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Last Minute Holiday Guide - Shop Local..................7 Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori.......................................16 Wake Up The Echoes: Frank Leahy and Leon Hart by Rev. Connell McHugh.....................................................38 What, No Spare Tire? by Thomas R. Buff.......................43

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Characteristics of a Good American by Benjamin Wayne Houston of Omak, Washington - March 16, 1942

If you were asked, what does it mean to be a “Good American” what would you say? I’m sure that this common idea has been pondered by many people through the years, including great writers! I feel safe in saying that none were written better and with more true American Heart & Spirit than Benjamin Wayne Houston. Wayne was a family member who I fondly recall was a nice man with a big heart! He wrote this as a young high school student in the spring of 1942, just a few months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. These were his words: A good American has many, many good characteristics. The most valuable and important characteristics a good American can possess is honesty. He does not cheat anyone but then gives the other fellow the best deal. He threats all the situations fairly and squarely. A good American has faith in himself, in the government, and in other people. He trusts them, always believing that they are being honest toward him. He puts all his knowledge into the better welfare of the public. He is always generous. He does not try to be a miser, but he shares and shares alike, with all his fellow men. He helps the other "guy", does some of his work when he is needed. He is not afraid of work but is always willing to do his share and a little overtime. He co-operates with the public and sympathizes with them. A good American is not impatient. He takes his time and reasons out the different problems that face him. He has and preserves tolerance. That is, he endures offensive persons and opinions. A good American keeps his promise. When he tells someone that he will do something he keeps his word and does it. He never goes back on his promises. A good American always does his best work, toward duty to God and his country. He is physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. A good American has good manners. He uses these all the time. When he is in danger he stands back and helps the women and children out before himself. He always shows courtesy to women. He is trustworthy. He is loyal to all to whom loyalty is due. A good American is friendly. He does not go around hating everyone but is cheerful toward all.

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A good American is thrifty. He puts his money into Defense Bonds and Stamps for the security of his country. He works faithfully, wastes nothing, and makes the best out of his opportunities. He is brave. When faced with a danger he does not turn and run away but faces the danger squarely. A good American is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties, and respects the convictions of others in matter of customs and religion. A good American believes in the United States as a government of the people, by the people and for the people. He loves his country, obeys it's laws, respects the flag, and is willing, at all times to do his part to defend it against all enemies. He is willing to sacrifice all his pleasures, even his life, so that other people may enjoy life's pleasures better.

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Try These Christmas Confections Brought To You By Bresky's

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- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. - Grease bottom & sides of 12x18 pan.* - In medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, & salt. - In bowl of electric mixer, beat 2 sticks butter & sugar till light & fluffy. - Add eggs & beat thoroughly. - Add almond & vanilla extracts. - Add ricotta cheese till just combined. - Spread batter in prepared pan & bake 35-45 minutes till edges are lightly golden. -Cool completely on wire rack.*

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- Place all ingredients in bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until combined - Spread over cooled bars, cut into squares & top with sliced almonds.

FRUITCAKE BARK This one is for grown-ups only. Or Santa. turning occasionally. - Melt Merckens white chocolate. - Add brandied fruit & nuts, stirring until all coated. - Spread onto wax paper or parchment*. - Add brandy to candied fruit in original Let set. - Break into bite sized pieces. container with lid.

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and salt. Gradually add the creamed mixture. - Divide dough into 36 tablespoon sized pieces. - Wrap each piece of dough around a cherry, forming a ball. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.* - Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Cool on wire rack.* - Melt white chocolate. Dip each ball and roll in coconut. Let set.

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31st Annual Old Time Christmas at Quiet Valley

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm will present its 31st annual Old Time Christmas event on December 4, 5 and December 11, 12 with candlelit tours leaving every 15 minutes beginning at 2:30 p.m., with the last group going out at 7:00 p.m. More than any other holiday, Christmas celebrations center on the traditions of our families and our heritage. Begin a new tradition with your family this year during an outing to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, where the Christmas

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customs of the past are brought to life. From the softly glowing lantern light to complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, Old Time Christmas is sure to become a favorite holiday pastime for many years to come. Gather around a bonfire while you wait for your visit to the 1800s to begin. Guides in period clothing will lead guests on their journey into the past beginning with this year’s Victorian skit. Glimpse an 1890s Christmas as the family reminiscences and makes new holiday memories. Before you leave take a peek at their Christmas Putz, a homemade nativity and village scene, that was a custom the Moravians began and was soon enthusiastically adopted by the Pennsylvania Germans. Afterwards it’s on to the living Nativity located in the barnyard which includes the Quiet Valley farm animals and offers a look at the foundation of this special

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celebration including a soloist and scripture readings. Then off to a simple log cabin where visitors experience the rustic Christmas of the early 1800s. At the one room schoolhouse it is a jolly time as the school marm leads both the musicians and guests in singing their favorite seasonal carols. There is plenty of nervous excitement in the cellar kitchen as folks await a visit from the Belschnikel, a traditional Pennsylvania German character who made his rounds during the Christmas season. He is the

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Panorama Community Magazine one who really knows if you were naughty or nice. While on the farm be sure to vote for your favorite Xmas tree donated and decorated by sponsors! The final stop is in the Engel Education Building for complimentary refreshments which adds a final festive touch to the visit. As you leave be sure to stop in the Holiday Gift Shop which is stocked with heritage crafts handmade by Quiet Valley artisans. It is the place to find unique gifts at reasonable prices. We recommend pre-purchased tickets at https://quiet-valley.ticketleap. com/old-time-christmas/ Those looking for a truly meaningful way to start their Christmas season will discover it at this very special event. Old Time Christmas is held annually the first two full weekends of December. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12, with those under three admitted free. You will be outside part of the time so remember to dress warmly. Please no pets or smoking. Group of 12 or more with reservations, receive a discounted price any of the four days, when going out between 2:30pm

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through 3:30pm. Perfect for scout troops, church groups and large families that want to go together. It takes about an hour and a half to two hours to see all of Old Time Christmas. All funds raised support the farm museum and its educational programming. For more information contact Quiet Valley at 570-992-6161, farm@quietvalley.org, or consult the website at www.quietvalley.org. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational corporation dedicated to the preservation and presentation of 19th century agricultural history. Quiet Valley is located 3 ½ miles south of Stroudsburg, Pa. off of Business Route 209.

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Art & Antiques By Dr. Lori

Squishmallows: Collectible Toy of the Future By Dr. Lori Verderame Don’t know which contemporary toy is the best one to buy for everybody on your list this holiday season? While many toys make great gifts, some toys will be collectibles of the future. So, as an expert who reviews and researches the patterns of collecting in the art, antiques, and collectibles markets, I have my picks of the toys to buy and keep for the long run. What is my pick for the holiday toy of choice in 2021? Squishmallows. I think the soft plush toys that second for cuddly pillows with cutesy and culturally significant names, complex backstories, and strong designs called

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Panorama Community Magazine has its own character name, squishdate which is likened to a birthdate, collector number, character backstory, and of course, the all-important -- and God forbid you remove it-- printed tag. The fun plush toys are available in four sizes: 5 inches tall, 8 inches tall, 12 inches tall and 16 inches tall ranging in price from approximately $5 to $20 each. The cost is attractive to all ages. Kids can afford their low price in order to make additions to their Squishmallows collections. Adults collect them too. In fact, I was interviewed about appraising collectible Squishmallows recently and the 20-something reporter admitted that she and her friends are wild about collecting the cuddly creature toys, too. That didn’t surprise me as young adults are enthusiastic plush toy collectors for many reasons. One reason is that the age group grew up with the 1990s collectible toy crazes. Kellytoy, the California plush toy manufacturer that makes and markets Squishmallows, introduced the brand in 2017 and enjoys widespread interest and sales – more than 55 million in sales to date. The complete Squishmallows

