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Any comments or suggestions with reference to my articles, please send your thoughts to larry@panoramapa.com. Thank You For Reading Panorama Community Magazine For the typical readers of this monthly column, most will know that I believe in shopping in our local retail shops and restaurants. I also prefer local shopping versus online for many different reasons. Online shopping is good for certain products but for those who want to see, touch and try items before purchasing, then online shopping is not for you. Being able to see, touch and try out items is the top reason why local shoppers choose to shop in actual stores versus online. This was stated by 62% of shoppers wanting to “kick the tires” as their top reason for shopping in local retail stores. What this says to me is that local retailers need to step up their game to create compelling in-store shopping experiences. Another consideration to shopping local is the fact that consumers want what they want… and they want it now! As a matter of fact, 49% of consumers say that they choose to shop in stores versus the web because they

want to take items home immediately. While speaking of important reasons for shopping local, it’s the ease of returning purchases and receiving an immediate refund. When shopping on line, the effort to return your product can be cumbersome. By time you repackage the items and take them to the post office, the process is long! Then, it can take several weeks before you even see your refund. Little wonder why Amazon has thrown down the gauntlet and now requires its sellers to offer free returns. When breaking down the reasons for local shopping, significant differences exist between gender when deciding whether to shop online or in local stores. From the female perspective, it’s all about the ability to see and touch before purchasing. Two-thirds (66%) of female shoppers say trying-it-out is a deciding factor whether to purchase the item; therefore, choosing to shop local versus online.

While seeing or trying out products is the top-ranked reason given by males (59%) as well, instant gratification is nearly as important. A higher share of men (54%) than women (47%) say that taking purchases home immediately is why they shop locally versus online. This Holiday Season although it may be easier to shop on line while avoiding the hustle and bustle of the holiday rush, in the end it may pay off to shop local! From our family at Panorama to your family… May you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous 2020!

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E A T. S H O P. E X P L O R E . THE GREATER HAZLETON AREA Holiday Treats From Bresky's

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- Cream butter and sugar till light & fluffy. - Blend in egg and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda & salt. Mix well. - Drop by teaspoons onto lightly greased cookie sheet. - Make a “well” in center of each cookie. Combine all filling ingredients & spoon 1 tsp into the well of each cookie. - Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. - Cool on wire rack*. - Stripe each cookie with melted white chocolate. KOLACHKY “Kiffles” or “Bethlehem Cookies” Ingredients: 4 cups King Midas flour*

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Valley Christmas Tree Event At SJM Auto Sales & Repair

Steve Martonick, owner of SJM Auto Sales And Repair, grew up in West Hazleton where they had a large Christmas tree that he admired as a kid. He later started his business in the Valley and also lived there with his own family. He always thought it would be a good idea to give back to the community by putting up a large tree at SJM for everyone to enjoy. Four years ago, he drove around the area looking for a tree that might be appropriate for his plan but also out of place at its current location. From there, he asked permission to remove it and got some area businesses to help with craning, cutting and transporting it to the SJM parking lot, where the hole was excavated and the tree was carefully placed and secured. The tree was then decorated with over 5000 lights and fun decorations! It has been an annual event ever since. In addition to the tree, Steve made SJM a Toys For Tots drop off. He plans an annual event with live reindeer, Santa Claus and refreshments to benefit that particular charity each year at Christmas time. Merry Christmas from the SJM Family!!

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gift, the recipient will be glad you took the time to show you care. • Use change to stretch your budget: You probably don't think much about coins, but the holiday survey found that people believe they have about $71 in spare change in and around their home! Collect and cash in that spare change at a supermarket Coinstar kiosk to boost your holiday budget. This can also be a fun activity for kids who can gather coins or dip into the family coin jar for spending money and then buy gifts for family members. Visit www. coinstar.com/findakiosk to find a location near you. • Create a group gift exchange: If you have a large, extended family or a group of friends that you typically buy for, consider a gift exchange. It's fun and budget-friendly because you're not buying a separate gift for each person. Smart tip: Set a price limit per gift to keep everyone in the same ballpark for presents and prevent any competition of one person outdoing another. • Consider charitable donations: Giving to charity on behalf of someone else can be a nice holiday gesture. Whether it's animal welfare, disaster relief, a children's charity or something else, think about what the person is passionate about and select an appropriate charity. The Coinstar holiday survey revealed that if there were no obligations or expectations around gift giving, about 10% of people would give to charity. Keep in mind, Coinstar kiosks in supermarkets allow you to donate your change to certain charities, making it easy to put your change to good use and give a meaningful gift. No matter what you choose, gift giving can be meaningful and affordable. Let these ideas inspire you to stay on budget and shop wisely this holiday season.


E A T. S H O P. E X P L O R E . THE GREATER HAZLETON AREA MASTER GARDENER: These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things by Mary Ann Miller, Master Gardener As Christmas approaches, people sometimes ask me for gift suggestions for their gardening family and friends. I’ve offered several ideas in past years, but this year I’d like to focus on some of the “tried and true” items that I have found indispensible. Every gardener needs a good digging fork. There are many options available, and you should choose one that is comfortable to use and has sturdy tines and a firmly attached handle. When I first started gardening, I purchased a narrowtined fork with a narrow neck attachment to the handle. Digging in hard ground bent the tines in no time and weakened the neck. I soon purchased a sturdier fork, and it has lasted for decades. Gardening is hard work, and even young folks appreciate an opportunity to rest their backs. Many years ago, tired of bending, I purchased a gardening stool for picking beans. It has been invaluable for harvesting many crops and for simply providing an opportunity to sit down and rest when tired. I use it more and more as I grow older. Most stools also serve as kneelers when turned upside down.

And they are very helpful for getting up and down when on your knees for weeding or planting. The stool I purchased is particularly sturdy because it is molded into one piece. The more common stools are convenient because they can be folded, and many of them have bags attached to the handles for use as tool holders. However, they tip over much more readily. We have both kinds, but I always use my tried and true, solid “bean picker.” Using these garden stools as kneelers can be handy, but if you are moving frequently (such as weeding along a garden row), you have to repeatedly get up, move the stool, and kneel down again. Knee pads are much more useful if you must move a lot when kneeling. If you aren’t comfortable wearing knee pads, garden kneeling pads (also called plumber’s pads) are also very useful. You can use two of them and just move from

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one to the other as you go down a row. They come in different sizes, but the larger ones are more comfortable to use. A more recent acquisition has been the gardening knife. It is about the size of a trowel. One side of the blade is sharp for cutting through the soil; the other is serrated, which enables you to saw through roots that you might encounter. It also has a notched tip which aids in weeding, and even has a sharp notch near the handle which can be used to cut twine. I use it for weeding and planting, and its multipurpose design has saved many trips to the shed for additional tools. Actually we have three of these knives. Two are in the shed so that we can both use them at the same time. A backup is in the garage for use near the house or in case we lose one of the other two. We have also given them to many friends and neighbors, who are as delighted with them as we are. Another more recent “must have” item is the expandable, flexible garden hose. It is very tiring to hold a heavy hose when watering for any length of time. Also a traditional hose can damage plants if you aren’t careful as you move through a garden with it. I tried my first lightweight expandable hose a few years ago and absolutely love it. Some of them do not last very long, but they are fairly inexpensive and worth repurchasing if necessary. I now take my sturdy stool into the garden and sit comfortably as I water with my lightweight hose for as long as necessary, easily moving from place to place as needed. Because the vegetable garden is some distance from the water source, I use a regular hose to reach the garden and just attach the flexible hose to it for ease of handling. There are, of course, many other useful garden implements. But when I considered what I must have to garden comfortably, these few items came to mind immediately. At this point in my life, I couldn’t garden without them.


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E A T. S H O P. E X P L O R E . THE GREATER HAZLETON AREA White Haven Area Community Library’s 9th Annual “Holiday Quilts & Crafts Show” The White Haven Area Community Library will host their 9th annual Holiday Quilts & Crafts Show on Saturday, December 7 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event will be spread over two venues:  the historic DeWitt Homestead, a restored Victorian home circa 1875 located at 231 Wilkes-Barre Street, and the White Haven Area Community Library, located in the historic railroad Engine House at 121 Towanda Street in White Haven.   Demonstrations of hand quilting by Kathy Oross, fiber spinning by Carol Pirolli, wood crafting by Liam’s Luck Wood Crafts, felting by Linda Kistler and Pysanky egg art by Margie Bogash will be featured.

A wide assortment of beautiful, interesting, or old quilts, loaned by area residents will be on display.    Local crafters and artisans will be offering hand sewn goods, knit and crochet items, wood crafts, pet products, soaps and lotions, jams and jellies, paper crafts, painted glassware, pins, photographic prints, metal art, wreaths and floral arrangements, painted gourds, potpourri, tie dyed creations and many more items for your holiday shopping pleasure.   Refreshments of hot cider will be served at the DeWitt House.  A concession stand offering homemade soups and delicious baked goods will be located at the Engine House. 

Pauline Rusetski and Elaine Attia of “Crafts By Mom & Me” is one of the many craft vendors featured at the Holiday Quilts & Crafts Show.

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E A T. S H O P. E X P L O R E . THE GREATER HAZLETON AREA Paw-Some Presents: Holiday Gift Ideas For Furry Friends (Family Features) The holiday season is meant for spending time with your friends and family, including those of the four-legged variety. Whether you have a dog, cat, fish or other small pet, Christmas can serve as the perfect time to show your affection by showering him or her with thoughtful gifts.

