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New Year New You....................................................7 Weight Loss is Simple by Dr. Candice Dutko, DNP...................................................8 Hard Coal Baseball - On The Road Again by Rich Lipinski................................................................20 Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori.......................................24

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Ringing in the New Year As I sit here and reflect on 2023, I can only hope for a better 2024! Our January magazine topic is “New Year, New You.” With a new year comes new hopes, new ideas, and new opportunities to make our lives the best they can be. Keep this in mind when deciding a New Year’s Resolution if you choose to make one. Making resolutions is like having your own personal cheerleader, rooting for you to succeed! When you set goals, you are making a promise to yourself and your dreams. It is all about being accountable and taking ownership of your actions. With goals in place, you create a structure that keeps you on track and motivated. Deadlines and milestones become your trusty sidekicks, reminding you to stay focused and disciplined. By sticking to your plan and putting in the effort day in and day out, you develop habits that pave the way for your growth and success, whether it is in your career or personal life. Here are some helpful hints to keep you

on track and successful with your resolutions. • Mentally prepare for change • Set a goal that motivates you, be specific and write it down • Limit resolutions to a manageable amount • Share your resolutions with others • Automate where possible • Review your resolution regularly • If you fall off track, get back on quick Whether you choose a resolution or not, treating the New Year like a blank book with twelve chapters and 365 pages allows you to be your own author and write your best story. Wishing you all strength and determination to achieve what you truly desire in your life. May you experience nothing but good health, happiness, and love in the New Year and always.

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Self-Care for a Successful New Year (Family Features) Resolving to commit to better self-care can happen any time of the year, but there’s something about the calendar flipping to a new year that signals a fresh start. It’s the perfect starting point for new habits and a new approach to protecting your overall wellness. Self-care takes many forms. Maintaining a well-balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise are some ways to promote your physical health. So is taking good care of your body’s largest organ: your skin. When it comes to mental health, getting organized is a surprisingly effective way to manage stress and keep your goals on track so you feel a sense of accomplishment. Start working toward a new year where your wellness is front and center with these ideas for simplifying and personalizing your journey. Look for more lifestyle advice and helpful wellness tips at Prepare for Healthier Eating Habits - Portion control is a common challenge when you kick off a healthier eating plan. One way to keep your meals on the modest side is preparing them ahead of time. Meal prep containers make it easy to have freshly prepared foods in moderate portions ready whenever you’re ready to eat. Look for compartments that let you enjoy a main dish and at least one side, and be sure the containers seal tightly to keep food fresh and prevent leaks. Add Whole Grains with Ease and Convenience - Eating whole grains has never been this easy or tasty. Convenient and ready in just 10 minutes, Minute Rice’s Instant Brown Rice and Rice & Quinoa are must-haves for busy families. For those in need of an on-the-go option, Minute Rice Cups, including Brown Rice, Brown & Wild Rice, Brown Rice & Quinoa, Multi-Grain Medley and Jasmine Rice & Red Quinoa, are ready in just 60 seconds. Start the year off right and discover more time-saving solutions at Put Your Best Foot Forward - If stepping up your fitness game is part of your plan for 2024, be sure to start on the right foot with the right footwear for the job. Runners in particular should be conscious of quality shoes. Look for ample cushion, comfortable ankle support, overall quality construction and a snug fit that gives your toes some wiggle room. Even slight variations can affect your comfort, so trying on different options is likely your best path toward finding the perfect fit. Introduce Weights for Your Workout - Whether you’ve hit a plateau or you’re just bored with your workout, adding dumbbells can introduce a whole new dimension by helping build muscle and burn more fat. Rotating muscle groups lets you give your muscles a chance to recover between workouts. The options are nearly endless, so think about how you’ll use them, where you’ll store them, whether shape or color matters and how much you want to spend. Make Skin Care a Personal Priority - Your skin tells an important story about your overall health. Protecting it from harsh elements and sun damage can help ensure your skin stays supple and strong, providing the barrier it’s meant to as it protects the rest of your body. Even seemingly minor irritations like dry skin can be problematic as 749 Route 93, Sybertsville • 570-788-3809 scratching or cracking can lead to wounds Open 6 Days A Week Walk-ins welcome and infection. Rely on a regular moisturizer Evening Appointments Available when available and be conscious of applying sunscreen whenever you’ll be outdoors. Plan for Success in the New Year - Give yourself a boost toward tackling this year’s goals by getting organized. A planner can help you keep important information at your fingertips while making it easy to keep tabs on appointments, deadlines and more. You can even track progress against new habits Call Us Today for Your or journal your way toward a heathier diet. Personal Appointment with Some people prefer physical planners they can write in and update manually while One of Our Professional Stylists others find a digital version in a smart device is more convenient.

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Weight Loss is Simple by Dr. Candice Dutko, DNP It’s that time of year where you will see a lot of advertisements for products and programs highlighting the complex nature of weight loss and how their said product or program will make it easy for you to accomplish your weight loss goals. I’d like to clarify further and provide you with a little insight that will hopefully save you a lot of time and money - weight loss is simple, don’t overcomplicate it. I will add though, even though weight loss is simple, it is far from easy. It is highly likely that any product or program that tries to convince you otherwise, is a farce. If losing weight was as simple as consuming a powder, a drop, a gummy, or whatever else might be out there, everyone would be doing it and we wouldn’t have the obesity problem we do in this country. Many programs may reference hormones that are out of balance and how their product will help you balance them. In some cases, this may be true. Before exploring this path, it is essential you explore your overall lifestyle. It is essential that you first strive to sleep 7-9 hours per night, focus on consuming more minimally processed foods, hydrate properly, get some natural sunlight, and work to manage your stress. Once you have spent adequate time focusing on those and have had blood work drawn, can you then consider looking more intently at your hormones. Some other products will entice you with the promise of reducing belly fat or other trouble areas. Although I’d love for it to be the case, sadly, we cannot spot reduce when it comes to losing belly fat or fat in other areas of our body. As we devote more to nutrition and exercise, our body will choose where we lose body fat from first. In the meantime, we can work to build the muscle underneath those areas so that when we make the effort to lose fat through nutrition and exercise, our body then has more definition. This time of year, you may see


Panorama Community Magazine at-home fitness programs that promote “muscle confusion” and how it is the secret to losing weight and enhancing your fitness. Although some of the movements in the program may be fun to perform, they are not necessary for weight or fat loss. On the other hand, a progressive program that builds upon itself for a few weeks at a time and has a means of measuring progress, is often more effective in helping you accomplish your fat loss goals. Another point I’d like to take the time to clarify is that not all weight loss is equal. Many times, people believe they want weight loss when ultimately, what they desire is fat loss. Unfortunately, people will focus on overall weight loss and subsequently under eat for an extended period of time. In these circumstances, these people can actually have a higher body fat percentage compared to someone who has made the efforts to fuel well and focus on muscle mass preservation while also losing weight.

For the best overall health and longevity, it is recommended that you focus on preserving and building muscle mass as a means to not only enhance your health, but to also enhance your quality of life overall. To revisit what I mentioned earlier… weight loss is simple, but it’s not easy. It does require work and it does require change. Unfortunately, there is no other way around it that is healthy, sustainable, and effective. The good news is that it is never too late to start. You are not too old or too young to start working on building better habits. You are also never too far gone to start taking positive steps to improve your overall health. With this article, I am hopeful that I saved you from spending unnecessary money on products that will not bring you closer to your goals. As I mentioned in last month’s article (which you can now find on my blog), many of the strategies that would improve

our overall health, are actually free. Focus on consuming more minimally processed foods, hydrating with water, walking more, getting some sunshine daily, getting adequate sleep, managing your stress, and building other healthy habits, and you will be well on your way to the healthiest version of yourself. Dr. Candice Dutko, DNP is a Registered Nurse and a Fitness & Nutrition Coach specializing in an individualized approach to wellness and fitness. Through her coaching service, Achieve Wellness & Fitness, her mission is to help people build confidence through wellness and fitness to live their lives to the fullest. She prioritizes a small caseload of clients to help ensure delivery of a comprehensive and supportive service. Her gym is located on Route 309 in Mountain Top. You can contact her at 570.704.6794 or check out her website at www.

