The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has wiped out yet another 2020 entertainment staple: funnel cakes and all that goes with it at the granddaddy of all events in the Lehigh Valley, The Great Allentown Fair, Sept. 1-7.
It’s only the third time that the Fair has been canceled in its 169-year history.
The last time the Fair was canceled was in 1917 and 1918 when the 48-acre Allentown Fairgrounds became a staging area and training camp, known as Camp Crane, for the United States Army Ambulance Service during World War I.
First of two parts
The Allentown Symphony Orchestra wants to inspire residents to write music.
Diane Wittry, Allentown Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor, says the orchestra is embarking on its first-ever Composer-in-Residence program that she hopes will inspire area students and others who aspire to compose music.
“This is a huge new venture for the Allentown Symphony,” Wittry says in a phone interview. “Often, only large orchestras are able to have composers-in-residence.”
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Q. I’d like to be able to do CPR, but I’m squeamish about doing mouth-to-mouth on a stranger. Any suggestions?
There is an emergency technique called Hands-Only CPR. This is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It consists of two easy steps: Call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the victim’s chest. That means 100 minute, uninterrupted compressions until paramedics arrive.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine offers a helpful video of Hands-Only CPR at this website:
“In addition to what we do on a daily basis, my team and I have worked on three major disasters: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy,” says Tom Williams Sr., owner of Cityline Construction, which he founded in 1983.
“There was no doubt we needed to do our part during this current disaster, COVID-19,” Williams says.
The Salisbury Township-based company specializes in rebuilding residential and commercial properties damaged by fire, water, storms and other destructive calamities.
8 DAYS A WEEK, Your Look Ahead at Valley Arts: Coronavirus comebacks at LV Zoo, America on Wheels, SteelStacks
With the Lehigh Valley in the Green Phase, some arts, cultural and entertainment venues are reopening on a limited basis.
However, there are still additional cancellations and postponements.
Following is an overview, as of the deadline for the July 1 and 2 Lehigh Valley Press Focus section, of some of the coronavirus comebacks and setbacks.
Venues are following the coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and municipal governments.
Bethlehem Fireworks, SteelsStacks concert
Summer at the movies should be the time of blockbusters.
Instead, Summer 2020 is the summer of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
With movie theaters closed for approximately three months in the United States, nearly every man’s and woman’s home is not only his or her castle but has become a movie palace.
That may change in July with national first-run movie theater chains expected to reopen.
Appropriately enough in light, or dark, in the time of coronavirus, “Unhinged” is the first new theatrical release scheduled to open.
Q. My 12-year-old son is supposed to be doing class work on the computer, but every time I walk in on him, he is playing some kind of game or just surfing around the internet. I can’t watch over him all the time, so what can I do? I don’t want him to fall far behind in his school work.
The consensus of the panel is that as long as the boy’s grades are OK, it doesn’t matter if he spent time playing games on the computer.
“If his grades are good, I wouldn’t do anything,” panelist Erin Stalsitz said, adding, “If they are down, the mother needs to be more involved.”
Now that it is summer, can you please share your thoughts about some best practices for making sure everyone has an enjoyable time at the beach.
If your summer plans include plenty of sunshine and waves, there are a few beach etiquette courtesies to pack along with your sunscreen.
Of course, paramount during the continuing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is to observe the protocols promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the department of health and municipality in which the beach is located.
Lance E. Metz dedicated himself to preserving the heritage of the Lehigh Valley.
Metz, 72, died in May of complications from the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Metz was an historian for the National Canal Museum for 29 years.
Martha Capwell Fox, archives coordinator for the museum, which is operated by the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, says, “Lance broadened the scope and mission of the Canal Museum.”