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Quiet Valley announces Its 29th Annual Old Time Christmas Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm will present its 29th annual Old Time Christmas event on December 7, 8 and December 14, 15 with candlelit tours leaving every 15 minutes beginning at 3:00 p.m., with the last group going out at 7:00 p.m. More than any other holiday, Christmas celebrations center on the traditions of our families and our heritage. Begin a new tradition with your family this year during an outing to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, where the Christmas customs of the past are brought to life. From the softly glowing lantern light to complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, Old Time Christmas is sure to become a favorite holiday pastime for many years to come. Gather around a bonfire while you wait for your visit to the 1800s to begin. Guides in period clothing will lead guests on their journey into the past beginning with this year’s Victorian skit. Glimpse an 1890s Christmas as the family reminiscences and makes new makes holiday memories. Before you leave take a peek at their Christmas Putz, a homemade nativity and village scene that was a custom the Moravians began and was soon enthusiastically adopted by the Pennsylvania Germans. Afterwards it’s on to the living Nativity located in the barnyard which includes the Quiet Valley farm animals and offers a look at the foundation of this special celebration including a soloist and scripture readings. Then off to a simple log cabin where visitors experience the rustic Christmas of the early 1800s. At the one room schoolhouse it is a jolly time as the school marm leads both the musicians and guests in singing their favorite seasonal carols. There is plenty of nervous excitement in the cellar kitchen as folks await a

visit from the Belschnikel, a traditional Pennsylvania German character who made his rounds during the Christmas season. He is the one who really knows if you were naughty or nice. The final stop is in the Engel Education Building for complimentary refreshments which adds a final festive touch to the visit. As you leave be sure to stop in the Holiday Gift Shop which is stocked with heritage crafts handmade by Quiet Valley artisans. It is the place to find unique gifts at reasonable prices. All funds raised support the mission of the non-profit farm museum. Those looking for a truly meaningful way to start their Christmas season will discover it at this very special event. Old Time Christmas is held annually the first two full weekends of December. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12, with those under three admitted free. You will be outside part of the time so remember to dress warmly. No pets or smoking please. Group of 12 or more with reservations, receive a discounted price any of the four days, when going out between 2:30pm through 3:30pm. Perfect for scout troops, church groups and large families that want to go together. It takes about an hour and a half to two hours to see all of Old Time Christmas. For more information contact Quiet Valley at 570-992-6161, farm@quietvalley.org, or consult the website at www.quietvalley. org. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational corporation dedicated to the preservation and presentation of 19th century agricultural history. All monies raised help support the mission of the farm museum and its educational programming. Quiet Valley is located 3 ½ miles south of Stroudsburg, Pa. off of Business Route 209

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December 2019 Vendor Fair on Saturday, December 7 from 1 to 4pm (Musical entertainment from 2:30 December 7 to 3:30pm). All is merry and bright when you stop by Heritage Hill to kick-off your holiday Heritage Hill Senior Community is decking shopping. Find unique stocking stuffers and its halls with festive vendors and delicious other presents for those on your list while entreats during an Open House and Holiday joying cookies, hot cocoa and other festive refreshments—and your favorite holiday songs! Take a chance on gift-giving tricky trays with proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer’s AssoHOLIDAY GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE ciation. Also, be sure to bring your camera to capture a picture with Santa, starting at • Modern Cuts, Colors, & Styles for the 1:30pm! Admission is free, but it’s suggested Entire Family to bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation • Expert Facial & to the Marine Toys for Tots program. For Eyebrow Waxing more information, please call Rachael or Jes• Exclusive Wig Studio Featuring a Full Line of sica at 570-427-4500. Ready-to-Wear Wigs for Women Of All Ages

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Church, 210 W. Green Street in Hazleton. Free admission. Fun for the whole family! See the Sound & Light Fontanini Nativity Display and St. Nicholas. Plus, Silent Auction, Crafts, Candy, Homemade Foods, Baked Goodies and a wide variety of local entertainment. For more information, call the church office at 570-454-3542 on weekday mornings. 26th Annual Living Nativity, Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 from 6 to 8pm at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Conyngham, 467 S. Main Street in Conyngham. Come and rejoice with us in the birth of Jesus Christ! Our drive through Nativity features 14 live scenes including singers, live animals and music broadcast to accompany your car as you drive through the story of Jesus. December 14 Lunch with the Abominable Snow Monster, Saturday, December 14 from 11:30am to 2:30pm at Good American Hose Co., 738 Mahanoy Street in Mahanoy City. Call to reserve your tickets, 570-590-6215 or 570773-3473. Homemade Cookie/Candy Sale, Saturday, December 14 from 11:30am to sell-outact Good American Hose Co., 738 Mahanoy Street in Mahanoy City. Call today to order, 570-590-6215 or 570-773-3473. To list your event in our Community Calendar, please email the event to: editorial@panoramapa.com.


Cold Hands Warm The 2020 Rotary Club Of Hazleton Annual Lottery Tickets Are Now Available! Hearts 2019 The 15th Annual Cold Hands Warm Hearts collection to benefit United Charities Inc. will be held Nov. 11th thru, Dec. 16th. New coats, hats, scarves, gloves, blankets and socks will be collected and given to less fortunate children and adults in the Greater Hazleton area during this holiday season. Collection site will be located throughout the area for those few weeks. This collection was started in 2004 in memory of my dad, Joe Maddon, Sr. He was a WWII vet stationed in Europe. During his time there he was touched by the kids he met. Cold and hungry, dad would give them candy bars and his hats and scarves to keep them warm and happy! This is my gift to him each year to keep his memory alive. Monetary donations will also be accepted to purchase new coats and blankets. Checks can be made payable to: Cold Hands Warm Hearts c/o Carmine Parlatore 11 Independence Cr. Sugarloaf, Pa. 18249 -ORUnited Charities, Inc. c/o Cold Hands Warm Hearts 107 Madison Ave. West Hazleton, Pa. 18202 2019 BIN SITES • The Shop 2 • Boscov’s Laurel Mall (Giving Tree) • Queen of Heaven Parish • Pelly Dental • Rohrer Bus Co. (Drums) • Mt. City Nursing & Rehab. Center (White or Blue Bldg) • Elsen & Co. Jeweler More Bin sites will be added throughout the collection. For more information contact, Carmine Parlatore or (570) 751-3351, United Charities at (570) 455-1529 or ecp978@ yahoo.com.

The Rotary Club of Hazleton is selling Annual Lottery Tickets in preparation of their 2021 Centennial Celebration. The tickets cost $20 each and can be purchased from any Rotary Club Member or from any of the following businesses: Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center, Church Hill Mall, Hazleton Antonia’s Jewelry & Repair, 289 Airport Rd., Hazle Township - Billig-Helmes Insurance, 200 W 21st St., Hazleton. Drawings will take place daily from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Rotary will track winners & mail out winning checks. Deadline to purchase tickets is December 31, 2019. The winning number each day is based on

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E A T. S H O P. E X P L O R E . THE GREATER HAZLETON AREA Four Top Tips On Playing It Safe When Getting Toys (NAPS)—Getting new toys for your kids or grandkids on holidays, birthdays or any time can be fun, but it’s wise to watch out for these four safety concerns: What To Watch Out For 1. Counterfeits: A recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research for The Toy Association found that nearly one in three toy-buying parents didn’t know that fake toys are sometimes sold on major online marketplaces by illegitimate third-party sellers. These toys might not be tested for safety. On the other hand, legitimate toys sold by responsible sellers comply with more than 100 federal safety

standards and tests. Always dig deeper into a lesser-known online seller’s history and read reviews before making your purchase. You can also buy toys directly from a brand’s website or follow the provided links to official retailers selling their products. 2. Age Grading: An alarming 96 percent of parents surveyed are confident that their child can play with a toy even if they are younger than the toy’s age recommendation. But agegrading isn’t merely a suggestion—it’s based on the developmental abilities of kids at a given age and the specific features of a toy. When children play with a toy meant for an older child, they might misuse it and get hurt. Age grading can be found directly on

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E A T. S H O P. E X P L O R E . THE GREATER HAZLETON AREA Think Outside The Oven This Holiday Season (Family Features) When most families think of holiday cooking, they typically picture baked goods and time spent in the kitchen near the oven. This year, you can take your seasonal meal prep outdoors with cooking methods often overlooked during the winter: grilling and smoking. As one of the most popular dishes during the holidays, turkey is an easy way start creating festive flavors using a grill or smoker. To help keep your bird tasty and juicy, this Art of the Turkey Brine requires just a few simple ingredients before transferring the turkey to the grill. If you're aiming to create dishes like these in your own backyard this season, head to a destination like Ace Hardware for all your grilling

essentials and holiday inspiration. With 72% of U.S. households located within 15 minutes of an Ace store and products from Big Green Egg, Traeger and Weber all under one roof, it's a helpful place to take your holiday meals to the next level. Find more ideas to change the way you think about holiday cooking at acehardware. com. Art of the Turkey Brine Recipe courtesy of chef Jason K. Morse of 5280 Culinary and Ace Hardware Ingredients: 1/3 package 5280 Culinary Brine mix 2 quarts water, plus additional for cooling and covering turkey, divided Ice

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6-8 pounds turkey breast with rib cage, cleaned 1 - 5-gallon Ace Hardware bucket and lid Directions: In pan, mix brine with water. Heat to high 5 minutes to dissolve sugar and salt. Cool brine mixture; add ice water and mix well. Place turkey in bucket and cover with water and brine. Place bucket in refrigerator or cooler. Brine 45 minutes per pound. Remove turkey from brine. Heat wood fire grill to 350 F. Cook turkey 20 minutes then turn temperature to 275 F. Cook 1 hour, 40 minutes until internal temperature reaches 170 F. Allow turkey to rest about 15 minutes prior to carving to allow juices to settle. to combine. Serves 6-8


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E A T. S H O P. E X P L O R E . THE GREATER HAZLETON AREA A Traditional Holiday Dessert From Around The Globe (Family Features) Over time, many families cookie classics. This season, you can add a twist exchanges, Mexitend to return to the same holiday favorites, to tradition with these globally inspired desserts. can Wedding from ham and mashed potatoes to pies and If you're looking to steal the show at cookie Cookies provide a crumbly, meltin-your-mouth texture perfect for dipping in hot chocolate. This treat includes California walnuts, which have an agricultural history deeply rooted in tradition and can stand alone as a tasty snack or offer an opportunity to level up dishes from appetizers to desserts. Find more holiday dessert ideas at walnuts. org/holiday.

