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020 Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori 026 Forgotten NEPA Sluggers: Buck Freeman and Harry Lumley by Rev. Connell McHugh 037 Effects Of Potholes On Our Vehicles by Tom R. Buff


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To our Panorama Family of readers and valued advertisers… we understand that this is a difficult time for everyone. With that said, we want you to know that we are planning to publish our magazine as usual and maintain our normal schedule as best we can by working from home. In order to keep our community and employees safe, we are limiting our distribution locations for our April issue. Please keep in mind, although we are publishing our normal amount of copies, the page count will be less than usual. The April issue will be out on schedule to all our high traffic locations that remain open, such as: • Boyer’s – All Locations • Gould’s Supermarket • Carone’s Market – Freeland & Mountain Top • Tarone’s Supermarket • Hazle Park Quality Meats • Greenview Meats • Height’s Terrace Pharmacy • Valley Pharmacy • Waschko’s Pharmacy • Standard Drug Pharmacy • S.T.S. Schuylkill County Transportation in Pottsville • Weis Markets in Mountain Top

• White Haven Market • Fuel On in Drums • Dollar General in Weatherly • Hazleton Public Transit Any other advertiser’s wishing to have magazines, please email your advertising representative and arrangements can be made on an individual basis. As I write this article, things are changing on a daily basis and this pandemic will get worse before it gets better. However, I believe there has never been an adversity or challenge put forth to the American people that has not been met with resolve to overcome. I’m positive that by all of us coming together and doing our part by staying home and following our Governments recommendations/enforcements, we as a Nation will get through this stronger than ever. Below, are a few quotes of inspiration that have helped me and may help you: “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself." – FDR “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never loose infinite hope.” - MLK, Jr.

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Vito’s Lawn Care: 38 Years Of Serving The Community by Frank Vito, Vito’s Lawn Care Growing up in a small family I have always had my own vision of owning and operating a landscaping company. I loved having an eye for detail and making something look its best and stay that way. I started off small and simple with just the necessary tools to do the job. As time went on my brother in law Joe also known as “Lefty” became my right-hand man. We worked tirelessly on perfecting our business and expanding our

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It's Spring Cleaning Time! Remember To Dust Your Ducts (NAPSI)—When you breathe a sigh of relief after giving your home its annual thorough cleaning, you may be breathing in more dust, dirt, and pollution than you realize—unless you’ve also gotten the HVAC system cleaned. A Hidden Problem Through normal living, people generate a great deal of contaminants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These get pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated five to seven times a day, on average. Over time, this causes a build-up of dirt in the duct work. Some people are more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly, tend to be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help address. Also, some homes may be more susceptible to certain pollutants, including places with pets, smokers, or remodeling projects. An Answer Fortunately, it’s easy to deal with. The experts at the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) say HVAC systems should be inspected and cleaned regularly by a reputable, certified HVAC professional. The ones who are NADCA members possess general liability insurance, are trained and tested regularly, sign on to a code of ethics, and must clean and restore your heating and cooling system in accordance with NADCA standards, so they provide a high level of security. Learn More For further facts on having healthy air in a healthy home, visit www. To find a NADCA member nearby, go to en/prosearch/all and enter your zip code.

We Will Be Here To Take Care Of Your HVAC And Plumbing Needs by The Experts at S.J. Kowalski With continuous news and information releases about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the top of our minds, we want to let you know that we will still be here to take care of all your HVAC and plumbing needs. We are here to serve you, but with safeguards in place for us all. We want to let you know that we are taking proactive steps to minimize any risks to our customers, employees and the community we serve. Our top concern is the overall health and wellness of all. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor environments are 2-5 times as polluted as the air outdoors, and occasionally up to 100 times as polluted. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental dangers facing our planet. As you take the appropriate precautions to stay safe and healthy you will be spending more time indoors and the quality of the indoor air becomes more and more important to your health and well-being. We are especially proud to offer the Air Scrubber by Aerus with certified space age technology.

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MASTER GARDENER: Hardening Off Plants by Mary Ann Miller, Master Gardener

I like to grow some of my summer plants from seed indoors so that I have more choices when selecting varieties. It’s also cheaper than buying plants – and fun because you get to start growing even before the weather warms. I encourage germination by planting in a good seed-starting planting medium and using a heated seed mat to provide the proper temperature. Once the seedlings emerge, I transplant them to larger containers when their first true leaves appear, keep the soil properly moist, use plant lights to encourage sturdy growth, and fertilize when necessary. In short, I coddle my plants for the first several weeks. Transplants purchased from garden centers are similarly cared for when young, even though growers provide better growing conditions with more light and air circulation than home gardeners can

offer. Moving from a protected environment to the great outdoors can be rough, and young plants need a period of “hardening off” to help them make the transition. Sunlight is much more intense than grow lights and can sunburn leaves. Spring winds can tear leaves and blow dirt particles against the plants, damaging the delicate plant tissue and causing moisture loss. (One year we had exceptionally strong wind the day after I planted young lettuce, and it ripped off all the leaves. I had to replant.) Cooler temperatures and less water also stress young plants. If they are not given a period of gradual introduction to the rigors of the outdoors, their growth may be stunted. How does hardening off help plants? It slows plant growth and causes plant cell walls to thicken. Stems develop more lignin and grow stronger. Succulent young leaves become harder and waxier, reducing




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water loss. The amount of freeze-prone water in the plant is reduced. Stored food reserves (carbohydrates) in plant tissue increases, and root development is stimulated.

Keeping in mind the temperature requirements of individual plants, you should harden them off about two weeks before planting by gradually introducing them to the outdoors. Begin by placing them in a shady area protected from wind. Give them only a few hours of exposure the first day and then gradually extend the time they are outdoors and increase their exposure to sunlight. Water them less frequently, but do not allow the plants to wilt. Wind will sap them of moisture very quickly, so be especially careful on windy days. Do not fertilize during the hardening off process. Do not leave plants outside if the temperature drops below 45° or it is excessively windy. After several days, plants can be left outdoors overnight if the temperature remains above 50°. When warm weather arrives, I’m eager to get my plants into the garden. Some years I’ve given inadequate time to hardening them off, and I always regret it. Their growth is slowed; leaves are lighter in color and often exhibit sunburn; stem strengthening and root development are slowed. Even very sturdy plants purchased from garden centers may require some additional hardening off before planting. Even though plants may be outside and in full sun, ask the grower if they have been hardened when you purchase them. To learn more about the hardening off process, call Penn State Extension Luzerne County (570-825-1701) or see the following websites: and https://plantvillage.psu. edu/posts/3406-general-best-method-forhardening-off-plants-in-spring

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Beautify Your Home While Saving Money With A New Garage Door provided by F & L Doors Inc. We all love to save money and, now that spring has finally arrived, we’re looking to beautify our homes, too. You can do both by purchasing a new garage door. “A new garage door not only improves the curb appeal of your home, but it can also save you money by reducing your home heating costs,” said Brian Lucas, president of F&L Doors, the area’s premier garage door installation and service company, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. While F&L Doors offers several types of garage doors, Lucas said a carriage house style door incorporates everything you’d expect from a garage door at an affordable price. Whether you choose a door shaped from steel and embossed with a natural wood grain finish or one that replicates the beauty of rich, natural wood, you’ll get an exceptional garage door that sets the stage for the rest of your home. If you live in a house with an attached garage, an insulated raised panel garage door will provide you with many ben-

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efits, including energy efficiency. Insulated doors create a barrier that keeps the cold air out and helps you regulate the air inside your garage which, in turn, results in only warmer air entering your home from the garage and reduces the burden on your heating unit. While it’s important to get a good deal when you’re making a purchase, it’s equally critical to buy from a reputable factory-authorized dealer who stands by their product, Lucas explained. “F&L Doors has been selling, installing and servicing quality name-brand garage doors since 1970. We offer the best of both worlds: attractive pricing and outstanding customer service for years to come,” Lucas said. “From choosing the best garage door, to making emergency repairs quickly, you can rely on our professional team.” F&L Doors is proud of its reputation for quality and dependable service and offers an extended one-year labor guarantee on all of their garage doors. “Our reputation is on the line with every purchase, and that’s something I take very seriously,” said Lucas. Call F&L Doors at 570-454-7254 or 800-344-3667 and they’ll discuss garage door solutions that will also meet your budget. Visit F&L Doors at for tips on choosing a garage door.

