Chest Discomfort, Feeling Tired? When to Get Help
Affecting about three million Americans, AF is a rapid heartbeat, which can lead to poor blood flow and increased risk of serious conditions, including stroke and heart failure.
AF is the result of abnormal electrical impulses, which travel chaotically throughout the upper chambers of the heart, causing the atria to contract so quickly the heart loses its ability to pump efficiently. This may cause blood to pool in the heart, where it can clot. If a clot travels to the brain, it can cause a stroke. A recent study by researchers from Boston University found that people with AF are nearly five times more likely to have a stroke.
“All types of patients of all ages should monitor heart rate and blood pressure regularly, and seek medical help when they don’t feel well. Even short bursts of palpitations may be the beginning of persistent or chronic AF,” says Dr. Leo Polosajian, an electrophysiologist and founder of Cardiac Rhythm Specialists in Reseda, CA.
Unfortunately, many AF patients don’t experience symptoms until an event happens.
“While biking my normal route, my heart rate rose and I couldn’t breathe. I pretty much went into sudden cardiac death,” says Todd Smiland, a patient of Polosajian’s. “Luckily the ambulance made it to me in seven minutes and they were able to defibrillate me back to life, essentially. That pretty much started all of my heart issues.”
By correcting abnormal conduction fibers in the heart through ablation, its electrical system may be repaired and the heart may return to a normal rhythm. One of the newest innovations uses contact force ablation technology, which gives physicians a real-time, objective measure of force applied to the heart during the procedure.
“I felt this patient was an ideal candidate for an ablation procedure instead of medication, which only treats symptoms. When patients don’t respond to medication or it’s not an optimal therapy option, I turn to radiofrequency ablation,” says Polosajian.
“It was like night and day,” says Smiland, who after receiving ablation treatment, resumed activities he previously enjoyed.
According to Polosajian, Smiland’s experience may not represent those of all patients, but a recent FDA review found ablation had at least a 47 percent greater success rate than medication.
“This patient’s experience is what all physicians hope to achieve,” says Polosajian.
It’s important to note there are risks and potential adverse events associated with ablation procedures, including but not limited to cardiovascular related complications, such as hematoma, effusion and infection. Contact force ablation may not be appropriate for patients who have had certain recent heart surgeries, prosthetic valves, active systemic infection or have undergone other major vascular procedures. Patients should consult with their physicians about options.
A checklist of questions to ask your doctor can be found at www.sjm.com/AfibAnswers, a site provided by St. Jude Medical, a leader in technologies that treat atrial fibrillation.
Know the signs and symptoms of AF and talk to your doctor, if you suspect anything is amiss.
Museum Mouse Caught in a
155 Year Old Trap
The mouse apparently walked inside the Victorian-era mousetrap, which wasn't baited, and quickly found itself trapped inside.
The exact age of the Collin Pullinger & Son's Perpetual Mouse Trap is unknown, but the trap was patented in 1861.
Text printed on the trap declares that it will "last a lifetime," a claim that turned out to be an understatement.
"Isn't it amazing that a mousetrap that is 155 years old is still doing its job?" Guy Baxter, an archivist with the Museum of English Rural Life, told CBC Radio.
"I think he [the mouse] probably thought this was a nice place and unfortunately, he found the one thing that was more harmful to him than he to it," Baxter said.
The museum said it has not decided whether the mouse will be given a "dignified burial" or if it will become a permanent part of the exhibit.
"Let's pay tribute to the Victorians, and how wonderfully they managed to make things," Baxter said.
TRAFFIC ALERTS WEEK OF FEBRUARY 8
RICHMOND ROAD (LOWER MT. BETHEL
Between Ott Drive and Miller Road will experience delays and single lane restriction 24 hours each day until further notice.
Between South Main St and Route 191 west lane closed into 2016. Follow detour. East lane (Rt 191 to S. Main) is open.
Grand Central Road
Between Delabole Road and Mack Road will be closed to through traffic until further notice.
Bushkill Center Road
Between Broad Street AND Bushkill Drive will experience delays and lane restriction February 8 to February 12 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Between First Street (Bangor) to Northern Northampton County Line will experience delays and lane restriction February 12 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Between First Street (Bangor) to Franklin Hill Road will experience delays and lane restriction February 11 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
At south ramp to Rt. 248 will experience delays and lane restriction February 8 to February 12 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Between PA 191 AND Oak Street will experience delays and lane restriction February 8 to February 9 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
This Week at Bloom
Normal Open Studio Hours unless noted are:
Tuesday's from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Wednesday's from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday's from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Saturday's from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
This week on Saturday, February 13, 2016 there will be Shopkins Kids Event from Noon to 2:00 PM.
