Salisbury Press

Friday, December 15, 2017

Healthy Geezer: hypothyroidism

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I saw a woman with what looked like a small tire around her neck. Do you know what that could be?

It could be a goiter, which is a benign enlargement of the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a small gland made up of two halves that lie along the windpipe just below the voice box.

When the thyroid can’t produce enough hormone to meet the body’s needs, the gland compensates by enlarging. Iodine, a chemical element, is needed to produce thyroid hormone. Therefore, an iodine deficiency can lead to goiter and hypothyroidism, which is deficient activity of the thyroid.

Todd Rundgren, the ‘White Knight,’ at the Peak

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Todd Rundgren says he remembers when he previously played Penn’s Peak: “It wasn’t that long ago. I remember wondering on the way to the gig if we were going to a farm or something. That’s how remote it seemed.”

“An Evening With Todd Rundgren” is at 8 p.m. Dec. 2, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.

The rock legend is expected to perform classics he has written and sung, such as “Hello It’s Me,” “I Saw the Light” and “Bang the Drum All Day,” as well as new songs from his 2017 album, “White Knight.”

Jim Norton faithful to the funny

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Jim Norton is your funny best friend. He’s that pal cracking wise on the playground, in the high school locker-room, or over morning coffee in the break room at work.

Jim Norton is an everyman of comedy, relatable, a middle-aged yet youthful personification of the archetypical American male.

As he approaches 50, he’s keen on settling down and his circumstances and outlook have changed since his Netflix special, “Mouthful of Shame,” aired in March.

Open house

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Troxell- Steckel:

Holiday tours are 11 a.m., with the last tour starting at 3 p.m., Dec. 2 at the 1756 Pennsylvania Dutch Troxell-Steckel Farmhouse, 4229 Reliance St., Egypt, Whitehall Township. Tours depart every 15 minutes from the farmstead’s barn.

“This is a rare opportunity for children and adults to experience the history of Christmas before it became a shopping frenzy,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum.

The 1756 Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum is owned and operated by the Lehigh County Historical Society,

Well, hello, ‘Follies,’ it’s the 18th year at Touchstone

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

For many in the Lehigh Valley, attending Touchstone Theatre’s “Christmas City Follies” is a holiday season tradition, and this is no different for the show’s director Jp Jordan.

“This is my 13th. This is my 11th as director. For the first three, I was involved with, I was the musical director,” says Jordan, Touchstone Theatre artistic director.

“Christmas City Follies XVIII” opens Nov. 30 and continues through Dec. 22 at Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourh St., Bethlehem.

‘Christmas Carol’ turns 28 at Civic

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s “A Christmas Carol” is back for its 28th year. The holiday classic brings Christmas cheer to the Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, Dec. 1 - 16.

Adapted for the stage by William Sanders and Sharon Lee Glassman from the Charles Dickens’ novel, the holiday tradition continues to delight and inspire wonder with a cast of close to 100 Lehigh Valley performers.

Sanders, who’s again directing the show, describes the process of remounting “A Christmas Carol” each December:

Pa. Playhouse taps inner ‘Elf’

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

While many theaters this time of year celebrate the holidays with more well-known or traditional plays, the Pennsylvania Playhouse, 390 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem, stands out from the crowd with “The Happy Elf,” Dec. 1 - 17.

“[The Playhouse] wanted to stay away from ‘A Christmas Carol,’ ‘A Christmas Story’ and ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ because other theaters were presenting them,” explains director Bill Mutimer. “This was a good fit for the Holiday Season.”

“The Happy Elf” works to touch on the holiday season and spirit for all individuals.

Review: ‘Marshall’

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Marshall” is a powerful film about a Bridgeport, Conn., civil rights case in 1941 pivotal in the life and career of Atty. Thurgood Marshall, who in 1967 was the first African-American appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

Director Reginald Hudlin handles the controversial material with care, emphasizing the human drama and the importance of the case in Marshall’s career and the Civil Rights Movement.

Respectfully: compliments

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I started a new job several months ago and my manager complimented me on my first big project. I knew I did a good job but I said, “You really think so?” After the words came out, I realized that I totally devalued what I accomplished. I spent hours working on the project and knew I gave it my all. How do you accept a compliment so that you don’t dismiss your abilities or worse yet, look self-promotional?

Dear Reader,

For most people, giving a compliment is much easier than graciously accepting one.