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.
The national advocacy organization Autism Speaks will soon benefit from purchases by local shoppers at a craft and vendor fair set for April 5 at Wescosville Elementary School, 1064 Liberty Lane, Wescosville.
The craft fair will take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to all East Penn residents and the general public.
Here is a fun fact: Jaindl turkeys are available in Japan.
In a talk given to the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce March 19, David Jaindl, scion of the Jaindl agriculture and land development businesses, told business leaders the company's smaller birds, weighing in at about six pounds, are available in food markets in Tokyo. Jaindl offered a family anecdote as proof.
Maddy Devine knows a lot about American Kestrels.
Deemed the class resident expert on the bird, Devine knows the habitiat for the bird population is disappearing.
Another fact she knows is the bird's alias.
"They used to call it the sparrow hawk," Devine said of the small bird.
Devine is among the 45 second grade students at Seven Generations Charter School, Emmaus, to take to heart the plight of the birds. The students decided to address the birds' dwindling numbers by building nesting boxes for the birds to use in the coming months.
Those familiar with the tween show iCarly on Nickelodeon might remember an episode in which first lady Michelle Obama pays the show a visit. The first lady plays herself paying a visit to the iCarly stars Carly Shay, sidekick Sam Puckett and the technical producer Freddie Benson after the trio hack into a military installation to wish Carly's dad, Colonel Shay, a happy birthday. When the always irreverant Sam is mocked for calling Mrs. Obama "your excellency," the first lady responds, "I kind of like it."
"Peeps Around the World," the entry from St. Ann School, Emmaus, took top honors in the seventh through 12th grade, or teen, division of the 2013 PEEPS diorama competition during PEEPSFEST.
PEEPSFEST, sponsored by Just Born Quality Confections candy company and ArtsQuest, took place Dec. 30 and 31, 2013, at the SteelStacks event center in Bethlehem.
The competition featured about 100 dioramas incorporating PEEPS candy, a sugar-coated marshmallow confection made by Just Born.