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Where Has Civility Gone?

Growing up as a young boy in central Arkansas until age nine and then moving to north central Washington State, I lived by the same set of civil-polite rules; loosely defined as my Grandmother’s golden rule “if you have nothing good to say then keep your mouth shut and listen.” I wonder if that “Golden Rule” would work well in today’s public discourse, especially the part about being willing to listen and understand what others have to say before putting in your own “two cents worth.” So I ask again, where has all the civility gone? That is a question I keep asking my-

self daily. I wonder where all the respect has gone when opinions differ. This subject comes up in my daily interactions with people that I have known and respected for many years. It has caused me, at times, to second guess my understanding of what civility is. I looked it up in a Webster’s… yes it still exists. Civility is defined as formal politeness and courtesy in behavior and speech. I think I can safely say that by turning on the television to CNN, Fox News, or MSNBC you will see what a lack of civility looks and sounds like. Every day you get to see how someone with a different point of view is treated. The current world of politics has simply gone crazy with conservatives and liberals not being able to agree on anything and just continually shout each other down. The Moderates, unfortunately, are mostly pushed aside in order to allow more shouting to occur because Moderates are viewed as being too agreeable and, of course, defeat

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the purpose of shouting. Gone are the days when people sat down and had honest, vibrant discussions that addressed the issues, not the personalities. The answer to the lack of civility might be going back to my grandmother’s “Golden Rule,” which would be an excellent beginning.

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

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Discover Your New Best Friend At The Carbon County Animal Shelter by Peggy Dart, The Treasure Shop, Jim Thorpe “If I could bring another dog home, I'd have a really hard time choosing which one" exclaimed Tom Connors, director at Carbon County Animal Shelter located in Nesquehoning, PA. "My staff, volunteers, and I love each one of these dogs. Usually through no fault of their own, these dogs find themselves at our shelter. Some are lucky enough to have a short stay here and are adopted quickly, but others need extra love and patience. Most dogs here have been found as strays. They had a home and for many reasons… now they don’t. Our staff or a dog lover catches them running loose. These dogs’ lives changed in an instant! Many times when we find them, they are scared, hungry, or even sick. We have had dogs cowering in the back of the kennels terrified of everything. Our volunteers spend countless hours trying to comfort each dog and help them get acclimated to being in the shelter. It is our job to put the pieces back together! We work very hard to find each dog their “Fur-Ever” loving home. It is so rewarding when all our love and hard work pays off. We especially enjoy receiving pictures of our shelter dogs and the new loving families.

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If you cannot adopt at this time, there are many ways you can help. There is an ongoing used clothes & shoe drive for the volunteers. The dogs are always excited for your used stuffed animals and other toys! Items may be dropped off anytime during daylight hours. The shelter has a "Wish List" of items that can be dropped off or ordered through Amazon. Pictures and more information about Carbon County Animal Shelter can be found on Facebook. Most importantly our shelter employee Tyler wants everyone to know that each one of the dogs in our care is wonderful… “please share our dogs' pictures so they can be adopted.” Are you thinking of adopting a furry friend? Tom and his staff are wonderful at helping you find the perfect furry fit for your family. Carbon County Animal Shelter welcomes visitors anytime during regular hours: Tuesday - Friday 10-4, Saturday 10-2. The shelter address is 63 Broad St (Rt 93) Nesquehoning, next to the Carbon County Prison




on the Broad Mountain. If you are traveling a distance or interested in meeting a specific dog, please call ahead (570) 325-4828. Tom has a small request for anyone visiting “many times visitors end up with a dog they never thought that they would choose. When you come to visit please keep an open heart because you never know which dog is going to choose you!”

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How To House-train Your Dog (NAPS)—If you’re a pet parent to any of the country’s estimated 78 million dogs, here’s how to make house-training easier for both you and your pet. 1. Take your dog to the “bathroom” every one to three hours, as well as after he first wakes up in the morning or after a nap, after each meal, after being left alone for a stretch of time, and before going to bed. 2. According to that schedule or when your dog’s behavior indicates he has to relieve himself, ask him if he has to go with a simple phrase, such as “Go potty?” This phrase should be unique to house-training to avoid confusion. 3. Take him on a leash outside and down the same path to your designated potty spot. 4. When you arrive, repeat the designated phrase and stay in that specific area for at least 15 minutes. 5. Once your dog has finished, praise him or give him a treat right away. Giving your dog immediate positive reinforcement is most effective; waiting until you’re back home can be confusing.

6. If your dog hasn’t successfully done his business, bring him back to the house and keep an eye on him for 15 minutes. If he starts to go, you will be right there to get him outside quickly. Otherwise, bring him outside after those 15 minutes. 7. Keep your dog on a consistent feeding schedule to make his elimination schedule more predictable. 8. Supplement your training with dog pads. They are a great way to reinforce the specific areas that are designated for potty. Dog pads are also useful for those rainy days when your dog may not want to go outside.

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Back Tracks by Bryan Dunnigan, Educational Coordinator, Sophia Coxe Memorial Foundation

It is interesting to look back at the trades that helped to develop our forefathers' world. The colonies as they were founded in the 1700s depended heavily on the blacksmith.  He  was perhaps the most important skilled tradesman in each town or village.   The word blacksmith is derived from two words - black and smith or smite.  The iron is black in color and smith or smite means to strike. Hence, the blacksmith is the person who strikes or hammers iron.  Iron was very valuable, as it could be forged or heated and hammered into many useful items, ranging from nails to farming implements, tools, cooking utensils and children’s play things. The blacksmith also took on the shoeing of horses, mules and oxen.  Some blacksmiths eventually specialized and became expert at forging a particular item - for example - the locksmiths and gunsmiths. The village smithy or blacksmith shop was

often located at the corner of two main roads, so it was easily found. It was a busy place. The smith also supplied tools for other tradesmen.  The blacksmith was well known and respected in each town. He was a skilled tradesman. It was not unusual to find him holding public offices, such as alderman, constable or perhaps mayor of a town.  In monetary value, we find the blacksmith earning as much or more than the physician of his time frame. Early trade guilds were developed in Europe and other countries to produce highly skilled workers/tradesmen.  An apprentice blacksmith worked under a master smith.  He signed an indenture or contract, meaning this apprentice agreed to work for the master smith for up to 6 years without pay.  At the end of his indenture, the apprentice became a journeyman.  Journeymen were paid for their work.  At this point, the journeyman had an important choice to make.  He could stay on in the shop or travel about repairing and making iron products, eventually establishing his own shop or smithy. 

The coal fields of Pennsylvania depended heavily on this trade. Miners' tools had to be kept in constant repair and the company blacksmith filled this need, along with repairing machinery in the large coal breakers used to process coal.  The railroads also demanded the work of skilled blacksmiths in their shops.  Longfellow immortalizes him in his poem, "The Village Blacksmith" in 1840.  The Sophia Coxe Memorial Foundation and Education Center offers classes in traditional blacksmithing with a focus on artistic metal forging.  Students will experience a bit of history intertwined with coal fired forging and hammer techniques. The introduction to blacksmithing class is intended to give students a basic working knowledge of this fascinating trade.  Our classes run May through October.  No prior experience is necessary - just heart and desire to learn.  Our smithy is located in the grove area directly behind the historic Coxe House in Drifton.  For more information, contact Bryan Dunnigan, blacksmith, at 570-956-6706. 

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The Laurels Senior Living Community... "Where our Family of Residents Come First!” April 2018 March Madness Madness it is! The nor’easters keep coming, but that won’t bring us down! We’re still looking forward to springtime! We cannot wait for the arrival of warm air and sunshine. Because of this, Laurels residents are preparing for some exciting spring activity projects. We had such a great time at our St. Patrick’s Day party and annual Easter Family dinner. Plus, we’re really excited about the outdoor excursions planned for this month. Check out our activity calendar and website for more information!   St. Patrick’s Day Party Our St. Patrick’s Day Party was held on Saturday, March 17th with entertainment provided by Dedra & Al. Boy, do we like to party! We featured happy hour and special treats for our residents in addition to a song-a-long to help celebrate this holiday.  It doesn’t matter if we are “true Irishmen”; we had a great time and hoped we picked up a little Irish luck!

