again already? Didn’t I just finish this? I used up nearly all my sick days and can’t afford to miss any more. I keep ruining my clothes. I just can’t take it anymore! There has to be a better way to deal with this monthly madness.” Sound familiar? Believe it or not, regular and predictable menses are a gift. All women wish for it, most get it, and a few have real problems. Before we can fix a problem, we must first define what is normal. Ask 100 women if they are regular and only approximately 1/3 will say yes. Many women falsely believe that a few days variance constitutes being irregular. A normal menstrual cycle actually can involve a great deal of variance. Periods that arrive every 21 to 35 days are considered normal. Predictability is nice but not required to be normal. Any cycle that comes more frequently than 21 days or less frequently than 35 days needs to be evaluated by a physician. The amount a woman bleeds also may vary and is nearly impossible to quantify. Ask a woman how much she bleeds with each period and at least half will tell you it’s “heavy”. The gynecologic community has tried for years to determine heavy from normal flow. (I really don’t want to go into detail here regarding the actual methods that are used to calculate volume of flow……… you can only imagine. Let’s just say weighing pads seems best. Who is really going to do this? Exactly, no one!) Ultimately, heavy flow is best defined by flow that disrupts one’s quality of life or results in anemia. In addition, clots larger than golf balls

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The top reasons people are admitted to nursing homes and how to prevent them by Ting Oh, PT Life expectancy has been increasing with females increasing from 78.6 in 1990 to 80.5 in 2010 and men from 71.7 years from 75.9. As we live longer, the question then becomes how can we age gracefully? One of the foremost concerns amongst older Americans is the need for nursing home care as many would prefer to remain in their own homes but trends are showing admissions to nursing homes are increasing. In a study done in 2009, 2.8 million people over the age of 65 resided in nursing homes which accounted for 7-8% of total people over 65. As you age, that percentage increases with 22% of people above 85 living in nursing homes. That number is expected to increase with Medicare estimating that by 2020, 12 million older Americans will need some form of long-term care. When analyzing the reason why people are admitted to nursing homes, 4 I’s have been identified: Immobility – people who are not able to look after themselves due to mobility problems, Instability – people who fall, Incontinence – people who have problems controlling their bowel or bladder and Intellectual Impairment – meaning dementia. Most people think that not much can be done to help those problems. However only 30% of aging is related to genetics meaning we have control of 70%. So by taking the right actions you can prevent the 4 I’s from taking over your life. Would you believe you can reduce your chance of being afflicted with the 4 I’s just by maintaining a good weight, exercising and addressing you existing medical issues. Multiple

studies show how losing weight and exercising can not only reduce your chance of becoming immobile, falling and incontinence, but it can also help you manage diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. In fact by exercising 30 minutes 5 days a week, you can greatly reduce your chance of disease and premature death by 40-50%. How about dementia? Studies show exercise and maintaining a good weight helps with mental function. One little known fact is that overweight people have an 80% increase of getting dementia over the age of 65 and for obese people this risk increases to 300%. Recent research also found seniors aged between 65-75 who exercised with weights showed increases in tests for memory and decision making. So to reduce your chances of admission to a nursing home no matter how old you are, main-

tain a good weight, exercise and look after your medical problems. For those who need some help, Hazleton Physical Therapy are exerts in exercise and have developed a weight loss program based on Behavioral changes, Exercise, Nutrition and Team support. Even if you have medical problems or have pain where you don’t think you can lose weight, our expertise is in monitoring your medical problems and helping you ease pain so you can exercise and lose weight. Your health insurance may even pay for it in the right situation. Exercising safely is our specialty and our mission is to change people’s lives through improving their health. For more information or to schedule an appointment for a healthier, independent future, please call 501-1808. P

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Exercise and Blood Pressure by Dr. Tim Kelly, PT, DPT Many recent studies have shown that regular aerobic exercise (workouts like brisk walking that use large muscles for an extended period) over several months may modestly lower blood pressure. According to a recent National Institutes of Health conference, aerobic exercise reduces resting (nonexercise) blood pressure in people who have hypertension by an average of 11 points off the top number and 9


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of exercise might be best for you. But whatever your blood pressure, it's hard to go wrong with walking. Start walking at whatever pace feels comfortable. As you slowly build fitness, gradually increase your pace and distance. Aim for at least 30 minutes per session 3 days a week--daily if possible--even if you have to work up to that level. Depending on your fitness level and interests, you may want to try jogging, stationary or outdoor bicycling, swimming, rowing, using a stair-stepper, or low-impact aerobics, you have arthritic knees or hips. Conditioning your upper body can be a nice complement to aerobic exercise and may also help lower blood pressure. But the type of upper-body workout you do is crucial. It's generally safe to lift light weights for many repetitions (often called circuit training), but don't use heavy weights. Pumping heavy iron can raise blood pressure to dangerous levels. The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice recommends that heart rate (HR) and blood pressure (BP) measurement be included in the examination of new patients. At Physical Therapy Specialists we include frequent HR and BP measurements to help in decision making for patient care and effective individualized exercise programs. If your doctor has recommended an exercise regiment to help lower your blood pressure, we can provide the professional supervision. Call at any of our convenient locations: Hazleton 459-5787, Conyngham 708-2015, or Hometown 6681889. P

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Under Pressure by Dr. Alexandra Wasmanski, OD Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steals sight. Very often, it begins without any symptoms. The pressure within the eye causes damage to the optic nerve. This decreases the transmission of visual information from the eye to the brain. Initially, peripheral vision is lost. But, if glaucoma goes untreated; the vision loss will progressively become more centralized. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the world, and the second leading cause of blindness in the United States. It can affect people of all ages, but more commonly those over 60 years old. African Americans and Hispanics are more at risk than Caucasians. People who are diabetic or have hypertension are more likely to develop glaucoma as well. Other risk factors include a positive family history for glaucoma, chronic eye inflammation, corticosteroid use, and ocular trauma. There are four main types of glaucoma. The most common form is primary open angle glaucoma in which there is an increase in the intraocular pressure (IOP). This may be due to a decrease in the eye’s ability to drain its fluid. Angle closure glaucoma is a medical emergency that can cause vision loss within 24 hours. The IOP spikes up when the drainage angle of the eye becomes blocked. Secondary glaucoma occurs as a result of another problem. This can be from disease or an injury to they eye. The final type is normal tension glaucoma. This is the only form that has optic nerve damage resulting from an IOP that is in the normal range. The cause is unknown.

The only way to diagnose glaucoma is through regular comprehensive eye examinations. Since glaucoma is a disease of progression, it is important to keep any followup appointments your doctor may schedule. These may include dilated eye exams, retinal photos, computerized scans, and visual field tests. These tests are designed to assess the health and function of the optic nerve. They will also allow the doctor to determine if any peripheral vision loss has begun. Glaucoma cannot be cured, but with proper follow up and treatment, it can be controlled. P

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any gluten-free options, don’t give in and grab a finger sandwich.. instead prepare yourself! If you know you are going out to eat, check out the menu online and see if they offer gluten-free options. If they don’t chances are they offer a house salad and most restaurants would be happy to add grilled chicken, shrimp or salmon/ just remember to hold the croutons and use olive oil and vinegar, or bring your own gluten-free dressing. When going to a friend’s house, offer to bring a dish; that way you know you will have something gluten-free to eat or just pack a snack. It’s a Family Thing: When you have a family and are the only one who lives gluten-free, meal preparations can be challenging. While the goal is usually to spend less time cooking, you might instead find yourself preparing two versions of a meal. A few nights a week, try preparing a gluten-free meal for everyone…most people can’t even taste the difference. With all the great gluten-free products available, glutenfree is tastier than it’s ever been. Switch it Up: If you read the same book every day, you would get bored with it. The same goes with your diet. Don’t get stuck in a rut with eating gluten-free… remember to switch it up. There are always new gluten-free foods being introduced, give them a try. It’s not only what you eat: Sure we all know gluten is found in foods… but did you know it is in many of the products you use every day? Items like moisturizer, shampoo, soaps, and more can have gluten present in them. If you are eating gluten-free, but then slathering on a gluten-filled moisturizer, you may be frustrated and begin to think that gluten-free dies isn’t working. Remember, being gluten-free is not only a diet, it is a way of living. Make sure to check your personal care product labels and make sure they are gluten-free too. Hazle Drugs carries a wide variety of gluten free products such as gluten-free supplements, diet bars, skin care products and more. Stop in today to check out our gluten-free products. Our Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Bill Spear, R.Ph, CCN can help you select the right gluten-free products for your everyday living! 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 •

