Catasauqua Press

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Theater Review: ‘Young Frankenstein’ is alive at DeSales

Saturday, April 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Fans of Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder and especially their cinematic collaboration, the story and screenplay for the movie, “Young Frankenstein,” which Brooks directed, will especially enjoy the DeSales University Theatre Department Act 1 production of the stage musical adaptation, which continues through May 7, Main Stage, Labuda Center for The Performing Arts, Center Valley.

The production is top-notch quality, a hallmark of DeSales’ stage shows, especially musicals directed by Dennis...

High School: James Alley

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus

We grew into angels on this asphalt

Childhood daring turned blood

to scabs

to reluctant caution

to restlessness

to blood once again

As plates converged and skin stretched

Our heads grew higher in pursuit of the stars

we gazed at while fighting sleep in the grass

We did not let go of one another

Our hands were hungry for something to hold on to

yet we leaped fences

ran, chasing chickadees

as one body...

Middle School: Our Saturdays

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Saturday morning wasn’t the same without you,

I still woke up early and watched our cartoons,

but you weren’t there to make us breakfast.

A year passed and I didn’t hear from you, I only saw

you one week in the summer, after that you never


Another year, then another and finally your graduation,

You were home

Although, it’s like you were a new person, a stranger

In my brother’s shoes, I feel like I lost you

Now not...

Elementary School: Beach

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Walking on the hot sand

Tingling my feet

Trot towards the ocean

Waves waiting

I can’t wait to splash

Play in the water

While seashells massage my feet

I step in wet sand

Below the ocean waves

Soft, brown sand

Holding up the shells

Bend down

Pick one up

Splash, splash

Run back

Oh, how I love the beach!

Rachel Moss

Age 10, Grade 5

Siegfried Elementary School


Middle School: Little Beast

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Wind whips around you as your wings push down,

Up and down air surrounds your wings and their rhythmic song

Enchanting song and eclectic melodies are these effortless flights.

The sky seems a friend in your monody, your effortless elegy.

I wish I could show you how beautiful your monstrous, garish wings make a picture,

Even shadow-filled as they are.

Garish and gargantuan though they are, they gleam in the night

Never detracting from your...

Middle School: Siri

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus


is really just every iPhone holder’s personal slave.

Siri do this

Siri do that

Hey, Siri!

What would we do without Siri?

We would have to go through our own contacts list

or worse,

dial a phone number.

We would have to type our own messages

and search on Safari ourselves.

What would we do without Siri?

Would we not be able to survive?

That’s not true.

What did people do before Siri?


High School: The Tree

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus

There are things you don’t know

The feelings I don’t care to show

You chop me down

With that axe of


For I am a tree

Of knowledge and power

But you do not dare

To see the true me

I grow back year after year

But I still have these,

These feelings that I, myself fear

But I am still a tree

Of knowledge and power

That will grow bigger and stronger

Year after year


High School: Vultures

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Beware of the vulture,

My parents would say,

The black bird brings death,

You’d best stay away

But how did the vultures,

Receive their ill fame?

They refuse to kill,

Or prey on live game.

We all hate the vultures,

Because they look vile,

With frightful feathers,

And devious smiles,

But why hate something,

For how it appears?

If people were vultures,

Would you point and sneer?