April 14, 2014
High 9.7 - 12
Medium High 7.3 -9.6
Medium Low 4.9 - 7.2
Low Medium 2.5 - 4.8
Low 0 - 2.4
Pen Argyl - April, 2014
MTD: 1.01 Normal: 3.95
YTD - 60.50
Bangor Inductees to National
This girl got a chance to sit with the Easter Bunny at breakfast with the Easter Bunny held at Rescue Fire Company in Bangor Saturday morning. Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
The Bangor catcher is about to throw to second base during the Slaters' 15-1 loss to the Pirates played on a wind-swept field at Bangor High School Wednesday. (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
This boy got to meet the Easter Bunny at the Score Card in Wind Gap sponsored by the Slate Belt Rotary Saturday morning. (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor's Frank Cutter makes contact during the Slaters' 15-1 loss to Palisades in a game played at Bangor High School Wednesday. ( More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
This boys enjoys coloring prior to the egg hunt held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bangor Saturday afternoon. (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
The Bangor catcher digs one out of the dirt during the Slaters' 16-8 win over Palisades played Wednesday at Bangor Middle School. (More photos below) (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Stop counting sheep and start collecting zzz's
Although many people workout, eat the right foods and are very concerned about their overall health, one important factor is often overlooked: sleep.
In today's 24/7 world, people are often going right up until they have to go to bed - leaving them unable to turn off their minds. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), 41 percent of Americans report having problems with tossing and turning at least a few nights a week.
Many people are aware of the benefits of sleep, but with a variety of distractions it can be difficult for them to relax in order to fall asleep. In fact, a recent Healthcare Research & Analytics (HRA) survey found that 57 percent of doctors reported one of their patients' biggest hindrances to falling asleep is engaging with electronics such as phones, computers, iPads and the television too close to bedtime.
Often people jump to drastic measures to help with sleep issues, but what many do not realize is great sleep can start with simple solutions, like creating an ideal sleep environment that helps them relax. According to a survey conducted by HRA, 100 percent of doctors agree that an appropriate sleeping environment is critical to aiding a person's ability to relax so they can fall asleep. What's more is that half of physicians would recommend their patients use clean, lavender scented bedtime fabrics as a way to help them relax so they can fall asleep.
"Sleep plays a vital role in good health throughout your lifetime - and getting enough quality sleep can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety," says Dr. Ian Smith, celebrity physician and wellness expert. "One of the best ways to commit to a great night's sleep is by creating an appropriate sleep environment that helps people relax. That's why I'm excited to share simple solutions for creating a relaxing sleep environment, including using the P&G Sweet Dreams Collection on your bedtime fabrics."
Understanding that so many people are taunted by a sleep that never seems to come, P&G created the Sweet Dreams Collection, all official products of the National Sleep Foundation. The Sweet Dreams Collection including: Tide plus A touch of Downy Sweet Dreams, Downy UNSTOPABLES Dreams, Downy Infusions Sweet Dreams and Bounce Sweet Dreams is formulated with ingredients to clean, soften and freshen bedtime fabrics, including sheets and pajamas, to help create an ideal sleep environment.
Here are some additional tips to help you tuck in and turn off at the end of a busy day:
* Turn-off electronics: Many people lie in bed and check their phones and iPads before falling asleep, but the use of these electronics can have negative effects on a person's ability to fall asleep. Turning off technology at least 30 minutes before bedtime will help you fall asleep.
* Create an ideal sleep environment: People can take simple steps toward getting a great night's sleep by first looking at their sleep environment. According to a recent HRA poll of doctors, the top three recommendations they would give their patients for creating an appropriate sleeping environment are keeping the room quiet, using a good mattress and pillow, and keeping the room temperature controlled. Additionally, great sleep can start in the laundry room and a simple switch in caring for bedtime fabrics can make a big difference. After all, 71 percent of Americans say they get a more comfortable night's sleep on sheets with a fresh scent, according to a poll conducted by the NSF. The Sweet Dreams Collection is formulated to allow everyone to create a relaxing sleep environment with fresh, clean, lavender and gourmand vanilla scented linens to help them fall asleep.
