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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Movie Review: ‘Fences’

Friday, February 17, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Good fences make good neighbors.”

- Robert Frost,

“Mending Wall”

“Fences,” the film version of August Wilson’s 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play is set in Pittsburgh circa 1956 where Troy (Denzel Washington, who also directs), is a municipal garbageman and former Negro League baseball player standout.

Troy and his wife, Rose (Viola Davis), have a son, Cory (Jovan Adepo, TV’s “The Leftovers,” 2015-17, in his theatrical feature debut), who excels at...

Article By: The Press

Friday, February 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus




Nominations for the 89th Academy awards have been announced.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the Academy Awards for 2016 outstanding film achievements, 8 p.m. (EST) Feb. 26, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles. The ceremony is televised live on the ABC television network.

The person who chooses the most correct number of Oscar recipients receives a $50 Penn’s Peak gift card; tickets to...


Friday, February 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) offers a 10-week spring 2017 semester for on-line and on-campus credit classes, Feb. 17 - May 6. Students can register through Feb. 21.

New and returning students can apply on-line and meet with an advisor. Tuition payment is due at registration.

Information: LCCC Admissions Office, 610-799-1575;

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, February 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Packs quite a “Punch”:Touchstone Theatre presents “Jakopa’s Punch Bowl,” 7-10 p.m. Feb. 18, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Sand Island, 56 River St., Bethlehem. The Mardi Gras-themed evening of eclectic music by three local bands; New Orleans-style lite fare, like jambalaya and king cake; beer, wine and Jakopa’s punch is a concert fund-raiser for Touchstone’s ‘The Jakopa’s Punch Processional,” an outdoor, free-to-the-public, spectacle-based performance premiering July 14 and 15 along the South...

Healthy Geezer: Tattoos and MRIs

Friday, February 17, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’m having an MRI and I heard that tattoos can present problems for this test. True?

True. Tattoos can create a misdiagnosis with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) because there is metal in many tattoo pigments.

Magnets attract metals. Tattoo pigments may interfere with the quality of the image from an MRI. In some rare cases, there can be swelling or burning in a tattoo after an MRI.

If you have a tattoo, you should talk with your doctor before undergoing an MRI....

Entry form:

Friday, February 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Here is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscars” recipients contest for the 89th Academy Awards.

Best picture



“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hell or High Water”

“Hidden Figures”

“La La Land”


“Manchester by the Sea”


Lead actor

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”


Growing Green: Plan your garden now

Friday, February 17, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Here is a list of gardening items that you can think about doing, even in winter.

Choose seeds, bulbs and woody plants from catalogs and order early. Some varieties sell out quickly. Be sure to look for disease and pest resistance when purchasing vegetable and flower seeds.

Check trees and shrubs for animal damage. Pull any mulch away from trunks where bark can be gnawed or stripped off.

Water recently-planted trees and shrubs if there is little or no rain or snow and if...

Poetry Project deadline March 17

Friday, February 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 12th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 26 and 27 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of the...

Civic Theatre’s ‘9 to 5 The Musical’ dishes out topical humor

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Dolly Parton’s uproarious and heartening “9 to 5 The Musical” is expected to brighten dreary winter evenings with lively, toe-tapping tunes and a swirl of color Feb. 10, 11, Feb. 16-19 and Feb. 23-26, Civic Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

“9 to 5 The Musical,” with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the 1980 film starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin...

Bud’s View: Readers share pet cats and dogs stories

Saturday, February 11, 2017 by BUD COLE in Focus

In a previous “Bud’s View” column, I wrote about the emotional stress my wife Bev and I faced each time one of our pets died.

I discussed the heartbreak we experienced when we lost our dogs, Bear and Blue, and our cat, Charcole, in the Aug. 31, 2016 “The Pets That Rescue Us” column.

The following stories were sent in by Lehigh Valley Press readers of “Bud’s View.” This is the first of several columns based on abridged versions of their stories.

“Hi Bud, So good to see...