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Monday, October 21, 2019

Once in peril, Lehigh Valley Zoo has revenue, attendance success

Friday, September 20, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Focus

Ten years ago, the fate of the Lehigh Valley Zoo was a source of speculation, with some thinking low attendance and indifference could send it into bankruptcy.

Today, with more than $4 million in 2018 revenues, and more than 250,000 visitors, the zoo, located in the 1,108-acre Trexler Nature Preserve, near Schnecksville in North Whitehall and Lowhill townships, is enjoying a renaissance and a host of enthusiastic fans.

Melissa Borland, President and Chief Executive Officer,...

Once in peril, Lehigh Valley Zoo has revenue, attendance success

Friday, September 20, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Focus

Ten years ago, the fate of the Lehigh Valley Zoo was a source of speculation, with some thinking low attendance and indifference could send it into bankruptcy.

Today, with more than $4 million in 2018 revenues, and more than 250,000 visitors, the zoo, located in the 1,108-acre Trexler Nature Preserve, near Schnecksville in North Whitehall and Lowhill townships, is enjoying a renaissance and a host of enthusiastic fans.

Melissa Borland, President and Chief Executive Officer,...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, September 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

ASO season opening: The Allentown Symphony Orchestra 2019-2020 Classical Season opens, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and 2 p.m. Sept. 22, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, with guest soloist, renowned pianist Olga Kern, accompanying the ASO to perform Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2.” Kern received a Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the first woman to do so in more than 30 years. ASO Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry, celebrating her 25th ASO season, also leads...

Movie Review: ‘It” takes two; too long

Friday, September 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It is a very long chapter.

At nearly three-hours-long, “It Chapter Two” makes the case for more than one sequel. This is one case where two sequels would have been better than one.

At least each sequel would have probably been shorter.

“It Chapter Two” returns us to the fictional Derry, Me., 27 years later. The impetus is a pact made by The Losers Club, when they were pre-teens, to return to Derry if Pennywise, the killer clown, ever returns to his malevolent ways.

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Daniel Roebuck to emcee Easton Silk film festival

Friday, September 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley native Daniel Roebuck will emcee the SILK Festival on the Bushkill, 6 - 11 p.m. Sept. 21, Simon Silk Mill, 13th Street and Bushkill Drive, Easton.

SILK Festival features local and international film shorts, including a world premiere. Food and beverages will be available. A deejay dance party will be held.

Roebuck made his directorial feature movie debut with “Getting Grace,” filmed in the Lehigh Valley. Roebuck is in pre-production on “The Hail Mary,” also...

Baum School of Art Gala to honor Janet and Malcolm Gross

Friday, September 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The Baum School of Art’s annual Fall Gala Oct. 19, honors Janet and Malcolm Gross and their service, compassion, philanthropy and support for the arts in Allentown, particularly for The Baum School of Art.

The annual gala recognizes community members who have made significant contributions to The Baum School’s long history of enriching lives through arts education.

Janet and Mal have been active on the boards of numerous charitable organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley....

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, September 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, September 18: Swedish meatballs, broccoli and carrots, whole wheat noodles, fresh melon.

Thursday, September 19: Caribbean fish, Caribbean vegetable blend, black bean and corn salad, brown rice, orange, sugar cookie.

Friday, September 20: Chicken Cordon Bleu, roasted zucchini and yellow squash, mashed potatoes, roll, fruit sorbet.

Monday, September 23: Fiesta pork chop, chuck wagon corn, oven roasted potatoes, roll,...

Respectfully Yours: Friends

Friday, September 20, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, Recently, a couple of my coworkers sent me friend requests on Facebook. I use Facebook for sharing photos and updates with my family and friends. Should I accept coworkers’ Facebook friend requests?

Dear Reader,

Facebook is primarily a place for people to post things relevant to their personal lives. Ultimately, your decision should come down to two things: the specifics of your job, and how you view your Facebook profile. Your company’s culture would be a clear...

‘Pa.-Dutch Fall Fest’ at Troxell-Steckel

Friday, September 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

A “Pennsylvania-Dutch Fall Harvest Festival” will be held 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the 1756 Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum, 4229 Reliance St., Egypt, Whitehall Township.

The festival features vintage farm equipment, tours, crafts and activities.

“Visitors will travel in time as they see wagons, carriages, sleighs, and other history relics, dating back almost 200 years,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum.

Visitors will discover the...