Good Shepherd receives programs re-accreditation
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has re-accredited Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown, including its unit in Monroe County and its Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem, for a period of three years.
“Health-care decisions can be difficult for patients to navigate, especially when looking for inpatient rehabilitation for conditions like stroke, traumatic brain and-or spinal cord injury. CARF accreditations provide consumers with an objective data point to use in making their decision,” Frank Hyland, MS, PT, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network Executive Director, said.
Programs re-accredited by CARF include Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs - Hospital (Adults), Allentown and Monroe; Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs - Hospital (Pediatric Specialty Program); Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs - Hospital: Amputation Specialty Program (Adults); Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs - Hospital: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Adults); Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs - Hospital: Spinal Cord System of Care (Adults); Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs - Hospital: Stroke Specialty Program (Adults), and Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs: Spinal Cord System of Care (Adults).
In 2015, Good Shepherd sought and achieved accreditation for seven programs. The latest re-accreditation applies to the same seven programs. Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital has been accredited by CARF since 1983.
LCCC vice president for finance appointed
Vance E. Powers has been appointed vice president for finance and administrative services at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC).
In his position at LCCC, he will have responsibility for human resources, the business office, maintenance and facilities, and public safety.
“Mr. Powers brings a strong background in finance and depth of experience in a range of functions that will undergird core services at the college,” LCCC president Dr. Ann D. Bieber said.
“He has extensive career experience in the private energy sector, including accounting and budgeting, as well as working with boards of directors and addressing human resource issues. The college will undoubtedly benefit from his depth of experience,” said Bieber.
He most recently worked for Talen Energy Corp., as an independent consultant and divisional chief financial officer for Talen’s Susquehanna Nuclear unit.
Previously, he was chief financial officer with Niska Gas Storage Partners, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and vice president of finance and controller, and acting chief financial officer for Buckeye Partners, L.P.
Powers is a certified public accountant.
Powers received an M.B.A. in finance from Lehigh University and a Bachelor’s in business from Gettysburg College.
He is on the board of the Community Music School of the Lehigh Valley.
Lehigh County senior menus
Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, Feb. 13: Chopped steak w / onion gravy, scalloped potatoes, carrots, tropical fruit, wheat dinner roll.
Thursday, Feb. 14: Roasted turkey breast, bread stuffing, green beans, orange.
Friday, Feb. 15: Battered fish w/ tartar sauce, confetti rice, Mediterranean medley, apple, wheat bread.
Monday, Feb. 18: Centers closed. Presidents’ Day.
Tuesday, Feb. 19: Veal w/ mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, pears.
Wednesday, Feb. 20: Chicken Picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, tropical fruit.
Thursday, Feb. 21: Beef pot roast, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sugar cookie, fresh apple, wheat bread.
Pediatric unit opens at Children’s Hospital
A new inpatient pediatric unit has opened at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital on the fifth floor of the Jaindl Family Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township.
The unit is part of a plan to bring services from more than 30 pediatric specialties under one roof at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital.
“When a child needs hospital care, it’s a difficult time for families,” Physician-in-Chief of Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital J. Nathan Hagstrom, MD, said.
“With this unit, we give families peace of mind from knowing they will receive quality care close to home in a place designed for the specific needs of children and their loved ones,” said Hagstrom.
The new unit, which opened Feb. 7, has 30 private patient rooms. At 24,000-square-feet, it’s more than twice the size of the previous pediatric unit at the Children’s Hospital.
The unit has patient rooms identifiable by colorful animals such as the “Blue Bear” room or “Red Rabbit” room.
Each room has a playful design and décor, sleeper sofa for parents to spend the night, desk for parents who need to work, and storage.
A family lounge on the unit has a bathroom, shower, and washer and dryer that families can use.
The opening of the pediatric unit is part of the expansion of the Children’s Hospital following a gift from Lehigh Valley business owners and philanthropists J.B. and Kathleen Reilly.
Construction is underway on a dedicated lobby for Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital. The colorful and welcoming lobby is to open in spring.
Expansion of the neonatal intensive care unit and pediatric intensive care unit, and development of surgical, child-life and community health services for children are planned.
Mr. Valentine: Tamaqua museum features artist’s vintage cards
They say still waters run deep.
John G. Scott was a prime example of that adage.
Those who remember Tamaqua’s most famous commercial-art illustrator say he was a quiet, humble man who touched hearts, not through bravado, but quiet brush strokes.
Descendants of Scott from Oregon, California, Delaware and other states gathered Nov. 11, 2018, to unveil an extensive collection of Scott’s creativity, the inaugural exhibit at the newly-opened Tamaqua Historical Society Museum Annex, 114 W. Broad St., Tamaqua.