Laurels Family Easter Dinner March 18th was a beautiful day as we gathered together with our loved ones to commemorate the blessed Easter holiday. Our entire staff put a lot of effort into creating a beautiful dinner complete with fresh flowers and gorgeous spring décor. As always, our chef and her staff designed the perfect Easter dinner; carved baked ham, creamy bacon potatoes, cut baby carrots, coconut cream pie and chocolate and raspberry layered cake. Utterly delicious! Laurels residents and family members enjoyed the delectable meal and relished the time spent together. We hope everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you for joining us!   Easter Treats We are so excited to have finally entered the season of Spring! Not that winter isn’t pretty with the beautiful falling snow, but we are ready for all the fun that awaits us this season. One of our favorite holidays to celebrate is Easter. What a beautiful time of the



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year listening to the birds chirp, and enjoying the longer days (finally!) One of our favorite annual Easter traditions is making our own homemade Easter candy, cookies and Easter Pie with our Culinary Group. We also colored and decorated eggs; putting on own special touches on each one. We are so excited about welcoming the much-anticipated spring weather and we hope you enjoyed the beautiful Easter Holiday. Social/Religious Programs and The Laurels The Laurels wants to ensure every Resident feels that they have found a home here at the Laurels.  We strive to include all aspects of life, including religious and spiritual needs.  Every month, we have religious services with Father McHugh from Good Shepherd Church, Father Ric Polmouter from St. John Bosco, Rev. John Reviello and Rev Smith We also have communion service twice a week.  Every morning, Residents can take part in our Rosary Service and Reading of the Gospel.  To many, Spiritual growth is just as important as any other activity of daily life.    If you would like more information regarding our services, please call our office or email us at  You can also stop by for a tour of our beautiful facility and enjoy a complimentary lunch.

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What’s Happening At Providence Place? April 2018 Light fare and refreshments provided at all events. Please call 570-788-7555 and ask for Stephanie to participate in any or all of these activities or visit our website for our list of events: or find us in Facebook. Upcoming Events Open to Public, Call Today to reserve your spot, limited Seating! • Sunday, April 1st – 11:00am-1:00pm – Entertainment by “The Two of Us” – dining room • Wednesday, April 4th – 2:00pm – Beekeeping & Honeybee Presentation by Marla – 3rd floor • Thursday, April 5th – 6:30pm – Entertainment by Jimmy Edwards – dining room • Friday, April 6th – 2:30pm – Entertainment by Betty Carpenter – Connections Neighborhood • Tuesday, April 10th – 2:00pm – Entertainment by “Windfall” – dining room • Wednesday, April 11th – 1:30pm – “Elders As Teachers” Program – TBA • Saturday, April 14th – 2:00pm - Entertainment by Glenn Faul – dining room

• Wednesday, April 18th – 2:00pm – Entertainment by Noreen Gregory – dining room • Tuesday, April 24th – 2:00pm - Entertainment by Tonya & Marge – Connections Neighborhood • Saturday, April 28th – 2:00pm - Entertainment by Jay Daniels – 2nd floor • Rosary & Communion – Every Wednesday – 10:00am – chapel • Rosary & Communion – Every Thursday – 1:45pm – chapel • Providence Place Choir Performance – Every Sunday – 1:00pm – chapel Connections Club The Connections Club is a unique program at Providence Place Senior Living. The staff provide the residents with reminders and reassurance throughout the day, benefiting the residents by remaining socially active and engaged within their community. This can slow the progression of dementia. Give us a call at 570-788-7555 and speak with Stephanie, Marketing Director, about the Connections Club.

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The Alzheimer’s Association Support Group meeting meets at Providence Place Senior Living on the 4th Thursday of each month. On March 22nd the group will meet at 6PM. The group will meet on April 26th at 2PM for an “Afternoon Tea.” Call 570-788-7555 to sign up for the meetings, seating is limited and light refreshments are served. If you know of a caregiver in need of support, tell them about our Support Group. The Alzheimer’s Association will have their Spring Conference in May. CEUs and sponsorships are available; see the details below: • Spring Alzheimer's Conference Dementia Conversation’s: Let's Talk Thursday May 31, 2018 • Mohegan Sun Casino Conference Center Wilkes-Barre PA 8:00am to 4:00pm breakfast/ lunch included Come join us for a day of Education and Fellowship Fees: $80 Professionals, $30 Caregivers, and $72 Health Care Partners Connections Neighborhood March has come into the neighborhood like a lion. The snow has kept us inside however it has not dampened our spirits. Entertainers bringing the traditional Irish music with green beer and other fun foods have brought a little bit of Ireland to our neighborhood. There was plenty of blarney going around while the residents enjoyed the green beer. Fun was had by all. We are all waiting for March to gout out like a lamb so that we can get on the bus and enjoy the beautiful country side by beginning our country rides again. Look for our bus and wave to us because you will never know where we will show up. As always stop by and enjoy the festivities we always have time to make new friends. Providence Place strives to deliver superior quality senior living that is surprisingly affordable. Providence Place offers Independent Living, Personal Care, and Memory Support in a Secured Environment.



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there are also events and music at Dimmick Memorial Library, Race Street Park and Horizons on Race Street. Josiah White Park plays host to various local vendors who specialize in handcrafted items, art and jewelry, along with various bands, face painting, the Kids Craft Corner and the chance to meet both Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear. Dimmick Memorial Library is more child centered, with events such as a reading of The Lorax by The Lorax himself and a coloring contest. Race Street Park is where you can learn to build your own terrarium, learn the Principles of Permaculture and enjoy kid’s yoga. After, you can stroll up Race Street to hear one of the solo or duo music acts stationed in front of Horizons. Other events throughout the day include the Earth Day Raffle, Recycled Kids Crafts, Hula Hoop Contest, Bounce House, and a coloring contest at Dimmick Memorial Library. There is also a Lehigh River Clean-Up for those who like to get their hands a bit dirtier. For more information and a full schedule of events, go to

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The Potholes In Filing Income Taxes by Alice Horton, CEO Honest Abe’s Taxe Services While filing income taxes many tax payers find themselves traveling a path with potholes that trip them up. Preparing your own taxes for your family and friends can be a sinkhole, rather than a pothole, if you do not know enough about the federal, state, and local tax laws. Income Documents Generally documents that are relative to income tax filing are supposed to be mailed to your last address by January 31. This year more agencies than usual have mailed these documents to taxpayers as late as early March. As a taxpayer it is your responsibility to know what W-2's, Unemployment, Interest, Dividends, Investment, Gambling winnings, Retirement, or other income you received during the year. You should be proactive by the third week of February to have these. Dividend investment income may also include capital gains income. Be knowledgeable of your earnings through the year. When you sell investments, stocks and real property you may have capital gains and thus taxes. Amazon

employees, when filing your taxes make sure you have the 1099B's from the sale(s) of stocks you receive as employee benefits! Early distributions from retirements often have early distribution penalties. Social security benefits are generally not taxable income but can become taxable if you earn too much other passive and earned income in addition to the SS benefits. Did you cash in savings bonds? Did you receive taxable inheritance during the year? Health Savings Account disbursements for health expenses are not taxable income but must be reported on your tax return. Distributions from Coverdell ESA’s for education purposes are not taxable income.

Health Insurance The 1095A for Market Place insurance is supposed to be mailed to you by Jan 31. The 1095A is used in filing your taxes to reconcile if you: a) overpaid premiums (you will get a refund) or; b) underpaid premiums (you pay more). The 1095A does not arrive in the mail or arrives late? If you have not received the 1095A by Feb 15 you should be researching where it is. If your insurance is through your job, the state, the federal government, or private insurance you will receive form(s) 1095B or 1095C. These forms prove that you had insurance and that your dependent(s)/ children lived with you.

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Reap The Benefits From Strength, Mobility And Balance Exercises by Rachael Kapes, Heritage Hill Senior Community As you age, muscle mass begins to decrease—yes, it’s true! But, age doesn’t have to restrict your lifestyle. Beginning or maintaining a regular exercise routine focusing on strength, mobility and balance will improve your independence and provide an overall better quality of life. The Center for Disease Control recommends that adults—especially older adults— engage in 150 minutes of physical activity a week. Research has shown that seniors participating in moderate-intense aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, can reduce their risk of W����’� C������� J������ A���������� •J������ •M����� •P��� S���

chronic illnesses. What should you do to improve your strength, mobility and balance? In your exercise regimen, include strength and resistance training. You can use light weights or resistance bands to help build muscles, which is an essential contributor to balance and bone strength. Effective exercise programs incorporate mobility routines, such as stretching, which helps your body move easily, prevents injury and reduces muscle discomfort. Lastly, seniors at risk of falling need to do balance training, such as backward walking, heelto-toe walking, standing on one foot and standing from a sitting position. (If you are wondering if you are at risk for falling, see the information at the end of the article about the free balance screening at the Health Fair!) There are extensive health benefits to improving your strength, mobility and balance. Exercise protects against loss in bone mass, boosts your metabolism and improves digestive health. In particular, strength training

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helps prevent osteoporosis and reduce pain from arthritis. You can also boost self-esteem, which helps alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Overall, exercising has been shown to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, diabetes and obesity. Needless to say, the health benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks for almost everyone; however, you should consult your doctor to create a fitness plan to best meet your needs. It is also important to maintain regular physician visits and discuss any medical changes. Heritage Hill Senior Community invites the public to the 17th Annual Senior Health Fair at the Laurel Mall in Hazelton on Wednesday, April 18 from 8 a.m. to noon. FOX Rehabilitation representatives will be on hand to do balance assessments, which are used to determine your fall risk. To learn more about the Health Fair or Heritage Hill, please contact me by phone at 570-215-3172 or by email at

