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Growing Green: Save time, money when landscaping

Saturday, June 27, 2020 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Here are ideas to save time, money and aggravation when landscaping your property.

Take a soil test: One of the costliest errors that you can make is ignoring the composition of your soil. Doing a simple soil test is also one of the cheapest ways to remedy this problem.

Why do a soil test? Like humans, plants have elemental requirements and function best under certain pH ranges. If the soil they are planted in is right for their needs, they will thrive.

Respectfully Yours: Job interview protocol in the time of coronavirus

Saturday, June 27, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I am actively pursuing job opportunities. I was asked to come in for an on-site interview. What does job interview etiquette look like in during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic era? Do I shake hands? Do I wear a mask to the interview? How does all this work now?

Dear Reader,

The hiring process is changing as we speak and there’s no standard process anymore.

Some areas are loosening restrictions and in-person job interviews may be back on the agenda. Remote interviews are still common nationwide, but some interviews are still in person.

Healthy Geezer: Here’s how you can sleep better at night

Saturday, June 27, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I have found that I don’t sleep as well as I used to when I was younger. How common is this?

Many people believe that poor sleep is a normal part of aging, but it is not. Sleep patterns change as we age, but disturbed sleep and waking up tired every day are not part of normal aging.

Seniors need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults: seven to nine hours a night.

At the Movies: What’s playing at The Roxy?

Saturday, June 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

In the musical, “Guys and Dolls,” Nicely-Nicely Johnson and Benny Southstreet ask, “What’s playing at the Roxy? ... I’ll tell you what’s playing at the Roxy.”

The answer for what’s playing at The Roxy movie theater in Northampton, Pennsylvania, is: Nothing.

And nothing will be playing at The Roxy anytime soon.

When coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shutdowns spread across the United States and the world, the release dates of movies were postponed.

The Family Project: Discussion, not confrontation, for daughter, 17

Saturday, June 27, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. The other night my 17-year-old daughter sneaked out her window and came back around 5 a.m. When I confronted her, she got really angry, refused to tell me where she went and stormed up to her room. What can I or should I do?

There was some disagreement among the panelists on how to handle this situation, and whether or not to confront the daughter and to what extent.

The Sound of Summer: Allentown Band silenced for concerts in the parks

Saturday, June 27, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

For almost 200 years, the sound of the Allentown Band has been one of the beloved sounds of summer.

But this summer, the familiar drums, brass and woodwinds of the oldest civilian concert band in the United States have been silenced. The Allentown Band was founded in 1828.

“I miss it so much,” says Ronald Demkee, conductor of the 60-person Allentown Band. “I miss making music and sharing music.”

Coronavirus impact: Apocalypse now? Rob Zombie, others, not at Musikfest 2020

Friday, June 19, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Zombie apocalypse is not exactly upon us, but Musikfest is the latest, and biggest, Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment event to succumb to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

And it’s not only because Rob Zombie won’t be in Bethlehem Aug. 2 to headline a Wind Creek Steel Stage concert Musikfest.

The Family Project: When is shared-custody concern snooping?

Friday, June 19, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My wife and I are divorced, and we have shared custody of our children, ages 10 and 7. I am trying to figure out how much I should ask my children about their time spent with their mother. I am concerned that I if I don’t ask them what they did, it looks like I don’t care. On the other hand, I don’t want it to look like I am interrogating them every time they come home from being with her. What do you think?

The panel agreed that not asking the children anything about their visits with their mother might indicate a lack of interest and caring.