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Friday, June 23, 2017

Theater Review: Roscioli remarkable in PSF ‘Evita’

Monday, June 19, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To begin with, to paraphrase Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Eva Peron was dead. And yet, not unlike the Ghost of Jacob Marley, the spirit of Eva Peron is still with us.

The musical, “Evita,” begins with the funeral of Eva Peron, and then rewinds magnificently, fascinatingly and somewhat shockingly through the twists and turns of her youth, cabaret success, and movie actress fame to that of First Lady of Argentina at age 27.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF)...

Theater Review: ‘Hair’ is the love at MSMT

Monday, June 19, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s the 50th anniversary of “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.”

“Hair” was post-hairspray. Young women let Aqua Net on the shelf, ironed their hair, or went Afro. Young men let Brylcreem on the shelf and skipped the barber.

“Hair” was pre-”Hairspray.” It set the stage for other non-book Broadway musicals (“Company,” “Godspell,” “Pippin”).

“Hair” is of a time, a time that now seems long ago, naive and quaint. It not only seems long ago. It was long ago: a half...

Here comes summer: Schnecksville Fair heralds arrival of area festival season

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

“Country Scenes … Blue Ribbon Dreams” is the theme for the 34th annual Schnecksville Community Fair, June 20 - 24, Schnecksville Fire Company, Route 309, near Lehigh Carbon Community College, North Whitehall Township.

“There will be plenty of amusement rides, live entertainment, food and exhibits, so be sure to mark your calendars,” says Fair president Emory Minnich.

The Fair opens at 5 p.m. June 20 - 23 and at 3 p.m. June 24

Judging day is June 19 when the Fair is not...

Growing Green: Spotted Lanternfly

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

In an attempt to eradicate the Spotted Lanternfly, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has issued a quarantine order for 75 municipalities in portions of and-or all of Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties.

Officials are trying to protect landscape and agricultural businesses.

Residents in affected areas are being asked to help with the quarantine.

In March, Salisbury Township and Coopersburg borough were added to the PDA Spotted...

A wicked role for Roscioli

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Broadway star Dee Roscioli credits her time at Wilson Area High School under drama teacher Danny Kaye with opening her eyes to what her voice could do.

“At Wilson, I got to play my first lead and learned about my voice,” says the Wilson Borough native and Wilson, Class of 1995 graduate.

Roscioli, who has played the lead role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, in the Broadway hit production of “Wicked,” as well as the national tour, more than any other actress, returns to her Lehigh...

Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, June 14: Salisbury steak, whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cookie.

Thursday, June 15: Turkey with gravy, biscuit, peas and carrots, Mandarin orange.

Friday, June 16: Chicken Caesar salad, oatmeal cookie, fresh fruit.

Monday, June 19: Pulled pork, vegetable medley, peaches.

Tuesday, June 20: Crab cake, roasted potatoes, diced beets.

Wednesday, June 21: Barbecued chicken, lentils, carrots, tropical fruit...

Allentown Fair entry booklets available for contests, exhibits

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Great Allentown Fair’s Premium List booklets detailing the procedures and categories for entering the Fair’s Blue-Ribbon competitions are now available at the Allentown Fairground’s main and box offices. PDF versions are available for downloading at allentownfairpa.org.

Placement ribbons and cash prizes are awarded in each of the exhibitor categories judged just prior and throughout Fair week, Aug. 29 - Sept. 4. There are contests for youth entrants in addition to the all-age...

Keystone Press Awards presented to The Press

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Representatives of The Press newspapers attended the annual Pennsylvania Media Association Keystone Press Awards Banquet in the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, Lancaster.

Lehigh Valley Press received 20 Professional Keystone Press Awards in the 2017 contest for work published in 2016.

Of the 20 awards received by The Press newspapers, the Bethlehem Press and its contributors received 17 Keystones. The Bethlehem Press received the Sweepstakes Award in its division for the...

‘DaPooch’ show

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

TOUCHSTONE:

Touchstone Theatre presents a sensory-friendly performance of “DaPooch, or The Story of Poochie’s Three Hundred and Seventy-Second Birthday and How the Hunga Munga Munga Saved His Life,” 11 a.m. June 20, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

“DaPooch” is performed by master storyteller and Touchstone co-founder Bill George, who conceived of the fictional world of Poochie as a story for his children.

For this performance, “DaPooch” is adapted to be...

Healthy Geezer: cosmetics use

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Are cosmetics safe?

Cosmetics include makeup, hair dyes, perfumes, skin creams, lotions, nail polishes, toothpastes and deodorants. Unlike drugs, which are used to treat or prevent disease, cosmetics do not affect the body’s structure or functions.

In 1938, Congress passed the U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act to protect consumers. Under the law, cosmetics must be made and packaged in clean factories; cannot contain poison, rotten, or harmful ingredients; may only use color...