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Panorama Community Magazine Congratulates Tarone’s Super Market On their 80th Anniversary In the early 1900’s, many Italian immigrants came to America with the hope to make a better life for their family. Two of those immigrants, Josephine and Louis Tarone, planted roots in Hazleton and raised a family that was comprised of 7 boys and 3 girls. Two of their sons, Joseph and Dominic, were unable to finish high school but instead worked to help provide for their family. Joseph and Dominic were employed at Genetti’s Supermarket where they acquired valuable experience and knowledge of the trade which would become the cornerstone of their business. On March 10, 1941, Joseph and Dominic embarked on an adventure of a lifetime. Tarone’s Super Market opened their doors for the first time and began welcoming customers to enjoy the finest meats, fresh produce, and other specialty Italian products. Shortly after the market opened, Joseph was drafted to serve in WWII. Dominic, along with his siblings and co-workers, continued to serve the Hazleton-area residents by managing the new market. When Joseph returned home in 1945, he, along with Dominic and their sister, Edith worked long hours to ensure the business’ success. For decades, the Tarone Family, along with their dedicated employees, worked hard together. Their motto was “give the people what they want – quality groceries which continues to this day. They purchased prize-winning steer so that customers could have quality cuts of beef. They also perfected their homemade Italian sausage, along with their own smoked kielbasa, dried Tyrolean sausage, and hot pepperoni which they have become well-known for. In the early months of 1999, both Joseph and Dominic passed away at which time Joseph’s son, Robert “Flyer” Tarone acquired the family business and the 2nd generation of ownership began. His sisters, Cynthia and Bina, along with their cousin, Donna Zola (whose grandfather, Edward Tarone, was a brother to Joseph and Dominic) help run the daily operations. Robert contributes his continuing success to his father and uncle who gave him a solid foundation along with a good work ethic and customer service skills. The 3rd generation of the Tarone Family, which consists of Robert’s children, Nicholas and Taylor, as well as Cynthia’s daughters, Nicole and Ashleigh, hope to carry on the family tradition. Tarone’s Super Market is the last of the “little stores”. They pride themselves on their loyal customers, their quality meats, and their roots in tradition. They have been dedicated to serving the Hazleton-area and beyond. The Tarone Family would like to thank their faithful employees, both past and present, for their hard work and dedication. They would also like to thank their loyal customers, both old and new, for their patronage over the past 80 years. They hope to continue to serve the community for years to come.

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for a heated hot tub, cozy seating around a fire, wood-fired ovens for pizza parties and more. 1) Add a fire feature for chilly days and nights. A fireplace, fire table, fire pit, chiminea or patio heater will enhance any outdoor space with warmth and ambiance. "One of our most popular hardscape installations features a fire ring surrounded by a seat wall," said Scott Arnold, manager of Villa Landscapes in St. Paul, Minnesota. "A fire feature is a useful and beautiful addition to any outdoor space that you can enjoy all year." Fire pits and fireplaces also are available in kits including all materials that are popular with do-it-yourselfers. 2) A dedicated outdoor cooking space lets you grill in any season. Along with multi-


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Add A Dash Of Spice And Style To Your Kitchen (BPT) - In today's homes, kitchens serve a multitude of purposes beyond being a space to whip up a meal. They're the heart of your home; the command center; the family gathering spot. So it's no wonder why kitchens are where homeowners invest their renovation budget and why homebuyers pay a premium for an updated look. And savvy design professionals agree, spicing up your kitchen with stylish, timeless and natural materials - like cypress - is a recipe for success.

"In my experience, homeowners value the natural character and quality of solid wood cabinets," he says. "I'm a full-service architect and usually design custom cabinets for the projects I work on. And I like working with local materials, so my cabinet designs usually have a cypress face with a birch box." Selecting a finish can be tricky, but Patterson says trends come and go. "Painted cabinets seem to be all the rage these days, but a natural wood finish is tasteful and timeless," he adds. "And that's another reason I love Laying it out cypress. Whether new growth, old growth, Planning a new or remodeled kitch- sinker, or pecky, cypress is simply beautiful." en can be an exciting, yet overwhelming time. Topping it off Designer Erika Powell from Urban Grace If your kitchen feels a little bland, Interiors in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, says luxury homebuilder Matt Cain from Dallasmaking the process less stressful boils down based Tatum Brown Custom Homes says to ensuring the layout meets your needs. "When starting a project, we first like to sit down with our clients in order to get to know them and how they will be using their kitchen," she says. "If an architect is involved, we also like to work hand-in-hand with them so that any overarching architectural vision they may have is included in the interior design as well." Nowadays, homeowners are mostly looking for open concept floorplans with kitchens that open up to living and dining rooms. And because there's less available starting at wall space, there are fewer upper cabinets. To compensate, modern kitchen layouts feature expansive islands with seating and storage, a pantry for canned and dry goods, and a butler pantry to hide away less frequently used items. "Once we determine the layout, then we get to work on selecting building products and finishes," Powell says. "While there is a wide range of products to choose from, our style focuses on fine materials and lombardoenterprises@outlook.com classic design elements. Being near the beach, our clients gravitate toward light and natural materials - and products like real wood are just more beautiful. A wood like cypress is stable and durable with unique charm. It's a fixture in many of our kitchen projects."


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what's overhead is often overlooked. "In kitchens, we typically install a wood plank ceiling treatment to add visual texture and aesthetic warmth," he says. "There are a lot of materials to work with, but I prefer cypress - especially pecky cypress - because it offers such a specific look and homeowners just fall in love with it. In fact, I've never painted a cypress ceiling; it's too beautiful to cover up." For more ideas on how to add some spice and style to your kitchen, visit CypressInfo.org.

