East Penn Press

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Shirley Binkley: She tells it like it is, in rhyme

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It seems to Lehigh Valley author Shirley Binkley that everything she thinks about or experiences turns into a poem.

Actually, more than 300 and counting.

At 82, Binkley has published her first book of poems, “One Size Fits All: Poetry for Every Mood,” a compilation of 198 poems written during the past two decades.

How it all got started is a story in itself.

“My writing began on a dare,” Binkley recalls.

Binkley was an executive secretary at Air Products...

State a Fab Faux favorite

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Beatles tribute band, The Fab Faux, has developed a fiercely devoted cult following in the Lehigh Valley and the United States over the years.

“We are grateful for our fans,” says Fab Faux drummer-lead singer Rich Pagano, “We have a lot of Beatles’ fans, but we also have a lot of music fans.”

The Fab Faux returns to one of the group’s favorite venues, the State Theatre Center for the Arts, at 8 p.m. March 10.

“This theater is one of our most favorite places,” says Pagano...

The Family Project: Toddler’s speech

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am concerned about my three-year-old’s development. Our pediatrician tells us that he is normal, but we are not so sure. Compared to other children, he seems like he is behind. Our son is physically-coordinated, but his speech is very hard to understand. He understands us and can follow directions. He doesn’t focus for very long like his older brother did at his age, and he is extremely active. Should we be concerned?

The panel of experts agreed that there is nothing to be...

Healthy Geezer: The Plague

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Does the plague still exist?

In the 1300s, the Black Death, as the plague was called, killed about one-third of the people in Europe. A combination of antibiotics and improved living conditions have made the plague rare today.

Plague is found throughout the world, except for Australia. The greatest number of human plague infections occurs in African countries. However, the largest concentration of infected animals is in the United States and in the former Soviet Union.


Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, March 7: Chicken Marsala, brown rice, green beans, pineapple tidbits.

Thursday, March 8: Meatloaf w/ gravy, whipped potatoes, vegetable medley, pudding.

Friday, March 9: Tilapia, whole grain pilaf, beets, fresh fruit.

Monday, March 12: Swedish meatballs w/ gravy, whole wheat pasta, Capri blend, vegetables, whipped berries.

Tuesday, March 13: Turkey, peas and carrots, biscuit, orange.

Wednesday, March 14:...

Northampton County senior menus

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, March 7: Breaded pork chop, cabbage and bow ties, pickled beets, wheat bread w/margarine, chilled apricots.

Thursday, March 8: Chicken corn chowder, grilled sausage, grilled potatoes with egg, three bean salad, fresh biscuit w/margarine, apple walnut crumb cake.

Friday, March 9: Vegetarian vegetable soup, meatball (fish available) sandwich w/ mozzarella cheese, Caeser salad, applesauce.

Monday, March 12: Calves’ liver /...

Respectfully Yours: Good sports

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My daughter is a very good soccer player. Therefore she is a target for the other team to take her out. Recently, she was head-butted and hurt by a player on the opposing team. The other player was clearly in the wrong and taken out of the game. A parent behind us quipped, “Well if she doesn’t want to get hurt she shouldn’t make herself a target.” Not wanting to make a scene, I said nothing but felt this parent’s comment should have been addressed.

Dear Reader,...

Getting their Irish up

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

On the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, Dublin Irish Dance brings to life an epic tale of Irish immigration to the United States with an all-star cast of Celtic dancers performing to traditional Irish music and song at 7:30 p.m. March 9 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Members of the cast have performed with such hit Irish dance and music productions as “Riverdance,” Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance,” and “Celtic Woman.”

Ryan O’Shaughnessy, 27, lead dancer...