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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

‘The Witch of Ridley Park’ trial to be re-enacted at LV Museum

Friday, October 6, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania’s Infamous Witch Trial, known as “The Witch of Ridley Creek,” will be presented in a re-creation, 1 p.m. Oct. 14, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum Saturday, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“Witchcraft accusations are infamous history, mass hysteria, and the crucible of darkness,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the museum.

The trial of Pennsylvania’s Margaret Matson, called “The Witch of Ridley Creek,” took place eight years prior to the Salem Witch Trials....

The Family Project: Infant’s sleep

Friday, October 6, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Editor’s Note: ”The Family Project” is a column in the Focus features section that brings together a panel of experts to address parenting questions.

Q. My infant grandson’s parents really need help getting him to sleep at night. He is 16-months-old and has to be taken for a car ride or a stroller ride every night in order for him to fall asleep. Then they transfer him to their bed, where he sleeps the rest of the night. They can’t put him in his crib because he wakes up. They really...

Healthy Geezer: Statins

Friday, October 6, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I’ve heard statins referred to as wonder drugs that we should put in our drinking water. Do they deserve this reputation?

Statins, which are also known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are drugs that reduce cholesterol by blocking the liver substance responsible for making cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance in blood. You need it to produce cell membranes, protect nerves, and make hormones.

The body can make all the cholesterol...

World-class opera stars to join Allentown Symphony Orchestra to open classical music series

Friday, September 29, 2017 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

As I was growing up, opera was a type of music that I didn’t think appealed to me, but I really didn’t know much about it. I had heard all the jokes about opera music and the loud wobbly voices and crazy plots, and so I decided I didn’t like opera music.

When I was young, I also didn’t like vegetables, tomatoes, mushrooms, or avocados, until later in my teens when I actually tried them. Then I realized they were really quite good. I’ve enjoyed vegetables, tomatoes, mushrooms, and...

Movie Review: ‘mother!’

Friday, September 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Perhaps no movie in 2017 has been as controversial upon its release as “mother!” Yes, we’ll honor the conceit of the noncapitalized title and exclamation point.

No, that’s not what upset folks with director Darren Aronofsky’s metaphorical take on motherhood, misogyny and the mass media.

As with Aronofsky’s previous directorial efforts (“Noah,” 2014; Oscar nomination, director, “Black Swan,” 2010; “The Wrestler,” 2008; “The Fountain,” 2006; “Requiem for a Dream,” 2000; “Pi,”...

37th season ‘Leaps’ to Touchstone Theatre stage

Friday, September 29, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

For Touchstone artistic director Jp Jordan, the inclusion of “Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes” into the roster of plays being performed for the 2017-18 season at Touchstone Theater was a no-brainer.

“I’m interested in anything right now that speaks to the goodness of human nature,” Jordan explains. “‘Jakopa’s Processional’ [Touchstone’s summer 2017 outdoors production] spoke to joy and the community.

“This [‘Leaps of Faith’] speaks to faith in the same way and works to...

Healthy Geezer: avoid sciatica

Friday, September 29, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’m getting pain in my right leg and my doctor says its sciatica. Could you write one of your columns about this?

Sciatica is pain that runs down the sciatic nerve from your lower spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg. Age-related changes in the spine are a common cause of sciatica.

Other sciatica symptoms include numbness, muscle weakness, a burning sensation and tingling. In rare cases, there is a loss of bladder or bowel control. Usually only one side of...

Exhibit on zinc, Palmerton

Friday, September 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LV HERITAGE MUSEUM:

A new exhibition, “Zinc and Palmerton, Pennsylvania,” opens at 1 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown, with a talk by Peter L. Kern, former Senior Vice President of Research and Development, the New Jersey Zinc Company.

“The histories of Palmerton, Pennsylvania and the New Jersey Zinc Company are inextricably intertwined, and that’s the emphasis of our exhibit,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum...

‘Symphony On Ice’ back at PPL Center

Friday, September 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Lehigh Valley’s favorite new holiday tradition, “Symphony On Ice,” is sure to put the whole family in the holiday spirit at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, PPL Center, Allentown.

Showcasing the arts and Lehigh Valley community organizations, “Phantoms Charities Presents Symphony On Ice” will feature the award-winning Allentown Symphony Orchestra and performances by local choirs and members of the Penguin Skating Club.

This year, Phantoms Charities presented by Air Products will be the...