Catasauqua Press

Monday, April 22, 2019

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 DC Extended Universe extends a bit more with the addition of the superhero Shazam...

Heart valve replacement at St. Luke’s similar to procedure for Mick Jagger

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Elinor LaDue doesn’t sing rock ‘n’ roll but does have at least one thing in common with Mick Jagger, frontman for the Rolling Stones.

She and Jagger both had a non-surgical heart procedure to implant an artificial aortic valve, replacing their original “native” valves.

On Feb. 5, LaDue, an 80-year-old Allentown mother, became the 500th patient to undergo a TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) procedure at St. Luke’s Hospital - Bethlehem.

TAVR is a non-surgical...

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.”...

Healthy Geezer: What is shock?

Friday, April 19, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’ve heard the term “shock” a million times, but I realized that I don’t really know what it means. What is shock?

Shock is a condition in which blood pressure is too low and not enough oxygenated blood can sustain your body.

The medical disorder of shock is not the “shock” that people feel from a sudden traumatic event. In the United States, hospital emergency departments report more than one million cases of shock each year.

There are different kinds of shock. They...

Theater Review: ‘Addams Family’ clicks at Catasauqua Showcase Theatre

Friday, April 19, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

This spring’s energetic musical offering by the Catasauqua Area Showcase Community Theatre is “The Addams Family,” featuring all of the iconic macabre characters from the Charles Addams cartoons and the television series (1964-1966), with a few dozen ancestors thrown in for ghoulish measure.

The musical-comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, is heavy on songs, but a little too light on laughter.

Despite the script’s...

Fifty students receive awards for Baum School scholarships

Friday, April 19, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Baum School of Art, Allentown, awarded full scholarships, half-scholarships and quarter-scholarships to more than 50 students ages five through 17 during the closing reception of the “Children & Teen Student Exhibition” in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.

Baum School executive director Shannon Fugate emceed the March 31 event, where event sponsors Mike and Wendy Stout of Stout Associates, LLC presented certificates to scholarship recipients.

Half-tuition...

I’m Sorry

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

I’m sorry that I missed you, but the train

came at 12 o’clock, and you know, of late,

how I never trust the ethereal rain

to extinguish the fires in my crate.

It was hard at first, thinking of leaving,

but o’er time I found solace in the fear

of having to spend so much time grieving

for she who would never cease to appear.

The future holds no guarantees for me,

And so that is why, when the train does come,

I command the...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, April 17: Chicken parmesan, whole wheat pasta, green beans, orange, wheat bread.

Thursday, April 18: Meatloaf w / gravy, whipped potatoes, vegetable medley, pudding, wheat bread.

Friday, April 19: Centers closed. Good Friday.

Monday, April 22: Roasted pork, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce, wheat bread.

Tuesday, April 23: Chicken. Chef’s salad.

Wednesday, April 24: Chopped steak w/ onion gravy,...

A Place To Rest

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Sometimes when my brother

Takes toys away from me

I hide behind the couch.

I build a pillow house

My pillow house is yellow

I use rest pillows as roof pads

And a chair inside, also doors.

I sleep in it for a while

When I wake up

I punch the doors open

I also sleep on the pillows

After getting something to eat

When I am hungry.

Robinson Mogambi

Age 9, Grade 4

Freemansburg Elementary School...