It's All About The Fit At Gino's Shoe Store Choosing the right pair of shoes to wear on a regular basis can help ensure the long-term health of your feet, as well as your entire body. The best fit for you depends on your daily use, but nothing is more important than comfort. Not only do ill-fitting shoes make you uncomfortable all day, but they can also cause foot pain or aggravate pre-existing conditions. While comfort is the priority when you’re looking for new shoes, there are a few other things to consider as well: Not too small, not too big – Shoes that are too big or too small can cause unwanted rubbing and blisters. Find a shoe that gives your toes room to wiggle, but does not allow your foot to slide around. Don’t fixate on size – Just because you’re a size 9 in one brand, doesn’t mean every shoe brand will fit the same. Shoe sizes can vary among manufacturers, which is why it’s important to try on every new pair of shoes and make sure they fit well. Wear the right socks – If you are buying running shoes, wear the kind of sock you would use running when you try the shoes on. That way, you’ll get a better idea of how it will fit during the activity you are buying them for. Don’t worry about breaking shoes in - If a shoe isn’t comfortable to begin with, it’s never going to be. Proper shoe fit is particularly important if you are diabetic since improper shoe fit can cause blisters and sores that can become serious if not found and treated quickly. If you do have diabetes or a foot problem like plantar fasciitis,


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Supplements by Stephen Schleicher, MD

Nothing wrong with taking nutritional supplements and many believe doing so wards off diseases and other ailments. Unfortunately this does not appear to be true, an opinion echoed by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force which issued this statement: “The USPSTF concludes that the evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of multivitamins and single- or paired-nutrient supplements (except beta carotene and vitamin E) for the prevention of cardiovascular disease or cancer.” Why are beta carotene and vitamin E negatively highlighted? Because beta carotene may increase the risk of lung cancer among those already at risk and vitamin E and multivitamins may cause “small harms”. Not certain what small harms means, but at the very least they haven’t been shown to do much good. To clarify, the USPSTF does state: “Persons who have an acute or chronic illness may require additional vitamin, mineral, or multivitamin supplementation as part of management of their condition”. And their recommendations do not apply to children, those who are pregnant, those who may become pregnant have chronic illness, are hospitalized or who have a nutritional deficiency. Indeed, all pregnant women should take at least 600 micrograms of folic acid daily. Doctors quoted in Healio News on the topic stated the following: “Beyond wasted money, the focus on supplements might be viewed as a potentially harmful distraction. Rather than focusing money, time, and attention on supplements, it would be better to emphasize lowerrisk, higher-benefit activities.” In other words: don’t rely on vitamins and supplements to live longer. Eat a healthy diet, control blood pressure, and exercise! Dr. Shea DeNoia, Audiologist

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Don't Lay On Your Couch by John Degenhart, DC

Let’s get right to the point— never lay on your couch! I get so many people who are sick and lay on their couch, or they don’t want to walk upstairs to their beds, so they even sleep on the couch. They develop backpain, so let’s explain why. Most couches have three wide pillows to sit on. When we lay down on our bed, the entire mattress is built to accommodate that we have less weight in our legs and upper body, and most of our weight is on our torso. But when you lay in a couch, the middle cushion sinks deeper, and it gradually misaligns your back, and will cause rib-sternum pain, or thoracic back spasms. So what is the solution? 1. Lay in a recliner on your back directly in front of the tv so your head is well-supported. Legs are up, head is back, you can sleep in a recliner, they are good for your spine. But what if you can’t afford to buy a recliner or have no room in your tv room for a recliner? 2. Go to Lowes, look for a ¾” thick piece of plywood. Measure the width and depth of your couch. Put the plywood under your pillows, on top of your couch. Then you can lay on the couch and your spine will be supported. A good chiropractor is never too rough and delivers an adjustment that helps a person to heal, never to feel worse. A great chiropractor goes the extra mile to determine what is causing the back to misalign. The patient will need less chiropractic care, will respect and be thankful, and refer their friends to theChiropractor. You have voted us six years in a row as the best chiropractic office in the area. If you lay on a couch, call us, we’ll fix your back pain!


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Ancient Healing Modality With Origins Around The Globe Sound has an immediate effect on our being as it is tangible. Not only can we hear the sounds but we also feel the vibration of the sounds and this has a direct connection to our emotional being. Science holds the view that we are all energy beings with our own resonant vibratory frequency. Every cell in our body emits a frequency and every organ in our body has a frequency that vibrates in optimum health when all systems in the body are balanced, but when we are not well, the resonance in the body is off and we experience "stress" which can lead to illness on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. When we are not well, we often describe this as "feeling off-key".

When we are in health and feeling well, we feel "in sync". During a session various instruments such as singing bowls, gongs, chimes, and others are intuitively played . You may experience a number of different sensations, including: visions, emotional shifts, blockages releasing, inspiration, a sense of deep connection with intuition, retrieval of memories, physically vibrating/tingling, and deep relaxation. You may also experience none of these things, and just have the pleasure of lying still for a while being bathed in healing sounds and vibration. Each person's experience can vary and is unique. Continued on next page.

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Panorama Community Magazine Continued from previous page. The heady combination of overlapping sounds, vibrations and frequencies is said to foster inner calm and induce a meditative state . Sound healing can make you feel more rested, relaxed and less anxious . Over time it can improve your sleep, improve your clarity, and make you more resilient . It is an excellent form of self-care. ll we ask of you is that you come with an open mind and wear something comfortable. At Soul Shine we have

everything else to make your experience enjoyable. If you have a hard time laying on the floor we even have gravity chairs upon request. We hold monthly Cacao sound healing ceremonies, special sound healing events with individual clearings in our beautiful stand in Tibetan bowl, and also private events upon requests. For more information contact Tracy Cornelius, owner Positive Vibes, located inside Soul Shine 570-704-8522 or visit

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Cold Weather and Aching Joints by Dr. Eric Sherman, DNP, CRNP-BC Patients often report increased pain and aching joints when the weather changes. Cold weather can be challenging for those with arthritis or other orthopedic conditions. So why are so many affected by these issues, and is it all in their head? The answer is that there are perfectly valid reasons for you to feel these changes. Changes in barometric pressure are often correlated to changes in pain level. The good news is many things can be done to help minimize your pain. Start with movement and try to increase your activity level gradually as tolerated. The key is to start slowly and increase the intensity and duration of exercise over time. Remember, a marathon begins with just one step. Injuries are often seen when an individual begins an exercise program and doesn't give the body time to adjust. Pain is not the goal, and it can often discourage those who attempt to work out too frequently or intensely. Take your time, make gradual gains, and your joints will thank you. In many cases, exercise is good for more than just joint pain. Becoming more active is often associated with improving mood, promoting more restful sleep, reducing the risk of falls, and improving cognitive function. Cardiovascular health and many other health conditions are also improved with regular participation in a properly designed exercise program. Many of these exercises can be performed in the home setting for those concerned with transportation to a health center or who may be anxious about working out in front of others. Various exercises can often be performed with items found within the household to help limit the costs associated with starting a fitness program. Help is available for those with additional concerns about beginning an exercise program. You can reach out to your healthcare provider and ask questions about how and when to start a fitness routine. We would be happy to help guide you through how to start this process. Our healthcare team can diagnose and treat orthopedic issues that may be holding you back from living your best life. Mountain View Orthopaedics hopes to be part of your plan to make those aching joints feel better. Please visit our website www. for additional information and a full list of our services. Call today to schedule an appointment at one of our two convenient locations: Hazle Township (570) 455-8544 or Bloomsburg (866) 937-9900. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to make your wellness our highest priority.

