October 11, 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 - October, 2014
MTD: 1.37 Normal: 4.54
The ghost of Ida Steinmetz, played by Melissa Hough, represented women of earlier years. Steinmetz said there are only three times when you mention a woman's name, "when you are born, when you marry, and when you die." Stenimetz's apparition made an appearance during an interesting show of the Ghosts of the Slate Belt held at the Slate Belt Heritage Center in Bangor Wednesday night. . (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory.
Bangor's Matt McCoy heads the ball goalward, during the Slaters' 6-0 win on Pen Argyl senior day Wednesday at Plainfield. (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Is teen hearing loss on the rise?
(BPT) - Pause for a moment and picture someone who is hard of hearing. Did a teenager come to mind? Probably not. However, the results of a recent study paint a troubling picture of today’s hearing-impaired person - and it might just be the portrait of a teen.
Nearly half (46 percent) of teens reported ringing, roaring, buzzing or pain in their ears following dangerous listening behaviors, such as listening to loud music, according to a survey commissioned by Siemens Hearing Instruments, of 500 U.S. teenagers ages 13-19. Perhaps more startling was that one in six teens admitted having these symptoms (which can all be considered potential warning signs of hearing loss) often or all the time.
Common activities put teens’ hearing at risk
So what are teens doing that is so dangerous to their ears? The survey identified the following risky behaviors:
“Over the past decade, the popularity of earbuds combined with loud music has rapidly become the biggest cause of teens developing early noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL),” says Dr. Donna Grant, audiologist at Siemens Hearing Instruments. “Although some manufacturers allow users to set a maximum volume on their devices, the reality is that portable music players are unregulated in the U.S., so teens are free to blast their eardrums all day long.”
What parents can do to protect their teens’ hearing
NIHL can be sudden, for example a loud explosion, but it usually occurs over time and is cumulative. To reduce the risk of developing early onset of NIHL, Grant recommends the following:
Set maximum volume limits on portable music players to 60-70 percent capacity and no more than 80 dB. If you’re not sure how to do it, ask a store representative where you purchased it or contact the manufacturer. Teens should limit their listening sessions to no more than one hour at a time, especially with earbuds. Also, talk with your teens about safe listening practices and the reality of hearing loss.
Teens should wear appropriate hearing protection for whatever high-risk hearing situation they come across. Students who play in a band either at school or home can benefit from Siemens custom hearing protection made specifically for musicians. More than just earplugs, they are custom-molded for a perfect fit and are equipped with technology that dampens the volume without distorting it.
Teens are influenced by their peers - encourage them to warn their friends if the music is too loud. As a rule, if they can hear their neighbor’s music over the earphones, it’s too loud. When going to a concert or other loud event, suggest they sit in the middle of the room to reduce the noise exposure. It’s also a good idea to visit a hearing care professional to get a baseline hearing evaluation. Visit https://us.hearing.siemens.com to find the online Siemens Hearing Care Professional Locator.
Pen Argyl's Emily Hinton heads the ball in front of Bangor's Megan Corby (6) and Allison Phillips (15) during the Slaters' 2-0 win at Bangor Park Wednesday night. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz.
A photograph of a young blonde woman apparently walking a polar bear over a crowded zebra cross in Tokyo is going viral online.The mini-skirted woman seems to be walking the huge white bear on a lead in the middle of a crowd of people on the world-famous Shibuya Scramble crossing.
Internet users speculated the bear was either a robot or somebody dressed up in a sophisticated costume.
But dozens of people uploaded photographs and videos taken on their smartphones and uploaded them to social media websites.
One posted a video saying: "There's someone taking a polar bear for a walk in Shibuya LOL."
Popular theories included that it was a PR stunt for Lady Gaga, or part of a marketing campaign for ice cream or cosmetics
Some people thought it might be part of a conservation project warning of the dangers of global warming.
The woman and men with her were all wearing T-shirts with the "LALSH" printed on them, which is believed to be the name of as-yet unspecified group from Russia.
It has a Facebook page which mysteriously describes the group as an 'organisation' - but promises some sort of reveal in Shinjuku at the end of this month.
So far however no more information is available either on the realistic looking bear or the organiZation.
Pen Argyl's Nathan Olzinski (4) kicks the ball away, during the Slaters' 6-0 win on Pen Argyl senior day Wednesday at Plainfield. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Northampton County Open
Ask The Doc........
by Dr. Gary Williams, DMD
Well, it’s that time again! In most North American homes, the count-down is on for the beginning of a new school year.
It always gets me thinking about the great sampling of people we see in our dental office. From newborns to 90-somethings.
Last week someone asked me the question, “looking in the mouths of many 40 and 50 year-olds, what could have been different if health was addressed when they were, say…15 years old? The answer is a resounding, a lot!
We realize that we do have the opportunity and know-how to change the health future for today’s school kids.
In the year 2014 we have the advantage of all the research, learning, and yes, mistakes that have been made by humans, to learn from. And what does that information say?
Step in early (school age), and maximize every variable for success. Dentistry knows how to achieve a successful long-term outcome. Once dentistry, parents and children comply; we can change the future of your family’s overall health, for the better. Call a Dental Professional today, and change your future.
Cash Prizes for pumpkin carving contest and volunteers needed
Octoberfest this year will be held at Bangor Memorial Park on Saturday and Sunday, October 11th and 12th.
We are looking for groups to participate in the themed, carved pumpkin display. Maybe you own a business and you have a group of employees that would like to get together to carve some pumpkins to enter in the display. You can pick whatever theme you would like. You can search for ideas on the internet.
There have been some interesting themes in the past such as Harry Potter, classic cars, Toy Story, Elvis, etc. Do you play a sport? Maybe your group wants to carve pumpkins to show that sport? The only cost to enter is that you have to buy your own pumpkins. A group of themed pumpkins should have at least 6 or more in their display.
There will be CASH prizes awarded for the top 3 best group of themed, carved pumpkins. Prizes range from $100 to $25.00.
Our scarecrow making booth is in need of adult size small or youth sized clothing such as old pants and shirts.
We are also in search of volunteers to help in all aspects of the event. Volunteers are needed to help with selling tickets, collecting tickets at booths, running booths, helping to set up and clean up the pumpkin displays and working in the food stand.
For more information or to volunteer contact Sherry at 610-588-6894 or Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Battery Recycling Program
Pen Argyl is pleased to announce that they are participating in a battery recycling program. Madison Young, a freshman at Pen Argyl, decided to implement a battery recycling program in her community as her Girl Scout Silver Award Project.
Madison has provided them with a battery recycling container. They will be accepting dry cell batteries: AA, AAA, C, D & 9 volt batteries. For safety purposes, please put a piece of masking tape over the end of each battery.
Batteries are not garbage! In addition to the household batteries being recycled through Madison’s project, your are encouraged to participate in Northampton County’s Semi-Annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events.
Programs like this help make our community a better, safer place, and we encourage everyone to participate in this program for our community.
Slate Belt Senior Center