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5 Tips To Reduce Your Pet's Environmental Footprint (Family Features) There's plenty of advice on ways to reduce your environmental footprint, but you might be left wondering about the environmental pawprint made by your pet. According to a 2019 survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, 67% of families across the country have at least one dog or cat, which is why it's important to think about how your furry friends affect the planet. Consider these easy lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce their environmental impact: • Check those waste bags. Use compostable baggies to pick up after your pet when you take walks. Plastic bags take years to break down, if at all. There are options made from plants and other materials that biodegrade quicker. When it comes to disposal, check with your local waste management services as regulations can vary by community. While many places suggest the compost pile, others may not. • Consider your kitty's litter. For the vast majority of cat families, kitty litter is an absolute must. Look for a litter that's made from natural ingre-

dients you can put in the compost bin. Not only is this better for the environment, but natural ingredients keep your cat from accidentally ingesting toxic chemicals. • Look at food packaging. Pets go through a lot of food, and that means a lot of packaging. You can reduce waste with an option like Petcurean's recyclable Tetra Pak cartons, which are made from 65% renewable materials for Now Fresh and GO! Solutions wet food recipes. Additionally, its Gather line of kibble in plant-based bags is made from 30% sugarcane, which reduces the use of petroleum-based materials. At home, consider ways to upcycle empty food bags to get more use out of the material, such as using them to collect garden and yard waste. You can also flatten bags into waterproof mats for your vehicle's floorboards or make a waterproof barrier between your pet's bed and the floor.

• Prepare for water on the go. While humans can easily drink water from a reusable bottle, most pets cannot. Instead of making a mess by attempting to give water with your hands, make things easy on yourself and the environment by keeping a stainless-steel water dish in your car. It's a durable solution that keeps your pet from being exposed to chemicals in plastic or silicone. • Think about accessories. Pets go through countless leashes, toys and dishes across their lifespans. Thinking about these items as investments and purchasing items that are more durable means they last longer and you'll waste less. For gently used items you're ready to discard, like outgrown leashes, consider whether they still have useful life and can be reused by a rescue group or shelter. Also, for toys in particular, it's important to know what materials they contain. For example, some pet toys are made with plastic containing BPAs, which can be harmful and negatively impact the environment. Instead look for toys that are made from eco-friendly materials. For more ideas to reduce your family's environmental pawprint and care for your pet, visit petcurean.com/blog. HOURS: 8AM-5PM MON.–SAT.

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• Home Value Investments—A Home Value Investment, also called home equity sharing, is an innovative offering that emerged 4 years ago. Companies, such as Noah, which offer this product provide upfront funding in exchange for a share of your home’s value. Unlike a home equity loan, there are no monthly payments over the period of the investment— typically 10 years. At the end of the term, you buy out the investment by refinancing, selling, or with savings. The amount you owe is based on your home value, whether it has gone up or gone down. Some homeowners like this option because it does not require monthly payments or add more debt to their credit reports. • Cash Out Refinancing—When you refinance your mortgage to take cash out of your home, you replace your existing mortgage with a larger mortgage, often at a lower rate. To take advantage of a lower rate, you’ll pay origination fees and likely have higher monthly payments over time. In times of economic uncertainty, if your home declines in value, you could end up with a mortgage that exceeds your home value. For more nformation on options to access your home equity, visit www.Noah.co.

How Much Risk Should You Take Before Retirement? provided by Edward Jones If you’re planning to retire in just a few years, you may be getting excited about this next phase of your life. However, your ability to enjoy retirement fully will depend, at least partially, on the resources you can draw from your investment portfolio. So, while you still have time to act, ask yourself if you’re comfortable with your portfolio’s risk level. Your relationship with risk can change noticeably over time. When you started saving for retirement, you may have been willing to take on more investment risk, which translated into a relatively high percentage of stocks and stock-based mutual funds in your investment portfolio. As you know, stocks offer the potential for greater returns than other assets – such as bonds and certificates of deposit (CDs) – but they are also typically more volatile and carry more risk. But when you were many decades away from retirement, you had sufficient time to recover from market fluctuations. (Of course, there are no guarantees – it’s possible that some stocks will lose value and never regain it.) Now, fast forward to where you are now – closing in on retirement. Even at this stage of your life – and, in fact, even during your retirement – you will need some growth-oriented investments to help stay ahead of inflation. Over time, even a low inflation rate, such as we’ve had the past several years, can erode your purchasing power. So, the issue isn’t this: “Should I get rid of all my risk?” You shouldn’t – and, in fact, you couldn’t, because all investments, even the ones considered most “conservative,” contain some type of risk, even if it isn’t the risk of loss of principal. For instance, some investments run the risk of not keeping up with inflation. Instead, ask yourself these questions: “How much risk should I take within my portfolio?” “How much risk do I actually need to achieve my goals in retirement?” Of course, there are no one-size-fits-all answers. You’ll need to look at your investment portfolio to see if it’s positioned to provide you with the income you’ll require in your retirement years. You might have initially based your financial strategy on a specific type of retirement lifestyle, but now that you’re nearing retirement, perhaps you’ve changed your mind. Your anticipated new lifestyle might

require either more or less income than you had originally projected – and if that’s the case, you may need to adjust the risk level in your portfolio or make other adjustments. For example, suppose you had initially envisioned a rather quiet retirement, sticking around your home, volunteering and spending time with your grandchildren. But in recent years – and especially since the confinement many of us have felt during the COVID-19 pandemic – you may have thought that you’d now like to travel extensively. To achieve this goal, which will likely cost more than your original one, you may have to work longer, or invest more each year until you retire, or seek a higher return on your investments – which means accepting more risk. As you can see, managing risk is a balancing act – and you may need to make some tough choices. But as long as you’re aware of how much risk you can take, and how much risk you may need to take to reach your goals, you can develop a strategy that aligns with your objectives.

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Last month I discussed some basic estate planning documents and briefly went over the four main documents. This month we will go over some more specific details of the people that you may name in your Will. In a Will, there are often three types of agents named. One is the executor, who is the person that is in charge of your Estate. This person is responsible for gathering your assets, paying your just debts and then distributing property according to your wishes expressed in the Will. Another person that can be named in a Will is called a guardian. A guardian is the person who will raise your minor children for you should you pass away. You should pick someone that you trust to raise your child(ren). There is generally no need to name the other biological parent of the child as biological parents are the preferred

guardian. If you are married to someone who is not the biological parent of the child(ren), you should consider naming your current spouse as the guardian. If you have minor children, you should also name a trustee. This is the person that will be responsible for the finances of your children (the money they inherit from you). The guardian and trustee do not need to be the same person although they often are. I strongly suggest to all clients to name alternates for each of these positions. This will help to ensure that someone you want is an a given position. Some people will even name more than one alternate. That’s all for this month, however, if you have any estate planning questions, please feel free to contact me.


