February 2017

Good Reads: Staff Picks for All Moods and Interests

Good Reads: Staff Picks for All Moods and Interests

What’s your favorite book? It seems like an innocuous question. In essence, it’s no different than inquiring about a favorite movie or ice cream flavor. It’s interesting, then, that when I ask the average American adult in 2017 to name theirs, I’m often met with an expression that I can only describe as a deer in after-market high beams. It’s as if I’ve instead asked how m... »

Lehigh Valley Beer Week

Lehigh Valley Beer Week

The Lehigh Valley has thirsted for locally produced beer since the 18th century when the Moravians built breweries in Bethlehem and near Nazareth. According to the handwritten papers of Moravian historian Robert Rau (1844-1906) in the Moravian Archives, one of the Lehigh Valley’s first breweries was built in Bethlehem along the banks of the Lehigh River behind the Brethren... »

Coringrato Insurance

Coringrato Insurance

Insurance. If you’re like most people, that word elicits a good solid “blech!” whenever you read it or hear it. But that’s unfortunate, says Jane O’Malley, a co-owner of Coringrato Insurance Agency, because everyone will need some type of coverage sooner or later. She should know. O’Malley and her sister/co-owner Joan Shafer practically grew up in their father’s business. ... »

Cozy Up With a Good Book

Cozy Up With a Good Book

With the winter winds blowing outside, nothing says cozy like being curled up in your favorite chair with a hot beverage and a good book. Instead of trying to compete with the big chain stores, independent Lehigh Valley booksellers have carved out their own niche in the used, antique, and hard-to-find book market, while still maintaining their own unique vibe. Now and Then... »

The Power of Being Present

The Power of Being Present

I am driving home from work, going the same way that I’ve always gone. My hands instinctively know by now to tilt the wheel a little bit to the right as I rumble over the first set of railroad tracks, to the left when I hit the second. I know which yellow lights are forgiving, where the potholes are, the construction schedule. Memory chauffeurs me home while I alternate be... »

The Easton Area Neighborhood Center

The Easton Area Neighborhood Center

com·mu·ni·ty (noun) 1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. 2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. Look no further than the definition of “community” as you get to know The Easton Area Neighborhood Center (EANC). Celebrating its golden anniversary this yea... »

You Know You’re From the Lehigh Valley If…

You Know You’re From the Lehigh Valley If…

The Lehigh Valley is replete with history, culture, and long-standing traditions. For those of us who have resided here the majority of our lives, many of these things are more than just places or events—they are an essential part of who we are as people and a community. In celebration of our local history and culture, we’ve compiled a short list of “ways to know if you’re... »

Vera Pinho

Vera Pinho

Vera Pinho’s laugh precedes her. It’s loud and contagious and frequent, punctuating her sentences and disarming, instantly putting you at ease and cheering you up all in one audible second. There’s a joke here about having whatever she’s having, but it’s just her way, radiant and carefree with an undertone of wisdom that suggests she chooses happiness and it chooses her ri... »

Stoke

Stoke

Stoke Coal Fire Pizza and Bar recently celebrated its first anniversary on Centre Square. This unique addition to the downtown Easton dining scene has developed a strong following in its short tenure and it’s easy to see why. The chic surroundings and hospitable people make it easy on the eyes, friendly to the senses, and pleasant to the taste buds. The tables were filled ... »

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