Celebrate President's Day and No School with a day of kid events on Monday, February 15, 2016
Come and spend some time being creative and supporting Bloom Bangor, a restorative community empowering women to live free from addiction and violence.
Sign-up by going to the Bloom on-line store at mkt.com/bloomcreativestudio and reserve your space for any of these special events or go to our web-site bloomcreativestudio.com/ or Facebook page for even more info and to register. Please sign-up by going to the Bloom on-line store at mkt.com/bloomcreativestudio and reserve your space for any of these special events.
CLICK HERE FOR BLOOM'S FEBRUARY CALENDAR
Snowshoes and Trekking Poles
Snowshoes and Trekking Poles Available
When: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM-2:30 PM in February
Where: Jacobsburg Visitor Center, 400 Belfast Road, Nazareth
Borrow snowshoe equipment to use on Jacobsburg’s trails this winter! Snowshoes are available for folks of any age or shoe size, including small children. Snowshoes will not be made available during times of insufficient snow cover, usually at least five inches of snow is required. To borrow equipment you must provide a driver’s license or other form of state issued identification. For more information call 610-746-2801 or email email@example.com. You can check our website for current winter conditions and snow depth.
Portland Girl Scout Troop Looking for New Members
The Portland Girl Scout Troop is looking for any interested girls in grades 4th thru 8th that would like to join their troop. The troop members are Juniors and Cadets. If you have a daughter that is younger than 4th grade you may contact the troop leader for more information. Meetings are held at the Portland Borough Hall located at 206 Division Street. Please contact the troop leader Pam at 484-764-2046 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SFN Scholarships Available
Slater Family Network is sponsoring a $2000.00 scholarship for a 2016 Bangor High School graduate. The applications are now available on the school district website under the Slater Family Network tab, in the HS Guidance Office or the SFN office behind the DeFranco School. Completed applications are due at SFN on April 28.
The family of Denny Strouse is sponsoring a $1000.00 scholarship through Slater Family Network for a 2016 Bangor High School graduate. The applications are now available on the school district website under the Slater Family Network tab, in the HS Guidance Office or the SFN office behind the DeFranco School. Completed applications are due at SFN on April 28.
Call the SFN office with any questions at 610-599-7019
Stay At Home Moms Group
If you are a stay at home mom in the Slate Belt Area and are looking for events to socialize and build friendships for yourself and your child/children you may be interested in joining this group of moms. The meetings will be held at various local spots and during school hours. For more information go to, www.meetup.com and search for Slate Belt Stay At Home Moms.
Weona Park Yoga
Yoga at the Community Center- Mondays and Thursdays, 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. $10 per session.
Bangor Womens Club Scholarship Applications
The Bangor Womens Club will be accepting applications from senior students at Bangor and Faith Christian High Schools for consideration for their 2016 scholarship. The scholarship amount is $1000. Applications can be obtained from the school Guidance office and the deadline to submit the completed application is April 15, 2016
Musical Instrument Collection Drive
The BAHS Alumni Association is running a drive to collect used musical instruments to be donated to Bangor’s elementary band program. The instruments will be used as loaners for students who cannot afford to buy or rent them. We will take them regardless of their condition. If you have a musical instrument that is gathering dust, and you want to make a difference in a child’s life, call 610-588-5198. We will pick them up or tell you where you can drop them off. Let’s keep the music coming!
Your donations may be tax deductible.
Visit slateralums.com for more information.
NCC Professor to Discuss New Book
Michael Pogach, associate professor of English at Northampton Community College (NCC), will discuss his first book, The Spider in the Laurel, published in September by Ragnarok Publications, during “An Hour with Michael Pogach,” Tuesday, February 9 at 11:00 in the Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, NCC Bethlehem Campus.
Pogach will also sign copies of his book and conduct a question-and-answer session.
The Spider in the Laurel questions the methods of both governmental authority and those attempting to subvert the status quo by telling the fictional story of a man caught up in a secret revolution. The book combines fantasy, action and adventure.
Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information call 610-865-5300 or go to www.northampton.edu.
NCC to Present Programs for Black History Month
Northampton Community College (NCC) will celebrate Black History Month and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with these events.
The State of Racism/White Supremacy in a Post-Civil Rights Era. Adjunct Professor of History Kamau Kenyatta, will speak about this subject. Lecture also to be given on Thursday, February 11, at 11:00 a.m. in Room 108, Pocono Hall, NCC Monroe Campus, 2411 Route 715, Tannersville.
