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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.

Holy Spirit Nursery School

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in School

Students celebrate 40 years with games and good cheer

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.

Lehigh Valley Health Network

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Dorothy Rider Pool Trust awards $8.9 millon grant to LVHN Education Division

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.

Tournament of Roses Parade

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 by APRIL PETERSON in School

Three local students will perform in the New Year's Day event in Pasadena, Calif.

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.