East Penn Press

Monday, May 25, 2020

Healthy Geezer: To 70 and beyond: optimism, genes, female

Friday, May 22, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I just turned 70 and I was wondering what my chances are of getting to 100?

If you want some idea about your life expectancy, you can check out a table provided by the U.S. Social Security Administration:


If you are a “healthy geezer,” you can do better than the average.

If you want to reach 100, you should know that there are three major characteristics that seem to enable you to become a centenarian. First, be a female. Second, have fabulous genes. Third, maintain an optimistic outlook.


Friday, May 22, 2020 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation has canceled events, including LCCC Scholarship Clay Shoot, Raising the Paw Bingo, LCCC Golf Classic and Fall Fitness Fest, for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The LCCC Foundation has established the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund to assist students with expenses relating to food, housing, utilities, transportation, childcare, healthcare and more.

Yocco’s takes it out in stride to serve Valley customers

Friday, May 22, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Restaurants across Pennsylvania had to shutter their dining areas after Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 16 statewide closure of non-essential businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To keep restaurants afloat while protecting workers and customers, eateries were permitted to continue offering take-out and delivery.

Yocco’s third generation owner Gary Iacocca and his employees acted swiftly to meet the challenge.

Lehigh Dialogue Center interfaith discussion

Friday, May 22, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic cut short an interfaith discussion series, but not before two sessions were held, including March 8, prior to the last Sunday of services at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown, before the Pennsylvania stay-at-home mandate.

The series, presented by the Lehigh Dialogue Center, Bethlehem, explained the similarities and differences between Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

Gigless in the Valley: Musicians stay active by being interactive

Friday, May 22, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Second of six parts

For Dave Fry, one of the worst days of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lockdown was when he locked down his bag of children’s instruments.

Fry, a Southside Bethlehem mainstay and co-founder of the Godfrey Daniels concert venue who plays folk music and children’s music, uses the toy instruments to involve children when he performs.

“My music is interactive. When I play, kids can pick up instruments and shakers. I can engage with them and have the music sneak in behind it.”

Ironically, his ability to draw crowds cost him work.

Respectfully Yours: These worrying times require good manners

Friday, May 22, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Our normal activities have suddenly changed and we are in uncharted territory. The usual rules for behavior are out the window and it can be difficult to know if the rules of etiquette we are accustomed to still apply. Has our definition of good manners changed?

Dear Reader,

This is an unprecedented time in history when it comes to etiquette rules because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There is not a guide that we can refer to.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, May 22, 2020 by The Press in Focus

For locations, updates, information and closings, visit www.lehighcounty.org/Departments/Human-Services/Neighborhood-Senior-Cent... or call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, May 20: Roast beef, green beans, au gratin potatoes, biscuit, crackers, pineapple w/ whipped topping.

Thursday, May 21: Turkey Marsala, peas and pearl onions, mashed potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, apple bread pudding.

Friday, May 22: Honey glazed pork chop, fajita blend vegetables, baked sweet potato wedges, whole wheat dinner roll, pineapple.

The Family Project: Don’t delay kindergarten for son, age 5

Friday, May 22, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. Since my five-year-old son’s preschool has been closed and I have been home with him, I have become concerned about his readiness for kindergarten in the fall. None of his teachers has ever said anything to me about this, but it seems like he doesn’t know a lot of the things my other children had to know before kindergarten. How can I work with him to get him ready for school, or should I consider waiting another year?