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The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Sept. 17 announced that the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board’s (TAB) meeting on Thursday, Sept. 25 to discuss proposed changes to the Chapter 78 Oil and Gas regulations will be available online via w (read more)

Your Pregnancy
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Many parents of newborn infants expect to get less sleep than they did prior to the birth of their child. However, parents of a baby with colic may find it even more difficult to obtain much-needed rest. While one in five babies cries enough to be reporte (read more)
Photo: Chris Ware/KRT, License: N/A Stress is something we all live with. However, when stress levels become too high, they begin to affect the function of your body. It can even interfere with fertility. (See box nearby.)When couples are thinking about becoming pregnant yet experiencing di (read more)

Infants and Toddlers
Research shows that the development which takes place during the first five years of a child's life is critical to success in life, and parents, caregivers and early educators play a pivotal role in fostering this growth. Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician, ear (read more)
Photo: AP, License: N/A According to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 36 percent of adults and 17 percent of children and teens in America are obese. The Centers for Disease Control defines childhood obesity as: ■Overweight is defined as (read more)

The Grade School Years
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2014:07:30 18:31:55 S’mores Snack Mix Compliments of It’s a Keeperwww.itisakeeper.com 1 cup whole grain Chocolate Cheerios 1 cup chocolate baking chunks (or chocolate morsels) 1 cup Teddy Grahams 1 cup m iniature marshmallows Combine all of the ingredients together in a medi (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The start of a new school year in the Keystone State typically means a new Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) fall sports season is here. With plenty of energy after a summer of training, student-athletes and coaches are eager to hit (read more)

You and Your Teen
Photo: N/A, License: N/A According to surveys by the National Institute on Media and the Family, 53 percent of girls report being unhappy with their appearance. Experts have found that poor body image can lead not only to social isolation, but also to serious emotional problems, (read more)
With summer here, many teens will escape the house for some rays of the sun. Unfortunately, some will seek an indoor tanning bed as a way to get an early start on their summer glow.“The biggest danger in tanning beds is that they increase the risk for ski (read more)

College Bound
Photo: Paul Souders/MCT, License: N/A They are what some people erroneously think of as ‘dirty jobs’ — carpentry, plumbing, air conditioning repair and the like; occupations that ordinarily don’t require a four-year college degree. However, these jobs can be rewarding in many ways, including (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2014:04:03 00:07:29 Area elementary, middle and high school students can test their science, physics, math, art and writing skills at several academic competitions scheduled at the University of Scranton during the academic year. Students can also visit the university for pr (read more)

The Empty Nest
Photo: N/A, License: N/A “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” Mark Twain’s aphorism is wryly appreciated by parents of adu (read more)
There’s an old saying that you are only as happy as your least happy child. To that I’d like to add a corollary. Your peace of mind will always be a multiple of your child’s life situation. Their stress is your stress times two.Parents don’t discover this (read more)

The Joy of Grandparenting
Summer offers a great opportunity to spend time with the grandchildren. And it can be a lot of fun — if, they don’t kill you first. We paid a visit to one of our nearby state parks recently. It was on of those “Picnic and Play” days, when so many families (read more)
Grandparents have many duties and obligations. Many are routine: Remember birthdays. Make sure the welcome mat is always out. Keep a supply of cookies and milk on hand. Things like that. (read more)
It was a very long winter and winter can be tough on grandparents.We were often called into service when the weather forced schools to begin late or let out early.Often, during those shortened days, Grandpa’s car became the school bus, while the grandpar (read more)
It truly must be tough to get old. This became very apparent to me when I observed our two grandsons during after-school visits to our home. (read more)