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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori The Fine Art of Lighting by Dr. Lori Verderame Rembrandt van Rijn's The basics for lighting artpaintings are famous for their work in your home include: use luminosity. When considering low watt bulbs, don’t display art works by the Dutch master in in direct sunlight, and don’t keep major international museums, fragile works on display in highly you might agree with most peolit areas for long periods of time. ple who think that a Rembrandt painting looks pretty good in any Natural Beauty light! I agree with that statement. Most people think that For art lovers, it is imnatural light is the best light in portant to remember that there which to display a work of art. are certain methods to properly Since most artists are trained in art light your art masterpiece. While Don’t hang that portrait schools flooded with natural light Rembrandt’s paintings seemingly of great grandpa in di- and many artists prefer to paint glow of their own accord, various rect light and don’t at- works directly from nature in the light sources are employed when outdoors or en plein aire where tach a portrait light to masterpieces are installed in musunlight is abundant, it is true that seums. The methods used by mu- the frame either. Hang sunlight is not the best lighting seum professionals and exhibition works of art on interior option for your collection. design experts regarding how to walls of your home out Sunlight or natural light light works of art may help you to of the way of direct sun- is difficult to control. Exposing properly and safely light a work of light or artificial light your work of art to sunlight may sources. art in your home. cause deterioration problems for In short, lighting a work of fine art is artwork, particularly, paintings, photographs, both critical and complex. Lighting is critical to prints, watercolors, pastels, and other works on the overall preservation of the work of art and it paper. The ultraviolet (UV) rays from natural is complex when you try to get it right. With fine sunlight can damage works of art over time. For art, even the slightest difference in the direction instance, UV rays are so harmful that it can fade of the light source and the type of light selected works on paper. Fading of artwork from light (e.g., fluorescent, incandescent, halogen, led, exposure including both direct and indirect sunnatural, etc.) can make all the difference in the light may occur in as short a time span as three world. Like anything else, art lighting is all about (3) months. compromise. Also, with many home design schemes looking to mixed media works of art for display as textiles serving as dramatic wall decoraJon-David such tions, remember that these items will fade in & Helen’s sunlight too. That means your notion to redecoyour home in the popular "cozy, country Hair Salon rate chic style" and hang your great Grandma's col-

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orful quilt or vintage craft pieces like embroidery or needlepoint pictures on the prominent wall of your sunny family room that faces a big picture window is definitely not a good idea. Any source of light may cause fading and damage to works from oils paintings to historic maps. Sorry, natural light is not the easy answer to your art lighting problems. Light Bright While advanced technology and a litany of new products are continuously coming to market, the big three in art lighting remain incandescent, fluorescent, and halogen. What happens to the look of a work of art when selecting a particular lighting type. Incandescent light brings out the warmer colors of the color spectrum such as reds, oranges, and yellows. An incandescent light will enhance the warm colors within a work of art when compared to other colors. If you have a seascape composed of predominantly blues and greens then an incandescent light won't highlight all of those cool colors. In fact, the blues, greens, and violets of your artwork may appear flat under incandescent lights. These lights are better than direct natural light or fluorescent lights that may not emit light across the entire color spectrum, but incandescent don’t provide the easy answer to the general art lighting problem. Protect Grandpa You should know that the old-fashioned portrait light that you may have attached to the top of a framed painting of your greatgrandpa is very harmful. That little light source, depending on the bulb, may be emitting intense light and heat onto your oil portrait which will damage the work of art quickly. Since intense light exposure may damage art and antiques, too much light could deteriorate and devalue your pieces. Light your artwork properly and your collection will repay you with years of enjoyment. Dr. Lori Verderame is the award-winning Ph.D. antiques appraiser on History channel’s #1 show, The Curse of Oak Island. Visit www.DrLoriV.com and www.YouTube. com/DrLoriV or call (888) 431-1010.


How To Teach Children About Diversity, Equity And Inclusion (Family Features) Children develop their identities right alongside their abilities to crawl, walk, talk and recognize letters. There's also a common misconception that children are "colorblind." However, studies have found children can show signs of racial bias at an early age, with psychologists from Northwestern University finding children as young as 4 may be picking up on cues of intolerance from adults around them. Children may not understand prejudice or racial bias, but from their earliest days, they absorb and mimic attitudes that are held by the adults in their lives. Understanding and addressing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion can be challenging, which is why some parents may shy away from having these conversations with their children. Yalow offers these tips to help parents lay the foundation for honest and developmentally appropriate discussions. • Start by acknowledging differences. To ignore differences among people is to ignore a part of the person. When children ask, "Why

does...?" questions, rather than shy away or tell them, "We don't ask those questions," embrace the moment and answer in simple, direct language. For example, explaining that melanin creates different skin tones or people may use wheelchairs because their legs work differently, and they need help moving around. By answering their questions, children can learn differences aren't bad or embarrassing - they're what make each person unique and special. • Reflect the diversity of the world within your own home. Books are an easy way to help children learn about diversity because stories are natural conversation starters. Look for books with diverse main characters who have different races, ethnicities, backgrounds and abilities, and reflect a number of family structures. As you read together, talk about the differences and similarities between the characters and your children using simple, clear language. It's important to ensure your children see themselves in the toys, books and media around them. Children feel welcome and important when their identity and their

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families' identities are represented in their world. • Build empathy. Go beyond the common refrain, "put yourself in someone else's shoes," and ask your children why it is important to understand other people's perspectives. Help your children think of times they learned something about someone else and how that knowledge helped them be better friends or family members. Empathy can help children comprehend the lasting, harmful impact inequality and exclusion can have and show them why it's important for them to understand, respect and appreciate differences. Learning about and celebrating diversity, equity and inclusion are lifelong commitments. Children have the benefit of approaching these topics with a fresh perspective and a strong sense of what's fair and unfair - skills that will help them build a better future for everyone. To learn more about talking with your children about differences, visit kindercare.com/dei.