Squad includes more than 800 plush characters in various sizes. The plush toys are simple in their design and feature colorful and textural attributes that make the toys attract to the collecting public. Squishmallows are made from super soft spandex EF and polyester stuffing. Each toy is washable. Collectors look for some of the same elements in a Squishmallow as Ty Inc. Beanies Babies. Tags are important to authentication and value since there are fakes out there trying to imitate the toys. To an appraiser and market analyst like

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Panorama Community Magazine class professional actors, lush costumes, stunning sets and puppetry, song and dance, a heavy dose of humor, and a timeless message. The music of 26 beloved traditional carols of the season is woven throughout this classic tale making A Christmas Carol the perfect way to begin your family holiday festivities. Join us for this wonderful holiday classic. Bring your friends and family to enjoy this heartwarming story that reminds us all that it’s never too late to show compassion for your fellow man and “keep Christmas in your heart, and try to keep it all the year.” The 2021-2022 Greater Hazleton Concert Series, Inc. offers entertaining, professional performances to subscribers. Individual, family and student subscription rates are available. Individual tickets for A Christmas Carol are $30 for adults and $10 for students. A Christmas Carol will begin at 7:30 PM at the Hazleton Area High School Auditorium where abundant free, lighted parking is available. The Concert Series provides outstanding entertainment in a convenient, comfortable venue at an unbeatable price! For concert information or tickets, call Cynthia at 570-579-7110, Amelia at 570-788-4864 or Shirley at 570-956-1653. Find more information on all our concerts on The Greater Hazleton Concert Series, Inc. web site at hazletonconcertseries.org/ or visit our Facebook page.

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SJM Annual Christmas Tree Display in The Valley

Steve Martonick, owner of SJM Auto Sales and Repair, was raised in West Hazleton. Growing up, Steve and his friends would go over to McKenna’s Corner (Broad Street and Winter’s Avenue) and enjoy the large Christmas Tree, displayed there every year. Later in his life, he moved to the Valley with his family and started his business. He believed it would be a good idea to give back to the community by putting up a large tree like the ones of his childhood at SJM for everyone to enjoy. Five years ago, he drove around the area looking for a tree that would be appropriate for his plan. From there, he asked the owners for permission to use the tree and recruited area businesses to help move it. They craned, cut, and transported the tree to the SJM parking lot, where the hole was excavated and the tree was carefully secured. It was then decorated with over 5000 lights and other decorations. It has been an annual event ever since. This year’s tree was donated by the Wagner Family of the Conyngham Valley. In addition to the tree celebration, Martonick made SJM a Toys For Tots drop off. Each year, he plans an eventincluding live reindeer, Santa Claus, and refreshments- to raise awareness for this charity. This year's event is Saturday December 11th form 1pm to 3pm.

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Holidays & Model Trains The sounds and sights of model trains circling under the Christmas tree are a part of the memories of the holidays for many. The tradition of model trains on a small circle of track or more elaborate layouts are as much a part of holiday memories as Visitors to the Anthracite Model Railroad Society clubhouse are invited to take a step back in time to the 1940s and early 1950s, the era depicted in the custom built, 21 by 48-foot HO scale layout. Consisting of three interconnected levels with more than 1800 feet (30 scale miles) of track, and

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the Emerald House, workers’ houses, and mule barn. On the lower level, visitors will see historic Mauch Chunk (Jim Thorpe) including detailed models of the CNJ station, Court House, Asa and Harry Packer Mansions, Lehigh Navigation Building and St Marks Church. In addition, visitors will have a chance to see models of the now destroyed Lehigh Valley Station and the Hotel Wanetah. Also featured on the lower level are the Packerton Yard, Bethlehem Steel Mill, the Lehigh River, and the Lehigh Canal with mule drawn, coal hauling barges. The tradition of opening the display to the public started soon after the club found its first home in the 1980s. Club members enjoy sharing their labors with railroad fans of all ages. Some model enthusiasts make the pilgrimage from out of state, while other visitors are close neighbors. Some are brought in by a love of trains; others come to be reminded of the Hazleton area of their childhood. Parents and grandparents enjoy sharing the excitement that all children have for model trains. The club will host a special Thomas and Friends weekend December 4th and 5th. On that weekend the club will feature a display of Thomas and Friends locomotives and rolling stock. Area children will recognize many of their favorite engines like Thomas, Percy, Emily, and Spencer rolling along the

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Jim Thorpe’s 40th Annual Olde Time Christmas Weekends bring you the place to celebrate the holiday season all December long as the snow falls, the bells ring, and everyone is feeling jolly. The Old Time Christmas weekends will be held on Dec. 4/5, 11/12, and, 18/19. Walking the streets of Jim Thorpe at Christmastime, you’d think Charles Dickens himself had celebrated his own holidays here. The historic Victorian architecture, cheerful music, brisk mountain air, and mouth-watering

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Panorama Community Magazine of free family activities. Fees apply to some events, with proceeds benefiting local charities. See website for details. Enjoy photos with Santa, horsedrawn carriage rides, The Black Forest Krampusnacht Festival, special community holiday events, live entertainment throughout town, and more! Horse and buggy rides as well as a Santa Train will be offered. A tree lighting will be held on Dec. 3 in Josiah White Park, with Santa’s arrival and entertainment to benefit local nonprofits. Tentative activities for Olde Time Christmas Weekends include children’s events, carolers, horse and buggy rides, choir boys, Dickens reading, and a Christmas concert. Black Forest Krampusnacht Festival is an immersive fairytale experience, including the Running of the Krampus (Krampuslauf), local vendors & food, a beer garden, costume contest, live music (including polka!), free kids’ crafts & storytime, photos with Saint Nicholas, and a Toys for Tots drive. The event will take place on December 4th from 11am to 4pm at Kemmerer Park in Jim Thorpe which is across the street from the Harry Packer Mansion within walking distance of the town's main parking area. . The legend of Krampus is thought to originate in Germany. According to Norse mythology, he is the son of the

goddess Hel, who is a daughter of Loki. Though the tradition of young men dressed as hairy, horned, and goatlike Krampii to scare away the ghosts of winter pre-dates the celebration of Christmas, became intertwined with the legend of Saint Nicholas. In many European Alpine towns, it is Krampus who punishes naughty children while Saint Nicholas rewards the good. Traditionally, Krampus, who has cloven hooves and goat horns, visited children alongside St. Nicholas; St. Nicholas would reward well-behaved children with modest gifts (such as oranges, walnuts, or chocolates) while naughty children would receive punishment from Krampus. Krampus predates the traditional Christian

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Twelve Twenty-Four Performance Twelve Twenty-Four, the nation's original and longest running re-creation of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will be bringing their high energy, full-scale, holiday rock orchestra concert to the Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts Center, Hazleton, Pennsylvania, on Friday, December 17, 2021, at 8:00 PM. Established in 2002, Twelve TwentyFour presents a high energy, full-scale, holiday rock orchestra concert featuring everyone’s favorite rock-edge holiday music as well as their own holiday creations. Gracing their concert stage this season is an amazing group of thirteen professional and talented performers. Twelve Twenty-Four includes a six-piece rock band, multi-piece string section, and a variety of vocalists. This dedicated group of performers work year-round to

