East Penn Press

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The coronavirus challenge and response

Friday, May 1, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is unprecedented. That’s for sure.

The apparently highly-contagious virus, first reported in December 2019, took many by surprise.

What’s also for sure is the response to the pandemic around the world and in the United States.

Many in the medical field, emergency response organizations, nonprofit and corporate world, businesses large and small, communities large and small and families have stepped up to respond to the coronavirus...

HIGH SCHOOL FIRST PLACE Promises to my sister

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Sister, these are my promises to you

I promise that when they call you small

I will take you to the top of a mountain

So you can see that in fact

We all are

I promise that when you whine that it’s cold

I will take you to the north pole

To remind you

It could always be colder

I promise that I will draw clouds

On the backs of your hands

So that your head will always be above them

And your feet always below...

With COVID-19, third time’s not the charm for Mayfair; Cedar Crest cancels it for 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The third time is not the charm for Mayfair with the announcement that concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced cancellation of the 2020 arts festival.

Mayfair 2020 was to return May 22-24 for the third year on the Cedar Crest College campus in Allentown.

The three-day festival is regarded as heralding the unofficial start of summer on Memorial Day weekend.

In an April 27 statement on the Cedar Crest College website, Audra Kahr, chair of the Mayfair...

MIDDLE SCHOOL FIRST PLACE The Storm

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Clouds in the sky,

Wind’s howling around me

I’m watching a storm unfold

My heart’s pounding,

as I’m standing outside

Should I run?

Maybe hide?

I stay there

In the middle of the storm

I’m like glass, shattering at every hit.

I have to make a choice.

I turn around and there’s a bright light–

giving me warmth.

Hugging me, it whispers

“You’re okay”

I give in

I am healing,

...

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FIRST PLACE Three Poems

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The Moon

The moon shines bright

In the dark of the night.

But when it fades away in the morning

The sky seems pretty boring.

Art

Art is amazing don’t you think?

You can make beautiful pictures

Out of simple things like paint or ink.

And frame it on a wall or refrigerator.

The Sky

In the daytime the sun is up in the sky

In the night it’s as if the sun exploded into a million pieces.

Henry Rodriguez...

Coronavirus impact extends into June: Miller Symphony Hall concerts, NCC Summer Theatre canceled; Southside Film Festival postponed

Monday, April 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to devastate the Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment community, including cancellation of concerts through June at Miller Symphony Hall, cancellation of concerts through May at Godfrey Daniels, suspending of Northampton Community College Summer Theatre and postponement of the 17th annual SouthSide Film Festival.

The impact of the coronavirus already has forced cancellation of the 113th Bach Festival, 40th Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre,...

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THIRD PLACE (TIE) Little Angel

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Little angel, little angel,

You will become my perfect angel, you will be pretty, cute,

chunky, perfect, and I will love you with all my heart and

you will be the most spoiled sister I ever had and I will

spend time with you, take you to the park, feed you, sleep

with you, bathe you, take care of you when you are sick,

love you, dress you, have a day off of school so I can be

with you all day, and help you, so love you, love you, love

...

MIDDLE SCHOOL SECOND PLACE Mother

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Miriam,

her eyes shine like diamonds

her nose kind and perked up

smooth skin on her face

as she says ‘’Good Morning!’’

Elizabeth,

helpful, kind, caring

teacher of all things

loud and carefree

as she packs her bags.

Martinez-Perez,

her voice leaves a melancholic ring in your ear

as she closes the door.

Diego Perez

Age 14. Grade 8

Trexler Middle School

Allentown School District

MIDDLE SCHOOL THIRD PLACE A Trip to Anxiety Town

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

My heart beats loud, and slow

1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2

Mind spirals, anything I thought could possibly

go wrong plays over, and over, like a broken record player.

The roller coaster begins and my mind begins to

regret her life choices. It slowly intimidates me, with each

foot it climbs up.

With a dramatic, unnecessary pause before my death

sentence, the cart pushes forward, while everyone

screams and waves their hands, I squeeze into a...