Joint Disease/Osteoarthritis by Dr. Joseph Bafile One of the oldest, and most common types of arthritis. It is characterized by the breakdown of the joint’s cartilage. Cartilage is the part of the joint that cushions the ends of bones. Cartilage breakdown causes bones to rub against each other, causing pain and loss of movement. Most commonly affecting middle-aged and older people, osteoarthritis can range from very mild to very severe. It affects hands and weight-bearing joints such as knees, hips, feet and the back. SYMPTOMS: • GRADUAL AND SUBTLE ONSET OF DEEP ACHING JOINT PAIN • WORSE AFTER EXERCISE OR WEIGHT BEARING • OFTEN RELIEVED BY REST • JOINT SWELLING

• LIMITED MOVEMENT • MORNING STIFFNESS • GRATING OF THE JOINT WITH MOTION • JOINT PAIN IN RAINY WEATHER • THERE MAY BE NO SYMPTOMS Chiropractic care works on relieving symptoms and minimizing complications associated with osteoarthritis. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you call 570-788-3737 today for a complimentary consultation. P

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19 Yogis Achieve a Personal Revolution at Mystic Power Yoga What better way to embrace the New Year than to embark on a revolutionary journey of the mind and body? The 19 students pictured here began the 40 Days to Personal Revolution Program at Mystic Power Yoga on January 7, 2013 and graduated on February 15. The program, developed by master yoga teacher, Baron Baptiste and lead by local Baptiste Affiliate Studio Owner, Michele Fisher, teaches a multi-faceted approach to achieving a healthier and more mindful way of life. Through a daily yoga practice, a cleansing and more conscientious eating plan, a daily meditation practice, and regular journaling exercises, the participants are led along a path to a revolution of their own designs. The community and teachers at Mystic Power Yoga support and motivate the students throughout the program, but each participant deserves recognition for the dedication they show to their own transformation. Students often testify to the way in which this program opens

their eyes to the possibilities within their own body and mind. The Graduation Party is always one of the main events in every 40 Day Program! The celebration held at the studio on February 15 was preceded by a special class featuring live music by local musician John Layton. The ceremony following the class recognized each participant with a special gift and certificate of completion, and the party to follow was a fun night of shared laughter and good food. The next 40 Days to Personal Revolution will be in the Fall of 2013, so please stay tuned to our website or FaceBook page for updates. We look forward to taking that journey with you whether it is your first time on your mat or you are a seasoned yoga practitioner! If not NOW, then WHEN? P


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Latest Skin News by Stephen Schleicher, MD In case you may have missed these “headlines”, here is some recent news pertaining to our skin and health: • Skin Problems Responsible for most visits to physicians: For those who have visited a dermatologist, you are not alone. A Mayo Clinic study found that "most patients without acute conditions see their physicians not because of diabetes, heart disease, or cancer but because of skin problems”. • Hepatitis Infection Is More Common in People Who Have Had a Tattoo: According to an article published in Hepatology this finding has important implications since the prevalence of tattooing is on the rise. Hepatitis can be transmitted during tattooing through the reuse of needles, inadequate sterilization of equipment, or by ink contaminated with blood. • Underage British Girls Breaking Law To Use Sunbeds: According to a UK newspaper girls in the UK are circumventing the law to use sunbeds in order to "gain the respect of friends and to make themselves feel good." I suspect that this is also the case in the US despite recent evidence strengthening the link between indoor tanning and the most deadly form of skin cancer. • Smoking Can Take At Least Ten Years Off Life Expectancy: This a report published in the January issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. If early death doesn’t faze you, smoking also causes wrinkles. P

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The importance of maintaining Healthy Family Relationships by Marlin Duncan The greatest gifts parents give children is nurturing and caring for them as they grow into adults. In doing so, parents teach children to establish healthy relationships within the family unit and beyond, helping children grow into happy, well-adjusted and successful adults. As life comes full circle, children often have the opportunity to return this gift by caring for their parents as they reach their

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in watching a parent’s health decline. Family caregivers often feel taken for granted, unappreciated, exhausted with accompanying guilt for feeling that way. Maintaining healthy family relationships is critical during this time. For the senior, having other family members visit breaks the monotony of what might otherwise be a mundane day. Whether visits last a short period of time or perhaps an entire afternoon, time spent together can mean the world to a senior. These occasions give the senior something to look forward to which helps increase the senior’s sense of purpose and decreases feelings of isolation. Family members who live far away can also contribute by writing letters, sending pictures and by calling the senior often. These times offer the family member(s) and senior a chance to strengthen their own relationship, love and respect for one another. The dynamics of any family are sometimes complicated. Some family members may be negative or abrasive which can be more harmful than good for the senior and caregiver alike. In trying to build healthy relationships, plan short visits and events that these personalities may find fun and meaningful. Viewing old photographs or playing a simple game of cards might generate happy moods and good memories for all. A strong family unit and support system is essential when caring for a senior loved one. The senior and family caregiver both benefit from these relationships. However, family caregivers also need breaks in order to take care of aspects of their own lives or simply a mental rest. Help from family members contributes to their wellbeing, too. If family help is unavailable, the caregiver should seek outside help. In-home health care providers such as Comfort Keepers® provide respite care for the family caregiver and supplementary social interaction with the senior. These breaks from each other offer both the senior and family caregiver a chance to rejuvenate and appreciate the role each plays in the other’s life; this facilitates a continued healthy relationship. 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.

Create a Life of Passionate Purpose by John Degenhart, DC Researchers have found that 15% of our happiness is the result of accomplishment at work, and 85% of our happiness is the result of good relationships with family and friends. Yet it is not easy to get along with family and close friends. Counselors say that nearly 100% of the counseling they do is because of relationship difficulties i.e. husband-wife, parent-child…   When we come to the end of our lives, it won’t be the material things we’ve accumulated that we’ll want surrounding our bed. It will be the people we’ve loved and those who have loved us in return. Live a life of passionate purpose and you will not be self-centered but others-centered. Here are some tips to keep inspired to keep your passion alive to overcome the stress that pulls us down.   First of all, don’t have the misconception that you can find a perfect relationship. Everyone has faults. “One who looks for a friend without faults will have none.” To bring out the best in your spouse, your co-worker, or friend, use the 5-1 ratio rule. Give them five positive comments for every one negative comment. We all blossom when we are encouraged. Why are so many of us interested in changing others, when we should just focus on setting the best example we can with our own actions.   As a chiropractor for 32 years I strive not

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The American Cancer Society-Greater Hazleton Unit is pleased to announce its annual Relay for Life will be held on Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June lst, 5:00pm to 5:00pm at THE TRACK AT COUGAR PARK located on the Hazleton Area High School Campus on 22nd Street. Relay For Life is a fun, overnight team event that raises awareness of cancer in the community and raises the much needed funds to fight the disease. Teams of friends, neighbors, families and coworkers commit to keeping at least one member walking the track at all times-because cancer never sleeps. Eight or more people can come together to form a Relay Team. Each person on a team registers for $10.00 with a suggested rate of $100 to be further raised per person (most raise more) to support the research, education, advocacy and patient service programs of the American Cancer Society. Teams pitch tents, decorate their campsite, set out food, games and sleeping bags they will need throughout the event. Community cancer survivors join together in the inspirational Survivor’s Victory Lap which officially begins the annual Relay For Life. Hundreds of luminaries candles are lit when the sun goes down and a moment of silence falls during the Luminaire Ceremony as everyone gathers together to pay tribute to and remember those lost to cancer, those fighting cancer and those who have won over the disease. Luminaries are available for a contribution to ACS. Everyone enjoys entertainment, fun and camaraderie throughout the evening and the next day. New friends will be made, old friends hugged and all hearts will be touched by the magic that is Relay for Life Each year, more than 5,000 Relays are being planned by the American Cancer Society volunteers across the country and the world. You are invited to form a Relay For Life Team and this is how you do it. • Contact your local unit of the American Cancer Society at 459-1212 ext. 2102 and get all the information needed on forming a team • A suggestion-Invite 8-15 people to a relay party. Serve refreshments and invite a cancer survivor to speak or show a Relay video • Invite your workplace management to help form or sponsor a team • Learn as much as you can about the American Cancer Society and the Relay For Life and talk to people about the event • Create a team theme. It can be activity-related, cancer related or humorous Another suggestion-dedicate your team in honor of a cancer survivor • Work and plan with your team on ways to raise the $100 per team member registration fee. For more information, scan the Relay for Life in Greater Hazleton facebook page, the Greater Hazleton American Cancer Society facebook page and