Social Engagement For Seniors (NAPSI)—Maintaining social connections and staying mentally and physically active is key to reducing social isolation and loneliness among older adults, particularly now during the COVID-19 national health crisis. There are many opportunities for older adults and caregivers to remain engaged and connected to their family, friends and community with and without technology during the pandemic. Here are a few suggestions all of us might consider doing during this time:  • Reach out. Try to call a family member or friend every day, write them a note or send a card.  • Stay active, mentally and physically. Move

more and sit less. Engage in physical activity such as a walk or online group exercise classes. • Flex your brain. Draw a sketch, write a poem or short story, or start journaling.  • Create connections using technology. Use online tools to connect with friends and family. Attend virtual events and concerts or tour museums from home. Read a book online.  • Volunteer and share your skills from home. Develop a virtual mentoring relationship with a student through a local college or connect with your local Area Agency on Aging to find opportunities to help others. Through its website, www.eldercare. acl.gov, and national Call Center at 1-(800)677-1116, the Eldercare ­Locator can inform and connect older adults and caregivers to lo-

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Local Children In Need Of Mentoring, Fostering, And Adoption! by Missy Nenstiel, Brandon’s Forever Home

Being a child in foster care has never been easy and a worldwide pandemic just made things harder for the nearly 500 children in Luzerne County seeking family reunification or permanency. One of the biggest hurdles isolation from the pandemic


has brought about, is that now children have less access to mandated reporters who are trained to recognize neglect and abuse such as teachers, coaches, and health care professionals. Children who are accepted into foster care then face the deficit of approved foster homes. Locally, we have on average 75 homes for the aforementioned 500 children. A recent New York Times also recognized the fact that the teens in foster care who are not adopted and “age out” without any support system in place have suffered beyond measure becoming jobless and homeless. Their article states, “This past May, FosterClub conducted a small survey of 613 former foster youth, 18 to 24, to understand how the pandemic was affecting young adults with experience in the foster care system. Sixty-five percent of respondents

working before the pandemic reported losing their jobs. Another 23 percent said they were experiencing housing insecurity. And only 37 percent said they had an adult to turn to.". Brandon’s Forever Home has been at the pulse of this crisis and is putting out a call to those interested in learning more about fostering, adoption, and youth mentoring. There is a place for you during this time where you can make the difference in the life of a child by providing support and stability. If fostering is not something you have considered before you can speak to us about our mentoring program which has been functioning remotely and contactless since March 2020. Our staff is knowledgeable and caring and all conversations are confidential and non-committal. Feel free to contact us anytime by phone 570-599-8BFH, email missybfh@ptd.net or reach out through social media. We are always available to answer your questions and help guide you to what makes your heart feel best.

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No. 9 Coal Mine And Museum Opening For The Season

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April 3 Come to..."A Drive-Thru Easter Journey" with symbolic gifts along the way followed by a "Park 'n Pray" area and a fun time with special treats for the children on Saturday, April 3 from 2 to 4pm at Journey Mate Church (the former Saint Francis of Assisi Church), 544 N. Broad Street in West Hazleton. For information, call 570316-7886. April 8 ICS Student Art Show and Open House, Thursday, April 8 from 630 to 8pm at Immanuel Christian School, 40 West Hemlock Street in Hazleton. Parking in rear lot, enter through parking lot doors. Free light refreshments and the public is invited. For information, call Lisa Knecht at 570-4591111. To list your Community Event in our Calendar, please email the event to: editorial@panoramapa.com.


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. Visi-

tors 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 700 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, t-shirts, 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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Sibby Sisti by Rev. Connell A. McHugh Why was Sibby Sisti, a career .244 hitter one of the first 4 men inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame (the other 3 were Tommy Holmes, Johnny Sain and Warren Spahn)? Why would I choose to devote an article to such a player who was mainly a utility player throughout his career? I can easily answer these questions. Sibby Sisti spent his entire career with the Boston Bees, later called the Braves and was a member of the team in Milwaukee. Sisti’s career spanned 1939 to 1954 with time spent in the Coast Guard from 1943 to the end of World War II. He was an everyday player for his team only from 1940 through 1942 and again in 1951. However, Sisti was regarded as a “Super Sub” since he played every position except pitcher and catcher and was valued as the ultimate teammate willingly to do whatever management wanted and very well liked by his fellow players. Sisti was also a fan favorite who made many appearances at charitable events. Three things particularly struck me

about Sibby Sisti in addition to his catchy name. First, Sibby Sisti’s 1951 Bowman baseball card appears by itself in the final page of the classic work, The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading and Bubble Gum Book by Brendan C. Boyd and Fred C. Harris published in 1973. Under Sibby Sisti’s 1951 baseball card is the phrase “Goodnight Sibby Sisti wherever you are.” The hilarious book, which pictures over 200 cards of the 50s and 60s with many funny comments. It also contains a list of highly unusual baseball players’ names. Secondly, Sibby Sisti was a consultant for Robert Redford’s popular 1984 movie, The Natural and appeared in the film as the manager of the Pirates, whom the Roy Hobbs (played by Redford) led the New York Knights, defeated to win the National league Pennant. Sisti gave Redford batting tips and also assured the movie reflected the late 30s era. The movie was filmed in Sisti’s hometown of Buffalo, New York. Thirdly, in Magnum Comics, Decem-

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ber 1991 Mickey Mantle comic book, a second special feature appeared not on another superstar but on “Super Sub” Sibby Sisti. The artwork and stories about Mantle and Sisti were very well done. The comic book feature on Sisti provided more information than any book on the player. Sibby Sisti debuted for the Boston Bees, the former name of the Braves on July 21, 1939 at the age of 18. He had been a star in baseball, basketball and football at Canisius

