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The Shelter House and ‘Pieces of Eight’ combine rich heritage and contemporary value

Friday, June 3, 2016 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

The Emmaus Shelter House Society held its annual Patriots Day dinner recently at Citizens Fire Company #2, Emmaus.

Dating from circa 1734, the Shelter House, as described on the society’s web page “...is considered the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the Lehigh Valley.” Given the Shelter House’s rich and continuing history, the evening’s entertainment was most appropriate.

Pieces of Eight, Phillipsburg High School’s all girl barbershop chorus, gave a professional quality a capella performance.

Bethany Church joins Partners in Care

Friday, June 3, 2016 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

Bethany United Methodist Church, 3801 Brookside Road, Macungie, has become active in the Pennsylvania National Guard program Partners in Care.

As stated in a memo from Maj. Schaun C.J. Myers, Pennsylvania Army National Guard support chaplain to Bethany’s Director of Outreach Scotty Coyle, “Partners in Care...networks community faith groups with the chaplain’s office of the Pennsylvania National Guard...to provide...support to soldiers and their families who may be in need.”

Participating faith-based organizations must meet the following stipulations.

‘The club no one wants to join’

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

During the April 20 forum on drug awareness at Emmaus High School, a panel of parents shared their stories with an audience of over 100, many of whom are also struggling to cope with the impact of addiction.

Interspersed with presentations by medical, legal and counseling experts, the parents’ personal stories gave flesh and blood reality to addiction’s cost in human suffering. Periodically, audience members became emotional; some shared their own grief, frustrations and fears.

‘No one sets out to be a heroin addict. It’s not a lifestyle choice’

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

Janice of Middleton, N.J., six years clean, is quoted on www.alternet.org as saying, “No one sets out to be a heroin addict. It’s not a lifestyle choice...” And yet, the U.S. is experiencing a heroin epidemic of unprecedented proportions.

On April 20, the East Penn Community Forum on Drug Awareness was held at Emmaus High School.

“All of us hope that we can impart information to help [everyone dealing with addiction],” Tina Ralls, moderator and parent of a deceased addict, said.

‘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.