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.
"She's not messing around," Donna Unger said, watching her maker teammate and fellow kindergarten teacher Nicole Stratchko stitch the sides of a tote bag the women were making in a cafeteria turned design studio at Willow Lane Elementary School, Lower Macungie Township, Aug. 20.
Describing the mass exodus of Central American children to the United States as a "humanitarian crisis," U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, called for changes in current law and action by the Senate to address conditions along the southwest border.
Dent, who visited KidsPeace, Broadway campus, Salisbury Township, Aug. 18 to speak with children from Central America currently cared for at the facility, said more needs to be done to curb the tide of unaccompanied children trekking from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to the United States.
It all started with an article assigned for class, Megan Goldman explained.
She and her fellow students in Lisa McGinty's fifth grade class read about a buddy bench students installed at their school.
Inspired, Goldman wrote a note to her school principal, Dr. Anthony Moyer, telling him about the bench and suggesting Willow Lane Elementary School needed one.
"I wanted to do it here," Megan Goldman said.
And she did.
A Pottsville man is a suspect in a high speed car chase ending in an area mall parking lot with a single shot fired by state police.
Brian Chapman was named by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Kirk R. Vanim in a telephone call April 30 as the driver who allegedly led police on a car chase ending in a front parking lot at Kohl's Department Store, Hamilton Boulevard, Trexlertown. The event, as of April 30, was described by Vanim as "still under active investigation."
Decked out in a firefighter's regulation helmet and turnout jacket, chaperone Silke Jostmeier is not one to shy away from the chance to try something new. Gamely, she slips her arms into the straps of an airpack, its paint chipped in places from use by members of the Emmaus Fire Department.
"Wow! That's heavy," Jostmeier said about the 40-plus pound tank suspended on her shoulders and back.
Spring is signaled by many things. The opening pitch of baseball season. The arrival of the first robin. The spring sale of Pennsylania Dutch clam chowder by the Emmaus Lions Club.
For the last 50 years, and likely into the forseeable future, club members have lit fires under kettles to cook quarts and quarts of the chowder.