Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Growing Green: ‘Mulch volcano’

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Overmulching landscape trees is common.

This is most obvious when mulch extends up the trunk, smothering the root flare and root zone.

This practice, known as “volcano mulching,” results in a “mulch volcano,” and is never recommended and should not be utilized.

As beneficial as mulch is, too much mulch is harmful.

Deep mulch may suppress weeds, but it wastes time and money and can cause major health problems that lead to tree decline and possibly death.

There are many problems associated with overmulching.

Gečytė, Perla return for sixth ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Viktorija Gečytė and the Gene Perla Trio are making their sixth appearance in the “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The 7:30 p.m. May 17 concert is part of the group’s 11th annual tour. After Lehigh Valley and New York area concerts, the group heads to the Bay Area. Then it’s off to Europe where the ensemble plans to make a recording.

2019 Freddy nominations list

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Here’s the list of the 2019 Freddy Awards nominations:

Orchestra

Bangor Area, “Mamma Mia!”

Easton Area, “Oklahoma!”

Freedom, “Anything Goes”

Nazareth Area, “Curtains”

Parkland, “Curtains”

Phillipsburg, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”

Saucon Valley, “Curtains”

Southern Lehigh, “Les Misérables: School Edition”

Warren Hills Regional, “The Addams Family”

Scenery

Bangor Area, “Mamma Mia!”

Dieruff, “Once on This Island”

Easton Area, “Oklahoma!”

Emmaus, “Les Misérables: School Edition”

Healthy Geezer: Three topics

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I get low blood pressure after I eat a meal. It makes me a little woozy. What can I do about it?

This is a senior malady called “postprandial hypotension.” When you eat, blood pours into your digestive system. To maintain your blood pressure, your heart pumps more often and your blood vessels constrict. These compensatory mechanisms don’t work for some people.

To help prevent postprandial hypotension, eat small portions several times a day and limit high-carbohydrate foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta and bread.

Northampton County senior menus

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, May 15: Marinated turkey cutlet, rosemary red potatoes, au gratin cauliflower, wheat bread w/ margarine, chocolate chip cookie.

Thursday, May 16: Apricot nectar, pork barbecue on a bun, Amish potato salad, fresh seedless grapes.

Friday, May 17: Macaroni and cheese w/ bacon and tomatoes, green peas, baby kale and spinach salad w/ ranch dressing, wheat bread w/ margarine, chilled plums.

2019 Freddy Awards nominations

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Bangor, 16; Freedom, 14; Emmaus, 13;

Nominations for the 2019 Freddy Awards were announced May 9 during a live broadcast of “69 News at Noon” on WFMZ-TV.

Of 155 Freddy nominatons, Bangor received the most with 16 Freddy nominations.

Freedom was next with 14 Freddy nominations, followed by Emmaus, 13 nominations; Nazareth, 13 nominations, Parkland, 12 nominations, and Easton, 12 nominations.

Rehearsals for the opening number of the live broadcast featuring four students from each of the 30 participating schools began May 9 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Respectfully Yours: Others’ plates

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I enjoy dining out with a group of my friends. But there is one person who is always picking food off my plate. I don’t mind when a group of us shares dishes around the table, but I can’t stand it when someone starts casually eating off of my plate without asking. What should I do without embarrassing myself or the person?

Dear Reader,

When did “Mine is mine. Yours is mine” become the rule at the table?

It’s one thing when family members or significant others take food from each other’s plates.

Movie Review: ‘Red’ all over

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Red Joan” is an odd little film worth seeing for several fine performances and a retelling of an apparently little-known World War II and Cold War era spy case.

The film has the potential of a Hitchcockian thriller, not unlike director Alfred Hitchcock’s spy thriller, “Saboteur” (1942).

Though it doesn’t square the circle in fulfilling the dramtic arc of the classic Hitchcock film, “Red Joan” is of interest to fans of spy thrillers, World War II history buffs and those who follow the performances of Dame Judith Olivia Dench. otherwise know as Judi Dench.

Rosie the deliverer: Lehigh Valley Hospital campus at Cedar Crest, Muhlenberg have high-tech robots fill perscriptions

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Focus

Visitors on a recent behind-the-scenes tour to see the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) drug robot may have expected a “Star Wars” R2-D2-sized mechanical helper scurrying between patient rooms handing out doses of medication.

Instead, they were presented with a room-sized marvel covering some 420-square-feet and containing 60,000 doses of medication at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township.

The tour was presented for hospital donors and community leaders by the network’s philanthropy department.

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“The Moment” is now: Viktorija Gečytė with Gene Perla Trio is on the 11th annual tour, “In The Moment,” including 7:30 p.m. May 17, “Jazz Upstairs,” Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. In addition to Gečytė, vocals, performing will be Gene Perla, double bass; Edsel Gomez, piano, and Adam Nussbaum, drums. Gečytė, a native of Lithuania, attended Lafayette College on a scholarship, and performed at New York jazz clubs. In 2008, she moved to Paris where she performs regularly at jazz clubs and festivals. Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N.