October 2011


By Laura B. Teter Richards Window Fashions 1518 Union Boulevard  |  Allentown, PA 18109  |  484-223-1818  |  richards-design.com “When we installed our new windows, customers would ask us where they could purchase new blinds and shades to replace the old dirty ones we had removed for them.”  According to Business Manager, Erin Duffield, that’s what led to the creation of R... »


By Matthew J. McLaughlin MILLION DOLLAR TOWN By the early part of the 1900s, with over 5,000 residents and some say the highest percentage of self-made millionaires of any other town in the country, Catasauqua had risen to national prominence.  During World War I, Catasauqua become the first community in the country to raise over one million dollars for war bonds— earning ... »

Treading Infertile Grounds

By Sara Vigneri I’ve seen it a dozen times: a bride and her new husband walk down the aisle to join their guests at the reception and are accosted by an elderly relative with the question: “So, when are you going to start having kids?” The question assumes that every couple has a proverbial biological clock that begins ticking the moment after the wedding cake is served. B... »

Smart Plate

By Mary Beth Schwartz With health concerns and obesity on the rise, increasing numbers of Americans are finding the importance of a healthy diet You start your morning with a greasy breakfast sandwich and a calorie-laden designer coffee drink. Your supersized lunch-on-the-go includes a double cheeseburger, fries, shake, and oh, let’s add a chocolaty dessert. For dinner, yo... »

Q & A with Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.

By Christine A. Krahling Katherine Ramsland and I met nearly 10 years ago at the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers’ Group. A former psychotherapist and philosophy professor, she has a master’s degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University, and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne Univers... »

Service Electric

By Kathryn M. D’Imperio Try to imagine your life without cable television. Now envision a day without telephone or Internet. It’s a dramatic change from the interactive, fully connected lives most of us live. These modern conveniences comprise the three primary service offerings by the Lehigh Valley’s only locally owned and operated cable communications company, Service El... »

Helping Our Heroes: Veterans Sanctuary

By Jennifer LoConte They served our country throughout history and protected us both here and abroad.  Yet, our country’s bravest heroes are often the ones who suffer the most.  Drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness and mental health disorders continue to claim the lives of our US veterans.  Veterans Sanctuary, an in-house treatment facility located at 24 S. Fifth Stree... »

Health & Happiness

By Sara Vigneri Healthy living isn’t about bland diet food and treadmill drudgery. Living healthy means listening to your body and giving it what it needs, so nourish yourself with great-tasting foods, fun exercise, and finish it off with some pampering. AROMATHERAPY ESSENTIAL OILS, Peppermint for cooling $8, Lavender for calming $11, Tea tree for cleansing $8, Green Earth... »

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