Meek Photos: Quality Photography In Selinsgrove, PA

Billie Comp Card with vitals. 300x214 Meek Photos: Quality Photography In Selinsgrove, PAMeek Photos is owned by Selorm and Rachel Dzaka (a husband and wife team). Selorm and Rachel met while they were both pursuing their undergraduate degrees at Messiah College. Selorm’s passion for photography and Rachel’s administrative prowess led them to start  Meek Photos.
 We offer photography services for events such as weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events. We have an onsite studio where we do family, senior and personal portraits. Our portraits sessions may be held at a location of your choice or in our studio. We do head shots for businesses. In addition, we have a mobile photo studio which can be set up at the premises of your event or in your home for a family session. Furthermore, we provide a complete package to help build a professional modeling portfolio.
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*Birthday/Other Parties
​*Corporate FunctionsPORTRAITS
*Family Portraits
*Senior Portraits
*Personal Portraits
*Infant/Baby SessionsPHOTO RESTORATION
*Bring your old ripped / Faded pictures and we will do our best to restore it and reprint it on quality paper

*We have art and fine art for sale in our store.

We are currently located at 6 N Market St, Selinsgrove PA 17870 but we generally serve all of Pennsylvania and are willing to travel out of state as long as travel expenses are covered. Please visit us at to see examples of our work or give us a call at 570-209-2724 .You can also check us out on our Facebook page at
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The Benefits of Yoga

By G. White

Staff Writer


A regular yoga practice can offer all kinds of mental and physical health benefits.

Beginning classes can teach you all you need to know to get started. Not quite sure if yoga is for you, here are a few of the many benefits that may help you give yoga a try.

Yoga: The Physical Benefits

Flexibility: As we age, flexibility naturally decreases. Yoga can ameliorate this benefits The Benefits of Yoga

Strength: Many yoga poses require you to support the weight of your own body in new ways, thus making you stronger over time.

Muscle tone: As a result of getting stronger, you can expect to see increased muscle tone.

Balance: Improved balance is one of the most important benefits of yoga as you get older.

Yoga: The Mental Benefits

Mental Calmness: Yoga introduces you to various meditation techniques that can help you disengage from negative and stressful thoughts. Because of the concentration required, daily troubles seem to melt away, helping you put your problems into perspective.

Body Awareness: Doing yoga can lead to improved posture and greater self-confidence.

If you decide to give yoga a try it, you will soon find that it can be addicting.

We Can: Danville Business Will “Get You Canned”

By Pete Rickert Jr.

we can Pete Rickert Sr and Pete Rickert Jr 280x300 We Can: Danville Business Will Get You CannedWhat started as a father-son dream has turned into a successful business venture for Pete Rickert Sr. and Pete Rickert Jr. of Danville, Pennsylvania. In 2012, Pete Jr. came up with the idea for this unique business when he read about a similar company from San Diego.

We Can brings all the amenities of canning wine and craft beers to breweries without having to make a huge investment.

“The biggest benefit to our customers is not having to spend over 100K to start canning,” Pete Jr. said. “The equipment itself is very expensive.”

We Can not only brings the man power, but the equipment, providing on-site work as well as making the canning process easy for their customers.

We Can offers label installation, can warehousing to customers who purchase printed cans and we can mobile canning trailer 300x300 We Can: Danville Business Will Get You Cannedlabel warehousing and inventory management for customers who use labeled cans. Can sizes come in 12 and 16 ounces and custom printed six and four-pack printed carriers and custom printed beer trays are also available.

Headquartered in Pennsylvania, We Can has traveled as far as Lexington, Kentucky, to provide service to customers. While We Can was started by Pete Sr. and Pete Jr., to keep up with the influx of business, there are now several other full time employees with We Can: Jason Cichoskie, Tyler Ferguson, Mario Tolino and Dave McCracken.

While the process of canning may seem tedious, Pete Jr. said We Can assists in every single step and can currently can about three barrels an hour, or 55 cases. We Can also focuses on a quick turn around time and attention to quality, as well as customer service.

The next time you are enjoying your favorite craft beer from a local brewery or a locally produced wine remember that We Can may have been responsible for making it portable!

