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.
The Emmaus Lions Club ran its annual "Nite at the Races" at the Upper Milford Western District Fire Company March 14. Doors opened 5 p.m. and by 6:30 p.m. participants in the sold-out event were cheering on their favorite ponies. The ticket price included entry, food, beverages and the chance to wager on a winner.
Proceeds benefit the many Lions supported charities, the main recipient being the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Anyone interested in becoming a Lion should contact Al Kneller at 610-965-6666.
Winter has been harsh, but Bert the chimney sweep feels a change in the air:
"Wind's in the east, mist coming in. Like somethin' is brewin' and 'bout to begin."
The East Wind and an enormously talented group of student performers are bringing the whimsy of "Mary Poppins: the Broadway Musical" to the Emmaus High School stage.
The show incorporates elements of P.L. Travers' original story, the 1964 Disney movie and musical numbers such as "Practically Perfect" and "Anything Can Happen" written specifically for the Broadway version.
On Jan. 16, Victory's Just What the Doctor Ordered, call name Doc, turned three. A month and a day later he competed in the breed ring at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.
Doc is a flat coated retriever owned by John Price and Kathy Poole-Price, of Zionsville. Poole-Price also trains and handles Doc.
Several years ago Poole-Price, proprietress of pet resort Queen of the Valley Farm, went searching for a puppy.
The high temperature Feb. 20 reached 15 degrees; the low dropped into negative numbers.
Punxsutawney Phil has forecast a long winter and the weatherman is predicting more snow.
What's to be done?
Dress in layers. Stock up on bread and milk. Spread rock salt and Hoodie Hoo.
The time had come to join residents of The Meadows apartment complex in Emmaus and celebrate Hoodie Hoo Day.
They donned wild hats; grabbed pots and spoons and got out there to defeat Old Man Winter.
As a pre Valentine's Day treat, Allentown American Association of Retired Persons Chapter #5415's February meeting featured the combined talents of Ken Purcell and Bruce Gaston, a.k.a. Mr. Handman. Their music balances Purcell's talent as a guitarist and vocalist with Gaston's virtuosity on the violin and hands.
Gaston's unique use of his hands makes him, according to Purcell, "...the planet's preeminent prestidigitator of the palm." In other words, he manipulates his hands to perform highly unusual musical renditions.
Thomas Applebach began work as the director of veterans affairs for Lehigh County April 28, 2014.
Originally from Upper Bucks County, he graduated from high school and enlisted. When asked why he chose the Air Force, Applebach jokes, "The Air Force was cool, and they have big planes."
His military career would span a total of 21 years.