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MONEY MATTERS SECTION How Would You Handle Forced Early Retirement? by Edward Jones - Financial Advisors When you plan to retire at a certain age, you can follow a strategy that incorporates your investment moves, your health insurance and other factors. But what happens if you’re forced to retire earlier than you anticipated? Unfortunately, this situation is not that uncommon. About 40% of Americans say they have been forced into retirement, according to a recent survey from Edward Jones and Morning Consult, a research firm. If this were to happen to you because of a layoff, company downsizing or a health issue, would you be prepared to maintain your lifestyle today — and in the future? Everyone’s situation is different. If your forced retirement happened only a short time before you actually expected to retire, you might not need to take any steps at all. But if it was a matter of a

year or more, you may need to look into the following areas: • Cash flow – Obviously, a sudden, unexpected loss of employment will affect your cash flow. And if yours was the only source of income for your household, the situation could be especially concerning. Still, you may well have options that can help. You might find a part-time job, for one thing — many employers hire seniors for various types of service-oriented work. And if you’ve built an emergency fund containing several months’ worth of living expenses, now might be the time to tap into it. You also might need to start withdrawing funds from your IRA and 401(k), though, ideally, you’d like to delay this move as long as possible, as these withdrawals may be taxable. • Health insurance – Health insurance

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Panorama Community Magazine Continued from previous page. on when to start taking Social Security. You’re eligible to begin collecting payments at 62, but your checks will be considerably bigger if you wait until your full retirement age, which is likely between 66 and 67, depending on when you were born. If your sudden retirement puts you in a real cash crunch, you might have to start taking payments regardless of your age, but if you have enough in savings, or your spouse’s income is enough to keep you afloat, you may want to wait as long as possible so you can get the larger checks. Of course, if your retirement comes while you’re still several years away from Social Security eligibility, you won’t have to make this now-or-later decision right away. Being forced to retire before you planned can certainly be challenging. But by looking at the options available to you, in terms of finances and health insurance, you may well find choices that can help you minimize the disruption to your life.

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5 Steps to Start Planning Your Estate (Family Features) Regardless of your age, it's never too early to plan your estate and ensure last wishes are met. Estate planning isn't just for the wealthy - it's a process that allows you to determine how your assets are bequeathed and managed upon incapacitation or death. Aiming to promote cultural preservation and secure funds for Jewish institutions, the Jewish Future Pledge is a global initiative empowering families to discuss the importance of estate planning, including why patriarchs and matriarchs should ensure charitable giving continues after their passing. The organization estimates $68 trillion will be transferred to the next generation over the next 25 years with around 20% of this wealth coming from Jewish donors. Discuss these basic estate planning steps with your loved ones and consider consulting an attorney for individual guidance. Document Wishes Although not typically legally binding, preparing a letter of final wishes allows you to share information and requests, like funeral arrangements, which often fall outside of the will. It may also include an explanation of will provisions or suggestions for how funds you'll leave behind should be used. Prepare a Will A legally binding last will and testament is often considered the most important aspect of estate planning. This involves naming guardians for minor children and pets, listing all property, designating people and organizations that should receive assets, directing funds to charities and naming an executor. Consider Causes Important to You As part of will creation and estate planning, consider charitable causes you'd like to support after passing. Talking with loved ones can be a way to gather input on important causes, and those conversations can act as a springboard for generations to support a particular cause

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Allegiant Stadium, Home Of The Las Vegas Raiders, Becomes First NFL Stadium Powered By 100% Renewable Energy The Las Vegas Raiders and Allegiant Stadium, in partnership with NV Energy, announced today, on Green Sports Day, the stadium’s conversion to 100% renewable energy. With this historic achievement, the home of the Las Vegas Raiders is now the first NFL stadium powered exclusively by renewable energy. The Raiders’ upcoming Monday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers at Allegiant Stadium will mark the first NFL game to be fully

operated by renewable power since the announcement. “The Las Vegas Raiders are proud to set the bar in sustainability not only for the NFL but for sports around the world,” said Raiders president Sandra Douglass Morgan. “We have a responsibility to our fans, players, community and planet to tackle sustainability head-on and set a new standard for sustainability in sports. Our reach and impact extend far beyond the game.” In collaboration with NV Energy, the Raiders and Allegiant Stadium have strived to conserve energy usage at the stadium for all events held there. This milestone of operating Allegiant Stadium with 100% renewable energy will help minimize the stadium’s environmental footprint and significantly reduce energy use costs. This announcement comes on the heels of Allegiant Stadium successfully obtaining LEED Gold Certification in July, further solidifying the Las Vegas Raiders as leaders in sustainability in sports. "Allegiant Stadium is excited to reach this tremendous milestone in our ongoing sustainability efforts," said Allegiant Stadium's General Manager Chris Wright. "It has been and will continue to be our mission to develop and improve sustainable policies that reduce our environmental footprint while bringing



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Panorama Community Magazine pounds of grass clippings have been composed or diverted. For more information about sustainability-focused initiatives, please visit ABOUT THE LAS VEGAS RAIDERS The Raiders began playing in the American Football League in 1960 and are in their 64th year of professional football competition, including the last 54 years as a member club of the National Football League. Over seven memorable decades, the Raiders won one AFL Championship, three NFL Championships, and four American Football Conference Championships. The Raiders base training and business operations in Henderson at Intermountain Health Performance Center and play home games at Allegiant Stadium, a fully enclosed, state-of-the-art facility with a capacity of 65,000 located adjacent to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. For more information, please visit or follow @raiders on Twitter and Instagram. ABOUT ALLEGIANT STADIUM Home to the Las Vegas Raiders, located adjacent to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, Allegiant Stadium is an award-winning global events destination. A state-of-the-art, multipurpose venue with a capacity of 65,000, Allegiant Stadium has hosted world-class music artists such as Garth Brooks, The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, Taylor Swift, and BTS with more legendary concerts to come. The fully enclosed stadium is also home to the UNLV Rebels football team and has hosted premier sporting events such as the Concacaf Gold Cup Final, Pac-12 Championship Game, Las Vegas Bowl, and WWE SummerSlam. The venue also hosted the NFL Pro Bowl in both 2022 and 2023, and has been selected to host Super Bowl LVIII in 2024. Allegiant Stadium is committed to giving back to the community through numerous diversity, inclusion, and community outreach initiatives. In addition, Allegiant Stadium is proud to be both LEED Gold certified and powered by 100% Renewable Energy, and is dedicated to implementing sustainable practices and programs. For more information on Allegiant Stadium, visit or follow us at @allegiantstadm on Twitter and @ allegiantstadium on Instagram. Twitter and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via