The Laurels March 2013 Easter Treats Our Easter holiday is going to be very special and very busy! The Laurels residents will be decorating and coloring eggs, make homemade Easter candy and cookies and also traditional Easter pies.  We will be enjoying the hand-crafted pies and treats on Easter Sunday and what a treat it will be!  And everyone is looking forward to making their own Easter baskets! Our annual Easter Family meal will be celebrated on March 17th.  We hope to see everyone there! What a fun-filled month, and it’s only the beginning! Spring is around the corner! We can’t wait to see how much fun we’re going to have in the months to come! We are looking towards a wonderful holiday and hope you have a Happy Easter!   Upcoming Events We will be heading out to lunch at Five Star.  Plus we will be shopping at the Laurel Mall, Wal-Mart and Church Hill Mall; and indulging in a little pampering with a “Spa Day”! How relaxing! Our culinary group will be making King’s Cake and Homemade Noodles. This month keeps us swinging, moving and entertained by talents of: Tammy Gilbert, Roger & Joe, Greg Palmer, Tom Rogo, The Tune Bandits, and Bible Stories with Rodney Foxx.   Senior Skype In the next month we will have a laptop computer and large screen TV available in the 3rd floor activity room for residents interest-

ing in learning how to use email and Skype.  We have had a great response from many of our residents who are interested in learning how to use the computer. A great way to keep in touch with out of town family!  Check the activity schedule for class dates and times. For a complete list of our March activities, visit our website at www.laurels-seniorliving. com/activities; or check us out on Facebook!   Respite Short-term Care Designed for stays of a few days to several months, our short-term stays are perfect when family members are away on a vacation or business trip or require a short break from

caring for the senior in their life. Short-term stays are also an option for seniors needing extra assistance after a hospital visit or during an illness. Many of our permanent residents also begin their lives with us by evaluating the Laurels through Short-term, respite support. If you would like more information regarding our Respite or short-term support, please call our administrator at 570-455-7757, to schedule a private tour and complementary lunch, or contact him via email at P “The Laurels Senior Living Community… ”Where Our Family of Residents Come First!”

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March is National Social Work Month. When I was offered the opportunity to write an article in relation to this it was initially quite the challenge. My mind went in several directions - Do I want to write a tribute to all Social Workers? Do I want to explain what Social Workers are all about? Do I want to let people know what a hospice Social Worker is? After a bit of grumbling and mind searching, I found it taking me back a few or more years ago when I was pursuing the coveted Masters in Social Work Degree. I was young and naive and a bit of a Pollyanna at the time. I wanted to save the world. What I didn't realize is that in helping others I would receive more than I could ever give. After 28 years doing hospice social work I realize that I am who I am because of all of the wonderful clients and families that I have had the opportunity to meet over the years. I have been so lucky to be let into the homes of those who are near the end of life to share in a very special and sacred time in their lives. Yes, I go in and help people with their confusing medical bills and paperwork, offer them support in dealing with their illness, assist with community referrals, spend time doing life reviews with them, and tend to the many other needs that may arise, but the benefits I reap by far outweigh anything that I can do for them. I have learned not to take anything for granted, including our loved ones. I have also learned to cherish the moment because “right now” is the only thing that we are truly certain of. Taking time to smell the roses is not bad advice and was probably first given by a terminally ill client. In conclusion, I guess that this is not a tribute to Social Workers but rather to the people whom we serve. It is because of people in need that all of the helping professions exist and we are proud to be able to assist. Happy Social Work Month to all of the Social Workers out there being enriched one life at a time. Lutheran Home Care & Hospice (formerly known as Diakon Hospice Saint John), provides Hospice, Home Health Care, Telehealth Monitioring and In-home Support Services. The agency serves Northeastern PA, including the Lehigh Valley area, South Central PA and Northern MD. Joyce Wizda LSW, is the Social Worker for Lutheran Home Care and Hospice, located at 1201B N. Church St. Hazle Township, PA. For more information or to start care, please call 1.800.840.9081. Visit our website at www. and check out our blog. “Like” us on Facebook! P

Going through Menopause? Do what's right for you (NAPSA)-Thousands of women begin menopause every day in the United States. For many women, symptoms of menopause can be tough to get through, especially because they can last for many years. Symptoms such as night sweats can rob women of sleep, and hot flashes can cause embarrassment and anxiety. If you think symptoms like these make dayto-day life harder, you are not alone. A 2012 survey showed that, of women between 45 and 60 years old who have menopausal symptoms, the majority of women report that their symptoms negatively affect their quality of life. The good news is that suffering is not your only option. Help is out there. As women get older, their bodies begin to change-on the outside and on the inside. This change is due in part to a change in hormone levels. Menopause is a normal part of aging, but "normal" is different for every woman. Some women have few symptoms that last for a short time. Other women suffer greatly for many years. Each woman will experience menopause differently, and there are also many ways that women can lessen their suffering. In some cases, women with mild symptoms may choose no treatment. However, many women have moderate and even severe physical symptoms as they go through meno_pause-such as hot flashes, night sweats and even bone loss. For these women, treatment can make a difference. One such treatment is hormone therapy, the best known and most studied treatment for menopausal symptoms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that "hormone therapy is the most effective FDAYOUR


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obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center. "Menopause may be a natural part of life, but these bothersome symptoms can be managed. I urge women to talk with their doctors about what they are experiencing, and to consider all of your treatment options." For more information about menopause and available treatment options, visit, a site run by The North American Menopause Society, and, a site run by The Hormone Health Network (the public education affiliate of The Endocrine Society). Women may also consult for certified menopause practitioners.


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A cancer diagnosis can be frightening and life-altering. For more than 25 years, patients in Greater Hazleton and communities throughout Luzerne County have turned to the Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton to help them fight their battle with cancer. Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton uses a personalized approach to patient care and treatment, with all team members working together to optimize the patient experience and outcomes. Medical Director Dr. Chi Tsang, a boardcertified radiation oncologist with more than two decades of experience, leads the center’s cancer care team. Experienced specialists, including a radiation oncology nurse, radiation therapist, medical physicist and dosimetrist, each serve an important role in patient care. “Cancer patients deserve the best radiation treatment and care, and that is exactly what we provide at Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton,” said Dr. Tsang. “Our approach brings together a compassionate team of fully certified and licensed medical professionals and some of the most advanced radiation treatments available for cancer.” In October 2012, Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton marked an important milestone in its advanced and evolving methods for treating cancer when the center moved to a new location and added state-of-the-art technology. The new 5,000-square-foot facility at 1701 E. Broad St. in Hazleton offers patients a range of leading-edge radiation therapy options. When Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton moved to its current location, an advanced technology called ExacTrac® was installed and expanded the center’s radiation treatment capabilities.

