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Christmas tree inspires book

Friday, December 6, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Have you ever gone to the Christmas tree farm and cut down a tree, only to find when you got it home, there was a little eight-legged stowaway among the branches?

Erin Ferguson and her two daughters have. “We’ve been cutting down live trees for years and we always got a spider in our Christmas tree,” Ferguson says.

“One year, we named one Earl and joked about it all season. He became a part of our family and it started a yearly Christmas tradition of welcoming Earl back into...

‘Messiah’ meets ‘Magnificat’ is a first for Bach Choir of Bethlehem concert

Friday, December 6, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

It’s a performance not to be missed.

And you will have two opportunties to experience it.

For the first time in the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s 122-year history, the renowned singers are performing Handel’s “Messiah.”

The first part of the monumental choral masterpiece will be performed along with Bach’s “Magnificat” at the Bach Choir’s Christmas concerts Dec. 7 and 8 in Allentown and Bethlehem.

The three-part oratorio about the life of Christ is a beloved holiday...

Christmas tours

Friday, December 6, 2019 by The Press in Focus

TROXELL-STECKEL:

A Pennsylvania-Dutch Christmas circa 1842 will be re-created, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dec. 7, at the 1756 Troxell-Steckel Farmhouse, 4229 Reliance St., Egypt, Whitehall Township.

Tours depart approximately every 15 minutes from the farmstead’s barn.

The Pennsylvania-Dutch Belsnickel, also known as Nicholas in Furs, will give treats to visitors.

Visitors can watch the son of the family decorate the family Christmas tree.

Information:...

‘Nutcracker’ lives on for Christmas

Friday, December 6, 2019 by The Press in Focus

In the “Nutcracker” ballet, the toy of the title is damaged, and quickly repaired.

As with the beloved toy, “The “Nutcracker” is alive and well in the Lehigh Valley.

Fans of the “Nutcracker” again have several opportunities to attend performances of the classic Christmas season ballet in the Lehigh Valley.

There will be two performances of each production.

Repertory Dance Theatre of the Lehigh Valley presents its 33rd annual production of the “Nutcracker” Dec. 7...

Movie Review: Grumpy old gangsters

Sunday, December 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Apart from being an intriguing yarn about mobsters, labor unions and United States political conspiracy theories, “The Irishman” is a character study about some real characters, actual and fictional.

It’s also a cinematic reunion of some of the greatest actors of a generation in the past five decades.

“The Irishman” is a particularly Pennsylvania story.

Director Martin Scorsese brings together Robert De Niro as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (1920 - 2003), a high-ranking...

Once in a lifetime: Whitehall artist receives national exhibit top prize

Friday, November 29, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Douglas Wiltraut has received the Robert Sanstrom Prize, a Gold Medal, and $5,000, as an honorarium, for his painting, “Fading Away” (2018, egg tempera on panel, 22 in. x 33 in.) at the 65th Annual Exhibition of the National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic (NSPCA) held at the Salmagundi Club, New York City.

The organization was founded in the 1950s and the society’s top prize, named for Robert Sanstrom, can only be received once in an artist’s lifetime. Sanstrom was an...

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Friday, November 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV Zoo lights “Winter Lights”: The sixth annual “Christmas Décor Winter Light Spectacular” continues through Dec. 29, Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville. In addition to 1.2 million lights, said to be more than that at any other holiday lights attraction in Pennsylvania, there are a pair of reindeer, holiday scenes, performances, interactions with characters, fire pits and hot chocolate. Proceeds from the event support conservation projects and programs at Lehigh Valley...

Healthy Geezer: Three questions from the email bag

Friday, November 29, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My brother-in-law is getting a defibrillator. How is that different from a pacemaker?

An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) and a pacemaker are battery-powered devices installed in the chest to deliver electrical impulses to the heart. In general, a pacemaker is used when the heart beats too slowly; an ICD is used when the heart beats too quickly.

Pacemakers jog the heart with mild reminders that patients usually can’t feel. Pacemakers are small; some are only as...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, November 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, November 27: Turkey Diane (lemon mustard sauce), mashed potatoes, broccoli, dinner roll, apple bread pudding.

Thursday, November 28: Closed. Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 29: Closed. Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, December 2: Chicken Alfredo, broccoli and red peppers, garlic spinach, bow tie pasta, chocolate chip bread pudding.

Tuesday, December 3: Open face hot turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread, vegetable...