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WFMZ telecast to spotlight seniors in high school musicals salute

Friday, May 1, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

While the 18th annual Freddy Awards won’t be presented in 2020 because of the public and charter schools shutdown mandated because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a television show in lieu of the awards show will be broadcast.

The TV show will salute high school seniors who were part of musicals scheduled to be presented at their schools.

The “Freddy Awards: A Television Special Celebrating the High School Musical Class of 2020” will be telecast 6:30 p.m. May 21, 69-...

The coronavirus challenge and response

Friday, May 1, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is unprecedented. That’s for sure.

The apparently highly-contagious virus, first reported in December 2019, took many by surprise.

What’s also for sure is the response to the pandemic around the world and in the United States.

Many in the medical field, emergency response organizations, nonprofit and corporate world, businesses large and small, communities large and small and families have stepped up to respond to the coronavirus...

The Family Project: Screen time and encouraging son’s skills

Friday, May 1, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My son is in elementary school and is really into computers and his iPad. How do I encourage him to pursue this interest as a career, while continuing to be a good parent, and limit his access to the computer?

There is a difference between playing games and using learning modules,” panelist Pam Wallace said.

“If he starts creating things or spends time learning how things work, that is different,” said Wallace.

“No matter what you are doing, screen time changes the...

Respectfully Yours: Social distancing in a new world of manners

Friday, May 1, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

These days, going out for any reason is a challenge. Taking a walk or waiting in a checkout line can quickly become uncomfortable when someone is not abiding by the recommended social-distancing rules. How do you politely tell someone who is too close to back away?

Dear Reader,

In the age of social distancing, it’s a whole new world of manners.

Things that were once considered polite, like shaking hands, are now forbidden.

None of this comes...

Healthy Geezer: Selection, use and care of contact lens

Friday, May 1, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Third of four parts

There are three basic ways to correct faulty vision: eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery.

In this column, we’ll cover contacts.

There are two basic kinds of contact lenses: soft and hard.

Soft lenses, which are thin and gel-like, are the most popular of the two types of contacts. They come in many varieties and they are very comfortable. I never felt them in my eyes.

The following are some choices in soft lenses:

Daily-wear...

LCCC summer session online only

Friday, May 1, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Because of concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the health and safety of the community, the five- and 10-week summer sessions that begin May 18 at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) will be offered either online or remotely. There will be no face-to-face classes.

An additional five-week session begins July 6. Registration is ongoing for this session, too, but it has not been determined if classes will transition to online or remote.

Sections identified...

HIGH SCHOOL FIRST PLACE Promises to my sister

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Sister, these are my promises to you

I promise that when they call you small

I will take you to the top of a mountain

So you can see that in fact

We all are

I promise that when you whine that it’s cold

I will take you to the north pole

To remind you

It could always be colder

I promise that I will draw clouds

On the backs of your hands

So that your head will always be above them

And your feet always below...

With COVID-19, third time’s not the charm for Mayfair; Cedar Crest cancels it for 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The third time is not the charm for Mayfair with the announcement that concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced cancellation of the 2020 arts festival.

Mayfair 2020 was to return May 22-24 for the third year on the Cedar Crest College campus in Allentown.

The three-day festival is regarded as heralding the unofficial start of summer on Memorial Day weekend.

In an April 27 statement on the Cedar Crest College website, Audra Kahr, chair of the Mayfair...

MIDDLE SCHOOL FIRST PLACE The Storm

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Clouds in the sky,

Wind’s howling around me

I’m watching a storm unfold

My heart’s pounding,

as I’m standing outside

Should I run?

Maybe hide?

I stay there

In the middle of the storm

I’m like glass, shattering at every hit.

I have to make a choice.

I turn around and there’s a bright light–

giving me warmth.

Hugging me, it whispers

“You’re okay”

I give in

I am healing,

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