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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... »

To Your Health

By Sara Hodon Folks looking for health-conscious fare will find no shortage of options throughout the Lehigh Valley. The region boasts an impressive mix of vegetarian cafés, organic and natural food markets, and even a vegan bakery whose client roster includes several A-list celebrities. According to Greg Bowman, communications manager at The Rodale Institute in Kutztown, ... »

Lean, Green Driving Machines

By Maureen Sangiorgio How today’s “green” vehicles are helping to clean up the environment. When I was growing up in the 70s, I was deeply moved by the TV commercial featuring the American Indian Iron Eyes Cody shedding a tear over pollution. The voiceover proclaimed, “People start pollution; people can stop it.” I have been an amateur tree-hugging enviro... »

Bike Trails

By Susan Weaver There’s no better place to welcome spring than the seat of a bicycle. If you agree and you’re keen for new places to pedal, this roundup of Valley bike trails is for you. To add to my personal favorites, I talked with folks at area bike stores–Bikeline in Allentown and the new Cycle Fitters in Forks Township. So here’s a range of trails where you can ... »

Gourmet Gardens

By Mary Beth Schwartz Today’s kitchen gardens combine food preparation areas with the elements of structured design Having been through the snowstorms of 2010, our minds turn to thoughts of spring. Nothing says spring more than gardening. This year, more and more Lehigh Valley gardeners will decide to plant their own kitchen gardens—to save money, eat healthier vegetables,... »

Sustain This

By Melanie Gold When I was a girl growing up in Northampton County, farms were all around me. Some of my fondest memories are of pulling back husks on the season’s first sweet corn, tagging along with my grandfather to the dairy to buy raw milk in glass bottles, and my brother and I riding our bikes to the local butcher. He sold local meats, knew us by name, and gave us a ... »

Green Kids & Communities

By Sara Vigneri Teaching ‘green living’ in schools involves more than plopping a few recycling bins in classrooms. Global climate change, industrial agriculture, depletion of the earth’s natural resources—today’s schoolchildren will end up bearing the brunt of our current lifestyle in the U.S. Teaching children about sustainable living is vital for their future, and school... »

Going Green at Lehigh Valley Marketplace

Here are some interesting ways that we’re helping to make the world a better place or at least our little world here in the Lehigh Valley. If you have additional ideas or suggestions, send them to [email protected] and we’ll consider posting the most innovative ideas we receive. “We do the majority of our shopping at farmers’ markets and roadside stand... »

No Longer Out of Joint

By Maureen Sangiorgio Shoulder Pain Despite all the rough-and-tumble action sports Jim Macdonald played all his life, it was a mere whiffle ball that finally did his shoulder in. “I was playing ball with my kids, when I felt this sharp pain,” he recalls. “I ignored it for two years, but when I had to turn down fun activities like parasailing down the shore with my family, ... »

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