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Giving the gift of time

Thursday, December 10, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

In the closing moments of the holiday classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the green monster with the jagged smile has a revelation.

While rescuing the toppling sleigh stuffed with goodies purloined from Whoville revelers, the Grinch realizes Christmas is more than what can be bought in a store.

For those living with dementia and memory loss that which is ‘more’ may be time with loved ones and family members, according to Melissa Clementoni, associate executive director of Connections Neighborhood at Country Meadows Retirement Communities, Allentown.

St. John’s Lutheran Church accessibility is ‘absolutely phenomenal’

Thursday, November 19, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Sometimes prayers are indeed answered.

“We were praying for 50 and we got over 50,” The Rev. Kenneth L. Buckwalter, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Emmaus, said scanning the crowd of church members, well-wishers, church leaders and political figures gathered at a reception and open house Nov. 1 in the parish hall to celebrate the completion of an accessibility project at the church.

Emmaus High School will offer two new

Thursday, November 12, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in School

Starting in the fall 2016 semester, Emmaus High School students will have the opportunity to take new courses in engineering.

Freshmen will be offered the courses “Introduction to Engineering Design” and “Principles of Engineering” as part of Project Lead the Way, Laura Witman, supervisor of secondary curriculum and instruction for the East Penn School District, said.

Interest in the courses is growing.

Howerter’s Furniture celebrates the retirement of one of its own with a sale

Thursday, October 22, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

First things first.

Howerter’s Furniture is not going of business.

Instead, the store’s staff is celebrating one of its own with a sale.

Vern, uncle to current store owners Dan and Gary Howerter, is retiring from the store founded and operated by Dan and Gary’s father Paul in 1948. Paul Howerter died in 2008. Paul’s brother Carl died the same year. Vern is the youngest brother.

“Everybody walks in an asks if we’re going out of business,” Dan Howerter said while seated in one of the recliner chairs for which the store is known.

Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

The weather’s on the change at one of Lehigh Valley’s top businesses

It is not often song lyrics from rock band Jethro Tull are applicable to business events; however, recent moves at Air Products may offer an exception.

Earlier this month the business often touted in local media as one of the area’s “top employers” announced its “intent to spin-off” the materials technologies side of the Fortune 500 rated company.

The weather, to paraphrase Jethro Tull, is on the change.

In a conference call Sept. 17 Air Products executives announced plans to “spin-off” material technologies by September 2016.

Little Free Library

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Emmaus welcomes two tiny hot spots for readers and other book fans

"One of our missions is to give books to anyone who needs a book," Kirsten Hess, proprietor of Let's Play Books, Emmaus, said.

And the mission is being realized in part thanks to the little free library on the front porch at the bookstore.

Built by Ken Burton, a woodwork artist, and his students at Boyertown Senior High School, the library, one of five made during the 2013-2014 academic year, opened its small doors earlier this year.

And the little free library is one of two now in Emmaus.

Little Free Library

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Emmaus welcomes two tiny hot spots for readers and other book fans

"One of our missions is to give books to anyone who needs a book," Kirsten Hess, proprietor of Let's Play Books, Emmaus, said.

And the mission is being realized in part thanks to the little free library on the front porch at the bookstore.

Built by Ken Burton, a woodwork artist, and his students at Boyertown Senior High School, the library, one of five made during the 2013-2014 academic year, opened its small doors earlier this year.

And the little free library is one of two now in Emmaus.

Emmaus Chorale sings in Italy

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in School

A helmet, gelato, singing in the streets and a promposal are among tour highlights

Gathered on a mountaintop in Montecatini, Tuscany, Italy, members of the Emmaus High School Chorale found themselves in tears against the backdrop of a setting sun.

The group had just finished performing the composition "Stars" by Eriks Esenvalds. Tourists and others visiting the site were equally moved.

"It was such a profound moment," Anthony Roncolato, who sings bass in the choral group, recalled.

Chorus members rode a funicular to the top of the mountain and the performance was one of several unscheduled and informal performances the chorale gave.

Buckeye Tavern Fire

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Firefighters from multiple companies use a 'defensive attack' against the blaze

High winds, an open floor plan and heavy timber construction joined forces in a blaze destroying the Buckeye Tavern, 3741 N. Brookside Road, according to Lower Macungie Township Fire Chief David J. Nosal.

No one was hurt and a cause is not yet known.

Winds clocked at eight to 10 mph with gusts in the low 20 mph range fed the fire, Nosal said.

"Windy days are not beneficial to firefighting," he said.

Turn the Page

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Tutoring business offers summer fun

For the second time in as many summers, Turn the Page Children's Center for Academic Success, 244 Main St., Emmaus, will offer a summer camp with a popular computer game at its center and Kim Clinchy, program director, is excited.

Students in second through eighth grades will have the chance to enroll in Minecraft Camp.

"It was a huge hit last year and the kids love it," Clinchy said in the front room of the house where Turn the Page now makes its home.