Parkland Press

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Theater Review: ‘Seussical’ quite a musical at CAST

Friday, April 27, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Seussical the Musical,” through April 29, Catasauqua High School, is the perfect vehicle for exhibiting the exceptional talents of the Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre’s performers and volunteers.

In the opening night performance, April 20, seen for this review, director Bill Nothstein pulled out all the stops from the pages of the beloved storyteller Dr. Seuss.

The Press 13th annual Student Poetry Project

Friday, April 27, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To commemorate “National Poetry Month” in April, the Lehigh Valley Press presents the 13th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see the Focus pages on the Press web sites for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

Students whose poems are published with their photos read their poems and were interviewed on the April 16 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on WDIY, 88.1, wdiy.org, Lehigh Valley Public Radio and NPR affiliate. The broadcast is available as a podcast on the WDIY web site.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, April 27, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, April 25: Salisbury steak, scalloped potatoes, carrots, orange.

Thursday, April 26: Roasted turkey breast, bread stuffing, green beans, oatmeal cookie, tropical fruit.

Friday, April 27: Fish, confetti rice, Mediterranean medley, apple crisp.

Monday, April 30: Spaghetti and meatballs, broccoli, fruit cocktail.

Tuesday, May 1: Veal w/mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, diced pears.

Wednesday, May 2: Chicken picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, tropical fruit.

Healthy Geezer: Shoulder problems

Friday, April 27, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. You can settle a bet for me. Who gets shoulder problems more often, athletes or seniors?

Athletes such as pitchers, tennis players and swimmers are especially susceptible to shoulder problems because of their repetitive overhead motions. However, shoulder problems are most likely to victimize people older than 60. You can deduce that, as a group, old athletes are at the highest risk of shoulder injury.

Article By: The Press

Friday, April 27, 2018 by The Press in Focus

HIGH SCHOOL

On Turning Into a Sixth Grader

The whole idea of it makes me feel

as if I’m becoming a Celtic warrior,

valiant in the heart and enlightened in the mind

as a new surge of cognizance sweeps over me—

my slender bones serving as battle armor,

my tenacious attitude working as a compass for the extensive journey ahead,

my glaring smile acting as a means of persuasion for you to overlook my mischievous deeds.

You swear it is too early to be reflecting on the past,

but that is because you have forgotten

Respectfully Yours: best man speech

Friday, April 27, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’m the best man in my older brother’s wedding this summer. I am expected to give the toast and I am not comfortable talking in front of a big crowd of people. Do you have any tips for making a solid speech?

Dear Reader,

Being asked to offer a toast at a wedding is an honor and the best man’s toast is as close to non-optional as it gets.

A Home and A House

Friday, April 27, 2018 by The Press in Focus

We ran around the house

with the worry

of banging our knees.

Saturday morning sunlight poured in.

The light tickled and danced,

on the top of our noses.

The laughs and cheers of my family filled the cracks within our home. Our favorite time to be alone was at night.

We spent hours playing with the door stopper and wondering

where the vibrations led.

My lungs were covered in weeks worth of dust. My cough was crunchy and deep.

Chipped paint and dry memories

filled the now empty halls.

Fae Queen

Friday, April 27, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Her hair falls like waves across her shoulders,

The long, dark ringlets like a raven’s wing.

She makes all mortal hearts to smolder;

It is of her that our minstrels sing.

Tall she is, and fair, like the morning.

Slender is her waist wrapped in a belt of gold.

All ye mortals heed my warning:

Look not upon the maiden strong and bold,

Or your heart will forever be taken

By the Faerie Queen of old.

Her tale has oft been told.

Her eyes are clear and watery blue.

Her dress is of the same color, too.

MIDDLE SCHOOL Waffles

Friday, April 27, 2018 by The Press in Focus

You remind me of

Sunday morning waffles.

I could always count on

You being at the table steaming over

A book, as the steam

Funneled out the open kitchen window.

You always looked golden brown on the outside,

Even if you were still soggy in the middle.

You were as bright as orange juice in

The glass next to me, but you could

Shatter as easily as the glass when you hit the floor.

You could be as sweet as maple syrup

Or as bitter as strawberries.

Even though you couldn’t eat whipped cream,