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Triple whammy of cancellations for musician, composer, teacher

Friday, June 5, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Fourth of six parts

With classical, pops and band concerts and musical theater performances canceled across the region because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, professional musicians are out of work.

Stephen Reisteter muses that he took a triple hit.

Not only does Reisteter play principal clarinet for The Allentown Band and the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, he is a frequent pit orchestra musician for musical theater in the Lehigh Valley.

In addition to cancellations of ASO and Allentown Band concerts, Reisteter lost several pit orchestra gigs.

Foundation receives

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and the LCCC Foundation have received a donation of $75,000 from the Arcadia Foundation to support student scholarships and general financial assistance to students in their pursuit of higher education.

“With the incredible support from our community, we have been able to provide funds that enable our students to pursue their dreams,” said LCCC president Dr. Ann D. Bieber. “That support demonstrates the commitment to these students and how important higher education is to our community.”

Coronavirus impact: Baum School of Art planning 35th auction as online bid and buy

Friday, June 5, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Last of three parts

The Baum School of Art annual auction is one of the most fun-filled events on the Lehigh Valley arts and cultural calendar.

The Baum auction, a glittering light on the fundraiser circuit, attracts hundreds of art devotees to the school’s center city location for an evening of fine art and frivolity.

There’s the silent auction of work by Lehigh Valley artists past and present with some 200 pieces displayed in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.

Respectfully Yours: Other greetings can replace handshakes

Friday, June 5, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

The polite gesture of extending a hand for a handshake has suddenly become socially unacceptable. This common courtesy is one of the major ways that you can transmit the virus. What are some contactless greetings that could replace it?

Dear Reader,

Society is in uncertain times. Being able to adapt to the new etiquette of the handshake greeting is going to be awkward for a while. In the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the traditional greeting is considered unsanitary and has forced a rethink of the handshake.


Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Male, of Moore Township, announce the engagement of their daughter Valerie to Justin Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Smith, of Lower Nazareth Township.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Northampton Area High School and Moravian College. She works for Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Her fiance is a graduate of Nazareth Area High School. He works for Barker & Barker Paving, Bethlehem.

The couple is planning an Oct. 11 wedding.

The Family Project: Facts of life talk ongoing with children

Friday, June 5, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. What age is the best time to talk to my children about the facts of life and sex? I have a boy, 14, and a girl. 9, and they seem to know more than I think they should at their ages.

If the mother thinks her children know more than they should, panelist Chad Stefanyak said, they probably do.

“They are at an age where they have gotten or are getting information about sex from school. It starts in about fourth or fifth grade,” said Stefanyak.

Healthy Geezer: Coffee concerns

Friday, June 5, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I keep hearing about how bad coffee is for you. I also hear about how good coffee is for you. What gives?

The average American drinks more than 400 cups of coffee a year. How this popular beverage affects our health is an important issue.

Let’s start with the bad part.

For the general population, the evidence suggests that coffee drinking doesn’t have any serious detrimental health effects.

Program approved

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College’s (LCCC) newest workforce development program, Certified Production Technician Plus (CPT+), has been approved as a registered pre-apprenticeship by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The CPT+ program at LCCC is connected to registered apprenticeship programs at Mack Trucks and Ocean Spray.

Virtual Curtain Rises: Livestream, podcasts drive Touchstone ‘Fresh Voices’

Friday, June 5, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Editor’s Note: The following article was published in the June 3 and 4 Lehigh Valley Press Focus print section prior to the following statement received June 4 from Touchstone Theatre: “In light of recent racist atrocities, our apprentices Adam and Sean, with the full support of the Touchstone Ensemble, are choosing to put this weekend’s performance of ‘Fresh Voices’ on hold.”

“Fresh Voices” is as innovative as ever this year, in one sense more than Southside Bethlehem’s Touchstone Theatre might have imagined.