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The Facts About Adoption

By Maureen Sangiorgio The instant Keriann and Joe Cwiak of Forks Township saw Alex in a video, they knew he was the baby for them. “We fell in love with him right away,” recalls Keriann. “Then when we held him, we were both crying, we were so happy.” The Cwiaks would go on to adopt another infant, Annaliese, about a year later. “My husband always wanted a boy and a girl, s... »

Are We There Yet? Travel Tips for Parents

By Lori McLaughlin Nothing’s more fun than a family vacation, right? Sharing the freedom of the open road with the ones you love is a great experience. Still, worrying about how to pull it off robs many parents of a good night’s sleep. Last year over a million children went on a cruise…newer ships are floating pleasure domes. To make your trip memorable for all the right r... »

Boy Scout of America Turns 100

By Melanie Gold If you thought you knew a lot about the Boy Scouts of America, you still might be surprised to read that 7 of our last 10 presidents were Scouts,* that British TV personality Bear Grylls is the current worldwide Chief Scout, and that there are girls in Boy Scouts. They’re all reasons the Boy Scouts is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2010. “Hitting the hun... »

What’s New in Summer Camps

By Tamah Biello How can you keep your kids happy and yourself sane during the summer months? Think summer camps! The Greater Lehigh Valley is full of a variety of fun and interesting camp experiences. Read on for some fabulous finds for the summer of 2010. Bounce off their Walls Are your kids bouncing off the walls? The Bounce U locations in Bethlehem and South Whitehall T... »

Behind the Scenes of an Iron Pigs Game

By J.F. Pirro Bull Durham may be the best movie about minor league baseball. Chief among its classic lines: “Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. And sometimes, it rains.” Well, tonight, it rains before the 7:05 p.m. start between the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and the visiting Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Park — and rain will eventually suspend the game with no score an... »

Clean Out For Kids

By Christine A. Krahling Spring seems to be synonymous with cleaning whether it’s the neglected attic or basement that needs our attention or spare closets and toy boxes. It’s safe to say that almost everyone has a collection of clutter that they can easily live without. With shows like the Style Network’s “Clean House,” the nation is getting a chance to see what happens w... »

What Is A "Locavore" Anyway?

By Melanie Gold Understanding “Green” Lingo In the Lehigh Valley and across the country, increasing numbers of people are contending with food-related allergies, celiac disease and neurological disorders such as autism. And some are just trying to eat in a healthier fashion. Many people, driven by health experts’ suggestion that poor diet compromises genetics, ... »

Community Gardens

By Suzan French Sprouting Up Throughout The Valley Perhaps it is the rise in popularity of farmers’ markets and organic foods, the explosion of the green movement or a desire to reconnect with nature and the outdoors. Whatever the reason, a renewed interest in cultivating the land has sprouted, with community gardens popping up throughout the area. Educational, peace and u... »

Greening My Family

By Diane Gow McDilda A Slightly Exaggerated Tale of Eco-Desperation As I cleared the kitchen counter for the evening, tossing salad bits into the compost bucket and toting our cloth napkins to the laundry room, I noticed my middle school daughter’s lunch bag off in the corner. Its paisley fabric, once a mixture of bright blues, was worn from repetitive trips to the cafeter... »

Mother Earth

By Christine A. Krahling An Interview with Kerri Mullen, Founder, EcoMom Alliance of the Lehigh Valley Join us as we talk to EcoMom Alliance of the Lehigh Valley founder Kerri Mullen and see what these earth-friendly moms are doing to help our community keep its green sheen. What is the EcoMom Alliance? The EcoMom Alliance is an international non-profit organization of wom... »

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