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Pandemic predictability: Canceled are Musikfest opening act; Levitt Pavilion concerts; Pride Fest; Blues Brews & Barbecue; Tunes at Twilight; Bucks Playhouse summer season

Friday, May 15, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

With pandemic predictability, the first headliner at Musikfest 2020 has postponed its concert because of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The July 31 Wind Creek Steel Stage concert of The National, scheduled to open the 37th annual Musikfest, is postponed, according to Musikfest and The National websites.

Joining the pandemic parade of postponements and cancellations in the Lehigh Valley are the annual Pride Fest, Blues, Brews & Barbecue Festival, both Allentown, and Tunes at...

Growing Green: Planting garden a growing therapy

Saturday, May 16, 2020 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

During this time of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stay-at-home and social distancing, now is the perfect year to start vegetable gardening.

Nothing’s better than eating a tomato or lettuce just picked from your own garden.

Plus, gardening is very therapeutic. Working outside in the fresh air, getting exercise, a good family activity, even being able to save money at the grocery store are all really great stress-relieving reasons to garden.

When planning your garden, it...

Tribute: Dave Roper gentle giant of Lehigh Valley jazz scene

Saturday, May 16, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Dave Roper never aspired to fame, although he had the talent for it, because he did not wish to leave the Lehigh Valley.

Roper, a Lehigh Valley music treasure, died April 8. He was 82.

Over the years, the pianist built a substantial following for the Dave Roper Trio’s many years at the Hotel Bethlehem, and before that, for 15 years at the now-closed King George Inn in South Whitehall Township.

Roper also played many times, usually annually in the “Jazz Upstairs” series...

Healthy Geezer: dentures, dysphagia, dialysis

Saturday, May 16, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I wear dentures now. Any pointers I should know about?

The following are some tips for eating with dentures:

- Don’t bite with your front teeth or pull your food outward from your mouth.

- Chew food on both sides of your mouth simultaneously to stabilize your dentures.

- Cut food into small pieces.

- When you first eat with your dentures, you should avoid sticky foods, raw vegetables and hard-to-chew meats.

- It is more difficult to feel inside...

Respectfully Yours: One man’s ceiling another man’s floor

Saturday, May 16, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I live in an apartment complex with about 30 units and I am now working from home. With more people hunkered down at home, what are some polite ways apartment-dwellers can handle noise levels?

Dear Reader,

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stay-at-home mandates, people are spending most of their time at home. When you’re in an apartment building, this is the time to be especially mindful of neighbor etiquette.

It’s important to have a...

Lehigh Valley Press wins 12 Keystone Media Awards

Saturday, May 16, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Press newspapers received 12 awards in the 2020 Keystone Media Awards for work published in 2019.

The Bethlehem Press and its contributors received nine Keystone Awards. East Penn Press received one Keystone Award. Salisbury Press received one Keystone Award. Northampton Press received one Keystone Award.

More than 2,700 entries were received from 122 news organizations. Entries in 54 regular categories and 11 specialty categories in seven circulation and four...

The Family Project: Mother at home teaching in place

Saturday, May 16, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am a mom who is totally losing her mind trying to home-school three kids, cook, clean and work. I feel guilty about having to divide myself so much. How can I spend more time with my kids and give them the attention they need?

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stay-at-home mandates. the panelists had words of encouragement for the mother.

“First and foremost,” said panelist Chad Stefanyak, “we need to let the mother know that this is everybody right now. She is not...

LCCC Honors Scholar virtual session

Saturday, May 16, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) provides a virtual information session, 5 - 6 p.m. May 19, for prospective students and their families about the college’s Honors Scholars program.

Individuals will be able to talk with faculty and learn more about the full-tuition scholarship and the academic program.

Honors Scholars is a competitive scholarship program that covers full tuition and fees for students from LCCC sponsoring school districts.

Register online:


Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, May 16, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, May 13: Sweet and sour beef, stir fry vegetable blend, brown rice, crackers, orange.

Thursday, May 14: Baked ham, Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes, rye bread, oatmeal cookie.

Friday, May 15: Chicken parmesan, garlic broccoli, whole wheat penne, grapes.

Monday, May 18: Hot meatloaf sandwich, French onion soup, mashed potatoes, whole wheat sandwich roll, cottage cheese and fruit.

Tuesday, May 19: Omelet,...