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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
On June 7, Michael Healy will graduate from Emmaus High School. However, his personal accomplishments encompass more than academic prowess. In March of 2013, Healy learned he has Type 1 diabetes. Although blindsided by the diagnosis, Healy quickly regained his equilibrium.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune illness requiring dietary regulation and regular administration of insulin. Healy has become adept at self monitoring and injection. He also actively participates in the campaign to develop more effective treatments and, eventually, a cure for diabetes.
On April 10, Country Meadows of Allentown residents and friends celebrated the 100th day of the year and five special birthdays.
Antoinette Crane, Herman Lipton, Florence Smith, Evelyn Stauffer and Roma Weber have reached or surpassed the century mark.
The ladies' day began with a visit from Cathy Cox, of Matura Salon, who styled hair and applied makeup.
The official festivities included the reading of a proclamation sent by Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and an individual presentation from State Senator Pat Browne, R-16th, by his Chief of Staff Ellen Millard-Kern.
In 2007 and 2009, "Money" magazine listed the Borough of Emmaus among the top 100 places to live in the United States. Much of the credit for this designation belongs to the many volunteers who have committed themselves to creating a vibrant community.
One such group, the Reiss family, has served for generations as volunteer firefighters.
Winter drifts into spring, and signs of the season emerge: daffodils, robins and bunnies – specifically Easter bunnies.
On March 24 the Easter Bunny made a special guest appearance at Macungie's Bear Swamp Diner.
Mr. Bunny led a group of friends who have dubbed themselves the Lower Macungie Walkers in seasonal festivities.