Bethlehem Press

Monday, April 24, 2017

Theater Review:‘Take It’

Friday, April 7, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The third time is supposed to be the “charm,” but possibly not where theatrical productions are concerned.

Despite a Pulitzer Prize-winning script by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman that gained the reputation as one of the most popular and successful plays of modern times, Pennsylvania Playhouse’s third staging of “You Can’t Take It With You,” continuing through April 9, got off to a slow start and never quite hit the mark.

Growing Green: Rain gardens

Friday, April 7, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

It is that time of year when you should begin planning the gardens you want to plant this spring. A rain garden is the perfect garden to beautify your property and help the environment.

A rain garden is a planted depression in an area of lawn or soil that soaks up rainwater runoff from roofs, driveways, walkways and compacted lawn areas. It’s water that would otherwise carry pollutants directly to our streams. Rain gardens soak up 30 percent more water than an equivalent patch of lawn.

Bud’s View: Some pets are survivors

Friday, April 7, 2017 by BUD COLE in Focus

Last of four parts

The responses to my request for pet stories from readers of “Bud’s View” in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites was wonderful. I believe there were more responses for this topic than when I asked my readers to share their squirrel frustration stories.

The final installment of the readers’ pet stories series was sent in by Gloria Hieter:

“Hi Bud,

“I read your articles all the time and was so emotional when I read your article about Bear, Blue and Charcole.

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 5: Chicken primavera, pasta, mixed vegetables, pear and walnut salad.

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.

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 Blanco, music director Brandon Remp, technical director Marc Hissam and conductor Eric Moser.

Parkland: ‘Pippin’

Friday, March 31, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Parkland High School brings the Middle Ages to the stage with “Pippin,” at 7:30 p.m. April 5, 6, 7, 8 and 3 p.m. April 9, auditorium, Parkland High School, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, the libretto was written by Roger O. Hirson. The 1972 Broadway premiere was directed by Bob Fosse, with the musical receiving five 1973 Tony Awards of 11 nominations. The 2013 Broadway revival received four Tonys of 10 nominations.