May 2013

Marketplace Spotlight

By Kathleen Shannon The Mill in Germansville 7130 Bake Oven Road  |  Germansville, PA  |  610.767.9650 The Mill in Germansville carries everything you need for your pets, livestock, farm, lawn and garden, and more. If you are looking to feed any animal from an alpaca to a zebra, the Mill can help. In addition to feeds, they stock wild bird food for your backyard buddies al... »

May Days

By Kelly Cerimele Mother’s Day Ippolita Wonderland Collection Denim Bangle, $595 Denim Ring, $595 Murphy’s Jewelers The Promenade Shops At Saucon Valley, Center Valley 610.791.5200 May Flowers Lil’ Gardener Watering Can $14.99/each Herbein’s Garden Center 4301 Chestnut Street, Emmaus 610.965.9585 Graduation “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” Dr. Se... »

Letter From the Editor

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfeld, fashion designer/photographer Dear readers, These days it’s impossible to get through the waking hours without seeing a photograph of some sort. Portraits, candids and now “selfies” seem to be at our every turn. In fact, every day, 55 million ... »

Allentown Freak Out Dance Festival

By Frederick Jerant “HUR-ry, HUR-ry, HUR-ry, ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages! Step right this way and see the most a-STOUND-ing collection of exotic performers between Aquashicola and Kalamazoo! See belly-dancers…fire-eaters…sword-swallowers…and more! Much, MUCH more, ladies and gentlemen…” Sounds like an old-time barker for a circus sideshow, doesn’t it?  W... »

New Mom, New Appreciation

By Kathryn M. D’Imperio They always tell you life changes so much when you have kids. I think we all try to prepare ourselves to some extent, but no one really knows exactly what to expect until we find ourselves in the middle of it. From unexpected exploding diapers at the doctor’s office (with the diaper bag forgotten in the car) to juggling all the chores and stress of ... »

Special Needs Trusts: Protecting the Benefits of a Person with Disabilities

By Anthony S. Rachuba, IV, Esq. Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. Special Needs Trusts are important estate planning tools which should be considered by all families in which a member of the family is receiving, or may be eligible to receive, Medical Assistance (also known as MA or Medicaid), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Mental Health and Mental Retardation ... »

Alternatives for Senior Living

By Kathleen Shannon Back in the day, as they say, when Grandma could no longer maintain her own home or was falling victim to her failing health, she simply sold her home and moved in with a younger family member, most likely one of her children. Fast-forward several decades and that’s no longer always the case. With double wage-earner families, the demands of children and... »

Designing Your Baby’s Nursery

By Nancy Moffett Mother’s Day is this month, so our thoughts turn to babies and the joy they bring to our lives. When the new arrival comes home, it should be to a nursery that is comfortable, practical, but also beautiful, to foster serenity for both mother and baby. Walls Here’s where it pays to use your imagination to create a stimulating, yet restful, environment. Toda... »

Swim Safety

By Sara Vigneri As temperatures heat up, your family is probably ready to dig out the swimsuits and head for the water. From baby pools to the roaring ocean, it’s hard to keep adventurous kids from diving in. Afternoons of swimming and splashing can be a lot of fun, but even a shallow amount of water such as in a bathtub or baby pool can be extremely dangerous. According t... »


By Nancy Moffett In 1988 Michael Rhoads was 22 years old, recently married, working a full-time job as a machinist and two part-time jobs to make ends meet. With little money to spare, this didn’t seem like a good time to start a business. But that’s just what Rhoads did, spending the couple’s last $175 on a weed whacker so he could start Mike’s Lawn Maintenance in Allento... »

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