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‘I’ve written a play and I didn’t think I could’ The wonder of Touchstone Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival goes online

Friday, May 8, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

You probably don’t think that a third-grader can write a play.

Most of them don’t think so either.

But Touchstone’ Theater’s Young Playwrights’ Festival proves that they can.

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 15th Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival will be presented online, 7 p.m. May 9.

Links to the online festival will be posted at noon May 9 on Touchstone’s website: http://www.touchstone.org/

The...

Third time not the charm for Mayfair at Cedar Crest; arts festival canceled for Memorial Day weekend

Friday, May 8, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The third time is not the charm for Mayfair with the announcement that concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have forced cancellation of the 2020 arts festival.

Mayfair Festival of the Arts was to return May 22-24 for the third year on the Cedar Crest College campus in Allentown.

The three-day festival, as with Memorial Day, May 24, is regarded as the unofficial start of summer in the Lehigh Valley. The first day of summer is June 20.

On its website, Cedar...

Switch-hitter: Palmer Township plant converts from Major League Baseball uniform manufacturing to making face masks

Friday, May 8, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

With America’s favorite pastime sheltered in place in the dugout, Fanatics, Inc. has teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) to provide protective gear for those on the frontlines battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Fanatics Founder and Executive Chairman Michael Rubin called MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Jr. and proposed temporarily halting baseball team jersey production at the Fanatic’s Palmer Township plant to produce desperately-needed face masks and gowns.

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Pa. Music & Arts Celebration canceled at Allentown Fairgrounds’ Agri-Plex; backing urged for virtual ‘Moment of Remembrance’ on Memorial Day

Friday, May 8, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration at the Agri-Plex, Allentown Fairgrounds, Memorial Day weekend, has been canceled because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Pennsylvania’s Music Preservation Society, which produces the event, is partnering with WFMZ-TV, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure, Jr. and Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council, for an audio-streaming event as part of a nationwide “Moment of...

Students eligible for COVID funds

Friday, May 8, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) students impacted by COVID-19 will have access to grants through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that is part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

LCCC has received nearly $2 million for emergency grants to students who experience unexpected educational expenses or financial hardship because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while a student at LCCC.

The college has...

LCCC offers virtual open-house

Friday, May 8, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) will provide seven virtual information sessions via Zoom May 11-14.

Each session focuses on a career pathway. Students who are undecided on a major may attend any of the sessions, as general information will be shared at each of them. A question and answer session will follow the presentations made by faculty in the department.

In addition, after each session with the faculty, participants will have an opportunity to speak with a...

Respectfully Yours: Coronavirus conversations have gone viral

Friday, May 8, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

It feels as if almost every conversation veers toward talk of the coronavirus. How can I politely change the topic to something besides the pandemic?

Dear Reader,

You’re not alone with that thought.

It does feel almost every conversation is about the virus. The constant news updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can feel overwhelming. We are all trying to stay informed yet we need to find time to tune out what is happening, at least for...

Healthy Geezer: Cataract, LASIK, surgery can improve vision

Friday, May 8, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Last of four parts

There are three basic ways to correct faulty vision: eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery. In this column, we’ll cover surgery.

Surgery is used to correct a variety of eye disorders. Of special interest to seniors is surgery for cataracts, so we’ll start there.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens, the clear part of the eye that helps focus images like the lens in a camera. Cataracts can blur images and discolor them.

The most common procedure...

The Family Project: Ice-cream intervention for bickering children

Friday, May 8, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My three children ages 8, 11 and 13, constantly bicker. What can I do to keep them from fighting?

The problem here, according to panelist Joanne Raftas, is sibling rivalry. “The children are vying for the attention of the parents,” Raftas said.

This rivalry is normal, Erin Stalsiz said. “Siblings fight, and it is a normal part of growing up. You could let them work things out as long as they are not hurting each other. But if it gets out of hand, have parents take turns and...