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Mistakes lead to OT loss

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For more than 44 minutes, the Emmaus football team was the better football team in its battle against Freedom last Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium. The stats showed it and for more than 44 minutes the scoreboard proved it.

When Lubens Myers (20 carries for 148 yards) took it to the house on a 4-yard run with 3:39 left in the fourth quarter, the Hornets led 24-9. The Patriots were in position for a very quiet bus ride back to Bethlehem.

Emmaus was simply the better football team. Until they weren’t.

After 48 minutes the scoreboard in the south end zone stated the cold, hard facts: Freedom 32, Emmaus 31. An unbelievable rally kept the Patriots undefeated (8-0, 6-0 EPC) and leaves them one game up on Emmaus (7-1, 5-1). The Hornets have two games remaining in the regular season, against Bethlehem Catholic and Parkland.

After taking it on the chin most of the contest, the Pates had somehow, someway managed to pull within one point at 31-30 in overtime with the ball. In the moment of truth, Freedom coach Jason Roeder went for two. Freedom quarterback Jared Jenkins went back to pass and noticed tight end Jack Gawlik running free in the right side of the end zone. Calmly, Jenkins flipped a pass that Gawlik cradled like a baby for the winning two-point conversion. It was the only time Freedom led all night.

Freedom concluded an incredible comeback and in the process wiped out a 15-point deficit with nearly flawless execution and Emmaus mistakes in a mere 44 seconds.

All night the Hornets had shot themselves in the foot. Yes, they led by 15 points late, but the advantage could have been much larger.

Emmaus blitzed the Patriots for a 341-to-121 yardage advantage in first half, yet led only 14-6. Two costly turnovers deep in Freedom territory and a badly-timed clipping penalty erased a beautiful 40-yard punt return for a touchdown by the elusive Brandon Camire. The second half was closer, but the Green Hornets still outplayed Freedom. They gained more than 552 yards in offense and chalked up 24 first downs for the game. However, the Green Hornets also committed 18 penalties for 162 yards.

In the final three minutes, Emmaus paid dearly for their transgressions. Missed assignments, a penalty, a botched snap and the rest of the apocalypse followed.

Down 15 points, Jenkins,who had spent most of the evening running lukewarm, got hot. He led Freedom on a touchdown drive, culminating in a 13-yard touchdown pass into the waiting hands of Gabe Caton to close to 24-16 with 1:11 left. Still, the Patriots were in deep trouble. An on-side kickoff failed. All Emmaus had to do was acquire one first down and run out the clock, or run three plays, punt and pin the Patriots in a deep hole.

Emmaus committed a penalty, threw an incomplete pass that stopped the clock, and then had a high snap on a punt attempt. The gift gave Freedom possession at the Emmaus 17-yard line.

Jenkins hit Vince Reph for a 17-yard touchdown pass and then converted a two-point pass to Matthew Russin to tie the contest.

Lost in the Freedom comeback is how well Emmaus played for most of the game against a quality opponent. Quarterback Ethan Parvel was solid, completing 14 passes out of 23 attempts for 271 yards and one touchdown. He also gained 66 yards rushing on just 10 carries, including scoring one touchdown in the overtime period.

Myers played his typical awesome game, running hard, breaking tackles and using his elusiveness to bedevil Freedom tacklers all night. He also scored two touchdowns - a 10-yarder to put Emmaus up 14-6 and the previously mentioned final Emmaus touchdown in regulation to give the Green Hornets a 24-9 lead.

Wide receivers Deonte Castro (7-117 yards, 1 TD) and Izaiah McPherson (4-79 yards) ran crisp routes and at times made superlative catches. Jameel Sanders also contributed with a 42-yard reception.

Defensive tough guy Adam Heiserman had another solid football game in a season of solid football games, registering six tackles and one assist. Timmy Higgins always gives you everything he has and made four tackles on the night, one for a loss. McPherson and Sanders also gave strong support from their secondary positions.

But in the end this night belonged to a courageous Freedom squad.

MACUNGIE BOROUGH COUNCIL

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During the Oct. 15 Macungie Borough Council meeting, Macungie Police Officer Todd Bernhard received a commendation from Macungie Ambulance Operations Manager Christopher Greb for saving a man who went into cardiac arrest at Macungie Memorial Park. Officer Joseph David was also recognized but not in attendance.

Upon arrival, the man was not breathing and had no pulse. Bernhard administered CPR, used an automated external defibrillator and the man recovered due to the life-saving efforts.

Sgt. Travis Kocher, officer in charge, issued a commendation to Cpl. Michael Mullen and Officer Kyle Bernhard as well. Bernhard responded while riding his bike for the apprehension of a suspect who stole a vehicle. The vehicle was recovered and the suspect was arrested.

