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Monday, October 23, 2017

Loved ones remembered with butterfly release

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

“A butterfly to remind me, Even though we are apart, Your spirit is always with me, Forever in my heart …” stated a poem on the pamphlets distributed to all in attendance at the Stephens Funeral Home memorial butterfly release recently.

The heat that day did not, however, wilt the spirits of the family and friends who came to pay tribute to loved ones.

Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie, frequently opens its doors and hearts to the community, hosting events such as Hearts of Hope and Veterans Day services.

PASR celebrates 50 years

Thursday, February 2, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

The Lehigh Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees celebrated 50 years of its charter with the state association.

The group met recently at Iron Lakes Country Club for the celebration, which was attended by PASR state officers.

The event was also a time for honoring outgoing officers and installing new officers for the 2017-2018 year.

PASR Region 2 director Joan Glass announced to the group of retirees the Lehigh Chapter was the only chapter in the state to “successfully complete all of the goals and activities established by the state association.”

Legislators answer questions from school retirees

Friday, August 5, 2016 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

The Lehigh Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees recently had a Meet the Legislators event at Iron Lakes Country Club, North Whitehall Township.

The bi-annual meeting, chaired by member Jan Rush, offered a forum for discussing topics and providing updates on the efforts of local lawmakers.

A prominent concern on the minds of PASR members included underfunded pensions.

State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, spoke of the current gridlock in Harrisburg.

Players of the Stage presents ‘Love Labours Happily Ever After’

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

The Christian theater group, Players of the Stage, presented “Love Labours Happily Ever After,” an original play written and directed by Sharon Pamela Barshinger Gerdes June 16, 17 and 18.

A dramatic collision between several of Shakespeare’s comedies and the most beloved Disney fairy tales creates the foundation for the play that takes a poke at the concept of love at first sight.

According to Gerdes, this is the second full-length play she has written.

The process, she said, began over a year ago as a search for an enjoyable play for kids.

Community gather to remember local legend, support Dawkins family

Thursday, February 18, 2016 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Recently, friends of the late, great Darryl Dawkins gathered in support of his family at the Dawkins Family Benefit held at the Independent Park Community Center, Breiningsville.

Dawkins, who passed away Aug. 27, 2015, was a beloved husband to his wife Janice, and father to his four children.

He was also a great friend to all those he met.

The event was organized by those close to Dawkins, with the intent of offering support to his wife and children.

Area seniors recognized for their community service

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

The 15th annual "Tribute to Unsung Heroes" took place recently at Asbury United Methodist Church, South Whitehall.

According to the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services, these individuals have displayed exceptional generosity with their time and talents for the benefit of their community and/or to enhance the life of others.

This year 15 older adults and one group were celebrated as "unsung heroes."

'The Prince and the Pauper'

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Proceeds to benefit Allentown Rescue Mission

Players of the Stage, a Christian theater group, is presenting "The Prince and the Pauper" this holiday season.

Based on the classic tale written by Mark Twain, "The Prince and the Pauper" has been a favorite for generations.

Beginning Dec. 4, Players of the Stage brings the story to life with humility and humor.

Artistic Director Sharon Gerdes reflects on the play in her director's notes.