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E A T. S H O P. E X P L O R E . FTHE GREATER HAZLETON AREA A Holiday Roast To Remember

(Family Features) The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family, and few things bring people together like an elegant, seasonal meal. Serving up a mouthwatering main dish worth celebrating can elicit rave reviews from your guests and keep them gathered around the table longer, creating lasting memories. Creating a crowd-pleasing holiday centerpiece starts with choosing a flavorful, tender cut of meat. For example, elegant cuts like Chateaubriand (roast-size filet mignon) or BoneIn Frenched Rib Roast from Omaha Steaks, a leading provider of premium beef and gourmet foods, can serve as the focal point of a memorable meal. Flash-frozen to capture freshness and flavor at their peak, you can select a roast handcut and carved by an expert butcher and have

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E A T. S H O P. E X P L O R E . THE GREATER HAZLETON AREA Holiday Gifting Made Easy: Gift Ideas For Everyone On Your List (Family Features) No matter who you're buying for this year, putting some extra thought into the personality and hobbies of your recipient can help brighten the holiday season. Whether your list is on the shorter side or long and complex, these gift ideas ranging from a thoughtful card to a flavorful

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and easy to use for both new and veteran knife sharpeners, it offers guided angle control while sharpening a variety of knives, giving the user choice and control over angle and edge geometry. Find more at wickededgeusa.com. • Share Holiday Joy. Show friends and family how much they mean to you this holiday season with a Hallmark holiday card. Whether you want to share excitement with those who go all out this time of year or just let someone know he or she is loved, sending a card is a perfect way to show you care. With a variety of cards to choose from, you can find one for everybody on your list. Discover all the ways you can make the holidays brighter at Hallmark.com/Cards. • Get Her a Gift that Wows. This holiday season, give her a gift that wows with these sparkling 3-Carat Total Weight Diamond Tennis Bracelets from Helzberg Diamonds. Available in Rose Gold, White Gold and Yellow Gold, these stylish bracelets feature round brilliant-cut diamonds to help make your special someone feel like an MVP. Plus, for a limited time, you can save $1,000 through Dec. 29. Find more holiday gift ideas at Helzberg.com/Holiday-Gift-Guide. • A Splash of Scholarly Style. Make math and science a bit more stylish for your student when he or she heads back to school from the holidays. Available in 10 bold colors, the TI84 Plus CE graphing calculator is super-slim, durable and can last up to one month on one charge. With a multitude of functions, students can use it from middle school math and science all the way through high school and into college - plus, it's accepted on college entrance exams. Find more at education. ti.com/84CE.


E A T. S H O P. E X P L O R E . THE GREATER HAZLETON AREA Tips And Tricks For Serving Wine With Holiday Meals (BPT) - The holidays are fast approaching, as are lots of festive meals to plan, prepare and serve. How can you reduce your own stress, and guarantee that you'll have happy guests throughout the holidays? A few simple tips for choosing versatile wines - and how to serve them - will not only please everyone, but will make everything about your get-togethers easier and more fun. Pairing delicious wines to serve along with your meals does not have to be complicated. Here are a few tips to help you choose and serve wine for a successful holiday party or dinner. • Keep it simple. Choose just one good red wine and one good white wine varietal to serve during your cocktail or dinner party, if you want to avoid feeling overwhelmed. You could choose another varietal or two for guests to sample, if you're feeling adventurous, but having two contrasting options is a great start, and sometimes all you need. Since holiday meals can be heavy (or at least plentiful!), choose wines that are not overly rich or full-bodied. Instead, look for lighter wines that are fruity and bright, with soft tannins, that provide a nice complement to a big, rich meal. For example, Sanford Winery offers popular options in both chardonnay and pinot noir that can be a perfect duo to serve your guests. Offering a refreshing fruit and

cheese plate after dinner gives guests the chance to savor the last sips of wine before dessert and coffee are served. Don't let the "rules" of pairing wine and food throw you off - keep both a red wine and a white wine on the table and let guests experiment for themselves and decide what they prefer! • Wine serving tricks. Since the temperature of the room and your guests' hands will warm the wine glasses throughout the meal, it's a good idea to chill both red and white wines for a while before serving. Create fun, holiday-themed DIY wine charms for each guest, especially if you're serving buffet-style or enjoying a cocktail hour before dinner. Check your local craft store or websites like Pinterest for fun ideas. Each 750 ML bottle contains approximately 5 glasses of wine, so plan your wine supply accordingly. Only fill each guest's glass one-half to two-

thirds full, to give the wine room to breathe. Wine left in the bottle? Freeze leftover wine in ice cube trays, then you'll have ready-to-use "wine ice cubes" for recipes that require cooking with wine another day or a flavorful option to chill down your next glass of wine without diluting it. • Let wine do double duty. Optimize and harmonize flavors by cooking a dish that incorporates the same varietal of wine your guests will be drinking. For example, a recipe for Citrus and Garlic Roasted Turkey uses pinot noir to create a sweet and tangy sauce along with fresh cranberries, rhubarb and tangerines. Visit sanfordwinery.com/recipe/citrus-and-garlic-roastedturkey for the full recipe.Whether you're using a red wine or white wine in your cooking, don't opt for an inferior "cooking wine," but use the same quality wine you plan to serve during the meal. Because the alcohol cooks out of the food you're preparing, what's left is the flavor of the wine - and that will make a big difference to the flavor of your finished dish. Holiday entertaining does not have to be overly complicated. Going for flavors you enjoy and offering your guests a few options in terms of food and wine will result in a successful meal or party, every time. What really counts is relaxing and enjoying the meal and the wine together.

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E A T. S H O P. E X P L O R E . THE GREATER HAZLETON AREA DIY Decor Projects For The Holiday Season aren't only a tasty treat, but they're also an adorable addition to crafts and recipes! With seasonal marshmallow shapes such as Snowmen, Trees, Reindeer and Gingerbread Men, the opportunities to craft are endless. This fun and festive centerpiece will adorn your table and be enjoyed by all of your guests this holiday season. Items needed: • 6x6" glass square vase • Foam insert • Faux or fresh greenery of your choice (evergreens, eucalyptus, etc.) • Pine cones and berries • Three 9ct packages of PEEPS® PEEPS® Marshmallow Marshmallow Trees Trees Centerpiece Instructions: Pro DIY tip: PEEPS® Marshmallow candies Stack PEEPS® Marshmallow Trees around the inside of the vase to fill up the sides. Cut the foam insert so it fits nicely at the bottom of the vase. Add your greenery into the foam and arrange to your taste. Add pine cones and berries as accent pieces to complete your centerpiece. (BPT) - Are you looking for fun ways to spend time with loved ones this holiday season? Crafting DIY decorations is a perfect way to do so, providing an opportunity for you to get creative and make cheerful and festive pieces you'll cherish all season long. Another perk of making delightful holiday creations is making memories - which is what the season is really about. So, fill your mugs with cider or hot cocoa and get ready for some holiday happiness with these three easy DIY decor projects the whole family will enjoy!

with your family and hanging them on the tree or on garland. These also make a great gift! Items needed: • Clear plastic ornaments with a metal top found at any craft store • Paint, confetti, candy and other interesting extras for inside • Ribbon Instructions: Spread out newspaper or other covering to protect work surface Add in creative mixtures in the top hole. For example, add paint and swirl around, add your favorite mixture of confetti or even sand and small shells from a recent trip. Replace metal top with a dab of glue to adhere and add a bow with ribbon. Use ribbon to hang ornament and enjoy! The holidays are a time to deck the halls and spend quality time with friends and family. With these three projects, you can to do both at the same time! For more craft ideas for the whole family, visit www.peepsbrand. Creative Globe Ornaments These colorful baubles can be customized com/recipes-crafts or follow the PEEPS® exactly as you desire. Have fun being creative brand on Pinterest.

