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Growing Green: Warm winter effect on insects in spring

Friday, April 17, 2020 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Spotted lanternflies, brown marmorated stink bugs, boxelder bugs, mosquitoes, flies.

When will they be hatching or coming out of dormancy?

Will the 2019-2020 winter of warm temperatures in the Lehigh Valley increase insect populations in the spring?

Winters of extremely cold temperatures also influence insect populations for a following spring and summer.

The answer to both questions may surprise you.

Winter weather has little influence on insect...

Healthy Geezer: From bifocals to trifocals to contacts

Friday, April 17, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First part

Q. I’m getting fed up with my bifocals and I want to make a change to something else. What are my options?

This is a big subject that is important to seniors, so I’m going to do a series of columns on the topic.

I want to start out with my personal history because it is a perfect example of the universal problem of correcting faulty vision as we age.

When I reached my early 40s, I noticed that my right arm was getting too short to hold books at the...

The Family Project: Pandemic can’t overrule custody agreement

Friday, April 17, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My ex-husband and I have a court-ordered visitation schedule, and he wants to continue with that visitation order during the coronavirus pandemic. The children are with me. I have not been sending them to their father’s home. Their father is not in agreement with me, What are some ways to handle this situation?

Panelist Mike Daniels took the lead in dealing with this question, including checking with the courts.

“There are two separate issues here,” Daniels said. “The first...

Respectfully Yours: Don’t be socially-distant in postponing wedding

Friday, April 17, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I am heartbroken, but we’ve made the decision to postpone our wedding ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic. What is the best way to let guests know we are postponing our wedding and what do we do about gifts we already received?

Dear Reader,

It’s a difficult act of love to postpone your ceremony in light of the requirement for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Postponing your wedding celebration can feel overwhelming, but...

High School Musicals

Friday, April 17, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The High School Musicals series began Feb. 19 and concludes April 15 in the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section.

Students, teachers and school districts put time, effort and money into their theater productions. It was important to maintain the Focus section series. With schools closed, consult district websites for information.

The 18th annual Freddy Awards ceremony, 7-10 p.m. May 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, was to have been telecast live on WFMZ and wfmz.com...

DIERUFF: ‘Cabaret’

Friday, April 17, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Life in Weimar Germany is in the spotlight with “Cabaret,” at 7 p.m. April 23, 24, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 25, auditorium, Dieruff High School, 815 N. Irving St., Allentown.

“Cabaret,” based on John Van Druten’s 1951 play “I Am a Camera,” which was adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s 1939 novel, “Goodbye to Berlin,” has music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Joe Masteroff.

Dieruff director-producer Sarah Pastelyak is assisted by assistant director Nicholas...

NOTRE DAME: ‘Annie’

Friday, April 17, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Notre Dame presents “Annie,” America’s favorite Great Depression-era orphan, at 7 p.m. April 24, 25 and 2 p.m. April 26, auditorium, Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church Road, Bethlehem Township.

The musical, based on the comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie,” created by Harold Gray, has music is by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan.

Notre Dame director Sharon Lencheski is assisted by choreographer Erin Griffith, student dance captain Sierra Irving...

Freddy Awards will not be presented ‘in its usual form,’ but producers are working on WFMZ telecast for May 21

Sunday, April 12, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

While the Freddy Awards per se will not be presented, an April 9 press release statement from Shelley Brown, President and CEO, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, seems to raise the curtain on some possibilities.

“With Governor Wolf’s school-closure announcement today [April 9], it has become impossible for us to present our annual live television special in its usual form,” Brown, Executive Producer, Freddy Awards, stated in the press release, adding, “We are working with our...