For many of us, a handful of holiday gift boxes found under the Christmas tree is wonderous enough.
Now imagine receiving 17 shipping boxes filled with items from games to snacks.
Thanks to the generosity of residents of Lower Macungie Township, at least one soldier in the eight year history of the troop support program has received 17 such boxes all at once.
The situation might be best described as a Catch-22.
Every year since the start of the effort titled the Pajama Program in Lower Macungie Township, residents give generously to help children in need. The Catch-22 is every year residents of Lower Macungie Township give generously to help children in need.
As of Dec. 4, organizers of the program at Lower Macungie Community Center gathered 157 pajamas and 109 books to give to children at KidsPeace, a private children's charity with several local locations. This year's donations packed a closet at the center.
In his sole appearance this year at the Allentown Public Library, the Gingerbread Dude delighted fans with a surprise visit during storytime Dec. 11.
Macungie Police Officer Todd Bernhard does not see himself as a community police officer, emphasis added, a title he holds with the police department.
To Bernhard, every officer on patrol or otherwise in the field is a community police officer because every officer interacts with borough residents.
A school visit, a phone call to the station, even a traffic stop puts an officer in touch with those who live in Macungie. And every encounter is an opportunity. For example, Bernhard and other Macungie officers visit grade schools to talk with students.
Seventh annual 5K race brings fast moving goblins, ghosts and other bump-in-the- night visitors through Emmaus
The seventh annual National Penn Bank Halloween 5K Race moved through Emmaus in advance of a heavy rain Oct. 19.
The race, part of Halloween festivities in the borough, attracted 401 runners, 371 of whom finished the race, including, interestingly, a 7-year-old runner. Wesley Barrett, one of the event organizers, noted a core group of about 25 percent of this year's competitors have run the race since its debut.
It is not every day that someone walks out of the pages of a book, much less a law book, but such things can happen on extraordinary days.
Several Emmaus High School journalism students learned this first- hand last month when they met Mary Beth Tinker, an icon of student First Amendment rights on no less than Constitution Day in Philadelphia, of all auspicious places.
"It was surreal," Savannah Pukanecz, a senior at EHS and opinion editor for the high school newspaper "The Stinger", said.
"It was like we were meeting a piece of history. It was really cool."
Jostling and jockeying about healthcare in Pennsylvania The Corbett administration and healthcare advocates continue to wrangle
In the lead up to Affordable Care Act health exchanges opening early this month and the discussion around Medicaid in the state, the Corbett administration and Obamacare advocates are duking it out in rhetoric, press conferences, online spots and photo opportunities.
In a Sept. 16 conference call organized by Pennsylvania Health Access Network, Cheryl Bettigloe, president of the National Physician's Alliance and a practicing physician, warned 613,000 Pennsylvania residents would go without coverage should Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett reject Medicaid expansion.
It all started with a playhouse, a request from a colleague and inspiration from a son.
Earlier this month, the installation of the ticket booth at Memorial Field at Emmaus High School made manifest a project imagined by Erin Urffer, an Emmaus graduate. It was collaborated on and built by Urffer's classmates based on a request from Dennis Ramella, athletic director at EHS, and filling a vision of Scott Didra, architecture and drafting teacher at EHS.
Sometimes Nancy Dordal catches herself getting distracted by language.
Dordal, who just spent a year in Spain as part of a youth exchange program sponsored by the Emmaus Rotary Club, now speaks Spanish with a confidence time immersed in another culture brings. In an interview following her recent presentation to the club on her experiences in Spain, Dordal talked about how her relationship with Spanish has changed. Dordal now gets distracted when she hears others speaking Spanish because she can better understand what is being said.
Selected health centers across the country received grant money totaling $150 million July 10 to help the uninsured enroll in health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act.
All grant recipients received a minimum of $59,000.
Funds were to be released immediately, Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., administrator of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, said in a conference call July 10 with members of the news media.