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The Family Project: electronics addiction

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. Our 19-year-old son has failed out of two separate colleges. Since he came home, we have noticed that he is constantly on his phone or laptop, which he admits interfered with his college success. He is an adult, and we want him to be responsible for himself, but he thinks he may be addicted to electronics. Are there any resources available for him?

The overuse of or addiction to electronics and video is a new, but a real issue facing society today, according to the panel.


Healthy Geezer: Shoulder problems

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. You can settle a bet for me. Who gets shoulder problems more often, athletes or seniors?

Athletes such as pitchers, tennis players and swimmers are especially susceptible to shoulder problems because of their repetitive overhead motions. However, shoulder problems are most likely to victimize people older than 60. You can deduce that, as a group, old athletes are at the highest risk of shoulder injury.

The shoulder is the body’s most movable joint....


Saturday, April 28, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Broken homes.

The title to a household where the ruckus is over. No more arguing, just broken hearts.

But what if the household isn’t broken? It’s in the process of breaking. Endless nights of


Endless hours of distraction. Hearts breaking. Piece by piece.

The thought of the end is stuck in your head. Not only when you

Can switch from breaking to broken,

But when you can come to closure.

Finally accept the fact that things will...

Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, April 25: Salisbury steak, scalloped potatoes, carrots, orange.

Thursday, April 26: Roasted turkey breast, bread stuffing, green beans, oatmeal cookie, tropical fruit.

Friday, April 27: Fish, confetti rice, Mediterranean medley, apple crisp.

Monday, April 30: Spaghetti and meatballs, broccoli, fruit cocktail.

Tuesday, May 1: Veal w/mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, diced pears.


Guest conductor, opera singer, with Curtis Symphony

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

On April 28, Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall welcomes back the Curtis Symphony Orchestra with guest artist, operatic soprano Amanda Majeski.

The ensemble will be conducted by Karina Canellakis, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Julliard School and winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award.

After Curtis, Canellakis embarked on a career as a violinist in chamber groups and with the Chicago Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic. She then went on to...

Ezra Wenner: 75 years and counting with The Allentown Band

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Allentown Band has been a Lehigh Valley institution for 190 years. Ezra Wenner has been an institution in the Allentown Band for 75 years.

That’s 75 years of holding down the trombone chair in one of the United State’s finest concert bands. Wenner, 90, is believed to have played with the Allentown Band for more years than any other musician in the band.

Wenner has received recognition for his longevity in recent years.

In 2015, the Allentown Band board of directors...

Ronald Demkee is Mr. Allentown Band

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Allentown Band has a long and storied past, dating back 190 years, to what is said to be its first performance, July 4, 1828.

For the last 41 years, one man has been the face of the Allentown Band: Ronald Demkee.

The band’s conductor started his association with the United States’ oldest civilian concert band as a tubist in 1964 while attending West Chester University. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Allentown Band is gearing up for its outdoor summer concert...

Veteran journalist pens Northampton County history book

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Local residents of a certain age can catalogue a host of changes they’ve witnessed in Northampton County over the years.

Veteran Lehigh Valley journalist and professor Glenn Kranzley has covered all the bases in his new book, “Still Changing, Still Home: Northampton County Since the 1950s.” He catches it all: from shrinking farmland to the traffic crunch, the economy, environment, culture, sports - you name it.

Kranzley presents a lecture, “Northampton County After Earth Day,”...

And the band plays on

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by The Press in Focus

As the Allentown Band warms up for its annual series of concerts in West Park, Allentown, and at other Lehigh Valley outdoor bandshells and parks, the Focus section profiles the band’s long-time conductor, Ronald Demkee, and the band’s eldest musician, Ezra Wenner.