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‘Stories that Shaped a Nation’ celebrates lives of women icons

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Focus

Art possesses the passion to inspire and history the power to teach.

By melding the two, “Stories that Shaped a Nation: A National Commemoration of the Women Icons of the March on Washington” and the “Civil Rights Movement, The Freedom Memorial of the Lehigh Valley” and “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” through May 15, Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, enliven the past.

Living Life Well

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

Bob Hollinger

Practitioners of Japanese karate constantly strive to perfect their focus and balance, qualities eighth degree black belt Bob Hollinger has discovered carry over into one’s world view and relationships.

A certified senior advisor for Lehigh Valley Oasis Senior Advisors, Hollinger balances his job of helping senior citizens and their families locate and access appropriate assistance with his dedication to family and passion for karate.

Hollinger’s focus is, in his words, “giving back.”

‘Never, ever underestimate the power of hope and prayer’

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

In a sophisticated, technologically advanced society, the age-old concept of miracles is often met with a sneer. However, physicians and staff at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Hazleton and Cedar Crest campuses, Justin Smith and the Smith family believe.

On Jan. 18, Smith, his family and his caregivers reunited at several hospital-sponsored news conferences to commemorate and to celebrate Smith’s return to health.

Cathleen O’Connor’s life enters a different culture

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

As a school nurse, Cathleen O’Connor gave 23 years of service to the East Penn School District. She then took the advice of author M.K. Soni and “Retire[d] from work, but not from life.”

The day O’Connor left East Penn, she received news of her acceptance into Peace Corps/Seed Global Health, a position she discovered in a Peace Corps newsletter.

After working as a nurse for approximately 45 years in a variety of situations, O’Connor possesses the skills that made her ideal for participation in the Global Health Services Partnership.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

Local heroes visit summer readers

Emmaus Public Library's summer reading program, Every Hero Has a Story, allows young readers to win prizes for reading and to interact with local heroes.

This season's presenters have included George DeVault, author of "Fire Call!," Bob McLeod, artist and illustrator of "The Superhero ABC" and Cindy Schmaldinst, lecturer on local food pantries and how to be an at-home hero helping others in the community.

Most recently, the library hosted the Bethlehem Mounted Police.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

Turning 75 never looked so good

On Jan. 10, 1940 the Emmaus Public Library, originally located on the first floor of 435 Chestnut St., opened to the public.

Recently, the library, currently situated at Main and Ridge streets, hosted a variety of celebratory activities. According to head librarian Krista Pegnetter, "It was exactly what I had in mind … [a] local, community event." Indeed, the activities offered something for everyone.

Lincoln Elementary School

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in School

Students stage Disney's Peter Pan Jr.

Since J. M. Barrie first depicted Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook and Tinker Bell, the Neverland saga has never gone out of vogue.

Students of Emmaus's Lincoln Elementary School recently presented Peter Pan Jr., a musical Disney version created specifically for young performers.

With the support of numerous volunteers, second grade teacher Alma Ritter directed a cast and crew of approximately 80 students. Most of the players are enrolled in grades four and five.

New business assists those in transition

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

In February, James and Ingrid Green embarked on a new business venture: Caring Transitions of the Lehigh Valley, located in Trexlertown.

The local franchise of a national network, Caring Transitions, focuses on assisting those in need of asset liquidation and moving services. Whether a client's needs involve moving to a smaller residence, organizing clutter and/or arranging an estate sale, the Greens provide customized and comprehensive assistance.

In the words of James, "[We strive to] bring order out of chaos."

Faith Presbyterian reaches out to the community

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

The address 412 Chestnut St., Emmaus, has become the proving ground for an unique outreach program.

As stated in a promotional handout, "The 412 is an investment in community by the people of the Faith Presbyterian congregation in Emmaus, without any strings attached."

In an era of political polarization which many groups exploit to promote a "we versus they" perspective, Pastor Tim Dooner and his congregation are providing the Emmaus community the opportunity to communicate and to share.