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Friday, December 6, 2019

Movie Review: Down ‘Abbey’ road

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The movie, “Downton Abbey,” is the comfort food of cinema, albeit fine dining.

The big-screen version of “Downton Abbey,” the popular BBC television series (2010-2015) seen on PBS stations in the United States can be enjoyed by non-fans and especially by fans.

The movie is sumptuously lensed (director of photography Ben Smithard) with lovely vistas and elegant interior scenes and romantic, back-lit photography of featured characters, often sharp-witted humorous dialogue between...

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 by The Press in Focus

One word: Wynonna & The Big Noise roars into Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, for a concert, 8 p.m. Oct. 4. Doors open at 7 p.m. Wynonna Judd released the studio album, “Wynonna & the Big Noise,” in 2016. The album produced two singles, “Jesus And A Jukebox” and “Things I Lean On.” Wynonna Ellen Judd (born Christina Claire Ciminella, May 30, 1964) is a multi-award-winning American country music and Adult Contemporary pop singer. She rose to fame in the 1980s alongside her mother Naomi in the...

Healthy Geezer: High-protein diet

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’ve been on a diet high in proteins and low in carbohydrates for several weeks now and I’ve lost weight. What do you think of this type of diet?

These diets can bring a quick drop in weight because eliminating carbohydrates causes a loss of body fluids.

And, high-protein diets cause substances called “ketones” to be released into the bloodstream. The ketones make dieting easier by lowering appetite.

I tried one of these diets and it worked. But I didn’t feel quite...

Respectfully Yours: Tweeting well

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I finally took the plunge and opened a Twitter account. Can you recommend Twitter etiquette for beginners?

Dear Reader,

Getting accustomed to Twitter can be difficult. It can appear to be a baffling and overwhelming social media platform.

As a new Twitter user, you would benefit greatly by learning the decorum of the Twitter community. It’s not as difficult as you may think. It’s a delicate balance of being social and genuine.

As you ease...

BSA EAGLE COURT OF HONOR

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Focus

Dante Brady recently received the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor ceremony held Sept. 8 at the Wescosville Recreation Center, Hamilton Boulevard.

He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 131, which is sponsored by Bethany United Methodist Church, Wescosville.

Dante is the son of Tara Brady and grandson of Judy and Philip Brady, of Lower Macungie Township. He started in Cub Scouts with Pack 131. He earned the Arrow of Light and the God and Family Award. As a Boy Scout with...

Theater Review: Pines has a ‘Clue’ in new musical

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Even if you’ve never played the internationally popular board game “Clue,” you probably are familiar with the colorfully-named murder suspects: Professor Plum, Miss Scarlett, Mrs. Peacock, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White and Mr. Green.

The board game “Clue” was patented in 1944 by English musician Anthony E. Pratt, who invented it to help wile away the time during underground air raid drills during World War II. It was only a matter of time, given its popularity, that it would become a...

Theater Review: Star actresses do ‘Disenchanted’ well

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Once upon a time, there were six talented singer-actresses who were cast as storybook princesses with an attitude.

The problem? The princesses are “Disenchanted” with their portrayals in classic fairy tales and more contemporary animated films.

The actresses, aka princesses, sang and danced their way through a bevy of royal complaints in “Disenchanted! The Musical,” a hilarious princess parody presented by Star of the Day Productions at the Macungie Institute Performing Arts...

Curtain Rises: Star of the Day notes fifth anniversary season

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Kirsten Almeida is founder of Star of the Day, a Lehigh Valley theater troupe noting its fifth anniversary season.

“I’ve been involved in theater since I was 14-years-old,” says Almeida, who lives with her husband in Lower Saucon Township.

Star of the Day opened its season at The Macungie Institute Performing Arts and Conference Center, Macungie, with the Lehigh Valley premiere of “Disenchanted! The Musical,” Sept. 19-28.

Prior to founding Star of the Day, which is her...

Lehigh Valley front and center in the battle of the bugs

Friday, September 27, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Editor’s Note: It’s been a five-year battle and counting in the Lehigh Valley region. It’s residents, business owners and farmers versus the Spotted Lanternfly.

The invasive species has caused damage to homeowners’ ornamental trees and plants, vineyards, orchards and nurseries.

At the front lines of the fight has been The Pennsylvania State University’s PennState Extension, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and you.

Information and updates:

extension.psu...