Fifteen area volunteer fire departments added 35 new firefighters to their ranks when the volunteers completed a rigorous six-month course and received their certificates of completion at a ceremony June 19 at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.
This was the third annual Bucks County Fire Academy course held every Sunday for the past six months at the Allentown Fire Academy, behind the Allentown Fire Department Mack Station at 1902 Lehigh St. near the Queen City Airport.
They call themselves "The Royal Order of the Flying Bullmooses" – an improbable name until you understand the genesis of the group. They met during an Allentown Municipal Opera Company production of "Lil'l Abner" in 1963, and have remained friends and still party together after 50 years.
There was an air of optimism and rejuvenation at a preview for commercial realtors and others of plans to rehab the long-neglected former Main Street Gallery furniture store property at 187-191 Main St. Emmaus.
Wherever one looked during ceremonies commemorating Flag Day June 14 at Allentown's West Park band shell, there were un-orchestrated reminders of the symbol and meaning of the American flag.
A reflective 99-year-old army veteran, Kenneth Earp, seated front-row center in a wheelchair with a small American flag clutched firmly to his chest.
Representatives of Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Tampa, Fla.-based Moffitt Cancer Center last week announced an expansion of a partnership formed in 2011.
Alan List, M.D., Moffitt's president and CEO, and Suresh Nair, LVHN's senior medical director of academic oncology programs, said LVHN's participation in the Moffitt Oncology Network, which is designed to help Moffitt develop a premier cancer care delivery system, focused solely on providing patients, including those in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding area, the best personalized cancer care.
Poor, hapless Charlie Brown. Everyone agrees he's a nice guy, but "why must he be so wishy-washy?"
Those were the sentiments played out by the seventh and eighth grade students who last week staged the long-running Broadway production of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown."
The play had two performances May 10: Friday afternoon for the school's students and Friday evening for parents, friends and family.
Despite his kind and gentle demeanor, Al Whitney is out for blood.
Whitney meets a lot of people in his travels back and forth across the country. After he says "hello," he'll ask you whether you are a blood donor. Answer in the affirmative and you have an instant new best friend.
Hesitate, and he'll boldly ask you why not.
"It's the easiest thing in the world, and you could be saving somebody's life," Whitney said.
U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, hosts students, parents at military service academy information event
Recruiters for the nation's five military service academies were on hand April 13 for an information day hosted by U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th.
Dent described the competitive process of applying for a Congressional nomination to one or more of the country's military service academies.
The popular 2001 movie, Legally Blonde, which featured Resse Witherspoon as a sorority girl who struggles to win back her ex-boyfriend by entering Harvard Law School, is a funny romp that is being presented this week from Wednesday through Saturday by students of the Emmaus High School Theater Department.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett was joined at the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute March 28, by faculty and students to tour the facility and to announce an initiative with the Manufacturers Resource Center to create a regional student pipeline in Lehigh and Northampton counties.