High School in Buffalo. As mentioned, he spent time in the Coast Guard (1943-45. Returning to baseball, he was extremely disappointed that the Braves sent him to Indianapolis Indians where he hit .343 and was The Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year. The fans admired Sisti not only for his accessibility but for his ability to bounce back from both disappointments and some major injuries. Sibby Sisti’s best batting averages were .281 in 1947 as a part-time player and .279 in 1951 primarily as a regular. Sisti is best known for filling in at second base for Eddie Stanky when he got injured during the Braves pennant year of 1948. The Braves lost the World Series to the Indians 4 games to 2. Hall of Fame managers of the Bees and Braves, Casey Stengle and Billy Southworth both admires Sisti. Sibby Sisti was an affable man with a good sense of humor. For example, he stated he would have had a higher lifetime batting average if the sacrifice fly existed during his career. When asked how much higher his career .244 average would have been, he replied about .245. Sisti’s earnings from baseball were extremely paltry. His highest salary was $12,000 in both 1950 and 1952. For 13 seasons in the Majors, he earned less than $100,000, $99,300 to be exact! Some of today’s high priced players earn that in a few days. The Braves suggested in the early part of 1954 that Sisti become a coach which he did. He later managed or coached in 6 different cities before retiring after which he became a truck driver. Following retirement, Sisti attended player reunions, golf tournaments and events of the Braves Historical Society. He often entertained these gatherings with stories. Sibby Sisti lived in Amherst New York after leaving baseball until his death at age 85 in 2006. Among the players who appreciated Sisti’s help was Johnny Logan, one of the better all around shortstops of the 1950s and 1960s. Logan and Sisti became lifelong friends. Logan stated concerning Sisti “He was one of the finest men I ever met.” Sibby Sisti was admired for always being there for family, friends, teammates and community. A big joke at the Braves’ Historical Society gatherings was Sisti talking about the royalty checks he received from The Natural movie which ranged between 65 cents and $4. Baseball cards of the colorful Sisti are relatively available at reasonable prices. Sisti appears in 7 conventional sets. His rookie card is actually a 1941 Double Play one. 2 players are depicted on the card with a short caption under each name with a blank back. He also arrears in Bowman sets from 1949 through 1951 and in the 1952 and 1953 Topps sets. The Double Play rookie card is worth about $20 in excellent

condition. The 1951 Bowman card only costs about $10. That is the card that appears on the last page of the classic The Great American Baseball Card, Flipping, Trading and Bubble Gum Book. The 1949 Bowman and the 1952 Topps cards are the most expensive priced around $35 and up in excellent to mint condition. I also have a 1954 Johnston Cookie card of Sisti which runs from $15 to $20 in excellent condition, the condition my card is in. Autographed baseballs of Sisti are among the most expensive of Brave players, going for about $100. References: • The Great American Baseball Card, Flipping,

Trading, and Bubble Gum Book by Brendan C. Boyd and Fred C. Harris • Magnum Comics “Sibby Sisti Super Sub” by Terry Malloy • Article by David Sherman • My own Baseball cards of Sibby Sisti and knowledge of cards Father McHugh has a great interest in the New Testament Scripture as well as sports. He has presented many adult Scripture Classes in the area and taught for many years at the former Bishop Hafey School. Father McHugh’s email is: revmchugh@ptd.net

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Jokes and Riddles Q: Why did the turtle cross the road? A: To get to the Shell station!

Q: Why do spiders like tops? A: They are always spinning.

Fact or Fiction: Aquarium Challenge

What Rhymes with…

For some people, there is nothing more beautiful than an aquarium filled with fish. Setting up an aquarium and keeping it in good condition takes some effort. Here are some questions about those tasks. How many can you answer correctly?

List 10 words that rhyme with “pet.”











Some answers: bet, debt, fret, jet, let, met, net, set, threat, vet

1) Aquariums must have an air pump for the fish to live. Fact or Fiction? 2) The quality of the water in an aquarium is important. Fact or Fiction? 3) Hardy fish work best for aquariums. Fact or Fiction? 4) Some fish are better off kept alone. Fact or Fiction? 5) Aquariums should contain more aggressive fish than peaceful fish. Fact or Fiction? 6) The fish in an aquarium should be about the same size. Fact or Fiction? 7) It doesn’t really matter if the diets of fish in an aquarium differ. Fact or Fiction? 8) The gravel in an aquarium should be vacuumed regularly. Fact or Fiction? 9) Adding a suckerfish to an aquarium may cut down on the algae produced. Fact or Fiction? 10) The water in an aquarium must be changed out completely once a year. Fact or Fiction? Answers: 1) Fiction, some fish like goldfish can live in fish tanks without an air pump, 2) Fact, the better and more consistent the water quality is, the less likely fish will get sick, 3) Fact, delicate fish may get sick at the slightest change in environment, 4) Fact, an aquarium should be filled with community fish, or fish that like to be around other fish, 5) Fiction, aggressive fish may chase after and harm peaceful fish, 6) Fact, larger fish may attack and eat smaller fish, 7) Fiction, it is easier to maintain an aquarium with fish that eat the same stuff, 8) Fact, 9) Fact, 10) Fiction, doing so will remove all of the good bacteria and could wind up killing some of the fish

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51. Era 53. Concerned with practical matters 57. Takes by theft 61. LP player 62. Doctor Who villainess, with "the" 63. Cliffside dwelling 64. United Nations agency concerned with civil aviation 65. Freshman, probably 66. Aquarium fish 67. Desolate 68. Smeltery refuse 69. ___ salts Down 1. Jamaican exports 2. Again 3. ___ bread 4. Emphatic, in a way 5. Computer key 6. #1 song 7. U.S. writer whose novels explored human alienation 8. Its motto is "Industry" 9. Provide with a new binding

10. Uncastrated adult†male horse 11. Checker, perhaps 12. Abreast of 13. [Just like that!] 22. Enraged 24. Boast 26. 10 kilogauss 27. Doctor's order 28. "Remember the ___!" 29. Affectedly creative 30. "Great!" 31. Artist's stand 32. Exalt to the skies 35. Gossip, slangily 36. His "4" was retired 39. Institution to express belief in a divine power 40. Geometrical solid 41. Final, e.g. 46. Common sense 48. Cancel 49. Not alert 51. Skin problem 52. Cake topper 53. "Murphy Brown" bar owner 54. "Little Caesar" role 55. Way, way off 56. Old Chinese money 58. Crumbs 59. Catalan painter Joan 60. A-line line


