Q. I had a bird's nest in my chimney and was told that we were probably getting some carbon monoxide in the house. He said that this is bad for your health. How bad?
Carbon monoxide (chemical symbol CO) is a colorless and odorless gas that can kill you. CO is a byproduct of combustion. It comes out of car tailpipes, gas ovens, fireplaces and heating systems.
That bird's nest was blocking the evacuation of CO out of your chimney from your furnace and hot-water heater. The gas was backing up into your house.
Q. Isn't a fractured bone less serious than a broken bone?
This is a common misconception. A fracture and a break are the same thing.
For several reasons, seniors are in danger of breaking a bone. As we age, the power of our senses, reflexes and coordination diminishes. Maladies and the medicines we take for them can contribute to balance problems, which can lead to falls. Then there's osteoporosis, a disease that makes bones more likely to snap.
Wednesday, July 8: Pork barbecue, warm peach crisp, reamy spinach, roll.
Thursday, July 9: Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, zucchini, cookie, banana, roll.
Friday, July 10: Stuffed tortellini, roasted asparagus, warm berry crisp.
Monday, July 13: Stuffed green pepper, brown rice, fresh fruit.
Tuesday, July 14: Turkey sausage, German potato salad, green beans.
Wednesday, July 15: Salisbury steak, whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cookie.
Thursday, July 16: Roasted turkey breast, bread stuffing, peas and carrots, whipped Mandarin orange, oranges.
Wednesday, July 8: Cranberry juice, chicken stir fry, wite and wild rice blend, Waldorf salad, wheat bread with margarine, carrot cake.
Thursday, July 9: Baked meat loaf with gravy, au gratin potatoes, oven roasted fresh vegetables, wheat bread with margarine, tropical fruit.
Friday, July 10: Apple juice, sausage sandwich with peppers and onions, Pennsylvania "Dutch" potato salad, citrus breeze.
Monday, July 13: Vegetable juice, pot roast sandwich, sour cream cucumber salad, ambrosia.
The Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) Foundation holds its 22nd annual Golf Classic Aug. 3 at Woodstone Country Club, Danielsville.
Proceeds benefit the Foundation's student scholarship program.
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Included are green fees, cart, a box lunch and giveaway items for each golfer. Golfers will play a modified scramble with a shotgun start at noon and conclude with an evening dinner reception and awards.
Emmaus grad to wed in 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Joel R. Gaugler Sr. of Lower Macungie Township announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle C. Gaugler, to Philip T. Papa, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Papa of East Stroudsburg.
The bride-elect is a 2004 graduate of Emmaus High School.
She received a bachelor of science degree in marine biology from University of New Haven, West Haven, Conn., in 2008.
She is employed in Reading.
Her fiancé is a 2003 graduate of Liberty High School.
He is employed in Fogelsville.
A wedding is planned for fall 2016.
Wednesday, July 1: Vegetable juice, beer-battered cod with tartar sauce, O'Brien potatoes, succotash, wheat bread with margarine, peanut butter cookie.
Thursday, July 2: July 4th meal: Apricot nectar, Calif. cheeseburger with lettuce-tomato-mayo, macaroni salad, cheesecake with fresh berry topping.
Friday, July 3: Closed for July 4th holiday.
Monday, July 6:Beef stroganoff, extra wide noodles, Brussels sprouts, wheat bread with margarine, fresh watermelon.
Q. My wife has complained of being short of breath while shopping in the mall. She says it's just a sign of age, but I'm concerned about her.
The likelihood of suffering shortness of breath or "dyspnea" (disp-nee-ah) becomes greater the older we get. As we age, our air passages get smaller, chest muscles weaken, and our lungs become less flexible. These changes reduce our air flow.
Wednesday, July 1: Garlic honey barbecue chicken, barley rice, peas, donut hole, fresh fruit, roll.
Thursday, July 2: Pot roast, roasted potatoes, cauliflower, pound cake, roll.
Friday, July 3: Independence Day - centers closed.
Monday, July 6: Honey mustard chicken, roasted redskin wedges, broccoli, mini muffin, roll.
Tuesday, July 7: Beef stroganoff, buttered noodles, vegetable medley, warm apple wedges, roll.
Wednesday, July 8: Pork barbecue, warm peach crisp, creamy spinach, roll.
Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) is offering an accelerated Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program for students to obtain their Department of Health certification.
Class will be held Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. July 1 - 31 in the George E. Moerkirk Emergency Medicine Institute (EMI) of Lehigh Valley Health Network, 2166 S. 12th St., Allentown.