Catasauqua Press

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Family Project: Home-alone

Friday, April 5, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. At what age is it safe to leave your child alone? My husband thinks that it is OK to leave our 10-year-old son home alone while we go out for a few hours. I think he is too young. Are there guidelines for this situation?

The panel pointed out that there are only three states that have laws regulating a minimum age for leaving a child alone: Illinois, age 14; Maryland, age 8; Oregon, age 10.

“The ages are all over the place,” panelist Pam Wallace said.

“Which explains...

‘Kinky Boots’ national tour to prance onto State stage

Friday, April 5, 2019 by REBEKAH HAWK in Focus

“Kinky Boots” prances its way to Easton’s State Theatre for the Arts, 2 and 8 p.m. April 6.

The Tony Award-winning musical is inspired by a true story. The show’s book is by four-time Tony Award recipient Harvey Fierstein. Songs are by Cyndi Lauper, who became the first woman, without a writing partner, to receive a Tony Award for best score.

In the musical, Charlie Price is torn between pursuing his dream of London city life or saving his late father’s bankrupt shoe factory in...

Beauty and power: A Verdi ‘Requiem’ for Allentown Symphony, Chorus, soloists, Muhlenberg College Choir

Friday, March 29, 2019 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

Verdi’s “Requiem” is a piece of mammoth proportions and power and stunning beauty.

Some people refer to it as Verdi’s concert opera, where the four vocal soloists sing aria-type solos contrasted with ensemble and chorus sections. It is some of his best musical writing and a piece that has, through the passing of the years, become even more beloved by all who hear it.

It is hard to put into words the genius of this music. The text is drawn from the Catholic “Funeral Mass” and...

Growing Green: Tips

Friday, March 29, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

It’s 16-feet-long, 4-feet-wide, and brimming with yellow marsh marigolds: A display that gladdens the heart of gardeners and passers-by alike.

What’s even more uplifting is the example this flowerbed makes.

It shows for all to see that gardening can continue as a lifetime pleasure regardless of age or illness.

How so? Because this garden plot is planted waist-high in the bed of an old farm wagon.

Raised beds such as a wagon garden make it possible for someone who...

Curtain Rises: Civic 2019-20 season reveals ‘Spamalot,’ ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Friday, March 29, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic Theatre has announced its 2019-2020 season. However, as with theater companies across the country, theater officials were initially restricted from revealing two musicals that were uncertain at the time of the announcement.

The two shows for Civic’s season are two well-known musicals, which, it was thought, may or may not be on national tour or presented at another regional theater.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Ross Sanders teased those at the March 15 season...

Respectfully Yours: Gracious dinner guest

Friday, March 29, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

What do you do when you don’t want to eat the food being served at somebody else’s home but don’t want to be impolite? How do you courteously refuse a meal?

Dear Reader,

When you are a dinner guest, it’s generally expected you accept whatever is placed in front of you.

Accepting an invitation to dinner is a social event. If you can’t stomach your host’s meal, it would be impolite to outright reject what’s on the table. That doesn’t mean there aren’...

Atty. Gross opens Trexler exhibit

Friday, March 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV Museum:

The exhibition, “The Life & Legacy of General Harry C. Trexler,” opens at 1 p.m. March 30 with introductory remarks by Atty. Malcolm J. Gross at the Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown,

“General Trexler’s life offers an inspiring example of hard work, determination, citizenship and philanthropy,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum. “His impact on Lehigh County is incalculable.”


‘Transfer Fair’

Friday, March 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) holds a “Transfer Fair,” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28, Lisa Scheller-Wayne Woodman Community Services Center, Main Campus, Schnecksville.

For a list of colleges and university representatives expected to attend:

The event, sponsored by Academic Advising Services and LCCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, is free and open to the public.

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The Family Project: 3-month-old’s crying

Friday, March 29, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My three-month-old daughter wakes up at least three times during the night. My husband thinks we should let her cry it out until she goes back to sleep. I think she is too young. I’m getting different opinions from my relatives, and I am not sure what to do. Can you help?

It was apparent from the panel’s discussion that there are many reasons why babies cry a lot.

“Crying is a way for babies to communicate,” panelist Pam Wallace explained. “So, whether or not the baby is...