Dear Abby: I am a woman, 34, who has finally met the man I want to spend my life with. He’s 31, and his family lives about six hours away. He plans to move his mother here to live in the near future. She doesn’t work or drive. She’s on state assistance, and her Section 8 isn’t enough for her…

A baby born today has a Sun in Cancer and a Moon in Libra if born before 3:11 p.m. Afterward, the Sun will be in Scorpio.

Dear Abby: I met the love of my life eight months ago. Everything about our relationship is perfect. We both love our families, fine food, games and, most importantly, each other. We met at an antique store and now have an extensive stamp collection together.

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A baby born today has a Sun in Gemini and a Moon in Libra if born before 6:07 a.m. Afterward, the Sun will be in Cancer.

Dear Abby: I have a 59-year-old brother-in-law who has always been a “proud bachelor.” He isn’t a rich, handsome, George Clooney-type bachelor, but a hand-to-mouth, burping, uncouth “Shallow Hal” kind of bachelor. He befriended a woman with four daughters, paying most of his attention to one…

A baby born today has a Sun in Gemini and a Moon in Virgo if born before 6:51 a.m. Afterward, the Moon will be in Libra.

A baby born today has a Sun in Gemini and a Moon in Virgo.

Dear Abby: A dear friend has been battling cervical cancer. Her condition has left her dependent on a colostomy bag. She’s not shy about discussing it on Facebook and in public, where she speaks loudly. I have tried to be understanding and supportive, but there are limits.

A baby born today has a Sun in Gemini and a Moon in Leo if born before 4:40 a.m. Afterward, the Moon will be in Virgo.

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ELYSBURG — It’s been said firefighters save more than homes — they save lives, hearts, memories and dreams. Chief Dennis Kroh of the Elysburg Fire Department and his son Aaron know full well the powerful meaning of those words through the dedication of their lives to firefighting and a willi…

Older workers are plenty stressed these days, especially about having enough money saved for retirement. But, according to a recent study from Portland State University’s psychology department, there are three things in the workplace that stress older employees much more than younger ones.

A baby born today has a Sun in Gemini and a Moon in Leo.

The importance of education was stressed in a call in January 1881 for the community to attend a teachers’ institute.

Dear Abby: I got a stepdad when I was a young teen. He never tried to replace my dad, and was very respectful of that relationship. I didn’t regard him as a father figure, but more as a relative, friend and a good man who has done a lot of good for my family.

Dear Harlan: How do you know when to tell a friend that her husband is cheating?

Cucumbers, part of the cucurbitaceous family, are warm season annuals (surviving only one season) grown for its edible fruit used mostly for slicing and pickling. Easy to grow, cucumbers prefer full sun, well drained, fertile soil with high organic matter and a pH near neutral (6.5-7.5). The…

Outside of the moon the easiest thing to find in the night sky, even in brightly lit urban areas, has to be the seven bright stars of the Big Dipper. As soon as it’s dark enough after sunset, look high in the northwestern sky for the Big Dipper hanging by its handle.

A baby born today has a Sun in Gemini and a Moon in Cancer if born before 3:20 a.m. Afterward, the Moon will be in Leo.

Dear Abby: My very best friend growing up was repeatedly raped by her father from around age 13. She told me when we were 17. I reported it to a policeman, but back then, they couldn’t do anything unless she reported it. She refused in order to protect her mother.

My brother Dave, sister-in-law, Holly, and I looked out the window at my parents’ backyard. It was a sublime scene as candles glowed on the tables where family and friends were celebrating the 40th anniversary of Joe and Mae Kozlowski at a party also staged by my brother Phil, his wife, Hele…

A baby born today has a Sun in Gemini and a Moon in Cancer.

A baby born today has a Sun and Moon in Gemini if born before 3:23 a.m. Afterward, the Moon will be in Cancer.

