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According to Pennsylvania American Water Company, there is a growing trend of thieves posing as utility workers who attempt to gain access to houses and rob the homeowners. The company would like you to know it is extremely rare for their personnel to show up at a customer’s home without an appointment. If, however, a utility worker comes to your door unexpectedly, do not let them inside without proper identification. All Pennsylvania American Water service personnel wear uniforms, drive company-branded vehicles and wear photo ID badges with the company’s logo.
Don’t be afraid to ask for photo ID, and take the time to examine the ID badge whenever someone from a utility company arrives at your home. If you are still unsure and have any suspicions about the individual’s identity, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Shavaughn Morris was one of three Bangor basketball seniors honored last night prior to the Slaters' 67-36 win over Moravian Academy in a game played at Bangor. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz
Pen Argyl's Madison Mennel (21) drives to the basket during the Knights' 45-30 loss to NDGP played Thursday at Pen Argyl. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor's Jaclyn Hess (32) demonstrates perfect shooting form draining a three-pointer, during the Slaters' 25-22 loss to Saucon Valley played at Bangor Tuesday night. The Slater boys won their game with Saucon 79-64. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Gunnar Jones was one of three Bangor basketball seniors honored last night prior to the Slaters' 67-36 win over Moravian Academy in a game played at Bangor. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz
Pen Argyl's Lauren Zanette (5) drives to the basket during the Knights' 45-30 loss to NDGP played Thursday at Pen Argyl. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Derek Kaiser was one of three Bangor basketball seniors honored last night prior to the Slaters' 67-36 win over Moravian Academy in a game played at Bangor. (More photos tomorrow) (Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz
Simple ways to bust winter blues
(BPT) - Shorter days, colder weather, icy roads, and less sunshine – winter can be a serious downer. It’s not just in your head, either; 14 percent of Americans suffer from the winter blues and 6 percent have the more serious form of doldrums known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), according to research published in the journal Psychiatry.
The blues may make you cut back on social interaction, sleep more and engage in comfort eating – all actions that can make your depression worse. Instead, try busting winter blues by engaging with others and taking part in activities that exercise and soothe all five senses.
Scent as a pick-me-up
Apple pie, a holiday meal, vanilla or roses – almost everyone has at least one scent they associate with comfort and positive feelings. While humans’ sense of smell isn’t nearly as acute as that of other mammals, research suggests that smell is directly tied to mood. In fact, at least one study published in the online journal Chemosensory Perception links poor olfactory function to mental disorders. And the ability of scent to positively influence mood is well documented.
Using scent to combat winter blues can be as simple as adding mineral salts to your bathwater. You can also use essential oils to cheer the atmosphere in your home or office. Aromatherapy expert Aura Cacia offers a recipe for a bright, uplifting citrus air freshener you can easily make at home using their essential oils. Citrus is thought to dispel feelings of lethargy, and the clove and cinnamon are both stimulating and comforting.
Citrus and Spice Aromatherapy Air Freshener
Mix oils and water in a 32-ounce mister bottle. Shake well and use to mist the air throughout your home. For more winter time oil information, visit www.auracacia.com.
Let the sun shine in
A lack of natural light during winter is closely associated with depression and SAD. Get outdoors and in the sun as much as possible. When inside, open curtains and blinds to admit sunlight and sit next to windows as much as possible. If you live in an area that just doesn’t get much sunshine during the winter, or have an office without windows, consider using full-spectrum lights that mimic natural light.
Surround yourself with colors and visuals that are uplifting. For example, if you love the tropics but a winter vacation isn’t in the cards, set the screensaver on your PC or your smartphone’s home screen to a tropical scene. Put a brightly colored comforter or quilt on your bed. Treat yourself to fresh flowers for your home or office – they’ll have the added bonus of stimulating your sense of smell as well.
The link between music and mood is well known. Surround yourself with uplifting sounds. While playing upbeat, summer-themed music is a good tactic, don’t overlook other sources of positive sound.
Schedule a weekly phone chat with your BFF, rather than just texting. Consider using an alarm clock that wakes you with natural sounds, such as birds chirping, a babbling stream, or even a thunderstorm. Try to fit in time each day to just enjoy silence. If your home or office is always an active place, break out the noise-cancelling headphones you use on a plane to give yourself some peace and quiet.
A taste for happiness
Over-eating and weight gain are commonly associated with SAD and milder winter blues. While over-indulging will only make you feel worse in the long run, it is possible to use taste to boost your mood without packing on the pounds.
Researchers have found evidence that chemicals in certain foods, such as chocolate, some berries and teas, have a positive impact on mood, according to a report presented to the American Chemical Society. Fortunately, you don’t need to increase your intake of chocolate to feel better about winter. Simply add some of these flavors to foods you already eat. Toss a handful of blueberries into your morning oatmeal, snack on trail mix that includes dried berries and some chocolate, and substitute tea for your afternoon coffee.
Scientists believe the sense of touch is the first to develop in the womb, and it’s one of our most powerful, comforting senses. You can nourish your sense of touch in many ways, from choosing clothing that is soft, breathable and comfortable to spending quiet time stroking your pet’s fur.
Nourishing your sense of touch is also a great way to indulge in affirming human contact. Indulging in regular hugs with those you love will be a mood-booster for both of you.
These girls position themselves to get a rebound during the Knights' 45-30 loss to NDGP played Thursday at Pen Argyl. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
A Rhode Island school principal uploaded a video of himself singing a version of Let It Go from Frozen to let pupils know it was a snow day.
Matt Glendinning, of Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island, made the clip to announce lessons were off because of heavy snow.
Dressed in a woolly hat, gloves and scarf, the bespectacled 50-year-old enthusiastically croons about the icy weather.
"The snow glows white on Route 95, not a tire track to be seen. We could make you come to school but that would just be mean," he sings.
At one point he grabs a sleigh to do a spot of sledging in the playground and later sits inside with a warming cup of cocoa.
"Today no Moses Brown for me, I'm free," Mr Glendinning continues, advising students to either "stay in bed and sleep" or "read an engaging book".
Parents were called about the snow day and sent an email with a link to the video which has notched up 1.3 million views on YouTube.
Messinger Street Bridge (Viaduct)
The west bound lane of the Messinger Street Bridge (Viaduct) between First Street (Rte 191) and Murray Street in Bangor has been closed.
After a recent inspection it was determined that the westbound lane of the bridge needs to be closed and detoured due to in-creased deterioration to the bridge.
Eastbound traffic will not be affected.
This restriction will be in effect until construction of the new bridge, estimated to begin in late 2015.
Motorists will have two detour options:
Pen Argyl Academic Wall of Fame Nominations
It is time for the Pen Argyl High School Alumni Association to select the 2015 Inductees to the Academic Wall of Fame.
This honor is bestowed on a select number of graduates or past district educators each year who have distinguished themselves through community service, academic accomplishments, as well as, advancements in their chosen profession. The creation of this distinction was to set an example of what is possible for all present and future Pen Argyl students!
This honor is different from the PAHS Athletic Hall of Fame where chosen Alumni are honored for their athletic contributions while at Pen Argyl High School.
Anyone can nominate a PAHS graduate for the Academic Wall of Fame honor. Our Academic Wall of Fame Inductees have made a meaningful contribution to the world around them, and the Pen Argyl Alumni Association is proud to bestow this honor. To nominate a graduate, please contact Jim or Heather Hunter at 610-863-9443 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for nominations is February 20, 2015.
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