Destress By Bringing The Outdoors In (BPT) - The EPA reports we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, but most people feel that spending time in nature has a positive effect on their mental well-being and stress level, according to a recent YouGov study commissioned by Velux. So, if your goal is to de-stress, here are some healthy behaviors and design tips to help you bring nature's sanctuary indoors. 1) Fill your home with photos of nature. Surrounding yourself with images of nature can have a positive effect on wellness. Try framing some photos of special memories in nature like a hike with your family, beach sunset or mountain view. 2) Let in more fresh air and natural light. Today's homes are built tighter and more sealed, which means they can trap toxins from daily living - such as cooking, cleaning, pets and more - inside. Adding skylights that can open is a simple home renovation project to improve fresh air flow, helping rid indoor air of pollutants. Additionally, studies show that exposure to natural light helps to sync your circadian rhythm, allowing for better sleep at night. 3) Fill your home with natural scents. Up your chef game by using fresh herbs in your cooking that will fill your kitchen with natural fragrance. Making an indoor herb garden ensures you'll always have some on hand. You can also incorporate fresh herbs into bouquets or wreaths for a natural air freshener throughout your home. 4) Meditate or do yoga in the morning. Waking up with stretching or meditating is a great way to prepare yourself for a successful day. Open the blinds or curtains on your windows and skylights to let in early morning light and help you feel invigorated and refreshed. 5) Go green with your décor. Reap the benefits of nature by bringing it inside, adding greenery or even fruit into your décor. The possibilities are endless - use a bowl of fresh fruit as a centerpiece or mix different sizes of pots to create a succulent gallery. Little touches of green in each room will go a long way. 6) Use natural cleaning products. Many

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5 Tips For Better Home Safety This Spring (Family Features) As people become more active during the warmer months, keeping home safety top of mind can sometimes go by the wayside. However, when it comes to fire and carbon monoxide safety, you can never be too prepared. Whether you are just beginning to take a stronger safety-first approach or looking to upgrade existing home safety equipment, keep these tips in mind as you spruce up your home for the season. • Don't Just Check Batteries, Check the Alarm. It's a good idea to review your safety equipment and ensure everything is in good working order at least a couple times each year. For example, every type of smoke alarm must be completely replaced every 10 years whether it's hardwired into your home or operates on a battery. New smoke alarms commonly come with built-in 10-year batteries, meaning no battery changes, but it's a good idea to test the units regularly. In fact, most manufacturers recommend weekly. You can also use this time to double-check the gauge on your fire extinguishers, replace batteries in flashlights,

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Hot Trends In Kitchen Remodeling (BPT) - Year after year, the most popular home improvement project for American families remains the same: remodeling the kitchen. Today, kitchen makeovers are more ambitious than ever, with homeowners willing to spend larger budgets to upgrade both the aesthetics and the functionality of what is, after all, the most used room in the house. "Many architects, designers and homeowners are specifying hardwood as an essential part of any kitchen refresh," notes Linda Jovanovich, of the American Hardwood Information Center. "That's because wood not only offers a wide variety of looks and design possibilities, it also exemplifies the kind of material today's environmentally conscious consumer wants: One that's renewable, sustainable, plentiful, durable and easy to work with - all of which makes it an excellent return on investment." Replacing tired old kitchen cabinets with stylish new ones is a favorite starting point, but there are several strategies to help maximize their impact. "I like to specify one type of wood for an entire kitchen - cabinetry, furniture, millwork and flooring - but use different stains and

finishes on each element," says New York designer Laura Bohn. "That creates visual interest without losing a sense of overall unity." In one all-walnut kitchen project, for instance, Bohn painted the Shaker-style cabinets a putty tone for a serene background. But she stained the wideplank floor a darker shade than the granite-top island so that the latter stands out like a beautiful piece of furniture. In a similar vein, a recently completed 1920's Bungalow house renovation had quarter-sawn white oak used throughout for floors, interior doors and kitchen cabinets. While the floorboards were lightly white-washed and given a protective coating to create the look of bare wood, the base cabinets, supplied by Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry, received a slightly darker cerused finish just different enough to distinguish them from the rest of the woodwork. The oak wall cabinets were painted white to match the kitchen's shiplap ceiling. "It's peaceful rather than exciting," said the homeowner. "And that's exactly what we wanted." If you're after a livelier effect, you might consider another emerging trend: mixing

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up wood species and cabinet-door styles. Wellborn Cabinets demonstrated this strategy at a recent kitchen and bath show where their Rustic Global Spice Kitchen incorporated not only two types of hardwood - oak and maple - but also three door styles each with its own stain. "To make this look succeed, you or your designer will need to find common stylistic threads running through the various elements - underlying kinships of shape, color, texture and proportion that will pull the disparate parts together into a unified whole," advises San Antonio-based designer Melissa Morgan. "It's takes a certain amount of confidence, but the results can be spectacular." Visit for more about kitchen remodeling and other applications and products using American hardwoods.

Jobs In America: Ten Great Gigs For Boomers (NAPSI)—For Baby Boomers looking to keep active, supplement their income, meet people and learn new things, the gig economy is a major boon. What’s more, many of these jobs can be done remotely. Consider these popular gigs suggested by Mark Silverman, Founder and CEO, of Amava, a website dedicated to keeping members active and socially engaged through flexible jobs, volunteer gigs, unique experiences and services. According to Silverman, “to take advantage of the gig economy, consider your skills, passions, time and financial requirements.” • Enjoy wine? Hello, Tasting Host. Winemakers want to create a pleasant environment for guests and need the right person to host tastings. • Get paid to play with pups. A love for dogs and a willingness to take care of one or more at home or in other people’s homes equals a great opportunity. Workers set hours and pay and, perhaps best of all, spend time with dogs. • Support a student as a tutor. Guide someone’s educational journey in-person or online. • A technical writer. Many industries are looking for strong writers able to simplify complex information. • Looking for a new way to apply those training or teaching skills? What about as a software onboarding guide? The hours are flexible and the work is largely remote though the social engagement is high.

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Rejected Refunds Take 6 weeks? by Alice Horton, CEO, Honest Abe’s Taxes When you direct deposit your refund to a bank or prepaid debit card you normally receive it a week earlier than if you get a paper check mailed to you. However, if the direct deposit is “rejected”, the banking

