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.
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.
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.
Holy Spirit Christian Nursery School marks 40 years in 2015 and the celebration is well underway.
Current students recently enjoyed a day of games, crafts and birthday cake to celebrate.
A church service held Feb. 8 at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, home to the nursery school, welcomed students, teachers and staff members who have participated in the program throughout the past four decades.
The school started in 1975 with six students, according to its website.
An $8.9 million grant from the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust recently awarded to Lehigh Valley Health Network will allow physicians, nurses, medical students and others to be better prepared to face the challenges of modern medicine and health care.
The award was announced in a press event Jan. 14 in the division of education at LVHN, Salisbury Township.
As near as she can figure out, Courtney Bortz found out her friend Megan Noggle had made it in before Noggle knew.
Bortz was checking email and saw her friend's acceptance letter along with her own.
"I called her mom and she was freaking out more than I was," Bortz recalled with a laugh, describing sharing the news.
Meanwhile, Alyssa Rice checked her email and knew as well.
The friends found out by email they passed auditions for the color guard for the Cavalcade of Bands Honor Band set to perform Jan. 1, 2015, in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
In a tiny coffee shop, 160 square feet to be exact, a caring shop owner recently raised several thousand dollars to help a local family.
Betty Hockman, owner operator of Java Joint, 7370 Hamilton Blvd., asked customers to donate $5, about the cost of a large mochaccino, to help Brett Snyder and his family.
Area police officers now have a new way to help when first on the scene.
In a press event Sept. 10 Michael Wargo of Lehigh Valley Health Network announced specialized emergency individual first aid kits will be given to every officer in police departments of the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem, and Salisbury and South Whitehall townships as part of National Preparedness Month.
Krista Pegnetter has grown up in libraries.
Her mother was a librarian and Pegnetter herself has worked in libraries in Florida, including the library of the Palm Beach Post newspaper and the city library in West Palm Beach, and in Pennsylvania, including working as reference librarian at Rodale, Inc.
Since July 1 Pegnetter has been at the helm of the Emmaus Public Library as its director.
Soccer balls, soccer shirts and concession stand equipment are among items taken from a shed at a park in Lower Macungie Township over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Lindsay L. Taylor, executive director of the Lower Macungie Youth Association, also known as Lower Mac Athletics, described the break-in as "crude and rude."
"This is by far the worst yet," Taylor said in a telephone interview. Prior to the break-in at the shed, soccer balls and flags were taken from a large metal storage box near a soccer field in the park.