Lifestyle News

Historian to discuss stories behind beloved Christmas carols at library

Folk tunes, pagan revels and medieval hymns have all contributed to the musical treasure we enjoy every year during the Christmas season. These songs and more will be discussed on Monday, Dec. 5 at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St. Popular historian John Maietta will present the ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been having an ongoing conflict about when to go to bed at night, as he insists we go to bed at the same time. I am more of a night owl and sometimes will want to stay up until around 11, either because I’m not tired yet or because I want to watch a movie or ...

Museum as shoeseum: What our footwear says about our souls

SALEM, Mass. — Boots aren’t just made for walking. On the contrary, footwear has captivated hearts and minds worldwide for centuries. Whether a pair of crystalline embellished slippers, or thigh-high boots with platform heels, shoes show our personalities, moods and social ...

Fashion Touchdown scores funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters

With help from iconic fashion designer Nicole Miller and 13 Philadelphia Eagles, the law firm of Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. was able to raise $130,000 in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region at its third annual Fashion Touchdown eve ­nt. Nearly 700 guests ...

Pets are people, too. Remember that come gift time

NEW YORK — Pets are people, too — at least when it comes to holiday gifts. More than half of dog owners and nearly 40 percent of cat owners buy their pets gifts for Christmas or Hanukkah, according to the American Pet Products Association, an industry trade group. Potentially, ...

The Friends of the JVB Library to hold a musical book review luncheon

The Friends of the JVB Library will hold a musical book review luncheon at noon Dec. 2, in the Lowry Theatre of the Welch Family Wing of the Library. It is titled “Sing Me a Story” and features vocalist Lucy Henry accompanying herself on the dulcimer. Come and listen to ballads and folk ...

Blessed at the Red Kettles — Capt. Debbie Engle

Dear Santa, As much as we need volunteers, I know that standing outside in the mostly cold weather is not everyone’s cup of tea; but as for me, I love ringing the bell.  No, it’s not always the best of weather, but if you know how to dress, it is tolerable to be outside for at least a ...

’Tis the season for homemade holiday gifts at the library

Everyone loves to receive a homemade gift made from the loving hands of a child. During the month of December, participants of all ages can create homemade holiday gifts at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St. Children are encouraged to make two gifts: one they can take home and ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My husband has been talking to other women online. He’s been on numerous dating sites, and every time I catch him, he changes his account name or goes on a different one. I think it’s cheating. He says it’s not — that he’s just talking to them. But he says very ...

Pennsylvania resort chef builds life-size gingerbread house

FARMINGTON, Pa. — The sweet, gingery scent wafting across the lobby of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s Chateau LaFayette is enough to make a mouth water and a stomach rumble. Visitors follow their noses to a vision of a walk-in bakery built from gingerbread, icing and candy. The ...

Tammy’s story

Dear Santa, I’m sure God has a plan for those determined to make a better life for themselves but at times, it seems disheartening for these courageous souls. I see how in our area, if not the entire country, a substantial gap between being utterly “on the system” with housing, cash ...

Lifestyle briefs

EAST CANTON — The 18th annual Victorian Country Christmas will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Manley-Bohlayer House, Route 414 at East Canton Crossroad. The south end of the house will be accessible with a parking area and ramp for the disabled. The event will feature a ...

What’s New at the James V. Brown Library

‘Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas’ By Tedd Arnold Can Ninja Fly Guy save Christmas? In the new book in Tedd Arnold’s New York Times bestselling Fly Guy series, it’s Christmazzz Eve and Fly Guy doesn’t have a present to give his best friend, Buzz. But when he goes out to look for ...

Lifestyle briefs

LAURELTON — The West End Library, 45 Ballpark Road, will hold the following events and activities in the month of December: Adult and teen programs • Skill toys for teens and adults — 1-3 p.m. Dec. 3. Attendees will spin, balance and toss their way to new heights with skill toys ...

No bones about it, group wants to preserve doggie haven

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — At Dog Mountain, canines and their human owners can take walks on a 150-acre Vermont hillside, enjoy several ponds, attend dog parties and even visit a chapel and an art gallery. Now, a group is hoping to preserve the doggie haven and the vision of Stephen Huneck, the ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: As a child, I endured horrible physical and verbal abuse by my parents. As an adult, I found myself in an abusive relationship with a man. He lied to me about having a vasectomy and intentionally got me pregnant to keep me in his life “forever.” I was pregnant and destitute ...

Exploring holiday traditions

With so much tradition surrounding the holidays, have you ever wondered where it all began? Why are Christmas colors red and green? Why do we eat turkey on Thanksgiving? What is a Christmas pickle? Why do we decorate Christmas trees? All of these traditions and more we just know belong to the ...

Megan does Makeup

Even though Thanksgiving is about stuffing your face with the people you love, that does not mean your face cannot look flawless while you are eating seconds of pumpkin pie. Since the holiday is all about food, this makeup look will focus on shimmery gold and cranberry eyes, a champagne ...

Giving thanks for those who serve

The day of giving thanks for harvests great and small is upon us. A day of celebrating abundance is symbolized by the feast before us, the family and friends around us and the feats we endured behind us. Let us give thanks for the people who serve us, today and everyday. To our military ...