Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Freedom: ‘Peter Pan’

Friday, March 31, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Freedom High School presents “Peter Pan,” a musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s 1904 play of the same name, at 7 p.m. April 5, 6, 7 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 8 and 2 p.m. April 9, auditorium, Freedom High School, 3149 Chester Avenue, Bethlehem.

With music by Mark “Moose” Charlap and additional music by Jule Styne, the lyrics were written by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Director Jennifer Wescoe is assisted by music director Nancy Shumaker, choreographer Jerri...

Allen ‘Bonnie & Clyde’

Friday, March 31, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The William Allen High School theater department presents “Bonnie & Clyde,” a PG-rated musical about the notorious couple who achieved the unlikely status of folk heroes during the 1930s, at 7 p.m. April 6, 7, 8 and 2 p.m. April 9, John F. McHugh Auditorium, William Allen High School, 106 N. 17th St., Allentown.

“To my knowledge, we are the first area high school to produce this musical,” says director John T. Sechler. Assisting him are assistant director and choreographer Dawn...

Lehigh Valley Press garners 20 Professional Keystone Press Awards

Friday, March 31, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Bethlehem Press was again a big winner in the annual Professional Keystone Press Awards.

Overall, Lehigh Valley Press received 20 Keystone awards in the 2017 contest.

Of the total number of awards received by The Press newspapers, the Bethlehem Press and its contributors received 17 Keystones and the newspaper received the Sweepstakes Award in its division for the fourth year in a row.

Scott Masenheimer, Publisher of the Lehigh Valley Press Newspaper Group said, “We...

Acclaimed violinist

Friday, March 31, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Critically-acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova, right, joins the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra for a performance of Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor at 7:30 p.m. April 1, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown.

The program, “Power and Grace,” directed by PSO Music Conductor Allan Birney, includes Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and a Serenade for String Orchestra by Tchaikovsky.

The Washington Post praises Hristova as “a player of impressive power and...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, March 31, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, March 29: Spaghetti with meatballs, parmesan cheese, tossed salad with Italian dressing, Italian bread with margarine, applesauce.

Thursday, March 30, Cannelloni bean with mushroom soup, chicken Swiss stuffing bake, roasted Brussels sprouts, wheat bread with margarine, fresh pineapple tidbits.

Friday, March 31: Butternut squash bisque, oven-fried fish, au gratin potatoes, green peas, wheat bread with margarine, iced pumpkin bar...


Friday, March 31, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Allen A. and Jean M. (Sell) Oswald, of Alburtis, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary March 23.

The couple was married March 23, 1957, by the late Rev. Royce Schaeffer at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Emmaus.

On Feb. 25, their family surprised them with a diamond anniversary dinner at the 1760 Pub N Grill, Trexlertown. Additionally, there was a surprise vow renewal performed by Ron DeIaco.

The couple has three children: sons Allen II, and his wife, Catherine,...


Friday, March 31, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Patricia and Joseph Sommer of Coplay celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Feb. 16.

The couple was married in 1957 by the Rev. John Weisler at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Coplay.

Patricia, a daughter of the late Frank and Bertha Betz, who resided in Coplay, is active at St. John the Baptist, Stiles, where she’s a member.

Joseph is the son of the late Frank and Josephine Sommer, who also resided in Coplay.

He served in the Navy aboard the USS Helena. He...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, March 31, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, March 29: Baked pork loin, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce.

Thursday, March 30: Turkey and biscuits, peas and carrots, orange.

Friday, March 31: Vegetarian chili, brown rice, broccoli, whipped potatoes, mini corn muffin.

Monday, April 3: Roast pork with apple chutney, whipped potatoes, red cabbage, sugar cookie.

Tuesday, April 4: Salisbury steak, scalloped potatoes, carrots, orange.

Wednesday, April...

Healthy Geezer: elderly drivers

Friday, March 31, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My father is 82 and his driving is getting scary. I’ve been asking him to give up the keys, but he won’t do it. Any suggestions about how to handle this?

Here are some questions driving experts recommend asking older motorists to determine if they are still road-worthy:

Do other drivers often honk at me?

Have I had some accidents?

Do I get lost, even on roads I know?

Do cars or pedestrians seem to appear out of nowhere?

Have passengers in my car...

ASO principal musicians

Friday, March 31, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Allentown Symphony Orchestra principal musicians are featured in the “Arts at St. John’s” April “Noon-10 Concerts” at St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown.

April 4, 12;10 p.m.: Eliezer Gutman, violin, Concertmaster, Allentown Symphony Orchestra; Lotus Cheng, piano

April 11, 12:10 p.m.: Jameson Platte, Associate Principal Cellist, Allentown Symphony Orchestra; Matthew Quayle, piano

April 18, 12:10 p.m.: Robin Kani,...