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A Letter From Brandon's Forever Home I’m sure when we all look back on the past year and a half we can all agree that our lives were thrown into a tailspin and no one expected it. So many aspects of our day to day lives went from routine to upside down. While the world struggled to adjust to the new norm of life during a pandemic, Brandon’s Forever Home, our staff and programming also redirected to meet the demands that COVID-19 set upon us. We saw a community of people suffer sickness, job loss, family loss, and hidden child abuse and with every new need we quickly planned to face it head on and continue to provide our services to now a much broader client base. For those unfamiliar with our mission, Brandon’s Forever Home was created in the heart of downtown Hazleton to serve the surrounding community’s abused and neglected children. What once was the drop off of a few donations in a founder’s garage has grown into its own site, a hub, for activities, services and material assistance. Brandon's Forever Home offers free clothing, school supplies, hygiene products and more to children in foster care. We also provide tutoring, scholarships, and free monthly activities for families and those in our mentoring program. We offer a support

group as well lead by a licensed therapist. Additionally, our food distribution which operates weekly is income based and open to the general public. With all of this said, we could not have accomplished any of these tasks without the outpouring of help from volunteers, the tremendous amount of donations we received, and the unity of other local non-profi t agencies. Each time the storm became stronger we would rise up to meet it. Thank you to CEO, who we have partnered with to feed our local families each week without pause, the local organizations such as Leadership WilkesBarre, Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre, Saint Jude’s Church Mountain Top, our devoted staff and volunteers, our teen mentors, and all of the individuals who reached out to us privately with monetary donations, material assistance, clothing, diapers and more. We have been behind closed doors for much of this time due to health and safety restrictions but please know that every effort you have made to support this mission has made all the difference. We truly could not have continued to provide what we had without this support. Please continue to spread the word of our mission, pray alongside us for the health and safety of the world’s

community and make your own Calcutta. “Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick and suffering a n d the lonely right there where you are in your own homes, in your own families, in your workplaces and in your schools. You can find Calcutta all over the world if you have the eyes to see. Everywhere, where ever you go, you find people who are unwanted, unloved, uncared for just rejected by society, completely forgotten, completely left alone.” -Mother Theresa

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Upcoming Community Events Friday, December 3 from 3pm to 8pm • 2021 Wassailfest & Holiday Night Market • Downtown Hazleton, 20 W Broad Street Shop for the Holidays! Downtown businesses and organizations will serve as hosts to guest vendors. Hosts will also be providing samples of holiday drinks (like mulled wine, spiced cider, boilo, egg nog, and other holiday favorites). Shopping is FREE! A tasting mug will be provided to those who purchase the drink tasting ticket. Cost is $10 per person for advanced tickets (or $12 same day). Pick up your map and tasting mug at the HUB Welcome Center (15 W. Broad St.) starting at 4:30 PM on the day of the event. Enjoy additional festivities at CAN DO Community Park with special Christmas Tree Lighting and a Christmas in the Caribbean party at the Hayden Family Center for the Arts. For additional details call 570-455-1509 x 109 or email kschneider@downtownhazleton.org.

Market • 28 S Railroad St, Tamaqua Come join us for our annual open air old fashioned Christmas market. It’s held outside under white lights. Our local fire company attend and sets up warming pits. We are honored to have Victorian carolers. We have approximately 25 vendors that surround our turn of the century building and store which will also be open. We have a second location, 5 Points Mill, a short walk away which will also be open.

Sunday December 5 from 10am to 11:30am • Breakfast Buffet with Santa • Carmen's Country Inn and Gardens, 364 Freedom Road, Drums Treat your children to a beloved holiday tradition of breakfast buffet with Santa! Everyone will have a delicious breakfast, a photo opportunity with Santa and a gift for every child. Make sure to bring your wish list to… Santa will be collecting your list and taking it back to the north pole. Each Saturday, December 4 at 5pm • Annual child that brings a list or letter for Santa Open Air Old Fashioned Christmas Continued on page 31

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Project 113’s locomotive will pull Schuylkill County’s only steam-powered Santa trains in December

Steam-powered Santa trains will operate from Minersville on two days this year: Saturday, the 11th of December, and Sunday, the 12th of December. Three trips each day will travel from the Minersville Station to south of Schuylkill Haven and back, a fifteen-mile, 70-minute round-trip, with departures at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 and 3:30 p.m. Santa rides every train and talks with every child! Railway Restoration Project 113 maintains and operates the steam locomotive that pulls the trains – Schuylkill County’s only steampowered Santa trains in 2021 – and the Reading & Northern Railroad provides the coaches. Tickets cost $17 for every person 12 years old and up and $9 for every child 3-11; those under 3 ride free. Every rider of every age requires a ticket. Families and anyone else wishing to ride may order their tickets by sending a check, made out to Project 113, to Project 113 Santa Train, 113 East Sunbury Street, Minersville PA 17954. Please indicate the date and time of the train you wish to ride,

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Unique Desserts That Are Sure To Please Every Palette

Holiday Baking Snow Globe Cheesecakes Yields 5 Servings

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INGREDIENTS CRUST • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/4 cup red sprinkles CHEESECAKE • 3 Two 1/4-ounce packages unflavored powdered gelatin • 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted • 1/2 cup sour cream DIRECTIONS 1. For the crust: Add the graham cracker crumbs, butter and salt to a large bowl and mix to combine. Mix in the red sprinkles. 2. Divide the crumb mixture equally among the cavities of a 5-cavity silicone muffin mold with 4.57-ounce

cavities and press into the bottom. Put the mold on a baking sheet and freeze while you make the cheesecake mixture. 3. For the cheesecake: Combine the gelatin with 1/4 cup water in a small microwave-safe bowl and set aside to soften, about 5 minutes.

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about 5 minutes. 10. Add the granulated sugar to the gelatin mixture and heat over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally, just until the gelatin and sugar dissolve, about 5 minutes. 11. Pour the gelatin mixture into a large liquid measuring cup and stir in the remaining 2 cups lemon-lime soda. Use a spoon to scoop away any bubbles at the surface. Let sit at room temperature until the gelatin just begins to thicken and is the consistency of thin fruit jelly, about 20 minutes. Add the silver glitter and stir with a spoon. Scoop away any bubbles or lumped up sprinkles at the surface. 12. Pour the mixture into the cavities of a 5-cavity silicone half-sphere mold with 4-ounce cavities and scoop away any bubbles at the surface. Refrigerate until the gelatin has thickened and is slightly set on top but still very wobbly, 6 to 8 minutes. 13. Push a tree straight down into the center of each cavity and hold for a few seconds to allow the gelatin to split and fill back up around the tree.

Refrigerate until completely set, at least 6 hours and up to overnight. 14. To assemble: Fill a 9-by-13inch glass dish with warm water. Set the half-sphere mold into the water and let sit until the gelatin spheres have loosened from the mold, about 5 minutes. Lift the mold from the water and invert onto a baking sheet. Set aside in the refrigerator. 15. Carefully unmold the cheesecakes from the mold. Put the white nonpareils in a small bowl. Carefully dip the top of each cheesecake into the white nonpareils and transfer to a serving platter. Add a gelatin snow globe on top of each cheesecake.

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Panorama Community Magazine Kransekake is a show-stopping Scandinavian celebration dessert that literally means 'wreath cake.'