“The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by 28 Varietals and Blends” is a slim, single-subject volume that is just as compelling as any deep-dive cookbook. You will get to know those 28 varietals, some of which might seem precious, as they are not found on groce…

I did a double take when I saw the news. It was March — too early for April Fools’ Day. Yet there it was: New England IPA (NEIPA) had officially become a beer style.

Dear Abby: I’m turning 17 and live with my dad and his girlfriend. They have broken up four times, causing my dad and me to retreat to the basement where we live the peaceful, happy life we did before he met her.

A baby born today has a Sun and Moon in Gemini.

Note: Fourth in a series of stories in which former employees reflect on the consolidation of the Mount Carmel Item and the Shamokin News-Dispatch, forming The News-Item on Oct. 1, 1968.

SHAMOKIN — Shamokin City Council Monday night paid tribute to the Lawton W. Shroyer when it unanimously adopting a resolution renaming the Shamokin Community Pool the “Lawton W. Shroyer Memorial Pool.”

The arrival of a circus was usually an event met with joy in coal region towns in the 19th century.

Dear Abby: I tend to react poorly when someone pulls a prank on me. My reaction is usually anger, hurt or embarrassment, and I end up saying or doing things I later regret because emotion took over.

Everybody needs a hobby, or so I’ve heard. The nice aspect to seeking out a hobby is that you can explore an option, and if you don’t like it, you can drop it with no consequences. If you choose to excel at a hobby, this is totally your choice. You can just dabble. No grades are given and th…

As vegetable gardeners we look forward to bringing in an arm full of vegetables. Of these, tomatoes win the prize. Tomatoes may be the nation’s most popular garden vegetable. Whether you grow them in pots, raised beds or in a truck patch, you need to be aware of tomato diseases. Disease can …

It’s not unusual to see players on our high school’s varsity and JV baseball teams carrying personal equipment bags with 5 or 6 aluminum bats, like huge candles on a birthday cake for the Tin Man from “The Wizard of Oz.”

The incidence of tick-borne disease in the United States, including Lyme disease, continues to rise as Lyme-carrying ticks move into more areas of the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dear Harlan: My boyfriend’s mom is a monster. Whenever I see her, she’s just plain rude. She ignores me, as if I’m not in the room. This has been going on for six months — yes, six months. I thought she would warm up to me, but it’s the same as the first day we met. My boyfriend says it’s he…

A baby born today has a Sun in Gemini and a Moon in Taurus.

My vet tells me my 18-year-old cat is nearing the end of her life and I’m wondering what my options are for a green-friendly burial? — Sandy Monroe, New York, New York

Paul Metrocavage is retired from The News-Item for a decade now, but he remains a committed member of our team.

Dear Abby: I’m 16 and my parents are getting a divorce. It is really hard. They put me in the middle a lot in their arguments, like I’m a counselor. I have told them repeatedly I don’t like it, and they promise it won’t happen again, but it does.

A baby born today has a Sun in Gemini and a Moon in Aries.

While most kitchens today are equipped with a television, our viewing in that room is limited to the window above our sink. It only gets one channel, but typically the programming we find out the window is of better quality than what we would see by gazing at the TV screen.

A baby born today has a Sun in Gemini and a Moon in Aries.

Dear Abby: I have a friend who brags nonstop about her boyfriend, her job, her new car, etc. She only comes out of the woodwork every so often to text me things like, “Roy just got a $13 raise at work!” I respond with wholehearted support and congratulations, then don’t hear from her again u…

Dear Abby: My brother-in-law died a month ago and was cremated by the local affiliate of a prominent funeral home. To make it easier for my sister, I accompanied her to the mortuary to pick up her husband’s remains. I walked in alone, and as I returned to the car with his urn, a young funera…

A baby born today has a Sun in Gemini and a Moon in Pisces if born before 5:26 p.m. Afterward, the Moon will be in Aries.

Dr. Megan Ciborowski, a 2012 graduate of Shamokin Area Middle/High School, graduated summa cum laude from the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University during commencement on May 19.