Catasauqua Press

Friday, March 24, 2017

‘Once’ in a lifetime opportunity at State

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

When 20-year-old Mackenzie Lesser-Roy auditioned for the role of Girl in “Once,” the college student doubted she’d landed the job.

“I went to the open call on a whim and I actually almost left. I ended up getting a callback. I almost didn’t go to the callback, either because I was just about to start my junior year of college.

“I went to the callback and I had two or three more callbacks after that and then I got a call in the middle of September that they wanted me for the job...

‘Once’ in a lifetime musical at State

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

When 20-year-old Mackenzie Lesser-Roy auditioned for the role of Girl in “Once,” the college student doubted she’d landed the job.

“I went to the open call on a whim and I actually almost left. I ended up getting a callback. I almost didn’t go to the callback, either because I was just about to start my junior year of college.

“I went to the callback and I had two or three more callbacks after that and then I got a call in the middle of September that they wanted me for the job...

‘Pippin’ makes the magic happen

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Naysh Fox, who portrays the title character in “Pippin,” knows how the magic happens

He was involved in a college production of the musical and witnessed the creation of the 2013 revival.

The four Tony Awards-winning musical “Pippin” will be presented at 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 26, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Pippin is a young prince on a quest to find his purpose in life. He encounters both grand and simplistic lifestyles and is finally confronted with a...

Russian Ballet ‘Swan’ to glide

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Russian National Ballet Theatre production of “Swan Lake” bodes to be as memorable as a swan gliding across a lake.

“Swans are majestic, strong and graceful, as our dancers are,” says Alexander Daev, Assistant Artistic Director and Ballet Master of the Russian National Ballet Theatre for eight years. “Our stage sets, lighting and costumes create a visual panorama always to be remembered,” says Daev.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents the exquisite ballet classic...

Movie review: Wolverine shows claws in ‘Logan’

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s called “Logan.”

Who, you might ask, is Logan?

After a blockbuster opening weekend, you may be among the few in the whole wide world who does not know that Logan is the name of Wolverine, here downplayed as a comic book superhero and presented more as a human being, albeit, a so-called mutant human being, played again with brooding gusto by Hugh Jackman.

Make no mistake about it, Logan, aka Wolverine, gets his claws out in “Logan” aplenty. The result is quite a...

Arts Ovation Awards honors eight

Friday, March 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Allentown Arts Commission and the City of Allentown celebrates the impact of the arts on Allentown and the Lehigh Valley when it presents the 29th Annual Allentown Arts Ovation Awards, 5:30 p.m. May 9, Renaissance Hotel at PPL Center, Seventh and Hamilton streets, Allentown.

Recipients of the 2017 Arts Ovation Awards include:

Special Recognition for Arts Advocacy Award: State Sen. Patrick M. Browne (R-16). In 2009, Browne crafted the one-of-a-kind, 130-acre Neighborhood...

Growing Green: Penn State Soil-Test Kit

Friday, March 17, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Preparing the soil is the most important step in flower or vegetable gardening. Test your soil this spring and use the test results and recommendations as a guide.

The soil in gardens changes, although it may look the same year after year. Growing and harvesting crops, leaching and erosion affect the availability of soil nutrients. A soil test is a valuable tool that guides gardeners.

A soil test measures nutrient amounts and pH, or level of acidity. Soil pH is measured on a...

Guinea pigs and a stowaway remembered by Breinigsville and Catasauqua readers

Friday, March 17, 2017 by BUD COLE in Focus

Third of four parts

Editor’s Note: Here are some more favorite pet stories from readers of the Lehigh Valley Press.

Debbie Garlicki of Breinigsville sent in this pet story:

“My husband and I read your columns and love them in the Parkland Press. We’re glad to see you are back. Your column about Little Bear, Charcole and Blue was very touching.

“My husband, Joel Bieler, and I have had guinea pigs, or cavies, for 18 years. They are amazing, curious and intelligent...

Healthy Geezer: Tinnitus

Monday, March 20, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I have this ringing in my ears almost all the time. My doctor says it is age-related tinnitus. I tried some of his recommendations to deal with it, but haven’t been successful. Any suggestions?

Most tinnitus, which is a symptom and not a disease, is from damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear. Those who suffer from tinnitus hear phantom noises that include not only ringing but whistling, hissing, buzzing, roaring and clicking. There is yet no cure...