Charles H. Shafer, 102, formerly of Allentown, died August 21, 2012, in Paoli Hospital. He was the husband of the late Thalia M. (Marcks) Shafer. Born in Nazareth, he was the son of the late Charles W.K. and Laura H. (Huth) Shafer.
He was a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in forestry. He worked for the National Park Service as a forester and later as an agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. from 1948 until retiring in 1975. He was a senior instructor for Life underwriter training.
Eleven years have passed since the 9/11 Islamic extremists' terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and the crash of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 into a farmer's field near Shanksville, Somerset County.
Last year's 10th anniversary memorial tributes to those lost in the tragedy were televised; I doubt there will be as much broadcast this year.
The pain and sense of loss, however, continues for the families and the survivors.
Franklin Collado-Duran, 31, of Bronx, N.Y., was arrested for DUI on Interstate 78 at State Route 222 north, Lower Macungie Township, 3:59 a.m. Aug. 12. Collado-Duran was allegedly found to be under the influence of alcohol when troopers stopped to assist him. Collado-Duran's BMW 325i was pulled over on the shoulder of the I-78 ramp.
The Saucon Valley Conservancy's sixth annual barn tour will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 15. The event will begin at the Beethoven Waldheim Club, 1984 Waldheim Road, Hellertown.
This year's tour includes two early twentieth century open frame dairy barns, a granary and a corn crib, an extended supported forebay barn, a unique posted forebay standard barn, a restored frame standard barn with an accompanying summer kitchen, and the Heller barn.
Elizabeth A. Sarko, 84, of Salisbury Township, died August 29, 2012, in Cedarbrook Fountain Hill Annex. She was the wife of Frank P. Sarko Sr. for 61 1/2 years. Born in Hellertown, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Blanche (Anderson) Snyder.
She worked many years for the Schoebel Bros. Neck Tie and Dick's T-Shirt factories.
She was a member of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eastern Salisbury.
She was past president, and a very active member, of the River Road Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary in Salisbury Township.
There will be a concert by the Bethlehem Baroque Ensemble 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at Wesley Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem A program on the Music at Wesley series will be presented.
The theme, A Grand European Tour, will include music of Telemann, Leclair, Froberger, Marini and Piani.
The performers are Linda Kistler, baroque violin; Christine Moulton, baroque flute; David Moulton, viola da gamba; and Lewis Baratz, harpsichord. For information, call 610-865-5715.
The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit hosted the Royalaires conducted by Russ Braun, for an evening of dancing under the stars Aug. 25.
Vacation Bible School was held recently at Lehigh Valley Baptist Church, Emmaus, where 60 children attended.
The Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown, is presenting "Max Ginsburg: The Social Realist Master," Sept. 12 - Oct. 19 in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.
Ginsburg, a native of New York City, is one of the most highly-respected and accomplished social realist American painters. He credits his father, Abraham Ginsburg, a portrait painter, for providing him with a strong, traditional artistic foundation.
"Safety Not Guaranteed" is a hybrid film. It's part indie film, part mumblecore and part science fiction.
The film, while it doesn't always work, is a charmer, mostly for its off-hand, casual and sometimes clunky screenplay, directing and acting.