ExacTrac enables doctors to treat tumors with greater accuracy in a painless, noninvasive outpatient procedure called image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). During treatment, the ExacTrac system pinpoints tumors with a high-resolution, low-dose X-ray beam and automatically tracks patient movement throughout treatment with an infrared optical tracking system. These tracking capabilities allow radiation doses to be delivered with extreme precision, minimizing radiation exposure to healthy tissue surrounding a tumor. “Our new facility offers patients multiple advanced radiation therapy options, greatly benefiting residents of Luzerne County who otherwise might have traveled to larger metropolitan areas for the services we provide,” said Laura Sitch, site manager for the center. In addition to IGRT, Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton offers several other advanced treatment options for patients seeking quality care close to home. Treatment services include external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT), 3-D conformal therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and brachytherapy. Patients treated with EBRT receive a certain number of daily radiation treatments over a period of seven to eight weeks. Treatments are outpatient procedures that usually take about 15 minutes each. IMRT, another type of threedimensional radiation therapy in which beams of varying intensity are aimed at a tumor from different angles, allows doctors to customize the radiation beams delivered to individual patients, resulting in improved targeting when compared to conventional radiation. Brachytherapy is an alternative to surgical removal of the prostate gland for men

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(NAPSA)-New needle innovations are helping patients with diabetes more comfortably inject insulin, helping dispel the myth that injections are painful. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but is often diagnosed in children, teens or young adults. Type 2 most often occurs in adulthood. Treatment options can include diet, exercise and medication that may require multiple injections a day, such as insulin. While millions of patients inject insulin every day, many people may not know that new, shorter needles can help make injecting more comfortable. New pen needles as short as 4mm with a thinner gauge and a modified needle tip have been designed and shown to improve the comfort of injections. These shorter needles also lower the chance of accidentally injecting insulin into the muscle, which can be painful. Needles as short as 4mm are effective for children as well as adult patients, even those with a high body mass index (BMI). Another benefit of using a 4mm needle is that most patients don't have to "pinch up" the skin when injecting, making it possible to use only one hand. With a one-handed technique, patients can be more discreet when injecting and also rotate to more injection sites-such as the upper arm and buttocks-to avoid getting bumps (called "lipos") under the skin. The American Association of Diabetes Educators recommends patients select the shortest needle possible. For patients who need to inject multiple times a day and are looking to improve comfort, consider switching to a shorter needle length with a thinner gauge. For more information, visit

Only at the Y The Hazleton YMCA/YWCA is committed to strengthening community through healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. As a YWCA, we also focus on eliminating racism and empowering women. If you are also trying to focus on healthy living, we have the class for you! The Hazleton Y is the only place around that offers LesMills BODYPUMP. This class uses THE REP EFFECT™, a breakthrough in resistance workout training. Focusing on low weight loads and high repetition movements, you'll burn fat, gain strength and quickly produce lean body muscle conditioning. The following is what you can expect in a typical class: • Improve your strength

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The Big Brothers Big Sisters annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake in Hazleton is a Bowlathon run by Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies around the country.


Participate in this Bowling Event at Hazleton Bowl Arena on Saturday March 23rd, 2013 TO HELP NEEDY CHILDREN IN OUR OWN COMMUNITY.

Remember, the target for each Team Member is to ask about 5 to 7 people for $5.00 - $10.00 each, to reach a goal of at least $50.00 per Team Member. (Some Bowlers prefer to be sponsored per pin bowled, but flat amount donations are far easier for all to handle.)

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Fundraisers such as the Bowl For Kids’ Sake allow our programs to continue to grow as they serve children in our area. Our mentors offer one-on-one friendships as responsible, caring adult volunteers. Your participation will allow us to improve the quality and quantity of the services we provide.

A cool T-Shirt and another mystery gift for every individual Bowler who raises $50.00 or more. Chances to win door prizes and Tricky Trays all day long. Free food, beverages and other refreshments. Bowling Shoes will be issued free of charge for those who need them.

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Indicate your preferred Bowling Time: Detach this card, add postage on the reverse side and mail to Big Brothers Big Sisters in Hazleton. Your Team Card will be processed quickly and the Team Captain will receive an envelope from Big Brothers Big Sisters containing the following important information.Your Bowling Time will be confirmed.There will be a Sponsor Form in the envelope for each Team Member. This form helps each participant record the dollar donations from friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers and businesses.

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Lost Heritage by Rich Lipinski

The majority of baseball fans in Northeast Pennsylvania are understandably, Phillies, Yankees and Mets fans. The Red Sox and the Braves, for younger generation of fans who grew up watching TBS in 90’s, make up a decent percentage of the minority. Smaller percentages are legacy fans. Fans who inherited their passions from their fathers and grandfathers and remained Dodger and Giant fans to this very day. The one team almost totally absent from this list is the Athletics. The Athletics left Philadelphia for Kansas City in 1954. The Athletics franchise has been one of most curious of all franchises in any sport. The Philadelphia/Kansas City/Oakland franchise has won more World Series than any team except the Yankees and Cardinals. They have had four remarkable runs over the course of 110 years that match up with best the sport has ever seen. They have also been one of the most badly managed and underfunded franchises in baseball history. During their time in Philadelphia, their presence was felt in Coal Country.

Historic Bowman Field played host to the A’s affiliate Williamsport Gray’s from 1933 to 1942. The most accomplished player from those Grays team was Eddie Stanky, who like most players were sold off by the A’s, became famous as the first white player on the Brooklyn Dodgers to befriend Jackie Robinson. St Clair’s Joe Holden and Mahanoy City native Ron Northey both played for Williamsport.

Eddie McCrossin of Delmar MD, who follows this column on on-line sent this photo of the 1941 Williamsport Grays. Northey was part of the 1941 team. Northey played in over 1000 major league games for the Phillies, Cardinals, Reds, Cubs and White Sox. There were a number of Players from coal country to play for A’s including Northey’s neighbor was Joe Boley (born John Bolinsky). Boley was the starting shortstop for the PhiladelRon Northey phia Athletics in their 1929 and 1930 seasons when they won the World Series. He was nearly 31 years old when he broke in as a rookie in the 1927 season. By 1931 he was playing less, but appeared in briefly in the 1931 World Series. In 1954 he was elected to the International Joe Boley League Hall of Fame. In 1933 he finished his professional career with Williamsport. Joe Murray of Wilkes-Barre was a 29-year-old veteran minor leaguer when he made the long jump from the West Palm Beach Indians of the class B Florida International League to the last place Philadelphia Athletics on August 17, 1950. He Joe Murray lost all three of his decisions in eight games for the Athletics. This would be Joe's only work in the majors and he finished with a 0-3 record and a 5.70 ERA while pitching 30 innings. Murray had been 20-14 with a 2.94 ERA for West Palm when

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called up by the Athletics. Murray finished his professional career with Williamsport in 1953. Johnny Kucab of Olyphant pitched 15 seasons 1940 to 1958, three in the Major Leagues and 14 in the minors, losing four years to the Military. He served in both theaters during World War II. He pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1950 Johnny Kucab to 1952. Kucab made just three starts in his 59 major league appearances, but one, on the final day of the 1950 season, was his first win, and Connie Mack's last game as an MLB manager. The information and stats are courtesy of and for more information about the Philadelphia Athletics check out

Railriders Kids Club The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are rolling out their brand new kid’s club program for the 2013 season at the new PNC Field. Fans aged 12 and under are invited to experience all of the fun at PNC Field in a way catered to the younger fan by joining the Quills Kids Club presented by Hildebrandt Learning Center. The Quills Kids Club presented by Hildebrandt Learning Center provides numerous benefits to both parents and children. For just $20, kids will receive an exclusive Quills Kids Club t-shirt, a free pass to the Fun Zone for the entire season, an end of the season party with the team, as well as $10 off a RailRiders birthday party at PNC Field. Kids will also receive a free NEPA Honda Dealers Association Lawn ticket for all six Wednesday night games, which are Kids Eat Free Games.

