Amish Cook: Family and friends a blessing during hospital scare

As I write this, I am holding our dear foster son, Jesse, who is just over 1 month old. Only this time I am not in the comfort of our rocker in our living room. Instead, I’m in the hospital with this handsome little boy who unfortunately has respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). When I took […]

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Gallery of Sound announces Black Friday releases

Gallery Of Sound locations in Wilkes-Barre Township, Dickson City and Hazleton have announced that starting Friday morning, they will have over 150 exclusive new releases on sale. These Black Friday releases come from the organization that promotes Record Store Day each year, and they include special limited edition pressings, colored vinyl, picture discs, CDs and […]

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Nanticoke couple opens ‘Pennsylvania’s smallest distillery’ to make vodka

NANTICOKE — You don’t have to live in Russia to make vodka. You don’t have to use potatoes either. Jonathan and Maryann Lang offer proof positive of those two facts as they distill small batches of homemade vodka in their garage on Lee Mine Street. “We start off with 40 gallons of water and 32 […]

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To your health: Portion control can lessen symptoms of GERD this holiday

This is going to be an unusual Thanksgiving for the Casales. My daughter, Kate, is expecting her second child in about two weeks. So, Mary’s already in Chicago to be on “Rowan duty” just in case things move along sooner than predicted. I’ll celebrate here with friends. Some things, though, are likely to be the […]

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US health agency to crack down on risky stem cell offerings

WASHINGTON — U.S. health authorities announced plans Thursday to crack down on doctors pushing stem cell procedures that pose the gravest risks to patients amid an effort to police a burgeoning medical field that previously has received little oversight. The Food and Drug Administration laid out a strategy for regulating cell-based medicine, including hundreds of […]

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Pope to lawmakers: Protect all people with health care laws

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday urged lawmakers to ensure that health care laws protect the “common good,” decrying the fact that in many places only the privileged can afford sophisticated medical treatments. The comments came as U.S. lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have been debating how to overhaul the nation’s health insurance laws. In […]

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Today in history

Today is Monday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2017. There are 41 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 20, 1947, Britain’s future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey. On this date: In 1620, Peregrine White was born aboard the Mayflower in Massachusetts Bay; […]

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Remember When: Neighborhood shopping districts had everything for holidays

With Black Friday nearly upon us, are any of you folks thinking “Oh, no — I’m still recovering from last Christmas and all the running around?” Believe it or not, through much of the last century, you generally didn’t have to travel downtown or to a mall to buy what you needed for holidays, or […]

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Museum of the Bible, built by Hobby Lobby owner, opens in DC

WASHINGTON — Eight years ago, Hobby Lobby president Steve Green found a new way to express his Christian faith. His family’s $4 billion arts and craft chain was already known for closing stores on Sundays, waging a Supreme Court fight over birth control and donating tens of millions of dollars to religious groups. Now, Green […]

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Dallas Days Christmas Home Decoration Contest hopes to light up Dallas

DALLAS — The Dallas Days Bicentennial Committee wants to light up Dallas for the holiday season with a Christmas Home Decoration Contest. The free community-wide event is part of a year-long bicentennial celebration for Dallas, said Brenda Pugh, co-organizer of the Christmas Home Decoration Contest. “I would like to light up Dallas,” Pugh said. Dallas […]

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