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.
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.
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.
Pet ownership promotes well being. However, the expense of keeping a pet may become prohibitive.
Enter the Animal Food Bank.
Since 2009 Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley has been helping pet owners experiencing financial difficulties to keep their animals.
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.
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.”
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.
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.