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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bud’s View: Blue; poem for departed pet

Friday, February 17, 2017 by BUD COLE in Focus

Editor’s note: This is the second of three columns based on abridged versions of readers’ stories about their pets in response to a “Bud’s View” column about the emotional stresses individuals and families face when a pet dies. That column, “The Pets That Rescue Us,” is available on The Focus page of The Press web site, Aug. 31, 2016.

If you read my Focus column regularly, you know I often referred to Blue, Bev’s and my pet English springer spaniel. Blue introduced himself to his readers in his first column. The column was called “Blue’s View.” Sound familiar?

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.

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 the ground is not frozen.

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”

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Lead actress

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 academics and football in high school and is being scouted for a college scholarship.

Touchstone fund-raiser packs a ‘Punch’

Friday, February 17, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Get ready to party like it’s Mardi Gras at Touchstone Theatre’s concert fundraiser, “Jakopa’s Punch Bowl,” 7 p.m. Feb. 18, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem.

The event features Touchstone’s newly-formed band, Jakopa’s Punch. They will be joined on the bill by The Bastard Sons of Burt Sugarman and the The Charts Funk Band, from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.

Jambalaya, king cake and other New Orleans-style dishes will be served. Wine, beer and food is included in the ticket price.


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;

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

Sunday, February 12, 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.

Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, February 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Feb. 8: Beef tips with gravy, scalloped potatoes, glazed carrots, banana.

Thursday, Feb. 9: Herbed pork loin, mashed yams, braised red cabbage, oatmeal cookie.

Friday, Feb. 10: Tilapia, whole-grain pilaf, beets, fresh fruit.

Monday, Feb. 13: Swedish meatballs, whole wheat pasta, Capri blend vegetables, fresh fruit.

Tuesday, Feb. 14: Baked ham with glaze, whipped sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, angel food cake.

Wednesday, Feb. 15: Barbecue chicken, brown rice, green beans, pineapple tidbits.