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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by The Press in Opinion

Almost everyone who lives a long life will develop cataracts at some point.

August is Cataract Awareness Month, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology is encouraging seniors and their caregivers to understand cataract risks, symptoms, and prevention tips, as well as how to decide when it is time for cataract surgery so good vision can be restored.

Cataracts are the most common causes of vision loss. In fact, by age 75, about 70 percent of people have cataracts.


Sharing memories can benefit speaker and receiver

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK Special to The Press in Opinion

Once upon a time, older adults who spent hours reminiscing were told to "stop living in the past."

Today, reminiscing by the aging population is no longer considered a negative sign of old age. Seniors are encouraged by health care professionals and social workers to remember and review decades of life experiences.

Personally, I'm an addict for such history. Whenever an elderly person wants to look back and talk about his or her life, I'm all ears.

Recently I was asked...


Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by The Press in News Briefs

The Sanctuary at Haafsville needs to raise $10,000 for transfer tax, title search and appraisal fee for property donated to the animal shelter in Upper Macungie.

Deadline to donate is Sept. 28.

To donate, go to or mail donations to P.O. Box 921, Fogelsville, PA 18051.

Heidelberg Township

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by KAREN JENSEN PARRY Special to The Press in Local News

That's the spirit! Heidelberg Lutheran Church will have a food stand next to the UCC stand at "Night in the Country" celebration 4-10 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Northwestern Recreation Commission Community Park, Route 309 and Northwest Road.

Lutheran members will be selling sweet Italian sausage sandwiches, beef barbecue, hot dogs, Snapple iced teas, bottled water, Coke and Diet Coke.

Anyone needing more information or in volunteering, may call Betty at 610-767-6949.

Members of...

NW Elementary students perform 'Beach Day'

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by LINDA DEIBERT Special to The Press in School

Third-grade students at Northwestern Elementary performed "Beach Day" for parents and peers May 17 at the high school.

Shawn Fies, music teacher, began writing musicals for third-grade students in 2008, beginning with "Science Musical." In 2009, he wrote "Space Adventure," then "Pearl of the Night" in 2010 and "Fractured" in 2011.

His goal is to help the students study for the PSSA test by turning facts about the solar system, the weather and more into song.



Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by The Press in News Briefs

Northwestern Recreation Commission is presenting "A Night in the Country" 4-10 p.m. on Aug. 18. Rain date is Aug. 19.

There will be live country music, car cruise, Chinese auction, bingo, food and activities. A fireworks display closes the evening.

Admission donations will be accepted for adults and children.

LCCC reopens after bomb threat forces closing of campus

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Lehigh Carbon Community College reopened its Schnecksville campus at its regular scheduled time Wednesday morning after a bomb threat forced the school's evacuation.

State police, volunteer firefighters and a K-9 unit from Palmer Township were dispatched mid-morning Aug. 14 to conduct a bomb sweep of the campus.

"Early this morning LCCC received a bomb threat at the Schnecksville location and immediately the campus was evacuated," LCCC President Dr. Donald W. Snyder told The...