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Healing Gardens For The Soul

By Scott Rothenberger Public gardens are fast becoming community gardens as more individuals in urban settings turn to Mother Nature to help heal the heart. Living in an area with a wealth of public green places like the Greater Lehigh Valley provides wonderful escapes for families during beautiful sunny days. I’ll take you on a tour of some of the area’s “healing gardens,... »

Caring For Aging Parents

By Nancy Moffett Mom is starting to lose track of when and how much medicine she takes. Dad is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, has set the microwave on fire and sometimes doesn’t know what day it is. Meanwhile, you’re trying to earn a living and have children who need attention, too. You want to help your parents and see that they’re taken care of, but how do you handl... »

Relieving the Pain of Spinal Stenosis

By Maureen Sangiorgio When William Stowell started getting excruciating pain down his leg last March, he thought his active lifestyle was over. “I used to run marathons,” recalls Stowell, 53, a Service Electric repairman. “But then all of a sudden, I was in agony. I couldn’t take a step without the pain feeling like a lightning bolt shooting down my leg.” Doctors diagnosed... »

Guys' Night Out

By Cathy Kiley The Valley is loaded with places to party with friends. For this issue, I called a few guys and headed out to explore fun places to meet, eat a juicy burger, pizza or wings, watch a game and enjoy a beer. Let’s start with The Pigs. The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs kicked off another season in  April and tickets are still available for upcoming home games at Allen... »

The Facts About Adoption

By Maureen Sangiorgio The instant Keriann and Joe Cwiak of Forks Township saw Alex in a video, they knew he was the baby for them. “We fell in love with him right away,” recalls Keriann. “Then when we held him, we were both crying, we were so happy.” The Cwiaks would go on to adopt another infant, Annaliese, about a year later. “My husband always wanted a boy and a girl, s... »

Are We There Yet? Travel Tips for Parents

By Lori McLaughlin Nothing’s more fun than a family vacation, right? Sharing the freedom of the open road with the ones you love is a great experience. Still, worrying about how to pull it off robs many parents of a good night’s sleep. Last year over a million children went on a cruise…newer ships are floating pleasure domes. To make your trip memorable for all the right r... »

Boy Scout of America Turns 100

By Melanie Gold If you thought you knew a lot about the Boy Scouts of America, you still might be surprised to read that 7 of our last 10 presidents were Scouts,* that British TV personality Bear Grylls is the current worldwide Chief Scout, and that there are girls in Boy Scouts. They’re all reasons the Boy Scouts is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2010. “Hitting the hun... »

What’s New in Summer Camps

By Tamah Biello How can you keep your kids happy and yourself sane during the summer months? Think summer camps! The Greater Lehigh Valley is full of a variety of fun and interesting camp experiences. Read on for some fabulous finds for the summer of 2010. Bounce off their Walls Are your kids bouncing off the walls? The Bounce U locations in Bethlehem and South Whitehall T... »

Behind the Scenes of an Iron Pigs Game

By J.F. Pirro Bull Durham may be the best movie about minor league baseball. Chief among its classic lines: “Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. And sometimes, it rains.” Well, tonight, it rains before the 7:05 p.m. start between the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and the visiting Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Park — and rain will eventually suspend the game with no score an... »

Clean Out For Kids

By Christine A. Krahling Spring seems to be synonymous with cleaning whether it’s the neglected attic or basement that needs our attention or spare closets and toy boxes. It’s safe to say that almost everyone has a collection of clutter that they can easily live without. With shows like the Style Network’s “Clean House,” the nation is getting a chance to see what happens w... »

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