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Monday, December 11, 2017

Winter session

Friday, November 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) offers a winter session for students.

Credit classes are offered online and run Dec. 10, 2017 through Jan. 10, 2018.

Tuition is due Dec. 6 or at time of registration. LCCC offers an interest-free tuition payment plan. Contact the Business Office: 610-799-1157.

For information about the winter session or LCCC programs, contact the Admissions Office, 610-799-1575, or go to the website, lccc.edu

Movie Review: ‘Express’

Friday, November 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Murder On The Orient Express” isn’t exactly murder to watch, but it is painful.

While boasting a bravura turn as Hercule Poirot by Kenneth Branagh, who directs the star-studded extravaganza, the remake of the 1974 movie that was directed by Sidney Lumet, which is also based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie, is pretty much of a train wreck, literally and figuratively.

The latest film’s premise is that the legendary train has derailed, rather than being stuck in the snow,...

The Family Project: Mom and rehab

Friday, November 24, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I have been struggling with addiction for many years. I want to go into a rehabilitation program, but I don’t know how to tell my children, ages eight and 11. They are going to think that I am a terrible person and mother. What should I say to them?

All the experts agreed that the mother was very courageous to face the problem, and several asked what would her children think of her in future years if she didn’t go into rehab.

Panelist Pam Wallace recommended that the mother...

Holko-Gresham:

Friday, November 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Sharon and Andrew Holko Jr. of Orefield announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah, to Charles “Tripp” Gresham III, son of Kelley and Charles Gresham II of Newport News, Va.

Sarah and Tripp are 2013 graduates of The College of William and Mary.

Sarah, who graduated with a business degree, majoring in accounting, has completed her CPA certification.

She is a market manager with Norfolk Southern in Virginia.

Tripp is in his final year at Eastern Virginia...

Works from Ashcan School in Baum School of Art exhibit

Friday, November 24, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Twenty-five rarely seen works were guest-curated by New Jersey collector Gary T. Erbe for “John R. Grabach and Henry M. Gasser: New Jersey Masters,” an exhibition in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries at the Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Grabach, born in 1880, taught at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. Gasser, one of his top students, was born in 1909. The talented New Jersey-based artists became colleagues when Gasser was hired as the Newark school’s...

Healthy Geezer: Post-Polio Syndrome

Friday, November 24, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. A friend of mine had polio when he was a youth and now the disease seems to be coming back in his old age. Have you heard of this?

The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that more than 440,000 polio survivors in the United States may be at risk for Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS), a condition that strikes polio survivors decades after they’ve recovered from an attack of the poliomyelitis virus. Researchers estimate that PPS affects from 40 to 80 percent of polio survivors....

Respectfully Yours: Wine gift

Friday, November 24, 2017 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I enjoy hosting holiday meals for friends and family. Weeks in advance, I plan the menu and coordinate all the details to ensure a lovely time. But every holiday I am confronted with the same question: What is the proper etiquette when you have friends over and they bring a bottle of wine? I never know what to do when I am greeted with a big smile and handed a bottle of wine. Is the wine a gift, or is the host obligated to open the wine that night? I would like to...

Allentown Art Museum officials envision 21st century ‘Synergy’

Friday, November 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Reaching into Arts Park, a crowd of hundreds soaked up the energy and excitement that flowed down the steps of the Allentown Art Museum, spilling onto Fifth Street when “The Big Reveal” was unveiled and an ambitious trajectory was set for the arts in the Lehigh Valley.

On a “Third Thursday,” a once-month center city Allentown arts destination event, it’s not a coincidence that Museum officials would reveal its strategic plan for the 21st century, drawing the curiosity and attention of...

Theater Review:

Friday, November 24, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pines Dinner Theatre has kicked off the Christmas season theatrical schedule with “Over the River and Through the Woods,” an original musical full of spirited songs, some good humor and lots of schmaltz. Performances continue through Dec. 23.

The show, written by Oliver Blatt, who also is co-producer with Stacey Yoder, features music and lyrics that are a collaborative effort between Blatt and Stacy Bechtel. The seven new songs, including “Home is Where the Heart Is” and “...