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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori Japanese Anime For Collectors by Lori Verderame As Tokyo, Japan prepares to host the world at the 2020 Olympic Games with a new tourism ad campaign of Asian art and antiques juxtaposed with contemporary art, visitors to the Olympic Games will be struck by the importance of animation art or anime in the bustling Asian city. For collectors, anime has a long history and great appeal. While the first Japanese animated film, The Story of the Concierge Mukuzo Imokawa was produced by Hekoten Shimokawa in 1917, the popular animated TV series called Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka (Japanese, 1928-1989, a.k.a. The Father of Manga) prompted the rise of commercial animation in Japan with its initial 1963 broadcast. Through the late 20th Century original Japanese anime was based on comics and fairy tales like Anpanman, Crayon Shinchan, and Space Battleship Yamato among others. The 1990s saw animation change from cel to digital animation techniques with recent examples like Knights of Sidonia and Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter. Over the last ten years since 2010, full length feature animated films were all the rage like Detective Conan and Your Name crushing box office sales records. In 2017, Japanese animation earned almost 1 trillion Japanese yen or 9,134,000,000.00 US dollars

in mixed media range in value from $500 to $2,500.00. For instance, a 2012 KAWS Astro Boy (Grey) painted cast vinyl figure in its original box by Medicom Toy and OriginalFake of Tokyo sold for $2,600 in a Chicago auction recently. If you are a visitor to Tokyo, you will have no problem experiencing anime. I was excited by the anime I experienced on my reTokyo tourism ad cam- Japanese anime serial cent trip there. Actually, paign poster. Photo Cred- magazine. Photo Credit: it: Staff photographer at Staff photographer at anime is basically everywhere. From public monuments like the Moin the world market, thus making the animat- bile Suit Gundam bronze statue near Kamied art form a major player in providing enter- Igusa station to the GeGeGe no Kitaro tea taining TV and internet content worldwide. shop near the entry gate at Jindai-ji Temple, For collectors, anime collectibles are animation art is highlighted throughout the doing well in the marketplace both nationally city. in Japan and on the international market too. Many enjoy the world of Hello For instance, a signed original illustration Kitty at Sanrio Puroland and the Hello Kitty drawing in marker of Astro Boy by Osamu and Shimajiro monuments at Tama cenTezuka, circa 1980 sells for $5,000. Other ter Shimajiro Square complete with related collectibles from a pair of sneakers to figures manhole cover designs featuring Hello Kitty holding an umbrella. Artists worldwide have the famous Japanese anime Hello Kitty THE SOPHIA COXE FOUNDATION made a household name. A Tom Sach’s sculpture 2207 ROUTE 940, DRIFTON, PA 18221 from 2001 depicts a seated Hello Kitty made of bondo, acrylic, and ink on bronze signed and numbered in an edition of 25 which sold for $20,000 at auction in New York city. If from 12 noon to 4 pm for a this is out of your price range, get your hands on a serial animated colored newsprint magazine from any Tokyo convenience store which will only set you back a few dollars. This is a beginners workshop,

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increase in exchange for information. • Call to demand an immediate payment. • Insist you pay a debt without the ability to appeal the amount you owe. • Require payment by retail gift card, pre-paid debit card, Internet currency, wire transfer, or by mailing cash. • Ask for your personal information. Scammers prey on your fears. The stories they tell you would scare anyone. No matter how horrible the story, if they do anything above, it’s a scam. What Should You Do? If you receive a suspicious call, the safest thing for you to do is: 1. Hang up! 2. Don’t share personal information or make a payment. 3. Report the scam to the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General at And, if you receive such threats via email, delete the e-mail and do not click on any links or download any attachments. Even if the

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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 activi-

ties 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

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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 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!

Joe Larock Recreation Field & Community Park Annual Event – Saturday, June 6th Donated by the Larock family, this park has been home to the Valley Chiefs mini football team for 40 years, and it is the only park in Sugarloaf. The park boasts a little league baseball field used by Valley West. There is also a softball field. We have a concession stand that the sports organizations open for games and some practices. The park also has a pavilion with picnic tables that can be rented for birthday parties or by organizations for outdoor meetings. Our park has a walking trail and an outdoor exercise area. Two tennis courts are available and are often used by local pickle ball players. Our playground offers equipment for toddlers to tweens.  The Sugarloaf Recreation Board is sponsoring Community Day at Joe Larock Recreation Field & Community Park on Saturday, June 6th from 10am to 3pm. This event is being held for a couple of reasons… first, we wanted a gathering that allows talented vendors and crafters to display and sell their products. We also wanted to give folks a chance to have a mini garage sale. As spread out at Sugarloaf is, sometimes it is difficult for people to attract buyers when having a garage sale. We are hoping that this event grows every year and attracts more sellers and buyers in the years to come. During this event, we will dedicate a new bridge in memory of Jack Wittig and a new bench in memory of Betty Margle. The Valley Vets will help us dedicate our flag.  The Valley Chiefs will offer drinks and snacks at the concession stand as well as games for the kids. We also welcome food trucks to join the event. The cost

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In Honor of Women: Gender Gaps At A Glimpse (NAPS)—As we honor America’s approximately 169 million women this month, let us keep in mind where progress has been made while also calling out where access to opportunities are still not equal. While women average fewer earnings than men—and women of color earn even less than that, according to the 2018 American Community Survey, single women own 1.5 million more homes than single men. Women are also seeing more success when it comes to managing their money. According to Fidelity Investments’ ‘Who’s the Better Investor, Men or Women 2017,’ women save more money than men and their investments also earn more money annually.

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However, despite these facts, women have typically had less access to tools that promote financial stability. Only one in three women own individual life insurance, according to LIMRA’s ‘Life Insurance Ownership in Focus, U.S. Personal Trends: 2016.’ Women are also 80 percent more likely to be impoverished in retirement (National Institute on Retirement Security 2016). Companies like Jenny Life are building financial products that help women and families gain equal access to tools promoting financial stability. For more facts and free resources visit and download the app on iOS and Google play.

Guard Your Pets Against Contagious Diseases And Parasites by Dr. Kenneth Trippett, West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital It was Ben Franklin who said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is rarely more true then when dealing with parasites and parasitic diseases in our pets.    As the weather warms, the biting insects return.  This represents a dangerous problem for all dogs.  A single mosquito bite can cause Heartworm infection in any dog.  Heartworm is almost always fatal without treatment and the treatment is very expensive.  Luckily, Heartworm Disease is easily prevented.  All dogs should be heartworm tested and started on a once per month heartworm preventive pill.  These pills are very safe for most dogs, and will also help prevent intestinal parasites as well.   Cats share some of these risks as well.  Even indoor cats can get intestinal parasites because some are spread by fleas, or can

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Forgotten NEPA Sluggers: Buck Freeman and Harry Lumley by Rev. Connell A. McHugh The Coal Region has had its share of outstanding Major League baseball players, especially pitchers. Stan Coveleski of Shamokin, Christy Mathewson of Factoryville and Ed Walsh of Palins are Hall of Famers. Bucky Harris who lived a good part of his life in Pittston and Hughie Jennings who lived in Pittston and Scranton were both infielders and Major League managers. Jennings had a career average of .312 and holds the record for RBIs in season without hitting a homerun – 121. Bucky Harris, who was born in Port Jervis, New York but grew up in Pittston, PA had a career batting average of .274 while playing second base but reached the Hall of Fame for his managerial skills. Nestor Chylak of Dunmore made the Hall of Fame as an umpire. My top two selections for Hall of Famers from the Coal Region who are not included are Steve O’Neill who was a top catcher for 17 years including being the backstop for the 1920 World Champion Cleveland Indians, who also had a fine career as a Manager including winning the World Series with Detroit and Jake Daubert of Shamokin, who played 9 seasons with the Brooklyn Superbas and 6 with Cincinnati garnering 2,326 career hits and a lifetime batting average of .303. Daubert won batting titles in 1913 and 1914 while hitting .350 and .329 respectively. In

addition, Daubert was considered the best fielding first baseman of the era he played in. He also was a fine baserunner. Steve O”Neill is among a short list of managers who skippered 10 years of more and never had a losing season. The players I wish to discuss in this article are not in the Hall of Fame but were among the best power hitters of their day. The players are Harry Garfield Lumley who wasborn in Forest City and John Frank “Buck” Freeman who was born in Catasqua, Pa. but moved to Wilkes Barre at age 8. Harry Lumley was born on September 29, 1880 and died on May 22, 1938 in Binghampton, New York. Lumley spent his entire career with the Brooklyn Superbas, an early name for the Dodgers. Lumley began his career in Rome, New York of the New York State League. He then played for St. Paul of the American Association where he led the circuit in homeruns with 18. Harry Lumley then went to Seattle of the Pacific Coast League where he led the League with a .383 average. Brooklyn then drafted him. In his rookie season, Lumley led the National both in triples with 18 and homers with 9 while batting .279. No rookie since Lumley has ever led the League in both homers and triples. While the 1904 rookie season