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1 bag Fresh Express Baby Kale Mix 1 cup NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes, diced 1 medium avocado, diced 4 tablespoons Litehouse Avocado Ranch Dressing Directions: In food processor, combine cilantro, parsley, oregano, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pulse until sauce is smooth. Place chimichurri sauce in small bowl with chickpeas and crushed red pepper flakes; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight, if possible. Divide kale, tomatoes and avocado between four bowls. Top each bowl evenly with marinated chickpeas. Drizzle with avocado ranch dressing and serve. Makes 4 servings

Cobb Salad Ingredients: 3-4 eggs 1/4 pound bacon 1 bag Fresh Express Sweet Butter Lettuce 1 pound grilled chicken 1 cup NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes, halved 1 ripe avocado, sliced 1/4 cup blue cheese 1/4 cup Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing Directions: Bring pot of water to boil. Use slotted spoon to place eggs in water. Boil 10 minutes then transfer to ice bath to stop cooking process. Peel eggs and slice. Heat skillet over medium heat. Dice bacon and add to pan. Saute until bacon is crispy and fat is rendered, about 7 minutes. Remove from pan with slotted spoon. To assemble salad, start with bed of lettuce. Top with hard-boiled eggs, grilled chicken, tomatoes, avocado, bacon and blue cheese; toss in ranch dressing.

Pro Tips For Perfecting Pasta (Family Features) Next time hunger calls in your home, turn to a filling family favorite: pasta. With a nearly endless variety of pasta types, sauce pairings and recipe ideas, the options are aplenty, and cooking is often a breeze. Consider these pasta cooking tips from Rouxbe, an online culinary school training people of all abilities to become better, more confident cooks. • Use a large, straight-sided pot with 6 quarts of water for every 1 pound of pasta. Bring to a boil, add 1 teaspoon of salt for each quart of water and stir to dissolve. • Wait for rapidly boiling water before adding pre-made pasta then cook according to package instructions for al dente, which means the pasta offers a slight resistance. For stuffed or fresh pasta, aim for a gentle boil and cook 1-5 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water for use in sauces then drain (never rinse) your pasta. • Add pasta to your sauce; never the other way around. Pair thin pastas like angel hair with lighter sauces, seafoods, basil and light oils. Fettucine, penne and rigatoni complement spicy sausage, heavy creams and chunky ragu. When in doubt, spaghetti offers a versatile option. Pasta is a natural fit for fresh veggies, and you can put your skills to the test with Pappardelle with Garden Vegetables or create Homemade Potato Gnocchi to freeze and enjoy later. For more information, visit rouxbe. com.

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Add salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside. Heat grill to medium heat. Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels. Rub oil on both sides to coat; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill fish 6-9 minutes until cooked through; cool slightly. Remove skin and bones; cut fish into 1 1/2-inch strips. In medium bowl, toss fish with lime juice and cumin. Warm tortillas in microwave or at 275 F in oven. Place equal amounts of fish, cheese, tomatoes, cabbage and salsa in center of each tortilla. Roll up tacos to serve. Servings: 6 (12 tacos)

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Electric Vehicles: The End Of The Internal Combustion Engine? by Thomas R. Buff The internal combustion engine has been around since the 1800s. Gas or diesel the fuel goes in and is compressed. Bang! The pistons go up and down, the vehicle moves. Well there is more to it than that but you get the message. As we all know the push for a change from fossil fuels has been around for a long time. First came emissions laws then the hybrid and then the fully electric vehicles. With climate change being a hot topic, we are now seeing a big push for not only manufacturing more fully electric vehicles but also for ending the manufacture of the internal combustion engines in cars and light trucks in the very near future. Ten or twenty years ago the thought of a transition to electrification of the trans-

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ers away from purchasing the Hybrids and EVs that were supposed to take the world by storm. Tesla has changed the minds of many. They have proven that an electric vehicle can not only be a very reliable source of transportation but also can be purchased at a reasonable price. Many other manufactures have followed Tesla and introduced their own version of the EV and many have taken notice. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4 , Volvo XC90, and the Nissan Ariya are just a few of the new model EVs that are using lithium battery technology that offers long range, reliability and short charge times. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 91 percent of the energy consumed from the transportation industry comes from petroleum. They claim the transportation industry is also responsible for 28 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. So, the world is in fact, looking to transition away from the internal combustion engine and spark the electrification of the transportation areas. Some governments of major countries around the globe are beginning to place limitations in place for phased out the I/C engine. General Motors will cease production of gasoline and diesel-powered cars and light trucks by 2035. Volkswagen will not produce gasoline or diesel engines after the 2026 model year. In Europe the manufactures of diesel trucks will phase out operations by 2040. So, the writing is on the wall. The electrification of the transportation industry is a hot topic. EVs are gaining popularity due to the increases in technology and customer satisfaction. But the end of the internal combustion engine will not happen overnight. The current power grid and infrastructure is not capable of providing power for the hundreds of thousand charging stations that will need to be utilized. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration before the demise of the gasoline or diesel engine. Will many popular engines that we are familiar with go away? Yes, they will. But it will take many, many years to phase them out. Happy Motoring!

