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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, June 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, June 21: Barbecued chicken, lentils, carrots, tropical fruit.

Thursday, June 22: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, Asian vegetables, angel food cake with strawberries.

Friday, June 23: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, applesauce.

Monday, June 26: Three cheese ziti with meat sauce, cauliflower, tropical fruit.

Tuesday, June 27: Fish, mushroom polenta, vegetable medley, applesauce.

Wednesday,...

Northampton County senior menus

Saturday, June 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, June 21: Cranberry juice, roast turkey with gravy, Pennsylvania “Dutch” stuffing, California blend vegetables, wheat bread with margarine, Mandarin oranges.

Thursday, June 22: Apricot nectar, tuna salad hoagie, potato chips, macaroni salad, fresh watermelon.

Friday, June 23: Chicken pot pie, green peas, tossed greens with ranch dressing, wheat bread with margarine, fresh strawberries with whipped cream.

Monday, June 26:...

Growing Green: Bloom is off the irises

Saturday, June 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Our beautiful spring flowers have faded away. Now what should be done?

Here are some thoughts on a few of the more common plants that bloom in spring in the Lehigh Valley.

Don’t trim iris leaves. Leaves carry on photosynthesis for next year’s growth. Cut off brown tips and cut the flowering stalk down to the rhizome (fleshy roots) to discourage rot. After two to five years, when clumps become congested or lose vitality and stop blooming, divide and replant sound rhizomes in...

Theater Review: Roscioli remarkable in PSF ‘Evita’

Monday, June 19, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To begin with, to paraphrase Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Eva Peron was dead. And yet, not unlike the Ghost of Jacob Marley, the spirit of Eva Peron is still with us.

The musical, “Evita,” begins with the funeral of Eva Peron, and then rewinds magnificently, fascinatingly and somewhat shockingly through the twists and turns of her youth, cabaret success, and movie actress fame to that of First Lady of Argentina at age 27.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF)...

Theater Review: ‘Hair’ is the love at MSMT

Monday, June 19, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s the 50th anniversary of “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.”

“Hair” was post-hairspray. Young women let Aqua Net on the shelf, ironed their hair, or went Afro. Young men let Brylcreem on the shelf and skipped the barber.

“Hair” was pre-”Hairspray.” It set the stage for other non-book Broadway musicals (“Company,” “Godspell,” “Pippin”).

“Hair” is of a time, a time that now seems long ago, naive and quaint. It not only seems long ago. It was long ago: a half...

Here comes summer: Schnecksville Fair heralds arrival of area festival season

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

“Country Scenes … Blue Ribbon Dreams” is the theme for the 34th annual Schnecksville Community Fair, June 20 - 24, Schnecksville Fire Company, Route 309, near Lehigh Carbon Community College, North Whitehall Township.

“There will be plenty of amusement rides, live entertainment, food and exhibits, so be sure to mark your calendars,” says Fair president Emory Minnich.

The Fair opens at 5 p.m. June 20 - 23 and at 3 p.m. June 24

Judging day is June 19 when the Fair is not...

Growing Green: Spotted Lanternfly

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

In an attempt to eradicate the Spotted Lanternfly, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has issued a quarantine order for 75 municipalities in portions of and-or all of Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties.

Officials are trying to protect landscape and agricultural businesses.

Residents in affected areas are being asked to help with the quarantine.

In March, Salisbury Township and Coopersburg borough were added to the PDA Spotted...

A wicked role for Roscioli

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Broadway star Dee Roscioli credits her time at Wilson Area High School under drama teacher Danny Kaye with opening her eyes to what her voice could do.

“At Wilson, I got to play my first lead and learned about my voice,” says the Wilson Borough native and Wilson, Class of 1995 graduate.

Roscioli, who has played the lead role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, in the Broadway hit production of “Wicked,” as well as the national tour, more than any other actress, returns to her Lehigh...

Healthy Geezer: cosmetics use

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Are cosmetics safe?

Cosmetics include makeup, hair dyes, perfumes, skin creams, lotions, nail polishes, toothpastes and deodorants. Unlike drugs, which are used to treat or prevent disease, cosmetics do not affect the body’s structure or functions.

In 1938, Congress passed the U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act to protect consumers. Under the law, cosmetics must be made and packaged in clean factories; cannot contain poison, rotten, or harmful ingredients; may only use color...

‘DaPooch’ show

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

TOUCHSTONE:

Touchstone Theatre presents a sensory-friendly performance of “DaPooch, or The Story of Poochie’s Three Hundred and Seventy-Second Birthday and How the Hunga Munga Munga Saved His Life,” 11 a.m. June 20, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

“DaPooch” is performed by master storyteller and Touchstone co-founder Bill George, who conceived of the fictional world of Poochie as a story for his children.

For this performance, “DaPooch” is adapted to be...