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of Lumley was spectacular, he also had a fine year in 1905 batting .293 with 10 triples and 7 homeruns. Lumley hit a career best in 1906 with a .324 average that included 12 triples and 9 homeruns. He also led the League in slugging percentage with a .477 mark.(We have to remember this was the deadball era). Lumley slumped to .267 in 1907 but had good power numbers with 11 triples and 9 homeruns and a .425 slugging average in 127 games. During these years, he was the most popular player on the Brooklyn team. Harry Lumley played his last full season in the National League ion 1908 batting only .216with 12 triples and 4 homeruns. In 55 games in 1909 and 8 games in 1910, Lumley failed to homer. Lumley also served as the manager of the Superbas in 1909. The Superbas went 55-98 under Lumley, a slight improvement over the previous season, but Lumley was not retained as a manager. Harry Lumley moved to Binghamton and served as a player manager for his hometown for several years. Binghamton played in the New York State League. He then operated the Terminal Café near what is now Binghamton Municipal Stadium. He kept his Café until 1937. Harry Lumley died a widower in 1938 without any children. In His prime, Harry Lumley was highly popular. In addition to his power bat, he also was a good defensive right fielder and a better than average baserunner attested to by the number of triples he hit. Injuries and somewhat of a weight problem cut his career short. I am fortunate to have two cards of Harry Lumley a 1904 Near Mint Fan Craze and a Very Good 1909 white border tobacco one. Northeastern Pa’s greatest slugger was John Frank “Buck” Freeman. Freeman was born ion Catasaqua, Pa on October 30, 1871 and moved to Wilkes Barre at age 8. He lived in Wilkes Barre until his death on June25, 1949. Freeman, who began his baseball career as a southpaw pitcher, was one of the top10 sluggers of his day. Buck Freeman actually went 3-2 for the Washington Senators at age 20 in 1891. He had not decisions in 1892 when it was decided he should concentrate on hitting. Freeman did not return to the Majors until the latter part of 1898 when he hit .364 in 107 at bats, good enough for him to earn the position of the regular right fielder for the Senators for 1899. He did not disappoint batting .318 with 25 homeruns, an unheard of number in the deadball era. The next highest total in the American League was 12 by Hall of Famer Bobby Wallace. Freeman also blasted 25 triples and knocked in 122runs. Washington folded in 1899, and Freeman signed with the

Boston Beaneaters of the National League. The Senators were also a National League team at that time. Buck Freeman hit .301 but his power numbers dropped to 6 homeruns and 65 RBIs in 117 games. Moreover his manager did not like him. This led Freeman to sign with Boston of the American League where he hit .340 with 12 homeruns, 114 RBIs and a .527 slugging average. The homerun total of 12 was second in the American league. In 1902 and 1903, Buck Freeman led the American League in RBIs with 121 and 104. He also led the American League in homeruns with 13 in 1902 and became the first Major League player to lead both Leagues in homeruns. In 1902, Freeman also had 39 doubles and 19 triples. Buck Freeman almost had identical numbers in doubles with 39 and triples with 20 in 1903. Buck Freeman’s last big year was 1904 when he led the American League in triples with 19. He also had 7 homeruns and 84 RBIs. Freeman only batted .240 and .250 in 1905 and 1906 with a drastic decline in power numbers. In 1907, Freeman only batted 11 times but did hit a homerun. Buck Freeman was regarded as the record holder for homeruns until a player by the name of Babe Ruth hit 29 in 1919. Freeman was a prominent force in leading Boston to the American League penant in 1903. They also won the World Series which was the best of 9 at that time. Buck Freeman went 9 for 32 in the only World Series he appeared in with 3 triples and 4 RBIs. He finished with a career average of .294 with 199 doubles, 131 triples and 4 RBIs. He finished with a career average of .294 with 199 doubles, 131 triples and 82 homeruns. He had a career slugging average of .462, great for the deadball era and a solid on base per-

centage of .346. Eric Enders of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) considered Freeman the real first homerun hitter in Major League history. Freeman was famous for swinging from the heels and for the fences almost every at bat. Many of his homeruns were of the tape measure variety. Freeman was a big homerun hitter while in the Minors. He broke the homerun record in the New England, Eastern and American Association Leagues. From 1899-1905, Freeman led all Major Leaguers in homeruns with 77, 28 more than that of his nearest rival, Hall of Famer Napoleon Lajoie. Like other Coal Region stars such as Stan Coveleski, Ed Walsh and Hughie Jennings, Freeman worked as a breaker boy beginning at age 8 when his family moved to Wilkes Barre. At age 12, he became a mule driver in the mines. After his retirement, Freeman worked a good number of years as a Minor League and Negro League umpire. He also scouted for the St. Louis Browns from 1926-33. Buck Freeman settled in the Georgetown section of Wilkes Barre and had 6 sons by his wife, the former Annie Kane. He was extremely popular in Wilkes Barre, especially with the young people who loved to listen to stories about his baseball career. During his baseball career and for a couple decades after it Freeman was so popular that every player with few exceptions named Freeman were nicknamed Buck. Buck Freeman died of a stroke in June 25, 1949 in Wilkes Barre and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery near Shavertown. Freeman, unlike many of the baseball players of his day, kept in great condition throughout his career. He would work out in a gym regularly in Wilkes Barre in the off season and frequently would run 12 miles a day.

I experienced real difficulty finding cards of Buck Freeman, even reprints. Probably the best bet of acquiring a Freeman card would be the Fan Craze one of 1906 worth about $60 in Excellent shape. Buck Freeman does appear in one of the earliest tobacco card sets called 1903-04 E107. The Freeman card in Excellent condition books for a cool $4,500 and in mint condition for $9,000 dollars! While Freeman’s career may be too short for Hall of Fame honors, in my opinion, his life would make a great baseball movie. References: • Standard Catalogue of Vintage Baseball Cards • The Baseball encyclopedia 9th Edition published by Macmillan • SABR article by Eric Enders on Buck Freeman • SABR article on Harry Lumley by Tom Simon • My own knowledge of Baseball and Baseball cards Fr. McHugh is very involved in New Testament Scriptures, has one of the best collections of high-end New Testament Scripture books and commentaries in Northeastern Pa. and frequently offers Scripture sessions in the area.

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36. Filled to overflowing 38. Import taxes 42. Ace place? 44. Excellence 45. Come together 48. Emotionally upset (2 wds) 50. Chief magistrate of Venice 51. Beth's preceder 53. "Beowulf," e.g. 55. Formerly known as 56. Earned 57. Amniotic ___ 59. Kind of control 61. Speak softly and carry a __. (2 wds) 63. Calmer 64. Kind of correspondence (3 wds) 65. One pushing gently 66. Cut 67. Directs Down 1. Mystical teachings based on Hebrew scriptures 2. Bug 3. Blood cancer 4. French novelist Pierre 5. African antelope 6. Easing of distress

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April 2020

April 10 Lehigh & Lausanne Rural Vol Fire Co. Haluski, Potato Cake & Annual Soup Sale, Friday, April 10 from Noon to 5pm. This will be Pre Order Only. Orders due by April 5th. Pick up in the Lower Lot of L & L Rural Vol Fire Co, 390 S. Lehigh Gorge Drive in Weatherly on April 10. Haluski Quart $7.00, Potato Soup Quart $7.00, Vegetable Noodle Quart $7.00. Potato Cake $1.00 each and choice of applesauce or sour cream. To Order call or text Donna @ 484-464-5438. Thank You For Your Support!

purchase. In addition to this evening of dancing and music, a tricky tray raffle with baskets and gift certificates donated by many local establishments will be conducted. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Drums Lioness Lions club’s various community service endeavors.