Continued from page 17. curated by the country's best chefs, both nationally renowned and locally loved. Hosted by culinary superstars Andrew Zimmern, Carla Hall, Tim Love, Lasheeda Perry, and Mark Bucher, along with appearances by 30+ NFL greats, Taste of the NFL will offer guests a bite of the best of Super Bowl LVIII! All event proceeds will support GENYOUth, a leading national nonprofit dedicated to helping school children thrive by living a well-nourished and physically active life. Funds will be distributed to schools in Nevada and all 32 NFL markets to increase access to and participation in school meals among youth in at-risk communities and help #Endstudenthunger. Taste of the NFL welcomes guests ages 21+. VIP Tickets are available at Super Bowl Breakfast at Caesars Palace, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024: The NFL-sanctioned Super Bowl Breakfast is a private event that has taken place in the Super Bowl host city every year since 1988, drawing sellout crowds to hear from some of sport's biggest names. The centerpiece of the breakfast is the presentation of the Bart Starr Award to a

current NFL player who has demonstrated character and integrity in alignment with Starr's lifelong commitment to serving as a positive role model to his family, teammates and community. The 37th annual event will unite Las Vegas business and civic leaders, sports fans from around the country, and football legends, including Pro Football Hall of Famers, former Bart Starr Award winners and many more. To learn more, purchase tickets or register as a sponsor, visit www. The countdown to the highly anticipated Super Bowl LVIII continues with various community initiatives led by the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee. With the support of its supporters, including Legacy Philanthropic Partner, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the committee will continue its efforts to make a lasting and meaningful impact on Southern Nevada through Super Bowl LVIII Business Connect, the UNLV internship program, the Team LV volunteer program, various charitable events and more to be announced. Follow Us

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In November, it was announced that the Oakland A’s will be relocating to Las Vegas in 2028. The name dates back to 1860 when the Athletic Baseball Club was founded in Philadelphia. The team became a member of National Amateur Association. As baseball evolved into professionalism, the Athletics joined the National Association and was a founding member of the National League. In what was an omen of things to come, The Athletics were expelled from the National League, for failing to meet financial obligations. The Athletics name was brought back as Philadelphia entered a team in the newly formed American League in 1901. The Athletics left Philadelphia for Kansas City in 1954 and then left for Oakland in 1968. The Athletics franchise has been one of most curious of all franchises in any sport. The Philadelphia/ Kansas City/Oakland franchise has won more World Series than any team except the Yankees and Cardinals. They have had four remarkable runs over


the course of 110 years that match up with the best the sport has ever seen. They have also been one of the most badly managed and underfunded franchises in baseball history. Some of this is self-inflicted, and some was inflicted on them by their communities. During their time in Philadelphia, their presence was felt in Coal Country. Elmer Valo Valo had by far the longest stint in professional baseball of anyone from our region. He spent 20 years as a player despite missing two years for military service. He then spent another 40 years working as scout and coach for the Indians and the Phillies. He was born Imrich Valo in Slovakia in 1921. His family immigrated to Palmerton in Carbon County. He grew up in the shadow of the New Jersey Zinc Company, an iconic and infamous institution on the shores of the Lehigh River. Valo was multisport athlete who showed great ability and speed during his high school years. Valo made his major league debut in 1940 at 19. Valo was enigma, much like his team. His teammate, Hall of Famer Al Simmons,

predicted great things for him, “If he could relax a little.” Valo was intense, but he could also be the team comedian and he would play recklessly. He had more than one run in with an outfield wall, causing multiple injuries. Injuries would limit his natural ability. He sustained one of his injuries robbing Yogi Berra of a home run. Valo would stay with the Athletics through their move to Kansas City. In 1956, he became a baseball nomad, playing for the Phillies (twice), Dodgers, Indians, Senators and Twins. He retired after the 1961 season. In retirement he was a coach, scout and part-time writer for the Allentown Morning Call. He spent most of his time with the Phillies and received a World Series ring for his contributions to 1980 World Champions. Valo was very involved with working with children as an instructor and a speaker to youth groups. He stressed the value of sports and their relationship to American freedoms. Valo died in 1988 and was inducted into Phillies Wall of Fame in 1995. Valo’s is believe to be the only player in history to have been part of three franchise moves. He moved with A’s to Kansas City in 1955, with the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958 and from Washington to Minnesota in 1961. Williamsport Grays Historic Bowman Field played host to the A’s affiliate Williamsport Grays from 1933 to 1942. The most accomplished player from those


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career with Williamsport. Joe Murray of Wilkes-Barre was a 29-year-old veteran minor leaguer when he made the long jump from the West Palm Beach Indians of the class B Florida International League to the last place Philadelphia Athletics on August 17, 1950. He lost all three of his decisions in eight games for the Athletics. This would be Joe's only work in the majors and he finished with a 0-3 record and a 5.70 ERA while pitching 30 innings. Murray had been 20-14 with a 2.94 ERA for West Palm when

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Movie memorabilia and film collectibles are known to bring big bucks in the vintage collectibles markets, but objects associated with the history of television are just as popular but often overlooked by comparison. Big screen versus small screen is the issue. Recently, there has been a revitalization with collectors of the collectibles that highlight the early decades of American television. Now, as the landscape of television is in flux with streaming services, YouTube TV, and the vast offerings of new online content, television collectibles from the 1970s to the 2000s are now moving these items into the spotlight with collectors of all ages. For decades, television shows have been a treasure trove for collectible objects. For more than a half century, characters from these TV shows have been the basis for some of the vintage collectible market’s most sought-after and rare objects. Here are some valuable TV collectibles that remind us of popular television shows and their beloved

characters. With the recent death of Matthew Perry who played the character of Chandler Bing on the 1990s smash-hit show, Friends, collectibles associated with the NBC show have sparked new interest. The show highlighted the everyday lives of a group of friends in their late 20s/early 30s living in New York city. Much of the funny social activity took place in a coffee shop, near Central Park, called Central Perk. It follows that one of the rare TV collectibles from Friends is a canister of Friends instant coffee resembling the popular General Foods International Coffee brand and the unmistakable elongated-shaped tin from the 1990s. The rare tin that depicted the six characters – Monica, Ross, Rachel, Joey, Phoebe, and Chandler – on the label sells online for $100 each. Also, American coffee culture of the late 1990s and early 2000s permeated into the collectible objects associated with the TV competition show, American Idol. A rare American Idol collectible on the market today is

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a Keurig pod coffee machine featuring accessories including Keurig k-cup coffee pods with music competition judge Randy Jackson’s photo on each k-cup pod. Similarly, the American Idol coffee machine comes with non-dairy creamer featuring a photo of host Ryan Seacrest and other judges from the TV show that ignited the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Kimberley Locke, Adam Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Clay Aiken, and others. The coffee machine itself dons the American Idol logo and the lot sells for $500 in new condition. Most of these machines were found in the early 2000s in Fox network studios around the country. While TV collectibles come in traditional and somewhat unusual forms, collectors remain taken with the characters of the small screen and the items that remind us of shows that made TV remarkable. Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and award-winning media personality, Dr. Lori Verderame presents antique appraisal events nationwide, appears on Netflix’s King of Collectibles, History channel’s The Curse of Oak Island and Pawn Stars do America. Visit, watch videos on or call (888) 431-1010.

Upcoming Community Events January 1st thru January 28th • Hazleton Art League • 31 West Broad Street, Hazleton • The Hazleton Art League presents Members Masters: Hazleton Art League 2022 Members’ Show Top Artists. This exhibition is being continued from December. Artwork will be on display in the Main Gallery through Sunday, January 28th. The exhibition highlights the Hazleton Art League members who were awarded top honors in our 2022 Members’ Exhibition. Admission is always free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tues.-Fri. 10am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm, closed Mondays and Holidays. For info on classes, programs, and other events visit our website www.hazletonartleague. org, follow us on Facebook, Instagram @ hazletonsartleague or Twitter @HALfortheArts. For additional info call The Art League 570-455-3333. January 7th • FREE Hot Lunch • Community Bible Fellowship • 458 West Spruce Street, Hazleton • Community Bible Fellowship invites you to a FREE Hot Lunch on Sunday, January 7th from 12-2pm or until food runs out. This is open to the public and eat in only. This month’s menu is Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, and assorted Desserts. Come out and enjoy a hot meal, something sweet and great company. We look forward to seeing you all! We also welcome you to join our Worship Service every Sunday at 10:45am, and every Wednesday for Prayer at 6pm and Bible Study at 7pm. For more info email or visit our website . January 13th • Cornhole & Crowns Fundraiser and Celebration • Towers Bar & Restaurant • 1478 Tomhicken Rd, Fern Glen • This event is being held for Emily Francher, your Miss Pennsylvania Teen Volunteer, to help her raise money to defer the cost of Nationals where she will compete on the national level at the Miss Teen Volunteer America Pageant in March. Registration begins at 11am and bags fly at Noon. Come on out, have some fun and meet Emily! Join the Cornhole Tournament, enjoy the DJ and photobooth, entertainment, face painting, tricky trays and 50/50’s. The festivities will go on until 8pm. If you would like to become a sponsor, contact Kim Fancher 570-582-7474 or Amanda Ackerman 570-401-0625. They are also accepting donations

