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Healthy Geezer: Read labels to reduce sodium in your diet

Friday, March 13, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I have high blood pressure and I’m trying to cut down on sodium in my diet. Should I switch to sea salt from regular table salt?

Sea salt is made by evaporating seawater.

Table salt comes from underground mines.

Sea salt sounds healthier, doesn’t it? It evokes lots of images of crashing surf, tanned bodies, marlin jumping out of the water. How bad can it be?

Sea salt and table salt contain the same amount of sodium chloride. Switching won’t help you with your...

In the beginning: Steve Hackett to revisit Genesis in Miller Symphony Hall concert

Monday, March 9, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Genesis was one of the great progressive rock bands. You have a rare chance to hear the band’s music in concert again.

Steve Hackett, who was the band’s guitarist during what many consider to be the group’s creative peak, is bringing his solo work and Genesis’ “Selling England by the Pound” album to Allentown.

The “Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited” concert is 7:30 p.m. March 12, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Hackett has kept the spirit of Genesis alive by playing the...

Movie Review: ‘Sonic’ very animated

Monday, March 9, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Sonic the Hedgehog” has the elements of an entertaining animation feature film: cute lead character, good guy who befriends him, and evil genius who they oppose.

The movie, and especially its title character, Sonic, as in supersonic, moves so fast that the plot goes by in a blur.

That’s OK. There’s not much of a plot to see.

Fortunately, Sonic, the title character; the good guy, and the evil genius are entertaining enough.

“Sonic the Hedgehog” is based on the...

Student Poetry Project deadline March 13

Monday, March 9, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 15th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

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 22 and April 23 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and websites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...

Lehigh County senior menus

Monday, March 9, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, March 4: Caprese Pork Chops, Garlic Broccoli, Brown Rice, crackers, Diced Pears.

Thursday, March 5: Salisbury steak, lima beans, herbed mashed potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, fresh apple slices.

Friday, March 6: Mustard dill baked fish, stewed tomatoes, broccoli & cauliflower, macaroni and cheese, cherry gelatin.

Monday, March 9: Teriyaki glazed pork, stir fried vegetables, carrot ginger soup, sesame brown rice,...

‘Pierogies 101’

Monday, March 9, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Parents and their children, ages 10 to 16 years of age, are invited to two “Spectacular Saturdays” hands-on classes, “Pierogies 101” and “Pizza,” offered by the noncredit division at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC).

Learn how to make classic Neapolitan-style pizza and dessert pizza. Recipes are provided. Create your own signature pizza by making homemade dough and combining ingredients for the topping. The course is 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. March 21.

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The Family Project: Puerto Rico earthquakes rattle children

Monday, March 9, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My family in Puerto Rico has been badly affected by the earthquakes. Their houses were destroyed. My children ages 5, 7 and 9, are upset, have trouble sleeping and are hard to get ready for school. What can we do to assure them that they are safe here?

The panel agreed that the reaction of the adults to the situation influences the children’s responses.

“How the parents react is important,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said. “In a child’s mind, mom and dad are the experts. If mom...

Respectfully Yours: What’s a dinner bill among friends?

Monday, March 9, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

When going out to dinner with friends or relatives, do you split the bill down the middle or do you itemize? What if they order drinks and you don’t?

Dear Reader,

Splitting a bill evenly among all diners isn’t a rule required by etiquette.

But to avoid disproportionate payouts and hurt feelings when it comes time to split the check, talk openly with your family and friends about sharing the bill as early as possible.

Asking for separate...

SAUCON VALLEY: ‘Hello, Dolly’

Monday, March 9, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The Saucon Valley High School stage welcomes an indomitable matchmaker with “Hello, Dolly!,” 7 p.m. March 5, 6, 7 and 2 p.m. March 8, auditorium, Saucon Valley High School, 2100 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown.

The “meddling” Dolly Gallagher Levi travels to Yonkers, N.Y., in search of a match for wealthy tightwad Horace Vandergelder in the iconic musical which premiered on Broadway in 1964.

Chad A. Miller is producer, director and vocal director, assisted by choreographer and...