Northampton Press

Monday, October 21, 2019

BSA EAGLE COURT OF HONOR

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Focus

Dante Brady recently received the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor ceremony held Sept. 8 at the Wescosville Recreation Center, Hamilton Boulevard.

He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 131, which is sponsored by Bethany United Methodist Church, Wescosville.

Dante is the son of Tara Brady and grandson of Judy and Philip Brady, of Lower Macungie Township. He started in Cub Scouts with Pack 131. He earned the Arrow of Light and the God and Family Award. As a Boy Scout with...

Theater Review: Pines has a ‘Clue’ in new musical

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Even if you’ve never played the internationally popular board game “Clue,” you probably are familiar with the colorfully-named murder suspects: Professor Plum, Miss Scarlett, Mrs. Peacock, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White and Mr. Green.

The board game “Clue” was patented in 1944 by English musician Anthony E. Pratt, who invented it to help wile away the time during underground air raid drills during World War II. It was only a matter of time, given its popularity, that it would become a...

Theater Review: Star actresses do ‘Disenchanted’ well

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Once upon a time, there were six talented singer-actresses who were cast as storybook princesses with an attitude.

The problem? The princesses are “Disenchanted” with their portrayals in classic fairy tales and more contemporary animated films.

The actresses, aka princesses, sang and danced their way through a bevy of royal complaints in “Disenchanted! The Musical,” a hilarious princess parody presented by Star of the Day Productions at the Macungie Institute Performing Arts...

Curtain Rises: Star of the Day notes fifth anniversary season

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Kirsten Almeida is founder of Star of the Day, a Lehigh Valley theater troupe noting its fifth anniversary season.

“I’ve been involved in theater since I was 14-years-old,” says Almeida, who lives with her husband in Lower Saucon Township.

Star of the Day opened its season at The Macungie Institute Performing Arts and Conference Center, Macungie, with the Lehigh Valley premiere of “Disenchanted! The Musical,” Sept. 19-28.

Prior to founding Star of the Day, which is her...

Lehigh Valley front and center in the battle of the bugs

Friday, September 27, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Editor’s Note: It’s been a five-year battle and counting in the Lehigh Valley region. It’s residents, business owners and farmers versus the Spotted Lanternfly.

The invasive species has caused damage to homeowners’ ornamental trees and plants, vineyards, orchards and nurseries.

At the front lines of the fight has been The Pennsylvania State University’s PennState Extension, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and you.

Information and updates:

extension.psu...

Growing Green: Stopping Spotted Lanterfly

Friday, September 27, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

It unfortunately was a productive Summer of 2019 for the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest present in Pennsylvania and some other eastern states.

The SLF threatens grape production, tree health and can damage high-value ornamentals in home landscapes.

At stake are Pennsylvania’s grape, tree-fruit, hardwood, nursery and landscape businesses, which generate agricultural crops and forest products worth nearly $18 billion annually.

Native to parts of Asia, the SLF...

Spotted Lanternfly pinned down in PSU LV community art project

Friday, September 27, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Dixon is recruiting area organizations to help with what’s billed as a “Community Public Art Project.”

Dixon, a Virginia-based multidiscipline artist, has a background in working with insects. She first considered using bees for her project.

After being told about the Spotted Lanternfly infestation in Pennsylvania and, more recently, in New Jersey and some other nearby states, Dixon concluded that the colorful, non-native pest should be the theme for the installation.

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Don Braden to preview tunes from album at ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Friday, September 27, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Don Braden brings “Earth, Wind and Wonder” to the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall.

Braden, adept on saxophone and flute, is a prolific composer, arranger and educator. He has toured worldwide with such jazz greats Kenny Barron, Betty Carter, Tom Harrell, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis and Tony Williams, as well as with the Mingus Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

He has...

The Family Project: Children’s needs

Friday, September 27, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My husband and I separated six months ago. We have a custody agreement for our children, ages 7 and 10, that works well. My husband spends a lot of money taking the children to the movies and out to eat. I can’t afford to entertain them that way. What can I do?

The discussion of this question began with panelist Mike Ramsey explaining that spending on children in situations like this may be based on two things: guilt over the separation, and competition.

“If these are the...

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Friday, September 27, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Wonder jazz: “Don Braden: Earth, Wind & Wonder,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, opens the “Jazz Upstairs” fall season, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. With Braden on saxophone and flute, his latest CD, “Earth Wind and Wonder,” features his quartet performing jazz interpretations of songs by Earth Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder. Braden has toured the world leading his own ensembles, and as a sideman, including for Betty Carter and Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded 21 CDs, and...