East Penn Press

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Your ‘Mission’ is to read this theater review

Saturday, February 8, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The mission, if you choose to accept it, is to eat, drink and solve a murder before dessert is served.

That’s the assignment at the Pines Dinner Theatre, where through March 7, “Mission: Improbable: Super Spy Edition” (aka “Impossible,” as in the TV series and movies) is challenging audiences to follow the clues to find out “whodunit” from among the suspects on and off stage.

During the Jan. 25 “murder investigation,” aka, performance, witnessed and reviewed by this theater...

Reel Classics: Allentown Symphony to perform themes from epic motion pictures

Monday, February 3, 2020 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

Often the popular music of our time becomes the masterpieces for people living 200 years or more in the future. Music that we perhaps might consider as entertainment now could become the core orchestral repertoire of the next century.

I think of the opera overtures written in the 1800s that orchestras now play as “serious” music, and how so many of them are beloved by all and part of the standard orchestral music at concerts today. Most of these pieces when they were written were not...

Readers Oscars Contest Entry Form

Monday, February 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

This is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick The Oscar Recipients Contest” for the 92th Academy Awards.

LEAD ACTOR

- Antonio Banderas,

“Pain And Glory”

- Leonardo DiCaprio,

“Once Upon A Time In ... Hollywood”

- Adam Driver,

“Marriage Story”

- Joaquin Phoenix,

“Joker”

- Jonathan Pryce,

“The Two Popes”

LEAD ACTRESS

- Cynthia Erivo,

“Harriet”

- Scarlett...

Enter Readers Pick Oscar winners contest

Monday, February 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards have been announced.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 2020 Academy Awards ceremonies honoring 2019 theatrical motion picture releases, 8 p.m. (EST) Feb. 9, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, and televised live on ABC-TV.

The Press Focus section again presents the “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest. The person who picks the most correct number of Oscar recipients in the contest’s...

Healthy Geezer: Causes of fatigue and how to cope with it

Monday, February 3, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’m 68-years-old and I’m tired a lot. What do you think could be causing this?

For starters, I never make a personal diagnosis; I’m not qualified. I’m a journalist, not a physician. If you have persistent fatigue, I recommend you see a doctor for a check-up.

I suffer from fatigue that I know is caused by seasonal allergies. When the pollen and mold counts are high, I lose energy and doze off during the day.

Figuring out why you are fatigued is very difficult because...

Growing Green: Deep in winter, plan for spring

Monday, February 3, 2020 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

The days are shorter (albeit getting slightly longer minute by minute), the wind is cold and plants are dormant. Even so, this is one of the best times to start planning for spring.

During winter, we should be preparing for another successful season of gardening. Here are some tips to make your garden a success.

Check out the landscape for signs of insects and diseases. Be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly egg masses. For information on what to look for and how to destroy...

Respectfully Yours: Handle uncomfortable questions comfortably

Monday, February 3, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

When I’m talking to new people at social events, they just go directly to the point and ask personal questions like, “What what are my plans after college?” I don’t want to come across as impolite. What do you say when you don’t want to answer a question?

Dear Reader,

When someone asks a question that you might interpret as impolite it conjures up uncomfortable emotions.

The best way to politely handle a difficult question is to give yourself a few...

Disney Co-Op

Monday, February 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) will offer a cooperative work experience for LCCC students at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Fla., or Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif., during the fall 2020 semester.

The co-op program allows students to earn six college credits as they spend one semester working, learning and living at Disney World or Disneyland. Since the program began in September 1989, more than 400 LCCC students have participated.

An informational meeting is at 6...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Monday, February 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Greensky over The Peak: Greensky Bluegrass is in concert, 8 p.m. Jan. 30, Penn’s Peak. Doors open at 7 p.m. Opening the concert is Ghost Light. Greensky, a five-piece American bluegrass-rock band founded in Kalamazoo, Mich., in mid-2000, includes Anders Beck, dobro; Michael Arlen Bont, banjo; Dave Bruzza, guitar; Mike Devol, upright bass, and Paul Hoffman, Mandolin. Greensky has released 10 studio albums, including the most recent, “All For The Money,” in 2019; “If Sorrows Swim,” bowing at...