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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.

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 scale of 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acid, 14 the most alkaline and 7 neutral.

LV Press Student Poetry Project deadline March 17

Wednesday, March 15, 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.

Movie Review: ‘The Salesman’

Wednesday, March 15, 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.

Allentown Symphony presents world premiere

Wednesday, March 15, 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 commissioned the Allentown concerts’ world premiere of the Ewazen “Concertino” and provided the 58-stop, three-

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, March 10, 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, organ, “The Beloved Rogue,” silent film, 7 p.m. March 9, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N.

Theater Review: The ‘Stuff’ that journeys are made of

Friday, March 10, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Complete and Authoritative Tour of Holy Stuff” is a multi-media presentation, continuing through at 8 p.m. March 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. March 12, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, about what makes us tick and rings our bells.

It’s around the world in 80 mimes as Emma Ackerman, who created and performs the one-woman show, continuing at 8 p.m. March 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. March 12, wordlessly leads the audience through a series of vignettes about the search for the meaning of life.