Scott was a creative genius behind the warm artwork of Gibson valentines and renderings promoting products of the Nabisco Corporation, such as Cream of Wheat.
Some 200 turned out to meet Scott family descendants and to honor a legacy.
“Back then, we took this for granted,” said Scott’s granddaughter Nancy Van Sant of Woodland, Calif.
“He was a lovely and kind person,” she added. “He put three children through college during the [Great] Depression.”
Van Sant said she’s delighted to see a celebration of Scott’s gift of expression.
“To have it gathered together and recognized makes us appreciate it more.”
Career shaped by injury
Scott was born in Buck Mountain in 1887 and graduated from Girardville High School before relocating to Tamaqua.
As a young man, his talent emerged by accident, literally.
A hunting mishap crippled his left arm, preventing him from performing heavy lifting or accomplishing work requiring great physical effort.
He decided to attend the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Arts in Philadelphia, finishing in 1910 and launching a prolific career.
His claim to fame? He became well-known for painting images of children with rosy cheeks.
At the time, the Cream of Wheat company began using warm, four-color illustrations to promote its product. As one of the nation’s top illustrators, Scott helped to propel the company’s wholesome image.
He also produced more than 2,500 innovative valentines for the Gibson Company and others from 1924 to 1953.
Today, he is regarded as a pioneer in the medium during America’s Golden Age of Illustration, that begain during the 1880s.
“We have hundreds on loan,” said Dale Freudenberger, Tamaqua Historical Society president.
Scott’s valentines have a way of touching everyday folks who recall simple, innocent days when young school students rejoiced in receiving a valentine greeting card from an admirer.
“I remember exchanging these valentines,” said Ruthie O’Dell of Plains Township.
“My favorite is the football player with the little dog,” said Don Campbell of Hazleton. “I think it’s the cutest one. It stands out.”
Another said she remembers the Scott family on a personal level.
“We grew up with the nephews in Hometown,” said Marilyn Felsoci of Rush Township.
Phyllis Carter, 93, of Tamaqua, remembers Scott and his brick home in Tamaqua’s North Ward.
“He’d be playing tennis at the house,” said Carter, suggesting the exercise may have been therapeutic for his injured arm.
Dr. Robert Stauffer, Scott’s grandson, said he’s impressed by the Tamaqua museum’s presentation.
“It reinforces how much he did, the sheer volume,” said Stauffer, on hand with his wife Vicki.
Stauffer said 18 family members arrived for exhibit. Among them were grandsons John Green Scott III and wife Sharla, of Regrale, Calif.; George Stauffer and wife Libby of Frederick, Md.; greatniece Kate Scott of Clinton, N.Y., and youngest visitor, Kelsey Littell, 21, of Portland, Ore., Scott’s great-great-granddaughter.
Scott was wel-known during his lifetime. He was superintendent of Coaldale State General Hospital, 1939 to 1956, and was a Schuylkill County representative in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, 1925 tol 1934.
His artistic genius is something he seemed to hold close to the vest, often painting privately in a space reserved in his house, 401 N. Lehigh St., Tamaqua.
And that’s how it is with many artists. Still waters run deep. The passion of the heart can be private and personal.
Scott died at home in 1975 after suffering from emphysema and eventual blindness. He was 87.
Fittingly, his extensive output of art is becoming more acclaimed and appreciated with the passing of time.
The extra-large, gallery display continued until late January, after which a room-sized, permanent display will remain in the musuem.
Tamaqua Historical Society Museum, 118 W. Broad St., Tamaqua. Hours: 5-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.- noon Saturday. Closed Sunday through Wednesday. tamaquahistoricalsociety.org; 610-597-6722
Student Poetry Project now accepting entries
Submissions are now being accepted for the 14th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 17 and April 18 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.
The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of the Focus section may have his or her photo published, with the permission of the student’s parent or guardian.
Three writers of the first-place poems will be invited to read their poems and be interviewed on “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon,” 6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. April 15, WDIY, Lehigh Valley Community Radio, 88.1 FM, wdiy.org.
The entry guidelines:
1. The Student Poetry Project is open to Lehigh Valley elementary school, middle school and high school public, parochial, private, charter, cyber and home-school students in the circulation areas of the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers: Salisbury Press, East Penn Press, Parkland Press, Northwestern Press, Whitehall-Coplay Press, Catasauqua Press, Northampton Press and Bethlehem Press.
2. Poems are to be submitted in PDF form and should not exceed one page in length using a font no smaller than 10 point. No illustrations will be accepted.
3. On the same page as the poem, include student name, age, grade, school, district, telephone number and email of parent or guardian for contact information only. The phone number and email will not be published or shared.
4. Each student may submit up to three poems, which must be his or her original composition. Each poem should be a separate entry. Individual poems should be at least 10 lines in length. However, students may submit up to three shorter poems on a single theme with a title, on a single page. Single poems shorter than 10 lines will not be accepted.