Upcoming Spring Events At Greenleaf Gallery & Gift Shop by Steve Glicken, Green Leaf Gallery and Gift Shop Our first major show this year, “Our Other Friends-Animals in Art” opened March 1st and will be extended until May 31st in the main gallery because of the enormous amount of wonderful art we have acquired! A second “opening” will take place the weekend of April 20th, 21st, and 22nd with another special 10% discount on all sales. In honor of the animals, we are contributing 10% of all profits during the show to the Hazleton and Carbon County Animal Shelters. Paintings, drawings, photography, and sculptures will continue to celebrate the animals who share the world with us. Several European artists like painter Bastiaan Mol from the Netherlands and printmaker Jan Schönepauck from Germany create wonderful images of birds. Arthur Voronov, a Ukrainian painter has provided a magnificent oil painting of a red deer on the taiga, its breath rising to the sky! Jeff Lane, a physician from Washington state, offers us African safari pictures and closer-to-home wildlife photography from our Northwest. Additional artists including Tatyana Nikolaevna Malinovskaya and others from Ukraine, Pepina Dragos Constantin from Romania and Belgium, and Zlatina Ivanova from Bulgaria bring us to farms and the deep ocean, while others look at animals from Africa, Australia, and Canada in the form of pastels, watercolors, sculptures, lithographs, and acrylics. There are wonderful prints from the San Juan Museum of Fine Arts of the butterfly and insect life of Puerto Rico. Young local artists give us views of local animals in a variety of media. New pieces from Zimbabwe, by Sabudu Jamari

show us large “Rhino-men”, half-animals in the form of stone sculptures. Ceramics from Nicaragua will enchant you with their fluid forms and Mexican obsidian sculptures reflect the traditional spiritual relationship between humans and animals of the forest. Mark Charles Rooney of Hazleton painted a large depiction of a raven in the night and a leopard. Steve Glicken, one of the gallery owners, displays several photos of dogs and birds that run from humor to “memorial” shots of animals who have lost the battle to survive. We also display decorative arts, with functional pieces in animal form with practical uses. In the Gift Shop, we’ll be offering prints of pho-

tos, jewelry, and artworks at reasonable prices. It’s not too early to get ready for Mother’s Day! As a special treat, we will have an additional mini-exhibit of the art of Gary Todak in our side gallery. Gary felt the lure of art at an early age. "As long as I can remember, I've lived it. I guess the art gene was in my blood…. by the age of 10 or 12, my father was teaching me the fundamentals of painting.” Like his father, Gary graduated from Kutztown University with a bachelor’s degree in art and received his master's degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He specializes in surreal oil paintings often involving animals that carry his artistic message. His show runs simultaneously with the Animal Arts exhibit and is both fanciful and fun. Stay tuned for an announcement of a “Blessing of the Animals” to take place (assuming good weather!) in our front garden area. A new “special” for first-time gallery attendees, we’re offering a 20% discount on one item of art or giftware for the entire show. Just identify yourself as a “first-timer” to take advantage of this offer! A special event: on Sunday, April 8 at 1:30 PM, Tom Curney, a former staff member of the staff of the Eckley Miners’ Village will give a talk about the history of the “Molly McGuires” including a working script, photos, and costumes from the movie, followed by a showing (free!) of the original film starring Sean Connery, Richard Harris, and Samantha Eggar. The talk is free; we encourage voluntary donations to support this educational outreach.

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Walk For Ferrwood Music Camp Why not get out and walk to support Ferrwood Music Camp? Highmark is bringing its “Walk for a Healthy Community” to Northeastern Pennsylvania and Ferrwood Music Camp is taking this opportunity to raise funds that 100% of money benefits local children. The “Walks” are held in various locations, and all expenses associated with the walk are paid

for by Highmark. Ferrwood is sponsoring teams to raise money. The camp has just celebrated its 50 year anniversary and continues to create fond childhood memories. Please consider participating by donating or by joining us as a walker. Your participation will make this a successful fundraiser. As the

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sole organization participating from the greater Hazleton community, we have the opportunity to show our community pride as we join ten other non-profits from Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Hazleton High School Chorus has been selected to perform our National Anthem at the opening of this event and we are Hazleton Proud! Come and enjoy this community event. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 16th. The walk is being held at PNC Field in Moosic. Come and support Ferrwood Music Camp at the first regional Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. See you at the Ferrwood tent! Need transportation? No problem, registrants will receive information in future updates. Register as an individual or form teams. Donations of $30 or more earn you a commemorative T-shirt. To learn more about how to participate go to or call Nancy Stasko at (570) 455-1508 ext 2032 or Chris Stamatopoulos at (570) 881-7868.



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Acquiring The 1887 Chris Fulmer Baseball Card And Other Rarities by Rev. Connell A. McHugh The first regional Major League baseball player to be depicted on a baseball card as far as I know is Chris Fulmer of Tamaqua who played one year for the Washington Nationals in 1884 in the Union League which only lasted for a year and for the Baltimore Orioles of the American Association for four years, primarily as a catcher. Both the Union and American Association were considered Major Leagues. Chris Fulmer was born in Tamaqua on July 4,1858 and died in Tamaqua on November 9,1931. Fulmer appeared in 252 games with a career average of .247 and one homerun. He struck out less than 10% of his career at bats. He batted and threw right handed and was 5 foot 8 and weighed 165 pounds. Fulmer began his baseball career playing for the Peoria Reds in Illinois before eventually getting the opportunity to play for the Washington Nationals. After his Major League career ended, he later played in 1890 with both Hamilton

and Montreal in Canada. The original Union Association teams in 1884 were Altoona Mountain cities, Baltimore Union, the Boston Reds, the Chicago Unions, the Cincinnati Outlaw Reds, the Philadelphia Keystones, the St. Louis Maroons and Fulmer’s team, the Washington Nationals. I have known for about half a dozen years or so that Chris Fulmer of Tamaqua was the first area player to be depicted on a card that was part of a Major League baseball set. In fact, in 1887, Chris Fulmer appears in 2 sets: the classic and massive Old Judge Cigarette set which covered the years 1887 to 1890 and the Gold Coin (Buchner) one. I acquired the Gold Coin Chris Fulmer card which is in color. The Old Judge Cigarette set is one of the most fascinating sets ever produced. It is one of the first baseball sets and also the largest one ever made. Thee cards were issued by the Goodwin and Company tobacco firm in their Old

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Judge and Gypsy Queen cigarettes. The size of the cards vary with 7/16 inches by 2 ½ inches the norm. Over 500 players are depicted, quite a few with more than one card as well as multiple player cards. The cards are black and white and blank backed. Few Old Judge cards have the first name of the player and misspellings of players names are common. Some cards were numbered, others were not. Chris Fulmer appears on two cards, one by himself with a bat in hand and another tagging Tommy Tucker. The 1887 Gold Coin (Buchner) set contains the card of Chris Fulmer that I acquired. Fulmer is number 58 in the set. I found the Gold Coin cards to be more attractive since the cards are in color. The cards were manufactured by Buchner and Company for its Gold Coin brand of chewing tobacco. The cards are larger than the Old Judge ones measuring 1 and ¾ inch by 3 inches. Some collectors do not like this set since the cards are drawings of players rather

Church. Bill Lee was married to my cousin, Kit Treible, and I had some really good conversations on baseball with him over the years. He played in 18 games for the St. Louis Browns in 1915 and one game in 1916. Bill Lee, whose main position was catcher, played several years in the Pacific Coast league and appears in two of the scarce Zeenuts peanuts sets, the 1917 and 1919 ones. Bill spent his later years residing at 207 N. Broad St. in West Hazleton. He was a classy gentleman and great all around sportsman. He was a top of the line basketball coach in New jersey. He won a state championship for Bayonne High School. I believe the year was 1950. “Honest Eddie” Murphy was born October 2, 1891 in Hancock , New Jersey and died February 21, 1969 in Dunmore, Pa. He lived many years in White Mills, Pa. Murphy had a much more illustrious career than the previous players mentioned. He appeared in 760 Major League games with a career .287 average. Murphy played 11 years in the Majors mainly with Connie Mack’s Athletics and the Chicago White Sox. He appeared in three World Series, in 1913 and 14 with the Philadelphia A’s and in 1919 with the infamous Chicago Black Sox who were accused of throwing the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds for whom Jake Daubert of Shamokin played. Murphy acquired the nickname “Honest Eddie” because he was not

involved in throwing the Series. Eight members of the White Sox led by “Chick” Gandil, the first baseman, conspired to throw the Series because miserly owner, Charles Comiskey was one of the lowest paying owners despite the White Sox having good teams. The eight players included superstar, Joe Jackson, who is third behind Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby for career batting average at .356 and pitching star Eddie Cicotte one of the top hurlers of his era. The players were eventually acquitted by a jury in 1921 but were not allowed to play in the Majors again. The book Eight Men Out in 1963 by Eliot Asinof and a very popular 1988 movie based on the book relate the story of banning of the players. References: • The Baseball Encyclopedia, Macmillan • The Schuykill County Baseball History • Standard Catalog of Vintage Baseball Cards • SABR • Article given to me by the Buchman Family, relatives of “Honest Eddie” Murphy • My Own Baseball cards and knowledge of Baseball cards Rev. Connell A. McHugh is currently Pastor of Good Shepherd, Drums, Pa. he can be reached at 570-788-3141 or 570-4545058. E-mail is:

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When I was asked to write a story about The Beatles, I said, “hmm, what would be a good story.” I could talk about how The Beatles formed, but we all heard that story before. Four working class kids get together blah, blah, blah. Talk about the break up, that’s depressing--musical arguments, wives, manager, etc. Nope! I decided to start at the perfect spot, the middle of their career in the U.S., specifically, their Capitol release of the album “Yesterday”…and Today. The title was a play on words borrowing from their hit song Yesterday. So let’s get started. In the U.S. Capitol Records just could not churn out enough product to keep the masses happy or at least the record executives’ pockets filled. See, in the rest of the world (through EMI studios), The Beatles had an album Help released on August 6, 1965, Rubber Soul on December 3, 1965 and Revolver on August 5, 1966. Now the U.S. had the same releases close to those dates with the exception of the fact that Capitol held tracts from the first two albums and borrowed three songs from the yet to be released Revolver in the U.S. So some might say we got a few musical gems before the rest of the world did, in advance! Well, George Martin, producer, and The Beatles themselves were not happy at all about this ongoing deal with Capitol records. After the release of Revolver in the U.S., a new deal was formed to release everything forward unified across the world. So let’s take a deeper look into “Yesterday”…. and Today. This album was released finally on June 20, 1966. There was a reason why it was held up--controversy over the original cover--but that’s another story. I want to look into the song selection and wide variety of styles on this made-up album. The first song, Drive My Car, was borrowed from the UK’s Rubber Soul LP. A very up tempo rocker to start things off. Next, we are already borrowing a song from the UK’s upcoming release of Revolver LP, I’m Only Sleeping. Very laidback with new ideas like backwards guitar solos. The third song, Nowhere Man, from UK’s Rubber Soul LP and a makeshift single in the U.S. reached #1 on October 9, 1965. Dr. Robert, another one from UK’s Revolver LP, was a straight-forward rocker by John.

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Another one from UK’s Help LP and a huge makeshift single in the U.S. was Yesterday. Two important facts about this song. It did hit #1 here on October 9, 1965 for three weeks and happens to be the most recorded song ever! The last song on side one was Act Naturally. Sung by Ringo, this was from the UK’s Help album also and the Bside to Yesterday. But the most important fact here is that the song has a true country and western feel to it. They did not turn it into a rock song. They played straight and narrow following Buck Owens’ original release. In my opinion, George Harrison played the solo better than Buck did! Side two starts off with, And Your Bird Can Sing, the last song borrowed from the upcoming album Revolver, again, a straightforward rocker from John. Next up, If I Needed Someone, from UK’s Rubber Soul LP, a George Harrison pop song and vocal. The next song (and the last song on this album) was made for a worldwide double Asided single, We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper. The single was released in the U.S. on December 6, 1965 and We Can Work It Out went to #1 on January 1, 1966. Day Tripper went to #5 on the Billboard charts. The last song to touch on is sandwiched between those two above. What Goes On, another song sung by Ringo, again set in the country and western mode. But the most important fact here is the writing credit-Lennon/McCartney/Starkey. Yes, Ringo got a writing credit with the other two. Harrison never even got a credit like that with John and Paul! So there you have it. A truly well-rounded, made-for-market album in the U.S. by Capitol Records with just 11 tracks that no other group would be able to pull off during that time period. Oh, and one last thing. It did hit the top of the Billboard charts on July 20, 1966 and stayed there for five weeks. Pass the cigars out boys. We have another hit, chaching, cha-ching! Gary Danish is producer and co-host of “A Magical Mystery Tour with The Beatles” radio show heard every week on GEM 104, Saturday mornings from 8 – 10 a.m. with a re-broadcast later at mid-night until 2 a.m.

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April 7 Lehighton Area Pool Pals Giant Indoor Yard Sale and Basket Raffle, Saturday, April 7 from 10am to 2pm at the Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 South 8th Street in Lehighton. VENDORS WANTED: $10 table inside or a spot outside. Vendors set up at 9am. Basket Raffle @ 2pm. Refreshments available. Donations appreciated. For additional information, call Diane at 610-377-5275. Proceeds support the Baer Memorial Swimming Pool.

night stays, attraction passes, gift cards, local wine & spirits and more! To purchase tickets, contact a committee member (Ruth Sabol, Rev. Don Adams, Dan Dargay, Michele Connors, Shane Moran, Nancy Mulvaney, John Weigand, Ive Richie, Kate Kumitis) or find us on Facebook @WeatherlyAreaMuseum. April 18 Heritage Hill Senior Community invites the public to the 17th Annual Senior Health Fair at the Laurel Mall in Hazelton on Wednesday, April 18 from 8am to noon. FOX Rehabilitation representatives will be on hand to do balance assessments, which are used to determine your fall risk. To learn more about the Health Fair or Heritage Hill, please contact me by phone at 570-215-3172 or by email at

April 14 Holy Rosary Parish, 240 S. Poplar Street in Hazleton will host a Free Community Luncheon. Lunch will be served Saturday, April 14 from 11am to 12noon in the Community Room of the Church located in the Lower Level. Please use the elevator entrance in the rear of the church. All are welcome. A special thank you to the Hazleton Rotary Club, Diocese of Scranton and the Weinberg NE May 26 Regional Food Bank. Arbutus Lodge No, 611, Free & Accepted Weatherly Area Museum Benefit Dinner & Masons will be holding their 13th Annual Silent Auction, Saturday, April 15 at 4:45pm Car Show, Cruise, Burnout and Blood Drive at L&L Rural Volunteer Fire Company, 390 on Saturday, May 26 from 11am to 6pm at S. Lehigh Gorge Drive in Weatherly. Adult the Freeland Public Park. Tickets: $20 per person; Children 5-12 years $8.00; Children 4 & under eat free. To list your Community Event in our Calendar, please email the event Adult Menu : Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderto: loin, Chicken Vegetarian Entree, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables, Tossed Salad & Rolls, Fresh Fruit, Sweet Treats, Assorted Beverages. Childrens Menu: Chicken Tenders & French Fries. Silent Auction features over-

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April 13 & 14 American Legion Auxiliary Unit #360 Persian Doughnut Sale, Friday, April 13 from Noon to 6pm and Saturday, April 14 from 10am to Noon. Cost: $1.50 each or 4 for $5.00. Doughnut pre-orders are a must. Deadline to order is April 2. To play an order, contact Georgia Farrow at 570-427-4527 or any auxiliary member.

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Refreshing Recipes for a Healthier Spring Add healthy avocado for fresh, creamy flavor (Family Features) For many, spring is an opportunity to hit refresh on many aspects of life, including what you eat. Rather than instituting a restrictive diet that forces you to cut back on your favorite snacks and dishes, consider making simple changes that can go a long way so you can enjoy the flavors of the season without sacrificing taste or eating less. For example, Atkins offers a long-term, healthy lifestyle featuring a balanced approach of high-fiber carbohydrates, optimal protein and healthy fats, while focusing on reducing levels of refined carbohydrates, added sugars and ìhidden sugars,î which are the carbohydrates that convert to sugar in the body ñ you canít see them but your body does. Fresh flavors abound during spring, and you can enjoy natureís bounty while avoiding hidden sugars by selecting high-fiber, low-glycemic Peanut Buddha Bowl. Learn more about the benefits of a balanced, fruits and vegetables. For example, a single avocado contains 10 grams of dietary fiber in addi- flexible, low-carb approach to eating at Atkins. tion to healthy fat. Consider a menu comprised com. of recipes like Egg-Filled Avocado with ProsciutThai Peanut Buddha Bowl to, Avocado Kale Berry Smoothie Bowl and Thai Recipe courtesy of Atkins: Eat Right, Not Lessî Ingredients: Olive oil spray 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts Dressing: 1/2 cup peanut butter 3 tablespoons coconut milk 1 tablespoon fish sauce 2 teaspoons hot chili sauce 2bgarlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger We Moved To Our 1 tablespoon sesame oil NEW LOCATION! 3 tablespoons hot water 4 cups baby spinach 22nd Street Plaza 1 ripe Hass avocado, thinly sliced at 22nd & Vine Streets, Hazleton 1 medium zucchini, cut into noodle shapes

2 carrots, cut into noodle shapes 2 radishes, thinly sliced 8 sprigs cilantro Directions: Heat oven to 400 F. Coat small skillet with olive oil spray. Add chicken to skillet and cook 3-4 minutes, turning once or twice to brown chicken. Slide into oven and bake 6- 8 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in center when sliced with a knife. Set aside to rest 5 minutes then shred. To make dressing: In large bowl, mix peanut butter, coconut milk, fish sauce, chili sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and hot water. Whisk well until smooth. Divide spinach and avocado among four bowls. Top with chicken, zucchini, carrots, radishes and cilantro. Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately. Serves 4 Tip: If you donít have a spiralizer, you can achieve the same effect by using a vegetable peeler to shave thin ribbons. You can also use a mandoline vegetable slicer then use a knife to cut the strips into thinner noodle-like strips. Nutritional information per serving: 10.8 g net carbs; 427 calories; 18.1 g total carbs; 7.3 g fiber; 21.8 z protein; 30.7 g fat. Live Low-Carb Find more inspiration, tips and recipes by seeking out additional resources like ìAtkins: Eat Right, Not Less: Your Guidebook for Living a Low-Carb and Low-Sugar Lifestyle.î The book, filled with 100 whole-food recipes and simple solutions for living a low-carb lifestyle, contains a variety of meal plans, low-carb takes on classic comfort foods and tips for creating a low-carb kitchen. Readers can also learn about Atkins 100, a flexible and personalized low-carb lifestyle program.