Bonus items include a membership card, an e-mail newsletter from the RailRiders' mascot and a birthday card. "The Quills Kids Club presents a great opportunity for our younger fans to experience a fun time at the new PNC Field," said RailRiders president and general manager Rob Crain. "We've talked about having 72 different events to go along with our 72 games, and we made sure our younger fans were included in this concept as well. The value you get with the membership is outstanding." The new PNC Field will feature a brand new Fun Zone that will include breathtaking inflatables and new games. Free access to this childhood paradise is one of the lynchpin positives to being a member of the Quills Kids Club. "After a recent tour of the RailRiders' new PNC Field, it was clear that the family friendly atmosphere that is being created by team coincides with our focus as a company," said Hildebrandt Learning Center's chief development officer, Tim O'Shea. "The goal of bringing families together to share quality time in a safe, fun environment works to help strengthen families in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We are pleased to be a partner with the RailRiders in the revitalization of PNC Field and look forward to being a part of making family time, quality time." The RailRiders' 2013 season gets underway with the grand opening of a reconstructed PNC Field on April 4 when the defending IL champion Pawtucket Red Sox come to town for a rematch of their 2012 playoff clash with SWB. It will mark the first "Thirsty Thursday" promotion of the year with $1 beer specials and $1 Pepsi products along with a pregame live band performance and post-game fireworks. Partial and full-season ticket plans

are now available. In a League of Her Own Due to the limited space in this column I usually do not cover the local amateur baseball programs, since there is so many in our coverage area. I was alerted by HardCoal’s good friend and former professional player Maura "Mickey" Fianoncini Sarah “Salty” Sands of a little league players outstanding accomplishments. Maura “Mickey” Fianoncini made her mark competing with the boys of summer. She was first female player ever on the Atlas Fire Company Jr. Baseball roster. During her stellar career, Mickey became the first female player in league history to pitch a perfect game. She pitched that game on April 26th 2011 with 11-0 victory over Marion Heights , during the game she recorded 10 strikeouts. On June 3rd she pitched a no-

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Automotive Technology—Dangerous Distractions by Thomas R. Buff Last year, an industry-rattling study from the National Traffic and Highway Administration showed that those who text while they drive are 23 times more likely to crash than those that don’t. In fact, 450,000 people were injured or killed due to distracted driving last year alone. Following those findings, federal, state and local governments have been trying to enact tougher legislation and regulations to ban and penalize texting and other distractions while driving. Meanwhile, the ever changing and technology driven auto industry has been busy giving us a whole next generation worth of distractions in our cars that will likely be the subject of future studies and laws. Hidden behind reasoning that in-vehicle technology will streamline things people are already doing behind the wheel, automakers like Chevy and Ford have been busy merging mechanics and electronics in such offerings as in-vehicle Wi-Fi and voice-based social networking. Will technology that is designed to enhance driver safety and comfort become more dangerous than the devices we are trying to get out of the hands of those that use them while driving? It seems like every week there is a new gadget or app that better connects us to the Internet like smartphones and Ipads . The problem is that Automakers are designing vehicles with Internet connectivity in mind to keep people connected while in their vehicles. And while in-car services like bluetooth can assist in keeping motorists from texting and talking on cellphones while driving ,the link itself could pose distractions to drivers. Some manufactures allow drivers to display web information on a center stack screen. This enables onscreen results, the ability to check e-mail or update facebook pages and tweets and text all while you are in the comfort of your vehicle- while driving. Add in Ipod links,enhanced GPS and Audio systems that are more complex which requires drivers to take their eyes off the road for longer periods of time than neccesary and it equals disaster. Ford Motor company first announced its

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Art & Antiques: Appraising some Manly Antiques by Dr. Lori At my public antiques appraisal events, I don’t have anyone waiting in line. And, when I appraise objects, I cut to the core. No nonsense, no delicate high-brow vocabulary, no malarkey. I tell it like it is. If you have a piece of junk, I tell you. If you spent too much money on something, I tell you. If you are hoping to become of millionaire on a collection of Pez dispensers, I tell you that it’s not happening in this lifetime. I have been known to break a heart or two and I have been known to reveal that the ugly lamp you have can make you a millionaire in the antiques market. And, I reveal my faults too—like my well-documented and obvious (particularly on my thighs and hips) addiction to chocolate bars. My antiques appraisal shows—presented more than 150 times every year around the globe—are as funny as they are frank. I have been told by my audience members the world over that my presentation style is engaging just like the wealth of information that I reveal about antiques. As audience members, men are typically brought to my appraisal events by their wives but they quickly become my most devoted fans. Men return to my events day after day, event after event when I appear in a particular city. In Philly, I laughed with the male owner of a Shirley Temple doll worth $275. After I appraised it, he told me that only a real man would be comfortable enough to bring a doll out in public to an appraisal event. In Houston, TX, Ray came to my antiques All smiles with this Shirley appraisal com- Temple doll, worth $275. edy show in part to get back on his wife’s good side. He was on his way to the gym when his wife asked him if he could attend my appraisal event instead. He didn’t mind the diversion too much until his wife said that she wanted me to look at some piece of china she bought at a yard sale. He convinced her to bring me an old Spanish book that was in his family for centuries. Wrapped in a black plastic trash bag, the book was a hand painted illuminated manuscript with period texts and original paintings. Produced in the middle of the 1600s --about the time of the reign of King Philip of Spain--

the rare manuscript was worth $10,000. That sure will cover his gym membership fee. Paul’s story warms my heart. I was presenting my appraisal Ray with his $10K Span- show in Louisish manuscript. ville, KY when a guy in his mid-30s puts a copper weathervane on my appraisal table and tells me that he doesn’t know what he’s got but one of his neighbors told him it might be worth some money. I explain how weathervanes Paul and his $15K do have good weathervane that helped value in the get his grandmother’s m a r k e t p l a c e house out of foreclosure. and that his example has a strong provenance and is attributed to a particularly well known maker. I tell him that it is worth $15,000. All of a sudden this guy --who could be a linebacker in the NFL--starts crying like a baby in front of God and everybody. Wiping his eyes on his shirtsleeve, he jumps up, runs towards the stage

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and hugs me—like a linebacker would. No one knew what he was going to do after that, but he did calm down and then returned to his seat in the audience. He goes on to explain that his grandmother’s house is in foreclosure, he has been supporting his extended family for nearly a year, and now he can start down the road to recovery by selling the weathervane (which was incidentally on the barn of the property in foreclosure). Someone had offered him a mere $100 for the weathervane but he didn’t believe it was worth so little. He was thrilled to know the truth. And I got the hug to prove it. Sports collectibles, guns, edged weapons, fishing lures and reels, and other objects are the typical types of antiques and collectibles that I review at my events, but sometimes the real men show up with something interesting and unexpected. Guys want me to cut to the chase and tell it like it is. I’m all for it. Let’s hear it for the boys! TV Viewing Note: Antiques columnist, Dr. Lori will be featured on the season premiere of Discovery channel’s hit TV show “Auction Kings” airing Thursday, February 21 at 9 pm ET/PT. 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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A Social Media Approach to Learning (NAPS)—Good news for teachers and those with a thirst for knowledge: A social learning company that has helped to prepare students for success in higher education has created a new social media learning platform meant to help anyone learn something new. Since a site called Learnist was launched recently, tens of thousands of online experts have curated the Web’s best resources into “learn boards”—multimedia mash-ups of videos, podcasts, e-books, blog posts, pictures and quizzes. The topics covered on the learn boards range from how to multiply complex fractions to how to play the guitar. Visitors to the site can browse and learn about subjects in categories such as Art & Design, Education, Food & Drinks, Travel & Places, Sports and more. The emphasis is on social learning, so users collaborate and help each other learn through comments and recommended learn board additions. Influential experts are adopting Learnist, including fashion designer Melissa Fleis, contestant on reality TV series “Project Runway,” and best-selling author of “The Lean Startup,”

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Three Steps for Fun (NAPSA) - A trio of new video games can easily revitalize your family game night, whether your family prefers to battle it out as their favorite superheroes, adventure through magical worlds or cut a rug. Here's a look at all three games from Ubisoft: • Marvel Avengers Battle For Earth: The Skrulls have landed and now it is up to you to unleash your inner superhero and defeat epic enemies in an adventure based on the Secret Invasion comic book series. In the ultimate superhero brawler, players will embody one of 20 different superheroes and villains including Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America and Thor, as well as other fan favorites. Players use motion-controlled gameplay to execute explosive superattacks, unleash devastating special moves, and battle their friends. • Rayman Legends, named platformer of the year and winner of multiple artistic and musical achievements, is coming to the Nintendo Wii U with a brand-new action-filled adventure. "Rayman Legends" makes full use of the power of the Wii U GamePad as Rayman and his friends adventure through mythical worlds in enchanted paintings. The gang must run, jump and fight their way through each world to save the day and discover the secrets of every work of art. Using the touch screen, up to five people can play simultaneously, taking out enemies, manipulating platforms, cutting ropes to clear a path and more. • Just Dance 4: The world's No. 1 dance game is back with over 40 all-new hits, the coolest dances and brand-new features. The tracks come from a variety of top artists, popular genres and hot Billboard songs as well as legendary artists to get the whole family up and moving. Challenge family and friends to dance battles with Battle mode or work out with the new Just Sweat mode, which features personalized programs and a real calorie counter. As with all Ubisoft Wii U games, if somebody wants to use the TV while you're playing, you can simply take the GamePad into another room and use it as a stand-alone system. Learn More: You can view all these games and more at