5. E-mail poems and-or questions to George Vandoren, Student Poetry Project coordinator, email@example.com
6. Hand-written or printed versions of poems may be mailed to or dropped off to: Student Poetry Project, care of Lehigh Valley Press, 1633 N. 26th St., Allentown, Pa. 18104. Teachers may submit multiple class poems in a single envelope as long as they are on separate pages and contain the required student information.
7. Entries must be received (by U.S. Mail or email) by 5 p.m. March 15.
8. Permission of a parent or guardian is required for a student’s photo to be taken and published in the Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.
9. Copies of poems will not be returned.
10. For ideas on teaching poetry, go to: facebook.com/PoetryProjectContest/
Readers Pick the Oscar Winners Entry Form
This is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick The Oscar Recipients Contest” for the 91th Academy Awards.
- Christian Bale,
- Bradley Cooper,
“A Star Is Born”
- Willem Dafoe,
“At Eternity’s Gate”
- Rami Malek,
- Viggo Mortensen,
- Yalitza Aparicio,
- Glenn Close,
- Olivia Colman,
- Lady Gaga,
“A Star Is Born”
- Melissa McCarthy,
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
- Mahershala Ali,
- Adam Driver,
- Sam Elliott,
“A Star Is Born”
- Richard E. Grant,
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
- Sam Rockwell,
- Amy Adams,
- Marina de Tavira,
- Regina King,
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
- Emma Stone,
- Rachel Weisz,
- Spike Lee,
- Paweł Pawlikowski,
- Yorgos Lanthimos,
- Alfonso Cuarón,
- Adam McKay,
- “Black Panther”
- “Bohemian Rhapsody”
- “The Favourite”
- “Green Book”
- “A Star Is Born”
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
- “Incredibles 2”
- “Isle of Dogs”
- “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
- “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS: Email Oscar Contest Entry Form to: firstname.lastname@example.org; mail to: Jennifer Fisher, The Press, 1633 N. 26th St., Allentown, Pa. 18104; drop off at The Press offices, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Include name, address, telephone number, email (Information will not be published or shared.). One entry per person. Entry deadline: 5 p.m. Feb. 22. In event of tie, earliest entry determines winner.
The Family Project: Older-boy friendship
Q. My eight-year-od son seems to enjoy the company of a boy in the neighborhood who is 11. He shows up at our house every day, and from what I see, he is a big brother to my son. They play games together nicely, and he is very polite. I have tried to visit the boy’s house and meet a parent, but no adult is ever home, and no one calls to check up on him. My concern is: Why would an 11-year-old want to play with an eight-year-old? Should I put restrictions on how much time he spends at our house? I want to be kind, but I am concerned about this relationship.
While the panel praised the mother for being concerned, and expressed its own concerns about the age gap, the experts also noted that not all children mature at the same rate and age.
Panelist Pam Wallace noted that the older boy may not be that much more mature than the son, and-or the son may be more mature than normal for his age. That might explain their both liking to play with each other, she said.
What concerns panelist Denise Continenza is the apparent lack of parental guidance for the 11-year-old: “The lack of supervised behavior and parental engagement is troublesome. I would be cautious and encourage the mother to supervise their play, and not let them go off alone.”
Panelist Erin Stalsitz said it sounds like the eight-year-old’s mother is the one who is doing the supervising: “It is up to her to set the boundaries. She could tell the older boy that he can’t spend every day at her house, or she could limit the amount of time each day.”
Wallace urged the mother to make more of an effort to try to talk to the other parents.
A drawback to the relationship, panelist Wanda Mercado-Arroyo said, is that the boys are not learning to be comfortable interacting socially with youths their own age. “The mother should check at school who her son socializes with. She could also encourage her son to invite other children to come over to play.”
Continenza suggested that the mother encourage her son to get involved in more activities where he will meet new children his own age: “It is not good for children to restrict their relationships to one person. In this case, it may just be a friendship that is easy or convenient. It takes effort to make friends.”
This week’s team of parenting experts are: Pam Wallace, Program Coordinator, Project Child, a program of Valley Youth House; Wanda Mercado-Arroyo, educator and former school administrator; Denise Continenza, extension educator, Penn State Extension, and Erin Stalsitz, Lehigh County Children and Youth Casework Supervisor.
Have a question? Email: email@example.com
The Family Project is a collaboration of the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section and Valley Youth House’s Project Child.
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Respectfully Yours: Phone-free dinner
I am planning on hosting a large family dinner. Our family doesn’t get together often and I really want to spend time talking and catching up. The problem is that I am concerned some family members will be distracted by their cell phones. I would like for everyone to interact and make fun, new memories. How do I ask them to put away their cell phones?
