May 2015

And the Winner is…

And the Winner is…

The Lehigh Valley has long had a burgeoning music scene – from Lillian Briggs to Dooley Invention to Magnum to Taylor Swift – but, until 1999, there were only the usual ways of recognizing the players’ and singers’ accomplishments. Regular paying gigs are rewarding, and you can’t beat a devoted fan base… but there’s nothing quite like being called on-stage to receive a tan... »

May 2015 Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers, It’s been said that April showers bring May flowers. If only it were that easy. Every year around this time we find ourselves weeding, digging, planting, fertilizing, watering… and waiting. With every glance out the window and every stroll around the yard, we hope to see the first flower peeking through, bringing new color, life and energy to our homes. The g... »

Stroudsburg

Stroudsburg

Located in Monroe County in the picturesque Pocono Mountains, the borough of Stroudsburg offers a unique combination of beautiful, historical sites, newly emerging businesses and a vibrant social atmosphere. Although initially settled in the early 1730s, the area now considered Stroudsburg was abandoned in the mid-1750s after a series of violent conflicts with Native Ameri... »

Pretty Perennials

Pretty Perennials

Perennials make exceptional plantings for gardens, as they’ll typically come back every year, many times with very little maintenance. Perennials like daffodils, hyacinths and tulips are the harbingers of spring, peeking out of the soil just as the season finally gets warmer. Summer’s crop of lilies and other showy blooms can line your deck or fence line nicely. Mums, fals... »

Happy Kids = Happy Moms:  A Mother’s Day Revelation

Happy Kids = Happy Moms: A Mother’s Day Revelation

I like to assess the “State of the Union” of our house various times a year.  This is not a practice my family enjoys, but I do it anyway… because I’m the mom. We moved to Coopersburg not too long ago, and I wanted to see how things stood with my family. Plus, I wanted to go out to dinner. So, I picked the restaurant, and we made our way toward my much anticipated night of... »

May Flowers

May Flowers

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Outdoor Dining in the Lehigh Valley

Outdoor Dining in the Lehigh Valley

Those of us who call the Lehigh Valley home spend a good portion of the year weighed down by our coats – and our fantasies of a tropical relocation that become a little more serious after each snow storm. Now that dreary forecasts are behind us, it’s time to hail our favorite spring hallmark: the sight of raised patio umbrellas and table-lined sidewalks. Ring in the season... »

Celebrating Memorial Day: A Vietnam Veteran’s Story

Celebrating Memorial Day: A Vietnam Veteran’s Story

Allentonian David Binder was just 19 years old when he joined the U. S. Navy in 1963. Now 70, he and Lois (his wife of nearly 44 years), are the parents of three, and the grandparents of seven. He retired from PPL Electric Utilities in 2013. Dave’s a veteran of two tours in Vietnam, and agreed to give us a glimpse of his military life. Lehigh Valley Marketplace: How did yo... »

JR Peters

JR Peters

The idiom “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” aptly describes the Upper Macungie Township plant food maker JR Peters, Inc.  The family-run fertilizer business began in the basement of an Allentown home and now sells to greenhouse growers around the globe. “We make water-soluble fertilizer for greenhouses and nurseries” from Kutztown to South Korea, said Dr. Cari Peters, ... »

The Dime

The Dime

As we entered the front door of the Rennaissance Allentown Hotel, a friendly greeter led us to an elevator that would take us to the third floor. We were amazed at what we saw when the elevator doors opened. The Dime is one of the newest additions to the burgeoning Allentown restaurant scene and it is very impressive. Shiny dark floors and wooden wall accents lead to the h... »

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