March 2013

Allergy Attack

By Kathleen Mory If there’s one thing Lehigh Valley residents know, it’s that this area of Pennsylvania has a serious flow of seasonal allergies. Every year people around the Valley are sniffling, sneezing and coughing with watering eyes at the first sight of a blooming flower. It can truly put a damper on the loveliest of spring afternoons. According to the Asthma and All... »

The Stoned Crab

By Cathy Kiley The Stoned Crab opened more than 30 years ago in its current Macungie location. Since then, this building has gone through many lives including Le Due and Le Due Sorelle, reverting back to The Stoned Crab in 2005. Present owners Ron and Claire Pickering have completely refurbished and redecorated this eatery over the past seven years and offer a substantial ... »

Easter Egg Artistry

By Mary Beth Schwartz Sixty thousand years ago, artists engraved hatched patterns on eggshells in South Africa. Decorated eggs have been discovered dating to Iron Age II. The House of Fabergé created thousands of elaborate precious metal and gemstone varieties for the Russian Court from 1885 to 1917. And forty years ago, a group of local women with a year-long passion for ... »

Great Beginnings

By Angela Bristow According to the 2010 Census, in that year there were 900 teen pregnancies in Lehigh and Northampton counties. Of those 900 pregnancies, 600 resulted in live births, and Medicaid paid for 300 of those. “I’d like people to understand that teen pregnancy is a large problem in the Lehigh Valley,” said Roger Ochse, director of development for Great Beginnings... »


The 18th Century village that was called Dorneyville, unlike other ancient crossroad hamlets in the Lehigh Valley, is not just a cluster of old buildings frozen in time. Instead, it continues to evolve, alive and bustling with activity and pulsing with traffic. “It’s flourishing,” says Jon A. Hammer, who has served as township manager for the past two years. Dorneyville’s ... »

Chestnut Hill Landscape Contractors

By Nancy Moffett Chestnut Hill Landscape Contractors grew out of a nursery founded in 1959 in Center Valley by Paul Talago. John Talago, Chestnut Hill’s current owner, was the youngest of Paul’s seven kids. He grew up working in the nursery, learning hands-on about horticulture and running a business. During the 1960s and ‘70s, the nursery sold stock mostly to landscapers ... »

Letter from the Editor

Ahhh Spring … my favorite time of year and it’s almost here. All winter long I look forward to March knowing that with the first flower bud comes new beginnings and warmer weather is just around the corner. In years past, I would selfishly get a little giddy just thinking about the possibilities March brings. After all, it is my birthday month, pitchers and catchers report... »

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