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Fostering Love At Brandon’s Forever Home by Missy Nenstiel, Brandon’s Forever Home

You may have passed by the beautiful home located at 187 North Church Street, painted a sunny yellow with a grand welcoming front porch. You may have seen the home full of life and activity on First Fridays and holidays. You may have even wondered what is Brandon’s Forever Home and what exactly do they do in there? Brandon’s Forever Home is a Hazleton based non-profit that serves all of Luzerne County and surrounding areas. We proudly advocate for the children and their families in foster care and those who have been adopted. This includes counseling services for those interested in fostering and adoption, a food pantry which distributes to over 40 local families each week and is open to the public, free clothing, school supplies, personal hygiene products, and activities for children who are

currently in foster care as well as sponsorships for sports, enrichment activities, and scholarships for private schooling. We also offer a summer reading readiness program which includes participation for the whole family as well as dinner. One of our most popular programs, which is also one of the largest is our mentoring program. The BFH Mentor Program pairs positive adult volunteers within our community with a local teen (ages 14-21) who needs a role model, friend, or sense of family. Each month our mentor group of nearly 50 participants meets for a fun activity free of charge provided by BFH. Our monthly activities always include a meal as well as a special event for the children like a behind the scenes tour of PNC Field, Knoebels, Self Defense Classes, and more! The mentor program encourages adults from all backgrounds to apply to participate! We are always in need of caring and compassionate individuals who want to give back to the community in a big way. Our monthly time commitment is small but the rewards for

both the child and the mentor are so big! Another main purpose of the foundation is to counsel and guide those interested in fostering and adoption. Brandon’s Forever Home was created by Co-Founder Lorine Ogurkis, her family, and closest friends out of a need she personally saw through her own journey adopting her son and daughter. There is no better advice than from someone who has already gone down the path ahead of you. If you are interested in learning more about fostering children in need or adoption to create a forever family please reach out to us at bfhinfo@ ptd.net. One of our caring staff members will be happy to speak to you and guide you through the process. Brandon’s Forever Home is a proud part of the Hazleton community and we would love to hear from you! Do you have a special talent, skill, or just some extra time you would like to share volunteering? Contact us to see what positions we have available and let your heart guide you to helping children in your very own neighborhood in need!

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The 38th Annual Olde Time Christmas Celebration Brings The Wonder Of The Holiday Season To Historic Jim Thorpe (Jim Thorpe, PA) - November 8, 2019] Jim Thorpe’s 38th Annual Olde Time Christmas is the place to celebrate the holiday season all December long as the snow falls, the bells ring, and everyone is feeling jolly. The celebration begins on December 6 with the tree lighting ceremony at 5 pm. The fun and magic continue December 7-8, and through the following two weekends: December 1415, and 21-22. Enjoy photos with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, Kids Club at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom, special community holiday events, live entertainment throughout the town and so much more! Make sure you bring your Christmas gift list to wrap up your holiday shopping at the many unique shops and galleries.   One of the most anticipated events is the 4th annual Cookies & Cocktails on December 21, for all of the grown-ups on Santa’s Nice List. There will be plenty of cheer, cocktails and sweet treats all over town, but only if you grab your tickets early, as they are sure to sell out. With your ticket, you’ll receive a swag bag that includes a keepsake wine glass, recipe booklet and discount coupons exclusively for Cookies & Cocktails participants.    Walking the streets of Jim Thorpe at Christmastime, you’d think Charles Dickens himself had celebrated his own holidays in Jim Thorpe. The historic Victorian architecture, cheerful music, brisk mountain air, and mouth-watering aromas floating from restaurants bring a sort of magic to the southern Poconos at Christmastime that it seems to have come right from a Dickens novel. After all, it was Charles Dickens who said, “There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas.” You can find more information on all of the festivities at JimThorpe.org, as well as the Jim Thorpe, PA and the Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas Facebook pages.


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Answers on page 66 1. Which popular Christmas song was penned by James Lord Pierpont? 2. When was Christmas declared as a federal holiday? 3. Which country has a tradition of a witch dropping gifts for children through the chimney at Christmas? 4. Which of the following is not the name of one of Santa's reindeer - Dasher, Donner, Doppler, and Dancer? 5. What is Santa Claus called in France? 6. Which country is the largest exporter of Christmas trees? 7. Which American President banned

Christmas trees in the White House? 8. How many days do we have between Christmas and the Epiphany? 9. Which country follows the tradition to light candles on the graves of relatives, on Christmas eve? 10. Where did the Nativity take place? 11. Which of these was not a gift given by the 'Wise Men' to Baby Jesus - gold, silver, myrrh, or frankincense? 12. Which company made the concept of Santa Claus popular worldwide?

Welcome To West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital by Dr. Kenneth Trippett, West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital The West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital was founded over 50 years ago. It has a longstanding tradition of quality care. Dr. Kenneth Trippett purchased the hospital in 1996. Since then, he has continued to renovate the hospital, update the older equipment and add new equipment so that he can provide highest quality care to his patients. West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital is proud to serve the West Hazleton, PA area for everything pet related. If your goal is to keep your healthy animals healthy and make your sick animals better, then the West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital is the place to bring your pets. We offer yearly exams and vaccinations for dogs & cats along with laboratory testing. We also treat exotic animals with periodic comprehensive exams. We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Our team is committed to educating our clients on how to keep your pets healthy year-round, with good nutrition and exercise.  West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery.  A Healthy pet is a Happy pet — call us today to schedule your pet’s appointment! GREAT RATES MARKETING EXPERTS

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shop at that business and return in the future • Build loyalty—56 percent of consumers who shop at small businesses join their loyalty or frequent shopper programs. Of consumers that join loyalty programs at small businesses, 73 percent said gift cards are a preferred way for their loyalty to be rewarded. Restaurants, Coffee Shops & Salons When asked about the ideal gift card to give someone, or receive and use themselves, consumers agreed on their top three: casual dining restaurants; coffee shops; personal services (i.e., hair or nail salon). Other popular businesses from which to give or receive gift cards included supermarket/grocery stores, entertainment/movie theaters, and quick-serve restaurants.

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Tax Filing For 2019 by Alice Horton, CEO, Honest Abe’s Taxes Income Tax Season begins next month. There is very little change between 2019 filing and your 2018 return for individuals; self-employed and business owners have more form changes. ACA Penalty, Obamacare Penalty, for having no insurance is DEAD! If you have insurance via the Marketplace, you must still

provide your preparer a 1095A and it must be reconciled for under/over payment of your insurance premium. Form 1040 for 2018 rolled out a new, simplified “single page” with six schedules attached and schedules attached to those. The form did not work well and was confusing. For 2019, we again have a new form 1040.

It has three schedules, two merged into others and the third, the designated authorization, back on the form 1040 where it was originally. 1040EZ and 1040A became obsolete with the 2018 changes. 1040SR is a new form, simpler than the 1040, this year for seniors that file. One of the taxpayers must be 65 or older. Self-employed people have previously been able to file a simplified form Sch C, the Sch C-EZ depending on their income and expenses. That Sch C-EZ is obsolete and all selfemployed people will file a Sch C. Approximately 38 years ago the IRS merged form 1099-NEC, for self-employed earnings, with the 1099-MISC. 2019 is the last year for the combined form. The 1099-NEC returns for 2020 so the government can better track self-employment income. Additional changes and important tax knowledge: 1. You do not have to turn in the W4 worksheet when you file a W4 with your employer. 2. QBI (Qualified Business Investment) deduction and credit has been simplified and made more detailed by type of self-employment. 3. Net Operating Loss (NOL) pre 2019 does not play into the QBI computation but NOL; 2019 NOL forward will. Beginning in 2018, all NOL’s carry forward only. 4. The IRS has sent people letters about reported Virtual Currency transactions not reported by the taxpayer. Do not disregard these or any IRS letter. 5. Form 7216 is the authorization for your tax information to be released by your preparer to a third party, ie, mortgage company. Without this signed release your preparer must protect your tax data, in the same manner as the bank protects your account information. Discuss this with your preparer. Honest Abe’s Taxes looks forward to serving its returning customers and welcome all new customers that would enjoy our quality, reasonable prices, and year round services. Honest Abe’s Business & Tax Services, 310 S. Church Street, Ste C-3, Hazleton, PA -- Over 40 years experience! Contact us today, 570-861-8297 or yourtaxpartner@aol.com.

