Lehigh Valley Audubon Society

lv audobon society picture Have we not often looked up at the sky and wonder at some of the remarkable birds flying above us or just sitting on a tree limb? While we might not be bird watchers, most of us take pleasure in seeing these beautiful animals soar high above us or just flitter from tree to tree.

One of the benefits of living here is that we have the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society in our backyard. This is a group consisting of avid bird watchers and volunteers who take great pleasure in spotting, following and studying birds.

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Home Building for All Generations

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Since 1961 Kay Builders has designed and constructed thousands of homes for Lehigh Valley families. “We have built homes for young couples, growing families, and empty nesters,” says third generation owner and president of Kay Builders, Rick Koze. “We have always listened to our clients and built the homes that they wanted. We know what people like, and now we want to build a great home for aging seniors,” reveals Koze.

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St. Luke’s Hospitals Excel in Annual Medicare Comparison

st lukes hospitalSt. Luke’s University Health Network’s hospitals were awarded four stars this week in the annual Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) national ratings of hospitals. St. Luke’s University Hospital, St. Luke’s Allentown Hospital, St. Luke’s Anderson Hospital, St. Luke’s Miners Hospital and St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital all received four stars out of five. St. Luke’s Warren Hospital earned a 3-star rating.

The new rating summarizes up to 64 quality measures over seven categories that include mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging.

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Smallest Pacemaker to Lehigh Valley

Dr Nanda first patient 325x215St. Luke’s University Health Network is pleased to announce the successful implantation of the Medtronic Micra Transcatheter Pacing System, the first in northeastern Pennsylvania. Cardiac electrophysiologist Sudip Nanda, MD, performed the procedure to implant the pacemaker on Tuesday, August 9 at St. Luke’s University Hospital Bethlehem. Mary Molinari of Mount Pocono is not only the first patient in northeastern Pennsylvania to benefit from this new technology, she is a primary example of how St. Luke’s is providing better health care to the people of Monroe County.

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Senior Prom in Easton

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Third Street Alliance held its “Senior Prom” recently and had a very nice turnout. A formal party invitation was sent out announcing the event. The attendees were decked out in their finest outfits and had a wonderful time dancing to the tunes. This particular event was geared toward our more senior citizens. It gave them a chance to get out and “cut the rug” a bit. The event was held at the Alliance’s building at 41 North Third Street in Easton.

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Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended

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The Property Tax/Rent Re­bate program deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for rebates of rent and property taxes paid in 2015 has been extended from June 30 to December 31, 2016. The rebate program benefits eligi­ble Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.

The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. You can contact your local Area Agency on Aging, your local legislator or the Pennsylvania Departmentof Revenue at 1-888-222-9190 for an application. Applications are also available online at www.revenue.pa.gov.