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A Cellebration Of 100 Years Of Recorded Jazz The Greater Hazleton Concert Series presents the Side Street Strutters, a seven-member jazz band that has been performing together for 35 years. The Strutters will be joined by vocalist Meloney Collins. This unique musical group will present an exciting evening of music Wednesday, April 25, beginning at 6:15 PM in the Hazleton Area High School auditorium located at 1601 West 23rd Street. In 1983 a group of talented musicians attending Arizona State University formed a musical ensemble whose artistic focus centered on the musical traditions of early New Orleans jazz.  Now, over three decades later, the Side Street Strutters continue to expand their musical palette to encompass nearly a century of classic American jazz. The Strutters have presented formal concerts, symphony pops performances and student outreach programs in all fifty states, seven European countries, Canada and Mexico.  Their superb musicianship and award-winning orchestrations have earned them national and international acclaim. Among their awards and accolades are, Breda International Jazz Competition, Holland; International Association of Jazz Educators Outstanding Musicianship Award; appearances at dozens of European and U.S. jazz festivals, a guest presidential performance, and 12 CD recordings. Additionally, the Strutters have been entertaining guests at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. for 22 years. The Strutters are excited to share their latest musical project Vinyl Jazz, A Century Celebration.  As the world embraces the 100th anniversary of recorded jazz, the Strutters, with Meloney Collins, invite audiences to enjoy a potpourri of jazz, pop and R&B melodies that have shaped our musical landscape.  Audiences can expect to hear songs that inspired entire generations, lyrics that reflected a particular time in our countries history, and melodies that played a significant role towards the development and enjoyment of American popular music. Jazz vocalist Meloney Collins has been a professional actor and singer for over twenty years. For the past eight years, Collins has been the official vocalist for the Side Street Strutters. They have been featured at the Sacramento Music, Monterey Jazz and Sun Valley Jazz and Music festivals. In 2013, they completed a 60-city tour of North America for the Live On Stage performing arts series.

As a special treat the Side Street Strutters concert will be opened by a performance of the Cellar Dwellarz at 6:15PM. The Cellar Dwellarz Jazz Ensemble is a recently formed community jazz group, dedicated to the education, practice and performance of jazz music, under the direction of Mr. Neil Forte III and Miss Jennifer Gerhard.  The Cellar Dwellarz are a group of students from the Hazleton Area School District who are committed to serving their community by fostering the art of jazz and spreading the love of music throughout our area.  The group enjoys performing at a professional level throughout the area.   The Greater Hazleton Concert Series provides outstanding entertainment in a convenient venue, at a price that can’t be beat. Individual tickets for The Side Street Strutters are $30 for adults and $10 for students. The concerts begin at 6:15 PM at the Hazleton Area High School auditorium located at 1601 West 23rd Street in Hazleton. This comfortable ven-

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as delicious flavors to your dinner menu. Burns recommends opting for lean proteins like fish and chicken served with fresh or frozen veggies. Check out her how-to video, fKcY-jiTWJg, to learn more. Marinated Garlic & Lemon Roasted Chicken Drumsticks with Honey Mustard Sauce Ingredients: 10 chicken drumsticks 1 large lemon zested and juiced 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 whole cloves garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon oregano 1 pinch each salt and pepper Minced parsley for garnish Honey Mustard Sauce: 3 tablespoons melted butter 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup mustard 1 tablespoon lemon juice Directions: In a bowl, mix together lemon juice, zest, olive oil, chopped garlic, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper. Add chicken drumsticks and toss to coat evenly. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. When ready to cook, let chicken come to room temperature for about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange chicken on oiled foil-lined sheet pan. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Flip chicken pieces and cook another 10 minutes until chicken reaches 165 degrees and is no longer pink. Make sauce in a small bowl by whisking together the mustard and honey. Add water as needed for a workable consistency. With a small pastry brush, brush sauce over chicken and broil 5 minutes until bubbly. Place chicken pieces on a serving platter and sprinkle minced parsley over all.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Dog Treats Ingredients: 1 cup pumpkin puree 1/4 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup milk 3 cups old fashioned oats, divided Directions: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and milk on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Using a small cookie scoop, roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch balls, forming about 20. Dredge balls in remaining 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, pressing to coat. Cover and place in the refrigerator until firm, about 1 hour. Makes 20 treats. *These can be kept refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Catnip Crumbles Ingredients: 1 pound Ground Beef 2 Eggs 2 tablespoons Catnip Directions: Preheat over to 375 degrees farenhight and line baking sheet with foil. In a large bowl mix all ingredients by hand. Spread mixture on foil line baking sheet and bake for 7 to 10 minutes. Drain any excess fat and crumble. (Can be given alone as a treat or crumbled over cats regular food. These treats can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 7 days or can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Kitty Crunchies Ingredients: 1 can tuna in oil, drained 1 egg 1 1/4 cups of flour, plus extra for dusting 1/2 cup water dash of parsley bottle cap for cutting out treats DIY Doggie Breath Mints Directions: Preheat oven to 350. In a food processor Ingredients: mix tuna, egg, flour, water and parsley until 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats,

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Six Tips To Help You Make The Most Of Your Meals (NAPS)—Although the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has declared March to be National Nutrition Month®, it’s a good idea to eat healthfully all year long. The 2018 campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits and its theme is “Go Further with Food.” Here are six hints on how: 1. Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more. 2. Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week. This can also help reduce food loss and waste and save you money.  3. Be mindful of portion sizes.  4. Learn about healthy eating from a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow, personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs. 5. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aero-

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(NAPS)— Often, a casual laid-back gathering is way more fun than a formal one. So ask your guests to roll up their sleeves and put them to work with a create-your-own bar. Whether it’s pizza, tacos or ice cream sundaes, you simply set up You and your a bunch of deli- guests can create cious ingredients some great treats and invite guests when you set up make-your-own to develop their a drinks, dessert or own creations. Bloody (and dinner bar. Virgin) Marys are all the craze these days. They’ve become much more than a drink, and if you do it right, they wind up being a meal. Here are a few fun ideas to get your Bloody Mary bar on: • Start with the base—pitchers of SuckerPunch Gourmet Bloody Mary Mix and a bottle of good vodka. Let your guests mix the two as some folks may want to skip the alcohol but they certainly won’t want to skip on the fun. • Tall glasses and plenty of ice are a must. • A salted rim is almost mandatory on each and every glass. A selection of different flavored salts—garlic, onion, paprika, chili—and some lime wedges are all it takes. Simply moisten the glass by running the lime around the rim, then dip it in the flavored salt. • The real fun begins with the garnishes. Just about anything savory goes with a Bloody or Virgin Mary. Stalks of celery (of course), chilled shrimp, bacon, mini meatballs, SuckerPunch Gourmet pickles, olives, pickled peppers, mini hot dogs, baby sliders, cherry tomatoes, bocconcini, sardines, smoked oysters, smoked salmon, mini sushi, mini dim sum, buffalo wings, hard-cooked eggs, the list goes on. • Forget about small toothpicks and go for long skewers so guests can load up on the garnishes. Tip: Use two skewers side by side to ensure the goodies don’t fall off. For more delicious recipes, visit https://