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Lou Groza by Rev. Connell A. McHugh In October, my article for Panorama dealt with Charley Berry who excelled at football, was an All-American end at Lafayette and led the NFL in scoring while playing for the Pottsville Maroons and was a solid Major League catcher for 11 years. Berry became one of the best American League umpires for 20 years and was one of the top NFL linesman for over 20 years. I thought writing about Charley Berry was a good transition from baseball to football. Originally, I planned to write this article about the Groza brothers, Lou and Alex. Lou Groza was the first great placekicker in the NFL and his brother Alex was a two time first team AllAmerican who played college ball for Adolph Rupp in the late 1940s, played on the winning USA Olympic Championship Team and became an All Star for two years along with Kentucky teammate Ralph Beard on Indianapolis, the team for which both played. However, it was later discovered that both were involved in point shaving while playing at Kentucky. This led to Groza and Beard being banned for life from the NBA. Both Beard and Groza were on the cover at different times on early Sport Magazine, my personal choice for the best magazine ever for covering multi sports, especially in the late 1940s through the 1950s. I found , however, that there was just too much interesting material on Lou Groza to also get into depth with Alex Groza who later became a successful basketball executive. I can remember as a very young boy seeing

Ralph Beard play in the Eastern Pro Basketball League for Williamsport. I recently purchased from Kevin Savage Cards an autographed book entitled The Toe: The Lou Groza Story written by Groza with Mark Hodermarsky. I found the book to be one of the best and most informative sports books that I ever read. The book was written in 1996. Lou Groza is still considered the most influential field goal kicker in NFL history although quite a few modern day kickers have a much higher field goal and PAT conversion percentage. Lou Groza played in the NFL for 17 years and in the All-America Football Conference for its entire 4 year existence. Groza’s entire career was spent with the Cleveland Browns who won the All-America Football each year of its existence. Groza began his career in 1946 and retired in 1967. At the time of his retirement, he was the NFLs all time leading scorer. Groza had one TD, 264 field goals and 810 PATS. Many people are unaware that Groza was a fine offensive tackle who was a 6 time All Star at that position. Besides being the NFL’s leading scorer at the time of his retirement, Lou Groza also held 9 other NFL records. Lou Groza treats growing up in Martin’s Ferry, Ohio where his parents had their home above a tavern and restaurant they owned. His parents were both Hungarian immigrants. His brothers – John, Frank and Alex were all good athletes, and his father supported all their athletic activi-

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ties. Lou’s brother, John, taught Lou to kick and block. After high school, Paul Brown, the founder of the Cleveland Browns, was the coach of Ohio State where he won the National Championship, recruited Lou Groza to play for the University. Lou played freshmen ball, but Paul Brown kept a watchful eye on his field goal kicking. World War II interrupted Groza’s college career at Ohio State. Lou Groza became a medical technician in a medical battalion and related how often he served in hazardous areas and recalled how frequently he saw young, mutilated bodies and dead soldiers. He considered himself very fortunate to have survived World War II. In 1946, Arch Ward the popular Chicago sportswriter, who initiated the Major League Baseball All-Star game in 1933 and the football game between the College All-Stars and the NFL champion, which has since been abandoned, was the driving force for founding the Professional Football League called the All America Football Conference in the hope that one day there would be two Professional Leagues similar to Major League Baseball and a championship playoff game. Paul Brown switched from college coaching to the pros and became the initial coach of the Cleveland Browns in its inaugural year in the All America Football Conference. Lou Groza lavishly praises Paul Brown for his contributions to football. Although Brown was a dictator, he was an absolute master in organizing his team. He was coach, GM, salary negotiator and rule setter. Paul Brown was the first coach to make sure his staff and players received a decent salary. Paul Brown was also the first to have classroom sessions with his players and hand out notebooks with rules and plays. He reviewed films of games with his staff and players. Brown also insisted on good hotel accommodations and meals in a family atmosphere. Paul Brown was also the first coach to have a chartered plane for the team. Groza related that Paul Brown devised the draw play, the use of a flanker and the use of an audio device in a player’s helmet. Brown was a strict disciplinarian and did not want his players to drink. He also had “The Tuesday Rule” where he wanted his players to retrain from marital relations from Tuesday until after the Sunday game. Groza remarks that players never discussed if they observed this rule. Despite Paul Brown’s dictatorial style, players respected Paul Brown since the team was so successful and that Brown himself was passionately devoted to winning. Lou Groza had a lifelong friendship with Brown. The Cleveland Browns won the All-America Football Conference every year of its existence from 1946-49. Among the greatest players on the Browns were Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham, fullback Marion Motley, and Dante Lavelli, running backs Dub and Edgar Jones. Edgar “Special Delivery” Jones was a native of Scranton and starred for Pittsburgh in college.


When the All-America Football Conference folded in 1949, three teams were invited to join the NFL: the Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers. The feeling in the NFL was that the worst team in the NFL would defeat the AAFC champion Browns handily. Such was not the case. The Cleveland Browns in 1950, their first year in the League won the NFL championship and later was one of the most successful teams of the 1950s. Lou Groza’s book contains a whole section on players who were his teammates. I found that section of the book especially interesting. Groza discussed players on the Browns from 1946 through 1967. Groza, who was a good Catholic, began practicing his faith regularly in high school at the encouragement of his parish priest who attended his teams sporting events regularly. Lou Groza mentions that since his wife was a non-Catholic, he had to be married in the rectory of his parish rather than in the church, a custom that, thank God, has become archaic. Despite his hometown of Martin’s Ferry being predominantly Catholic, Groza had unpleasant experiences with the KKK. Lou Groza had to sit out the 1960 season due to a back injury. He was brought back in 1961 to be solely a kicker, one of the first if not the first player who was a specialist rather than a position player. In 1967, Lou Groza retired, the last of the original Browns from 1946. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974 as an “Offensive Tackle and Placekicker”. The All America Football Conference unfortunately did not appear in any football card sets. However, Groza appears in many Bowman sets in the first half on the 1950s then in Topps sets and other companies until his retirement. From the mid 1950s on, many of Groza’s cards in nice condition can be purchased from $10 to $25. Early Bowman cards from 1950 through 1953 are much more expensive. Often when Lou Groza would sign autographs he would employ the inscription “Just for Kicks”. My own book has such an inscription. I do wish Lou Groza would have discussed his brother’s NBA ban. I have a couple autographs of Alex Groza which are much more scarce and a very early Sport Magazine with Alex Groza on the cover. I highly recommend the book to any football fan, especially an old Cleveland Browns one. Sources: • The Toe: The Lou Groza Story by Lou Groza with Mark Hodermarsky My Own Knowledge of sports cards. • Rev. Connell A. McHugh is deeply involved in advanced Scripture scholarship and conducts sessions on a wide variety of New Testament topics, specializing in Christology. Rev. Connell A. McHugh is a Sports Historian and deeply involved in Scripture Scholarship. He can be reached at 570-454-5058.

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• Temperature—This characteristic is also measured in letters: A, B, C. This is a measure of the tires ability to resist heat. This is an important factor as tire pressure is directly correlated to heat, expansion and contraction. The three Ts or the UTGQ are important factors that will help us to determine the differences in tire quality. Tire speed and load ratings When looking at your tire size on the side of the tire – P205/55/R18 88S. The 88 is the load rating which means the tire can withstand a certain weight at maximum air pressure. The charts for load ratings are available on the internet but simply put the higher the number gives the tire a higher weight capacity. A 70-rated tire will carry 739 pounds while a 108 will carry 2205 pounds. A good factor when choosing tires. The last letter, S for example is the speed rating. The letters usually rage from L to Z. This is the maximum speed the tire can carry a load. A tire marked L is rated for a max of 75 mph while a V rated tire is rated for 149 mph. As you can see, some tires are rated very low. These tires are on the market but I would not suggest purchasing a tire that is rated this low. This is a good indicator of the quality of a tire. The sidewall of your tire can give you a ton of information that will assist you in buying a quality tire. Some brand name tires may not be as expected. Look at the sidewall and you will be amazed at how many bargain tires are quality built tires. Also, look for the manufactures warranty on tread wear. A bit of knowledge goes a long way. Your tires are what keeps you on the road safely. Happy Motoring!


Home Fire Risks Increase As Weather Cools

(NAPS)—The fall and winter seasons bring cooler temperatures, holidays, and images of cozy nights by the fireplace. Yet the change in seasons also comes with the chance of severe weather and an increase in fire risks. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more home fires occur in winter than in any other season. “Holiday decorations, space heaters, generators, and fireplaces all present fire hazards if not properly used and maintained,” said Steve Hirsch, chair of the National Volunteer Fire Council. “Residents should be aware of the dangers and take the steps to make sure their families and homes are protected.” Follow these tips to minimize home fire and safety risks: • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Test monthly to ensure they work. • Install carbon monoxide alarms and test them at least once a month. • Know where the gas, electric, and water main shut-off controls are and how to use them. • Place fire extinguishers in the kitchen, garage, and living room, and make sure all household members know how to use them. • Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it with the entire family. • Keep portable generators outside and away from the home. • Install a screen in front of each fireplace or wood stove. Store cooled ashes in a metal container outside the home. • Have chimneys professionally inspected and cleaned every year. • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, or other heat source. • Never leave lit candles unattended, and keep them out of the reach of children and pets. • If using a live Christmas tree, keep it adequately watered and get rid of it after Christmas or when it gets dry. Residents can also take an active role in protecting their communities from hazards such as fires, medical emergencies, and much more. Fire departments across the country are looking for volunteers to serve as firefighters, EMS providers, and auxiliary members. Training is provided by the department, and volunteers can serve in a variety of roles, from providing life-saving emergency response services to conducting fire prevention programs and disaster preparedness planning. Learn more by going to www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org.