Hosting a family dinner is a great opportunity to reconnect and is so important it should be done as often as possible.
Getting everyone interacting and contributing to conversation is possible and not as hard as you think. I do have some suggestions for taking the focus away from cell phones and to more important things as family.
To prevent startling dinner guests, set the stage from the beginning. In the invitation, announce the theme will be an old-fashioned dinner.
When your guests arrive, ask them to leave their cell phone in a basket you have strategically placed at the front door. You have already let them know ahead of time this is an old-fashioned dinner party, so they shouldn’t be shocked by the request.
Encouraging conversation will take some preplanning on your part. Plan some interactive games that will get everyone talking.
For example, you can create a list of questions that you hand out to everyone. Questions about where someone was born, biggest dream, and time of day someone was born are fun ways to have everyone interact.
Another fun way to encourage conversation is to use everyone’s baby pictures as their place card. I guarantee this will start dialogue.
Lastly, I suggest you consider an interactive meal. Provide a sit-down entrée, but incorporate a salad and dessert station. This will get people moving around, talking and participating.
Today’s electronically-connected world distracts and deprives us of the opportunity to speak face to face. We need to be creative and find ways around intrusive technology.
If it takes playing some games to pry people away from their cell phones and to strengthen family bonds, mission accomplished.
Have a question? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jacquelyn Youst is owner of the Pennsylvania Academy of Protocol, specializing in etiquette training. She is on the board of the National Civility Foundation.
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DiBussolo brings melodies of love to Valentine’s ‘Jazz Upstairs’
Frank DiBussolo and the Philly Reunion Group return to Miller Symphony Hall’s “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 with “Wine, Women, and Song,” a melange of Valentine’s Day weekend-themed tunes for music lovers.
DiBussolo, a veteran jazz guitarist and eight-time Grammy nominee, has performed with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Diana Ross, among others. He has been a featured soloist with the bands of Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Lester Lannin and a long list of others.
He received an undergraduate degree from Weidner University and a Masters and a Doctorate in music from Combs College of Music, Philadelphia. In addition to being an in-demand guitarist, DiBussolo has been on the faculties at Combs College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Swarthmore.
DiBussolo teaches the academic side of the luthier course at Northampton Community College’s Fab Lab. He’s vice president for arts development at TLC Arts, LLC, which develops arts charter schools, including the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, Bethlehem.
Of the Miller Symphony Hall concert, DiBussolo says, “We’ll play tunes from the Great American Songbook. We might do ‘Days of Wine and Roses,’ maybe ‘Tiny Bubbles,’ ‘You Go To My Head,’ ‘Emily.’
“We play listener-friendly jazz. People like to hear the melody. I like to keep it melodic with a sophistication of variation on a theme.”
Concerning his musical beginnings, DiBussolo says, “I always had sounds in my head. I lived in a blue-collar home. Dad was a cabinet-maker. Grandma lived with us. She was an opera buff and would take me to the opera when I was maybe seven, eight, nine.
“My mom’s sister owned a bar. I would visit in the summer. They had a TV with game shows on during the day and all the music was live.
“I watched ‘Concentration’ and when they went to commercial they had this beautiful glissando. I didn’t know what it was, but I loved it.
“Then at home, listening to ‘The Perry Como Show,’ I heard Tony Motollo play it on his guitar. That was what I wanted to play.
“I studied and played classical guitar. Then I heard Wes Montgomery. Wow! I liked the chill-like sound of the guitar. I listened to Tal Farlow, Joe Pass, Jim Hall, and started to assimilate the stuff.”
Joining DiBussolo for “Jazz Upstairs” is Dave DePalma, woodwinds; Bruce Kaminsky, bass, and Lorenzo Branca, drums.
DePalma plays multiple reed instruments. He has performed with Frank Sinatra Jr., Al Martino, Phil Woods, and Al Grey, among many others. He has performed with the Florida, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading and York symphonies.
Kaminsky received a Masters from Combs College of Music. He is an adjunct professor at Montgomery County Community College and the University of the Arts. He’s music director of the Spice Route Ensemble. He has performed with jazz artists such as Tal Farlow, Jimmy Knepper, Larry Coryell and Bucky Pizzarelli.
Branca is a Renaissance man. In addition to drums, he plays flute, guitar, harmonica, and sings. He is also an accomplished painter and sculptor.
Says DiBussolo, “Most of the players I use are guys who grew up together. We’ve been playing together close to 40 or 50 years. We play melodically, but sophisticatedly.
“There’s a lot of spontaneous communication between players and then from the players to the audience. The audience gives feedback. They’re included in the performance. Everybody leaves feeling good.”
Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown; allentownsymphony.org; 610-432-6715