Macungie received an award for Communities of Distinction. Borough Council President Christopher Becker displayed the trophy and thanked everyone for making this possible. It was noted the streetscape project had much to do with this award.

A budget workshop is scheduled 7 p.m. Oct. 22 which will be open to the public.

The 2018 Macungie Halloween Parade/Fun Run, sponsored by the Lower Lehigh Lions Club, will take place 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 on Main Street. The Fun Run will take place 45 minutes before the parade. Registration forms for the parade my be obtained from Macungie Borough Hall, 21 Locust St., Macungie, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those interested in participating in the parade can also visit the website www.macungieparade.com.

Trick or Treat will be held 6 to 8 Oct. 31.

An electronic recycling event 9 a.m. to noon (or until the trucks are full) Oct. 27 at Macungie Memorial Park. This event is only for the residents of Macungie and Alburtis boroughs. Photo identification may be required.

There is a study being done on borough office needs. This includes storage, police requirements, office requirements and a number of other items. The study may mean offices need expanding or more storage needed but it is just being studied for now.

Macungie Main Street Commons’ first plan creates one big lot. Trees will not be disturbed. This is a preliminary land development and part of Stone Hill Meadows.

There will be some changes to the streetscape Phase II. Initially trees were to be watered automatically. This is not necessary and will be eliminated. Two base lights will be eliminated. There will also be some changes to the pavers and trash cans due to some problems with bidding so some cost-saving efforts were made.

The Village Walk Drive parking restrictions will be presented in November.

Lehigh County senior menus

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Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Oct. 17: Marinated chicken, Caesar salad, diced pears, oatmeal cookie.

Thursday, Oct. 18: Creamy Swedish meatballs, wheat pasta, green beans, tropical fruit.

Friday, Oct. 19: Peach glazed pork chops, mashed yams, cauliflower, fresh fruit.

Monday, Oct. 22: Alaskan white fish, brown rice, roasted beets, Mandarin oranges.

Tuesday, Oct. 23: BBQ chicken breast, wheat pasta, roasted carrots, tropical fruit.

Wednesday, Oct. 24: Stuffed peppers, wax beans, seasonal fruit.

Thursday, Oct. 25: Roasted pork, mashed sweet potatoes, roasted red cabbage, fruit cocktail.

Treasuring Whitney in ‘Greatest’ tribute

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When Belinda Davids was 8, she chanced to hear her brother playing one of his LP records which featured the duet “Hold Me” by Teddy Pendergrass and Whitney Houston. The moment would make a lasting impression.

“It was the first time I heard her and I was struck,” Davids says of Houston. “There was something about the purity of her voice.”

Even at that young age, Davids says she also realized she could sing a lot like Houston.

In 2013, Davids beat out 15,000 other hopefuls to portray Houston in the touring tribute production, “The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show,” which concludes its first United States’ tour, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Davids, who grew up in South Africa, says her family were devout Christians and she didn’t hear much secular music at home. So after she heard her brother’s LP, she listened to it repeatedly.

“I absolutely loved it,” she says. “I never stopped being in love with her [Whitney Houston].”

When Davids was 14, she started singing professionally in her home town of Port Elizabeth. She often sang Houston’s songs, and fans would tell her she sounded just like the famed singer.

“I think I’ve sung at least one Whitney track in almost every live show I’ve ever performed,” says Davids.

She had success and sang backup for The Temptations, Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, Monica and Johnny Gill. Then she took a break to have her son.

In 2013, a friend called her and told her Showtime Australia was holding auditions for a tribute show of Whitney Houston, who had died in 2012.

“My friend said, ‘You need to do this,’” Davids says. “So I packed up my baby and everything and went to the auditions.”

She was supposed to perform in full costume but hadn’t had time to prepare so she ripped tears in a pair of jeans and grabbed her sparkliest dress.

She wowed the judges with her renditions of “All the Man I Need” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?” They asked her to sing “The Greatest Love of All” on the spot.

“It was very nerve-wracking,” Davids says.

The director of the show asked her to meet him for breakfast and when she got there, he had books and magazines featuring Houston and a set list spread out on the table.

“When I saw the set list, I knew I had gotten it,” Davids says. “I was scared but excited. I had never done Whitney on this scale.”

But in the six years since, she says she has learned a lot about Houston, as well as about herself.

“Now more than ever I watch her perform to really see her,” Davids says. “I want to bring an absolutely amazing show so people can remember her.