Still Time To Have Your Winter HVAC Maintenance Done by The Experts at S.J. Kowalski   December is here and the holidays are upon us.  You still have time to get your HVAC system serviced for the winter.  You want to make sure its working perfectly during the coldest part of the winter, when you need it most.  Ideally, homeowners should have their HVAC system checked twice a year, once in spring to get it ready for the cooling season and before winter to insure that your home is warm and cozy all winter long.   While regular maintenance is a key part of cost effectiveness and comfort, it also insures your heating source isn’t posing a risk to you, your home and your family.  For example a crack in the furnace may go unseen, and most alarming odorless.  That’s because a fur-

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ing months. Also, keep in mind that some warranties require annual tune-ups, so don't let your warranty go invalid by skipping this year's tune-up. 2. The threat of carbon monoxide is very real. Do you know how old your furnace is? Do you know how long it's been since a professional checked it over? Carbon monoxide poses a health threat when the heating system flue, vent or chimney becomes blocked from debris or other material. During a heating system tune-up, a professional service technician can check to make sure all your vents are not blocked and are working properly. Drains and traps also need to be checked and combustion gases should be analyzed and compared to the specifications of your furnace or boiler to make sure everything is running safely. Installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home is another smart way to help with early detection. 3. Water pipes can burst. It's not just your heating system that needs to be winterized. All too often it happens - we wake up to realize our pipes are frozen, or even worse, leaking. Before the cold sets in, make sure outside hoses are put away and water is turned off. Evaluate which pipes are at the greatest risk for freezing during cold weather. For example, if your water pipes come up from an un-insulated crawl space, or if they are in or close to an uninsulated outside wall or vent, they are more likely to freeze and burst in low temperatures. Inside pipes should be covered in insulation to keep pipes warmer longer. Pipe insulation is easy to apply and available at most hardware stores and home centers. By having an annual tune-up, you can catch small issues now, instead of experiencing bigger problems in the dead of winter. A tune-up can also save energy, reduce heating costs and prevent a system breakdown in the coming months.


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Coping With Cancer During The Holidays As the classic holiday song goes, it is the most wonderful time of the year. But do you know what else the happiest season of all brings? Stress. With all the planning, shopping, decorating and cooking, it’s easy to become tired and overwhelmed. When cancer treatment is added to the mix, holiday stress can become unbearable. If you or someone you love has cancer this holiday season, use these tips from the American Cancer Society to help lift your spirits and manage your merriment (and stress): Do... - Give yourself permission to feel and express your feelings, whether of joy, fear, sadness, or

pain. Let yourself laugh or cry. - Take care of yourself. Eat balanced meals and make time for some exercise. Physical activity is a good way to release tension. - Allow yourself simple pleasures -- hot baths, naps, favorite foods -- that will help lift your mood. Find distractions like going to a movie, dinner, or a ball game; playing cards with friends; or other activities you enjoy. - Prepare for the holidays. Decide if you want to continue certain traditions or create new ones. Plan in advance how you want to spend your time, with whom, and for how long. - Enlist support for organizing holiday gatherings, meal preparation, and cleanup.

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- Learn to say no. You don't have to participate in everything. People will understand if you can't do certain activities. Don’t... - Don't pressure yourself with unrealistic expectations or try to do everything yourself. - Don't overindulge in alcohol. Because alcohol is a depressant, it can “bring out” or heighten bad feelings. - Don't try to force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season. - Don't shop ‘til you drop. Stick to a budget if you are going shopping. Buying things will not make up for any negative feelings you are having. Decide how much money you can afford to spend on gifts and other items. Then stick to your budget. - Don't try to do too much in one day. Plan ahead, setting aside specific days for specific tasks. - Don't abandon healthy habits. Eat and drink in moderation. Get plenty of sleep. Coping with cancer during the holidays can be tough. Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton understands and is here to help. With over 33 years of experience, the Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton combines the convenience of receiving your cancer treatments close to home with the effectiveness of advanced, high quality cancer care. Our patient care approach is more than just a focus on cancer treatment, it’s about making you feel at home, comfortable, and confident in the care you are receiving. That is always important, but even more so during the busy holiday season. Your time is vital and we want you to spend as much as you can at home, celebrating with your loved ones. The treatment team at Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton care and we want you to have the most joyful, stress-free holiday you can have. We are here to answer any questions you may have and the American Cancer Society has a resource center on site for added guidance. Everyone at Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season!


Dry Eye: More Than A Minor Annoyance (NAPS)—Approximately 16 million people in the U.S. suffer from dry eye symptoms. So many deal with the burning, irritation and general discomfort that dry eye is one of the top reasons people see their eye doctor. While the symptoms are what patients focus on, what they may not realize is that dry eye can impact vision, both short term and, in some cases, permanently. The tear film protects and perfects the surface of the eye, known as the cornea, which is the first line of focus. When areas of dryness appear, vision can become blurred. Also, dry eye can affect the health of the cornea, which can lead to significant damage and discomfort. “Patients shouldn’t ignore dry eye symptoms or try to manage them on their own. The health of the eye and vision is at stake,” said Stephen Slade, M.D. of Slade & Baker

Pot And Acne by Stephen Schleicher, MD. Does smoking pot cause or worsen acne? A recent internet survey of patients with acne found that 21% of people with acne smoked marijuana as opposed to 16% of people without acne. The survey was conducted in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, and Russia. Curiously, the US was left out. Further, studies like this one are so unreliable that I still have no idea whether pot worsens or causes acne. So, what else did the survey turn up: • Cigarette smoking has no effect on acne. Wonderful. Tobacco causes lung cancer and heart disease but at least you will die without zits. • “Feeling burdened by psychological stress” was much more common in acne patients. Not too earth shattering. • Air pollution: “acne patients were significantly more likely to report exposure to solvent vapors,

crude oil, tars, frying oil vapors, and living near an airport or close to factories with chimneys”. Pollution is good for nothing. • Nutrition: “consumption of dairy products, probiotics, chocolate, cakes and other sweets, soft drinks, fruit juice, and whey protein were each associated with a significantly increased likelihood of acne.” Hey, what’s left to eat? • Alcohol: “fifty-seven percent of acne patients indicated they consumed high-alcohol distilled spirits, compared with 43%” of people without acne. Someone please tell me what are “highalcohol distilled spirits.” Now back to pot. One critic of the study stated the following: “does cannabis use cause acne, or are acne patients more likely to be cannabis users as a means of coping with the social stigma surrounding their skin disease?” Good question.

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For older adults that want to improve their quality of life through enhanced mental health, there are a few things they can do to kick off their healthy habits. • Exercise – Seniors should always consult with a physician before starting any physical activity or fitness program. Seniors that are able, and approved, to exercise may see increased physical and mental wellness. Exercise has been proven to have a positive effect on the brain. • Connection – At any age, many people find joy in spending time with family and friends. Social isolation can be a problem for seniors that have mobility issues or aren’t able to drive, or who have loved ones that live far away. However, there are services that can help overcome these issues, including transportation help, in-home care assistance, technology that fosters connection and other outside sources of help. • Volunteering – Sharing time and talents doing volunteer work can bring a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Many organizations have programs and volunteer opportunities specifically geared to older adults. • Spending time on joyful activities – Everyone has a different interest or hobby that brings joy, whether that’s music, art, dance, gardening or games. Seniors should try to spend time doing something that brings them happiness on a daily basis to improve their quality of life. Comfort Keepers® Can Help Our goal is to provide uplifting in-home care that benefits seniors and their families. The individualized care plans we create for our clients that consider physical goals as well as non-physical mental health needs. Our caregivers can provide transportation to community events, support physician-prescribed exercise regimens, provide companionship and help families stay connected through technology. We strive to elevate the human spirit through quality, compassionate, joyful care. To learn more about our in-home care services, contact your local Comfort Keepers location today.


Conquering Weight Loss With Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton Bariatric Surgery Helps Eufemia Tejeda Win A Lifelong Weight Problem by Sidney Stevens, Lehigh Valley Health Network EUFEMIA TEJEDA BATTLED HER WEIGHT FOR YEARS. But when she finally reached 228 pounds after her second child was born, she knew her 5-foot-2-inch frame – and her self-esteem – needed help. “I’d come home crying after shopping because the clothes I liked didn’t fit,” says the 34-year-old from West Hazleton. “I tried dieting, but nothing worked. It made me feel terrible.” One day an acquaintance who had lost significant weight shared that she’d had bariatric surgery. Tejeda immediately signed up for a free weight-loss surgery information session at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton to learn more. Surgical success Excited by what she heard, Tejeda decided to move forward. Although she weighed less than some other participants, a physical exam revealed her body-mass index (BMI) was in the 35-40 range (considered obese), and she suffered from sleep apnea, a dangerous weight-related breathing disorder. “People often think only morbidly obese people are candidates for bariatric surgery, but moderately overweight people with other medical conditions also can benefit,” says bariatric surgeon Jonathan Perry, MD, with LVPG Surgery–Health & Wellness Center in Hazle Township and Lehigh Valley Institute

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for Surgical Excellence. Guided by bariatric coordinator Brenda Derr, Tejeda entered a six-month pre-surgery program that included nutrition classes and behavioral health sessions. In October 2018, she underwent gastric sleeve surgery, a minimally invasive procedure that removes approximately 80 percent of the stomach where the hormone that stimulates hunger (ghrelin) is produced. Complete metamorphosis Since surgery, everything has changed. Tejeda now weighs 140 pounds, and her sleep apnea has disappeared. Nutrition sessions before and after surgery with registered dietitian nutritionist Molly Sweeney, RDN, helped Tejeda revamp her diet. She now eats

more vegetables, fruit and protein, and limits carbohydrates, particularly the rice she once served at every meal. She has more energy and confidence, and regularly exercises, including long bike rides with her kids. “Eufemia is a poster child for successful bariatric surgery,” Perry says. “To get the full benefits you have to also change your diet and lifestyle. She’s doing everything right.” Tejeda is especially grateful to her bariatric team. “They supported me all the way,” she says. “If I’d known my life was going to change so much, I would have done this long ago.” Want to learn more about weight loss surgery? Attend a local info session. Call 888402-LVHN to learn more.

