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In the Major League

In the Major League

The tongue-twister—Coopersburg and Cooperstown—the latter the New York home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, is a “pleasant misconception.” Or so says Scott Pino, owner of Coopersburg Sports, the modern incarnation of the nation’s oldest manufacturer of turned wood products, say baseball bats, on record. Originally known as Coopersburg Handle Works, the bu... »

Organize Your Closet and Your Life

Organize Your Closet and Your Life

An Interview with Victory Closets I’ve been in my current home for almost 8 years, and it’s great. Really. However, like many of you, I could use more closet space. To gain some perspective and objectivity on the subject, Greg Ahart, the owner and founder of Victory Closets (victoryclosets.com), and Mike Endres, franchise owner of Victory Closets of Greater Berks and Lehig... »

Good Ol’ Family Fun

Good Ol’ Family Fun

LIL’-LE-HI TROUT NURSERY Warmer weather reminds us to get outside and there’s nothing better than a little fresh spring air for the body, mind, and soul. If you haven’t been to the Lil’-Le-Hi Trout Nursery, you’ll find that you’re never too old to enjoy it. And if you have been there, well, you likely already know what a local gem this natural park and wildlife area truly ... »

A Day in the Life of a Chocolatier

A Day in the Life of a Chocolatier

The hours are long and his subject temperamental, but Alan Pitotti’s not complaining. After 20 years as a chocolatier, he loves what he does. The graduate of Northampton Community College and the Culinary Institute of America has honed his skills to the point where the chocolates he’s creating are almost too beautiful to eat. He’s been featured on the Food Network and work... »

Feed Your Love

Feed Your Love

SENSUAL FOODS KEEP THE VALENTINE’S DAY MOOD GOING ALL YEAR LONG Love is at your fingertips. At least it could be, if the object of your affection opens wide to accept a luscious nibble directed toward his or her awaiting mouth—a bite of creamy French cheese, for instance, or even a ripe wild strawberry. While the list of victuals considered aphrodisiacs throughout history ... »

Raise a Glass to Lehigh Valley Beer Week

Raise a Glass to Lehigh Valley Beer Week

Visit LEHIGHVALLEYBEERWEEK.COM for a full list of events; a mobile-friendly website calendar makes it easy to search by type of event or geographic region. Also check Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The approach of Lehigh Valley Beer Week (LVBW) has more than four dozen bars, breweries, distributors, and restaurants throughout the area brewing with excitement. The reboot... »

Whole-Person Healing

Whole-Person Healing

The Restoration Space brings holistic physical therapy to the Lehigh Valley They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. If you’re looking for a different result from your current pain management tactics, a new business in South Bethlehem might be the welcome—and healing—change of pace you need.  Nestled betwee... »

Local Chefs Dish: Tips for an Amazing Holiday Meal

Local Chefs Dish: Tips for an Amazing Holiday Meal

“I often brine or smoke the legs, sear the turkey breasts, then finish them in the oven  at a low temperature.” Lee Chizmar, chef/owner of Bolete “When my wife and I host, to ease some of the headaches, we batch cocktails,” Robert van Thiel, beverage director for Molinari’s “I like surprising people with a juxtaposition of ingredients, giving them what they think is going ... »

5 Places to Volunteer & Give Back this Season

5 Places to Volunteer & Give Back this Season

It’s the most wonderful time of year—to give back! Take some time to share your efforts or donate to a worthy cause during this season of giving. Here are five places you can volunteer or give back in support of our Lehigh Valley communities. Second Harvest Food Bank Second Harvest accepts food donations from 7am to 2pm Monday through Thursday, and on Fridays before noon. ... »

Bringing Light to Darkness

Bringing Light to Darkness

Local groups are working hard to stop death by suicide and provide support to those left in its wake. Sometimes called “a permanent solution to a temporary problem,” suicide always causes more problems than it solves: unfulfilled potential, grieving relatives and friends, and the nagging question of why? And around the holidays, the hole left in suicide’s wake can feel esp... »

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