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Monday, October 23, 2017

Growing Green: autumn garden

Friday, October 13, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

When the last golden raspberry is eaten from the stalk, the pumpkin and gourd vines have dried and their fruit harvested, and the autumnal equinox has been reached, it is time to consider what should be done to prepare for a “better” garden next year. The winter solstice and next year’s garden seed catalogs, which perennially follow, can wait. Now is preparation time.

A good autumn cleaning up of the garden is not only a good aesthetic arrangement, but is an aide in keeping the garden...

Healthy Geezer: Statins benefits

Friday, October 13, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of two parts

Statins, which are also known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are drugs that lower cholesterol by blocking the liver substance responsible for making cholesterol. Statins may also help your body reabsorb cholesterol that has accumulated on your artery walls.

Some of the best-known statins include: simvastatin (Zocor), atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and fluvastatin (Lescol).

In addition...

Artists ‘Digest’ space at PSU De Long Gallery

Friday, October 13, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Digest,” through Oct, 17, the Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, is the free-form creation of Allentown artists Daisuke Shintani and Atsuko Tajima.

“This is our painting in the air. Our floating forms are created in some way similar to improvising music.” according to Shintani’s and Tajima’s artists’ statement.

“We divided the room diagonally with a lighter side and a darker side,” Shintani said at the Sept. 7 opening reception.

This...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, October 13, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, Oct. 11: Orange juice, roast turkey and Swiss on bun w/ lettuce-tomato and mayo, carrot raisin salad, Rice Krispie treat.

Thursday, Oct. 12: Cranberry juice, chicken cheese steak on a roll, potato chips, Italian marinated vegetable salad, chilled peaches.

Friday, Oct. 13: Roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted Fuji apples, wheat bread w/ margarine, iced carrot cake.

Monday, Oct. 16: Apricot nectar, Salisbury...

Review: ‘American Made’

Friday, October 13, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Wow.

If even a portion of “American Made” is factual, then a reassessment of major portions of United States foreign and domestic policies might be in order.

“American Made,” which stars Tom Cruise as Barry Seal, a TWA commercial airlines pilot, turned CIA reconnaissance pilot, turned cocaine-drugs-weapons and insurgents smuggler, is “Based on A True Story,” according to the movie’s opening credits.

However, a web site for “American Made” states the movie is “Based on a...

The Family Project: Belligerent teen

Friday, October 13, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Editor’s Note: If you have a parenting question you would like answered in The Family Project column, email Project Child: projectchildlv.org.

Why has my teenage daughter suddenly turned against me? My 17-year-old daughter has suddenly become very belligerent towards me. It is hurting my feelings, and I don’t know what to do about it. She was not like this before. She was kind and easy-going. What can I do?

The answer could be that it is behavior stemming from typical...

LCCC Early Learning Center lauded

Friday, October 13, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) Early Learning Center has been awarded the highest four-star rating through the Keystone STARS initiative through the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

The performance standards are grouped into four levels and address staff qualifications and professional development, the early learning program, partnerships with family and community, and leadership and management. Each level utilizes research-based best practices...

Revisit ‘Secret Garden’ at Civic

Friday, October 6, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

For director William Sanders, choosing “The Secret Garden” as Civic Theatre’s opening production for the theater’s 90th season was a no-brainer.

“Every year we try to find something that is family-friendly, then something that is fun, and then something that would be a little off the beaten path, something a little bit more cutting edge. This [‘Secret Garden’] would be family-friendly,” explains Sanders, Civic Theatre Artistic Director, of how he puts the Civic season together.

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Putting the funny back in Miller Symphony Hall, ‘Ladies of Laughter’ series revives vaudeville heritage

Friday, October 6, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Sounds of raucous laughter regularly echoed throughout the former Lyric Theatre in Allentown. The Lyric, now known as Miller Symphony Hall, was a popular venue for burlesque shows, theatrical productions, silent films, vaudeville acts and even prizefights during the early part of the 20th century.

Because of its proximity to larger cities such as New York and Philadelphia, the Lyric was often a “try-out” stage for well-known performers and playwrights seeking to hone their work prior...