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Healthy Geezer: Three topics

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I get low blood pressure after I eat a meal. It makes me a little woozy. What can I do about it?

This is a senior malady called “postprandial hypotension.” When you eat, blood pours into your digestive system. To maintain your blood pressure, your heart pumps more often and your blood vessels constrict. These compensatory mechanisms don’t work for some people.

To help prevent postprandial hypotension, eat small portions several times a day and limit high-carbohydrate foods...

Gečytė, Perla return for sixth ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Viktorija Gečytė and the Gene Perla Trio are making their sixth appearance in the “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The 7:30 p.m. May 17 concert is part of the group’s 11th annual tour. After Lehigh Valley and New York area concerts, the group heads to the Bay Area. Then it’s off to Europe where the ensemble plans to make a recording.

Gečytė, a native of Lithuania, has been performing since age five. She was a scholarship...

Lehigh County senior menus

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, May 15: Beef stew, buttered noodles, broccoli and cauliflower, apple.

Thursday, May 16: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, oriental vegetable, banana, wheat bread.

Friday, May 17: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, fruit cocktail.

Monday, May 20: Chicken croquette, roasted potatoes, carrots, pineapple, wheat bread.

Tuesday, May 21: Low salt baked ham with maple mustard, whipped sweet potato, Brussels...

Growing Green: ‘Mulch volcano’

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Overmulching landscape trees is common.

This is most obvious when mulch extends up the trunk, smothering the root flare and root zone.

This practice, known as “volcano mulching,” results in a “mulch volcano,” and is never recommended and should not be utilized.

As beneficial as mulch is, too much mulch is harmful.

Deep mulch may suppress weeds, but it wastes time and money and can cause major health problems that lead to tree decline and possibly death.

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The Family Project: Discuss dog’s illness

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My wife and I adopted a lovable mutt before we started our family. Our children have not known life without Sheba. However, the dog has developed multiple health issues in her old age, and we are holding off making decisions about putting her to rest because we don’t know how the children, ages 5 and 3, will handle it. We don’t want the dog to suffer, but we don’t want our children to be sad, either. What is the best way to handle this?

“Dying, whether people or animals, is a way...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“The Moment” is now: Viktorija Gečytė with Gene Perla Trio is on the 11th annual tour, “In The Moment,” including 7:30 p.m. May 17, “Jazz Upstairs,” Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. In addition to Gečytė, vocals, performing will be Gene Perla, double bass; Edsel Gomez, piano, and Adam Nussbaum, drums. Gečytė, a native of Lithuania, attended Lafayette College on a scholarship, and performed at New York jazz clubs. In 2008, she moved to Paris where she performs regularly...

Rosie the deliverer: Lehigh Valley Hospital campus at Cedar Crest, Muhlenberg have high-tech robots fill perscriptions

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Focus

Visitors on a recent behind-the-scenes tour to see the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) drug robot may have expected a “Star Wars” R2-D2-sized mechanical helper scurrying between patient rooms handing out doses of medication.

Instead, they were presented with a room-sized marvel covering some 420-square-feet and containing 60,000 doses of medication at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township.

The tour was presented for hospital donors and community leaders by...

Concert Review: 112th Bach Festival of Bethlehem has many memorable moments

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

They come for the “Mass,” but they stay for the cantatas, world premieres, instrumental works and events.

The 112th Bach Festival of Bethlehem, which continues May 17 and 18, ran the gamut of emotions, from somber reflection, to fascinating scholarship, to wonderful new works, to exciting soloists and instrumentalists to, yes, the grandeur of J.S. Bach’s “Mass in B Minor.”

There’s so much to take in at the Bach Festival, that a review cannot truly do it justice. Even so, there...

On the road to Bethlehem for the Bach Festival in May

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Another May. Another ‘Mass.’”

So observed David R. Umla, of Allentown, who has sung J. S. Bach’s “Mass In B Minor” in the Bass I section of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem for two decades since the 1998-1999 season.

“It’s like coming home,” said Umla, standing outside Packer Memorial Church on the Lehigh University campus in Bethlehem between sessions of the “Mass,” presented in two parts on the afternoon of May 11 for the 112th Bach Festival.

“It never gets old,” continued...