May 2010

Northwestern Lehigh County

By Kathryn Finegan Clark It’s the Lehigh Valley’s answer to Montana’s Big Sky —and it’s only minutes from busy Allentown. If the Valley has a secret to keep, it is surely this gorgeous northwest corner of Lehigh County, America’s 18th Century frontier. Climb a hill and see the fields spread before you, and it’s not difficult to imagine the boom of muskets, the cries of mar... »

Grilling 101

By Jewels Quelly Which grilling team are you on? Are you a staunch supporter of gas grilling or a stalwart enthusiast of charcoal grilling? The defense of each technique can get as intense as a longtime football rivalry. Each method comes with its own advantages. Gas grilling is as convenient as outdoor cooking can get. Push an igniter and the heat is on. Cooking and clean... »

The Family That Reads Together

By Sara Hodon Few pastimes bring families together like reading. No matter your age, background, or favorite genre, there’s nothing like sharing the experience of a good book. Whatever fills your family’s schedule, it’s important to make reading a regular practice. Across the Lehigh Valley, there are numerous programs available to help children, parents, and families impro... »

Do-It-Yourself Gardening

By Nancy Moffett They make it look easy on those DIY television shows. A crew shows up with lots of plants and hardscape material and within two days, someone’s backyard has been transformed into an outdoor paradise. However, no one talks about the cost or the planning that goes into a real landscaping project, DIY or otherwise. To get the scoop, we consulted Bryan Smith, ... »

Healing Gardens For The Soul

By Scott Rothenberger Public gardens are fast becoming community gardens as more individuals in urban settings turn to Mother Nature to help heal the heart. Living in an area with a wealth of public green places like the Greater Lehigh Valley provides wonderful escapes for families during beautiful sunny days. I’ll take you on a tour of some of the area’s “healing gardens,... »

Estate Planning

By Anthony S. Rachuba IV, Esq., Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. Estate planning is necessary for all persons regardless of age or the size of the estate. In too many cases, persons procrastinate and death occurs before proper planning is done. In addition to not knowing exactly how your estate will be handled, this can put stress on your family and friends and can caus... »

Caring For Aging Parents

By Nancy Moffett Mom is starting to lose track of when and how much medicine she takes. Dad is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, has set the microwave on fire and sometimes doesn’t know what day it is. Meanwhile, you’re trying to earn a living and have children who need attention, too. You want to help your parents and see that they’re taken care of, but how do you handl... »

Relieving the Pain of Spinal Stenosis

By Maureen Sangiorgio When William Stowell started getting excruciating pain down his leg last March, he thought his active lifestyle was over. “I used to run marathons,” recalls Stowell, 53, a Service Electric repairman. “But then all of a sudden, I was in agony. I couldn’t take a step without the pain feeling like a lightning bolt shooting down my leg.” Doctors diagnosed... »

Lehigh Valley Roller Girls

By Susan Stets On a recent Monday evening, the atmosphere was charged with the blend of friendly competition and sisterhood that draws women from all walks of life to the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls. Founded in 2006 by Quakertown resident Elaina Borchelt, the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls is the region’s only women’s flat track roller derby league. A non-profit, skater-owned and... »

Guys' Night Out

By Cathy Kiley The Valley is loaded with places to party with friends. For this issue, I called a few guys and headed out to explore fun places to meet, eat a juicy burger, pizza or wings, watch a game and enjoy a beer. Let’s start with The Pigs. The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs kicked off another season in  April and tickets are still available for upcoming home games at Allen... »

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