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Local Business Group plans Trade Show & Membership Drive Hazleton, PA - The Hazleton Area Networking Association (HANA) announced today it will depart from it’s standard meeting format and hold a special Visitors Day on Wednesday, April 24th, at the Bonanza Steakhouse in West Hazleton (across from the Laurel Mall).   “Visitors are encouraged to show up early to participate in an open networking session, as well as enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast starting at 7:00AM.  During this time, our members will have informational displays for their various products and services during the mini trade show.”   “Our formal meeting will be held promptly at 7:30AM, which is our regular meeting time, according to HANA president”, Victor E. Lutsky, owner of Action Real Estate in Hazleton.  “Some folks raise an eyebrow when we tell them what time we meet, but this isn’t about socializing and having cocktails.  The early bird gets the business, and that’s what this organization is about.” "Our group has been quietly meeting for nearly seven years and offers a tremendous advantage over other business networking groups", explained Lutsky.  “First and foremost, is the exclusivity factor.  We only accept a single member from any given profession or trade.  Once you are voted into the group, you have effectively locked out your competition.  The value of this component alone, can not be overstated”, continued Lutsky, himself a member for over six years. "Another important factor, which sets

HANA apart from similar organizations, is the fact that we are not a social netorking club.  While we certainly enjoy each others company, our singular goal is to exchange real business leads ...period.  This may sound very black and white", joked Lutsky, "but we quite literally have a portion of our meeting devoted to telling the membership what kind of business each member is looking for that week, and another segment where various members deliver leads requested from prior meetings.  It's actually quite impressive to see the system in action and we are excited at the prospect of welcoming some new local businesses to our group." "While HANA is selective in approving new members, we are opening this meeting to local business owners that are hungry for new business. Typically, to become a member of HANA, you must be sponsored as an invited guest by one of our members, or have received an invitation.  However, in an effort to broaden our membership both in numbers, and in types of businesses, this special meeting will be open to any interested business as long as they RSVP in advance to Harry Werkeiser, owner of Bonanza Steakhouse, at 454-8767.”   When asked what kinds of businesses the group is specifically looking for, Lutsky responded, “Nearly any business can benefit from what our organization has to offer.  Some of the businesses we could really see doing well in our group include pet groomers, roofers, financial planners, photographers, house inspectors, computer repair shop, etc. 

As you can see the list is quite diverse, and that’s just the tip of the iceburg!  A web designer could do well, a chiropracter, and so on.”   If for some reason you can’t make this open invitation meeting, our full membership list can be found on our website, www. . If you do not know any of our members personally, any local business owner can request an invitation from Membership Committee member Harry Werkeiser, at 454-8767." “A lot of preparation has gone into this rare, inside look at HANA, and the organization would like to thank the following members for their hard work in putting the event together: Victor Lutsky (Action Real Estate), Rob Lyon (Clean Force One), Desiree Anderson (Jones Kohanski CPA), and Harry Werkeiser (Bonanza Steakhouse).”

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One Hundred Years in Locust Street School

Anyone who has lived in the center of Hazleton for more than a decade will be well acquainted with the changes wrought on the old Locust Street School building over the years. Now the home of Immanuel Christian School, this building was constructed in

the yesteryear of 1913 and is now in its hundredth year of educating children from the Hazleton area. Old postcards of the school show a grand three-story red-brick building with a grassy lawn that slopes down to a crisp curb. Parked on the street is a shiny black horseless carriage. Massive windows let in ample amounts of sunlight to brighten the floors made of solid wood and the walls lined with blackboards. High ceilings allow the sounds of clicking chalk, scraping graphite, and shuffling feet to echo into long halls guarded by a “girls’ entrance” on the south and a “boys’ entrance” on the north. A gymnasium on the second floor is capped by an auditorium on the third. This dignified facility housed elementary students in the Hazleton School District until 1996 when it was purchased by Immanuel Christian School. By this time, the building was fronted by massive trees and the green lawn had become asphalted parking. The Board of Immanuel Christian School imme-

diately went to work to improve the facility. A beautiful stone retention wall was built to edge a graceful sidewalk. Brickwork was repointed. Bathrooms were upgraded and classrooms were modernized. Yet in many ways it is still the same old building. It is still filled with children who are eager to learn, teachers who are impassioned about teaching, and many who are forming memories—memories that can be woven into a fabric of reminiscences that have been created for an entire century. Interested in what is happening inside the old Locust Street School? Immanuel Christian School is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, March 12, and the public is warmly invited to attend. The doors will be open from 9:00 until 2:00. Stop on by and see what has changed and what remains the same! P

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Go Green for Pets! by Jeanie Donahue at The Pet Care Clinic by Dalice Go green this St. Patrick’s Day… by introducing green veggies into your dog’s diet! Facts about dogs in the wild indicate that dogs eat raw meat but, unlike cats, can get a good portion of their necessary nutrition from fruit and plants. The best diet for dogs consists of a specific combination of meat, vegetables, fruit and raw bones. It’s based on years of research in evolutionary animal science. This diet helps increase general health and longevity. Owners who switch to this diet often see a marked decrease in health problems such as allergies, bladder infections, ear infections, arthritis, and skin problems. The diet consists of whole foods that are human grade. It basically consists of meats, finely ground raw bones, and fruits such as apples, and vegetables such as carrots, peas, spinach and green beans. Meat contains the moisture your dog needs in his food to keep him properly hydrated and the protein he needs to build and maintain lean muscle. The bones contain necessary minerals while the other ingredients provide vital vitamins. Some commercial dog food can provide your pet with the necessary nutrition but you have to choose carefully and wisely. Much of commercial food contains a large amount of grains, fillers, chemicals, preservatives and by-products. Dogs do not utilize these ingredients and the empty calories lead to obesity and many other health problems. The less preservatives, colorings and chemicals …the better. Kibble alone is not a suitable diet for a dog for several reasons. First of all, dogs digest moisture through their intestines so even with fresh water available, kibble alone can lead to dehydration and urinary tract problems. It also contains many preservatives and fillers, all of which are unhealthy for your dog's health. In choosing kibble, a natural kibble with whole ingredients and grain-free is the best for your dog. At least 50% of your dog’s veggies should be green leaves. Greens have numerous health benefits. They are vitamin powerhouses, full of antioxidants and minerals. They also possess cleansing & PH balancing properties & are an excellent source of your

dog’s fiber. Another advantage of vegetables for dogs is the role they play in controlling obesity. If your dog is overweight, reward him with raw vegetable sticks such as celery or carrots in place of his regular cookies. To make the vegetables more appealing, add a small amount of peanut butter to give them additional flavor. Do this consistently in place of his higher

calorie treats and you should see your dog's weight start to decline. There are some vegetables you should not feed to your dog. Never offer your dog onions or fresh garlic. Talk to your veterinarian if you have questions or concerns regarding vegetables and your dog’s diet. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us here at The Pet Care Clinic! P

