In honor of older Americans month, 15 Lehigh County residents were recognized recently at The Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services' 13th annual tribute to unsung heroes. This tribute, held annually, recognizes older adults in the Valley who have exhibited exceptional generosity with their time and talents to enrich the lives of others in the community.
The missing 21-year-old University of Rhode Island student traveling to his home in Montgomery County was last seen in surveillance video May 17 at a gas station at I-78 and Route 100, Breinigsville.
According to State Police Troop K Skippack, Matthew R. Royer, who left his school apartment at the University of Rhode Island around 6:30 p.m. May 16, failed to arrive at his Skippack Township home.
Royer is 6 feet 1 inch tall. He has brown hair, blue eyes and weighs 160 pounds.
Nineteen Lehigh Valley residents have been arrested and charged with drug offenses after a 15-month investigation by state narcotics agents.
According to State Attorney General Kathleen Kane, narcotics agents arrested 23 people and broke up a $7 million crystal methamphetamine ring stretching from Mexico to the Lehigh Valley.
Evidence and testimony regarding the alleged drug trafficking was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended criminal charges be filed.
Rabbi Seth Phillips of Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown, was running his second Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded near the finish line.
"I had just finished, and was collecting my medal when I heard a boom behind me," Phillips told The Press the day after the April 15 tragedy. "I turned around and saw a huge amount of smoke, then the second explosion.
"I was too far away to hear the screams or crowd sounds."
As the last group of runners were approaching the finish line around 2:50 p.m., a bomb exploded near Boylston and Exeter streets.
Stephen Ott, a Macungie resident, had just finished running his second Boston Marathon when bombs exploded at the finish line April 15.
Ott finished the marathon around 1:30 p.m. but ran another two and a half to three blocks after the finish line to the station where he received his medal.
"The last six miles of the marathon were hard because I pulled a hamstring," he said.
Ott said after 20 to 30 minutes and picking up his gear, he planned to return to the finish line.
The young actors with Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, have been rehearsing diligently to present the two-act play "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."
The story is based on the novel of the same name by Mark Twain.
Set in the 1800s, the play tells the story of 14-year-old Tom Sawyer, who is raised along the banks of the Mississippi River in Missouri.
As the play unfolds, Sawyer matches wits with his Aunt Polly, falls in love with a beautiful girl named Becky Thatcher, and goes on adventures with his friend Huckleberry Finn.
Of the four seasons, spring is my favorite with everything beginning to awaken and renew after a long winter.
Trees and flowers are blooming; the birds are chirping and wild animals are awaking from hibernation.
Spring is also the time when Americans begin to spend more time outdoors exercising, playing sports, swimming, bicycle riding, camping, grilling and having picnics.
Even though spring brings warmer weather, it also brings with it many dangers.
Herman Lipton, 100, is the second male centenarian to have his photo highlighted on the wall of honor in the office of Dr. Raymond Fritz Jr.
Lipton will join Charles Herman of South Whitehall and several 100-year-old female patients in the photo gallery at Allentown Family Foot Care, South Whitehall Township.
Lipton told The Press he moved to Allentown 50 years ago from Bronx, N.Y.
Today, Lipton lives with his third wife Althea, 86, at Country Meadows in Lower Macungie Township.
He said he met Althea when they were both volunteers at Gross Towers in Allentown.
Gov. Tom Corbett recently presented his proposed 2013-2014 budget before the General Assembly in Harrisburg.
While his $28.4 billion spending plan is nearly a 2.4 percent increase from last year's budget, it does not call for any tax increase.
The plan does include a $90 million or 1.7 percent increase in state funding for basic education, the first in two years, bringing the total to nearly $5.5 billion, the highest level of state funding for school districts.
Horsham-based Bimbo Bakeries USA, which makes Arnold and Stroehmann breads, is building a new state-of-the-art bakery in Upper Macungie Township.
The company, which is planning a $75 million facility at 105 Boulder Drive, Breinigsville, will produce bread and buns for the Northeast.
More than 100 jobs are expected to come to the area when it begins operation in early 2014.
Construction of the 240,000-square-foot Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified plant (LEED) is expected to begin in a few months and be completed by the end of this.