For more information, visit

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High Performance Housing Tour – State College, PA

scott chambers realtor High Performance Housing Tour   State College, PAIn my last article I focused on what is referred to as “high performance housing” (HPH). Space is too limited here to fully describe these kind of properties and the principles behind their design and operation. So, in the name of the old saying that a “picture is worth a thousand words”, it will now be possible for you to come and see exactly what high performance housing is all

. It will also include a relatively new winery and some other local housing that are all designed and built to meet the Energy Star criteria and designation.

The tour will stretch from Boalsburg to Julian and back to State College. People are welcome to stop at individual houses throughout the tour, or if you are looking for a full Saturday you can start in Boalsburg, visit all the properties and receive a prize at the closing event at the Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery.

To fully appreciate the thoughtful design and construction of high performance housing you have to see it “in action”. Each stop will have information about what makes their property Energy Star certified and people will be on hand to discuss aspects of the properties on site.

At the end of the day we will be doing a wrap up event at the Happy Valley Vineyard &Winery. There will be information shared about the design and development of the winery as well as an opportunity to have some discussion on the properties that were available throughout the tour.
Admission is the cost of your gas. You can take in the entire tour or stop by one or two. Come and see what is possible. For more information please contact me at

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Raising A Confident Teen

By G. White

Staff Writer

raising a confident teen Raising A Confident TeenConfidence is one’s belief in their own ability. Confident people aren’t afraid to do or even try new things. Teens who are confident grow up to have a good sense of self and become happy adults.

As parents, we can help our teens become confident. You do can this by providing a positive home environment that stresses firm but fair discipline. Other ways you can help is by letting your teen make their own choices. If your teen makes the wrong choice, don’t criticize, just help them understand the consequences of their choices and offer support if needed.

Learn from each other. Things were greatly different when you were a teen. Even though times were different, the situations most teens get into are often the same. Use some of your experiences to help shape your teen. Spend time with your teen but let them decide on the activity. This will give you a peek into their “teen world”, and you will have a chance to become closer as a result.

There are many other ways to help your teen become confident. Be willing to bend a little, even break the traditional rules of parenting at times. You only have a short period of time before they will be out and conquering the world. Give them the confidence to do so!!



How To Live Well with Positive Thinking

By G. White

Staff Writer

positive thinking How To Live Well with Positive ThinkingI am sure that you remember the famous question asked regarding optimism or pessimism – “Is you glass half-empty or half-full?” Your answer reflects your outlook on life and your attitude towards yourself. Your answer can also affect your health.

Positive thinking lets you think the best is going to happen in any situation. Being negative makes you to only think the worst in any situation. But don’t despair, anyone can learn to be positive. To help you, consider some of the many benefits of being positive:

  • increased life span
  • lower rate of depression
  • lower level of stress
  • greater resistance to the common cold
  • better coping skills
  • reduce risk of heart attack

Also, people who are positive often do not smoke or drink in excess…or at all.

Focusing on positive thinking is easy, it just takes a little practice. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • identify areas to change
  • check your attitude throughout the day
  • smile and laugh more often
  • follow a healthy lifestyle
  • hang out with positive people
  • practice positive self-talk

If you tend to be pessimistic, things won’t change overnight. But with daily practice, you can become Miss Sunshine!

Burlesque Comes to Central PA – The Courtyard Theater

burlesque selinsgrove courtyard theater large Burlesque Comes to Central PA   The Courtyard Theater          Selinsgrove – They’ve been called; high art, naughty, glitzy, and reminiscent of the 20′s. But the Boston Babydolls are certainly an award-winning burlesque troop that will appear at the Courtyard Theater in the Susquehanna Valley Mall on Friday night, August 1st. The one-night show called “Madame Burlesque”, features Miss Mina Murray, Betty Blaze, Brigitte Bisioux, Devora Darling and Stella Diamond. The show is hosted by Scratch, who doesn’t take off his clothes, but is a pretty funny guy and does some impressive magic.

, The Improper Bostonian and The Weekly Dig and run the only Burlesque school on New England, called the Boston Academy of Burlesque Education, appropriately abbreviated B.A.B.E..

The troupe has performed all over the US and has shared the stage with legends of the art form such as Angie Pontani, Kitten Deville and the immortal Tempest Storm.

So what brings them to Selinsgrove, PA you may wonder?

