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Green Space: Fences, flowers and Frost

Good fences make good neighbors, according to Robert Frost. They make even better trellises, but trellis is hard to rhyme. I recently got a question from a reader who had put up a new privacy fence. Some people, after putting all of that effort and expens (read more)

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Retirement provides doctor with more opportunities to serve, grow

You could call his retirement an intellectual circle of life. Since leaving his pediatric medical practice in 2015, F. Dennis Dawgert, M.D., has been teaching a few courses at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Three days a week during the school (read more)

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An Arbor Day unplanting

Arbor Day has come and gone. Did you plant a tree? Yeah, me neither. Well, yes and no. When we moved in here the plantings consisted of two elderly maples and a barberry growing out of the stone foundation. Total. The maples are gone now, one by my choice (read more)

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Travel: Yellowstone National Park

The last time the Good Times Travel Club visited Yellowstone National Park, the tour bus had to stop several times as buffalo – sometimes single ones, other times small herds – decided to cross the highway. It was quite a sight as the huge dark-chocolate (read more)

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Travel club plans fall trips

The Good Times Travel Club will return to two of its favorite destinations this fall: the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee and Branson, Missouri. The Smoky Mountain Fall Festival will be Sept. 30 to Oct. 6 and the Branson Christmas trip Nov. 13 to 17. (read more)

Protecting your home:Transfers vs. trusts

It is the heart of seminar season and soon it will also be health fair season and baseball season (my favorite). There is one common question or statement I hear repeatedly day in and day out every year around this time. I either get “I transferred my hou (read more)

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Three men and a town

It’s easy to imagine John A. Allan, James A. Doherty and Andrew P. Gavin raising glasses to toast the first bottle of Aldovin Apple Brandy filled at their Old Sam Distillery in February of 1935. The three friends, golfing and drinking buddies, were born i (read more)

How to stay flexible as you age

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Men and women may begin to feel less flexible as they get older. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, that loss of flexibility is because muscles lose both strength and elasticity as the body ages. A lack of flexibility can make men and (read more)

Washington Watch

DENTAL COVERAGE GAINS SUPPORT There are three major areas of health care which Medicare does not cover, one of them is dental. As a result, many older adults do not regularly visit a dentist. A survey taken by the Health Policy Institute of the American D (read more)

Area woman crochets seasonally themed hats throughout the year for regional newborns

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Corinne Sohns’ crocheted gifts warm hearts and heads alike. Over the past nearly six years, the Scott Township, Lackawanna County, grandmother has crocheted about 450 seasonally-themed hats that her daughter-in-law, a nurse, presented to newborns at her p (read more)

Alcohol Abuse among older Americans

BY NANCY REDDINGTON PARLO Recently released medical research indicates that many of the problems associated with aging can actually be attributed, at least in part, to the abuse of alcohol. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholi (read more)


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BY CHERYL M. KEYSER As the U.S. population ages, more and more patients are dealing with chronic care issues - diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, to name a few - which need regular medical attention. These same illnesses, because of their (read more)

Read more books for better health

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The availability of digital content has made it easy to forget how pleasurable it can be to pick up a good book and get lost in a story. In fact, a 2015 Huffington Post/YouGov poll of 1,000 adults in the United States found that 28 percent hadn’t read a s (read more)

How to overcome workout fatigue

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Regular exercise provides a host of immediate and long-term benefits. Those who exercise regularly can maintain healthy weights while reducing their risk for illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. While exercise can make people more energe (read more)

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BY DUANE CAMPBELL Mark anything 90 percent off and I’ll buy it. That is how I got a new book, Florida Top 10 Garden Guide. I got the usual dirty look from my wife, but the truth is that many of the plants are not only in Florida but here in my basement. F (read more)