* Set the clock: Establish a bedtime hour for each family member to help train their body to relax at the same time each night so they can fall asleep. The NSF recommends doing this every day of the week, including the weekends.
* Don't push it: Tossing and turning can lead to agitation and additional loss of sleep. If you're unable to fall asleep immediately, go to a different room to relax the body and mind. Keep the electronics unplugged, and consider reading a book or meditating. Once relaxed, head back to bed for a great night of sleep.
Head to www.TuckInTurnOff.com to find more tips and commit to a great night's sleep, every night, by taking the "Tuck In. Turn Off." pledge.
Don't you just hate food scolds? Especially when they're as certain they're right as all those tech geniuses were about iPhones never replacing Blackberries.Well, in some cases, people are actually basing their assumptions on either pure myth or the latest diet fad. You know, as in: Gluten is bad for you. And listening to them can actually be risky.
"Food myths are dangerous because they can deprive you of the benefits of a healthy diet," says Tara Gidus, MS, R.D., who's the team dietician for basketball's Orlando Magic.
Here's a few myths that deserve to be debunked.
MYTH: All yogurt is good for you. C'mon, if you smother anything with enough sugary fruits and toppings, it becomes dessert.
MYTH: Fresh veggies are more nutritious than frozen or canned. Lived on a farm lately? We didn't think so or you'd know, as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics's Melissa Joy Dobbins explains, that veggies (and fruits) "are canned as soon as they're picked so they're at peak nutrition."
There's also been research showing that canned tomatoes, in particular, contain more of the heart disease-protective carotenoid pigment lycopene than fresh ones. And since statistics indicate that, for some reason, adding tomatoes to your diet is related to increased consumption of healthy vegetables of all kinds -- hey, ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture why -- maybe we should all consider stocking up on cans of, say, Hunt's tomatoes (www.hunts.com).
MYTH: Gluten-free diets are healthier. Chalk this one up to the hottest new diet fad. Without even really knowing what gluten is -- it's a protein found in wheat, barley and rye -- people have somehow gotten it into their heads that the 99 percent of Americans who don't have celiac disease should also avoid it.
Problem is, such whole-grain foods happen to be rich in B vitamins, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and fiber, and may even help lower the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. That explains why no less than Peter H.R. Green, the director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, told WebMD that going gluten-free "isn't something that anyone should do casually."
MYTH: Eggs are bad for your heart. According to the Harvard Medical School, the only large study that addressed the issue found "no connection between the two." However, egg yolks do contain a lot of cholesterol, calories and fat. So for a lean and healthier option, discard the yolk or switch to pourable egg whites-only Egg Beaters (www.eggbeaters.com)
This family had a fun time with the Easter Bunny at a breakfast held at the Score Card in Wind Gap sponsored by the Slate Belt Rotary. (More photos below) (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor' Allison Phillips throws to second base during the Slaters' 16-8 win over Palisades in a game played Wednesday at Bangor Middle School. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor second baseman Melissa Langdon touches second base for a force out during the Slaters' 16-8 win over Palisades in a game played Wednesday at Bangor Middle School. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
This child finds Easter eggs at the annual Grace United Methodist church egg hunt in Pen Argyl Saturday morning. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
A man who drove his car off an 80-FOOT cliff near Brighton has walked away without any significant injuries.
The driver lost control of his vehicle on the A259 just after midnight on Sunday morning.
He survived the drop because the car "miraculously" managed to clear the promenade beneath the cliff and land on water.
Some 22 emergency workers attended only to find the driver had made his way to nearby rocks without any serious injuries.
Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp tweeted after the incident: "Incredibly a man escaped without serious injury after his car went over the cliff near Roedean just after midnight and ended up in the sea."
Emergency crews used ladders and ropes to rescue the man.
"A second ladder was installed to use as a slipway and the casualty was secured into Newhaven Coastguard's rescue stretcher and then using some of our cliff rescue equipment we were able to slide the stretcher up the ladders," a Newhaven Coastguard spokesman said.
