Catasauqua Press

Friday, June 5, 2020

Respectfully Yours: The bottom line on tipping-in-place

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

The shelter-in-place has made it clear that just about anything you can buy can be delivered right to your doorstep. Our delivery workers play an essential role and put themselves in germs’ way. Please offer some guidance for tipping etiquette in this coronavirus era.

Dear Reader,

We have come to rely the on frontline workers who put their health before our own to deliver groceries and all the items we bought to make our time indoors as comfortable as...

Healthy Geezer: Blue blockers, losing weight, nicotine gum

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What are “blue blockers” and are they worth getting?

There’s a controversy over the possible harm done by blue light.

There is blue light in the bright glare from snow or water. Lenses that block blue light are usually amber-colored. This color is supposed to help you see distant objects more easily. Amber sunglasses are used by many pilots and hunters.

If you are shopping for sunglasses, the most important feature to look for is the ability to protect your eyes from...

Coronavirus impact: Baum School brings artists to ‘Your Residence’

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Editor’s Note: The Baum School of Art, including its students, administrators and supporters, is adjusting to the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Second of three parts

With the order for statewide closure of non-essential businesses, The Baum School of Art was required to suspend its Spring Session and cancel its Post Session of classes.

The classroom studios and galleries at 510 Linden St., Allentown, are closed to the public until further notice.


Yocco’s takes it out in stride to serve Valley customers

Friday, May 22, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Restaurants across Pennsylvania had to shutter their dining areas after Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 16 statewide closure of non-essential businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To keep restaurants afloat while protecting workers and customers, eateries were permitted to continue offering take-out and delivery.

Yocco’s third generation owner Gary Iacocca and his employees acted swiftly to meet the challenge.

Upon hearing news of the developing pandemic...

Gigless in the Valley: Musicians stay active by being interactive

Friday, May 22, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Second of six parts

For Dave Fry, one of the worst days of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lockdown was when he locked down his bag of children’s instruments.

Fry, a Southside Bethlehem mainstay and co-founder of the Godfrey Daniels concert venue who plays folk music and children’s music, uses the toy instruments to involve children when he performs.

“My music is interactive. When I play, kids can pick up instruments and shakers. I can engage with them and have the...

Coronavirus impact: Baum School student artists in virtual ceremony

Friday, May 22, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Editor’s Note: The Baum School of Art, including its students, patrons and administrators, is adjusting to the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

First of three parts

The Baum School of Art awarded full, half and quarter scholarships to nearly 50 students from age five through 17 during a virtual presentation of the “Children & Teen Student Exhibition” awards ceremony.

Baum School of Art Executive Director Shannon Fugate introduced the April 18 online event...


Friday, May 22, 2020 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation has canceled events, including LCCC Scholarship Clay Shoot, Raising the Paw Bingo, LCCC Golf Classic and Fall Fitness Fest, for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The LCCC Foundation has established the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund to assist students with expenses relating to food, housing, utilities, transportation, childcare, healthcare and more.

Those interested in supporting LCCC students can go to:...

STEM scholarships

Friday, May 22, 2020 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College students in one of 25 program majors, including biology, chemistry, computer science, drafting and design, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have the opportunity to receive up to $5,000 in scholarships per year through a National Science Foundation grant.

The application priority deadline for the fall semester is June 30.

Information:, or Deepika Khilnaney...

Healthy Geezer: To 70 and beyond: optimism, genes, female

Friday, May 22, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I just turned 70 and I was wondering what my chances are of getting to 100?

If you want some idea about your life expectancy, you can check out a table provided by the U.S. Social Security Administration:

If you are a “healthy geezer,” you can do better than the average.

If you want to reach 100, you should know that there are three major characteristics that...