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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Growing Green: Penn State Soil-Test Kit

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

Preparing the soil is the most important step in flower or vegetable gardening. Test your soil this spring and use the test results and recommendations as a guide.

The soil in gardens changes, although it may look the same year after year. Growing and harvesting crops, leaching and erosion affect the availability of soil nutrients. A soil test is a valuable tool that guides gardeners.

A soil test measures nutrient amounts and pH, or level of acidity. Soil pH is measured on a...

Guinea pigs and a stowaway remembered by Breinigsville and Catasauqua readers

Friday, March 17, 2017 by BUD COLE in Focus

Third of four parts

Editor’s Note: Here are some more favorite pet stories from readers of the Lehigh Valley Press.

Debbie Garlicki of Breinigsville sent in this pet story:

“My husband and I read your columns and love them in the Parkland Press. We’re glad to see you are back. Your column about Little Bear, Charcole and Blue was very touching.

“My husband, Joel Bieler, and I have had guinea pigs, or cavies, for 18 years. They are amazing, curious and intelligent...

Healthy Geezer: Tinnitus

Monday, March 20, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I have this ringing in my ears almost all the time. My doctor says it is age-related tinnitus. I tried some of his recommendations to deal with it, but haven’t been successful. Any suggestions?

Most tinnitus, which is a symptom and not a disease, is from damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear. Those who suffer from tinnitus hear phantom noises that include not only ringing but whistling, hissing, buzzing, roaring and clicking. There is yet no cure...

Allentown Symphony presents world premiere

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Celebrating the “Symphonic Organ Festival” at the conclusion of the March 11 Allentown Symphony Orchestra “Classical Series” concert program at Miller Symphony Hall are, from left, Sheila Evans, Allentown Symphony Association Executive Director; Eric Ewazen, composer, “Concertino for Organ and Orchestra”; Diane Wittry, Allentown Symphony Orchestra Music Director-Conductor; Hector Olivera, organist for the program, and Barry Holben, Vice President, Sales, Allen Organ Company, which...

Theater Review: Laughs by the ‘Pints’-ful

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

A trip to Ireland inspired “Pints, Pounds and Pilgrims,” one of the funniest of the Crowded Kitchen Players’ productions now playing in honor of St. Patrick’s Day through March 19 at The Unicorn Theatre, 417 Front St., Catasauqua.

The Celtic farce, written and directed by Crowded Kitchen’s artistic director Ara Barlieb, is actually two plays within a play, with a cast of kooky characters who romp through their various scenes with gusto. Their real director obviously has not treated...

Movie Review: ‘The Salesman’

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by The Press in Focus

“The Salesman,” the 2017 Foreign Language Film Oscar recipient, is a must-see.

The gripping, powerful drama gives you a view of life in Tehran, Iran. Guess what? Despite the foreign language, and once you get accustomed to the English subtitles, “The Salesman” seems not too unlike a domestic drama and suspense thriller that might take place in the United States.

“Forushande” (“The Salesman”) tells the story of husband and wife, Emad (Shahab Hosseini, 2016 Cannes Film Festival...

LV Press Student Poetry Project deadline March 17

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The deadline for submissions for the 12th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project is March 17.

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...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Monday, March 13, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Pulling out all the stops:The world premiere of Eric Ewazen’s “Concertino for Organ and Orchestra” is performed by organist Hector Olivera, above, in the “Symphonic Organ Festival” concerts by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. March 11 and 3 p.m. March 12, Miller Symphony Hall. The week-long “Organ Extravaganza” includes Stephen Williams, Lenten Music Organ Recital, 6:30 p.m. March 7, First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown, and Don Kinnear,...

Crowded Kitchen Players raises ‘Pints’

Friday, March 10, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

“Pints, Pounds and Pilgrims,” a rollicking comedy about the collision of two theater companies, one American, one Irish, is being presented just in time for St. Patrick’s Day by Crowded Kitchen Players, at 8 p.m. March 10, 11, 17 and 18 and 2 p.m. March 12 and 19, Unicorn Theatre, 417 Front St, Catasauqua.

“It’s set on the Island of Inisbofin, off the west coast of Ireland, at an arts festival called the Inishbofin Festival for the Arts. The islanders have decided that to attract more...