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Growing Green: pumpkins and mums

Friday, September 15, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Fall is the season for pumpkins and chrysanthemums!

Halloween pumpkins are generally harvested in September through October. The first frost typically occurs in early to mid-October when the pumpkin fruits are still curing outside in the fields. The growers in pick-your-own pumpkin operations use this method to ensure that pumpkins are well cured in the field before picked up by their customers.

It is important to note that pumpkin fruits can tolerate light frost that kill the...

Review: ‘Tulip Fever’

Friday, September 15, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Movies are as close as we get to travelling in time machines. “Tulip Fever” transports us to Holland when the tulip and bulb craze was in full flower, circa 1634-1637. Tulips were introduced from Turkey to Holland. A virus caused a red color to appear on the petals, increasing the price and resulting in speculation on the tulip market.

That’s the background for “Tulip Fever,” directed by Justin Chadwick (“Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom,” 2013; ”The First Grader,” 2010; “The Other...

Healthy Geezer: pigmentaton disorders

Friday, September 15, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. How common are albinos?

People get their color from a pigment called melanin. Albinos have no melanin in their skin, hair or eyes.

Albinos suffer from albinism, a rare inherited disorder found in fewer than five people per 100,000 in the United States and Europe. Other parts of the world have a much higher rate. This disorder can occur in any race, but is most common in Caucasians. Albinos have pale skin, pale blue or pink eyes, and white hair. The disorder also produces...

Gryphon Trio at Foy

Friday, September 15, 2017 by The Press in Focus


The Gryphon Trio opens the 2017-18 season of The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Church and Main streets, Bethlehem.

The Canadian piano trio, Artists-in-Residence at the University of Toronto, tours internationally, has produced numerous recordings, and is active in teaching.

The program is: Haydn: Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Hob. XV: 29; Dinuk Wijerante: “Love Triangle,” and Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2...

‘Heroes Of Flight 93’: In the shadow of 9/11, we are forever family in new documentary

Friday, September 8, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The terrible trauma of 9/11 made us family.

Images of two hijacked airliners crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City and the aftermath Sept. 11, 2001, are indelibly burned into our memory.

We recall a third plane slamming into The Pentagon in Arlington County, Va.

And we remember the fourth plane burrowing into a field in Shanksville, Somerset County.

“9/11 And The Heroes Of Flight 93” by The Media People, whose executive producer is Scott Stoneback...

Tommy Womack to play ‘Namaste’ at Godfrey Daniels

Monday, September 11, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

For Tommy Womack, it became clear to him from an early age that music was what made life worthwhile for him.

“At the age of 19 or 20, I decided that if life was gonna suck this bad I was gonna do what I wanted to do, and that was rock ‘n’ roll,” Womack says in a phone interview. “I had no particular talent or knew anyone in the industry, but by the time I finished college, I was determined.”

That’s not to say that this was a stable career choice. Far from it.

“It’s never...

Oak Ridge Boys bring the gospel of country to State Theatre

Friday, September 8, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

When the Oak Ridge Boys got back together, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

“We sat down face-to-face and did it individually and we decided as a first step, let’s renew our friendship, And we did,” says Richard Sterban, The Oaks’ bass singer.

“We asked each other for forgiveness. And we did. We got together and sang one day and I’ll tell you, there was not a dry eye among the four of us.”

The Oak Ridge Boys, with one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds...

Golf Classic

Friday, September 8, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College’s (LCCC) Foundation has rescheduled its 24th annual Golf Classic at Lehigh Country Club, Allentown, for Sept. 25. The event, originally scheduled for Aug. 7, was postponed because of inclement weather.

This year’s honorary chairs are the Rothrock Family, in memory of the late Bruce L. Rothrock, Sr. Proceeds benefit the Bruce L. Rothrock Entrepreneurial Scholarship Fund.

Golfers and teams can register for the rescheduled tournament...