Davids made headlines last December when she sang on Fox TV’s “Showtime at the Apollo Christmas Special” and performed “I Will Always Love You” on the same stage on which Houston filmed a music video.

She not only got an ovation from the notoriously tough live audience, but the video of her performance got more than 10 million views on Facebook. She also was featured on the BBC show “Even Better Than the Real Thing.”

She says singing Houston’s music in the United States is particularly special for her.

“This is the birthplace of Whitney,” she says. “I know Americans hold her memory dear, and I’m first and foremost a Whitney fan myself, so I’m excited to be surrounded by others who treasure her just as much as I do.“

Davids is backed by a five-piece band, back-up vocalist and choreographed dancers in the production that features custom-designed lighting, theatrical effects, and more than 20 different hand-crafted costumes. The two-hour show includes more than 20 of Houston’s greatest hits, including “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “How Will I Know,” “One Moment in Time,” “I Have Nothing,” “Greatest Love of All,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Didn’t We Almost Have it All” and “Queen of the Night.”

She calls it “absolutely amazing” that she is able to tour, recreating her favorite singer.

“When I was a little girl, I used to put on my graandma’s heels and hat, and my dream was to be a singer and on TV,” she says. “When I grew up, I didn’t think it would happen. When this happened it was a wow moment. This is what I had dreamed of as a little girl.”

Davids says she never imagined she’d be touring to places like New Zealand, Iceland, the Kremlin in Russia and the United States.

“I never thought I’d leave my hometown,” she says. “I’m very proud of this show.”

Tickets: State Theatre Center for the Arts box office, 453 Northampton St., Easton; statetheatre.org; 1-800-999-7828; 610-252-3132

Northampton County senior menus

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Call 610- 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, Oct. 17: Pork rib BBQ, cabbage and bow ties, pickled beets, wheat bread with margarine, chilled applesauce.

Thursday, Oct. 18: Sweet and sour pork over rice, oriental vegetables, wheat bread with margarine, Mandarin oranges.

Friday, Oct. 19: Cranberry juice, Tater Tot casserole, fresh golden beets, tossed salad with Thousand Island dressing, wheat bread with margarine, chilled peaches.

Monday, Oct. 22: Calves’ liver / onion gravy, mashed red potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, wheat bread w/ margarine, tapioca pudding.

Tuesday, Oct. 23: Orange juice, fried haddock sandwich with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauces, coleslaw, pumpkin bar.

Wednesday, Oct. 24: Chicken bruschetta, wide noodles, broccoli florets, Italian bread w/ margarine, fresh seedless grapes.

Thursday, Oct. 25: Apple juice, roast pork w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, wheat bread w/ margarine, iced carrot cake.

Friday, Oct. 26: Baked meat loaf w/ gravy, oven browned potatoes, flame roasted corn, wheat bread w/margarine, chilled apricots.

Growing Green: Prevent deer from eating your trees, shrubs, flowers, garden

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The deer population in Pennsylvania is on the rise, and as land development increases, deer are frequently found in areas densely populated by humans.

Deer control is now one of the biggest challenges for home gardeners. Deer are North America’s largest garden pest and they can wreak havoc in the garden.

Deer feast on vegetable gardens, flowerbeds, shrubs and trees. They will graze on leaves, grass, bark, acorns, fruits, nuts, berries, lichens and fungi.

On average, a single deer can consume 5 to 10 pounds of plant material a day. They are efficient and clever at accessing food sources. Some of their favorites include apples, yews, rhododendrons, roses and hostas.

Deer tend to feed at night and usually remain awake until dawn. When confronted, deer will typically bolt if they sense danger. Yet, they can grow at ease with people, pets, and cars that appear as no threat.

Many gardeners resort to various methods to keep deer from decimating the garden. One effective way to keep deer from eating your harvest is to install a fence. Deer can sometimes leap over an eight-foot barrier, so non-electrified fences will need to be at least that high.

There are deer repellent sprays and granules on the market. The deer repellents available at most garden centers use natural ingredients that are offensive to the deer’s sense of smell and taste. They are often safe to use on shrubs and flowers when applied according to label instructions.

For food crops, be sure to select and purchase a product that is labeled safe for use on fruits and vegetables. Many products claim to not wash off after rainstorms. Rotate the use of the various repellents for maximum protection.

Highly-scented deer-resistant plants, including boxwood, rosemary and lemon thyme can be planted among plants that deer like.

Other deterrents include a homemade spray made of a beaten egg, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, dish soap and cooking oil mixed in water. The foliage of the plants must be sprayed every couple of weeks, and, if it rains, the substance must be reapplied.

There are plants that deer generally do not eat. Try planting annuals such as marigolds, sweet alyssum and salvia.

