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LUZERNE COUNTY – The Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross conducts community blood drives throughout the month.

Donors who are 16 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in relatively good health may give blood every 56 days.

In addition to those listed below, blood drives are conducted at the Red Cross regional blood center, 29 New Commerce Boulevard, Hanover Industrial Park, Mondays and Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m.; Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon. Collections also take place every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hazleton Chapter House, 165 Susquehanna Boulevard, Hazleton.

For information, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE, ext. 2150.

A list of area blood donation sites follows:

Today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, 1000 E. Mountain Dr., Plains Township; 1-6 p.m., Trucksville United Methodist Church, Church Road.

Wednesday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Nesbitt Medical Arts Building, 560 Wyoming Ave., Kingston.

Thursday, 12:30-6 p.m., Plains American Legion, 101 E. Carey St.; 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., King’s College, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre.

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 175 S. Main Road, Mountain Top.

Monday, 1-6 p.m., Meadows Nursing Center, 55 W. Center Hill Road, Dallas; 12:30-6:30 p.m., Wyoming Valley Chapter House, 256 N. Sherman St., Wilkes-Barre.

WILKES-BARRE - The 2008 Health Fair sponsored by the Jewish Community Center Barras Health Fair and Guard Insurance Center Wellness Sub Committee will be held at the JCC at 60 S. River St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

“Tune in to Your Health” is open to the community free of charge and will feature fitness- and health-related information, financial wellness tips and health screenings. Visitors will be eligible to win prizes.

Screenings will include glucose and blood pressure, oral cancer, vision and glaucoma and hearing. Organizations exhibiting are Behavior Association of Wyoming Valley, Family Services Association of Wyoming Valley; American Lung Association, American Diabetes Association, Cross Valley Chiropractic Center, Lupus Foundation, Northeast Rehabilitation (acupuncturist), Working CareGiver Initiative, PA State Police, Wachovia Bank, AFLAC and PNC Bank. For more information, contact the JCC at 824-4646.

NANTICOKE - The Luzerne County Community College Center for Workplace Wellness will host a two-part seminar on Sept. 25 from 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m., at the College’s Educational Conference Center. Registration fee is $95.The program will include a presentation on “Health and Productivity Management” and a panel discussion on “How Workplace Wellness Plays a Role in Economic Development.” To register, contact LCCC at 740-0602 or (800) 377-LCCC, extension 602 or rmccaffrey@ luzerne.edu.

HAZLETON - The Gunderson Rehabilitation Center at Hazleton General Hospital will hold its annual patient reunion from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday in the Hazleton General Hospital Cafeteria (lower level). All former patients of the center are invited to the reunion, which celebrates life after rehabilitation.

PLAINS TWP. - The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center is sponsoring a program in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The program will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. in the Recreation Room, located on the second floor of the medical center. Keynote speaker will be PA Superior Court Judge Correale R. Stevens. The program is open to the public. For information, call 830-7042.


Dr. Joseph Costello has joined the volunteer medical staff at the Care and Concern Free Health Clinic of Pittston. Costello will be present on the first Wednesday of every month to address foot and ankle problems and diabetic foot care for patients without medical insurance. The clinic is located at 37 William St. (the former Seton Catholic High School) and is open Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; patients are asked to register by 6:30 p.m.

Peter Amato, president and founder of Inner Harmony Wellness Center, formerly of Clarks Summit, announces that five new practitioners have joined the Inner Harmony offices, which have relocated to the Mercy Hospital Annex Building on Jefferson Avenue in Scranton:

Dr. Thomas J. Villeneuve, Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, is a 1968 graduate of the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Ill. He has served as a director of the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Society and as chairman of the Health Systems Agency of NEPA. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Society. Before joining the staff of the Inner Harmony Wellness Center, Dr. Villeneuve provided chiropractic services as the owner of the Villeneuve Chiropractic Center for more than 35 years. He is also the only certified provider of Biocranial Therapy in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Dr. Don Strasburger, Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, is a 1997 graduate of the New York Chiropractic College. He has practiced in Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, Northeast Pennsylvania and Pasadena, Calif. He treats neck and back pain, muscular tension, injuries and chronic headaches and offers chiropractic stress management techniques.

Lisa Dorn, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, has been a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner for nine years, having graduated from The University of Scranton’s M.S.N./Family Nurse Practitioner program. She obtained her B.S.N. from Niagara University’s School of Nursing. She has worked in women’s health and college health, as well as in family practice settings. She is also a nursing instructor with The Career Technology Center.

Donna Florimonte, Registered Nurse and board-certified colon therapist, an RN for more than 30 years, has operated the Waverly Wellness Center for 10 years. She received her board certification in colon therapy from the Optimum Health Institute in Southern California and she is also certified in massage and manual and electro-lymphatic drainage.

Eileen Chaleff-Wein, board certified acupuncturist, has been practicing traditional Chinese medicine since 1999. She operated a private practice in Milford for the last 7 years. A graduate of New York’s Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, she has studied and worked in Beijing, China, in general practices hospitals and has completed internships in American medical offices that practiced sports medicine, fertility support and oncology.

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