Northwestern Press

Monday, May 27, 2019

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 such as potatoes, rice, pasta and bread.

Northampton County senior menus

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, May 15: Marinated turkey cutlet, rosemary red potatoes, au gratin cauliflower, wheat bread w/ margarine, chocolate chip cookie.

Thursday, May 16: Apricot nectar, pork barbecue on a bun, Amish potato salad, fresh seedless grapes.

Friday, May 17: Macaroni and cheese w/ bacon and tomatoes, green peas, baby kale and spinach salad w/ ranch dressing, wheat bread w/ margarine, chilled plums.

2019 Freddy Awards nominations

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Bangor, 16; Freedom, 14; Emmaus, 13;

Nominations for the 2019 Freddy Awards were announced May 9 during a live broadcast of “69 News at Noon” on WFMZ-TV.

Of 155 Freddy nominatons, Bangor received the most with 16 Freddy nominations.

Freedom was next with 14 Freddy nominations, followed by Emmaus, 13 nominations; Nazareth, 13 nominations, Parkland, 12 nominations, and Easton, 12 nominations.

Rehearsals for the opening number of the live broadcast featuring four students from each of the 30 participating schools began May 9 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Respectfully Yours: Others’ plates

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I enjoy dining out with a group of my friends. But there is one person who is always picking food off my plate. I don’t mind when a group of us shares dishes around the table, but I can’t stand it when someone starts casually eating off of my plate without asking. What should I do without embarrassing myself or the person?

Dear Reader,

When did “Mine is mine. Yours is mine” become the rule at the table?

It’s one thing when family members or significant others take food from each other’s plates.

Movie Review: ‘Red’ all over

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Red Joan” is an odd little film worth seeing for several fine performances and a retelling of an apparently little-known World War II and Cold War era spy case.

The film has the potential of a Hitchcockian thriller, not unlike director Alfred Hitchcock’s spy thriller, “Saboteur” (1942).

Though it doesn’t square the circle in fulfilling the dramtic arc of the classic Hitchcock film, “Red Joan” is of interest to fans of spy thrillers, World War II history buffs and those who follow the performances of Dame Judith Olivia Dench. otherwise know as Judi Dench.

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 the network’s philanthropy department.

8 DAYS A WEEK:

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 at jazz clubs and festivals. Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N.

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 of life,” panelist Pam Wallace said.

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 sprouts, angel food cake.

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 are moments to remember from the May 10 and 11 performances and events.