of Tricky Trays, Baskets & Gift Certificates. Please contact Colleen Sutherland 570-578-6462 to make arrangements to drop off the week of the event. We hope to see you there! January 20th • Halupkie Sale • Columbia Hose Fire Co. No. 1 • 742 W Centre Street, Shenandoah • Pick-up time is from 4-6pm. Dinner platters include two halupkies, mashed potatoes, green beans, and a roll for $15. You can order halupkie individually for $6 each. We are only accepting pre-orders! The deadline to place your order is Sunday, January 7th. Please call 570-462-9574 to place your order. January, February, March • Community Service Faith United Church of Christ • 21 Faith Drive, Hazleton, located behind the Toyota Dealer and next to The Laurels. • Widows Web group meets once a month on the 2nd Wednesday from 12:30-2pm. All widows welcome! • Men’s Grief group meets the third Wednesday every month from 9:30-11am. All men welcome! • AA group meets weekly every Thursday from 7-8pm. Enter through the Fellowship Hall doors. • Giving Tree collections accepted through February • Accepting gently used coats and shoes to be distributed to women’s and men’s homeless centers. • Cold Hands, Warm Hearts donations of adult and children’s hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens. Will be delivered to United Way for distribution. Please place all donations in large white barrels by Sanctuary doors. • Ashes will be distributed 2/14 Ash Wednesday from 7-9am & 1-3pm in a drive-by manner; please stay in your car! Ashes will also be given at the inside service from 6:30-7pm. • Lenten soup/sandwich & bible study Tuesdays 11:30am-1:30pm 2/20 through 3/19. “Lent in Plain Sight” by Jill J. Duffield. We will look at objects Jesus would have encountered: dust, bread, the cross, coins, shoes, oil, coats, towels, thorns, and stones. Please call the church 570-454-5982 for weekly happenings or call Rev. Jane Hess with questions 570-401-2239. All are welcome to join us for Worship every Sunday. The first Sunday of the month we offer services at 8am & 10am along with Communion at both services. All other Sundays, the service is held at 10am only. “No matter who you are or where you are in life’s journey you are welcome at Faith U.C.C."

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Cornhole & Crowns Fundraiser and Celebration For Emily Fancher, Miss Pennsylvania Teen Volunteer 2024 Our Miss Pennsylvania Teen Volunteer 2024 is Emily Fancher, a 15-year-old sophomore student at Hazleton Area High School! Emily resides with her family in Conyngham, PA. Emily has been dancing for the past 12 years for Tracey’s Academy of Dance and currently is competing with the HAHS Varsity Cheer Squad. Emily competed this past April in the Miss Greater Hazleton Pageant and was awarded the Miss Commonwealth Teen 2024 title and crown. From there, she moved on to compete at the Miss Pennsylvania Teen Volunteer Pageant, held on October 7, 2023, in Haverford, PA, and was crowned Miss Pennsylvania Teen Volunteer 2024. Emily is currently preparing to compete at the national level at the Miss Teen Volunteer America Pageant this March. This is the teen program that is part of Miss Volunteer America, a nationwide, service-oriented scholarship program that seeks to empower young women across the country through educational scholarships and extraordinary opportunities. The competition focuses on scholarship, education, responsibility, volunteerism, and empowerment. As a volunteer and spokesperson,

Emily has an important message to spread, her S.E.R.V.E. Initiative, which is “In the Darkness Find your Star: Suicide Awareness.” Emily’s goal over the next year with her title is to bring suicide awareness to the forefront of our community, especially focusing on children and teens to help them seek out help and someone to talk to when they are suffering. End the silence; no one should ever feel alone. Emily’s family & friends are putting together a fundraiser to defer the cost of Nationals. They will need travel funds, hotel accommodations, and wardrobe just to mention a few things that will come along with this amazing opportunity. Please consider joining us on January 13th at the Towers Bar and Restaurant located at 1478 Tomhicken Rd, Fern Glen, PA 18241 for a fundraiser and celebration! Corn hole tournament

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with Black Diamond Corn Hole, DJ and photo booth entertainment, face painting, tricky trays and 50/50’s. Emily will be there to spread her message and have some fun with everyone! Please consider sponsoring this event: Sparkle Sponsor $100; Crown Sponsor $200; Diamond Sponsor $500 Sponsor donations can be mailed to: Emily Fancher, Miss Pennsylvania Teen Volunteer, PO Box 161, Conyngham, PA 18219 If you would like to make Venmo or PayPal arrangements, please reach out to Kim Fancher (570-582-7474) or Amanda Ackerman (570-401-0625). We are also seeking tricky tray donations. Drop off arrangements will be made the week of the event. If you are interested in donating a tricky tray, please reach out to Colleen Sutherland (570-578-6462). Thank You All, Emily’s Family and Friends #findyourstar - If you or someone you know is in need, please reach out dial 988 for the suicide hotline for help.


Former Hazleton Area High School Student Paints Mural for Her Senior Project — “Like A Butterfly, They Spread Their Wings” My name is Shastyn Tihansky and I am a 2023 graduate of the Hazleton Area High School. I am now attending Grove City College in the Pittsburgh area studying Nursing. I am so happy to finally share this with all of you!! During my senior year I decided to take art as an elective. I have always been the kind of girl that expresses her feelings through the art of music and sports. Painting this mural helped me heal while grieving. As many of you know, at the end of the summer before my senior year, my cousin Kassadey tragically passed away. In the beginning of the semester, I had an idea to create a mural. I wanted this to be uplifting in a way that anyone who looks at it whether they have lost someone or not, can view this painting in a positive way. I did not want this to just reflect Kass, but she was my main inspiration and motivation for this project. After my classmates and I finished painting the prom decorations, I had under a month to complete this mural. Every morning I was eager to get to work on it. A few classmates who helped me immensely will not go by unnamed. Ransel Colon painted the hand and helped me sketch the rough draft. Each morning he would sit with me while we sketched in the hallway, listening to and singing music. He would always set the mood for the day. Tatiana Fernendez gave the little people in the background outfits and color. She brought them to life! Karian Michelle completed the whole locker on the left side of the mural. This part was dedicated to Stanley Jimson as he has an open locker in our Career Center. Kari always had a smile on her face and was more than happy to be a part of this project! Ciara Diggs helped with shading the blue ribbon, bringing the pompoms to life, and cleaning up some straight edges. Ciara and I went to grade school together and I was happy to spend my last year painting with her. The ribbon was a pain to shade, but she showed her amazing skills, and it looks better than I could have ever done. She, too, always kept a positive “let’s get this done” attitude! Kimber Anderson kept me in the right headspace while thinking up ideas to bring to life. She also frequently checked up on me and was an all-around great friend and supported me my entire senior year. Thank you all for your help, your constant energy and encouragement each morning! I cannot forget to thank Mrs. Ward, the teacher who made all this possible. She aided me in gaining approval from my principal, Dr. Conston, and spoke to the maintenance department, on my behalf, which is how I got this beautiful piece of plywood to express myself on. She is also the reason it is hanging up in my high school!! With so much space to work on it was challenging to remember that I had to keep getting up and seeing how things looked from afar. Mrs. Ward

