New Year's resolutions come and go.
Often they are short-lived, typically lasting no longer than a few days to a few weeks.
What should each of us resolve to do this coming year? What should each of us hope for and wish for this new year?
Throughout our communities are family members and neighbors who may be in need or want.
There are those inside our own workplaces, school, churches and communities who are hurting and in need of an ear, shoulder, hand and heart.
El Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day), a cherished religious and cultural tradition in many Latin American countries, will be celebrated during the first Three Kings Celebration at SteelStacks 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 6. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
The Lower Macungie Middle School ski club will take a ski trip 2:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Lower Macungie Middle School will hold a geography bee.
Eyer Middle School will host pretzel day during ninth period. The event will take place 1:47 to 2:35 p.m.
Eyer Middle School will hold a New Year's dance 6 to 8 p.m.
Willow Lane Elementary School will hold their incredible cafe.
Eyer Middle School will hold a spelling bee 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Alburtis Elementary School will hold an Eagle Assembly 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
LEHIGH VALLEY SCORE, Bethlehem, seeks experienced business professionals to offer in-person and online counseling and advice to start ups and in-business owners of small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Contact Mitzi Colella at 610-266-3000 or email@example.com.
MEALS ON WHEELS OF NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Bethlehem, needs people willing to grocery shop for homebound clients living in the Slate Belt. Contact Janet Soos at 610-691-1030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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St John's Lutheran Church, Emmaus, hosts an in-gathering every year, where 27 local Lutheran churches gather to wrap and sort Christmas goodies for different organizations such as Day Break, Topton Home, Good Shepherd Home, Turning Point, the Keenan House and more.
May Barto, 88, of Emmaus, died December 28, 2012, in LifeQuest Nursing Center. She was the wife of the late Wayne W. Barto. Born in Salisbury Township, she was the daughter of the late Morris T. and Eliza G. (Heimbach) Eck.
She was a secretary for Emmaus High School and later did clerical work for Rodale Press.
She was a member of St. John's U.C.C., Emmaus where she served on the altar guild.
She was a member and past president of Emmaus Senior Citizens, a member of the Emmaus Historical Society and was an avid bowler in several bowling leagues in the area.
Donald I. Hallman, 78, of Emmaus, died December 29, 2012, in the Lehigh Valley Hospice Inpatient Unit, Allentown. He was the husband of Virginia M. (Rohrbach) Hallman. They observed their 59th wedding anniversary on Christmas Day. Born in Emmaus, he was a son of the late Luther P. and Lillian I. (Praetorius) Hallman.
He served in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife; son, Michael and his wife Grace; sister Elizabeth Dreas; brother Albert; granddaughter, Lindsay Wirth; great-grandsons Charlie and Marshall.
Fern J. Romig Smith, 83, formerly of Allentown and Macungie, died December 13, 2012, at the Heritage Care Center, American Fort, Utah. She was the wife of Harold W. Smith. Born in Alburtis, she was the daughter of the late Robert N. and Minnie Mae (Conrad) Shoemaker.
Before retiring in 1992, she worked as a packer at Daytimers for 25 years.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Fogelsville.
She was a member of the Macungie VFW.
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The Lower Macungie Historical Society holds an open house recently.
Eleanor M. (DeLong) Hensinger, 80, of Macungie, formerly of Kutztown, died December 27, 2012, in her residence, Lehigh Commons Senior Living. She was the wife of Elmer F. "Buddy" Hensinger. They were married for 59 years. Born in Maxatawny Township, she was a daughter of the late George R. and Luella C. (Weidner) DeLong.
She was a member of the Lutheran congregation of Zion's Union Church, Kutztown.
She was a member of the Kutztown Lioness Club for many years, serving as its first president in 1970.