April 18 The Drums Lioness Lions Club is planning a Spring Dance Fundraiser in conjunction with A and M Ballroom Dance. The event will be held on Saturday, April 18 from 7:30 to 10pm at the Butler Township Fire Company Bar and Club Room. Cost is $15 per person, which includes a free dance lesson. Beginner dancers welcome. Tickets are available at the door.Food and drinks will be available for

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April 25 William Penn Fire Company Sportsman's Bingo, Saturday, April 25 at Wilburton Fire Company. Advanced Tickets Only! Call 570462-0338 for tickets and event info.

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The Rotary Club of Hazleton announces that applications for the annual Hazleton Rotary Technical Scholarship, are currently available on the Rotary Club website,, the Rotary Club of Hazleton Facebook page and the HAHS Guidance web site. When school resumes, they will be available in the Guidance Counselor offices. Applications should be returned on or before April 28 to high school guidance office or to Hazleton Rotary Scholarship, Attn: John Madden, 2 Ash Lane, Drums, PA 18222. Candidates may be of any age and must maintain good academic standing. Candidates must reside in the boundaries of the Hazleton Area School District. There will be one $1,000 scholarship awarded this year. Dependents of members of the Rotary Club of Hazleton are not eligible.

No. 9 Coal Mine And Museum Opening For The Season The No. 9 Coal Mine was first opened in 1855 by the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company. A large vein of Anthracite coal, known as the Mammoth Vein, was the main focus of mining operations in the Panther Valley. Early mining operations in the area were located in the town of Summit Hill, just above Lansford. As the mines in Summit Hill encountered ever increasing levels of groundwater, other methods needed to be employed to reach the coal. The No. 9 Mine is driven at a much lower elevation than the mines in nearby Summit Hill. As the tunnel was being driven it allowed groundwater to naturally run out from the mine portal without the need of pumps. The tunnel was driven into the mountain far enough to reach the first vein of coal by the end of 1857. The following year the No. 9 Mine was contracted to produce 90,000 tons of Anthracite coal for the company. The No. 9 Mine operated from 1855 up until June of 1972, making it the longest continuously operated deep Anthracite coal mine in the world. The No. 9 Mine was left abandoned until a local group, committed to preserving the regions coal mining heritage, took control of the property in 1992. This group is known as the Panther Creek Valley Foundation and now operates the No. 9 Mine as a museum. Restoration work on the mine began in 1995 and the first tours inside began in 2002. Visitors to the mine ride by rail 1,600 feet into


the mountain before embarking on a 600 foot guided walking tour. Tourists can examine the original 900 foot deep mine shaft, walk the “mule-way” where young men guided the mules between the different levels of the mine, and see a miner’s hospital cut into solid rock. Outside on the grounds is the museum, housed in the No.9 Mine’s original “Wash Shanty” constructed before the First World War. The museum houses the largest collection of mining artifacts in the area. The many items on display include tools, blasting equipment, household goods, and more that belonged to the miners who worked the No. 9 Mine. Inside of the museum is a gift shop that offers visitors items such as books, carved

coal pieces, tshirts, and miner’s hats among other goods. The site has picnic facilities that are available for large groups. The No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum is open from the beginning of April until the end of November. Hours of operation are 10 AM till 4 PM, the first mine tour is at 11 AM and the last is at 3 PM. The site is open Friday through Sunday in April and November; Wednesday through Sunday from May through October. Discounts on groups of 20 or more are offered as well as Senior (65+), AAA members, and Veterans. Temperature in the mine remains near 50 degrees year round so a light jacket is recommended.


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Haylie Duff's 4 Tips To Make Brunch Even Better (BPT) - "One of my favorite things to do is get together with friends for a cozy Sunday brunch," says mother, actress and chef Haylie Duff. "It's the best way to spend some quality time together before jumping into the busy week ahead. Plus, kicking off the morning with a nutritious meal is an added bonus!" Duff has a few expert tips and tricks to make your brunch even better: 1. Bring on the sparkle. From table settings to sparkling wine, water or cider, let your

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feast bring joy to everyone invited. Keep the decor simple - like filling a couple of empty wine bottles with decorative bottle lights. Our family loves to play board games and card games, which add so much extra fun! 2. Make keepsake place cards. Use small brightly colored envelopes as place cards. Write guests' names using gold or silver markers on the envelopes and put on each plate. You can also write a personal note to each guest inside, sharing a special memory or telling them how much they mean to you. 3. Serve a hearty meal. Quiche is a classic choice - it's easy to make ahead, which is essential for me, being a mother of two! Great quiche recipes use fresh, nutritious ingredients that pack in the flavor. When I'm shopping at the grocery store, I look for Eggland's Best eggs with the bright red EB stamp - they have superior nutrition compared to ordinary eggs! Eggland's Best eggs contain 25% less saturated fat and more than double the vita-

min B12, which can help boost energy levels and keep you fueled throughout the day. On top of that, they have double the omega-3s, ten times more vitamin E and six times more vitamin D - that's why Eggland's Best is the only egg I buy for my family! 4. Brighten up your sides. Boost the freshness of your meal with a colorful veggie or fruit salad - or both! The kids love fresh seasonal fruit and veggies, and sometimes we serve them with some fresh whipping cream or flavored yogurt. Remember - for an amazing brunch, entertain with your own special style and flair. Everyone will love the fun new traditions you create!

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Directions: In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, margarine, egg & pineapple flavor oil. Beat until fluffy. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture & mix well. Drop by spoonful’s 2” apart on greased cookie sheet* Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. When cool, frost with cream cheese frosting & top with sweet coconut.

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Effects Of Potholes On Our Vehicles by Thomas R. Buff Spring is finally here, the grass is beginning to come alive, the birds are singing and of course, the rain has flooded are yards and dampened our spirits. The season brings excitement for car enthusiast or people who simply want to go for a relaxing drive. But your relaxation can easily turn to frustration. The potholes have become more and more common along our roads. They have grown much larger this year. In fact, if you encounter one of these monsters it will most likely jar the fillings from your teeth. The winter was hard on our roads, enough to be bad news for our vehicles. It only takes only one jolt to have many effects on our vehicles, some sudden and visible. But other effects can be hidden and unseen. Both can cause numerous safety issues. Don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but you are bound to hit a behemoth pothole eventually, they are everywhere. Potholes are notorious for causing numerous problems to our vehicles ranging from tire to alignment issues. Some of the problems to look for if you run into a pothole include: • Tire damage—Potholes can obviously cause major damage and leave you stranded on the side of the road. Blowouts can lead to dangerous situations so keep your tires inflated properly. Properly inflated tires with good tread depth will absorb a hit from a normal pothole better than an under or overinflated tire. If your hit a big pothole it is a good idea to have the tire checked because a tire can bulge and/or tear and separate on the inside of the tire. Today’s low profile tires cannot withstand a hard jolt from a pothole when compared to larger sidewall tires. A tire shop will examine your tire to be sure it is safe and damage free. • Rims—Potholes can not only destroy tires but can also wreak havoc on the rims. The majority of rims used today are made of aluminum which is softer than the steel wheels used in earlier years. These rims can bend and cause the tire to lose air quickly. They can also become distorted and cause a dangerous wobble or shimmy. If the rim is damaged, chances are good that the tire pressure monitoring transducer (if mounted inside the rim) may also be damaged. Unfortunately, replacement for both is normally necessary and expensive. A minor jolt may cause the tire to become out of balance. If your car has a shimmy at certain

speeds, have the wheel balance checked at a tire shop. • Suspension—Hitting a large pothole can cause extensive damage to the steering and suspension system in many ways. Suspension system components are often damaged. These items include shock absorbers, struts, tie rods etc. This is where the damage may not be visible but may become very unsafe. If you hit a large pothole and feel any type of changes in the handling of your vehicle, or if there is any vibration, shimmy or noises, don’t delay. Look for uneven tire wear. Take you vehicle to a certified technician for a thorough inspection of all suspension and steering components. Many other parts can be affected by hitting even a small pothole in the road.