constantly reminded me to “take a step back and look at it in full.” The words on the ribbon stumped me for a while. I wanted to write something that had a double meaning…. I came up with the perfect words, “Like A Butterfly They Spread Their Wings.” When someone passes on, a butterfly is a good “sign” that they are still around because they spread their wings to protect all their loved ones. They are represented by the numerous butterflies flying through the mural. If you look at the right side of the mural, there are various career paths. When my classmates and I graduated, we all spread our wings and moved on to the next chapter in our lives. If you truly understand the meaning of these words, they are so powerful and can fit many situations. It’s all in how they are interpreted by each person individually. I would like to end this by saying how important it is to stay positive and find healthy ways to grieve the loss of loved ones. Grief can be a lonesome and heavy emotion, letting it fester will only yield negativity. There are tons of ways to express our emotions in healthy ways! Stepping out of my artistic comfort zone to paint this mural allowed me to find a new way to cope with what I was feeling. It also gave me a reason to get out of bed every morning when I wasn't feeling like it. My wish is that this mural brings hope and peace to everyone who sees it. Although this may just look like a painting to you, it is so much more! A part of me will be tied to this mural forever!! This one’s for you Kass… love and miss you always.

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Fur-Tastic Fabric Care: Top 5 Do's Extended Hours Now And Don'ts For Pet-Friendly Homes In Effect at West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital by Dr. Kenneth Trippett, West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital Dr. Trippett and the staff of West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital are please to announce they have extended their business hours to accommodate customer's needs. New business hours can be found in our ad to the right of this article . The West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital was founded over 50 years ago. It has a long-standing tradition of quality care. Dr. Kenneth Trippett purchased the hospital in 1996. Since then, he has continued to renovate the hospital, update the older equipment and add new equipment so that he can provide highest quality care to his patients. West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital is proud to serve the West Hazleton, PA area for everything pet related. If your goal is to keep your healthy animals healthy and make your sick animals better, then the West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital is the place to bring your pets. We offer yearly exams and vaccinations for dogs & cats along with laboratory testing. We also treat exotic animals with periodic comprehensive exams. We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Our team is committed to educating our clients on how to keep your pets healthy year-round, with good nutrition and exercise. West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery. A Healthy pet is a Happy pet — call us today at 570-455-2580 to schedule your pet’s appointment!


(BPT) - Being a pet parent is a joy and privilege. Every day, you have a friendly, four-legged companion who's just as happy to join you on walks and hikes as they are to relax with you on the couch. However, having a pet also comes with some unique challenges, especially when it comes to fabric care. Pet stains, hair and odors can be tough on your clothing, bedding and furniture. However, with some preparation and tips, you can easily keep your fabrics clean and fresh, even if your furry family member has an accident. Check out these five do's and don'ts of fabric care for pet owners. 1. Do rotate pet bedding and blankets - If you have pet bedding - like removable, machine-washable pet bed covers or designated pet blankets - or removable furniture covers, they can quickly get dirty with pet hair, oils and any soil your pet may track in from outside. Make sure to regularly wash and rotate these items to prevent odors and bacteria buildup. Ideally, you should do this once a week. Make it easier on yourself by having a couple sets of bedding and blankets so you can remove and launder one set while using another. 2. Don't wait to wash - Pet parents know that accidents happen. While you can't control unexpected pet messes, you can act right away. As soon as you notice dirty paw prints, urine or other accidents, treat and wash the fabric right away to prevent any stains and control odors. Make sure to invest in a pet-safe stain remover that's gentle on fabrics. 3. Do use fabric conditioner designed for pet parents - Laundry detergent alone may

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Chamber Chatter with Mary Malone, President — New Year Fresh Start! There is nothing like the clean white page of a NEW YEAR. A fresh start to begin anew and build the best version of both you and your business. Here at the Greater Hazleton Chamber we also look forward to January and our intense planning to make the next year the best for our members and the community at large. To show you how serious we are about this, let me tell you about our NEW YEAR MEMBERSHIP incentive … where you get four months for FREE… The Chamber year runs from May 1 of one calendar year to April 30th of the following calendar year. We think the impact and perks of membership to a business is so great, we start off the calendar new year with a GIFT to potential new members. You get the first 4 months of the calendar year FREE. 4 months of member to member discounts, 4 months of mixer, luncheons and red carpet breakfast at the reduced member rate. The opportunity to price your electric and gas through our expert’s at World Kinect and health insurance costs with My Benefit Advisor. Don’t delay, use the energy of the new, fresh start of 2024 to call the Chamber at 570-455-1509 and take full advantage of this incentive program.

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So many of us start the year with personal resolutions which are an excellent way to reset and renew. I challenge you to have a business resolution for 2024. Never gone to a Red Carpet, join us January 22nd to hear from Congressman Cartwright. Shy about going to a mixer, grab a friend and come to the next Chamber mixer for some power networking to boost your business. Looking to support local businesses… Share the social media page, invite some of your friends to take a look at the page. These are all fantastic resolutions to start the new year out right for businesses. Do not forget to check out what is happening or sign up for one of the chamber programs or events by going too . Happy New Year from the Board, Staff and Volunteers and I look forward to seeing you in the community and updating you next month for Chamber Chatter... Cheers

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Hazleton history in the style of an old fashioned Sunday paper supplement

When The Circus Came To Town

The Mansion House

Elephants on Broad Street in West Hazleton? Yep, thousands of people showed up at the Lehigh Valley Railroad freight yards at Vine and Mine streets June 13, 1952 to watch the workers from Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus unload 24 of the huge beasts. They marched from there to the Kress showgrounds in the borough, where an air-conditioned 8,500-seat big top had been set up for the circus sponsored by the Hazleton Kiwanis Club.

What looks like an antebellum Southern plantation house is actually the Mansion House, a hotel built in 1852 at what is now the corner of Broad and Laurel streets in Hazleton (where the Leader Store later stood). During the Civil War Union troops were quartered there to deal with draft protesters in Columbia County and what was called the Fishing Creek Confederacy, a supposed conspiracy to sabotage anthracite coal mines. In the 1890s, the first floor housed a clothing store known as Oak Hall.

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If you are 65 or older you are eligible to ride Hazleton Public Transit’s fixed route bus any time for FREE thanks to proceeds from the PA Lottery. This FREE bus pass never expires and can be used on any public bus in PA.

Ciudadanos de la tercera edad Viajan gratis a partir de los 65 anos o mas. Su tarjeta de "Senior Citizen" nunca expirara y la puedeusaren todo Pennsylvania.

1. Complete the shaded section of the application and cut out. 2. Make a photocopy of one proof of age identification. Acceptable proof of age: Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate, Driver’s License, Pace Card, PA ID Card, Armed Forces Discharge Papers Passport or Naturalization Papers, Veteran’s Universal Access ID Card, Statement of Age from Social Security Administration. 3. Mail the application and copy of proof of age to: HPT, 126 W. Mine Street Hazleton, PA 18201 You will receive your FREE bus pass in the mail within one week.

1. Complete la sección sombreada de la solicitud y recorte. 2. Haga una fotocopia de su identificación con su edad que sea aceptable. Elija entre las opciones de la solicitud. 3. Envie por correo su solicitud con la copia de su identificación que compruebe su edad: HPT, 126 W. Mine Street Hazleton, Pensilvania 18201 Recibira SU pase de autobus gratuito por correo dentro de una semana.

