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The Family Project: In-laws’ drinking

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My in-laws have an active social life that often includes heavy drinking. My children, ages 11 and 13, have overheard them talk about their escapades, as well as their hangovers. One Sunday, my mother-in-law blatantly said that she was not getting out of bed because she had had too much to drink the night before. My kids have begun asking questions. My husband thinks it is funny, but I am worried about the effects this could have on our kids as they come of age. Am I overreacting?

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Healthy Geezer: Contact dermatitis

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What causes rashes?

The most common cause of a rash is contact dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin that comes from direct contact with irritants or allergens. A red, itchy rash from contact dermatitis isn’t contagious, and usually goes away in two to four weeks.

Irritants or allergens include: detergents, soaps, makeup, deodorant, clothing, chemicals, rubber, metals, jewelry, fragrances, plants and medicinal lotions.

There are two types of contact dermatitis....

50 years of ‘Nutcracker’: Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley adds to costumes sets, brings dancers old and new to classic

Friday, December 14, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Celebrating the 50th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” the longest-running “Nutcracker” in the Lehigh Valley, the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet brings this glorious holiday ballet to Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem, 1 and 4 p.m. Dec 15 and and 2 p.m. Dec. 16.

A 50th “Nutcracker Celebration” takes place after the Dec. 16 performance at Hotel Bethlehem. The honorary chair for the celebration is Dr. Joseph Roy, superintendent of Bethlehem Area...

Growing Green: Christmas tree tips

Friday, December 14, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Christmas trees have been a tradition for hundreds of years and bring the beauty and amazing scents of the outdoors into our homes for the holidays.

Real trees are part of an outdoor ecosystem, thus there is always a chance that insects may be brought indoors with a tree.

With the region’s infestation of the spotted lanternfly a concern, questions have been raised regarding the possibility of spotted lanternflies being carried into homes.

Although unlikely, spotted...

Civic Theatre has holiday spirit for Christmas season: Glassman back in ‘Carol’; new lead elf in ‘SantaLand’

Friday, December 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

There is plenty of holiday spirit to go around this season at Civic Theatre of Allentown.

The traditional “A Christmas Carol” based on Charles Dickens’ novel continues through Dec. 15 in Civic’s 19th Street Theatre and the modern more mature David Sedaris play “The SantaLand Diaries” continues through Dec. 16 in Civic’s Theatre 514.

And to top it off, there was an engagement on stage opening weekend of “A Christmas Carol.”

Barry Glassman plays Ebenezer Scrooge in “A...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, December 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Dec. 12: Chicken picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, tropical fruit.

Thursday, Dec. 13: Beef pot roast, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sugar cookie, fresh apple, wheat bread.

Friday, Dec. 14: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, pineapples.

Monday, Dec. 17: Chicken a la king, roasted potatoes, green beans, peaches, wheat bread.

Tuesday, Dec. 18: Three cheese ziti w/...

Slide-show lecture on Christmas at Hess’s

Friday, December 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

A slide-show lecture, “The Holidays at Hess’s Department Store,” will be presented at 1 p.m. Dec. 15, at the Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“No store in America could surpass the magic of a visit to Hess’s Department Store, especially at the holidays,” said Joseph Garrera, executive director of the Museum.

Based on more than 1,000 vintage photographs, the slide-lecture will re-create the spirit of awe and...

Healthy Geezer: How to reduce sodium

Friday, December 14, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of two parts

High-sodium diets are linked to increased blood pressure and a greater risk for heart disease and stroke. Reducing the amount of sodium you consume can help lower blood pressure or prevent heart disease from developing.

Diet experts recommend a daily consumption of less than 2,300 milligrams (mg), which is the amount of sodium in a teaspoon of table salt. If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may advise limiting yourself to 1,500 mg of sodium a day....