Northwestern Press

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Respectfully Yours: Valentine gift

Friday, January 26, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

How do you determine what type of Valentine’s Day gift to buy for your significant other? Does the gift depend on the length of the relationship? I’d appreciate your thoughts for some Valentine’s Day gift ideas. I struggle each year to get the sentiment right.

Dear Reader,

Valentine’s Day means different things to different people.

What you plan depends on how long you’ve been together and how serious the relationship is.

Valentine’s Day can...

The Family Project: meds

Friday, January 26, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 17-year-old niece has been living with depression for many years. She recently shared with me that she has been seeing a therapist, taking medication and is considering increasing the meds she takes because she likes them. When I was with her, her parents seemed to be “hovering,” so we couldn’t really talk. I am concerned that she is not getting all the information she needs about her medicine (she didn’t know dosage, etc.). I gave her my cell number and told her to text anytime, but I...


Friday, January 26, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Eunice Cataline, of Maryville, Tenn., and Raymond Shive, of Macungie, announce their New Year’s Eve engagement.

Ray and Eunice first knew each other 40 years ago when her family was a member of the Spruce Head Community Church, Spruce Head, Me.

Ray was pastor of the church at that time. Eunice remained very close to the Shive family in the following years.

The bride-elect is recently retired from Concern, an employee assistance program of Blount Memorial Hospital,...

De Biase:

Friday, January 26, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Terry and Tony De Biase of Upper Macungie Township will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Jan. 28 at Holy Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Church, Orefield, North Whitehall Township, with their family in attendance.

The couple was married Jan. 25, 1958.

They moved to the Lehigh Valley from Staten Island, N.Y., on March 17, 1973.

They raised two daughters and have four grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

Tony worked for Mack Trucks and Terry worked for Air...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, January 26, 2018 by JANE KNOTEK in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, Jan. 24: Lasagna soup, fried chicken breast on bun with lettuce, tomato and mayo, red skinned potato salad, fresh seedless grapes.

Thursday, Jan. 25: Salisbury steak w/ gravy, au gratin potatoes, seasoned roasted broccoli, wheat bread w/ margarine, blushed pears.

Friday, Jan. 26: Potato cheese soup, hot dog w/ kraut on bun, baked beans, fresh watermelon, iced brownie.

Monday, Jan. 29: Cream of chicken vegetable soup,...

Duggan plays Bach

Friday, January 26, 2018 by The Press in Focus

PA sinfonia:

Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra presents its “Winter Vivaldi” concert with Father Seán Brett Duggan, pianist, for Johann Sebastian Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1051, at 3 p.m. Jan. 28, Wesley Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem.

Sinfonia principal trumpeter Lawrence Wright is featured in Concerto in D for Trumpet, TWV 43: D7, by Georg Telemann. The ensemble performs Trio Sonata No. 2 in G minor for Two Oboes, Bassoon and Continuo, by Jan Dismas...

Poetry workshop

Friday, January 26, 2018 by The Press in Focus


The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group meets 10 a.m. - noon Jan. 27, Palmer Branch, Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township. The business meeting, free and open to the public 18 years and older, is 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

At 11 a.m, David A. Miller II will present a program about writing poetry, and from 1:30 - 3 p.m., a poetry workshop. Attendees will receive a Valentine’s card and envelope.

The afternoon workshop is free for members, with a...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, January 26, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Jan. 24: Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, banana.

Thursday, Jan. 25: Herbed pork, mashed yams, braised red cabbage, oatmeal cookie.

Friday, Jan. 26: Crab cake, tartar sauce, potato wedges, wax beans, applesauce.

Monday, Jan. 29: Chicken croquette, roasted potatoes, green beans, grapes.

Tuesday, Jan. 30: Baked ham with maple mustard, whipped sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, angel food cake....

Healthy Geezer: Hearing

Friday, January 26, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I think I need a hearing aid. Any recommendations?

I’ve received this question from more than a few readers. It’s a subject of great interest to seniors.

About one in three Americans over age 60 suffers from loss of hearing, which can range from the inability to hear certain voices to deafness. However, only about one out of five who would benefit from a hearing aid uses one.

It’s important to explain that a hearing aid will not restore...

‘Art of Circus’ spans hundreds of years

Friday, January 26, 2018 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

At his core, lead producer and creator Tad Empage has a deep passion and appreciation for the arts.

“I’ve always been interested in the arts,” Empage explains in a phone interview. “I was a painter when I first arrived in New York City, started getting involved in theater. Art has always been with me, even before performing arts became my career. I wanted to honor the visual arts in which we find in life.”

Empage conceptualized “Art of Circus,” which will be presented at 8 p.m...