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How One Automaker Is Granting Wishes Across The Country (BPT) - Eleven-year-old Quinn has faced the fears and anxieties that come with a critical illness diagnosis. At 11 days old, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. However, Quinn's condition has not dimmed her passion for life. Her desire for excitement and adventure keeps her going despite her challenges. When Quinn was asked, "If you could have one wish, what would it be?" she did not hesitate. She said she wished to go on a tropical vacation with her family. In partnership with Make-A-Wish® New Jersey, Subaru of Cherry Hill made Quinn's wish come true by hosting a send-off party for Quinn. She thought she was going to look at cars with her family at Subaru of Cherry Hill but was surprised by family, friends and community members. The party included all her favorite things, a Kona Ice truck and fire dancer, plus exciting gifts for her trip. After an exciting limo ride to the airport, Quinn spent a week in the sun, experiencing the local culture and seeking thrills on a zipline. Her trip allowed her to relax, recharge and make lifelong memories with her family. "We know how physically and emotionally difficult medical treatments can be for children and their families," said John Daqui, general sales manager at Subaru of Cherry Hill. "As a supporter of Make-A-Wish New Jersey, we hope to provide local children like Quinn with strength and positivity to fight against a critical illness."

Transforming lives, one wish at a time Quinn is just one example of the many children across the U.S. whose wish has been granted thanks to the partnership between Subaru and Make-A-Wish. According to MakeA-Wish, about 27,000 children are diagnosed with a critical illness each year. Through the annual Subaru Share the Love® Event, more than 600 Subaru retailers across the country partner with Make-A-Wish to support children and families impacted by a critical illness. Since 2011, the automaker and its retailers have donated more than $32 million, helping grant more than 3,300 wishes in the U.S. "We are humbled and thankful for the ongoing support from Subaru of Cherry Hill," said Michael Dominick, assistant vice president of marketing and communications for Make-AWish New Jersey. "A wish can be a game-changer for children like Quinn, courageously facing a critical illness. It can restore hope when hope is needed most and serve as a catalyst for renewed strength for entire families." Quinn's wish isn't the only one Subaru will help grant this year. Now through Jan. 2, 2024, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer's choice of charities for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased at any participating Subaru retailer, and Make-A-Wish is one of the benefitting organizations. Retailers can select up to two hometown charities in their local

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New Year, New Home: 5 Inspiring Trends For 2024 (BPT) - The new year brings an air of excitement and inspiration that many people channel into new projects. This year, use that energy to refresh your home! Your home should be a space that you can't wait to return to after work, school and errands. With a few updates, you can easily transform your living room, kitchen and bathrooms, infusing these spaces with both style and function. So, get ready to start 2024 with a home update using these five inspiring trends. 1. Embracing organic and natural tones and materials - In 2024, consider integrating soothing neutrals and rich earth tones in your home for a beautiful and clean aesthetic. Also, embrace organic and natural materials. They're timeless and long-lasting, bringing airiness and texture to any room. You can achieve this by incorporating natural stone, wood and rattan materials in furniture, flooring and decor. Together, these natural elements and colors will create an inviting space that brings a touch of nature indoors. 2. Indulging in a spa-like bathroom - You don't have to leave your home to have a spa experience. In 2024, transform your bathroom into a serene oasis with spa-inspired features. For example, consider switching your current showerhead with a newer model like the Delta® ProClean™ 6-Setting Hand Shower. This powerful and practical addition to your shower features two massage spray settings so you can relax to the fullest. You can easily restart the water with the same temperature as when you left it off, providing a seamless showering experience while helping conserve water and, most importantly, your hot water supply! Once you're done with your shower, use the ProClean™ spray setting to clean shower surfaces at least two times faster than standard sprays, powering off soap scum and shower messes. Delta® bath products make it easy to maintain a clean bathroom. 3. Making statements with accent walls - An accent wall can completely shift the design of a room. For example, a floral wall in the bathroom or a tropical print behind the sink can bring personality to the space. So, this year, embrace your creativity and choose a color or pattern


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7 Smart Home Solutions that Enhance Convenience and Security (Family Features) Devices that allow you to stay connected to your home from virtually anywhere are all the rage. If you're looking to seamlessly integrate innovative solutions into your home for added convenience, security and peace of mind, you'll need smart tech with the right features. The experts at Masonite, a global industry leader in interior and exterior doors and door systems, share these seven smart home solutions. Garage Door - Leave behind that nagging feeling that you forgot to shut the garage door when you're a block away from home. Smart garage door openers that connect to an app on your phone mean you can always check on the status of your door to ensure it's closed when it should be. It provides the added benefit of keeping track of who's coming or going while allowing you to remotely open the door for friends, family, neighbors and others who may need access when you're away. Front Door - Take your front door to the next level with a high-performance model incorporated with top tech like the Masonite M-Pwr Smart Door, the first residential front door to fully connect to your home's electrical system and wireless internet network. Homeowners can create a customized welcome-home experience with the door's motion-activated LED welcome lights and a smart lock that recognizes your arrival and automatically unlocks. Whether at home or away, homeowners can use the door's smartphone app to program the lighting, confirm if the door is open or closed with a door state sensor or monitor the entryway with a built-in video doorbell. Plus, the integrated connection to the home's power means there's no need to charge or replace device batteries, providing peace of mind that you're always connected and protected. Available at The Home Depot, homeowners can select from a range of designs, colors and glass styles all made with the Masonite Performance Door System. The system is designed to protect your home from


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Self-Care For Sick Days — Navigate Cough, Cold And Flu Season Like A Pro (Family Features) Cooler weather inevitably means cough, cold and flu season isn't far behind. Now is the time to take precautions and set yourself up with healthy habits. "As much as we try, avoiding viruses, bacteria and germs to prevent getting sick can be a challenge," Dr. Tim Tiutan, MD, said. "However, being prepared with the right remedies, listening to your body and its symptoms and remaining diligent with a healthy routine is just as important as treating symptoms head on." To help navigate this cough, cold and flu season, consider these tips from Tiutan and

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Now that the holidays have come and gone, we are looking forward to a new year surrounded by good health, and those we love! The snowy weather doesn’t slow us down at Providence Place… Our bowling league has been keeping our residents entertained, our baking club has been stirring up some family recipes, and live entertainment has been a huge indoor hit! Join us anytime to see our campus firsthand! You're invited to attend our upcoming events… • Thursday, Jan. 4th – Mass with Father Mike Kloton – 10:00am – dining room • Wednesday, Jan. 10th – Musical Entertainment by George Rittenhouse – 2:30pm – dining room • Friday, Jan. 12th – Drum To Your Own Beat Drumming Class with Joe Ciarvella – 2:00pm – 2 nd floor • Monday, Jan. 22nd – Dementia Support Group – 6:00pm – 3 rd floor sunroom


• Wednesday, Jan. 24th – Ed-U Presentation: Local History of Anthracite Coal Mining with Beverly Meneely – 3:00pm – 3rd floor • Wednesday, Jan. 31st – Ed-U Presentation: Tour of Our Planetary System by Night Wonders of Astronomy – 2:30pm – 3rd floor We are extremely proud to announce Providence Place Senior Living has been awarded “Best of” in Independent Living, Assisted Living, & Memory Care Senior Living by U.S. News and World Report. Providence Place is welcoming new residents at our Drums Campus. We offer Independent Living, Assisted Living, as well as secured living arrangements for memory support! Call Stephanie Miller, Regional Director of Sales at 570-956-8495 or Kristen Adams, Director of Sales at 717-497-3525 for more information! We look forward to assisting you with this transition!

