Thanks to Gene and his aunt Karol Kleppinger, the pool house which fronts Emmaus Community Pool sports a new facade.
For Gene, completing the painting of the pool house brings him one step closer to achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest echelon in Scouting.
For Karol, contributing to the decor of the pool house demonstrates her support for her nephew.
For both, the project has been a labor of love.
Gene began his Scouting career as a first grader. He joined Cub Pack 25, based out of St. John’s UCC, Emmaus.
In the spring of 2014, Emmaus High School juniors Nina Rowan and Kayla Manzarrez developed a website devoted to providing their peers with fashion and beauty insights and information.
Rowan and Manzarrez, who currently attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, left a legacy which continues to grow. Their original concept has flowered into a club that produces monthly online articles and annually publishes Buzz Magazine.
Meals on Wheels of Lehigh and Northampton counties has received funding to support a client pet program.
Under the tutelage of Willow School Elementary School teachers Julia Dweck and Matthew Weimann, a group of student writers have achieved national recognition.
Dweck and Weimann established a writing club which they christened INK-readable Writers and set out to produce a book to be entered in Scholastic Publishing’s annual “Kids Are Authors” contest.
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 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.