Perennials that deer tend not to eat include daffodils, hyacinths, columbine, ferns, yarrow, foxglove, lavender, peonies and iris. Tree and shrubs that deer usually avoid include bottlebrush buckeye, sweetshrub, Virginia sweetspire, Japanese kerria, and rugosa rose.

Almost all flower and vegetable plants can fall prey to deer. Whether or not a particular plant species will be eaten depends on the deer’s previous experience, nutritional needs, plant palatability, seasonal factors, weather conditions,and the availability of alternative foods.

Deer are creatures of habit and they have good memories and learn from each other. Their movement patterns and prior-foraging can predict where damage may occur.

By carefully planning your garden, selecting those plants least desirable to deer and the use of physical deterrents, you can enjoy your garden along with the deer that inhabit the area.

Spotted Lanternfly update: Adult spotted lanternflys (SLF) have emerged. Check the following Penn State website for information on what you can do to help stop the spread of this destructive pest:

extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly

For more information about SLF or to report finding SLF outside of the quarantined area, call Penn State Extension: 1-888-4BADFLY (1-888-422-3359).

“Growing Green” is contributed by Lehigh County Extension Office Staff and Master Gardeners. Information: Lehigh County Extension Office, 610-391-9840; Northampton County Extension Office, 610-813-6613.

Healthy Geezer: ‘The New Mood Therapy’

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First of two parts

Q. I find myself thinking one sad thought after another and it makes me depressed. Is there anything I can do to stop this?

Everyone gets depressed occasionally, but gloom should not be persistent in your life. Go to your doctor for a checkup. You might need medication or therapy.

The cause of your depression could be a physical illness, life events, personality problems, side effects from drugs or combinations of these elements. Your doctor’s choice of treatment, or no treatment, will be based upon symptom frequency and test results.

A flow of sad thoughts through your mind can be frustrating because you can’t be sure if depression is making you think negatively or thinking negatively is making you depressed. A common cold, exhaustion, stress, hunger, sleep deprivation, even allergies can make you depressed, which leads to negative thoughts.

In many cases, depression can be caused by negative thinking, itself. Our feelings follow what we are thinking, and dwelling upon negative thoughts can send us spiraling down into depression. This concept is the guiding principle behind Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) developed in the 1960s by Dr. Aaron T. Beck at the University of Pennsylvania.

To combat negative thinking, it is important to understand it. The following are some cognitive distortions, ways that our mind convinces us of untruths. These distortions are usually used to reinforce negative thinking or emotions. By repeatedly refuting distortions, negative thinking will diminish.

Credit goes to David D. Burns, author of “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy,” for coining common names for these distortions.

Filtering. You dwell completely upon a dust speck you notice on a Van Gogh painting.

Polarized Thinking. If you’re not perfect, you’re a failure. People are either wonderful or awful.

Overgeneralization. You fell off the horse on your first try, therefore you will fall every time you get on a saddle.

Jumping to Conclusions. Your friend hasn’t called for a while, therefore she hates you.

Catastrophizing. Disaster is inevitable. You’re obsessed with “What if? What if? What if?”

Personalization. Everything that happens is about you. Your best friend started playing tennis because he knows you don’t like the game.

Control Fallacies. You feel like a helpless victim of external forces. Or, you feel personally responsible for everyone’s happiness.

Fallacy of Fairness. You are the only one who knows what is fair, and you’re sure that you are being treated unfairly.

Blaming. You blame others for your pain. Or, you blame yourself for everything.

Shoulds. There are rules that must be obeyed by everyone. If you violate the rules, you feel guilty. If others break the rules, you feel angry.

Emotional Reasoning. My emotions define the truth. I feel ugly, therefore I am ugly.

Fallacy of Change. You think you can change people to make yourself happy.

Global Labeling. An extreme form of generalizing with exaggerated and emotionally loaded labels for yourself and others. You fail a quiz and call yourself a “lifetime loser.”

Always Being Right. Being wrong is not an option. You will do whatever it takes to win an argument.

Heaven’s Reward Fallacy. If you work hard and sacrifice, you will always be rewarded. If that reward doesn’t come when you want it, you become angry and bitter.

Next week: Techniques for accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative.