Do You Have A Trigger Finger? by John Degenhart, DC When you look at someone’s hand, when one finger stays “locked” or close and the patient has a hard time opening their fingers, they call it a trigger finger. The medical name is Stenosing Tenosynovitis. It is my experience that it occurs usually to individuals who use that hand repetitively. Maybe construction work, or years of knitting where the tendons of the palm tighten up. Some people get steroid shots in the palm of their hand, some get surgery to “unlock” the tendon. As a chiropractor, my specialty is the spine. So we purchased years ago a Class IV hot laser. It is good to heal degenerated discs and arthritic shoulders or knees. But guess what else it helps? A trigger finger! For eight minutes a bright laser goes into the palm and the finger. It reduces scar tissue and relaxes the tendon. Most people get one treatment a week, and usually in four visits it is resolved. To be transparent, no insurance pays for the laser, so we have to charge for the session. Some people also sleep at night with their wrist bent, which weakens the nerves into

their fingers. Those patients sleep with a wrist splint on to keep their wrists straight or in a “neutral” position. So this allows for the nerves to heal that goes through the wrist to the fingers. I’m not against trigger finger surgery or carpal tunnel surgery. But our fingers and wrist want to be straight to heal. Our jobs

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Head And Neck Cancer Awareness by the Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton April is National Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month. Head and neck cancer includes cancers of the oral cavity, larynx, pharynx, sinuses/nasal cavity, salivary glands, and neck tissues. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that over 65,000 Americans will develop head and neck in the United States this year. Head and neck cancers are curable if caught early. Fortunately, most of them produce early symptoms. You should know the potential warning signs so you can alert your primary care physician as soon as possible. Successful treatment of head and neck cancer depends on early detection and knowing and recognizing its signs can save your life. There are several head and neck cancer symptoms, including: - Lump, bump, or mass in the head or neck area, with or without pain - Persistent sore throat

- Hoarseness or change in voice - Nasal obstruction or persistent nasal congestion - Frequent nose bleeds and/or unusual nasal discharge - Blood in the saliva or phlegm - Ear and/or jaw pain Although eliminating the cancer is the primary goal of head and neck cancer 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 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 takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Side effects that can occur may require medication and most patients return to routine activities immediately after completing treatment. Sometimes a combination of treatments that 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 www.HazletonCancerCenter.com today.


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In-Home Care Can Help Reduce Readmission by Marlin Duncan, Comfort Keepers People over the age of 65 are more likely to be readmitted than younger patients, and readmission can be more serious for seniors. Readmission after an illness or injury is a serious health issue for seniors. However, it is important for seniors and their loved ones to remember that in many cases, readmission is avoidable and can be prevented with a thoughtful post-hospital care plan. Nearly one-fifth of all Medicare patients in the United States who are discharged from the hospital end up returning within 30 days. There are many reasons seniors may need to be readmitted to the hospital, but healthcare agencies are focused on finding ways to reduce these numbers and educate patients about how to have a healthier recovery at home. For many seniors, this means having a quality caregiver that can help them overcome some of the main preventable causes for returning to the hospital. Consider the fol-

lowing: • Medication is critical: Some seniors need assistance taking medication in the right amount on the correct schedule. When you consider that, on average, seniors with chronic conditions fill 50 different prescriptions annually, it is not difficult to imagine how someone could get confused when a new medication is added to their regimen. Caregivers can not only remind seniors to take medications as prescribed, but they can also

help seniors keep a list of those medications and their dosages so the information is readily available for healthcare professionals. Managing medications is one of the best ways a caregiver can help seniors during their recovery. • Follow up visits prevent readmission: A full two-thirds of patients readmitted to the hospital would have avoided that trip if they had seen their physicians within two weeks for follow up. The reasons for not following up vary but can include transportation difficulties and forgetting to make or keep appointments. Hospital staff can aid the senior by setting up appointments for the individual before discharge, but getting to the appointment can still be a challenge. In addition to a host of uplifting care services, caregivers can provide transportation to appointments and keep track of any post-care visits. • Discharge plans only work when implemented properly: Having a discharge plan for the patient before he or she leaves the

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hospital can be crucial for recovery, but it can be difficult for seniors and their family members to focus on the plan during the stress of the illness and discharge. Caregivers can help the senior follow the instructions, and will connect with family or other approved individuals when there are problems or change in condition during recovery. They can also help explain the information or ensure that the appropriate person is notified if the older individual has questions about his or her course of treatment. This takes the stress off the family and the patient so he or she can focus on recovery. Having a helping hand during recovery can ensure positive outcomes and a return to an active, engaged life. Family members, friends and neighbors are often willing to serve as a post-hospital recovery caregiver, but there is professional help available for those that don’t have someone nearby to assist them. For long-term recovery, those who have the assistance of friends and family can benefit from a professional caregiver to provide respite care and support. Comfort Keepers® Can Help Comfort Keepers caregivers can help with encouragement, support and assistance with daily living. And, caregivers can encourage overall health through meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation and activities. Our custom care plans focus on physical and mental health and wellness activities. Our goal is to see that clients have the means to find the joy and happiness in each day, regardless of age or acuity. To learn more about our in-home care services, contact your local Comfort Keepers location today.

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Is Botox The New Prozac? by Stephen Schleicher, MD. This is the title of a feature article published a while ago in the New York Daily News. Research performed at a cosmetic center in Maryland demonstrated that Botox, by helping to prevent a person from frowning, helps treat not only wrinkles but depression as well. The study involved 84 individuals with severe depression that lasted on average for two years and did not respond well to antidepressants. Following one Botox session nearly 30% of those treated reported an absence of depression. The data was presented at a meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and was cited in Time magazine. The lead researcher commented in Time that the primary benefit of

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Spring Into Excellent Oral Health And An Even Better You! by Frank Glushefski, D.M.D. It’s hard to believe that we are already a quarter of the way into the New Year! It appears that Spring has definitely arrived after the snowy and cold winter we had. Considering the fact that most dental insurances renew in January coupled with this great spring weather, there is no better time than the present to schedule your preventative cleaning and examination appointment. Most dental insurances allow two such appointments per calendar year provided they are scheduled six months apart. This is a wonderful “maintenance plan” to assure you of optimal oral health. These “maintenance appointments” will serve as an early means of detection for tooth decay, failing or broken restorations or crowns, ill-fitting dentures, gum issues and even oral cancer. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and the American Dental Association