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Traditional Easter Pie Recipe from The Cheese Store Holidays bring families together to share traditions and many of these traditions revolved around food. At Easter, in addition to the Easter ham, so many of us share the tradition of making Easter pies. There are probably as many recipe variations as there are families that make them. Many young people come into The Cheese Store with recipes handed down from their mothers or grandmothers. The baking of Easter pies brings generations together, recipes in hand, to share this delicious tradition. I’d like to share with you the recipe my sister and I follow. This recipe is a version of one handed down to us from her motherin-law, Tomasina. Of course, we tweak this recipe to suit the tastes of our families and you can do the same. Some like to add pepperoni, salami or even tiny ditalini. Easter pie has many different names and recipes depending on the region of Italy. In Naples it is called pastiera, and made with ricotta cheese. Other names include torta di pasqua, pizza-

gaina and pizzachino, which means meat pie in Italian. The Calabrians prefer ham, sausage, hard-boiled eggs, mozzarella and ricotta. The variations are endless! Enjoy and have a Happy and Blessed Easter. Easter Pie Pie Crust: 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 cups flour 1/4 cup cold water 1/3 lb. Crisco 1/8 tsp. baking powder 2 medium eggs 1/8 tsp. salt Mix together flour, salt and baking powder. Work in Crisco until mixture forms into clumps the size of small peas. Beat eggs and water and mix into flour (add more water, if needed). Place in bowl and cover. Filling: 2 lbs. fresh ricotta 16 eggs - beaten 2 lbs sausage friend and drained (we prefer hot sausage) 2/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano 2 slices ham cut into cubes 1 T. dried parsley 6 hard-boiled eggs – chopped salt & pepper to taste OPTIONAL – 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella. Beat eggs and ricotta together. Stir in all other ingredients. Fill pie shells, cover with top crust and lightly brush with beaten egg. Bake at 375 degrees until crust is lightly browned. P

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Although he enjoyed playing music with the Average Polka Band, Stas wanted to work in a band that featured more of the “old time” music that he loved. With that in mind, he started a group called Dyno-Chicago and he continued the old time traditional music in his last performing band—The Old School Review. This band completed a CD in 2009 called This CD contains some great “Glory Days.” “honky” tunes recorded by Stas Stas Bulanda brought great vocal talent and the band. Some of my favorand musicianship to every band he performed ite songs are “Chicago Polka”, with. “Mama Won’t Let Me”, “Old Country Krakowiak” and “Waiting for He made so many contributions to polka My Lover Oberek”. music that he was inducted into the IPA’s You can order your copy by callPolka Music Hall of Fame. Stas Bulanda ing 1-866-4-Jimmy-K or e-mailing passed away on January 6, 2010, at the age customerservice@jimmykpolkas. of 55, leaving behind a great legacy of fine com. polka music. Just a reminder--on Sunday, March 17, our by going to band, THE POLSKIE SWINGMASTERS, Until next time, I hope you all have a great will be performing at the Dupont VFW in month. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. P Dupont, PA. from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.. We will also be traveling to the Polish American Citizens Club, in Bristol, Connecticut. We s Year will be appearing there on Sunday, March 24. 5 7 For We are all looking forward to this road trip. If you have relatives of friends in the Bristol HOME OF THE FAMOUS JIMMY DOG area, let them know about this dance. Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner BE And, don’t forget, The Swingmasters are Brea ST 454-3281 on Brkofast available for private parties and engagements. ad! 123 E. Broad St., Hazleton You can call Steve Brill at 570-788-5336 or Open 6:30AM to 10PM • Closed Tuesday you can call me at 570-429-0859. We would love to play for you. By the way, be sure to tune into the “Polka Our Old World Style Connection” every Sunday morning at 10:30 HAMS a.m. on 1490 WAZL. It’s the coolest polka EASTER must be ordered by show on the radio. You can also listen on line th Ham

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The Brothers Four bring “FOLK Revival” to Hazleton The Greater Hazleton Concert Series March concert will feature an internationally acclaimed quartet, The Brothers Four. Now proudly celebrating their Golden Anniversary! The smooth, musical sounds of The Brothers Four have delighted millions for five exciting decades. Folk songs from America, Ireland, Scotland, Africa, Japan and China round out a repertoire of acoustic tunes old and new.  The performance will be held in the Hazleton High School Auditorium, 1601 West 23rd Street, Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM. Since the early 1960s The Brothers Four have played thousands of college concerts, sung for U.S. presidents at the White House, appeared at countless Community Concerts, performed with symphony orchestras and jazz stars and toured dozens of foreign countries. They are truly "America's Musical Ambassadors to the World." Musical million-sellers for The Brothers

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Calendar of Events March 2013 March 5 AFSCME Retirees Sub-Chapter 8701 will sponsor a bus trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse to see a comedy "Butterflies are Free." The bus will leave Trinity Lutheran Church upper parking lot on Vine & Hemlock Street in Hazleton at 9am and St. Luke's Manor in Hazleton at 9:15am. The cost is $70.00 per person and includes the bus, show and dinner with choice of: Yankee Pot Roast, Catch of the Day, Fried Butterfly Shrimp, Chicken Parmesan, Pork Loin w/Stuffing. Checks made payable to AFSCME 8701 and mailed with choice of dinner to: Rosemary Lucash, 122 E. 22nd street, Hazleton, PA 18202. For more information, call Shirley 570-4591552 or Rosemary 570-459-0529. March 13 Penn State Extension Master Gardener Samdy Visintainer will present a workshop entitled Herbs & Veggies Go to Pot, at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 13, at the West Side Annex, Forty Fort. Learn how to grow delicious fresh vegetables and herbs even if you have little or no yard space by growing them in containers. There is a registration fee of $5.00 per person. Call the Luzerne County Extension at 1-888-825-1701 or email

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Leprechaun Lime Drink Ingredients: 1 quart lime sherbet, softened 1/2 cup thawed limeade concentrate 2 tablespoons sugar 2 cans (12 ounces each) lemon-lime soda, chilled 1 to 2 cups crushed iced Lemon slices and lime spirals, optional Directions: In a large bowl, beat the sherbet, limeade and sugar until blended. Stir in soda and ice. Pour into chilled glasses. Garnish with lemon slices and lime spirals if desired.  This recipe makes about 7 cups. Pour into some pretty glasses for a treat to dress up your dinner table.

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Even if your eyes aren't Irish they will be smiling when they behold the bountiful recipes for St. Patrick's Day.  Did you know that St. Patrick wasn't Irish? Pirates brought him to Ireland at the age of 16.  He later escaped, returned to England and became a monk.  A vision led him back to Ireland, where he converted thousands to Christianity. May the luck of the Emerald Isle be with you! If you have been searching for a certain recipe or can share one that is special, please send them in to me at “In The Kitchen with Panorama” c/o Joan Barbush, 600 S. Poplar Street, Hazleton, PA. 18201. Corned Beef And Cabbage (pictured above) Ingredients: 1 corned beef brisket with spice packet (1 pound) 1 medium onion, sliced 4 cups water 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel 1 teaspoon prepared mustard 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 small head cabbage 4 medium carrots, cut into 3-inch pieces Directions: Place brisket and contents of spice packet in a large saucepan. Add onion, water and apple juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender. Transfer brisket to an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray; reserve cooking liquid. Combine the brown sugar, orange peel, mustard and cloves; rub over meat. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cut cabbage into four wedges, leaving a portion of the core attached to each wedge. Add cabbage and carrots to cooking liquid. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until ten- Ingredients:  der. Thinly slice corned beef; serve with veg- 2 cups brown sugar etables. 1 cup crisco oil 2 eggs 2 cups canned pumpkin 3 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. cloves 1/2 tsp. ginger Directions: Cream sugar and oil.  Add eggs and pumpkin. Gradually add dry ingredients and mix Creole Salmon Fillets well.  Drop by tbsp. onto ungreased cookie Ingredients: sheet.  Spread into a circle with back of a 4 tsps. Creole seasoning tablespoon. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 2 garlic cloves, minced minutes.  Yield- 24 cookies. 2 tsps. pepper   4 salmon fillets (6 ounces) each FILLING: 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley Ingredients: Directions: 1 small package vanilla instant pudding In a large resealable plastic bag; combine 1 cup crisco the first three ingredients.  Add salmon, shake 1 cup sugar to coat, place salmon on a broiler pan or bak- 1 cup milk ing sheet. Directions: Broil 6 inches from the heat for 10-14 Beat into a smooth creamy texture.  Cool, minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.  then spread filling between two of the Sprinkle with parsley.  Serves 4. cookies.

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Sweet Italian Ricotta Pie A traditional Easter holiday favorite! Ingredients:  2 cups Ricotta 1 cup Sugar 1 jigger of whiskey 2 eggs 1 tablespoon orange juice Approximately 1 tablespoonful of grated orange rind ½ cup chocolate chips Directions: Combine above and pour into a graham cracker crust  and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minute, or until the center does not move. I used to make my own crust, however now I just buy the Keebler crusts and this recipe makes two pies. (Then when cool you can replace the plastic tops and store in the refrigerator.