"With nine members of various agencies on the three ropes and two of the Newhaven team at the top of the ladder we were able to bring the casualty up from the beach where they were handed into the care of paramedics.
"All the time the recovery operation was ongoing a member of the Brighton lifeboat crew who had swum ashore in a dry suit was inspecting the vehicle to check for any secondary casualties."
Brighton and New haven lifeboat crews made a brief sea search and two coastguard teams searched the beach in case anyone else was in the water.
This family enjoyed breakfast with the Easter bunny at Rescue Fire Company in Bangor Saturday morning. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
These children find eggs at the egg hunt held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bangor Saturday afternoon. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pen Argyl second baseman Travis Slaughter is about to throw out a runner at first base during the Knights' 8-5 win over Pius X Saturday afternoon. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor AARP Chapter 4135 Announces Plans
On Monday, March 10, 2014 Bangor AARP Chapter # 4135 met at the Blue Valley Farm Show ( Senior Center ). Marlene Buskirk reported they are in need of yarn for baby caps. Anyone interested in donating yarn, please call 610-588-8597.
It was announced that there are plans for several trips:
The next meeting will be held Monday, April 14, 2014 @ the Blue Valley Farm Show ( Senior Center ) @ 1:30 PM.
Presbyterian Church Services
The Presbyterian Parish of Bangor Roseto will be holding their Lenten Service on Wednesday, April 16th at 7:30pm at 332 Kennedy Drive Bangor with guest preacher Rev. Dr. Dean Frey. (off 512 behind the Med-9 Building)
The Presbyterian Parish of Bangor Roseto will be holding their annual Maundy Thursday Communion Service Thursday, April 17, 6:00pm to 7:00pm. 332 Kennedy Drive Bangor, (off 512 behind the Med-9 Building) With pastor J. Harry McElroy.
Young at Heart Club Meeting
The Slate Belt Young at Heart Club will be meeting on Thursday, April 17,2014, at 1:00pm. at the St. Elizabeth church hall in Pen Argyl.
Jim Finnegan, a local author, and author of "Colonel Washington and Me" will present the program.
Also, mark your calendars, the club will be sponsoring a trip to Washington, DC, on Monday, June 23, 2014. You will be taking a tour of the Capital, the Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian Insitute. The cost is only $95!!This will include the trip, driver's tip, permit, snack, guide and dinner at the Old Country Buffet in Laurel, MD. This trip is open to all ages, including students.
For more information, please call Mary Lou DeRea-Lohman at 610-863-4846 or 610-844-4630."
Good Friday Outreach Dinner
Faith Alive Community Church of Wind Gap announces that it will host a special Good Friday outreach dinner on Friday, April 18.
This dinner will consist of spaghetti, (a meatless sauce will be available for those observing Lent), as well as salad and desserts. Along with the dinner there will be a special video presentation entitled "The Cross," featuring the Rev. Billy Graham.
The dinner will begin at 6:30pm, with the presentation scheduled to begin around 7. There will also be a special presentation for children 12 and under. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact Faith Alive Community Church at 610-863-6911, or via their web site at faccpa.org. The Church is located at 10 E. Mechanic St. in Wind Gap (Lehigh and Mechanic, the old Trinity Lutheran Church).
Portland Baptist Church
Fourth Annual 912 Scholarship
The family and friends of Mr. Denny Strouse are offering a $1000 scholarship in loving memory of Denny. The 4th Annual “912” Scholarship is for a graduating Bangor HS senior who plans on attending a technical school or college.
The scholarship is awarded to a well rounded student with interests in academics, outdoor sporting activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking and an enthusiasm for the outdoors. The student must possess a giving spirit exemplified through community service and love for family and friends. The application process is being facilitated by Slater Family Network. Applications are in the HS Guidance office, Slater Family Network office or on the school district website front page under 2014 Scholarships or under Slater Family Network.
Applications are due in the SFN office by Friday, May 2. If you have any questions please call the office at 610-599-7019.
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