If good health is a person's most valuable possession, the Friends of the Dalton Community Library are hoping that an event this weekend will help a person protect that investment.

The fourth annual Herb and Perennial Festival, sponsored by the Friends of the Dalton Community Library, will take place this Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dalton Fire Hall, 109 S. Turnpike Road. Guest speaker Maureen Rogers of Herb World will present "Herbal Remedies for Every Day Mishaps" at 9:30 a.m.

Rogers explained why it is important for people to learn about plant-based natural medicine.

"As medical costs become overwhelming, so many ailments can be 'fixed' using remedies Mother Nature gave us," she said. "Weeds like plantain can fix a bee sting or echinacea taken as a tincture can stop or minimize a cold. The latest research is showing that aloe powder taken as a powder or coconut oil used for cooking can reverse Alzheimer's Disease. You have to take these a specific way but they are showing significant progress and these are things we can get easily."

Besides Rogers' presentation, the festival will include a variety of herbs and perennials for sale, herb and garden-themed basket raffles and presentations from Master Gardeners trained by the Penn State Cooperative Extension.

Diana Dakey, a member of the Friends of the Dalton Community Library, explained that the festival is the largest annual event for the group.

"The Friends supplement the library's needs, as requested by the board of trustees," she said. "Projects supported in the past, to name a few, include basement flood restoration, inside/outside painting, exterior lighting, porch carpeting, flower beds and Lego donations for the Lego club."

Rogers explained that one of the benefits of an event like this is that it allows people to learn more about the differences between traditional and natural medicine.

"I came from a western medical home," she said. "My father was head of radiology while I was growing up, so I was pretty traditional. But I've been to China a few times, and I've had a pretty decent education in herbs and I definitely learn by experimenting. I don't see drugs being the answer. They can be life saving, but they are for short-term use. If you listened to the possible side effects in the commercials, I have to seriously consider whether I would take them."

Dalton has other things happening this Saturday besides the Herb and Perennial Festival. The annual 2-mile whole road of yard sales will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. along North Turnpike Road from Dalton at the Dalton Pharmacy to LaPlume at the LaPlume Post Office where Turnpike Road meets Rte. 438.