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Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy, creative campers to return for ‘City Arts’

Friday, May 26, 2017 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

The 19th annual “City Arts Cultural Camp for Kids” takes place June 26 - 30. This fantastic opportunity is open to youngsters ages of 7 - 10.

The camp, a collaborative project of the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown Symphony Association, The Baum School of Art, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Community Music School, and Repertory Dance Theatre, allows campers to learn about the arts while participating in activities and classes at each one of these Allentown arts nonprofits.


Movie Review: ‘Guardians Vol. 2’

Friday, May 26, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” brings the usual crew of galactic misfits back for an entertaining mix of 1970s-era mix-tape music, galactic shenanigans and a summer movie season of bountiful quips.

The best part, though, is that writer-director James Gunn was to the movie superhero spoof genre born (writer-director, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” 2014; “Super,” 2010; “Slither,” 2006; writer, “Dawn of the Dead,” 2004; “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” 2004; “Scooby-Doo,” 2002; “The...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, May 26, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, May 24: Apricot nectar, spaghetti with meat sauce, parmesan cheese, tossed salad with Italian dressing, Italian bread with margarine, applesauce.

Thursday, May 25- Memorial Day meal: Hot dog with kraut, baked beans, red potato salad, fresh cantaloupe, iced brownie.

Friday, May 26: Orange juice, chicken and grape salad on a croissant, marinated vegetable salad, cranberry coconut macaroon.

Monday, May 29: Closed for...

Freddy Awards area nominees listed

Friday, May 26, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The 2017 Freddy Awards Ceremony will be broadcast at 7 p.m. May 25 on 69 WFMZ-TV and from the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.

Emmaus High School’s “Miss Saigon” received 18 Freddy nominations, the most of any nominated high school musical production in the 2017 Freddy Awards.

Parkland High School’s “Pippin” was next with 17. Southern Lehigh High School’s “Sister Act” received 12. Dieruff High School’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” received 12. Rounding out the Top Five...

Healthy Geezer: Beta-blockers

Friday, May 26, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I heard that taking beta-blockers for high blood pressure is not a good idea. I take a beta-blocker, so should I ask my doctor to take me off it?

One study found that beta-blockers may increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke if you are using them to treat high blood pressure alone. Beta blockers also treat other conditions such as heart failure. If you are taking a beta-blocker, discuss it with your doctor. Warning: Don’t stop taking the drug on your own. More than...

Article By: The Press

Friday, May 26, 2017 by The Press in Focus


The name of the character, Roy Cohn, portrayed by Barry Glassman in Civic Theatre of Allentown’s production of “Angels In America: Part 1: Millennium Approaches,” was incorrect in a Theater Review of the show published on Page B9 of the May 10 and 11 Focus section.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, May 26, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, May 24: Peach glazed pork chops, whipped yams, summer vegetables, plums.

Thursday, May 25: Braised beef dip, parmesan potatoes, broccoli, seasonal fruit.

Friday, May 26: Chef’s salad with turkey and ham, cheese, croutons, ranch dressing.

Monday, May 29: Centers closed. Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 30: Pineapple glazed ham, mashed yams, green beans, seasonal fruit, mini muffin, graham crackers.

Wednesday, May...

Bud’s View: Hum with hummingbirds

Sunday, May 21, 2017 by BUD COLE in Focus

Spring has definitely sprung with birds coming and going.

Many bird species visit for a specific period of time each year. The slate-colored juncos arrive in November, stay for the winter and head north in April.

The juncos leave about the same time as when the ruby-throated hummingbirds come from the south to spend spring, summer and early fall here. The final day we saw juncos in our yard was April 25. White-throated sparrows are also winter visitors that head north in early...

Growing Green: strawberry fields forever

Sunday, May 21, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Growing your own strawberries is one of the most rewarding gardening activities.

Since strawberries are a perennial plant, they can produce a bountiful crop for four years when properly cared for, and they are not difficult to grow.

There are two types of strawberries.

The most common type is June-bearing, which does not produce a crop the first year, but produces an abundant, early summer crop for the next four years.

The other type is called day-neutral. These...

Article By: The Press

Sunday, May 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Here is the list of the 2017 Freddy Awards nominations.

The 2017 Freddy Awards Ceremony will be broadcast at 7 p.m. May 25 on 69 WFMZ-TV and from the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.

Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra

Bangor Area, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”

Easton Area, “Anything Goes”

Emmaus, “Miss Saigon (School Edition)”

Freedom, “Peter Pan”

Hackettstown, “42nd Street”

Liberty, “West Side Story”