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Healthy Geezer: Eyeglasses were not so Superfocus

Monday, April 27, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of four parts

There are three basic ways to correct faulty vision: eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery.

In this column, we’ll cover eyeglasses.

Eyeglasses correct the following vision problems:

Nearsightedness (myopia), which blurs distant objects.

Farsightedness (hyperopia), which blurs near vision.

Astigmatism is caused by an uneven curvature of the eye’s surface that produces abnormal focus.

Presbyopia is a natural condition of...

The Press 15th annual Student Poetry Project

Monday, April 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

In the time of the coronavirus, poetry is never needed more.

To commemorate “National Poetry Month” in April, the Lehigh Valley Press presents the 15th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see the Focus pages on The Press websites for poems in Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

This year because of the coronavirus pandemic social distancing guidelines, students whose poems were chosen for first place were not able to read their poems nor be...

Respectfully Yours: In time of coronavirus, courtesy may save lives

Monday, April 27, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Going grocery shopping has taken on a whole new significance as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues. Can you recommend basic courtesies for navigating the grocery store to find what we need and remain safe?

Dear Reader,

Each time we head to the grocery store, we all wonder if it’s safe to do so and if we do, will we find what we need?

This thought is on the minds of fellow shoppers, apparent from the looks on shopper’s faces as they view...


Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

There’s the group that sits at the long table,

the one that stretches from wall to wall.

Where all the kids my age

(every single one) sit

and talk.

Earlier in the day, I saw them in classes

or passed them in halls

Maybe I looked at them,

and wondered if they noticed me, maybe

something clicked that day, maybe

they waved at me and smiled.

All I know is that now

I sit


Dionisio Fowler


The Family Project: Daughter’s plan for gap year acceptable

Monday, April 27, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My daughter, a high school senior, is getting cold feet. She has had her goals all set, been accepted at a good school, but now wants to take a gap year before going to college. I’m not sure how to coach her through it or how hard to push.

“Until the parent has a conversation with the daughter about what she is thinking, and what her concerns are, it is going to be very difficult to ‘coach her through it,’” panelist Chad Stefanyak said, adding, “This is a perfect time for the...

HIGH SCHOOL THIRD PLACE Land of the Feared, Home of the Grave

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

I enter a public place and map all the exits out

There is constantly the thought that I might need an escape route

I heard a firework the other day and was sure it was a bomb

I can’t communicate the fear that I felt through a poem or a song

This is the way that we have all gotten used to living

So my apologies, if your jokes regarding violence don’t leave me feeling very forgiving

Our world, it has made me grow weary

What’s the point in...