Exhaust and body parts can be jolted loose and your wheel alignment can be changed in an instant causing issues with tire wear and handling problems. Driving the local roads and highway’s only gives proof to this fact as drivers can be seen putting their spare tires on and parts scattered along the notorious pothole areas. If you hit a pothole and are worried if there is damage, have your vehicle inspected as soon as possible. Trying to avoid potholes is your best bet but is at times impossible. The reality is that this winter created a lunar landscape filled with swimming pools waiting for your car to plunge in to, so drive slower and be careful. Happy Motoring. Stay healthy and safe!


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Chiropractic Didn’t Help Me! by John Degenhart, DC I went to the bank last week to make a deposit and the manager of the bank yells across the foyer, “I need to see you, my headaches are terrible”. She knows that our chiropractic adjustments keep her neck in alignment, and it prevents her from getting headaches. But she feels better, gets busy with the distractions in life, and sometimes waits

too long until her migraines remind her to come in for a visit. But as I left the bank, somebody in line followed me outside and said to me, “Chiropractic didn’t help me”. So, I asked them to tell me their story. This woman was 63 years old. She had two bad car accidents 40 years ago. Five years ago, she developed headaches and sci-


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atica down her left leg. She took Aspirin and Imitrex for her headaches but developed bleeding ulcers. She had MRI’s and lumbar epidural injections, but it didn’t help her. I gently explained how those car accidents caused damage that just festers with time. When epidural sots don’t help, then you know there is significant damage in the lower back. I told her sometimes the body is too far gone, and it will not repair. But I persisted, that I felt four visits to any chiropractor with her amount of damage isn’t sufficient time to heal 40 years of worth of damage. So, she agreed to come to my office. I looked at her MRI’s, I adjusted her neck and lumbar spine. As she improved, I put her on our lumbar decompression table. To be honest, in total, it took 17 visits. But her headaches were gone, and her sciatica healed. As you read this, if you have had injuries in the past, you must be patient and let chiropractic gradually reverse the damage. But the longer you live in pain without proper care, then expect it to take even longer for the body to heal. It took a chiropractor one year to heal my herniated disc when I was 18. That taught me patience. Now I never give up on a patient, and in time, their body heals, and we all are happy! OVER 50,000 READERS MONTHLY

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Sugar And Skin by Stephen Schleicher, MD. I am both an admitted candyholic and dermatologist so I always find of interest the latest thoughts on how sugar affects one’s skin. According to Dietary Guidelines of America the average American gets 270 calories of added sugars each day, or the equivalent of 17 teaspoons of sugar. Sugar consumption has been linked to obesity, hypertension and heart disease. Several adverse effects of sugar on the skin were recently summarized in a South Beach Symposium newsbrief. Acne is the most common skin condition in teenagers. Diets rich in sugars are said to increase inflammation and promote oil production within facial, chest and back follicles leading to acne breakouts. According to one clinical study “participants who frequently consumed added sugars experienced a 30% higher risk of developing acne. Meanwhile, those who regularly ate pastries and other baked goods had a 20% greater risk”. As far as other conditions: “excessive sugar consumption in patients with psoriasis, eczema, or other inflammatory skin conditions may worsen symptoms. Studies have found that dietary changes, which include consuming less sugar, dairy, and gluten led to noticeable improvement of symptoms”. Further, according to this article, sugar-rich diets may also accelerate skin aging by accelerating the breakdown of collagen. Collagen loss leads to wrinkles. The article concludes that people should eat less sugar and increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Sound advice but I am still a candyholic.

Health Awareness: You Could Be Part Of The 33 Percent (NAPSI)—Look around the next time you’re in a crowd. One-third of everyone in there with you is at risk of developing dangerous kidney disease. Kidney Disease Facts In the United States, 37 million adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease— and more than 90% aren’t aware of it. Often there are no symptoms; they won’t find out until their kidney’s fail. Kidneys are vital organs—as important as your heart, liver or lungs—that work 24/7 to clean toxins from your body. No one can live without functioning kidneys. When kidneys fail, only immediate dialysis or a transplant can save you. A Solution The National Kidney Foundation (NKF)—the largest, most comprehensive, and longstanding patient-centric organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease in the U.S.—wants to change the odds. Every adult in the United States needs to know the risk and can find out with a simple, one-minute online quiz rolled out for National Kidney Month in March that can let you know if you’re in the 33 percent—and what to do about it. “We have a public health crisis that needs to be addressed by all Americans,” said NKF CEO and kidney transplant recipient Kevin Longino. “We will never give up trying to find ways to reach people, slow or stop the progression of this disease and lessen the burden for patients. Early testing and interventions are the key.” What To Watch For Risk factors for kidney disease are: • High blood pressure • Heart disease • Diabetes

• Obesity • A family history of kidney disease. What To Do If you have one or more of these factors, you should to go to to find out what to do next and how to talk to your doctor about it. Life-threatening kidney disease can strike anyone, young or old, and has many causes, but early intervention can make a difference. Lifestyle changes and a healthy diet can sometimes slow the progression of the disease when caught in the early stages, and sometimes can stop kidney failure. The first step to preventing kidney failure is knowing your risk, then getting tested. Two simple tests, one blood and one urine, can let your doctor know how your kidneys are doing. It’s easy to get tested yet the results can save your life. Learn More For further information about NKF, visit

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5 Tips To Fight Sleep Deprivation (Family Features) Despite a desire for perfect sleep, Americans are not even close to getting the recommended eight hours a night, and 1 in 4 Americans believes the sleep they are getting isn't the quality rest they want and need. "To put sleep deprivation into perspective, 37% of Americans report they have fallen asleep behind the wheel," said Dr. Sujay Kansagra, a sleep health expert for Mattress Firm. "About 5% report falling asleep while driving on a monthly basis. Clearly, sleep deprivation is wide-spread and a risk factor for overall well-being."




With chronic sleep deprivation, the brain's ability to maintain attention and focus continues to decline over time. In addition to impairing mental function, lack of sleep has been associated with a host of risks to overall health. Prevent sleep deprivation and take charge of your mental and physical health with these tips from Kansagra: • Nap responsibly. When you're feeling tired, it's no surprise the best solution may be sleep. Some research suggests a quick power nap can actually give you a stronger boost than caffeine.



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However, too much rest during the day can throw off your nighttime sleep pattern. Aim for no more than 20 minutes so you don't wake up groggy, and time your nap for the mid-point of your wake cycle (halfway between when you wake up and go to sleep). • Limit screen time. If you turn to your phone to help wind down while you're in bed, you're not alone, but you may be doing more harm than good. According to a survey conducted by Mattress Firm on sleep habits, the average person scrolls on his or her phone while lying in bed for more than 12 minutes before shutting down for the night. What's more, the light from the screen serves as a stimulant, as does the digital content you're viewing. That means you're making it physically harder to fall asleep than if you put down your devices at least 30 minutes before bed. • Stick to a sleep schedule. The average person gets less than six hours of sleep per night, according to the survey - a far cry from the eight hours most experts recommend. One way to buck this trend is to make it a point to turn in and wake up at the same time every day so you synchronize your sleep time with your internal clock. While eight hours is the standard, you may need to adjust up or down to find the amount sleep that lets you wake feeling rested. • Develop a pre-bedtime routine. You can train your body to prepare for sleep by creating a pattern or a routine that eases you toward sleep. "Even something as simple as putting on a sleep mask each night, reading in bed for 20 minutes or practicing the same shower routine at the same time every night signals to your brain it's time to hit the hay," Kansagra said. "Creating a bedtime routine that lasts 20-30 minutes and sticking to that routine can make all the difference in your energy, productivity and mood." Find the right sleep position. If you're looking for the secret to a good night's sleep, comfort may be the key. According to the survey, those who sleep on their backs at night are most likely to report they slept "perfectly well." The most common sleeping position, on your side, correlates with the worst sleep reports. It may take some trial and error to find the right position that keeps your spine aligned, allows you to breathe freely and evenly distributes your weight. Find more tips for getting better sleep at