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urges scheduled oral hygiene and examination appointments no less than every six months to assure early detection of all dental issues including oral cancer. Remember – early detection leads to early, less-invasive and costly treatment! Last year, nearly 42,000 patients were diagnosed with oral or throat cancer. Sadly, the five year survival rate if the diagnosis is advanced is only 64%. On the brighter side, early cancer detection and treatment will greatly reduce the health-related problems which result from aggressive therapy. Again, regularly-scheduled preventative, diagnostic oral hygiene appointments is the best line of defense to detect oral cancer in its earliest of stages. These visits will greatly enhance your chances for early detection of suspicious oral health changes that, when caught early, will lead to easier, less-invasive treatments. A patient’s second line of defense is self-examination on a routine basis. Routine oral “self-checks” are very instrumental in proper diagnosis when combined with your dentist’s findings as well as reporting all signs and symptoms of something that “just doesn’t seem normal to you”. If any of the following signs and/or symptoms appear and do not subside or disappear within two weeks, consult with your dentist immediately: 1) Sudden changes in how your upper and lower teeth meet 2) Pain, tenderness, or numbness in your mouth or lips 3) Irritations or sores are present

4) Discoloration such as red or white patches 5) Difficulties when speaking, chewing, swallowing, or moving your jaw or tongue 6) Lumpy, crusty lesions 7) Erosive areas 8) Raised lesions/swelling Those that are at the highest risk for oral cancer would be either heavy smokers or drinkers who are age 50 or older. The human papilloma virus version 16, which is sexually transmitted, is related to the increasing incidence of mouth cancer in non-smoking patients. It should be noted that several still-unknown internal and external factors exist which may also play a role in oral cancer development. The earliest indicator for imminent disease is your mouth. Lumps, sores, or oral lesions lasting more than two weeks may serve as an early warning of impending health issues. With the coming of Spring, renewed dental benefits, and the benefits of early detection, make an affirmative step towards a better you that will be around for family and friends for an even longer time to come. Should you wish to take a step towards better overall dental and physical health and well-being, please do not hesitate to contact my office to schedule an appointment at a time which is most convenient to you. For additional office information, past dental articles, or more oral hygiene instructions, please visit our website at www.toothdocpa.com or contact us at 570-443-9892.

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What Is Causing Tingling And Numbness In Your Hands And Feet? by Ting Oh, PT, Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers Tingling and numbness in the hands and feet can be quite annoying and in severe cases, causes problems like dropping things and having difficulties with balance and walking. Knowing what is causing your tingling and numbness can go a long way to help get rid of it. In the hands, the problem can be caused by a pinched nerve in the neck, the elbow or the wrist otherwise known as carpal tunnel syndrome. It can also be from neuropathy or tight muscles. In the feet, it can be a pinched nerve in the low back, the knee or the ankle. Like the hands, it can also be from neuropathy of tight muscles. Knowing what the cause is can help treatment be more effective. For example, treatment for a pinched nerve in the neck would look alot different to treating one in the elbow, which would be completely different to treating neuropathy. Caught early, treatment is also much more effective as in severe cases, the problem can get to the point of causing nerve damage which is much harder to resolve. So how do you know where the problem is coming from and how severe it is? There are many clinical tests we can do to help us determine the cause but normally their accuracy is not very high. For example, with carpal tunnel syndrome, clinical tests are only around 2050% accurate. In cases of suspected nerve problems, the go to test is an EMG/NCS test. In the case of carpal tunnel it is 86% accurate. It can also determine what part of the nerve is injured and what severity. This really helps treatment as you would not want to treat a mild nerve lining (myelin) injury the same as an injury to the nerve itself. An example that comes to mind is a patient of mine who came with a diagnosis of a pinched nerve in the low back causing pain

and weakness in the shin and foot. We did an EMG/NCS which showed the problem was actually due to a pinched nerve at her knee. This changed how we treated her and saved her from going for injections in her low back. A recent study showed in 62% of the time, doing a diagnostic test such as an EMG/ NCS and ultrasound imaging, changed the treatment in people who were being treated in Physical Therapy. At FYZICAL Therapy and Balancer Center, having the ability to perform these tests has helped us more accurately figuring out what someone’s problem is and allows




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News For Older Americans: Social Engagement For Seniors

(NAPSI)—Maintaining social connections and staying mentally and physically active is key to reducing social isolation and loneliness among older adults, particularly now during the COVID-19 national health crisis. There are many opportunities for older adults and caregivers to remain engaged and connected to their family, friends and community with and without technology during the pandemic. Here are a few suggestions all of us might consider doing during this time:  • Reach out. Try to call a family member or friend every day, write them a note or send a card.  • Stay active, mentally and physically. Move more and sit less. Engage in physical activity such as a walk or online group exercise classes.  • Flex your brain. Draw a sketch, write a poem or short story, or start journaling.  • Create connections using technology. Use online tools to connect with friends and family. Attend virtual events and concerts or tour

(Family Features) As people have spent more time at home, many have rediscovered the simple joy of home-cooking and stumbled upon a secret weapon for health at the same time. By making smart, intentional decisions from breakfast to dinner and every meal (and drink) in-between, they are supporting strong bodies. A heart-smart eating plan is especially important for more than 30 million people in the U.S. living with type 2 diabetes who are at double the risk for heart disease and stroke compared to those without diabetes, according to the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association's Know Diabetes by Heart initiative. When managing diabetes and heart health, building a consistent eating plan with the right balance can be a powerful tool. Healthy eating provides benefits for the whole family whether members are managing existing health conditions or not. A key to feeling your best begins with the first meal of the day. Start the morning on a nutritious note with lowsugar, low-fat, low-calorie alternatives to traditional fat- and sugar-laden breakfast foods. Doing this you're setting yourself up for a healthy day and getting the energy you need to live it to the fullest. Find more recipes and learn more about managing the connection between diabetes and heart health at KnowDiabetesbyHeart.org/Recipes.

museums from home. Read a book online. • Volunteer and share your skills from home. Develop a virtual mentoring relationship with a student through a local college or connect with your local Area Agency on Aging to find opportunities to help others. Through its website, www.eldercare. acl.gov, and national Call Center at 1-(800)677-1116, the Eldercare ­Locator can inform and connect older adults and caregivers to local programs and services that provide a variety of ways to stay connected to others in their communities to reduce social isolation and loneliness.



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