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Panorama Community Magazine Continued from page 42. antihistamines and cough syrups to fight symptoms. It's also a good time to restock items like tissues, cough drops, hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial soap. Treat Symptoms - Although the flu can hit fast, it's often hard to tell at first whether your symptoms are due to a simple cough, cold or a case of the flu. Either way, managing symptoms like a cough can bring relief and help you keep comfortable and get plenty of rest. * Give your body time to heal. Sleep plays an important role in your overall health, especially when you're under the weather. On average, you need 7-9 hours each night to give your body enough time to fully recharge. When you're sick, you likely need even more, and it's a good idea to dial back your activity level, too. Pushing your physical limits often only delays your recovery time. * Take medications as directed. Nagging symptoms can often keep you from getting the sleep you need. One way to give your body the break it needs is to effectively manage symptoms. A hacking cough is a common symptom that can be painful and disrupt your sleep. Consider an option like Mucinex DM 12-Hour, a cough suppresent which relieves chest congestion and thins and loosens mucus, giving you an extended reprieve. It's clinically proven to last up to 12 hours, provides relief for chest congestion

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Celebrating the Most Wonderful Time of the Year on the Mountain Everyone was in the Holiday Spirit this Christmas Season with decorating many Christmas trees in the common areas of our facility. Residents were as busy as the elves making Gingerbread houses, Ornaments, Wreaths, Banners and Necklaces to display in their rooms. Family and friends joined in helping their loved ones with decorating their rooms with trees, handmade crafts, and of course…special memories from their homes. The Mountain Top community also joined in by volunteering to entertain our

residents with different groups Caroling throughout our facility, and a wonderful Children’s Piano Recital. Other groups entertained with Christmas Bingo, which had prizes for everyone! The Local Churches provided Christmas Services, and gifts too; plus, the local American Legion Post 781 presented presents to all our veterans. Reminiscing about Holiday Traditions and sharing cookie recipes was a big hit during our group activities. Our Hot chocolate and Cookie Social was certainly enjoyed by all! Our Annual

Christmas Party was held with various appetizers, and a tasty Holiday punch. Everyone was truly “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.” To finish out December and 2023, a New Year’s Eve celebration was held to welcome in the New Year 2024!!! with lots of cheers and happy faces. All of us at Smith Health Care Ltd. Wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Blessed New Year, keeping old family traditions while creating new memories and traditions.

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women, but celebrating women who make a difference. Women at LVHN are consistently recognized with the prestigious Women of Influence Award from Lehigh Valley Business. Each year, Lehigh Valley Business honors the region’s most accomplished and impactful businesswomen with the Influential Women in Business Award. These exceptional women are leaders in their fields, and each shares a commitment to excellence, integrity and making the region a better place to live and work. They also give the invaluable gift of time to others by making it a priority to mentor the next generation of leaders. Mentoring is a core element of Women in Leadership and Learning (WILL), LVHN’s professional group focused on the acknowledgement of all women as leaders navigating a broad range of personal and professional roles over a lifetime. Launched in 2022, this networkwide group is made up of hundreds of LVHN colleagues who are passionate about empowering and elevating women in the workplace. WILL provides rich opportunities for mentoring, learning, networking and more. Investing in the community - LVHN has made significant investments inside and outside the organization to support an equitable work environment and to create opportunities for women in the community. LVHN also makes many community investments to empower women. The health network is a longtime premier sponsor of the Lehigh Valley Women’s Summit and supports the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania’s annual Lehigh Valley Take the Lead event, which honors incredible women leaders who are positive role models in our community. In Carbon County, LVHN serves as an ongoing sponsor of the Carbon Chamber’s Women in Business program, which hosts monthly educational luncheons. Other community investments include annual sponsorship of the YWCA of Allentown’s The Perfect Fit program, where over 600 women each year find the clothing and confidence necessary to start a job and build a career, and support of Bloom for Women and the BW NICE Red Shoe Luncheon. LVHN was honored at an event in Reading with other award recipients on Monday, Nov. 13.


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Kick Off The New Year With A Healthy Smile! Your 2024 Guide To Proactive Oral Health (BPT) - Are you ready to take on the new year with healthier habits and a boost of confidence? Then, it's time to make your oral health a top priority! Not only does investing in your oral care create a healthy smile, but it can also improve your overall well-being. According to the University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry, good oral health is a leading health indicator and is important for communication, human relationships and even financial prosperity. If you want to be dentist-ready and feel your best in 2024, check out these five simple oral hygiene tips. 1. Consistency is key - The first step to a yearlong healthy smile is consistency. As your 2024 New Year's resolution, promise yourself to make and maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for a full two minutes, and pay attention to how you're brushing. Gently brush over your teeth and gums in a soft, circular motion. 2. Upgrade your oral health routine and toothpaste - Invest in your smile by upgrading your toothpaste and going to the dentist at least two times a year. Staying on top of your oral health routine and finding the right toothpaste can make a huge difference. Choose a toothpaste like Colgate Total Plaque Pro-Release, which offers long-lasting 24-hour antibacterial protection after two weeks of daily brushing. The unique breakthrough formula penetrates hard-to-reach places to fight plaque bacteria along the gum line. It's clinically proven to significantly reduce harmful plaque bacteria associated with gingivitis and help you get ahead of oral health problems before they start. 3. Watch what you eat and drink You're probably aware that sugary drinks and snacks can damage your smile, but acidic foods and drinks also pose a threat. According to the American Dental Association, products high in acids can wear away the enamel protecting teeth, making them vulnerable to cavity- and infection-causing bacteria. However, you don't have to say goodbye to acidic foods and drinks entirely. Instead, limit them in your diet and opt for alternatives to save your teeth from excessive wear and tear. 4. Hydrate to be great - Staying hydrated has so many positive health effects, including supporting a healthy smile. For example, drinking plenty of water helps maintain saliva production. Why is saliva important? Because it rinses


away bacteria and neutralizes acids in your mouth. Saliva is your body's natural defense, so make sure you maintain a steady supply by hydrating. 5. Keep learning, keep smiling When it comes to oral health, knowledge is power. Make sure to read the latest oral health tips so you can take an active role in your smile's health. For example, follow

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Tips to Support Your Metabolic Health in the New Year

(StatePoint) Good metabolic health is the backbone of great overall health. Unfortunately, many Americans misunderstand what metabolic health is and are not aware of its importance. A recent poll from Metavo/Harris Poll Study reveals that nearly three in four North Americans have experienced at least one issue related to metabolic health in the past year, while only 52% have heard, read or seen information on metabolic health issues. What’s more, only 30% of North Americans know that metabolic health is not the same as gut health, and many falsely believe that metabolic issues mostly occur in those who are overweight. “This knowledge gap plays a factor in why many health issues related to metabolic health, such as brain fog, food cravings and energy slumps, often go unaddressed,” says Dr. Paul Spagnuolo, associate professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph, whose research includes finding new ways for people to proactively support their metabolic health. Issues related to metabolic health can take a toll on your mental wellbeing, your ability to perform your job, and even your social life and personal relationships, making it critical to nip them in the bud. To improve your metabolic health and feel your best in 2024, consider these tips: • Get active. Whether you’re hitting up the gym for a weight training session or simply going for a longer walk during your day, daily physical activity is recommended to support your metabolic health. • Prioritize proper sleep. Maintaining proper sleeping habits can help to keep your insulin and hormone levels balanced. • Fuel often. Fueling more frequently can boost your metabolism. Being sure to eat smaller portions at regular, consistent times every day and drinking plenty of water can also help improve metabolic health. Set alerts on your phone, or even use a hydration app, to help you remember to drink up. • Explore supplements. Consider taking a daily supplement designed to support metabolic health and activate metabolism naturally, like Metavo. Featuring the proprietary avocado compound Avocatin B, also known as AvoB, Metavo Advanced Glucose Metabolism Support activates your metabolism naturally at the cellular level. “Having a flexible metabolism at the cellular level enables the body to properly metabolize fats, proteins and carbs to help improve insulin sensitivity, glucose tolerance and energy,” says Dr. Spagnuolo, whose research led to the development of Metavo. To learn more, visit


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