Spring Cleaning For Spring Allergies: 6 Steps From The Experts (BPT) - As days grow longer and new blooms appear, it can only mean one thing: Spring is here and with it comes the task of spring cleaning. For people with allergies, spring cleaning does more than spruce up a home. When done correctly, it removes dust, mold, dander and other allergy triggers so you can feel your best. "There are specific things you can do while cleaning that can dramatically improve allergy symptoms," says Dr. J. Allen Meadows, allergist and president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "When you spring clean to remove allergens, you can breathe easier plus enjoy a sparkling home." Meadows and the experts at ACAAI recommend these steps when cleaning for allergies. Before you begin, keep in mind that when you clean you come in contact with many allergens. You may want to take allergy medication beforehand and if your allergy is severe, consider wearing an N95 filter mask while dusting or scrubbing. • Step 1: Dust thoroughly—Dust all surfaces in your home with a damp rag or microfiber cloth made for cleaning. Avoid using any kind of duster that simply kicks dust into the air. Additionally, clean vents and return registers to limit dust recirculating and finish by wet mopping tile and other hard flooring. Don't neglect the area under the beds, which can get dusty and should be cleaned often. Eliminating dust helps your home shine and also removes some of the most notorious indoor allergy triggers. • Step 2: Clean carpets—Start by moving all furniture off the carpet. Then vacuum well with a cyclonic vacuum, which spins dust and dirt away from the floor, or a vacuum with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. Meadows does not advise shampooing carpet, because it can cause dust mite eggs to hatch. If you are using diluted bleach and water solution for spot treatments or to kill mold, make sure someone other than the allergy sufferer does the cleaning because bleach can trigger asthma. • Step 3: Clean window treatments—Window treatments like curtains and valances can be a magnet for dust and pollen yet are often ignored when it comes to cleaning. This spring, make sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations and wash or dry clean window treatments. Remember, open-

ing windows allows pollen and other allergens into your home, so during peak allergy season keep them closed, and whenever possible, use air conditioning in your car and home. • Step 4: Wash bedding—Wash sheets, pillowcases and blankets in water that is at least 130 degrees F. This temperature kills dust mites and effectively removes allergens. If bedding can't be washed at this hot temperature, place items in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at 130 degrees or above. For children with allergies, do the same with their stuffed animals. • Step 5: Replace air filters—At the start of every season change the air filter in your furnace. This helps the HVAC system run efficiently while also filtering out air particles -including allergens - to keep your home's air as clean as possible. Consider setting an alarm for every three months as a reminder and use filters with a MERV rating of 11 or 12. This is also a good time to clean the drip pans in appliances like the refrigerator. • Step 6. Control humidity—Bathrooms,

basements and tiled spaces are prone to mold, so spring is a good time to deep clean. A bleach cleaner works well to eliminate mold or make your own by mixing borax and water. Next, help prevent mold from developing through moisture control. Always run bathroom fans when bathing or showering, clean up any standing water immediately and use a dehumidifier if needed to keep humidity below 60%. "Spring cleaning is a great step in allergy control," says Meadows. "However, if you continue to suffer from allergy or asthma symptoms, see a board-certified allergist to help you control your symptoms and live the life you want. You can find an allergist near you at"

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Keeping Seniors Safe In The Bathroom by Marlin Duncan, Comfort Keepers Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for injuries resulting from a fall. And, it’s estimated that 80% of these falls happen in the bathroom. Fall-related injuries can range from minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises to more severe injuries, including broken bones, hip fractures, head contusions, and even spinal cord injury. It’s easy to understand why bathrooms are particularly hazardous for seniors. Bathrooms tend to have slippery surfaces and nothing to grasp in order to prevent falls. As we age, reduced muscle strength and balance can make falls more common, and those with a history of falls have an even greater risk of falling again. In the bathroom, this can occur when stepping into and exit-

ing the tub or shower; when reaching for a towel bar, sink top, or other objects for balance when walking; and when sitting down and getting up from the toilet. Installing safety features in the bathroom can reduce the risk, and there are many options available:

• Using a shower chair. A shower chair can provide stability for balance and be a resting place for those who can’t stand for long periods of time. A good shower chair has rubber tips on the legs to prevent sliding. Also, installing a hand-held showerhead allows those with balance issues to shower while seated. • Using a bath transfer bench. A bath transfer bench eliminates the problem of stepping in and out of the tub. Users can sit on the bench outside of the tub then slide into the tub, eliminating the need to step over a bathtub wall.

For the shower and tub • Install grab bars or a tension pole. Towel bars are great for holding towels but aren’t built to support weight. Installing slip-resistant grab bars to help support balance when entering and exiting the shower or tub can help. Seniors should choose bars that are color contrasted from the wall for visibility, and For slippery surfaces ensure they are securely fixed to the studs of • Add non-slip mats. Having a non-slip rubthe wall for adequate support. ber mat (or decals) on the floor of the shower or tub as well as a non-slip rug on the floor can help prevent slips. A non-slip rug should be placed in front of the toilet, by the sink, or in any place that there is a risk of water making the floor slick. • Add non-slip adhesive strips. These can Ask about the health screenings we offer. be placed on the top of sink edges to guard Our pharmacy is not only dedicated to making you feel better when you’re sick - we’re here to help you against hand slippage if these surfaces are stay healthy. Come see us for blood pressure monitoring, patient counseling, vitamin therapy and more. used for balance support.

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For the toilet • Use a raised toilet seat. For seniors that have difficulty lowering themselves down to sit on a low toilet seat and rising to a standing position, a raised toilet seat adds 3-4 inches of height, which reduces squatting. • Install grab bars for standing and sitting. Grab bars can be installed to help with lowering and raising. And, there are some raised toilet seats with built-in grab bars to provide extra assistance. Comfort Keepers® can help. About one-quarter of Americans over age 65 need help with everyday activities such as eating, bathing, and getting in and out of bed or a chair. Our trained caregivers can help with these and other tasks, while engaging clients in activities that improve quality of life. They can also provide support for physician-approved diet and exercise plans, provide transportation to appointments and community events and can assess a home for safety issues and reducing fall hazards. For more information on how we can help, contact your nearest Comfort Keepers® office today.

Head And Neck Cancer Awareness Week Is April 13th-19th According to the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA), an organization dedicated to the prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation of oral, head and neck cancer through public awareness, research, advocacy and survivorship, head and neck cancers account for approximately three percent of all cancers in the United States. These cancers are nearly twice as common among men and are diagnosed more often in people over age 50 than they are among younger people. Head and neck cancer is a term used to describe a number of different cancerous tumors that develop in or around the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, and mouth. These cancers typically begin in the squamous cells that line the moist surfaces inside the mouth, nose and throat. Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of head and neck cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. The good news is that this figure has decreased due to the increasing number of Americans who have quit

smoking. The bad news is that some of these smokers switched to smokeless or spit tobacco, assuming it is a safe alternative. By doing so, they are only changing the site of the cancer risk from their lungs to their mouths. While lung cancer cases are decreasing, cancers in the head and neck appear to be increasing, but they are curable if caught early. Fortunately, most head and neck cancers produce early symptoms. The symptoms of head and neck cancers may include a lump or a sore that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty in swallowing, and a change or hoarseness in the voice. These symptoms may also be caused by other, less serious conditions. It is important to check with a doctor or dentist about any of these symptoms. Many cancers of the head and neck can be cured, especially if they are found early. Although eliminating the cancer is the primary goal of treatment, preserving the function of the nearby nerves, organs, and tissues is also very important. When planning treatment, doctors consider how treatment might affect a person’s quality of life, such as how a person feels, looks, talks, eats, and breathes. Treatment options and

recommendations depend on several factors, including the type and stage of cancer, possible side effects, and the patient’s preferences and overall health. At the Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton, we treat head and neck cancer painlessly and noninvasively with external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). EBRT is an effective treatment for head and neck cancer, working within cancer cells to limit their ability to multiply. During treatment, high-energy X-rays are delivered to the cancer with a linear accelerator (LINAC). The treatment process is painless, safe and treatments take about 10 to 15 minutes. Side effects that can occur may require medication. Most patients return to routine activities immediately after completing treatment. Sometimes a combination of treatments, which may include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, is the best plan for treating head and neck cancer. For more information about head and neck cancer, or any of the conditions treated at the Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton, please call (570) 459-3460 or visit

