The goal of Warrior Horses for Warrior Kids is to match 500 warrior kids to noble warrior horses to fight alongside them in their battle with pediatric cancer.
The program, which began in California, is spreading to the east and recently the first warrior on the east coast met his Warrior Horse at Rocking Horse Stables, Pleasant Corner.
Warrior Horse Urban Legend, known as Bandit, met his warrior, Sam Mackaravitz, of Emmaus, at the stable.
Bandit was dressed for the occasion in the red, white and blue of Captain America, Sam’s favorite superhero.
The photography contest held at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center for the fourth year was the largest ever.
One hundred fifty-two photographs were submitted and 90 were chosen for exhibit.
The jurors were Phil Campbell, Paul Laincz, Josh Finsel and Anita Collins.
Categories were Insects and Amphibians, Macro of Nature, Your Backyard within Walking Distance and Youth.
Both the first and second places in the People’s Choice award were in the youth category.
Weisenberg Township resident Carolee Smith brought Dutch, her therapy dog, to a hospice luncheon where the painting of the dog was unveiled.
Dutch was the first dog welcomed to the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, 17th and Chew streets, Allentown.
The painting was created by Marion Sheinberg, a Macungie artist who specializes in pet portraits.
She read a story in The Press about the dog when he was the subject of a talk before the Weisenberg Lutheran Church Women's Group.
"It brought me to tears. I never met the dog," she said.
Hippology contests were held recently at Jacob's Church, Lynn Township. The event was coordinated by Kelly Weisner with 90 participants from nine counties.
Hipppology means the study of horses.
Weisner said many 4-H horse club members have their own horses, but some people come just to learn even though they are horseless. It is as close as they can come to having a horse, Weisner said.
The benefits extend beyond horse knowledge. Youth gain skills in being in a contest, taking a test, timed decision making and teamwork.
Nature in Photographs, the first annual photography show to be held at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, held an opening reception March 23.
There was a good turnout of people who enjoyed the variety of photographs. Both the subjects and the photographers came from a wide area as well as locally.
From the approximately 150 entries, 50 were chosen to be entered in the show in three categories: wildlife, scenic and macro.
The Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, was green with wreaths during Christmas craft day Dec. 7.
Greens, brought by several different people, were piled outside to make the wreaths.
In addition, to the wreaths, attendees could make pinecone bird feeders and tree ornaments.
Bill Mineo and his wife, Lorraine, have been coordinating the wreath project for several years.
The bases are made by wrapping grapevines in a circle being careful to leave a point on one side, which will be the top for hanging the wreath.
The recipients of the scholarships presented to students of four local schools by the Allentown West Rotary recently had one thing in common - they said college was expensive and they were grateful for the contribution.
Rotary President Lise Twilford said it was so nice to see so many brilliant children and their parents. She welcomed everyone to the Community Service Center at Lehigh Carbon Community College which hosted the event.
"Hope is not a plan, and failure is not an option," Glenn M. Cannon, PEMA director
Representatives from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and other officials from Harrisburg joined local emergency management officials at the dedication of a new building for the Eastern Area Office in Hamburg.
The building will be headquarters for 20 counties from Philadelphia to Susquehanna County, and joins Central and Western district offices to provide emergency help across the state.
Since some of the winners of the Student Ecologist awards, which were presented at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center March 9, belong to the new E-7 environmental club, which may need some explanation before the winners are announced.
The name was chosen because the first meeting was held when the G-8 meeting was going on. The club began last year and has 35 members from seven area schools, hence the E-7.