Voices of Black History. A panel of students will discuss important people and events in black history. Thursday, February 18, 11:00 a.m., room 146, College Center, NCC Bethlehem Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
Book Discussion: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Tuesday, February 23, Library Conference Room, College Center, NCC Bethlehem Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
Student Debate: Should most drugs now be legalized, given that the War on Drugs has failed and resulted in mass incarcerations in the black community. Thursday, February 25, 11:00 a.m., Room 220, College Center, NCC Bethlehem Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 610-861-5300 or visit www.northampton.edu.
Family Night: Packing a GO Bag
Friday, February 12, 6:30-7:30 PM
Being prepared for emergencies is important, so it’s good to have supplies on hand when you need them. Many of the supplies that are helpful in emergencies are the same ones that we use during outdoor adventures. Learn how to pack for both situations so that you’re always ready, whether you’re escaping a flood or escaping to your local state park campground for a relaxing weekend. Being prepared to enjoy the outdoors at a moment’s notice can be fun! Join educator Lauren Forster for a lesson on how to pack Get Outdoors (GO) Bags for your family. Registration is required.You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/. If you need an accommodation to participate in a program please contact the park office at 610-746-2801 or email@example.com. With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.
Murder Mystery Dinner
Aaah Valentine's Day. Red roses, chocolate and a greeting card. Same thing you did last year, right?
Make this Valentine's Day one to remember.
Nothing says “I Love You” like a romantic dinner, candle lit tables, soft music in the background … and a murder mystery!!! That's right – you get to have some fun and solve a mystery. Get up off of that couch, stop watching crime shows on TV and get into the action! What could be more fun and romantic than that?
This Valentine's Day, The Red Thread Cafe (an art, coffee and music venue of Hopesprings) is providing all the makings of a romantic evening for you and that special someone. A light dinner, choice of non-alcoholic beverage and a delicious dessert will be on the menu. The candles will be lit and the music will be playing. But something is wrong; something's not quite right! Suddenly, the lights go out, someone screams and there's a victim of foul play. It's a fun-filled evening where everyone has a part to play in solving the whodoneit! Can you discover the killer before s/he strikes again?
You don't want to miss this event! It will be an evening you will never forget! The event is open to all – couples or singles – and childcare is available.
Dinner and murder is from 7 until 10, February 13, 2015, at The Red Thread Cafe, 301 Market St., Bangor, PA. Space is limited for this special event and reservations are required so don't delay!! To purchase your tickets call 855-INFO-HOPE or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org The price is $10 per person.
St. Peter's Oldies Dance
The St. Peter’s Oldies Dance with Valentine Sweetheart Theme, sponsored by the St. Peter’s Scholarship Committee, will be held from 6-10:30 pm Saturday February 13 at the Blue Valley Farm Show
The Cost is $23.00 per person - BYOB Doors open at 5:00 PM. Includes: Ham, Turkey, Filling, Sides, Veggies, Desserts Non -Alcoholic Beverages
Music by DJ Steve Anthony.
Tickets please call: Bernie & Jackie Brinker 610-588-2101 St. Peter’s Church Office 610-863-8659
PLEASE BRING A NON-PERISHABLE ALONG AND IT WILL BE DONATED TO OUR LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES Sponsors: Dotta Chrysler-Jeep and Thrivent of Northampton County.
Roseto Legion Cavatelli Dinner
Martocci-Capobianco American Legion Post # 750 is sponsoring a Cavatelli Dinner on Saturday Feb 13...1:00 to 6:00. Call the Post home at 610-588-1371 for tickets. Tickets will also be sold at the door, but pre-purchase is appreciated.
An Old Fashion Valentine's Day
The Slate Belt Heritage Center will hold its monthly historic presentation on Sunday, February 14, 2016 @ 2:00 PM. Walter Cole and Marc Blau will present an" Old Fashion Valentine's Day: A Look at Love through the Oral History Interviews". Mr. Cole and Mr. Blau are retired history teachers from Pen Argyl and Bangor High Schools, respectively and are the chairs for the oral history committee at the Heritage Center. They have collected numerous interviews over the years and will use select passages form the collections to create an afternoon filled with love comparing courtship then and now. All ladies will receive a rose and refreshments will be served.
The event is free (donations are always appreciated) and open to the public. The Heritage Center is located at 30 North 1st Street, Bangor, Pa. For additional information contact: Karen Brewer @ 610-588-8615.
Valentines Day Gift Idea
The Friend's of the Bangor Public Library are again offering for sale, as a perfect gift for Valentine's Day, their cookbook entitled: "A Literary Feast". All books come pre-wrapped for the occasion, and are available for only $8.00 at the library. For additional information contact: Karen Brewer @ 610-588-8615.
