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Healthy Geezer: From e-mail bag: chemicals, seizure, hiccups

Friday, June 19, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What chemicals in the environment have a real impact upon our health?

There are way too many to cover. Here are a few important ones:

Lead: Paint chips, dust, fumes and water containing lead can get into your body. Even small amounts of lead in your system can impede learning and generate behavior changes. Large quantities of lead can be fatal. A simple blood test can alert you before lead poisoning causes significant problems.

Curtain Rises: Veteran actor Christopher Patrick Mullen misses ‘Camp Shakespeare’ at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Friday, June 19, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Gigless in the Valley

Last of six parts

When Christopher Patrick Mullen left his Brooklyn apartment to visit his 90-year-old mother for a weekend March 13 all he brought with him was a weekend bag and a script.

Now more than three-months later, the professional actor is still at his mother’s home in Malvern, Chester County, while Pennsylvania has been under quarantine for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Buckeye and Alburtis taverns adjust

Friday, June 19, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Restaurants across Pennsylvania had to shutter their dining areas because of Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order to close non-essential businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To keep the food service businesses afloat while protecting workers and customers during the Red Phase, eateries were permitted to offer take-out and delivery only.

With Lehigh and Northampton counties moving from the Red Phase to the Yellow Phase June 5, outdoor dining, but not indoor dining, is allowed.

Article By: The Press

Friday, June 19, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LCCC: ‘Military-Friendly’ designation given

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) has received the designation, “Military- Friendly School,” from VIQTORY, publisher of GI Jobs magazine.

LCCC provides resources and support services to more than 350 active military and veteran students, including their spouses and dependents.

Resources include veterans’ lounges at the Schnecksville and Tamaqua campuses, preferred scheduling, scholarship opportunities and a Veterans Support Team to provide the resources needed to successfully transition to college.

Respectfully Yours: Virtually-yours wedding requires real presents

Friday, June 19, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I was supposed to be attending a friend’s destination wedding next month. Because of the pandemic travel bans, the ceremony will be in the couple’s living room, with guests attending via the Zoom social media platform. Now that their reception is cancelled, do I still give a gift, and if so, how much should I spend?

Dear Reader,

Wedding bells are still ringing virtually despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Couples are saying “I do” on their original wedding date with virtual ceremonies.

Curtain Rises: ‘We All Play A Part” in spotlight even though the stage is dark at Pennsylvania Playhouse

Sunday, June 14, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Fifth of six parts

Across the Lehigh Valley, theaters where plays and musicals are staged are dark as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic mandates.

“Hey, let’s put on a show,” the clarion call of Mickey Rooney to Judy Garland in “Babes in Arms” (1939) from the Golden Age of Hollywood movie musicals, is not so easy in these days of the coronavirus shutdowns.

And few area stage venues feel the pinch more keenly than the nonprofit community theater, The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

The Family Project: Stay-at-home tasks for stay-at-home children

Sunday, June 14, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. With most things closed this summer, I am very concerned about my teenagers having so much free time on their hands. They can’t find jobs, sports are cancelled and most entertainment options are shut down as well. We have returned to work, so no one is home to keep an eye on things. What can we do to keep our kids safe this year?

Coronavirus Impact: Bach Choir provides ‘Moments of Comfort,’ looks to Leipzig 2021

Sunday, June 14, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been difficult for all performing arts organizations, but few Lehigh Valley-based nonprofits have had as much to lose as the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

Once the official quarantine started in March, the internationally-recognized choir had to cancel not only its spring concert, but also its two-weekend-long Bach Festival, the popular free “Bach at Noon” series and a much-heralded June tour to Bachfest in Leipzig, Germany.