Kransekake

INGREDIENTS • 1 pound almond flour • 1 1/2 pounds confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting • 3 large egg whites • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract • Nonstick baking spray • Finely ground semolina, for dusting • 3 tablespoons meringue powder • Food coloring, optional

Note - this recipe requires special equipment: 6 kransekake molds

DIRECTIONS 1. Arrange a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 300 degrees F. 2. Add the almond flour and 1 pound of the confectioners' sugar to a food processor. Pulse about 10 times to combine. Add the egg whites and vanilla extract. Run the processor for about 20 seconds until the dough forms into a ball; it will be slightly sticky. Remove the dough from the food processor and form it into a disc. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for 20 minutes. 3. Spray the kransekake molds with nonstick spray and sprinkle with semolina, tapping off any excess. 4. Working with a quarter of the Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen dough at a time, roll it out into a rope long enough to wrap into each mold. than 1/2 inch. (Keep the unused dough The width should be even and no thicker covered with plastic wrap.) Repeat the process until all the molds are filled. Closed & Transfer the molds to 2 baking sheets. Merry Christmas fro Christmas m Day Happy New Year 5. Bake until lightly golden, about everyone at 20 minutes, rotating halfway through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in the molds. Carefully remove each ring from the molds onto cooling racks for 10 minutes. Located in the 6. To make the royal icing, add the Church Hill Mall remaining 1/2 pound confectioners' sugar, meringue powder and 4 tablespoons water to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk until stiff peaks form. If desired, stir a few drops of food coloring into the icing with a rubber spatula. Put the TRY OUR royal icing into a piping bag fitted with DELICIOUS a small round tip. Pipe icing onto each HOMEMADE ring and stack them, largest to smallest. CHILI! Dust with confectioners' sugar right OPEN: Mon.-Sat. 7am-7pm • Sun. 8am-2pm before serving.

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Wake Up The Echoes: Frank Leahy and Leon Hart

Frank Leahy was born on August 27, 1908 in O’Neill, Nebraska and died June 21, 1973 in Portland, Oregon. He played tackle for his idol, Knute Rockne on Notre Dame teams by Rev. Connell McHugh in 1928, 1929, and 1930. The 1929 and 1930 teams were National Champions. After graduation, Frank Leahy became a line coach for Georgetown in 1931 and for Michigan State in 1932. From 1933 through 1938, Leahy was line coach for the excellent Jim Crowley Fordham teams. Their line was called the Blocks of Granite. The great Packer Coach, Vince Lombardi was a guard on the 1935 and 1936 Fordham teams. After being a successful line coach at Fordham, Leahy became the head coach of Boston College for the 1939 and 1940 seasons, guiding them to a 20-2 record. In 1940, Boston College defeated Tennessee 19-13 in the Sugar Bowl. In those years the National Champion was selected before the Bowl Games and Tennessee was selected, but Boston College was viewed as National Champion since it went undefeated and beat Tennessee 19-13 in the Sugar Bowl. Frank Leahy began coaching Notre Dame in 1941 and mentored the team in 1942 and 1943. When World War II escalated, Notre Dame, like many colleges suspended their Football Program. His career record at Notre Dame was 87-11-9, the second best percentage behind Knute Rockne. Overall he was 107-13-9. In 1970 Leahy was selected to the College Hall of Fame as a coach. Frank Leahy was Notre Dame’s Athletic Director from 1947 to 1949, but he gave that position up to concentrate on football. “Moose” Krause, the basketball coach succeeded him. Frank Leahy resigned as Football Coach of Notre Dame after the 1953 season for health reasons. He did serve as the General Manager of the L.A.Chargers in 1960, the inaugural year of the AFL. Leahy coached Notre Dame to National Championships

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in 1943, 1946, 1947 and 1949. He had 6 undefeated seasons. His 1953 team was selected as number one by several polls. A controversial 114-14 tie with Iowa cost them the consensus National Championship. Notre Dame scored at the end of the first half and near the end of the game to earn the tie. Both times Notre Dame was out of time outs and both times a player faked an injury to stop the clock. Some writers referred to them as the “Fainting Irish”. Four Heisman Trophy winners played for Frank Leahy: Angelo Bertelli and Johnny Lujack, both quarterbacks, Leon Hart who excelled at offensive and defensive end and Johnny Lattner who was a halfback and punter for Leahy’s last team. In addition, Leahy also recruited another Heisman Trophy winner and NFL star, Paul Hornung. I can remember at the age of 7 watching the Highlights of Notre Dame’s 1953 team games on Sunday nights. I looked forward to each Sunday evening. I can, after all these years remember the starting backfield of this 9-0-1 team: quarterback Ralph Guglielmi, halfbacks Johnny Lattner and Joe Heap and fullback Neil Worden. The entire backfield made the NFL but none became stars. Leon Hart was born on November 2, 1928 and died September 24, 2002 in South Bend a little over a week after attending the Notre Dame/Michigan game of a perforated ulcer. Hart also had bypass surgery and cancer

earlier in his life. Leon Hart is a great example of a winning player. He played football at Turtle Creek High School, a short distance from Pittsburgh. Hart’s team went undefeated in all his high school years. During his years at Notre Dame, 1946 through 1949, Hart’s team went 36-0-2. They won 3 National Championships. In 1949, Leon Hart won both the Heisman and Maxwell Trophies. Hart was the last lineman to win the Heisman. He is only one of four players to win a Heisman Trophy, a National Championship and be the 1st pick of the NFL draft. At Notre Dame., Hart played both offensive and defensive end from 1946 through 1949 under “The Master” Frank Leahy. Leon Hart was a first team All-American in 1947, 1948 and 1949. He began playing for Notre Dame as a 17 year old in 1946. Hart was captain of the 1949 National Championship team that went 10-0 and outscored opponents 360-86. In 1949 Leon Hart was the Associated Press Athlete of the Year with 104 points outdistancing Jackie Robinson with 55 points. Hart was an excellent student and graduated in 1950 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. The Detroit Lions selected Hart as the Number 1 pick in the 1950 NFL Draft. He signed a 3-year contract for around $20,000 a year, big money for that time. Hart played his entire career for the Lions, 1950-1957. While he did not play on undefeated teams, he did play in the Golden Era of Detroit football. The Lions won the NFL in 1952, 1953 and 1957 with Bobby Layne at quarterback. Hart played 92 games for the Lions at both offensive and defensive end and a fullback. Leon Hart gained 3,111 yards from scrimmage and 2,499 passing yards with 32 career touchdowns. In 1950, Hart married his high school

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Panorama Community Magazine girlfriend, Lois, in St. Coleman’s Roman Catholic Church. The couple remained married until his wife’s death in 1998. Leon and Lois had six children. Their son, Kevin played end on the 1977 National Championship Notre Dame team. Sports Illustrated ranked the 4 year stretch of Notre Dame’s Football Team from 1946 through 1949 as the second best dynasty of any sport in the 20th Century, trailing only the Boston Celtic Teams from 1957 to 1969. That dynasty won 11 NBA titles. Sports Illustrated also ranked Leon Hart among the 50 greatest athletes from Pennsylvania. When Leon Hart was the Heisman Trophy winner in 1949, the 2nd and 3rd players in the voting were future NFL stars: Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice and SMU’s Doak Walker who became a teammate of Hart for the Detroit Lions. Frank Leahy used to say to Hart, “Leon don’t get hurt because you gotta play

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history of college football. Hart appears on Bowman Football cards from 1950 through 1955 and on Topps Cards in 1956 and 1957. The Bowman cards from 1950 to 1953 run $20 to $50 depending on condition. The 1954 and 1955 Bowman cards and the 1956 and 1957 Topps cards cost approximately $10 to $15 in nice condition. The rare and most expensive card of Hart costs upward of $300 and was manufactured by Leaf in 1948. Frank Leahy cards appear in Notre Dame produced sets and in Trading Cards manufactured by the Collegiate Collection Inc. out of Louisville, Kentucky.

