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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Pa.-Dutch radio play

Friday, January 10, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LVHM:

Dr. Gregory Hanson speaks about a 1940s radio play featuring Asseba and Sabina, a fictional Pennsylvania-Dutch couple, at 1 p.m. Jan. 11, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“Old-time radio broadcasts of Asseba and Sabina in the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect were tremendously popular in our region,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

From 1944-1954, Lehigh Valley listeners tuned in Sundays...

Healthy Geezer: Coconut oil effectiveness debated

Friday, January 10, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I read on the internet that coconut oil is great for your cholesterol and has other health benefits. I thought coconut oil was very bad for you. What gives?

Here’s the advice of Walter C. Willett, MD, of the Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition:

“I’d use coconut oil sparingly. Most of the research so far has consisted of short-term studies to examine its effect on cholesterol levels.

“We don’t really know how coconut oil...

14th annual ABEs Salute Lehigh Valley Stage: From plays to musicals, theater unbound in 2019

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Lehigh Valley regional theater continued to delight, surprise and impress in 2019.

The ABEs, as in Allentown Bethlehem and Easton, is an attempt to encapsulate a year’s-worth of plays and musicals produced by Lehigh Valley nonprofit theater companies.

This is the 14th annual ABEs. The overview is based on stage shows seen and-or reviewed by myself and Carole Gorney. Admittedly, we didn’t see every show in 2019.

For purposes of scale, the ABEs are divided into two...

Allentown Band CDs receive two American Prize awards

Friday, January 3, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The Allentown Band has been awarded the American Prize’s Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music 2018-2019.

The band, which was named a Finalist Honorable Mention, received a Special Judges’ Citation for its CD, “Championing the Music of Morton Gould.”

The band also received a Third Place Citation in the American Prize’s Community Band-Wind Ensemble Division for its performance on its CD “Tribute to John Williams.”

“This is the first time we ever...

Focus 2019 theater review list

Friday, January 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Here is a list of theater reviews published in 2019 by the Lehigh Valley Press Focus, listing play, theater, date of publication date and reviewer.

Theater reviews can be searched by title, theater and review publication date on the Focus page of Lehigh Valley Press:

thelehighvalleypress.com/focus

Focus 2019 Lehigh Valley theater reviews

“Who’s Holiday,” Civic Theatre, Dec. 21, Carol Gorney

“Christmas Carole 1944,” Civic Theatre, Dec. 12, Carole Gorney...

Movie Review: One of a kindness

Monday, January 6, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” is an odd little film.

On the one hand, it’s been perceived as a biopic of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, native Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003), host of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” (1968 - 2001), produced by WQED, Pittsburgh, and telecast on Public Broadcasting Television stations.

On the other hand, the film is not a Fred Rogers biopic.

While I may have been one of the moviegoers expecting a biopic along the lines of the excellent...

Movie Review: ‘Jumanji’: Fun run

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Some movies are lifted by low expectations.

Having seen a movie where you’re not expecting much, you sometimes end up with higher results.

That’s what happened for me with “Jumanji: The Next Level.”

Once one gets past the illogical legerdemain of the movie’s premise, which I won’t geek out on here, “Jumanji” provides an entertaining, frequently humorous and often wild ride.

Having not played “The Jumanji Classic Board Game” or “The Jumanji Video Game” (I don’t...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, January 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, January 1: Closed for New Year’s Day.

Thursday, January 2 - New Year’s Celebration: Pork chop, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, dinner roll, Greek yogurt.

Friday, January 3: Turkey sloppy joe, roasted red potatoes, vegetable barley soup, whole wheat dinner roll, chocolate chip cookie.

Monday, January 6: Caprese pork chops, garlic broccoli, brown rice, crackers, diced pears.

Tuesday, January 7: Salisbury steak, lima...