Is A Hybrid Or Electric Car The Vehicle For You? by Thomas R. Buff New cars shoppers can now add an array of models to their shopping lists due to the increasing emergence of battery-electric and hybrid cars. If your heart is not already set on a gasoline or diesel automobile you can help reduce the reliance on petroleum on by considering an automobile powered by electricity. Is a hybrid or an electric power vehicle for you? Has technology come far enough to make a purchase of one of these vehicles economical, efficient, and safe? Will it fit your needs? To understand the choices of non-petroleum based vehicle you need to understand the three basic types that are available. A Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) is one that uses more than one means of compulsion. Hybrids are designed to work through a combination of an internal combustion engine, batteries, and an electric motor. The vehicle can either be driven with the engine, the electric motor on its own, or both to provide power to move the vehicle. The primary driven power comes from the gasoline engine and the electric motor acts as an auxiliary when the car is at slow speeds or accelerating from a stop. The batteries are charged from a gas or diesel engine when the car is running and some models use a regenerative braking system that charges the batteries when the car is braking. There are many models of HEV’s on the market with the Toyota Prius and Lexus being the most popular. These types of hybrids are called Parallel hybrids due to the fact that the cars wheels can be powered by three different ways: the engine, the electric motor alone, or both togwether depending on the speed of the vehicle. Range Extender hybrids use the combustion engine to produce the electricity for a generator that charges the battery. The Honda Jazz and BMWi3 use this technology. There are over six million vehicles on the road today and many car manufactures are of-

fering new models of hybrids to fit every need. Fuel mileage can range from forty to sixty miles per gallon. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles or (PHEV’s) are another type of electric vehicle that adds the dimensions of a typical HEV plus allows you to also charge the batteries by plugging the standard vehicle in to a wall outlet. This feature is attractive and allows the vehicle to run some distances without the use of a gasoline engine. A large number of manufactures are offering Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles and many others are in production. The fuel mileage for a typical PHEV is within the range of a hybrid, but remember that the PHEV can be charged externally, utilizing the electric motor thus adding more mileage driven without the use of gasoline. The Battery Electric Vehicle or (BEV) is a type of electric vehicle that uses chemical energy stored in rechargeable battery packs in place of a petroleum based engine. All of the BEV’s power comes from the battery packs. Because they do not utilize an internal combustion engine there is zero tail pipe emissions. BEV’s are very energy efficient; they convert 59 to 62 percent of the electrical energy from the power grid to power at the wheels. Gasoline engines only convert 17 to 21 percent of the energy to power at then wheels. They are quiet and offer smooth operation. But the driving range on most of these cars is about 100 – 200 miles before recharging and a full recharge can take up to 4 to 8 hours. Their battery packs are bulky, expensive and may need to be replaced a few times in the life of the car. Many manufactures especially Chevy, Ford and Toyota offer BEV’s that have been very popular in the United States. The benefits of a hybrid or electric car are many. There is no compromise in performance as today’s hybrids and fully electric cars are

strong, powerful and efficient. Most hybrid’s offer a choice of power modes, ranging from economy to power giving the driver the choice depending on road conditions. A hybrid will fit your need especially if you do a lot of in town driving due to the fact you will be running on full electric. If you are in the market for a new car, consider your needs and expectations of all types of vehicles then compare an all-electric with a hybrid. Base your research on how often and how far you will be driving your vehicle. There are many factors to consider such as battery range, speed, charging, maintenance needs and warranty. Look at prices and the advantages and disadvantages of each type of vehicle. Will an electric or hybrid car be an advantage to own? For some motorists they are the best option available. Remember, do some research. Happy Motoring!

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How Former Philadelphia Eagles Star Beat Chronic Pain by Ting Oh, PT, Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers 2 years ago Ron Solt, a former NFL guard who played 11 years for the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts, was struggling with chronic pain. His career in the NFL had left him with injures which required multiple surgeries. Despite only being 54 years old, he was having difficulties moving and feared he would end up in a wheelchair. Like Ron, there are 25 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain and many turn to opioids, the first choice for pain

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The Heart And Mouth Connection: How Heart Disease And Oral Health Link by Frank Glushefski, D.M.D. Generally, the amount of people that are aware that a connection exists between oral health and heart disease is few and far between. In fact, it is estimated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that heart disease will have a death toll of nearly 600,000 people making it the number one cause of death in America. Even more alarming is the causative effects of oral health on heart disease. There are basically two connections between oral health and heart disease: 1. Studies have shown that people with moderate or advanced periodontal disease are more predisposed to heart disease than others having healthy gums. 2. Good oral health is the key to one's own overall health. Studies have illustrated and proven that oral health can act as an early indication of other diseases such as heart disease. Due to the fact that your mouth is the point of entry to the body, those who have chronic periodontal disease are at a greater risk of a heart attack according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Gingivitis and ultimately periodontitis are caused by prolonged plaque buildup. Research has indicated that periodontal disease may contribute to heart disease since bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation. Additionally, researchers suggest that periodontal-induced inflammation may also initiate clot formation. These clots will decrease blood flow to the heart leading to an elevated blood pressure and increased risk of heart attack. Risk factors Studies have not established that either heart

disease or gum disease actually causes the other. This is a difficult task because many of the risk factors for gum disease are the same as those for heart disease: • Cigarette smoking • Poor nutrition • Diabetes • Being male How oral health warns about heart disease More than 90 percent of all systemic diseases — including heart disease — have oral symptoms, research suggests. In addition, dentists can help patients with a history of heart disease by examining them for any signs of oral pain, infection or inflammation. According to the AGD, proper diagnosis and treatment of tooth and gum infections in some of these patients have led to a decrease in blood pressure medications and improved overall health. Warning signs for gum disease Gum disease affects 80 percent of American adults, according to the AGD. Warning signs that you may have gum disease include: • Red, tender or swollen gums • Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing • Gums that seem to be pulling away from your teeth • Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth • Teeth that are loose or are separating from each other Prevention is the best medicine Although gum disease seems to be associated with heart disease, more studies are needed before we can say with certainty what the relationship is. Research has not shown that treatment

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Shingrix by Stephen Schleicher, MD. This the name of a new vaccine to prevent shingles just approved by the FDA. Shingles, medically termed herpes zoster, occurs in one million persons each year. The condition is characterized by acute, painful blistering eruptions. The same virus that causes chickenpox produces this condition as well. Following a chickenpox infection, the virus hibernates in nerves under the skin to surface many years later as herpes zoster. The onset of shingles is heralded by severe pain in a localized distribution. Because discomfort may precede the rash by some twenty-four hours, early diagnosis is sometimes difficult. (Indeed, shingles of the chest is at times misdiagnosed as a heart attack). Once the redness and blisters appear, the nature of the pain becomes quite apparent. Complications of herpes zoster are infre-

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Eyebrow Wow! provided by Lehigh Valley Health Network Anthropologists believe the main function of the eyebrow is to guard the eye from sweat droplets and other eye-irritating matter. Artists, psychologists and even poker players know brows play a starring role in facial expressions. But beyond their practical functions, brows have become a key feature of beauty for many people. “Creating the perfect eyebrow is often a daily task – brow pencils, tweezers, tints and powders,” says Emily Doster, medical esthetician with LVPG Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. “Permanent makeup is a solution that not only repairs damaged, overtweezed brows, it also serves as a huge timesaver for those of us who can’t dedicate time every day to our eyebrows.” Creating no-smudge eyebrows This permanent tattoo technique creates the appearance of hair in the brow line. Eyebrows are tattooed and/or micro-bladed in place to whatever fullness you prefer. Size, shape and color are determined and agreed upon by both patient and provider. After the procedure there’s no need for additional makeup. You can swim, sweat and wipe off your face without having to worry about them smearing, smudging or coming off. “It’s something that originated to provide eyebrows for people who had lost their eyebrows due to medication or disease such as chemotherapy patients and people with alopecia,” Doster says. “Through the years, the technique has been perfected and become very popular.” A (mostly) permanent solution Following an initial consultation to determine client preferences, eyebrows are put in place over two sessions. The first lasts from two to four hours and includes the tattooing process and/or micro-blading of color to give the brow fullness. After about six weeks of healing, clients return for a touch-up to ensure color and fullness are correct.

“We instruct women on eyebrow care during the healing process,” she says. “There are a few things to avoid – chemical peels, spending a lot of time in the sun without sunscreen or in chlorinated water.” Permanent makeup requires occasional touch-ups, Doster says. “Depending on your complexion and how well you care for your

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She began physical therapy at the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton to get back in the game – or in her case, Games. “We had to start almost from scratch to rebuild strength, balance and mobility,” says physical therapist Congetta Zola, with the Health & Wellness Center. Meanwhile, Jack began experiencing hip pain that made running difficult. “Stretching exercises helped, but more was needed,” he says. While accompanying Winona to physical therapy, he started training with a personal trainer at the Fitness Center. “One of my daughters arranged for it. She said to me, ‘Dad, get off the bench.’” Personal training After Winona finished physical therapy, she joined Jack. “We’re in the same location as rehabilitation services, which allows us to coordinate with physical therapists,” says exercise physiologist and fitness manager Joseph Stanavage. Twice-weekly individualized programs were challenging and respectful of their limitations. “We get a full-body workout almost every time,” Jack says. Soon the couple set a new goal – to compete in the Pennsylvania Senior Games in July 2017. Jack took gold in three running events while Winona captured gold in the 1,500-meter race walk and silver in the discus, a sport she’d never tried. “If you do the work, you see results,” Winona says. They’re now eyeing the next National Senior Games in 2019. “They show that even if you have an injury or surgery, you can recover,” Zola says. “I admire them both. More of us should be that active.” Next Step Learn more about physical therapy at the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton by visiting or calling 888-402-LVHN.