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What, No Spare Tire? Its hidden far away in the recesses of the trunk. Out of sight out of mind. Not needed until you hear the dreaded low tire alarm and the strange icon appears on the dash. Flat tire, no problem. I can put the spare tire on and be on the road in no time. Open the truck and to your surprise there is nothing but a can of fix a flat, the stuff you used to fix your bicycle tires when you were a kid. Or maybe a tire inflator kit. Wow, a new car without a spare! Where did it go? Did they forget to put it in your trunk? Not too long ago a spare tire used to be standard equipment in cars and trucks. The new car market is changing in ways that may leave some drivers stuck on the side of the road. Automakers have become so focused solely on fuel economy requirements, trunk space and safety concerns that they have shifted toward smaller temporary tires or in many cases, no spare at all. Full size spares are the same size as the other tires on the vehicle and usually match

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the others. But there has been a 49 percent decrease since 2007 of vehicles that still provide a full time spare. Temporary spares, often called “donut tires” can be found in 52 percent of 2014 plus model year cars. But these tires are designed to be used on a temporary basis because they are smaller and are not made for speeds over 55 miles per hour. “Run flat tires” normally require no spare at all. These tires have reinforced sidewalls that give them the strength to operate with little or no air at all. They are designed to go up to 50 miles at speeds under 50 mph in order to make it to a repair station. These tires give the motorist the advantage of not having to stop on the side of the road to change it which can lead to a dangerous situation. But they are not immune to blowouts from hitting potholes which usually litter our area. Some new car manufactures are not including any type of tire at all. Instead they are providing the lucky motorist with a tire Continued on page 47

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Our Gift Of Warmth By the HVAC experts at S.J Kowalski Enjoy holiday living in your home all year long with a Trane Comfort System by S.J. Kowalski, Inc. Whether it's a high-efficiency gas warm air furnace or heatpump system your home deserves the best and the S.J Kowalski, Inc./ Trane team is here to help. Call S.J. Kowalski, Inc., your local Trane Comfort Specialist Dealer today at 570-455-2600 to set-up a free in-home survey and learn about available utility rebates, special offers and no interest financing. Once again this holiday season S.J. Kowalski, Inc. and Trane are teaming up to put a new Trane gas warm air furnace or heatpump system under the tree of a deserving community first responder or veteran free of charge. If you or someone you know in our Greater Hazleton Area deserves this special gift, just tell us why you would like to see a "Christmas Trane" under

their "Christmas Tree" this year. Please include your name, phone number, e-mail address and the name, phone number and e-mail address of the first responder or veteran. Submit your nomination to bradk@sjkowalski.com no later than December 23, 2021. The winner will be announced in the January edition of Panorama magazine, on our Facebook page and on our S.J. Kowalski, Inc. website. The winner must currently have a ducted forced air system to change out. Hydronic/ hot water baseboard or radiator type heat is excluded as are manufactured home heating systems. Once the winner is chosen we will contact them to set-up a time to visit their home to gather a complete list of materials required to complete the installation. Our winner from last year was from Sugarloaf, PA and continues to enjoy their new Trane comfort system courtesy of S.J. Kowalski,Inc. and Trane. Merry Christmas from everyone here at S.J. Kowalski, Inc. and Warm Wishes for a Healthy and Happy New Year!

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Continued from page 45 repair kit, sometimes called an inflator or mobility kit. This kit consists of a small air compressor and a bottle of thick tire inflation fluid. If your tire goes flat you simply attach the kit to the valve stem of the tire, plug the cord into your power point and the tire fills up. Instructions are included with the kit. There are limitations to what types of tire injury the kit can repair. It can only repair a puncture if it is on the tires tread and most experts believe the repair is not permanent. With the development of new tire technology, tires are stronger and more flat resistant. Run flat tires will get you to a tire repair shop safely without the need to change the tire on the side of the road. Tire pressure monitoring systems also provide a sense of security because the system warns you of a tire pressure problem. But according to a 2013 survey, one in seven cars bought today come without a spare tire. For drivers without a spare what happens if you experience a full blowout or the tire becomes shredded and you are on the side of the road out of

cell phone coverage? Will a tire repair kit help you? Absolutely not. An argument can be made that eliminating the spare makes some sense granted that most motorists will not change their own tire because roadside assistance is only a call away. Industry statistics indicate that most drivers average around seven years between flats. So whether you prefer to change your tire or call for assistance is your choice. But the bottom line is that you are prepared in case of a blowout. You don’t want to be caught by surprise when you open the trunk. Ask the sales staff to show you what type of spare the car you are buying has and if it doesn’t suit your needs ask for a spare tire. There is a long list of new vehicles that come with only an inflator kit. You will be surprised at what manufactures are included on this list. Use the internet and find out which manufactures cannot supply a simple spare tire when you purchase a brand-new vehicle. It may change your choice in what brand of car to buy. Happy Motoring and Happy Holidays!

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herniated disc, this again is happening when you're bending at the waist; it can happen when you're holding your breath when you're lifting and most commonly when you're lifting something heavy. Third is arthritis which is just normal age-related changes that will happen in the back and will cause some extra bone to be laid at the spine and if bad enough could actually cause some pinching of the nerves which is known as stenosis. Now that you know the top three reasons for low back pain, I want to teach you how you can tell if one of them is the cause of your pain. With the sprain or strain, typically this type of person is going to get the pain when they bend over and stretch that particular muscle or ligament that they injured. They may not have pain when they're standing upright, sitting, or at rest but they will have pain when they're doing an activity. It could be anything from walking, bending over to grab something from a cupboard, or even reaching above head to grab something from the top shelf. With discs, they normally feel pain when they bend over. They'll also feel pain when they're sitting. They might have relief of pain when they're standing or walking. This person will also possibly have some pain running down the leg if that disc is encroaching on a nerve coming from the spine. Thirdly with arthritis, this person is almost the exact opposite they're gonna enjoy sitting This type of person will lean over the shopping cart when they're shopping. They have pain when they first get up stand or walk. So if any of these sound like you and you would like to know more about how to diagnose and treat it, call for a FREE consultation 570-501-1808 or visit www. FYZICAL.com/Hazleton.

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Tips To Help Seniors Feel Less Lonely This Holiday Season By Rachael Timm, Marketing Director of Heritage Hill Senior Community Andy Williams may allude to the holidays as being the most wonderful time of the year. But a pandemic of almost two years has put a damper on celebrations and left seniors vulnerable from the effects of social isolation. Take a proactive approach to banish the holiday blues with these helpful tips: Continue family traditions. Bake your customary pie, watch “White Christmas,” or listen to your favorite seasonal hymns. Upholding familiar customs, even when modified, can help put you at ease and into the holiday spirit. Stay connected to others. Whether you’re using a landline, video chat, or social media, make communication a priority. The holidays can uproot some big emotions. If talking with loved ones is difficult, consider attending a support group. These confidential meetings offer a safe place to express feelings while connecting you with people of similar experiences. Exercise. Staying physically active has been proven to fight anxiety and depression. Maintaining a simple fitness routine will get the endorphins flowing, which helps boost your mood. Low impact exercises, like chair yoga or tai chi, can be done at home. Engage in productive activities. Delving into past hobbies and interests can offer a sense of purpose and keep your mind busy to combat negative thoughts. Painting and journaling are great ways to ease holiday stress or consider volunteering to help those in need. Tour a senior living community. Meet like-minded peers. Enjoy a complimentary lunch. Senior living communities emphasize a healthy,

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Coping with Cancer During the Holidays As the classic holiday song goes, it is the most wonderful time of the year. But do you know what else the happiest season of all brings? Stress. With all the planning, shopping, decorating, and cooking, it is easy to become tired and overwhelmed. When cancer treatment is added to the mix, holiday stress can become unbearable. If you or someone you love has cancer this holiday season, use these tips from the American Cancer Society to help lift your spirits and manage your merriment and stress: DO - Give yourself permission to feel and express your feelings, whether of joy, fear, sadness, or pain. Let yourself laugh or cry. - Take care of yourself: Eat balanced meals and make time for some exercise. Physical activity is a good way to release tension.

