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Monday, December 11, 2017

Players of the Stage presents ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

Monday, December 4, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, will present the one-act play “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9.

This play, based on Barbara Robinson’s work of the same name, tells the story of six delinquent children who go to church for the first time after being told there would be snacks served.

Despite protests from church members, the youngsters are given roles in the Sunday school’s Christmas play.

The play is directed by Lindsay Swavely. John McClure is the assistant director.

Players of the Stage to present ‘Quality Street’

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The Christian theater group, Players of the Stage, has been rehearsing diligently for the past three months to present the play “Quality Street” April 20 through 22.

This four-act comedy, based on a 1901 play written by J.M. Barrie and set in the early 1800s, tells the story of Phoebe Throssel, who falls in love with Valentine Brown.

She believes he will propose to her but instead learns he is going off to serve in the Napoleonic Wars.

For the next 10 years, Phoebe and her sister Susan operate a school for genteel children.

The Neffs National Bank donates funds to area educational foundations

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The Neffs National Bank presented checks in the amount of $25,000 each to the Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation, the Northwestern Lehigh and Parkland school district education foundations and the Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus.

“The donations were made in part through the bank’s participation in the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program,” Kevin Schmidt, president and chief executive officer of The Neffs National Bank said at the Feb. 14 presentation.

Girl Scout alumnae celebrate 100th anniversary of Gold Award

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

For 104 years, Girl Scouting has fulfilled the mission of building courage, confidence and character in young girls.

Alumnae of the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA Lehigh Chapter gathered recently at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award at First Presbyterian Church, South Whitehall Township.

During the celebration, a brief history of the Gold Award was presented by Bonnie Young and Ann Donley.

Fire department’s K-9, Judge, seeks your vote

Friday, August 5, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in News Briefs

Allentown Fire Department’s K-9 Judge is a finalist in the 2016 American Hero Dog contest.

Judge has already been designated as Hero Dog in the arson category.

He is now vying with seven other dogs for top honors from the American Humane Association.

Voting is open through Aug. 24 at herodogawards.org/vote to determine the winner.

The 2016 American Hero Dog grand prize winner will be announced Sept. 10 at an awards gala in Los Angeles.

Judge, a yellow Labrador retriever, joined the department in 2011.

Fire Chief Lee Laubach is Judge’s handler.

Fire department’s K-9, Judge, seeks your vote

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in News Briefs

Allentown Fire Department’s K-9 Judge, 7, is a finalist in the 2016 American Hero Dog contest.

Judge has already been designated as Hero Dog in the arson category.

He is now vying with seven other dogs for top honors from the American Humane Association.

Voting is open through Aug. 24 at herodogawards.org/vote to determine the winner.

The 2016 American Hero Dog grand prize winner will be announced Sept. 10 at an awards gala in Los Angeles.

Judge, a yellow Labrador retriever, joined the department in 2011.

Fire Chief Lee Laubach is Judge’s handler.

Unsung Heroes

Thursday, June 9, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

County honors seniors for their gift of time, talents

In honor of Older Americans Month, 16 residents were recognized at the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services 16th annual Tribute to Unsung Heroes May 18 at Asbury United Methodist Church, South Whitehall Township.

This tribute honors older adults in the Valley who have exhibited exceptional generosity with their time and talents to enrich the lives of others in the community.

Hometown Hero honored by granddaughter at PPL Center Center

Thursday, February 18, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Skylar L. Gutman, a sophomore at Parkland High School, had the honor of singing to her grandfather Matt “Mathias” Francis Gutman at a recent Phantoms Hockey game at PPL Center, Allentown.

The World War II veteran, who lives in Lower Macungie Township with his wife Arlene, was honored as a “Hometown Hero” Dec. 16, 2015.

He returned to the PPL Center recently to be honored once again and have his granddaughter sing “God Bless America” by his side, said Kathy Gutman, Skylar’s mother.

Stagemakers to perform ‘Mary Poppins’ at JCC

Thursday, February 11, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Stagemakers Youth Theater students will perform “Mary Poppins” Feb. 11, 13 and 14 at the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown.

“Mary Poppins” set in London, England, tells the story of a magical English nanny who is blown by an East wind to 17 Cherry Tree Lane and into the lives of George and Winifred Banks and their children.

This two-act musical is based on a series of children’s books written by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film.

There are two different casts: the Jubilee Cast and the Piccadilly Cast.