Northwestern Press

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bud’s View: Hum with hummingbirds

Sunday, May 21, 2017 by BUD COLE in Focus

Spring has definitely sprung with birds coming and going.

Many bird species visit for a specific period of time each year. The slate-colored juncos arrive in November, stay for the winter and head north in April.

The juncos leave about the same time as when the ruby-throated hummingbirds come from the south to spend spring, summer and early fall here. The final day we saw juncos in our yard was April 25. White-throated sparrows are also winter visitors that head north in early...

Growing Green: strawberry fields forever

Sunday, May 21, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Growing your own strawberries is one of the most rewarding gardening activities.

Since strawberries are a perennial plant, they can produce a bountiful crop for four years when properly cared for, and they are not difficult to grow.

There are two types of strawberries.

The most common type is June-bearing, which does not produce a crop the first year, but produces an abundant, early summer crop for the next four years.

The other type is called day-neutral. These...

Emmaus ‘Miss Saigon’ tops Freddy nominations

Sunday, May 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Emmaus High School’s “Miss Saigon” received 18 Freddy nominations, the most of any nominated high school musical production in the 2017 Freddy Awards.

Parkland High School’s “Pippin” was next with 17. Southern Lehigh High School’s “Sister Act” received 12. Dieruff High School’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” received 12. Rounding out the Top Five, also in double-digits, was Freedom High School’s “Peter Pan,” with 10.

The 2017 Freddy Awards Ceremony will be broadcast at 7 p.m. May 25...

Article By: The Press

Sunday, May 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Here is the list of the 2017 Freddy Awards nominations.

The 2017 Freddy Awards Ceremony will be broadcast at 7 p.m. May 25 on 69 WFMZ-TV and wfmz.com from the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.

Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra

Bangor Area, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”

Easton Area, “Anything Goes”

Emmaus, “Miss Saigon (School Edition)”

Freedom, “Peter Pan”

Hackettstown, “42nd Street”

Liberty, “West Side Story”

Parkland...

Healthy Geezer: Surgery

Sunday, May 21, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of two parts

I view surgery as the last possible solution for a health problem. I’m sure most of you agree.

It’s best to look into alternatives such as medicine, treatments, lifestyle changes and watchful waiting before undergoing anesthesia and the scalpel

Do your own research before undergoing surgery. One area of study should be laparoscopy. In this type of surgery, small cuts are used instead of a large incision. These incisions allow the surgeon to insert a...

Lehigh County senior menus

Sunday, May 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, May 17: Barbecued chicken, lentils, carrots, tropical fruit.

Thursday, May 18: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, Asian vegetables, angel food cake with strawberries.

Friday, May 19: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, applesauce.

Monday, May 22: Three cheese ziti with meat sauce, cauliflower, tropical fruit.

Tuesday, May 23: Fish, mushroom polenta, vegetable medley, applesauce.

Wednesday, May 24...

Miller:

Sunday, May 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Aaron and Joan (Krause) Miller of Laurys Station, North Whitehall Township, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 15.

The couple was married April 15, 1967, in St. John’s United Church of Christ, Laurys Station, by the Rev. Harry Kissinger.

Both their wedding day and anniversary were on Saturdays.

Joan is the daughter of the late Ray and Peg Krause.

Her husband is the son of the late Evelyn and Frank Miller.

They are the parents of a daughter,...

Northampton County senior menus

Sunday, May 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, May 17: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, baby greens w/ ranch dressing, wheat roll with margarine, raspberry filled cookie.

Thursday, May 18: Cranberry juice, Swedish meatballs over noodles, succotash, wheat bread with margarine, tropical fruit.

Friday, May 19: Apple juice, marinated turkey cutlet, rice pilaf, country blend vegetables, wheat bread with margarine, fresh seedless grapes.

Monday, May 22: Chili con...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Sunday, May 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

All about the bass:The Peter Paulsen Quintet performs in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. May 19, Rodale Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Paulsen, Principal Bass of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, is Assistant Professor of Double Bass-Jazz Studies at West Chester University. The quintet will present two world premieres, “Chair Suite” by Paulsen, and “Concrete & Fireflies” by Jonathan Ragonese, which utilize and combine specifically composed ensemble passages with improvised...

Paulsen Quintet to premiere two works

Friday, May 19, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Peter Paulsen had his own “Chair Suite” and “Concrete & Firelies” by the quintet’s saxophonist Jonathan Ragonese in mind when he assembled his quintet. Both works contain composed ensemble sections as well as improvised sections calling for almost conversational interaction among quintet members.

The Peter Paulsen Quintet presents the world premiere of these two works in the next “Jazz Upstairs” at Miller Symphony Hall, May 19. The group will play two sets. Doors open at 7 p.m....