- Allow yourself simple pleasures -- hot baths, naps, favorite foods -that will help lift your mood. Find distractions like going to a movie, dinner, or a ball game; playing cards with friends; or other activities you enjoy. - Prepare for the holidays. Decide if you want to continue certain traditions or create new ones. Plan in advance how you want to spend your time, with whom, and for how long. - Enlist support for organizing holiday gatherings, meal preparation, and cleanup. - Learn to say no. You don't have to participate in everything. People will understand if you can't do certain activities. DON'T - Don't pressure yourself with unrealistic expectations or try to do everything yourself. ELEGANT ACCOMODATIONS AT THE MOST AFFORDABLE RATES!

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By Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton - Don't overindulge in alcohol. Because alcohol is a depressant, it can “bring out” or heighten bad feelings. - Don't try to force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season. - Don't shop ‘til you drop. Stick to a budget if you are going shopping. Buying things will not make up for any negative feelings you are having. Decide how much money you can afford to spend on gifts and other items. Then stick to your budget. - Don't try to do too much in one day. Plan ahead, setting aside specific days for specific tasks. - Don't abandon healthy habits. Eat and drink in moderation. Get plenty of sleep. Coping with cancer during the holidays can be tough. The Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton understands and is here to help. With our 35 years of experience treating cancer patients in our community, the Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton combines the convenience of receiving your cancer treatments close to home with the effectiveness of advanced, high-quality cancer care. Our patient care approach is more than just a focus on cancer treatment, it is about making you feel at home, comfortable, and confident in the care you are receiving. That is always important, but even more so during the busy holiday season. Your time is vital, and we want you to spend as much as you can at home, celebrating with your loved ones. The treatment team at Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton care and we want you to have the most joyful, stress-free holiday you can have. We are here to help answer any questions you may have. You may visit our website at www. HazletonCancerCenter.com or give us a call at (570) 459-3460. Everyone at the Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season!

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Chiropractic Care Is So Much More… By Dr. Scott D. Ungemach – De Jesus Family Chiropractic Center Chiropractic care is much more than neck and back pain relief. Regular chiropractic adjustments promote spinal health, restore joint function, and therefore support the nervous system. As a result of improved function and mobility in your spine and body, you can improve your immune system. At De Jesus Family Chiropractic, we emphasize full body well-being. This includes strengthening your immune system through natural care such as spinal adjustments, decompression, MMT, laser therapy, nutrition, and exercise. By integrating these practices into your regular health routine, you can enjoy a healthier immune system with the benefits of physiological stress relief. Stress impacts your immune system, and your body can harbor stress in the spine.

Research shows that stress weakens the immune system: the state of mind affects one’s state of health. Stress-related upper back pain is one of the most common psychosomatic symptoms, because many people tend to carry the stress in their shoulders, neck, and backs. Increased stress levels can therefore compound with regular back pain complaints, gravely affecting your immune system over time and leaving you more susceptible both emotionally and physically. While chiropractic care does not treat the symptoms of disease or infection, like other health care practices, chiropractic can help strengthen your body’s natural ability to heal and recover from both illness and injury, should it occur without drugs or surgery. If we have learned anything over

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the past two years, it is that our health is our most important asset, because without it, we cannot thrive. I’m sure that there isn’t one person reading this article that hasn’t been, or who doesn’t know someone that’s been affected by COVID-19. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, and that is why it is so very important that you take the necessary steps now to keep your immune system functioning at its highest level. “Tis the season” as the saying goes, and what better time than now to give yourself or a loved one the gift of health. As of now, there are no cures or accepted health approaches for COVID-19 according to the CDC. The best we can do at the present time is honor our bodies with preventative care measures that boost our immune systems and focus on full-body wellness and natural immunity, and that in a nutshell, s what Chiropractic is about! We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy and HEALTHY New Year. We invite you to experience what chiropractic care can do for you and your family! Call 570 708-2228 We are under the living green roof! www. dejesusfamilychiro.com Trained, Licensed & Insured

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Diagnostic Imaging Services — Providing Excellence & Compassion By Kelly Ricko Hazleton Imaging has been serving patients in the area since 2001 and will continue providing the same service for many years to come. We are fully accredited by the ACR, which means that you can rest assured that the facilities will meet the highest level of patient safety standards and image quality. We are working hard to keep you and our staff healthy by taking all preventative measures with sanitizing & disinfecting between patients and social distancing where needed. We are staying up to date on the current COVID-19 situation as it evolves and adjusting accordingly. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time. The concept of Hazleton Imaging was created by a group of local Ra diologists with the sole purpose of providing unparalleled service and quality to the patients & physicians of the Wyoming Valley. These physicians earned the respect by the local clinicians as the elite providers of Radiology interpretation in the area at one of the regional hospital facilities. From this, the concept of Hazleton Imaging, a full service, first class Diagnostic Imaging Center was conceived. A few years later, in 2004, our second location Vision Imaging in Kingston, PA was opened under the same concept. Our mission has always been and continues to be – Providing Excellence & Compassion! We provide patients a better alternative from hospitals for their imaging needs. By providing a stressfree experience, offering a less-expensive option, and having a team of experienced and friendly staff, we are truly able to provide the service, atmosphere and overall experience the patients deserve. We have radiologists on site to read and speak to physicians as well as patient regarding any concerns. Our services include CT, DEXA, 3D DIGITAL

MAMMOGRAPHY, ULTRASOUND, MRI/ OPEN MRI, NUCLEAR MEDICINE, PET/ CT, AND X-RAY. Our staff is highly trained in all levels of radiology, is compassionate towards our local community and is dedicated to providing excellent care. You have a choice when it comes to your health care…. so, make the right choice! Choose Hazleton Imaging/Vision Imaging. Diagnostic testing can be expensive, even if you have insurance. Most people do

not realize that fees vary tremendously. Hospitals can charge higher fees for their services then out-patient centers such as Hazleton Imaging/Vision Imaging. If you have a higher deductible, you’ll pay more out of your pocket. If you are a self-pay or on a deductible plan, check out our lower cost structure. We even have an easy to read, one invoice process. Quality and Value in a cheerful and caring environment. It’s truly a win-win!

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Your Greatest Asset by John Degenhart, DC

How much do you value your health? This time of the year, the retail stores will make billions of dollars enticing us to get new toys for the kids, bigger cars for us, more gadgets, more distractions. Every time you purchase, it is another responsibility, detracting from the time you have in life to spend on your health. When I remind my patients that without their health they cannot run their business, pay the bills, or enjoy

each day, they agree with me that their greatest asset is their health. But on a daily basis, they don’t sleep well, have no time to exercise, are stressed out by current life events, and forget to wonder at a full moon or a sunset like they did as a child. They don’t take the time for healthy habits to be formed. I’m telling you, there is a better way. Your daily challenge is to simplify your life. The next time you want to buy more clothes, look at your over-flowing closets, and don’t buy more, but donate some to the Salvation Army. The next time you want to buy more video games, get your

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youngsters to put sneakers on and go for a two mile walk. One day you have to take sleeping aids at night and two monster drinks each morning for energy, take the time to pray 30 minutes a day. It will empower you to find the peace, joy, and energy that we are all searching for. So my Christmas wish for all of you, is to be ye not conformed to this world. If you are engaged in any unwholesome habit; like excessive alcohol drinking, any illegal drug use, overuse of medication; and I’ll add to the list being selfish, always wanting your own way, not being kind to others, I want you to get on your knees right now and pray, “Father, forgive me. I am a sinner. Give me the grace to walk in your light. Heal my mind, my body, and my spirit, so I will treasure the body, the temple, you gave me, and help me to seek ye first the kingdom of God, and the rest of my life will be healed.” Then I know, you will have a Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas to you all!

