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.
Literacy is highly desirable and reading well requires practice. Practice may be tedious; unless the beginning reader has a furry audience.
To encourage young readers, Susan Monroe, Emmaus Public Library's children's librarian, activated the Books and Barks program in July 2014.
Monroe inherited the plans for the project from a previous children's librarian and instituted it with the aid of patron Leslie Dubois.
On the evening of Dec. 19, 2014, a small army of volunteers converged on St. Ann School in Emmaus to sort food, pack boxes and wrap presents.
The volunteers were participants in the St. Ann Helping Hands program.
Through the program, parishioners, school children and Knights of Columbus provide food and gifts to folks in need.
Mike Elwert, Nicole Freeman and Ben Servagno co-chair the Helping Hands committee which celebrates Christmas by providing identified families with holiday dinners and presents. Everyone is encouraged to pitch in.