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Monday, April 22, 2019

Theater Review: ‘Addams Family’ clicks at Catasauqua Showcase Theatre

Friday, April 19, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

This spring’s energetic musical offering by the Catasauqua Area Showcase Community Theatre is “The Addams Family,” featuring all of the iconic macabre characters from the Charles Addams cartoons and the television series (1964-1966), with a few dozen ancestors thrown in for ghoulish measure.

The musical-comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, is heavy on songs, but a little too light on laughter.

Clay Shoot

Friday, April 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) hosts the 16th Annual LCCC Foundation Scholarship Clay Shoot in partnership with Netizen CyberSecure Solutions, April 26, Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays, Coplay.

The event is open to the public.

Tournament proceeds go to general scholarships and military veterans, active duty service members and their families.

To register: Jane Wilchak,; 610-799-1929;

Diffenderfer- Sorensen:

Friday, April 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Diffenderfer of Columbia, Lancaster County, announce the engagement of their daughter, Katlyn, to Kyle Sorensen, son of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Sorensen of New Tripoli, Lynn Township.

The bride-elect is a 2010 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School and a 2014 graduate of DeSales University, Center Valley, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise and, in 2017, a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

Awards April 18

Friday, April 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus


United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley presents awards April 18 at its annual “Celebration of Caring,” April 18, DeSales University.

The 2018-19 award recipients include: City Center Allentown, Buckeye Partners, L.P., ArtsQuest, Dennis Hower of Teamsters Local 773, Tony Cioffi of Adams Outdoor Advertising, Anne Baum, Bob Jacobs, Samantha Moyer, Ashley Russo and Sonia Vasquez.

Pianist Sam Post

Friday, April 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus


Pianist Sam Post wraps up the Second Sunday 2018-19 season, 3 p.m. April 14, The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem.

The program is expected to include Bach preludes and fugues, ragtime favorites, and Post’s rag-infused compositions.

Post is substituting for Kara Huber, the originally-scheduled artist.

There will be a meet-the-artist post-concert reception.

Tickets, at the door;; 610-866-7652. Students are free.

Auditions set

Friday, April 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus


Crowded Kitchen Players will hold auditions for its original comedy, “Topsy Turvy.”

In the early 1930s, having grown tired of the vapid romantic comedies and historical dramas that made her a star, Louise Antoinette strikes a self-compromising bargain with a rapacious movie studio boss that will enable her to direct and play the lead in a motion picture intended to help liberate and empower women, a screen adaptation of the bawdy Greek anti-war comedy, “Lysistrata.”

Emmaus High School Chorale to sing in Sistine Chapel

Friday, April 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

On April 23, two days after Easter, the Emmaus High School Chorale will become one of the select few choirs to sing at the renowned Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Italy.

The rare opportunity will take place during the Chorale’s concert tour to Italy during Holy Week.

“There is not a place in Italy that is more significant,” says Chorale director Rita Cortez. “You’re not even supposed to talk when you go there because it’s such a holy place and it’s visually stunning. I can’t wait for the Chorale to sing in there.”

Respectfully Yours: Charity at office

Friday, April 12, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

At my office, it seems like every time I turn around someone is asking me to participate in a fundraiser to support his or her child’s organization or a charity. I do not have a large budget for this, yet I do not want to create bad relationships at work. Can I participate in one fundraiser and not another? This is starting to get overwhelming. What is considered the most polite way to handle fundraising in the office?

Dear Reader,

It all depends on how it’s done.

Press newspapers receive 18 Professional Keystone Awards

Friday, April 12, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Lehigh Valley Press newspapers received 18 awards in the 2019 Professional Keystone Press Awards for work published in 2018.

The Bethlehem Press and its contributors received 12 Keystone Awards.

Four of the Bethlehem Press Keystone Awards was for work published in the Focus section.

East Penn Press received two Keystone Awards.

Northwestern Press received two Keystone Awards.

Whitehall-Coplay received one Keystone Award.

Catasauqua Press received one Keystone Award.