March 2011

Go Green with Organic Wines

By Maureen Sangiorgio I am sitting on my deck with my feet propped up on the railing, holding a glass of wine. The sun warms my face and rolls over me like a loving embrace–life, my friends, is good. New research suggests that wine has been a source of relaxation and enjoyment for man since the start of the earliest civilizations in 8,500 B.C.  While much has changed from ... »


By Sara Hodon Belly-dancing is typically seen as something exotic and seductive—forbidden, even. The word itself conjures images of sultry, mysterious women with a certain something—that strong sense of who they are and their own feminine power.  Belly-dancing isn’t something that many women can picture themselves doing, but Lehigh Valley-based belly-dancing instructor Tah... »

Organically Gifted

Compiled by Sara Vigneri Searching for  a unique and thoughtful gift for the person who has everything? We’ve collected organic, hand-crafted items that are sure to impress while also supporting artists and local merchants. A. Brubaker 100% organic cotton, hand screenprinted onesie and hat set $32 Cottage 379 Main Street Emmaus 610.965.8720 B. Jen’s... »

The Scoop on Supplements

Carli S. Timpson From the drive-through at your favorite fast food restaurant to the aisles at your local grocer, nutritionally empty food choices abound. American consumption of fats has increased 56% since the mid-1970s, and per year sugar intake is an astonishing 15lbs more than 1970*. Making healthy food choices today is difficult to say the least. Even those who striv... »

Lehigh’s Green House

By J.F. Pirro Plenty of college campuses have green initiative buildings—buildings designed and built with green innovation in mind—but Lehigh University’s Green House stands out as a residential community of students who are “living green.” Green House is the campus’ evolving environmental residence hall that’s geared toward sustainable living. Its 17 residents promote da... »

Butter Valley Golf Port

John Gehman is one of a long line of family who have lived on and cared for their land in the “butter valley” (so called for its history of dairy farming) lying between Hereford and Boyertown. The Gehmans have owned the property since 1788. But the mooing of cows is a distant memory in this corner of the valley. Today you’re more likely to hear the thwack of golf balls and... »

Shula's Steak House

By Cathy Kiley Anyone who knows anything about football recognizes that Don Shula remains one of the most successful and beloved coaches in NFL history. After taking the Baltimore Colts to the 1968 Super Bowl, Shula not only brought the Miami Dolphins to five Super Bowls in his career; but to this day, he remains the only coach ever to lead an NFL team to a perfect 17-0 wi... »

Curing Childhood Cancer, One Lemonade at a Time

By Jennifer LoConte What began as a simple lemonade stand to raise money for a children’s hospital has evolved into a national foundation to raise awareness and cure childhood cancers. Alex’s Lemonade Stand was founded by Alexandra Scott, a little girl with a big heart who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma and wanted to help her doctors so that they could in turn, help othe... »

Sleep Disorders

By Jeffrey Gould, MD Most industrial accidents and tractor trailer motor vehicle accidents take place between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.; most strokes and heart attacks take place during those same hours as well. But what do these facts mean? Primarily, these facts indicate that the human body was not meant to be awake during these hours. Humans are not nocturnal and attempts to re... »


By M. Minti Ray A drive through the Borough of Alburtis tells a visual story of the area’s rich history and economic significance in the growth of the Lehigh Valley. Railroad tracks and remnants of iron production facilities speak to the area’s rapid industrial development, while the expansive park and unique local businesses present its modern charm and economic viability... »

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