An Oral Health Holiday Carol

A recent survey found that 81% of American adults wish they had taken better care of their natural teeth. More than half wish their parent(s) had instilled better oral hygiene habits when they were younger, and 43% admit that tooth pain or oral health issues negatively affects their productivity or ability to focus. Oral health involves more than just keeping those pearly whites looking their best. Maintaining good oral health could be an important factor in living your life to the fullest. Poor dental health can lead to overall health issues and can negatively impact mood, confidence, ability to carry out daily tasks, your social life and your love life. In fact, more than a quarter of Americans feel others would find them more attractive and about 1 in 6 feel they would have a more active dating life if they took better care of their teeth. If you continue down the path of lax oral hygiene, things are not looking good for safely unmasking and kissing that special someone under the mistletoe this holiday season. (To that, we say: "Bah humbug!") Ghost of holidays present Think of the traits that you feel make you more attractive. Wouldn't you want to keep those traits around for as long as Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page possible? For most adults in the U.S., they feel their natural teeth are a trait that has a significant impact on their attractiveness. Many also believe that, if they were to take better care of their teeth, their self-esteem would improve, and they would have more money due to needing fewer dental exams or procedures. (Ebenezer would like the sound of that!) 1 in 5 Americans report that increased levels of stress during the pandemic have manifested into teeth grinding (bruxism) or brushing their teeth too hard. And in the era of COVID-19, the AAE is closely monitoring the situation and taking necessary measures to ensure the health of patients, families, endodontists, and dental staff and teams. It is safe to visit your oral care provider during the pandemic, and there's a Patient Toolkit available with more information about those measures. Ghost of holidays yet to come The future is bright with hope! While 39% of American adults plan to avoid sweets this holiday season to avoid painful teeth or tooth issues, 76% intend to prioritize their oral health in 2022. And they're not just thinking of their own oral Continued on page 57

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Vaccines Work

by Stephen Schleicher, MD

For those who still refuse to get the Covid vaccine, consider this: you may not be alive today if enough people like you refused the smallpox and polio vaccines. Consider too that as of this writing 70% of Americans have received at least one Covid vaccine and are doing their best to protect themselves and others from serious disease. To date 750,000 Americans have died from Covid. Oh, and speaking of vaccines, consider last month’s medical headline: “Cervical Cancer Cases Dropped by Almost 90% Thanks to HPV Vaccine, Real-World Data Show”. HPV stands for human papilloma virus, the virus that is sexually transmitted and causes genital warts. HPV also causes cervical cancer. So, preventing HPV also prevents cervical cancer (and

probably many oral cancers as well). Back to Covid, from a touching article in the Washington Post entitled Covid-19 killed my brother and sister a week apart. It didn’t have to happen: “When the call came that my brother and sister were both in the hospital, I said, “Covid.” It was a statement, not a question. I knew. Despite our begging and cajoling, they had both refused the vaccines. I know they could have been with us longer had they been vaccinated. My heart is doubly broken.” And this article: “A North Dakota GOP lawmaker helped organize an anti-vaccine rally. Then he got covid and couldn’t attend.”. To quote from the article: “The Minot lawmaker is the latest public figure who railed against mask or vaccine mandates to test positive for the virus. At least four talk-radio hosts who shared anti-vaccine and anti-mask sentiments died of the virus in August.” And yes, the vaccines are not 100% effective. Those vaccinated can still get sick from Covid. But here’s one more thing to consider: the unvaccinated now account for 95% of the Covid deaths in the US. Enough said.

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Site Preparation Started for Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton A new state-of-the-art cancer center is coming to Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)– Hazleton in 2023, bringing more leadingedge cancer care services to the local community. Demolition has begun on the building that formerly housed the Hazleton General Hospital School of Nursing, and an official groundbreaking will take place later this year or early next year. When completed, the new cancer center will have three floors and include physician practices, an infusion center and radiation oncology services. Currently, infusion services are provided at an off-site medical office, and patients needing radiation treatment must travel to other locations. “The need is very clear, and this expansion will allow our patients to receive many of their treatments in a centralized location,” says Terrence Purcell, President, Lehigh Valley Health

Network (LVHN) Northwest Region. “Our community will benefit greatly from this advanced cancer facility, and we are very proud to build upon and enhance the current cancer services we offer.” The new cancer center will be part of Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute, which offers state-of-the-art cancer treatments and clinical trials to individuals within their own community. The Cancer Institute is also one of only three cancer centers in the country participating in the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, which provides patients with additional lifesaving care options close to home. "The field of oncology is rapidly evolving, and the clinicians in our cancer program are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest level of care within our community, " says hematologist oncologist Michael Evans, MD, with LVPG

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Hematology Oncology. To learn more about Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute, visit LVHN.org/ cancer. Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) includes nine hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in Easton, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 27 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center; kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is ranked as the region’s No.1 hospital for eight straight years and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top six hospitals for eight consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report, including No. 5 in 202122, the only hospital in the region ranked in the top five. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street and LVH–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org or following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Continued from page 55 health, as nearly 7 in 10 Americans would consider giving a toothbrush (either electric or manual) to someone they know for the holidays. (Bob Cratchit would be proud, don't you think?) Looking ahead to the new year, 60% of Americans will have a New Year's resolution relating to oral health. Their ideas for resolutions include: to brush or floss their teeth more often; to drink fewer sugary drinks, cut back on candy/sweets, or reduce coffee or tea consumption; to improve the appearance of their teeth; or to quit or reduce teeth grinding. Epilogue If you are due for an oral care appointment, schedule one as soon as possible. If you're already in pain or are presented with the option to extract an infected tooth at your appointment, we'd encourage you to get a second opinion from an endodontist. Endodontists are specialists in saving teeth, committed to helping you maintain your natural smile for a lifetime. Their advanced training, specialized techniques and superior technologies mean you get the highest quality care with the best result: saving your natural teeth!

