Justin Kocis, Smart Talk Associate Producer

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2019 books-as-gifts guide

By Smart Talk and Justin Kocis

Rules of the road

Thanksgiving week is the busiest travel time of the year. According to the AAA, there will be more than 55 million Americans hitting the roads and taking to the skies this year. This high traffic volume, and an overall increase of more than one million expected travelers, could make the roads a bit more dangerous.  

By Justin Kocis

Countdown to Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November. This holiday is a day to enjoy family and be thankful for life’s blessings. Joining Smart Talk is Chef Donna Desfor to talk about holiday food preparation and much more.

By Justin Kocis

Gettysburg College welcomes new president

Also, Haiti at a breaking point, what is happening in the island nation
By Justin Kocis and Smart Talk

Caution: Flu season is here, are you prepared?

The United States is preparing for a potentially dangerous flu season this winter. This is based on data from Australia who have experienced one of their deadliest flu seasons on record. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention uses Australia as a predictor for our flu season.

By Justin Kocis

Breast Cancer Awareness; are we making progress?

The statistics are alarming: nearly one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over her lifetime. This year it is estimated that 268,600 new cases will be diagnosed. For Pennsylvania, the CDC ranks the state 11 out of 50 in breast cancer occurrences.

By Scott LaMar and Justin Kocis

Food allergies can be life-threatening

The Teal Pumpkin Project strives to eliminate the danger at Halloween
By Justin Kocis

Myths and misconceptions about Pennsylvania’s black bears

Many myths and misconceptions surround black bears. For instance, they are not always black, some are a cinnamon color. Depending on where they live, black bears exhibit different “denning” times, pelt color and movement patterns, so there are unique qualities within the population.

By Smart Talk and Justin Kocis

Pa. National Guard suicides occurring at an alarming rate

In the past four years, 26 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard have died by suicide. The problem is so significant that Governor Tom Wolf instituted a Task Force to help mitigate the influx of suicides in the civilian-soldier population.

By Justin Kocis

What will your obituary say about you?

When a family member or friend passes away, capturing their memories can be a challenging process. Obituaries are an essential part of someone’s life and an important way to continue someone’s legacy. However, are we prepared to write an obituary?

By Scott LaMar and Justin Kocis
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