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Leaf Peeping Day Trips

A mountain excursion to see fall foliage is always a classic day trip, but the Lehigh Valley offers an abundance of options for leaf peepers right in our backyards. This year’s foliage looks promising because of the adequate moisture the area has received and should be very similar to last year’s dazzling display, according to Rick Hartlieb, assistant district forester wit... »

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Fall Foliage River Ramble

When nature presents a dazzling spectacle of autumnal color, take in the show with a leaf-peeping drive along the Delaware River. Start by heading south from Easton on Route 611—and immediately start thinking about fueling up with a breakfast stop at Mueller’s General Store and Kitchen. Located next to the canal towpath just a few miles from the city (but worlds away from ... »

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Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, cooler temperatures will be here before we know it! Given that our homes are typically our single biggest investment, here are a collection of ideas from Consumer Reports, HGTV, and yours truly (having owned homes for many, many years), which you may find useful. Getting your home ready for winter may feel tedious and unnecessary. ... »

Mastering DIY Home Decorating With Gail Dunn

Mastering DIY Home Decorating With Gail Dunn

Natural autumnal hues—think trees dressed in riotous shades of deep ochre, flaming orange, and jewel-tone red—provide inspiration for Gail Gray Dunn, decorating doyen and owner of  GailGray Home Furnishings and Design at The Promenade Shops in Saucon Valley. “The colors of fall are warm and cozy,” she says, underscoring the seasonal desire to seek refuge from chilly weathe... »

The Importance of Science in the Classroom

The Importance of Science in the Classroom

The world always has been and always will be full of discoveries to make and problems to be solved. Learning about those discoveries remains an important part of science in the classroom, but these days, the focus is increasingly about teaching students how to make those discoveries and approach and solve those problems. “As the demand in the working world has become more ... »

14 Scenic Lehigh Valley Area Nature Preserves & Sanctuaries

14 Scenic Lehigh Valley Area Nature Preserves & Sanctuaries

Sometimes with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, all you really need is a little fresh air and a glimpse of nature to lower your stress levels. The Lehigh Valley is home to so many beautiful creatures and stunning nature preserves and sanctuaries. Add these natural settings to your list of must-see outdoor attractions right here in our own backyard. Trexler Nature Pr... »

Sine’s 5 & 10

Sine’s 5 & 10

Bill Harr Jr. met his wife, Gail, at Sines 5 & 10 in Quakertown. They were employees and often shared lunch at the counter, which still features a huge Hires root beer tap in working order, and where a long line of regulars’ coffee mugs hang from hooks. “A lot of marriages have come out of here,” says Bill’s sister, Linda Fox. Bill Jr., who knows the exact spot for eve... »

The Importance of Play

The Importance of Play

It’s no secret that children learn about the world around them through playing. They discover and absorb new things like thirsty little sponges. By ensuring that children take the time to play, you have a sturdy hand in the trajectory of their future. “Maria Montessori said, ‘Play is the work of the child,’ says Dr. Shannan Boyle Schuster, Head of School at The Swain Schoo... »

Tips for Success when Taking Online Courses

Tips for Success when Taking Online Courses

As someone who has taken online courses as a student, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses as an instructor, there are many things which can help you have a successful experience. More colleges and universities are expanding their online offerings to provide you with flexibility in when and where you do your learning. One of the benefits of online learning is tha... »

Robotic Surgery: The New Normal

Robotic Surgery: The New Normal

Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence offers the region’s most advanced technology and experienced surgeons When Carl Gerhart, 72, of Nazareth needed a kidney removed, he didn’t want six weeks of recovery and an eight-inch scar. Gerhart turned to Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence and learned he could have robotic surgery to remove his kidney. Choosi... »

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