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A&M Notary...............................................14, 45 All Care Home Care........................................ 53 Antonio's Breakfast World.............................. 17 Antonio's Pizzeria............................................ 25 Area Agency on Aging.................................... 41 Assunta's Boutique & Consignment.............. 60 Avon by Tara Ashman..................................... 21 Best Cigar Pub.................................................. 8 Billig-Helmes Insurance.................................. 46 Boyer Insurance Agency................................. 15 Boyer's Market................................................ 32 Brandon's Forever Home............................... 27 Bresky's Baking & Candy Supply.................... 9 Broyan's Farm Market.................................... 10 Buck Mountain Landscape............................ 60 C&D Seafood................................................... 33 CACL Federal Credit Union............................ 44 Can Do Beverage............................................ 60 Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton........... 51 Candlewood Suites......................................... 22 Carbon County Animal Shelter....................... 25 Cedar Street Supply........................................ 47 Comfort Keepers............................................. 42 Damon's Grill.............................................20, 26 De Jesus Chiropractic..................................... 52 Della Croce Dental Care...........................56, 59 Deep Fried Diamonds..................................... 31 Degenhart Chiropractic.............................20, 54 Dermdox.......................................................... 54 Diane's Salon on 93..................................20, 23 Dos Amigos...............................................20, 31 Down The Rabbit Hole.................................... 24 El Patron Mexican Grill.................................... 13 Enchanted Dragonfly...................................... 30 Eugene R. Stish, MD....................................... 59 Farmhouse 52................................................. 27 Fashion By Bella Boutique............................. 60 Fellin's Jewelers........................................20, 26 Feussner's Ford............................................... 60 Frankie's Pizzeria............................................ 14 Fritzingertown.................................................. 57 Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers............... 48 Gino's Shoe Store........................................... 19 Greenview Meats............................................ 20 Hair Creations.................................................. 15 Harman Funeral Homes.................................. 15 Hazle Park Meats......................................11, 20 Hazleton Eye Specialists................................ 57 Hazleton Imaging............................................ 53 Hazleton Public Transit................................... 39 Heritage Hill Senior Community..................... 49 Hollywood Millwork......................................... 47 Hometown Farmers Market....................... 2, 14 Honest Abe's Tax Service.......................1, 6, 40 Houck Homes, Inc............................................ 2 Internal Medicine Associates.......................... 55 JA & WA Hess................................................. 16 JC Small Engine.............................................. 60 Jimbo's Party Beverage.................................. 22 John's Church Hill Family Restaurant............ 34 Jon-David & Helen's Hair Salon..................... 30 Keystone Medical............................................ 25 Kiki's Bakery & Cafe........................................ 10

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Klesh Plumbing & Heating.............................. 16 Koch Farm Service.......................................... 29 Lehigh Valley Health Network........................... 3 Little Village Pizza............................................ 60 Lombardo's Flooring....................................... 60 Loving Dove's Home Care.............................. 52 Luzerne Medical................................................ 9 Majestic House Apartments.....................16, 34 Marchetti's....................................................... 26 Maylath Valley Health Systems........................ 2 McHugh-Wilczek Funeral Home.................... 14 Mike's Seafood............................................... 19 Milkhouse Creamery.................................10, 20 Miller Auto Body.............................................. 45 Momma Millie's Bakery......................15, 20, 29 Multi-Plastics Extrusions, Inc......................... 43 Nature's Trail.................................................... 25 Naturally Yours................................................ 24 Northeast Hearing Solutions.......................... 60 NSB Trainers.................................................... 60 Pampered Chef with Marianne Serra............. 21 Paparazzi - Shine By Lean............................. 21 Patricia Spivak, CPA....................................... 14 Pecora Realtor, P.C........................................... 9 Perfect Balance Boutique...................16, 20, 25 Pizzette......................................................20, 22 Quiet Valley Farm............................................ 12 R&L Helpmates............................................... 15 Rainbow Fence Company.............................. 14 Ron Myers Well Drilling.............................16, 46 S.J. Kowalski.............................................15, 59 S.T.S. Schuylkill Transit................................... 12 Sacco Chiropractic...................................14, 20 Secoda's Towing............................................. 60 Senape's Bakery............................................. 34 SJM Auto Sales & Repair............................... 45 Smith Floral Co................................................ 23 Smith Health Care.....................................15, 48 Sonny's Tree & Lawn...................................... 14 St. Peters Episcopal Church.......................... 17 Standard Drug................................................. 49 Statefarm Len Mudlock.................................. 14 Soul Shine........................................................ 18 Super Gomas.................................................. 45 T&L Pierogies.................................................. 21

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(Class is reimburseable) POSSIBLE DAY CLASSES AVAILABLE!

www.NortheastHearingSolutions.com

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963 Chestnut Street State Route 61, PA 17834 *Hearing Aid Special – Up To 35db Loss*

JC Small Engine

Wishing You A Merry Christmas & A Happy, Healthy New Year!

Lawn & Garden Equipment Sales & Service After the Sale...It’s the Service that Counts! Stihl • Simplicity • Echo Exmark • Snapper Ferris • Columbia

PICK-UP LAYAWAYS BY DEC 21ST WE WILL BE CLOSED DEC 25TH, 26TH & 27TH

END OF YEAR BLOW OUT SALE

~ AUTHORIZED DEALER ~ Briggs & Stratton • Tecumseh Kawasaki • Kohler PICK UP & DELIVERY

Dec 28 Save 28% • Dec 29 Save 29% Dec 30 Save 30% • Dec 31 Save 31%

570-427-8811

Route 93 - 2281 Hudson Drive, Weatherly

570-582-7179 • 212 Buck Mountain Rd, Weatherly

FEUSSNER’S FORD, INC. fashionbybellaboutique.square.site 570.871.7759 Brookhill Square South, 642 Route 93 Rear Suite 34-3, Conyngham, PA 18219

Mon, Tues, Fri & Sat 11am-5pm • Wed & Thurs 11am-6pm

NEW FASHIONS ARRIVING JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Saturday, Dec. 11th • 11am-5pm LADIES DAY OUT HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENT Pick-Up Some Great Gifts or Shop for You! Mystery Discounts • Light Refreshments GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE ~ Visit Our Boutique OR Shop On-Line ~

In Business for Over 70 Years •Inspections Cleanings •Maintenance Metal Chimneys •Repairs Rebuilds •Relines Restorations

Sales • Service Inspections

570.710.0562

New & Used Vehicles 470 South Street, Freeland

Closed All Month Long in January for Restocking!! 570-535-0891 • 909 W 15th St, Hazleton Tues - Sat 12-5pm Renee Sharkey, Owner

www.feussnerford.com

570-636-3920 • 800-346-9200

treetopchimneyservice@ptd.net Proprietor Michael Wersinger Licensed & Insured

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

NEED YOUR CHIMNEY REPAIRED, SWEPT OR SERVICED? Our Services Include: •Cleaning Call Today for a Chimney Professional to Insepect, Clean or Repair Your Chimney!

•Rebuilding •Repointint •Relining We Service & Repair Any Chimney Type: Brick, Block, Stone & Stucco

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8oz • 12oz • 16oz Portions Available

600 South Poplar St., “Hazleton Heights” Hazleton (Side of Building)

(570) 956-9976

Mon-Fri 9am-4pm

SEMBLED WE HAVE OVER 250 FULLY ASALL SIZES AND

“BRAND NEW” OFFICE CHAIRS

BEER

CAN DO BEVERAGE & CONVENIENCE STORE 419 South Poplar Street

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WE HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED!

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CONVENIENCE

Hazleton’s #1 Fresh Food 570-454-7909 Beer Distributor Made To Order 570-454-1758 Weekly Deli Specials We Have All Of Your Favorites Domestic • Premium • IPAs & More 12 Packs • Cases • 30 Packs LOWEST PRICES IN THE AREA GUARANTEED!

SHAPES. READY TO GO!

We Have A Huge Selection of… Office Desks, Office Supplies, Copy Paper & So Much More!

COLD

Seasonal Soups • Subs • Sandwiches • Wraps Salads • Breakfast Sandwiches • Fresh Hot Coffee GRAB N GO CONVENIENCE!

Mad Elf • Blizzard of Hops We carry a huge variety Most Wonderful Beer Of The Year of Seasonal & Milk Stout Lager by Logyard • Haze Chamber Holiday Beers!!! Christmas Seltzers • Truly Hard Seltzer Holiday Pack We Are Your One Shop EZ Stop!