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Saturday, August 19, 2017

‘Cool’ award Whitehall artist again honored in national watercolor exhibition

Friday, August 18, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Douglas Wiltraut received a Ruth G. Rosenau Silver Medallion in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors for “A Cool Sip” (dry brush watercolor, 35 in. x 54 in.).

Wiltraut’s long-time friend, Bob Schaffer, posed for the watercolor near the “Poughkeepsie Bridge,” a 19th-century railroad trestle south of Slatington along the Lehigh River. This is the third time Schaffer modeled for an award-winning work by Wiltraut. The award presentation for “A Cool Sip” was Aug. 4...

Review: ‘Tower’

Friday, August 18, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Dark Tower” is a competent science-fiction film with several good performances.

The movie is based on the series of eight novels (1998-2012) written by Stephen King that stitches together several cinema genres and literary influences.

In “The Dark Tower” movie, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), known as the last Gunslinger, is battling Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), known as the Man in Black. Roland is trying to stop Walter from toppling the Dark Tower, purported to be...

Growing Green: Native plant kits

Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus

New to gardening? Want to plant native species to help our pollinators and other local wildlife?

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and Master Watershed Stewards of Lehigh and Northampton counties are selling native plant kits that correspond with small garden designs by Lehigh Gap Nature Center to help take the guesswork out of gardening.

The kits also utilize plant plugs, which offer an inexpensive way to start your garden. Plant plugs are first-year seedlings. With fall...


Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus

John and Margaret Bednar announce the engagement of their daughter, Jillian, to Kostadinos Eracleous, son of Kyriacos Eracleous and Eleni Kassimis.

Kosta asked Jillian to marry him June 3 at Trexler Park at a bridge that they carved their names into when they were teenagers. They are high school sweethearts and look forward to celebrating their engagements at an upcoming party in the Foundry Room, Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem.

A wedding is planned for October 2018.

ASO Chorus auditions Sept. 7

Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Auditions for the Allentown Symphony Chorus will be held 6 - 9 p.m. September 7 in Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

The Allentown Symphony Chorus, now in its fifth season, under the direction of Chorus Director Eduardo Azzati, will perform twice with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestra Diane Wittry, during the 2017-18 season.

The first performances will be in the ASO’s “Opera Arias” concerts, Oct. 7 and 8.

The second performances will...

Healthy Geezer: carrots and cataracts

Friday, August 18, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Does drinking carrot juice help with cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens, the clear part of the eye that helps focus images like the lens in a camera. Cataracts can blur images and discolor them. Most cataracts are related to aging. More than half of Americans over age 65 have a cataract.

I suspect this reader’s question was inspired by the common belief that carrots are good for your eyes. And carrots are good for your eyes.

Carrots contain beta-carotene...

Live concert

Friday, August 18, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

On their 25th anniversary tour and after a seven-year hiatus, Live impressed its fans with a performance of undeniable camaraderie at on the Sands Steel Stage Aug. 7 at Musikfest, Bethlehem.

As the concert began, the stage was backdropped with white lights that spelled out the name, “Live,” and flashing red lights as energetic passion exploded from lead singer Ed Kowalczyk when he sang “All Over You.”

Following with bright blue stage lighting came “Pain Lies on the Riverside,”...


Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Bruce and Diana Hill, formerly of Heidelberg Township, gathered June 17 with family at Brickerville House, Lititz, to celebrate 60 years of marriage.

Their wedding took place at Egner Memorial Chapel, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, with the Rev. Dr. Russel Stine presiding.

Bruce retired from the Allentown Housing Authority as its director of social services and personnel.

Before that, he served the Lutheran Church in America as director of Christian education at...

‘Seussical Jr.’

Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Auditions will be held 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and Aug. 29 for Stagemakers at the J’s production of “Seussical Jr.,” at The Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley, 702 N. 22nd St., Allentown.

Those auditioning only have to attend one of the two audition days.

Call backs will be held 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30.

A parent information meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 31.

Auditions are free and open to the community.

A participation...