East Penn Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Movie Review: Inspiring ‘Maiden’ voyage

Monday, September 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Mothers, take your daughters to see “Maiden.”

Fathers, take your daughters to see “Maiden.”

Mothers, take your sons to see “Maiden.”

Fathers, take your sons to see “Maiden.”

In fact, everyone should see “Maiden,” an inspirational documentary film about Tracy Edwards, who led the first all-female crew on the yacht, “Maiden,” to compete in the 1989-1990 Whitbread Round the World Race.

37th West Park House Tour Sept. 8

Saturday, August 31, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The West Park Civic Association’s 37th Annual House Tour, held annually since 1982, is 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sept. 8.

Advance tickets are available for purchase on the West Park website, westpark-ca.org; and at Albright’s Hardware, C. Leslie Smith, Boutique To Go, Hummus House, Phoebe Floral, RE:find, Walter’s Pharmacy and Weil Antiques. Tickets may be purchased and prepaid vouchers may be redeemed, 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sept. 8, Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 1620 W. Turner St., Allentown.

Healthy Geezer: Cinnamon, Type 2 diabetes

Saturday, August 31, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My Aunt Lillian is a total health freak. The other day she said cinnamon is good for you. Come on! Cinnamon?

Recent research indicates that cinnamon may be helpful for people with Type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition that affects the way your body processes sugar. Type 2 diabetes can be life-threatening if you don’t treat it.

One study found that cinnamon taken twice a day for 90 days improved the condition of people with poorly-controlled Type 2 diabetes.

167th Allentown Fair: A world of rock stars, culinary events, exhibits and bringing the country farm life to the city

Saturday, August 31, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Great Allentown Fair, a Lehigh Valley classic for 167 years, welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors to experience its big-name outdoor concerts, rides, games, novelty attractions, food and, most importantly, a showcase of products, livestock, photography, arts, crafts and collectibles from the region’s farms, gardens and homes.

The Allentown Fair, ranked as one of the Top 50 fairs in the United States, kicked off Aug. 27 with “Preview Night” and continues through Sept. 2, Labor Day, Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th, Liberty and Chew streets, Allentown.

LCCC students, graduates may apply for JKC awards

Saturday, August 31, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Foundation has announced the opening of its Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Application, which provides selected community college students, including Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), with up to $40,000 per year for up to three years to complete their bachelor’s degrees. In addition to the monetary award, students selected as Cooke Scholars will receive college transition support and ongoing advising.

LVHN partners with Strata for updated cancer diagnosis

Saturday, August 31, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Strata Oncology, a precision oncology company, announced that Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is among five health systems and the only one in the Lehigh Valley region joining the Strata Precision Oncology Network™ (the “Network”).

The others are Baptist Health, Kentucky; MultiCare Health System, Washington; Prisma Health, South Carolina, and Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin.

The Family Project: Teen vaping concern

Saturday, August 31, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I overheard my teenage son talking about vaping. When I asked him about it, he told me it was flavored water vapor. Should I be concerned?

The panelists noted that use of e-cigarettes and vaping has skyrocketed across the United States, including in Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

“When we saw the results of the 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Survey [the most recent one], we were very excited because students’ use of tobacco had gone down,” panelist Denise Continenza said.

‘Laughs at The Lyric’ series to debut in Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall

Saturday, August 31, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Allentown Symphony Association and ArtsQuest have announced a partnership to present a new comedy series, “Laughs at The Lyric,” in The Lyric Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The series debuts at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 with a comedy show headlined by Roya Hamadani, Tyler Rothrock and Darryl Charles.

The series continues at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 and Nov. 20, with headliners to be announced.

“The Lyric Room at Miller Symphony Hall has been such a great addition to downtown Allentown,” said Allentown Symphony Association Executive Director Al Jacobsen in a press release.

Respectfully Yours: Being rude to friend

Saturday, August 31, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

While I was out with my friend, I said something totally insensitive and rude. I know she’s upset and I feel terrible. What is the best way to apologize and minimize the damage?

Dear Reader,

Occasionally, depending on our mood, we all say or do something that hurts others. Then we come to our senses and realize an apology is in order. It’s best to apologize promptly when you realize you’ve messed up.

St. Luke’s aide in ‘Next Step’ of Workforce Board program

Saturday, August 31, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Makita McFarlane of Easton saw her dream of becoming a nurse put on hold when she became pregnant.

Ordered to bed rest, McFarlane, 22, had to stop taking the prerequisite classes she needed to get into nursing school.

Then, when Alexandria was born four weeks early in October, McFarlane had to quit her job as a reserve nursing home aide because the hours were too irregular to get the tiny infant on a schedule.