Bethlehem Press

Friday, September 22, 2017

Healthy Geezer: carrots and cataracts

Friday, August 18, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Does drinking carrot juice help with cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens, the clear part of the eye that helps focus images like the lens in a camera. Cataracts can blur images and discolor them. Most cataracts are related to aging. More than half of Americans over age 65 have a cataract.

I suspect this reader’s question was inspired by the common belief that carrots are good for your eyes. And carrots are good for your eyes.

‘Cool’ award Whitehall artist again honored in national watercolor exhibition

Friday, August 18, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Douglas Wiltraut received a Ruth G. Rosenau Silver Medallion in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors for “A Cool Sip” (dry brush watercolor, 35 in. x 54 in.).

Wiltraut’s long-time friend, Bob Schaffer, posed for the watercolor near the “Poughkeepsie Bridge,” a 19th-century railroad trestle south of Slatington along the Lehigh River. This is the third time Schaffer modeled for an award-winning work by Wiltraut. The award presentation for “A Cool Sip” was Aug. 4 in Old Forge, N.Y.


Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus

John and Margaret Bednar announce the engagement of their daughter, Jillian, to Kostadinos Eracleous, son of Kyriacos Eracleous and Eleni Kassimis.

Kosta asked Jillian to marry him June 3 at Trexler Park at a bridge that they carved their names into when they were teenagers. They are high school sweethearts and look forward to celebrating their engagements at an upcoming party in the Foundry Room, Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem.

A wedding is planned for October 2018.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, August 16: Chicken with gravy, roasted potatoes, vegetable, mini-muffin.

Thursday, August 17: Meatloaf, mashed potato, broccoli, banana.

Friday, August 18: Meatball sub w/ tomato sauce, wax beans, warm peach crisp.

Monday, August 21: Veal patty w/ gravy, pasta, mixed vegetables, fresh fruit.

Tuesday, August 22: Smoked sausage, pasta, carrots, pineapple.

Wednesday, August 23: Salisbury steak, whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cookie.

Theater Review: ‘Sister Act’

Friday, August 18, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Sister Act,” though Aug. 20 at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, is an evening of heavenly entertainment, from staging to acting to music direction to set design.

A convert from the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, the musical stage version of “Sister Act” showcases music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner.

Director Chip Rohrbach assembled a well-balanced and talented cast of singer-actors, somewhat of a miracle given that he had to cast 26 performers, most of whom not only have to sing and dance, but also play multiple roles.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, August 16: Orange juice, smoked turkey- salami and provolone cheese on roll, corn and tomato salad, rice krispie treat.

Thursday, August 17: Breaded veal patty w/ gravy, seasoned red potatoes, roasted broccoli, wheat bread w/ margarine, ambrosia.

Friday, August 18: Roast pork w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted Fuji apples, wheat bread w/ margarine, iced carrot cake.

Monday, August 21: Cranberry juice, baked meatloaf w/ gravy, scalloped O’Brien potatoes, red beets, wheat bread w/ margarine, tapioca pudding.

‘Seussical Jr.’

Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Auditions will be held 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and Aug. 29 for Stagemakers at the J’s production of “Seussical Jr.,” at The Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley, 702 N. 22nd St., Allentown.

Those auditioning only have to attend one of the two audition days.

Call backs will be held 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30.

A parent information meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 31.

Auditions are free and open to the community.

A participation fee is required upon acceptance of a role.

Live concert

Friday, August 18, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

On their 25th anniversary tour and after a seven-year hiatus, Live impressed its fans with a performance of undeniable camaraderie at on the Sands Steel Stage Aug. 7 at Musikfest, Bethlehem.

As the concert began, the stage was backdropped with white lights that spelled out the name, “Live,” and flashing red lights as energetic passion exploded from lead singer Ed Kowalczyk when he sang “All Over You.”