Have a question? Email: fred@healthygeezer.com. Order “How To Be A Healthy Geezer,” 218-page compilation of columns: healthygeezer.com

All Rights Reserved © 2018 Fred Cicetti

The Times News, Inc., and affiliates (Lehigh Valley Press) do not endorse or recommend any medical products, processes, or services or provide medical advice. The views of the columnist and column do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Lehigh Valley Press. The article content is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, or other qualified health provider, with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

The Family Project: Hide and seek

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Q. My five-year-old son likes to play hide and seek, but it has started to become a problem because he will hide without telling me, whether at home or at the store. I become frantic trying to find him. He doesn’t always answer me when I call him, and I become afraid that he has gotten lost or that someone has taken him. When I do find him, he just laughs. I can’t get him to stop. What should I do: Put a leash on him when we go out?

“Hiding from mom is a game. Everything to a five-year-old is a game because that is how they learn,” panelist Mike Daniels said. “He has found a game he loves, and he is getting a reaction, so it is going to continue.”

Daniels suggested teaching her son a variation on the game, making hide and seek only to be played at home.

“When the mother goes out, before she goes into a store or a friend’s house she should ask the child if this a place where we play hide and seek. If he says ‘no,’ give him a hug and maybe a piece of candy as a reward.”

Daniels noted, however, that during the learning process, the mother can expect her son to slip up along the way. “The key is for mom not to overreact.”

Creating a new game entirely was an idea presented by panelist Wanda Mercado-Arroyo. Her suggestions included having the boy help mom find items nearby in the store, watch for and point out things they eat at home or look with her for something he can buy under a certain amount of money as a reward for not hiding.

If the boy is bored or wants mom’s attention that may be why he hides, Mercado-Arroyo said, adding, “So make it [the new game] fun for him.”

Panelist Pam Wallace emphasized that the mother needs to be “in the moment” whenever she and her son are away from home.

“She needs to be constantly connected to him. If she is looking at something, she should take the boy’s hand.” The panelists agreed that the son’s hiding was not the mother’s fault, but since the problem keeps occurring, she needs to become more vigilant and aware of the boy’s presence.

As for using leashes or a harness, Wallace said physical restraints should be a last resort. Daniels added that the goal of parenting is to teach self-discipline and self-control. “Leashes provide external control, and the five-year-old will try to break loose every time.”

Finally, the panel agreed that if the hiding continues, it might be better to leave boy with someone when the mother goes out. In addition to avoiding risks, being left at home could be a motivation for the boy to stop his risky behavior.

This week’s team of parenting experts are: Pam Wallace, Program Coordinator, Project Child, a program of Valley Youth House; Mike Daniels, LCSW, Psychotherapist, CTS, and Wanda Mercado-Arroyo, educator and former school administrator.

Have a question? Email: projectchild@projectchildlv.org.

The Family Project is a collaboration of the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section and Valley Youth House’s Project Child.

The Times News, Inc., and affiliates (Lehigh Valley Press) do not endorse or recommend any medical products, processes, or services or provide medical advice. The views of the columnist and column do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Lehigh Valley Press. The article content is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, or other qualified health provider, with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Civic Theatre reopens

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Respectfully Yours: Voicemail messages

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Dear Jacquelyn,

Leaving a voicemail message makes me uncomfortable. I don’t know what to say and how much information to leave. Many times, when I hear the dreaded recording, I just figure, I’ll try again later when they’re there. When I do muster up the courage to leave a voicemail message, I tend to stumble a bit or I feel like I’m rambling on. How much information do I really need to leave? Any tips would be appreciated.

Dear Reader, Talking to a person is very different from talking to a non-responsive robotic clerk. Our intention when we call someone is to have a two-way conversation.

The dreaded “Your call has been forwarded to an automated voice-messaging system” gives most people a moment of disappointment and panic.

In addition to that, there’s a whole generation out there that doesn’t even bother using voicemail.

In these days of technology, we have grown so dependent on written text messages in the interest of time that leaving voicemail has quickly become a lost skill. However, there are times we absolutely must use voicemail as a way to communicate.

Here are some tips to help you leave a voicemail message that gets the needed information across before the dreaded beep:

Before calling, write out what you want to say, maybe even practice it out loud. Talk slowly and keep it short. Keep the message brief with a couple quick bullet points.

When you are ready to leave a voicemail message, be sure to identify yourself right away. Say your phone number at the beginning of the message. Then provide the information that you want to share.

Finally, if you are requesting a callback, explain the times that are most convenient so that you are most likely to be available to take the call and avoid additional phone tag.

Make sure to always speak clearly while maintaining a friendly tone. This may sound corny, but we can hear a smile in another person’s voice.

Respectfully Yours, Jacquelyn

Have a question? Email: jacquelyn@ptd.net. Jacquelyn Youst is owner of the Pennsylvania Academy of Protocol, specializing in etiquette training. She is on the board of directors of the National Civility Foundation. All Rights Reserved © 2018 Jacquelyn Youst