“Our theater has been receiving mentions in hundreds of newspapers across the country”, says Art Lieberman, the theater’s producer. “Proof of the pudding is the fact that if you Google ‘The Courtyard Theater plus Selinsgrove’, you’ll see our schedule of shows listed in online newspapers from cities all over the country. We now have started to be approached by all kinds of shows, from the eastern seaboard who are on their way to cities in the Midwest, and who want a stopover engagement for one night and are also willing to perform for rates that we could never afford if we booked them directly. The Boston Babydolls are the cream of that crop.”

How will this risqué show go over in Central PA? Lieberman and his partner Bob Taylor are optimistic that the show will find an audience even here in staid Central PA. So optimistic, in fact that they have already scheduled another burlesque event called Billtown Burlesque on October 17th and 18th, under the direction of Isaac Conner, a veteran of several plays at the Courtyard Theater. Strangely enough, early ticket orders for the burlesque show seem to be coming from older women rather than men.

Madame Burlesque is rated PG-17, of course, and is not for the purists in our area. But The Boston Babydolls are a sensation in the “very proper” Boston area and they are like a time-machine ride to a prohibition-era party, except the police and religious fanatics won’t bother you if you attend and neither will the management of the Susquehanna Valley Mall who are well aware of the show’s content.

The performance of the show will begin at 8:00 PM on Friday, August 1st, rather than the 7:00 PM start time of other shows at the Courtyard.

Tickets are available on the theater’s website at, by phone at the box office at 570-374-0060 from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM weekdays and at the theater itself, 3 hours before any show.

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Tickets are available for “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp”, the play which will be held this Saturday, performed by the students of the Young Person’s Dramatic Academy, the theater’s summer camp. The tickets are only $5.00 for the play which will begin at 7:00 PM. The tickets are only available in advance by phone at 570-374-0060 by credit card and the tickets can be found at the will call window at the theater, OR at 6:15 to 6:45 PM at the theater. The production is sponsored by Garfield’s Restaurant and Subway at the mall, both of whom offer discounted meals prior to and after the performance.


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Diabetes and Depression: How The Right Diet Can Help

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Christina Major

There is a strong link to sugar for both diabetes and depression. Both are influenced by serotonin, a hormone of great interest because of its ability to determine depression.

When we eat sugar, our bodies produce insulin, a hormone. This is not an isolated mechanism, however. The carbs also stimulate the body to produce serotonin. More complex: the insulin increases the body’s ability to move proteins away from a particular receptor that reads for tryptophan, which is the precursor and controller of serotonin. Basically, sugar clears the path for tryptophan to enter the brain.

So, that would be good, right? A high carb diet would make people feel better.

The only problem is that Type 2 Diabetics have the highest rate of depression and the lowest rate of serotonin production of all diseases.

A high carb diet doesn’t actually make people feel better.

Here’s why:

  • Insulin is a short acting hormone
  • When insulin production slows, we demand more sugars
  • This stimulates more insulin production

o This is the sugar highs and lows diabetics go through

o It causes high A1C levels

o It causes high blood glucose levels

o It destroys the pancreas

o It causes insulin resistance

o It causes neuropathy

  • Slowly, the body becomes dependent on sugar for serotonin production, abandoning other natural stimulants
  • As the body becomes insulin resistant, tryptophan can’t get to it’s receptor

o This is the start of depression

Many psychologists and  It’s called a low carb, natural foods diet.

This diet works because of the increased availability of tryptophan in the diet and a steady amount of insulin in the blood.

In low carb eating, the body is able to slow the absorption of sugars and release of insulin, thus extending the time in which insulin remains in the blood. The diet is richer in foods containing tryptophan, because it is a natural diet, not because it contains more meat. In fact, in proper low-carb diets, there is a reduction in the amount of meat eaten at any one point, and a total reduction of meats. The quality is vastly improved, and we require less to meet our needs. In proper low carb plans, bacon, deli meats, and ham are banned because they are low quality foods.

As the body adjusts to the lower amounts of sugars on a daily basis, the body begins to behave more naturally. The insulin works slower, and time allows more tryptophan to be exposed to the receptors. Where there is more tryptophan, there is more serotonin production.

People on proper low-carb diets are happier and healthier. A person should work with a nutritionist who is experienced with low-carb diets before attempting them.

