East Penn Press

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Healthy Geezer: Sleep apnea, anxiety

Friday, April 26, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. How can I tell if I’m suffering from sleep apnea?

About 18 million United States citizens have sleep apnea. It’s much more common in older adults and men. Apnea is Greek for “without breath.”

People with sleep apnea stop breathing for as long as 30 seconds at a time. These interruptions can happen hundreds of times a night.

The breathing cessations may wake you and prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. These awakenings usually are so brief that you don’t recall them.

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

Excessive daytime sleepiness,

Korea-Vietnam

Friday, April 26, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

The Korea-Vietnam Memorial, Inc. (KVM) will hold a commemorative program, 2 p.m. April 28, U.S. Armed Forces Plaza, entrance, main campus, Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.

The ceremony will honor veterans whose names have been added to the plaza, including a Purple Heart recipient, and members of the Allentown Veterans Outreach Group and Fleet Reserve.

Recognition will be given to long-time KVM officers CEO Frank Ginther and President Robert Wolfe.

Movie Review: ‘Pet Sematary’

Friday, April 26, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Novelist Stephen King is a master of invoking the superstition metaphor of whistling past the cemetery, whereby when one is afraid, one tries to calm one’s fears by whistling.

It seldom helps.

It also won’t help with “Pet Sematary,” the remake of the 1989 film (a sequel, Pet Sematary Two” was released in 1992) based on King’s 1983 horror novel of the same title.

Presentation about ‘Earth Day’ at LV Heritage Museum

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

A presentation on the history of conservation in the United States commemorates “Earth Day,” 1 p.m. April 20, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“In our hectic, urbanized lives, we forget the fragility and beauty of nature and the ways in which our lives depend on the health of the planet,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum. Garrera. “Earth Day offers an opportunity to stop, reflect, and take action.”

Review: ‘Shazam!’

Friday, April 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Those of us of a certain age may recall “Shazam!” as a catchphrase of Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) on the hit TV shows, “The Andy Griffth Show” (1960-1968) and “Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.” (1964-1969).

Comic-book collectors and fans will know that “Shazam!” as a word that, when exclaimed by Billy Batson (Asher Angel in the movie), transforms him into an adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi in the movie).

The Family Project: Get child to listen

Friday, April 19, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. Why won’t my three-year-old listen to me? I have to tell him things over and over again, but he doesn’t listen.

Panelist Kristy Bernard said she wanted to know in what types of scenarios is the son not listening to his mother. “Are there other distractions happening when she is talking to him?” she asked, then said that it is normal for three-year-olds not to listen.

“You have to go back to the fact that the boy is three,” panelist Pam Wallace explained. “What might be important to the parent is not always important to the child.”

Theater Review: ‘Chances’ are good at Pines Dinner Theatre

Friday, April 19, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Not everyone gets a second chance in life, unless he or she is lucky enough to see The Pines Dinner Theatre’s upbeat production of “Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical,” continuing through May 12.

Conceived and written by Thomas Ross Prather, “Second Chances” is the story of a beloved church thrift shop that is in danger of being razed to make room for condos. The shop gets its second chance, just like the treasures it sells, when its staff pulls together to save the day.

Three Poems

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The Walk Away Girl

Someone was rude to me today

I walked away

Their eyes were still as hard as hard clay

The Calm Girl

When someone is rude

They would not let me play

But I stay calm

Kind and Smart

I feel like

I’m perfect me

If anyone is mean I’ll walk away

Abigail Brown

Age 9, Grade 4

Freemansburg Elementary School

Bethlehem Area School District

Respectfully Yours: Boss’s texting

Friday, April 19, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I am a grad student with a part-time job. I recently started a second part-time job working in my field. I am excited and love the opportunity to begin working in my area of expertise. I’m several weeks into the new job and am discovering my new boss will text me at all hours. He is texting me work-related problems that I feel should be discussed in person. Is it acceptable for a boss to send text messages to you about work, outside of working hours?

Dear Reader,

The 21st Century

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

People on the airwaves always preach

who I should be

How to dress,

how to talk, maybe how to breathe

We could always use their limber fingers to

paint pictures on what young girls

should aspire to be

We are not Beautiful

unless we look like women in magazines

I have

no power without a man standing

next to me

Can someone tell me if this

is all an illusion or if this is how

the world is turning out to be?

It’s the 21st century

Yonaidi Rosario

Age 13, Grade 8

Broughal Middle School