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Head And Neck Cancer Awareness Month April is National Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month and April 8 – 15, 2018 is National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Head and neck cancer is a term used to describe a number of different cancerous tumors that develop in or around the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, and mouth. These cancers typically begin in the squamous cells that line the moist surfaces inside the mouth, nose, and throat. According to the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA), an organization dedicated to the prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation of oral, head and neck cancer through public awareness, research, advocacy and survivorship, head and neck cancers account for approximately three percent of all cancers in the United States. These cancers are nearly twice as common among men and are diagnosed more

often in people over age 50 than they are among younger people. Fortunately, most head and neck cancers produce early symptoms. Below are some potential warning signs of head and neck cancer. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should alert your doctor as soon as possible. There are several head and neck cancer symptoms, including: - Lump, bump, or mass in the head or neck area, with or without pain - Persistent sore throat - Hoarseness or change in voice - Nasal obstruction or persistent nasal congestion - Frequent nose bleeds and/or unusual nasal discharge - Blood in the saliva or phlegm - Ear and/or jaw pain

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The Tooth About Dental Sensitivity by Dr. Melissa DellaCroce, Della Croce Dental Care Who remembers being eight years old , just having gotten your adult front teeth, and biting into an ice pop? OUCH! I can still remember that feeling. It sent chills down my spine. That type of sensitivity is not limited to the years when we are getting our adult teeth. Many adults experience the same kind of discomfort; however, its cause can be very different. Tooth sensitivity can happen at any age and have a number of causes ranging from decay to grinding your teeth. Does drinking an ice cold beverage cause dental discomfort? Do you have sensitivity to sweetness around certain teeth? Wince when you brush or floss? You do not have to simply suffer through the pain. There are remedies to lessen your dental sensitivity woes and improve your oral health. Here are some questions to ask yourself: • Do you brush too aggressively? Over time, aggressive brushing or the use of a hard-bristled tooth brush can wear down the protective layers of your teeth. This exposes microscopic tubes (canals) in your tooth that can be a fairly direct pathway to your dental nerves. Exposing those tubes to extreme temperatures or foods that are acidic or sticky can result in tooth sensitivity. Being gentle with your brushing and switching to a soft-bristled tooth can be a simple solution. • Do you eat Acidic Foods? If the pathways to your nerves are exposed, specific foods such as tomato sauce, lemon, grapefruit, kiwi, and pickles can cause pain. Stick to food that are less acidic. • Tooth Grinding? Grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel, the outer layer of your tooth. By doing so, you expose the middle layer of the tooth which contains the hollow tubes that lead to your nerves. Wearing a guard can help lessen the sensitivity. Talk to

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Kickstart Healthy Habits (Family Features) When it seems that everyone around you is feeling under the weather, you can be your own best line of defense against getting sick. Help ward off sickness for yourself and your family with these self-care tips that help promote healthy habits and fight off illness. • Eat right. A diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables can give your body the immunity-boosting nutrients it needs to function properly. Avoid excess, empty calories and instead aim for meals that deliver a healthy balance of all food groups. • Wash, wash, wash. Kids and bacteria go handin-hand, literally. Kids' hands are everywhere, including some surfaces that may be more susceptible to bacteria. Hand-washing is a simple way to encourage healthy habits all year round, and Softsoap Liquid Hand Soaps make it easy to gently wash away bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, handwashing is an important step to help avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. You can find more hand-washing tips and information by visiting • Get up and move. Exercise is one of your strongest weapons against illness. A regular routine

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Natural Ways to Get a Good Night’s Rest (Family Features) With nearly onethird of Americans suffering from sleep disturbances, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, now is the time to rethink your bedtime routine and consider more natural ways to get a good night’s rest. However, implementing those changes doesn’t have to mean overhauling the way you live. Consider these simple tips that can help you sleep better and longer: • Set a comfortable temperature. Making changes in different aspects of your life to achieve better sleep is a fine plan, but it may not make much difference if you aren’t comfortable in your own bed. Be sure to maximize comfort for a full night of sleep by finding a temperature that works for you, but in general, the National Sleep Foundation recommends a bedroom temperature between 60-67 degrees F. • Tweak your diet. Making simple changes to what you eat and drink can be a positive health-conscious decision, including helping you get better sleep. For example, Montmorency tart cherries, which are available year-round, are one of the few natural food sources of melatonin, a sleepregulating hormone. New research from the American Journal of Therapeutics shows that insomniacs who drank U.S.grown Montmorency tart cherry juice for two weeks extended sleep time by 84 minutes. Consuming two 8-ounce glasses of Montmorency tart cherry juice as part of your daily diet, once in the morning and once at night, can help enhance your sleep time and efficiency. It can also be added to your favorite morning smoothie or a soothing nighttime beverage. For additional information and recipes, visit • Try bedtime yoga. Rather than scrolling on your smartphone or staring at the TV, consider a different routine before heading to bed. Implementing a brief yoga session is one way to clear your mind each night prior to getting quality shut-eye. While missing out on quality sleep can negatively impact your health, simple changes to your lifestyle and diet can play a role in improving the quality and duration of sleep.

Doctor, Do I Have To Get Dilated? by Melissa M. DeBello, OD, Hazleton Eye Specialists Short answer-yes otherwise ocular health cannot be fully assessed. By putting dilating drops into a patient’s eyes, the eye care professional can fully view the back of the eye without the pupils constricting from the bright light the doctor uses to see the retina. Without dilation, the doctor’s ocular assessment would be very limited as if looking through a keyhole rather than through an open door. With this restricted field of view, many disease processes could be missed in the mid and far periphery of the patient’s retina. Some patients may be candidates for a technology called Optomap. The Optomap’s technology generates a detailed picture of the eye which can replace dilation for some patients. Dilation of eyes allows for the most efficient and accurate screening for common ocular conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. When a patient is dilated, the eye’s lens, vitreous, optic nerve, blood vessels, and retina can all be seen. The blood vessel vasculature in the retina is the only place in the entire body where vascula-

ture can be assessed without invasive procedure such as dye injection or catheterization. By looking at these vessels, eye care professionals can determine if a patient is at risk for or has conditions such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol), anemia, or is at risk of stroke. Did you know the retina can contain freckles? These freckles, while generally benign (noncancerous), must be monitored to assure no conversion. It is possible to develop a melanoma in the choroid (pigmented posterior layer) of the eye or even have cancer metastasize to the eye from other areas of the body. In the case of Gardner’s syndrome, a genetic disease resulting in colon cancer, an eye doctor is often the first to diagnose the disease. With this condition, the eye care professional will see “bear tracks,” which is a pigmentation pattern characteristic of the disease and would then refer the patient for colonoscopy. Other genetic but rare conditions that can also be discovered during dilated eye ex-

aminations are: Retinitis Pigmentosa, Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, Best Disease, and Cone-Rod Dystrophy-all visually devastating conditions. Doctors may also use dilation to relax a patient’s accommodative or near focusing system of the eyes in order to determine a corrective lens prescription. This allows the doctor to see how much the eye’s focusing system is having to work to see clearly. In some cases, a patient’s eyes may be over-accommodating, compensating for their refractive error, leading to eye fatigue and headaches, if not accurately corrected for. Ultimately, eye doctors dilate not to cause patient discomfort but to ensure ocular health through thorough ocular assessment. If you have never had your eyes dilated in the past, it’s time! Your eyes are a literal window to your health, so let the doctors here at Hazleton Eye Specialists take a look to ensure ocular health!

