Q. Isn't living in the country healthier than living in the city?
I don't think there's a definitive answer to that question. My first reaction to this inquiry was that life in the country is much healthier. It seemed obvious because of the crime, pollution, crowding and stress of the city.
However, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) provided me with some surprising information that made me rethink my answer.
Here are some of the statistics from the NRHA:
Donald F. and Patricia (Dorney) Strohl of Allentown recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary .
The Strohls were married Sept. 9, 1972, at St. James United Church of Christ, Allentown by Pastor Phillips.
They are the parents of a daughter, Jennifer, wife of Brett Thompson of Wescosville.
The couple has a grandson Jared Michael Thompson.
The Strohls took an anniversary trip to Iberostar Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Traditions of Hanover at Home is holding a community for breakfast for seniors, 9 a.m. Sept. 20, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, 205 W. Third St., Bethlehem.
The breakfast is compliments of Traditions of Hanover at Home. Seniors, adult children and caregivers are welcome to attend and learn about Traditions of Hanover at Home services.
The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
RSVP by calling Marisa or Lynne, 610-419-3295, to reserve your seat at the breakfast table.
Whether you're maintaining an existing lawn or starting a new one, fall is the best time to do the ground work to ensure good results for next season.
For maintaining your lawn, the soil should be tested, and recommended amounts of lime and fertilizer should be applied. Fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn because the roots are actively growing and absorbing nutrients. This means a denser and healthier lawn better able to withstand the winter. In addition, the grass stores many nutrients in its roots, so that it is ready to produce a lush spring growth.
Richard S. and Sandra E. DeLong of Hilton Head Island, S.C., formerly of Orefield, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 1.
Richard is retired from Royal Manufacturing and MG Industries, both in Allentown.
Sandra is retired from Lehigh Valley Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital, working in the emergency room at both facilities.
Rock music for a cause is the theme of We Rock's concert, 1 - 9 p.m. Sept. 8, MainGate nightclub, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown.
The concert benefits Lehigh Valley Health Network's Breast Health Services. We Rock has held biannual charity concerts for the past six years.
We Rock was organized by Matt Wolf, better known in the Lehigh Valley music scene as Matt Metal, host of a long-running radio show on Lehigh County Community College radio station WXLV.
A one-night-only reading of "8," Dustin Lance Black's new play chronicling the challenge to California's Proposition 8, will be presented at 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at Civic Theatre of Allentown's 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.
Proceeds from "8," presented through a special agreement with American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, benefit the Pennsylvania Diversity Network.
An artist's reception for "Comings & Goings," an exhibition continuing through Sept. 23 that covers about 30 years in the work of Kevin Tuttle, will be held 4:30 - 6 p.m. Sept. 5, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.
Tuttle's work is informed by literature, poetry, Greco-Roman painting and sculpture. Tuttle is a Muhlenberg College art department drawing and sculpture lecturer.
The reception and Martin Art Gallery events and programs are free and open to the public.
Q. I'm 69 years old and I'm considering surgery for obesity. Am I too old for this?
There is no upper age limit for this type of surgery. However, the procedure is riskier for anyone older than 65.
Obesity surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, limits your food intake. Some operations also restrict the amount of food you can digest. It is designed for men who are at least 100 pounds overweight and women at least 80 pounds overweight.
This spring was the warmest in 117 years of record-keeping and the warmest 12-month period ever recorded in the United States.
In response to the warm conditions, plants and insects made early appearances. Plants bloomed from a modest two weeks earlier than normal to as much as six weeks earlier than in previous years.
Most insects, including the monarch butterfly, kept pace with the early blooming. Many monarchs made the trip north from Mexico two to three weeks earlier this spring.