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“Independent Contractor” trouble by Stephen A. Seach, Esq.   In the last several months, I have seen a number of issues on whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee.  Perhaps this has something to do with a tough economy and displaced workers taking types of jobs with looser relationships to employers.  These cases arise across the spectrum, in construction, health care, transportation and hauling, and a number of other industries.  The background is similar.  The worker is hired, according to everyone, as a “contractor.”  Documents are acknowledged, executed and filed, showing that the worker is an independent contractor and not an employee.  The problem is that, under several areas of the law, this document is not determinative and does not necessarily mean that there is a contractor relationship. The issue arises in workers compensation cases.  Under the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act, employers are responsible for the reasonable medical bills and wage losses resulting from work-related injuries to their employees.  Generally, contractors are not responsible for workers compensation benefits to subcontractors (although there are exceptions).  So, the important question is often whether there was a contractor/subcontractor relationship or an employer/employee relationship.  This issue involves a number of factors. One of the more important factors involves control over the worker’s work.  So, there are situations where “contractors” are really “employees” who are eligible to re-

cover workers compensation benefits.  If the “employer” has no insurance, a claim can also be made against the Uninsured Employer Guaranty Fund.  If you or someone you know has been injured as a “contractor,” you could possibly be an employee. You should consult with an attorney to see if you may have rights. For the employer, the presence of the Uninsured Employer Guaranty Fund only means that the Fund will be coming after you too. Misclassifying a workers as a contractor could also have negative consequences under state and federal tax laws. For employers in the construction trade, there could be severe penalties for misclassification.  The Construction Workplace Misclassification Act provides for possible criminal penalties, including misdemeanor charges for intentional violations and summary charges for negligent violations.  There could also be severe administrative penalties of up to $1,000 for the first offense and $2,500 for subsequent offenses, along with stop work orders. Incorrect classification of a worker therefore can have severe consequences.  Employers can benefit from consulting with an attorney on how to comply with the law.  Workers who are hurt in the course and scope of their work should not forego a claim, because they may possibly be entitled to benefits under the law.  Call The Seach Law Offices at (570)3593283 to discuss your rights. P

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Rollovers by John J. Beltrami, Financial Advisor In general, a rollover is the movement of funds from one retirement savings vehicle to another. You may want, or need, to make a rollover for any number of reasons--your employment situation has changed, you want to switch investments, or you've received death benefits from your spouse's retirement plan. There are two possible ways that retirement funds can be rolled over--the 60-day rollover and the trustee-to-trustee transfer. The 60-day, or indirect, rollover With this method, you actually receive a distribution from your retirement plan and then, to complete the rollover , you make a deposit into the new retirement plan that you want to receive the funds. You can make a rollover at any age, but there are specific rules that must be followed. Most importantly, you must complete the rollover within 60 days of the date the funds are paid from the distributing plan. If properly completed, rollovers aren't subject to income tax. But if you fail to complete the rollover or miss the 60-day deadline, all or part of your distribution may be taxed, and subject to a 10% early distribution penalty (unless you're age 59½ or another exception applies). Further, if you receive a distribution from an employer retirement plan, your employer must withhold 20% of the payment for taxes (you'll be able to recover the withheld taxes when you file your tax return). When evaluating whether to initiate a rollover always be sure to (1) ask about possible surrender charges that may be imposed by your employer plan, or new surrender charges that your IRA may impose, (2) compare investment fees and expenses charged by your IRA (and investment funds) with those charged by your employer plan (if any), and (3) understand any accumulated rights or guarantees that you may be giving

up by transferring funds out of your employer plan. The direct rollover The second type of rollover transaction occurs directly between the trustee or custodian of your old retirement plan, and the trustee or custodian of your new plan. You never actually receive the funds or have control of them, so a trustee-to-trustee transfer is not treated as a distribution. Trustee-to-trustee transfers avoid both the danger of missing the 60-day deadline and, for employer plans, the 20% withholding problem. With employer retirement plans, a trustee-to-trustee transfer is usually referred to as a direct rollover. If you receive a distribution from your employer's plan that's eligible for rollover, your employer must give you the option of making a direct rollover to another employer plan or IRA. A trusteeto-trustee transfer (direct rollover) is generally the safest, most efficient way to move retirement funds. Taking a distribution yourself and rolling it over makes sense only if you need to use the funds temporarily, and are certain you can roll over the full amount within 60 days. Should you roll over money from an employer plan to an IRA? In general, you can keep your money in an employer's plan until you reach the plan's normal retirement age. But if you terminate employment before then, should you make a direct rollover to an IRA? There are several reasons to consider a rollover. In contrast to an employer plan, where your investment options are limited to those selected by your employer, the universe of IRA investments is almost unlimited. Similarly, the distribution options in an IRA (especially for your beneficiary following your death) may be more flexible than those available in your employer's plan.

may apply. 1. Required distributions and nonspousal death benefits can't be rolled over. 10. Nontaxable dollars may be transferred only in a direct (trustee-to-trustee) 2. In general, if you make a tax-free rollover from a traditional IRA, you rollover. can't make another tax-free rollover from that same IRA for one year. 11. Taxable dollars included in income in year rolled over. This does not apply to direct rollovers. 12. 401(k), 403(b), and 457(b) plans can also allow participants to roll over 3. Taxable conversion (convert) eligible rollover distributions of non-Roth funds to Roth if 4. Nontaxable conversion certain requirements are met. 5. Only after employee has participated in SIMPLE IRA for 2 yrs. 6. Required distributions, certain periodic payments, hardship distributions, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC Financial Advisors are available to discuss the suitability and risks incorrective distributions, and certain other payments cannot be rolled over; volved with various products and strategies presented. We will be happy to provide a prospectus, when available, and other information upon request. Please note that the information provided includes refnonspousal death benefits can be rolled over only to an inherited IRA, & erence to concepts that have legal, accounting and tax implications. It is not to be construed as legal, only a direct rollover. accounting or tax advice, and is provided as general information to you to assist in understanding the 7. May result in loss of qualified plan lump-sum averaging and capital gain issues discussed. Neither Janney Montgomery Scott LLC nor its Financial Advisors (in their capacity as Financial Advisors) give tax, legal, or accounting advice. We would urge you to consult with your own treatment. attorney and/or accountant regarding the application of the information contained in this letter to the 8. Direct (trustee-to-trustee) rollover only; receiving plan must separately facts and circumstances of your particular situation. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, is a full-service account for the after-tax contributions and earnings. investment firm that is a member of the NYSE, the FINRA and SIPC. Prepared by Broadridge Investor 9. 457(b) plan must separately account for rollover--10% penalty on payout Communication Solutions, Inc. Copyright 2012.

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A D V E R T I S E R S 3rd Base Luncheonette..............................67 A.J. Limo..................................................63 Addus Healthcare......................................21 Advance Auto Parts...................................47 All Care Home Care..................................30 Bafile Family Chiropractic.........................19 Bedrock Gardens/Radznel's Outdoor Specialties....2 Beltway Diner...........................................66 Berwick Hospital.........................................3 Billig-Helms Insurance..............................56 Blakeslee Animal Clinic...............................8 Boscov's Optical........................................24 Bresky's Supply.........................................50 C & D Seafood.........................................67 Calello's...............................................45,46 Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton.......29 Capitol Food Mart....................................65 Carman Chiropractic................................14 Carmen's Bakery & Deli CafĂŠ...................69 CarpetKraft...............................................41 Carrato Surgical Associates........................29 Charles S. Snyder, Inc...............................40 Christy M. DelMelfi, Esq..........................72 Comfort Keepers.......................................22 Coopers Floral & Gifts..............Calendar, 43 Country Folk, Inc.....................................55 CTC Manufacturing.................................10 Degenhart Chiropractic.............................23 Della Crosce Dental Care..........................27 Demsko Agency........................................71 Dr. Frank Glushefski DMD .....................13 Dr. Janet Golaszewski, DMD & Dr. Joseph Karam, DMD....25 Dryfoos Insurance.....................................59 Earth & Fire Supply..................................41 Elsen & Company Jewelers.......................48

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