Christina Major, The Health Recovery Expert, helps people recover from Type 2 Diabetes, High Cholesterol, and High Blood Pressure. Many of her clients report feeling happier and several have completely become free of medications for depression. Call 570-975-1615 or go to for more info.

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Are You Talking to Your Daughters About Women’s Health?

Mothers, daughters, granddaughters… You wouldn’t trust just anyone with your care! That’s why you need to think carefully about your choice for a women’s health provider. Libby Meadow, CRNP and Fred Teichman, MD in Sunbury Pa., have been providing compassionate and personalized health care for women in the Central Pennsylvania for over thirty years!

Central Penn Women’s Health Specialties Include:

• Well woman exams from adolescents to “mature” women
• Contraceptive care
• PAP smears, HPV screening
• STD screening, treatment, and follow-up
• Health and wellness counseling
• Pregnancy testing
• Evaluation and treatment of common infections
• Breast cancer screening and problem evaluation
• Problems with menstruation – too much, too little, too
many, too few
• Fertility, Infertility
• Urinary tract problems like incontinence or infections
• Menopause health promotion and problem management
• Screening for general health problems

The American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends girls should receive their first women’s health care visit for health promotion, education and prevention when they are 13-15 years old, or when they become sexually active, whichever comes first. The first visit for young girls may just include a talk and no exam. Your appointment will usually start with a general health check.

. Choose a provider who will take the time to talk to you and more importantly – one who will listen to you.

libby meadow CRNP Are You Talking to Your Daughters About Womens Health?Libby Meadow, CRNP A CRNP is a certified registered nurse practitioner with advanced education and clinical training. CRNPs work closely with physicians, to provide coordinated, comprehensive, quality women’s health care. CRNP’s provide holistic, comprehensive health care to evaluate your health, diagnose reviewing all available health information, manage problems by personalizing your care,
promote your good health by ordering screenings, prescribe preventive therapy, and collaborate with you to enhance your best health

Libby is Certified as a Women’s Health Care nurse practitioner. She is a friendly and caring expert in her field who always listens and is easy to talk to. She is a strong advocate for women’s health and women’s rights. Libby works closely with Dr. Teichman at Central Penn Women’s Health to provide coordinated, comprehensive, quality health care. Call 570-286-0608 today for your appointment ~ We are welcoming new patients!

“No one has treated me as well! I appreciate that you are advocates of my health. I appreciate Libby
and Dr. T so much! It took me a long time to find someone who cared.” ~ Tammy

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Permanent Makeup – Tattoo Removal – Aureole Re-pigmentation

lories beauty salon permanenteyeliner Permanent Makeup   Tattoo Removal   Aureole Re pigmentationWant to Save Time and Money? Permanent makeup pigments are made of Iron Oxide base colorants. These colorants have been used in the cosmetic industry for years and are found in candy, confectionery pills. How is Permanent makeup performed? Sterilized, disposable needles are used to implant desire color or remove color into the dermis layer of the skin. With Permanent Makeup re-enhancements or maintenance may be desired for some people (5-10 years).
Depending on the bodies ability to hold pigment.

Permanent Makeup Removal

Thinking of Removing that Tattoo? EliminInk Tattoo Removal is a unique system utilizing the latest binding technology for safe removal of unwanted tattoos. EliminInk is designed to bond with the original tattoo ink/pigment, and then draw the ink to the surface. DermRenu, a scar inhibitor
which is built into the ElininInk solution (as well as being a stand-alone product that is used as part of the after-care program) is designed to minimize or prevent scarring.

Aureole Re-pigmentation

Consider After Breast Surgery Natural-looking Option? Aureole re-pigmentation is an elective procedure that is the final step for many in breast reconstruction. Today many women choose to have nipple/areola tattooing because it is less invasive than tissue grafting, heals quickly and looks most natural when applied by an expert. Soft tissue can be unpredictable and so the breast mounds and/or scars can be constant reminders of cancer. Clients feel that Areola Tattooing provides the
esthetic “finishing touch” after breast surgery that helps them to focus on “living” giving them a renewed sense of confidence and esteem.

Please contact me today at (814) 339-6823 or email to set up an appointment. Visit my website at:

Prices: Eyeliner $375.00, Eyebrows $375.00,
Lips $500.00 – all include follow up.

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