On the first Tuesday of each month, Emmaus Garden Club members Nancy Barnes, Claire McCrea, Cindy Stull and Denise Tempest help Weston Senior Living Center, Emmaus, residents embellish the facility with flowers. Together they develop floral arrangements and personal connections.
Denise Fegley, activities supervisor for the center which is located on Broad Street in Emmaus, oversees numerous activities designed to keep the residents energized and social.
"Hollywood – Reach for the Stars" is Shoemaker Elementary School's 2014-2015 inspirational motto.
Sandwiched between Macungie Elementary School and Eyer Middle School, Shoemaker serves approximately 720 East Penn School District students from kindergarten through fifth grade.
Each year the school's administration, faculty, staff and students focus on one of six cyclical themes. Classroom teachers incorporate the concept into their daily lesson plans, and the school's monthly assemblies are tailored to support it.
Soon, school children will once again shoulder backpacks, board buses and head for the classroom.
The East Penn School Board recently contracted a new busing company, Student Transportation of America, Inc., to provide bus service for the district.
STA's April 15 press release states, "Founded in 1997, STA Inc. is North America's third largest and most progressive provider of school bus transportation services..."
Gary Thibodeau of the Emmaus High School graduating class of 1991 recently died in a jet ski accident at the age of 41.
Classmate and friend Pam Hunter recalls, "Despite the distance, we [the Hunter and Thibodeau families] saw each other several times a year."
St. Ann School in Emmaus held its annual academic awards ceremony recently with a special guest speaker and former St. Ann student attending.
Principal Diana Kile reminded the students "Each and every one of you … has done wonderful things this year," also noting guest speaker and former St. Ann student Tyler Carter has also accomplished wonders.
This year the St. Ann Roman Catholic Parish of Emmaus' customary July 4 The Fortnight for Freedom - Let Religious Freedom Ring ceremony was augmented by the dedication of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
As reported in The Press, the head of the statue known as the Sacred Heart of Jesus at St. Ann Church, Emmaus, was set on fire early Feb. 2, burning off the face of Jesus, according to Monsignor John S. Mraz, pastor of the church.
Lehigh Center Genesis HealthCare, located on Spring Creek Road in Macungie, recently received a Pennsylvania Department of Health "Award for Excellence in Health Care Compliance."
Of the 706 nursing facilities licensed and inspected by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, six are 2014 award recipients.
SeniorLIFE, an alternative to nursing care placement, was the topic of discussion at the most recent Triad meeting held in the Lehigh County Senior Citizens Center, 1633 Elm St., Allentown.
Featured speaker Ellen Lansberry shared information on SeniorLIFE, a for-profit organization providing health care and support services for elderly persons.
The meeting also provided discussion on Project Lifesaver, a national program, which establishes a safety network for locating clients who might endanger themselves by wandering.
Although meeting a con-artist, having burglars case one's home or receiving calls from false telemarketers is sometimes unavoidable, being a crime victim may not be.
On April 8, Phil Parise, a representative of the Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley, met with The Right Information and Direction members and provided information on establishing home security and personal safety as well as avoiding potential scams.
The Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley is a non-profit organization with three main foci: counseling, advocacy and outreach.
On March 28, the staff and students of Willow Lane Elementary School saw purple: purple hearts, shirts, skirts and socks abounded. Purple Hearts for Jillian Day was in full swing.
A student in Monica Parsell's second grade class, Jillian Sayre celebrated her eighth birthday March 29.
Sayre loves her little sister Alexa, the color purple, hearts and the Muppets. She also battles cancer.
Sayre has endured a tumor resection and 30 radiation treatments. She is currently working through the fifth of eight scheduled rounds of chemotherapy.