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Note to readers of “Bud’s View”

Friday, July 14, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Focus section in The Press newspapers hopes to resume publication of the “Bud’s View” column as soon as possible.

Please keep Bud Cole in your prayers, and if you would like to send him a card, his address is:

Bernard Cole

Room 501

Priscilla Payne Hurd Pavilion

St. Luke’s University Hospital

801 Ostrum St.


Pennsylvania 18015

2017-18 season: Miller Symphony Hall leader sees renewed opportunity in Allentown renaissance

Friday, July 7, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Season schedule: Page B2

Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, home to the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, had a “great season” for 2016-17, and Allentown Symphony Association Executive Director Sheila K. Evans has an even better season in store for 2017-18.

“It was a great season. We had an amazing season last year,” Evans says.

Maestra Diane Wittry is in her 22nd season as Allentown Symphony Orchestra Music Director-Conductor, bringing world-class artists to Miller Symphony...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, July 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Eclipsing history:Long-time amateur astronomer Peter Kern presents a slide lecture, “The Solar Eclipse in History,” 1 p.m. July 8, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown. A solar eclipse will cross the United States Aug. 21. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon’s path causes the moon to cover the sun. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the contiguous United States was in 1979. Kern will show images of the total solar eclipse of February 1979. Everyone...

Movie Review: Baby, you can drive ‘Transformers’

Friday, July 7, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Transformers: The Last Knight.”

Or is it?

“Transformers Universe: Bumblebee” is set for a June 2018 release. A sixth “Transformers” is set for a June 2019 release.

In this, the fifth movie, the Transformers don’t do all that much transforming. When they do transform, from cars and vehicles to Autobots, they mostly do so lurking behind a building support column or accompanied by flare effects.

The fascination with “Transformers” is to see them transform. Isn’t...

Theater Review

Friday, July 7, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The howls you hear during “The Hound of the Baskervilles” stage play at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival aren’t those of the titular hound, although there is that.

No, the howls are nearly nonstop from the audience at “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” a regular laugh-riot through July 16, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley. The opening night June 23 performance was seen for this review.

“The Hound of the Baskervilles,” adapted...

Healthy Geezer: Ozone pollution

Friday, July 7, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I don’t get it. Is ozone a good thing or a bad thing?

Ozone, a gas, is a form of oxygen. It is created when an electric spark or ultraviolet light passes through air, or when pollutants react chemically with sunlight. Beneficial ozone is in the upper atmosphere, 10 to 30 miles above the surface of the Earth. It protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Too much of these rays may increase the risk of skin cancer, cataracts and problems with our immune systems. Part of the good...

Allentown Band concert

Friday, July 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus

haines mill

The Allentown Band, the United States’ oldest civilian band, will perform a free open-air concert, 6:30 p.m. July 16, Haines Mill, Cetronia, South Whitehall Township.

The Lehigh County Historical Society will open Haines Mill for tours free of charge 1 - 6 p.m. July 16.

Concert attendees should bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Information:; 610-435-1074