Ben Yorgey was born Jan. 15, 1985 to Kent and Ardy Yorgey in Allentown, and he lived his life nearby in Macungie.
Everything with Ben was absolutely normal until he was eight months old. At that time, he started having seizures which significantly delayed his normal development.
Ben's speech began when he was around six years old, but his language skills never reached more than a six-year-old level.
His school years were spent in the East Penn School District in an Intermediate Unit Life Skills class where he was instructed using a functional curriculum.
The Allentown Garden Club presented a spectacular showing of local gardens for 2015 in a self-guided tour June 27 which began with Allentown's Fragrance Garden at Cedar Beach Park.
Created by a member of the garden club in 1989, this aromatic garden contains an array of herbs, perennials and shrubs and is located next to the Allentown Rose Garden.
Wandering through the other nine gardens on the tour, visitors found a collection of hostas, potted plants, vegetable gardens, a rock garden and water features.
The Federal Trade Commission made headlines recently by accusing four cancer charities of defrauding well-meaning donors for more than $187 million. The FTC and law enforcement groups from all 50 states filed complaints against the Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children's Cancer Fund of America, and the Breast Cancer Society. The complaint alleges that these four "sham charities" solicited millions in donations by promising to help pay for hospice care, chemotherapy, and other services for cancer patients. But only a fraction of that money actually went to patients.
An investigation by the Lehigh County Drug Task Force has resulted in the arrest of two Emmaus residents now charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in their house, according to a press release distributed June 4 by the Lehigh County District Attorney's office.
Ralph E. Merwarth, 60, and Susan Louise Miller, 44, both of 737 Donald Drive, were charged June 4 after a search warrant was executed at their residence 6:05 a.m. the same day.
Merwarth and Miller were arraigned in the Lehigh County Central Booking Center.
District Attorney Jim Martin and Emmaus Police Chief David Faust announced no charges will be filed in an Emmaus traffic accident involving two young girls resulting in one fatality.
On May 18 at approximately 4:04 p.m., two young pedestrians were struck as they crossed northbound from the southwest corner of Sixth and Chestnut streets in Emmaus.
Abigail Zukowski, 11, of 665 Harrison St., Emmaus, was pronounced deceased at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Cedar Crest, shortly after arrival, at approximately 4:35 p.m.
Emmaus High School musicians and vocalists are among students named to the Region V state orchestra, concert band and chorus by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.
Students include: Jereme Chien, named to the orchestra for violin; Brooke Cichocki, named to the concert band and wind ensemble for clarinet; and singers Nicholas Quinn, Victoria Reichelderfer, Mason Trinkle and Kevin Williams, named to the chorus.
The sound of patriotic music delighted residents and visitors at Topton's Lutheran Home and Blandon's Keystone Villa retirement communities during a performance by the Emmaus Sentinels Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps at the two facilities April 12.
For some of the musicians, the event was an opportunity to perform for family and friends who are guests at the facilities. For the corps, the concert was an opportunity to share a love of good music with an appreciative audience.
On April 19, art teachers from the East Penn School District unveiled the Emmaus Mosaic Mural featured on the outer wall of the rotunda at the Emmaus Public Library, 11 E. Main St.
The dedication ceremony took place on the final day of the art installation when Philadelphia artist Isaiah Zagar, who designed the mural, was on hand.
The ceremony included music performed by the East Penn Elementary Chamber Players.
St. Luke's University Health Network recently accepted the 2015 100 Top Hospitals Award® from for Truven Health Analytics™ in a celebration shared with more than 200 managers, physicians and network leaders gathered in Laros Auditorium on the Bethlehem campus.
Jean Chenoweth, Truven's senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program, presented the award to St. Luke's President and CEO Richard A. Anderson.
The tale of Snow White has never felt so fresh and new with this funny adaptation to be presented by the Jefferson Drama Club 1 and 5 p.m. April 18 at Jefferson Elementary School, 520 Elm St., Emmaus.
New characters and comedic twists come to life as a modern mom reads the Brothers Grimm tale to her restless children.