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portal. You can create a MyLVHN account at MyLVHN.org or receive a link following an LVPG office visit. MyLVHN Helps You: • Schedule an appointment • View test results • Review your health information • Send a secure message to your provider/care team • Pay a medical bill • Have an LVHN Video Visit How to Sign Up for MyLVHN 1. Instant activation (within 24 hours of LVPG visit): Follow link sent by email within 24 hours to reach a sign-up form. 2. Activation with code: On MyLVHN.org or MyLVHN app, select “Sign Up Now.” Add your MyLVHN activation code (find it on after visit summary), along with requested information. 3. Activation without code: On MyLVHN.org or app, select “Sign Up Now.” Complete required information. (Required info is marked with red asterisks.*) Visit lvhn.org/mylvhn for more information.


Are Your Lungs Trying To Tell You Something? (Family Features) Do you get short of breath doing daily activities? Feel like you're unable to take deep breaths? Are you constantly coughing or wheezing? If you said yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a serious, potentially devastating lung disease also known as chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Though it's easy to think of these symptoms as just part of "getting older'' or as problems that come with allergies, often they are not. Nearly 16 million people in the United States are currently living with a COPD diagnosis, and millions more don't know they have it. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability. In people with COPD, the airways that carry air in and out of the lungs become partially blocked, which makes it increasingly difficult to breathe. If left undetected, the disease can greatly affect your quality of life and your ability to complete even ordinary daily activities. COPD often occurs in people who have a history of smoking or long-term exposure to secondhand smoke and other lung irritants, such as air pollution, chemical fumes, and dusts from the environment or workplace. While COPD develops slowly and worsens over time, its symptoms can be treated and its progression can be slowed, which is why early detection and treatment are so important. If you are noticing any issues with your breathing, talk to your health care provider about getting tested for COPD. The sooner you get a diagnosis, the sooner treatment can begin. Your provider will design a treatment plan to help address your symptoms and improve your lung function and quality of life. The key to keeping COPD at bay is to understand and recognize the signs and symptoms early and discuss them with your health care provider. Through educational efforts like the Learn More Breathe Better program (https://www. nhlbi.nih.gov/breathebetter), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute shares valuable information about the symptoms of COPD, as well as how to diagnose and treat it. With these tools, those living with COPD can effectively manage the disease, and those who have symptoms can find the support and assistance they need.

Neuropathy And Therapeutic Laser At DeJesus Family Chiropratic by Dr. Rowena De Jesus, De Jesus Family Chiropractic Center Laser therapy is nothing new, it’s been used and heavily researched in Europe as a primary treatment for pain since the 1970’s. Class IV lasers were cleared by the FDA in 2003 for use for relief of muscle and joint aches, pain and stiffness; relaxation of muscles and muscle spasms; temporary increase in local blood circulation; and relief of pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. Since then, many other conditions have been approved for treatment due to the tremendous amount of research done the last decade. One of the most promising outcomes has been with neuropathy patients. Disorders of the nervous system and/or nerve damage may cause neuropathic pain, a type of burning, shooting pain often severe and chronic. Diabetic neuropathy arises when high blood glucose levels erode the integrity of nerves and blood vessels. People receiving chemotherapy may also suffer peripheral neuropathy when taking powerful, anti-carcinogenic medications. Although chemotherapy is essential for eradicating cancer cells and tumors, it can have a medically negative affect on nerves connecting the spinal cord to organs, skin and muscles. Class IV Lasers increase cellular metabolic activity while improving transport of nutrients in and out of a cell's membrane. By

triggering production of ATP (a chemical necessary for cell health), Laser therapy works to relieve nerve inflammation, reduce neuropathic pain and facilitate blood flow throughout the affected area. In addition, ongoing clinical research shows the Summus K-Laser to be a safe and effective treatment for diabetic neuropathy, chemotherapy-related neuropathy and many other chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, Bell's Palsy and plantar fasciitis. At De Jesus Family Chiropractic, we are proud to be on the medical technological forefront by offering Laser Therapy. We have invested in the very best technology as a key component of our continuing quest to offer you the finest in health care. If you or a loved one suffers from pain, call our office at (570) 708-2228 and schedule a free consultation to find out whether laser therapy may be helpful for your condition. We are in the Life Expression Wellness Center in Sugarloaf.

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Dental Benefits: End Of Year Utilization by Frank Glushefski, D.M.D. Now that Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas and New Years are fast approaching our calendars are filling with obligations. Extra time is now at a premium and the last thing going through our minds is dental insurance and additional appointments prior to the year end.

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


lowing year. Rather, it is removed from your annual benefit package and is unable to be utilized by you, the insured. 5) Due to the rising costs of dentistry and healthcare in general, annual fee increases are necessary and occur most commonly on January 1 of every year. This will result in more out-of-pocket expense to you and may make your copay increase accordingly. 6) If you participate in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) you must utilize the pre-tax dollars you have contributed by the end of the year or you forfeit the amount. Many patients use FSA money for their dental care. As part of our continued commitment to providing our patients with exceptional dental care, we wish to ensure them that they receive all the benefits to which they are entitled. So why not visit your dentist now and start the New Year off with a healthy smile? On behalf of myself and my staff, we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please visit our website at www.toothdocpa.com. Should you have insurance coverage questions, or wish to schedule an appointment call us today at (570)443-9892.

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What’s Happening At Providence Place Drums? November 2019 Upcoming Events at Providence Place Drums Reserve your spot today! • Monday, Dec. 2nd – Entertainment – Christmas Show presented by Glenn Faul – 2:30pm – dining room • Tuesday, Dec. 3rd – Entertainment by “Tanya & Marge” – 2:30pm – connections neighborhood • Wednesday, Dec. 4th – Entertainment by St. Ann’s Band – 6:30pm – dining room • Thursday, Dec. 5th – Entertainment by “Windfall” – 2:30pm – dining

room • Thursday, Dec. 5th – Most Precious Blood Players Christmas Show – 7:00pm – dining room • Sunday, Dec. 8th – “Tip Tap Toe” Holiday Dance Recital – 2:00pm – connections neighborhood • Monday, Dec. 9th – Entertainment by “Gary Dee” – 2:30pm – dining room • Tuesday, Dec. 10th – Entertainment by Glenn Miller – 10:00am – connections neighborhood • Friday, Dec. 13th – Good Shepard Church Children’s Christmas Program – 7:00pm – dining room • Saturday, Dec. 14th – Christmas Carols with Noreen Gregory – 2:00pm – dining room

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• Sunday, December 15th – Entertainment by Greg Palmer – 2:30pm – dining room • Monday, December 16th - Holiday Open house 6-8pm. Everyone Welcome, Please RVSP to Barbara by 12/9 at 570-788-7555 • Wednesday, Dec. 18th – Entertainment by John Stevens’ Polka Band – 2:30pm – connections neighborhood • Thursday, Dec. 19th – Entertainment by Jimmy Edwards – 6:30pm – dining room • Saturday, Dec. 21st – Entertainment by George Rittenhouse – 6:30pm – dining room • Monday, Dec. 23rd – Entertainment by John Cosentini – 6:30pm – dining room • Tuesday, Dec. 24th – Christmas Program by “Dedra & Al” – 2:30pm – dining room • Saturday, Dec. 28th – Entertainment by “Sheila Mark” – 2:30pm – connections neighborhood • Tuesday, Dec. 31st – New Year’s Eve Party – Entertainment by pianist Paul Oschal – 2:00pm – 2nd floor • Rosary & Communion – 1st Wednesday of the Month – 10:30am – dining room; 2nd, 3rd & 4th Wednesday of the Month – 10:00am – chapel; Every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month – 1:45pm – chapel • Providence Place Choir Performances – Every Sunday at 1:00pm – chapel Connections November saw our residents out and about enjoying the fall foliage. A trip to the Jim Thorpe train station was exciting for them as they rolled through the country side taking in the sites and then enjoying lunch at a local business afterwards. We also were busy honoring our Veterans for serving our Country, giving back to them a small token of our appreciation by acknowledging our freedom is due to their service, with a celebration. Gearing up for the Holidays with family and friends, we are beginning to prepare for our Holiday Open House on December 16th 6-8pm, everyone is welcome to attend! Please feel free to stop by we are always open and welcoming visitors. Providence Place strives to deliver superior quality senior living that is surprisingly affordable. Providence Place offers Independent Living, Personal Care, and Memory Support in a Secured Environment.


Common Beauty Mistakes by James Deom OD MPH FAAO, Hazleton Eye Specialists

(NAPS)—Ninety percent of Raynaud’s sufferers don’t seek treatment and too many physicians pay short shrift to those who do,” says Lynn Wunderman, founder and chair of the Raynaud’s Association. Learn more, including how you can help, at www.raynauds.org. If you have high blood pressure, consult your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of over-the-counter medicines. Some pain relievers and cold and flu medications may raise blood pressure. Always read medication labels and discuss alternative pain, fever or cold medicine with your doctor.

With the holidays coming, many of us may be buying beauty products for ourselves or others. Here are some ingredients to avoid when looking for products as they can cause eye irritation. • Sodium Laurel Sulfate • Phenoxyethanol • Triretinoin (Retin-A) • BAK • DMDM-Hydantoin • Quaternium-15 • Imidazolidnyl Urea • Diazolidinyl Urea • Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-diol • Parabens Beauty products are unfortunately not regulated by the FDA, therefore it is important for the consumer to avoid these ingredients in order to prevent problems like chronic dry eye disease or ocular infection. Now that we know some of the ingredients to avoid, let’s list other beauty mistakes to avoid:

• Using Waterproof Eye Makeup • Having eyeliner tattooed or lining the eye’s waterline • Getting eyelash extension or having lashes permed or tinted • Applying over the counter eyelash growth serums • Using Botox-In-A-Jar or getting Botox for “crow’s feet” • Retin-A use • Applying loose eye shadow or glitter • Sharing makeup • Not replacing make-up or cleaning applicators regularly • Using harsh make-up removers or not removing make-up nightly • Chronic Visine use • Buying colored contacts online If you are currently making these mistakes and need guidance with your beauty products or practices, please contact our doctors at Hazleton Eye Specialists for advice.