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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori Repurpose Antiques For The Garden by Lori Verderame

When it comes to collectibles, it is always wise to know what you’ve got and know what it’s worth. Some objects like planters, mugs, cups, and vases can be very valuable but some are just collectible and cheap too. So, once you have an accurate appraisal of your antique and find out if it is trash or treasure, you might want to consider new ways to use and enjoy it. Repurposing is so popular that many folks are looking at some aging objects in a whole new way. Before you send that inexpensive vintage piece out to the curb, consider transforming it into doing double duty in your garden. From broken brass saxophones to chipped German beer steins, anything can hold a plant, vegetable, or flower. Think about creating a colorful display in your garden by using value-less antique ceramics or even typewriters or suitcases as planters and garden dividers. Editor, Doug Oster says “Anything can be a container as long as it has drainage.” So don’t fret over that chipped beyond repair vintage ceramic tea pot or rusty filing cabinet. Paint it brightly and add some plant life to it.  Instead, make these old objects into a cute flower pot. Drill a hole for drainage and line them up with other repurposed pottery pieces on a patio stone wall or suspended on your porch near your hanging wind chimes. You can even secure each vintage coffee mug or teapot by their handles by sticking the handle

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MASTER GARDENER: You Can Grow Vegetables! by Mary Ann Miller, Master Gardener

There is nothing like salad made with freshly picked lettuce and spinach, tomatoes and cucumbers ripened on the vine, or green beans, peas, and squash harvested at peak flavor. The best way to guarantee such delicious vegetables is, of course, to grow them yourself. Often people think they lack room for a vegetable garden, but actually you can grow vegetables in some surprisingly small spaces. The typical vegetable garden is a rectangular plot in a sunny back yard, but there are often random sunny areas which will support veggies quite well. When we experienced groundhog devastation in our main garden at our former home, I decided to try growing some things closer to the house in the hope


that they would be safe from the marauders. We had a narrow strip of ground between our driveway and a chain link fence. It was only about 2 feet wide but it received several hours of sun. I planted sugar snap peas along the fence early in the spring, and then when the real warm weather arrived, I planted a double row of green beans in the strip. The experiment was a rousing success. The chain link fence provided support for the peas, and as the peas faded, the beans matured and filled the entire strip. Because they were planted in close rows, the beans shaded the ground in which they were growing and discouraged weeds. And, of course, the driveway gave me a weed-free path for cultivating and harvesting the veggies. Another advantage of this planting strip was that I never had to walk on the soil so it remained loose and friable. Vegetables can also be added to sunny flower beds. Lettuce and peppers are attractive among flowers. Smaller, “patio” tomatoes could also be interspersed with other plants. A fence or trellis works very well for peas, pole

beans or cucumbers. I have grown a cherry tomato in the flower bed on the south side of our house. Its location by the light-colored siding reflects the sun’s heat and allows me to plant it earlier than those in the main garden. It also produces later in the year because the house keeps the area free from frost for a longer period. One very mild fall we picked cherry tomatoes in early November! Raised beds are ideal for growing vegetables, and a small bed can be quickly set up. Easy to assemble kits are now readily available in a variety of sizes. Or you can make your own bed by framing an area with untreated wood held in place with rebar or by using cinder blocks. Just make sure the area is no wider than 4 feet so that you can reach into the bed from either side without walking on the soil. If you don’t want to till the ground for your garden, you can simply place wet newspaper about 6 layers thick on top of the grass in the framework and then fill it with purchased garden soil. The newspaper will kill the grass beneath it and eventually break down and become a part of the soil. You can also grow vegetables very successfully in containers, which you can place in any sunny location, even on a patio, deck,


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or driveway. Any container with good drainage and of appropriate size for the mature plant will serve. For larger vegetables, select a variety which is appropriate for container growth, such as a “patio” tomato. Provide a good, light soil mix rather than simple potting or garden soil, which can be heavy and impede drainage. Some soil mixes are labeled specifically for containers. Be aware that plants in containers require regular monitoring for moisture and often have to be watered daily. Providing a container with a well for water, such as an Earth Box or a Grow Box, reduces the need for watering.

the box in front of a trellis so that they can grow vertically, and the cukes are clean, dry, and easily harvested. At our old home, I used to plant them by our raised porch, and the tendrils climbed up the lattice work and banister. I could just walk out from the kitchen onto the porch and pluck a few fresh ones for dinner. So, yes you can grow veggies, even if your space is limited. Survey your property for sunny areas and plan your garden. For information about growing vegetables, raised bed tact Penn State Extension, Luzerne County, gardening, and growing in containers, con- at 1-888-825-1701.




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A Great Lawn Begins With A Great Engine (BPT) - As the days grow longer and the snow begins to recede, homeowners will once again venture outdoors to get their yards and lawn into tip-top shape for summer fun. But just like your lawn has been hibernating over the long winter, so too has your lawn mower and other small engines. Even if you properly winterized your mower, there are a few things you'll need to do to ensure it works like it should. To get there, follow these five steps. 1. Freshen up with a new tank of gas. It only takes 30 days for the gasoline in your mower to start to break down, which can harm your engine. If you have any gas left in the tank from the fall, empty it with a siphon and fill the tank with fresh fuel straight from the gas station. For optimal results, use ethanol-free gas (E0). 2. Don't forget to check the oil. A new season means new oil. This will ensure your motor will run smoothly and it will go a long way to prevent overheating. Be sure to check the owner's manual to make sure you put in the right kind of oil and the proper amount. 3. Two components to clean and replace. Along with keeping your mower fed with fresh gas and oil, at the beginning of each season there are two components to either clean or replace: the spark plug and the air filter. To inspect the spark plug, simply clean the area around the cylinder and use a wrench to remove the plug. Check for any damage or

black coating, and if the plug appears damaged, replace it. As far as the air filter goes, it's best to start each season with a new one. Consult the owner's manual for reference on how to do this and always consider using genuine parts from the manufacturer. 4. Sharpen the blade. A dull lawnmower blade rips and tears blades of grass in your lawn, making them more prone to disease and discoloration. A sharp blade helps promote a greener, fuller and healthier lawn. Most local hardware stores or small-engine shops offer blade-sharpening services. 5. Maybe you need a new engine? If you've gone through all the maintenance tips above and you're still having problems with your mower, it's probably time for a new one.

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Unique Home Improvements Perfect For DIY (BPT) - Here's a quick question for you: What's your favorite DIY project you've ever completed? Chances are the answer pops right into your mind, and even if you've completed hundreds of DIY projects over the years, you probably have some that truly stand out. Those that weren't at the top of your list may fall lower for several reasons. Maybe the

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• Clean your water with a new filter system. Cut the costs and clutter of bottled water while being environmentally conscious with this project. Breach your current water line to solder in a new shut-off valve, drill a new faucet hole and attach this line to the filter and you'll be enjoying filtered water in no time. U.S. landfills are already overflowing with more than 2 million tons of discarded water bottles but you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that you're not adding to them. • Breathe easier. Why stop at clean water in your home when you can also enjoy cleaner air? Renting an air scrubber can allow you to remove invisible - yet unhealthy - gases, particles and chemicals from your home's air. Your local rental supply store will help you find the right air scrubber for your area to be sure you're removing the pollutants that matter most. • Update and refresh your ceilings. Popcorn is great at the movies. On your ceiling? Not so much. Spray your ceiling with warm water, and scrape away the popcorn itself with a drywall scraper. Collect these contents on a tarp and toss them. You're then ready to patch any holes caused by overzealous scraping before priming and painting your brand-new ceiling. • Give your furniture a facelift. If that upholstered furniture isn't looking as sharp today as it once did, don't settle for it or replace it. Rent an upholstery cleaner instead and give each piece of furniture a once-over. This simple project can dramatically improve the look of your most cherished pieces and save you considerable money over a costly replacement. • Let there be light. If natural light is a prob-

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lem in your home, it could be that your window treatments are to blame. Large drapes and curtains can give your home a dated look and rob your rooms of the light they need. Instead, lose these old window treatments and install vertical blinds or shutters. These new, lighter treatments will give you better control of the light and privacy in your home than their older counterparts. Tackle your new project today Five new projects. Which one speaks to you? There's nothing stopping your progress, and each project you complete benefits you, your family and your home. To find rental locations near you that can supply you with the tools you need to complete your DIY projects, visit


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Hazle Park Quality Meats..........................29 Hazleton Eye Specialists............................53 Hazleton Professional Plaza.......................52 Hazleton Public Transit.............................23 Heights Terrace Pharmacy.........................48 Heritage Hill Senior Community..............24 Hometown Craft Show.............................17 Hometown Farmer's Market.....................17 Honest Abe's Tax Service.................Calendar Horizons...................................................20 Houck Homes, Inc.......................H & G-11 iMoJ Pool & Spa Supply..............H & G-11 Internal Medicine Associates of Hazleton, Inc....50 JA & WA Hess...............................H & G-2 Jim Thorpe - Earth Day.............................20 Jimmy's Quick Lunch...............................40 John's Church Hill Family Restaurant.......39 Jon-David & Helen's Hair Salon...............13 K.M. Sency Plumbing & Heating....H & G-6 Klesh Plumbing..............................H & G-2 Kowalonek's Kielbasy Shop.......................33 Lehigh Valley Health Network...............5,43 Len Mudlock - State Farm..............H & G-3 Lombardo's Flooring & Office Products....30 M & J Excavation, Inc...................H & G-4 Mahoning Valley Orthopedics...................55 Majestic House Apartments......................26 Manjones Vintage Department Store.H & G-5 Marchetti Hardware.....................H & G-11 Marlins Markets........................................31 Mauch Chunk Opera House.....................20 Maylath Valley Health Systems....................2 Miller Auto Body......................................41 Milstein Dermatology...............................51 Mountain Statuary & Stone.........H & G-10 Mountain Top Paving & Seal Coating....H & G-12 Murphy Lumber............................H & G-4 Nationwide-Urenocivh Insurance Agency....30 Naturally yours - The Organic Shop..........20 Nature's Trail.............................................20 Night At The Races - Hazleton Rotary Club....22 Northeast Hearing Solutions.....................49 Palermo Heart To Heart............................26

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