From the Editor

joannbwDear Readers,

Welcome to our summer edition !Let’s start with an important reminder that May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Many people are under the mistaken notion that stroke is something that only affects the “older” population. The truth is, 10 percent of all stroke victims are between the ages of 18 and 50 years old. More alarmingly, when polled, 73 percent said they would NOT seek hospital treatment when faced with classic symptoms of weakness, numbness and impaired vision. They would simply “wait and see” if their symptoms went away on their own. Learning to recognize symptoms and calling 911 is critical to preventing devastating results such as brain damage, permanent weakness, paralysis and death. According to recent studies by the American Academy of Neurology, medical treatment within three hours of the first symptom can minimize or even reverse brain damage. On page 6, Murray S. Flaster, MD, PhD, Stroke Medical Director for Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, gives us critical information on how to spot a stroke FAST and what to do next. The information in this article is invaluable and could save the life of someone you love.

Inside this edition we welcome Dr. Barry Hazen, sports chiropractor and owner of Active Family Chiropractic in Willow Street; Darlene Eager, owner of DC Eager Emergency Services—specializing in mold removal; Alyssa Licatese, owner of Blossom Med Spa—celebrating five years of pampering treatments and relaxation; and newly renovated Kefi at Yorgos Mediterranean Taverna. The restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Lancaster, and the owners, the Katsaros family, invite you to stop in to enjoy summer dining in one of their beautiful new inside dining rooms, or you can dine outside on the summer deck with beautiful city views.

With Memorial Day, Father’s Day and the Fourth of July all celebrated in this edition, we’ve included articles honoring our military servicemen and servicewomen, and a special article about police officer Marvin L. Foltz, who was killed in the line of duty in Maytown, Pa., during a bank robbery in 1967. His daughter, Sylvia Foltz Breneman, shares her story of loss and remembrance in honor of all first responders. We extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all military personnel and first responders during this special time of remembrance. May God always protect them and their families.

With blessings and appreciation,
JoAnn Notargiacomo

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