The East Bangor United Methodist Community Church is offering a Lenten Study based on Karen Armstrong's book, "Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence." The sessions will be on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. beginning February 15, and Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. beginning February 17. For more info. call 610-588-4453, or visit www.ebumc.org.
Ragtime Pancake Breakfast
"Back to Before" Pancake Breakfast for Bangor Area High School production of Ragtime. Will be held February 20 from 8am-11am at Bangor Area Middle School.
For tickets to this Family friendly breakfast in advance contact 610-588-3041.
Advance tickets: $5 adults, $3 children 5 and under. At door: $7 adults, $5 children 5 and under. Under two is free.
Sixth Annual "Sweets and Treats"
Climate Change & Conservation
Friday, February 27, 7:00-8:00 PM
Guest speaker Greg Czarnecki, Executive Director of the Wild Resource Conservation Program, will talk about conservation actions we can take that have co-benefits beyond climate change. He will also present the latest information on the current and projected impacts of climate change and what we’re doing to address the issue at DCNR. Registration is required.You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/. If you need an accommodation to participate in a program please contact the park office at 610-746-2801 or email@example.com. With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.
Polar Plunge Fund Raiser for Camp Papillon
A Polar plunger benefitting Camp Papillon will be held Saturday, February 27 at 12 noon at Camp Papillon Animal Shelter, 126 Brainerd Lane, Stroudsburg, PA
Eric German is at it again organizing the Polar Plunge to help homeless animals, and bring awareness to animals who are chained out in the cold. Eric raised over $5000 to help homeless, neglected and abused animals. Please support this worthwhile cause to raise much needed funds.
Join Eric and friends at noon on Saturday, February 27 at Camp Papillon Animal Shelter property. Kat of Willow Tree Inn of Stroudsburg is graciously catering lunch at the Camp Volunteer Recreation Room. After a hot lunch, you will jump in the pond located on our property. All jumpers will need a sponsorship of $100 (or more) to JUMP!
Please support Eric by donating to the Camp Papillon Polar Plunge. Checks may be mailed to Camp Papillon, 128 Brainerd Lane, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, or through our Paypal account at www.CampPapillon.org. Visit our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/camppapillon/
Boomer's Angels Meet and Greet
All adoptions must be pre-approved so why not fill out and application in advance. Visit www.boomersangels.com for an application.
If you’re not ready to adopt, why not try fostering? Foster homes are desperately needed so we can continue to save lives!
They provide you with everything a foster parent will need. You supply the love and a safe home until they are adopted.
Boomer’s Angels is in need of volunteers to help with adoption days, fundraising, etc.
Boomer’s Angels Animal Rescue & Care was formed to give as many homeless and downtrodden animals the brightest future possible. Be an Angel for a homeless pet!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.boomersangels.com, find us on Facebook, or call (570)350-4977.papillon/
Project Child Hosting Dance Event
As a community coalition, Project Child is comprised of individuals and agencies engaged in striving to protect the rights of children to live free of abuse and neglect in an environment which fosters positive self-development.
Whether you are in the mood to enjoy the ambience of the historic hotel or dance to live music, you will be coming together to join the effort to protect our community’s children from abuse and neglect. Dinner and Raffle Prizes are part of the evening. The cost is $75.00. For info go to www.projectchildlv.org or call Amy Brenfleck at 610-954-9561, ext. 334.
Free Amateur Radio Classes
Amateur radio is a fun hobby where you can talk with people across town or all over the world, even with astronauts in space, without telephone wires, cell phones or the Internet. It provides helpful communication service in emergencies, public service and community events.
Amateur radio operators come from all walks of life, from all ages, men and women, students and retirees, factory workers and doctors, and all in between. We all have one thing in common: ham radio.
We can tinker and experiment and build things. We can help with communications at parades and other community events. We send health and welfare messages in times of disaster; sometimes we are the only communications available. We can compete in radio contests, and we can have casual conversations with other hams worldwide. To do all this you need a license and a radio.
Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club will offer a series of 9 Tuesday evening free classes, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., beginning March 8 at the Northampton County Gracedale Complex, Nazareth, We will help anyone interested in earning their entry-level FCC amateur radio license. We also will offer a separate series of classes to upgrade to the General License on the same dates.
For answers to questions, more information, or to register for the free classes, please phone 610.432.8286 or email ke3aw@ARRL.NET.
The Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club, Inc. is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit charitable organization.
