Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Coronavirus impact brings art, museums, libraries virtually to you

Friday, May 1, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and resultant stay-at-home and nonessential business closings orders have increased the online offerings of arts and cultural organizations.

Here are some Lehigh Valley venues and organizations you can explore while observing social distancing guidelines from the safety and comfort of your residence.

Libraries in the Lehigh Valley are continuing their online services. Overdue times and library card expirations have been extended.

Eight Oaks to the rescue

Friday, May 1, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Upon learning about the severe shortage of hand sanitizer and reading how a profiteer had been selling it for $325 an ounce, Chad Butters, CEO and founder of Eight Oaks Farm Distillery asked his co-founders, “What is the right thing to do here?”

The board, comprised of the retired Army pilot’s daughter Carly Snyder, son-in-law Logan Snyder, and daughter’s brother-in-law Jesse Tyahla, agreed that producing hand sanitizer to combat the coronvirus pandemic and price-gouging was the “right thing to do.”

Getting into the Spirits

Friday, May 1, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

After reading about other distilleries in Pennsylvania switching over from beverage production to that of hand sanitizer, co-owners Andy and Kris Warner at Wardog Spirits and Black River Farms in Lower Saucon Township decided to do the same.

Their effort to help refill the Lehigh Valley’s desperately dwindled supply of hand disinfectant began March 20.

“We are abiding by the World Health Organization (WHO) recipe,” says Andy Warner.

LCCC summer session online only

Friday, May 1, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Because of concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the health and safety of the community, the five- and 10-week summer sessions that begin May 18 at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) will be offered either online or remotely. There will be no face-to-face classes.

An additional five-week session begins July 6. Registration is ongoing for this session, too, but it has not been determined if classes will transition to online or remote.

Healthy Geezer: Selection, use and care of contact lens

Friday, May 1, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Third of four parts

There are three basic ways to correct faulty vision: eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery.

In this column, we’ll cover contacts.

There are two basic kinds of contact lenses: soft and hard.

Soft lenses, which are thin and gel-like, are the most popular of the two types of contacts. They come in many varieties and they are very comfortable. I never felt them in my eyes.

The following are some choices in soft lenses:

Daily-wear lenses are removed when you go to sleep. They are the least expensive of the soft lenses.

Respectfully Yours: Social distancing in a new world of manners

Friday, May 1, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

These days, going out for any reason is a challenge. Taking a walk or waiting in a checkout line can quickly become uncomfortable when someone is not abiding by the recommended social-distancing rules. How do you politely tell someone who is too close to back away?

Dear Reader,

In the age of social distancing, it’s a whole new world of manners.

Things that were once considered polite, like shaking hands, are now forbidden.

The Family Project: Screen time and encouraging son’s skills

Friday, May 1, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My son is in elementary school and is really into computers and his iPad. How do I encourage him to pursue this interest as a career, while continuing to be a good parent, and limit his access to the computer?

There is a difference between playing games and using learning modules,” panelist Pam Wallace said.

“If he starts creating things or spends time learning how things work, that is different,” said Wallace.

“No matter what you are doing, screen time changes the brain,” said panelist Mike Daniels.

The coronavirus challenge and response

Friday, May 1, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is unprecedented. That’s for sure.

The apparently highly-contagious virus, first reported in December 2019, took many by surprise.

What’s also for sure is the response to the pandemic around the world and in the United States.

Many in the medical field, emergency response organizations, nonprofit and corporate world, businesses large and small, communities large and small and families have stepped up to respond to the coronavirus challenge.

ArtsQuest streaming content online

Friday, May 1, 2020 by The Press in Focus

With the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) closing ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks’ and Banana Factory venues, the Bethlehem nonprofit has launched online concerts, movie talks, “Toddler Storytimes” and “Improvised Standup.”

The content is available at a new ArtsQuest@Home webpage:, and on ArtsQuest social media.

ArtsQuest is providing links to live streaming concerts of artists who have performed at Musikfest and-or SteelStacks, including Low Cut Connie, Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn.