Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bud’s View: Blue; poem for departed pet

Friday, February 17, 2017 by BUD COLE in Focus

Editor’s note: This is the second of three columns based on abridged versions of readers’ stories about their pets in response to a “Bud’s View” column about the emotional stresses individuals and families face when a pet dies. That column, “The Pets That Rescue Us,” is available on The Focus page of The Press web site, Aug. 31, 2016.

If you read my Focus column regularly, you know I often referred to Blue, Bev’s and my pet English springer spaniel. Blue introduced himself to his...

Theater Review:

Friday, February 17, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s production of “9 to 5: The Musical,” continuing through Feb. 26, is full of surprises. When you least expect it, a minor character belts out a rousing song, or someone from the ensemble does a “George Spelvin” walk-on that’s good for a laugh while distracting the audience’s attention from the scene changes.

On opening night, Feb. 10, on which this review is based, Joe (Chris Egging) had only brief on-stage appearances and a few lines until well into the...

Touchstone fund-raiser packs a ‘Punch’

Friday, February 17, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Get ready to party like it’s Mardi Gras at Touchstone Theatre’s concert fundraiser, “Jakopa’s Punch Bowl,” 7 p.m. Feb. 18, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem.

The event features Touchstone’s newly-formed band, Jakopa’s Punch. They will be joined on the bill by The Bastard Sons of Burt Sugarman and the The Charts Funk Band, from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.

Jambalaya, king cake and other New Orleans-style dishes will be served...

Movie Review: ‘Fences’

Friday, February 17, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Good fences make good neighbors.”

- Robert Frost,

“Mending Wall”

“Fences,” the film version of August Wilson’s 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play is set in Pittsburgh circa 1956 where Troy (Denzel Washington, who also directs), is a municipal garbageman and former Negro League baseball player standout.

Troy and his wife, Rose (Viola Davis), have a son, Cory (Jovan Adepo, TV’s “The Leftovers,” 2015-17, in his theatrical feature debut), who excels at...

Entry form:

Friday, February 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Here is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscars” recipients contest for the 89th Academy Awards.

Best picture



“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hell or High Water”

“Hidden Figures”

“La La Land”


“Manchester by the Sea”


Lead actor

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”


Growing Green: Plan your garden now

Friday, February 17, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Here is a list of gardening items that you can think about doing, even in winter.

Choose seeds, bulbs and woody plants from catalogs and order early. Some varieties sell out quickly. Be sure to look for disease and pest resistance when purchasing vegetable and flower seeds.

Check trees and shrubs for animal damage. Pull any mulch away from trunks where bark can be gnawed or stripped off.

Water recently-planted trees and shrubs if there is little or no rain or snow and if...

Poetry Project deadline March 17

Friday, February 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 12th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 26 and 27 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of the...

Article By: The Press

Friday, February 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus




Nominations for the 89th Academy awards have been announced.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the Academy Awards for 2016 outstanding film achievements, 8 p.m. (EST) Feb. 26, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles. The ceremony is televised live on the ABC television network.

The person who chooses the most correct number of Oscar recipients receives a $50 Penn’s Peak gift card; tickets to...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, February 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Packs quite a “Punch”:Touchstone Theatre presents “Jakopa’s Punch Bowl,” 7-10 p.m. Feb. 18, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Sand Island, 56 River St., Bethlehem. The Mardi Gras-themed evening of eclectic music by three local bands; New Orleans-style lite fare, like jambalaya and king cake; beer, wine and Jakopa’s punch is a concert fund-raiser for Touchstone’s ‘The Jakopa’s Punch Processional,” an outdoor, free-to-the-public, spectacle-based performance premiering July 14 and 15 along the South...


Friday, February 17, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) offers a 10-week spring 2017 semester for on-line and on-campus credit classes, Feb. 17 - May 6. Students can register through Feb. 21.

New and returning students can apply on-line and meet with an advisor. Tuition payment is due at registration.

Information: LCCC Admissions Office, 610-799-1575;