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How To Get Rid Of Shoulder Pain Naturally Even With A Rotator Cuff Tear by Ting Oh, PT, Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers One of the more common problems we see in our clinic is people with shoulder pain as around 70% of people will get it at some stage. It can cause you to have troubles lifting your arm, reaching behind your back and when sleeping. Most people do 1 of 3 things when they get shoulder pain. One, they ignore it, two they take medication such as Advil or Tylenol or 3 they get an injection. Some people are able to get out of pain doing this but many are not as these options do not fix the cause, they just cover up the symptoms.

To truly manage shoulder pain, you need to try and address what caused it in the first place. There are many causes of pain such as arthritis, bursitis and tendon tears and the good news is that shoulder pain is something that can be managed without injections or surgery. Even when you have a rotator cuff tear, there is a 75% chance you can get better without surgery. How do you do this? On Saturday January 11 @ 10am FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Center will be

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Stay Healthy During Promise Me, Never To Put Me In A Nursing Home! The Holidays (BPT) - Holiday travel, endless parties and hours waiting in long shopping lines can take a toll on your health. As the season ramps up, it's a great time to take some steps to support your immune system for extra protection. These common-sense health tips can go a long way toward keeping yourself healthy this holiday season. Wash (and watch) your hands Something as simple as hand-washing is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of germs. Hands can spread germs to people and things. A good wash requires at least twenty seconds of vigorous rubbing, using soap and warm water. If you can't get to a sink, a backup is hand sanitizer with alcohol in it. It's also best to keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Emphasize healthy habits Drink plenty of water and get your sleep and exercise. Studies show that all of these activities help prevent our bodies from getting run down. And when you're run down, you are more susceptible to illness. Make time to: • Stay hydrated by drinking six to eight glasses of fluid - preferably water - daily. • Getting enough sleep is crucial to a healthy body and immune system. For most adults, eight hours of sleep is considered the norm. You'll need all the rest you can get in between ugly sweater parties. • Exercise regularly. Pop into that new spin studio, stream a yoga workout from your living room or take a brisk walk. Research shows a link between moderate, regular exercise and a strong immune system. Add supplements to your routine For an extra level of protection year-round, supplement your diet with a personalized vitamin regimen. "Most people don't eat right 100% of the time. Supplementation can help you fill those nutrient gaps," said Kerry Grann, principal research scientist, Amway Research & Development. Nutrilite developed individual MyPack supplement packets to provide the optimal blend of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. They offer a personalized, simple and convenient experience to help you fill nutrient gaps with men's and women's packs or address specific needs, such as immunity, focus and energy. The Immunity Pack is especially helpful this time of year. Use these tips to help you stay healthy this holiday season and keep these healthy habits all year long.

by John Degenhart, DC It’s a heartbreaking scene. People are living longer, and the older generation took care of the aging relatives in their homes. And I’ll agree, there is no place like home. So they just assumed as they got older, their children would take care of them in their home. But time has a way of changing things. Let’s look at both side of the coin. 60 year-old people will tell me they work full-time and are busy raising some of their kids and grandchildren. They love their elderly parent, but they are too busy to visit or take care of them as much as is needed. So they feel a facility is safer and has more activities. But to an older person, one word explains their attitude—INDEPENDENCE! They cherish what we take for granted. To eat when they want, or not to be tied down to a schedule, they would rather just stay at home. Deep down, they tell me, “I feel like I loved and sacrificed for my children for all these years, now is their time to love me back. If they really loved me, they wouldn’t put me in a facility”. They felt one step was in the grave when their driving privileges were taken away. Now they feel a facility is just a place for them to wait to die. Remember every person is different. Some people thrive in a facility because they could interact with others more than in their own home. But some people want to just stay in their home. So I think the key is commu-

nication. To sit down and discuss the various options. If an elderly parent is still mentally and physically sound, and the kids are too busy to be there as much as they need to be, and if there are funds available, I think a compromise is best. So try to do what the parent prefers, if possible. An elderly sound person should put their foot down, they have rights and say, “I want to stay home until I’m unable to care for myself ”. But they have to compromise and let the family hire professional help to come to the home. In this way, the elderly parent has their independence and is at home and the family can visit when their schedule allows it. Yet the family is at ease because mom or dad is safe and taken care of so they can still work, raise kids, and have a life. I pray my elderly people reading this prepare their minds because ultimately, one day, they won’t be able to cook, bathe, or dress themselves. Then they should not make their kids feel guilty if they are placed in a facility. So rather than saying, “promise me, never to put me in a nursing home”, maybe they will say, “If the time comes that you have to put me in a nursing home, just don’t forget about me. Visit me, take me out for events”. Let these last years between family members be of safety, love and understanding. “Love on another as I have loved you”.

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Dr. Eugene Stish, M.D..................................... 57 Dr. Frank Glushefski, D.M.D.......................... 60 Elsen's Company & Jewelers............................ 34 Fellin's Jeweler's................................................. 29 Frankie's Pizzeria & Restaurant........................ 26 Fratelli's Italian Pizza......................................... 13 Freeland YMCA................................................ 23 Fritzingertown Senior Living............................ 54 Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center................... 64 Gino's Shoes...................................................... 23 Good Shepherd Church................................... 20 Gould's Shursave............................................... 31 Greenview Meats.............................................. 33 Hazle Park Quality Meats................................. 11 Hazleton Eye Specialists.................................... 63 Hazleton Professional Plaza.............................. 61 Hazleton Public Transit..................................... 49 Heights Terrace Pharmacy................................ 55 Hometown Farmer's Market............................ 14 Honest Abe's Tax Service..................Calendar, 47 Horizons ........................................................... 41 Houck Homes, Inc........................................... 51 Jimbo's Party Beverage...................................... 30 John's Church Hill Family Restaurant............. 22 Jon-David & Helen's Hair Salon..................... 20 Koch Farm Services........................................... 33 Last Call Paul's.................................................. 29 Lehigh Valley Health Network........................... 3 Lombardo's Flooring & Office Products.......... 17 Mahoning Valley Orthopedics............................ 2 Majestic House Apartments............................. 49 Mamma Millie's Bakery................................... 23 Marchetti Hardware.......................................... 23 Mauch Chunk Opera House............................ 41 Maylath Valley Health Systems........................ 67 Medical Offices @ 1090................................... 16

1. Jingle Bells 2. 1870 3. Italy 4. Doppler 5. Père Noël 6. Denmark 7. Theodore Roosevelt 8. Twelve 9. Finland 10. Bethlehem 11. Silver 12. Coca-Cola

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Mid-Penn Bank................................................ 46 Mike's Seafood.................................................. 34 Milk House Creamery...................................... 33 Miller Auto Body.............................................. 50 Milstein Dermatology......................................... 2 Mountain Statuary & Stone............................. 33 Nationwide-Urenovich Insurance Agency........ 50 Naturally Yours - The Organic Shop................ 41 Nature's Trail..................................................... 41 Pavlick & Boyle Dentistry................................ 56 Peaceful Therapeutic Massage........................... 25 Pepper Jack's Craft's On The Farm.................. 13 Perfect Balance Boutique.................................. 13 Power House Restaurant /Ovalon Bar & Grill.... 28 Providence Place................................................ 62 Quiet Valley Living Historic Farm.................... 17 R Berger Auctions............................................. 33 Ron Myers Water Well Drilling........................ 52 Rossi Coal Company........................................ 52 Sacco Chiropractic............................................ 27 S.J. Kowalski, Inc.............................................. 67 S.T.S. Schuylkill County Transportation Authority.... 29 Senape's Bakery................................................. 30 SJM Auto Sales................................................. 10 Smith Floral Company..................................... 12 Smith Health Care............................................ 64 Standard Drug Store......................................... 62 T & L Pierogie Shop........................................... 5 Tarone Brothers Super Market...............Calendar The Amish Pantry............................................. 23 The Beacon Diner............................................. 32 The Cheese Store & More................................ 36 The Eighty's Bar On Broadway........................ 41 The Kitchen Gallery & Design Center............. 52 The Laurel Mall................................................... 7 The Laurels Senior Living Community............ 58 The Lazy Dog Salon.......................................... 33 The Lookout House.......................................... 25 The Nature & Discovery Store......................... 29 The Small Car Center....................................... 50 The Ten Pin Lounge @ Bowl Arena................. 29 The Treasure Shop............................................. 41 The U.P.S. Store #5937..................................... 23 Top Of The 80's................................................ 22 Tunnessen Radiator, Inc.................................... 14 Two Italian Guys Pizzeria.................................. 34 Valley Pizza & Subs........................................... 32 Vito's Coal Fired Pizza...................................... 36 Vito's Lawn Care.............................................. 27 West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital.................. 44 Whispering Pines.............................................. 45 Zanolini Nursery............................................... 35


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