Silent Auction to Benefit Slater Family Network
Young at Art - Expo of Art Camps
On Saturday, March 12, 2016, the Lehigh Valley Arts Council will present Young at Art, an expo of arts camps and schools, to assist parents with selecting the appropriate summer class for their child. This inaugural event will be held at Penn State Lehigh Valley, from 9:00am to 2:30pm, and feature thirty exhibitors who offer lessons in the performing, literary, media and visual arts. Free admission to the expo is provided to the public.
Families with children (ages four to eighteen years old) will enjoy meeting the various exhibitors and learning about the artistic opportunities for their aspiring creatives. The day’s festivities will showcase an arts demonstration, performance or activity every 25-minutes so children will have a chance “to try on what kind of artist” they want to be this summer.
Eleventh Annual Outdoor Sportsmen’s Dinner
The 11th annual Outdoor Sportsmen's Celebration Dinner will be held Saturday March 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church 404 Broadway, Bangor from 6:00 Pm to 8:30 Pm
Traditional Menu plus Specially Prepared Wild Game Dishes to Sample
Special Guest Speaker will be Bob Counterman, District Director Pennsylvania Trapper’s Association. Added Special will be a Comedy Monologue by Brian Siegfried
Door Prizes and Raffles (Over 100) of Hunting and Fishing Equipment. The cost is Adults - $15 Children under 12 - $6.00 under 5 – Free
Call 610-504-7886 or Email Tmarino@leeantenna.com for Tickets Seating Limited to 150, Get Your Tickets Early Proceeds to Benefit the Local Hunger Appeal and Food Bank
Come out and Celebrate this Year’s Wild Game Harvest with Food,Fun and Prizes! Bring Your Whole Family for a Great Night Out!
Slate Belt Heritage Center Event
Egg Hunt for Relay for Life
All money raised will go to benefit the American Cancer Society. They will have a few age groups with a small gift for each child and a few hidden surprise eggs. Also plan to have a bake sale and a table of team's handmade treasures to purchase. They are having this in the afternoon so it does not interfere with earlier ones.n Reinhart.
Blue Mt Library Silent Auction
Quiet Valley’s 19th Century Days
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. on February 1, 2016. Registrations will be taken by phone, in person or on-line until sessions are full. The price for all workshops is $5.00 per student for each session, which also covers all material fees. Registration is complete only when payment is received. Payment by PayPal, credit card or debit card is recommended.
Tours of the historic farm are available from 10-12:30 each day at $8 for adults and $5 for children 3-12.
Workshop descriptions will be listed on our website January 25th, 2016. Registration opens February 1st, 2016. To enhance the experience, participants are encouraged to come in period dress, but it is not mandatory. Lunches will be available to order or you may bring your own. There are a limited number of spots available each day, so make your reservation early.
FMI visit www.quietvalley.org or call 570-992-6161..
UMBT Recreation Field Hockey Program
Ask The Doc........
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Slate Belt Senior Center
Blue Valley Farm Show Complex
700 American Bangor Road
Bangor, ph 610-588-1224
Hours: 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Zumba Gold - Tuesdays, 10:00 A.M.
Brush Away With Senior Artists -Wednesdays, 8:00 -11:00 A.M.
Afternoon With The Arts - Thursdays, 12:15 P.M.
Help With Tax Returns-AARP
Friday, 8:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.
Monday, February 8, 1:30 P.M.
Farkle - Thurs. February 11, 12:15 P.M.
Friday, February 12, 11:30 A.M.
Music With Gary Dee
Friday, February 12, 12:30 P.M.
Monday, February 15 - Presidents Day
Auction - Thurs, Feb. 18, 12:15 P.M.
Friday, February 19, 10:00 A.M.
Thursday, February 25, 12:15 P.M.
New Books at
Blue Mt. Community Library
(None Submitted Recently)
New Books at
Bangor Public Library
Bohjalian, Chris: The Guest Room
Fluke, Joanne: Double Fudge Brownie Murder
Jackson, Lisa: After She’s Gone
Kava, Alex: Breaking Creed
Silent Creed: Kubica, Mary
Pretty Baby: Neggers, Carl
Secrets of the Lost Summer; Punke, Michael
The revenant; Rosenfelt, David
Blackout: Steel, Danielle
Precious Gifts: Woods, Stuart
Adult Non Fiction
De Botton, Alain: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work.
Young Adult Fiction
Carlson, Melody: Dark Blue Fools Gold
Walker, Gabrielle: The Tale of the Final Hero.
Audio Books Fiction
Hawkins, Paula: The Girl on the Train.
Audio Books Non Fiction
Goldberg, Whoopi: If Someone says “ You complete me”, Run!
Descendants; The Martian.
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