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The Benefits Of The Great Outdoors And Activities To Enjoy by Rachael Timm, Heritage Hill Senior Living Community Everyone can benefit from going outside. For older adults, heading outdoors is a part of healthy aging. Seniors who get out enjoy a much-needed break from their humdrum routines, as well as several wellness benefits, including increased levels of vitamin D, more energy, enhanced mood, better sleep, and stronger immune systems. Many older adults can enjoy outdoor activities with little or no modifications. Some senior-friendly outdoor activity ideas to consider include: • Walking. Taking a stroll around the neighborhood is a great way to stay active while getting fresh air and taking in the sights. • Gardening. Digging in the dirt enhances mental stimulation, increases flexibility, endurance, and strength, and induces feelings of calm and relaxation. • Take a trip. You don’t need to go far; there are plenty of local attractions to explore. Some senior living communities like Heritage Hill, offer group outings to restaurants, museums,

and recreational and historical sites.   • Make lunch to go. Enjoy a nutritious meal or snack while sitting on a park bench, picnic table, or out on the patio.  • Go golfing. Spend the day with friends on the green. Enjoy lush panoramic views, varying terrains like wetlands, streams, rolling hills, and strategically placed sand traps for a true “work out” on your backswing.  • Cast a line. Fishing reduces stress and improves concentration. Depending on your catch, fishing can be a robust sport that gives your muscle groups, heart and lungs a good exercise. Most activities can convert for outside enjoyment, such as social gatherings, card games, reading a book, and painting. As always, it’s essential to use good quality sunscreen, dress appropriately, and bring along an assistive device, if needed. To learn more about Heritage Hill Senior Community, please contact me by phone at 570-427-4500 or via email at

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COVID-19 National Pandemic And Your Dental Health by Frank Glushefski, D.M.D. It is with a heavy heart that I address you, my loyal readers. With the emergence of COVID-19 comes an unprecedented threat to the health and welfare for all of humankind. Our lives are clearly no longer “Business as Usual” any more. With the advent of COVID-19 will undoubtedly come irrevocable changes to many aspects of everyday life. I myself know that the day that I had to close my office to routine dental work for several weeks would be a day that I thought I would never have seen. We must take this opportunity to elevate our awareness of personal hygiene and social distancing. Single hygienic measures such as frequent, thorough hand washing with antimicrobial soap, avoidance of close personal contact with others, and using ones elbow to cough could greatly diminish contracting the virus or passing it on to others. While restrictive measures such as closure of “nonessential” business, cancellation of scheduled and anticipated events, and limited individuals per space may all seem to be nothing short of extreme, they are all necessary measures which need to be taken in an effort to “Tame the Beast” which has been unleashed. They are all, in fact, necessary as the virus is elusive in that you may be a mere asymptomatic carrier and destructive in that at the time of this article being written, no effective vaccine has yet been synthesized. I will say that although life seems to have been frozen in time, your diligence to oral homecare must be maintained and greatly enhanced. I say this to you as the only form of Dentistry that you will receive during this time

is palliative treatment to lessen the pain rather than cure the issue which causes it. To my knowledge, there are no dental offices at this time which can schedule a routine cleaning appointment. Even when dental offices are allowed to reopen their doors to “day to day” dexterity, they will undoubtedly be swamped in catching up on Emergency Dental Services as well as restorative, reconstructive, and elective dental procedures. Having said that, you can see just why you should also increase your awareness and performance of Oral Hygiene in addition to Personal Hygiene in an effort to prevent any dental ca-

tastrophe during these trying times. We are all making changes and adjustments in our lives in order to successfully come through to the other side of this. Should you be unable to contact your current Dentist if forced with an emergency such as extreme pain, swelling, redness, facial distortion or oral exudate, please proceed directly to your nearest emergency room. In closing, I would like to join my staff in sending our thoughts and prayers that you, your family, and all loved ones stay healthy and strong to get through these difficult times.

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Heritage Hille Senior Living Community.....44 Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine............................28 Hometown Farmers Market..........................30 Precision Vinyl Systems.................................12 Hometown Spring Craft Show........................ 8 Pride Homes, LLC.........................................14 Billig-Helmes Insurance.................................14 Honest Abe's Tax Service.....................Calendar R & L Helpmates..........................................38 Boyers Insurance............................................12 Houck Homes, Inc........................................13 Ron Myers Water Well Drilling.....................14 Brandon's Forever Home...............................22 JA & WA Hess...............................................10 S.J. Kowalski, Inc...........................................47 Bresky's Baking & Candy Making Supplies...33 JL Construction.............................................15 S.T.S. Schuylkill County TransportationAuthority....... 28 Broyans Farms................................................33 Joe Larock Recreation Field Community Day...23 Senape's Bakery..............................................17 C & D Seafood..............................................34 John's Church Hill Restaurant......................35 SJM Auto Sales..............................................37 Cedar Street Supply......................................... 9 Jon-David & Helen's Hair Salon..................28 Smith Health Care LTD................................45 Comfort Keepers............................................42 Klesh Plumbing & Heating............................. 9 Sophia Coxe Foundation...............................20 Degenhart Chiropractic.................................38 Lehigh Valley Health Network........................ 5 Standard Drug Store......................................42 Della Croce Dental........................................47 Len Mudlock - State Farm............................... 8 Steward's Store...............................................35 Derm Dox Dermatology...............................39 Majestic House Apartments..........................31 T & L Pierogies..............................................29 Diane's Salon On 93......................................23 Marchetti Hardware......................................... 9 Tarone Brothers Super Market............Calendar Dr. Eugene Stish, M.D. ................................47 Mauch Chunk Opera House.........................24 The Amish Pantry..........................................33 Dr. Frank Glushefski, D.M.D.......................45 Maylath Valley Health .................................... 2 The Cancer Treatment Center @ Hazleton..... 2 F & L Doors..................................................12 Mike's Seafood...............................................35 The Cheese Store & More.............................35 Fellin's Jewelers...............................................17 Milk House Creamery...................................32 The Laurel Mall................................................ 3 Frankie's Pizzeria & Restaurant.....................35 Miller Auto Body...........................................37 The Laurels Senior Living Center..................41 Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center................40 Milstein Dermatology...................................... 2 The Small Car Center....................................37 Good Shephard Church................................27 Momma Millie's Bakery................................32 The Top Of The 80's......................................32 Greenview Meats...........................................35 Mountain Statuary & Stone..........................10 The Treasure Shop..........................................24 Harman Funeral Home.................................27 Mt Top Paving & Seal Coating.....................11 Two Italian Guys Pizzeria...............................35 Hazle Park Quality Meats..............................34 No. 9 Mine & Museum................................31 Urenovich - Nationwide Insurance.................. 9 Hazleton Eye Specilaists.................................43 Patricia Spivak, CPA......................................21 Vito's Lawn Care............................................. 7 Hazleton Public Transit..................................18 Pavlick & Boyle Dentistry.............................40 West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital...............25 Whispering Pines ..........................................16

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