All the Christmas and holiday decorations have been put away and folks are settling down after the hustle of the previous weeks. New Year's resolutions, made with good intentions, are already forgotten.
Ours was a quiet holiday; almost everyone had been visited by "the bug" in one way or another.
For my daughter Robin in Arizona, her Jan. 1 celebration was a happy one. She went with a group of volunteers to Pasadena, Calif. to decorate one of the floats for the Tournament of Roses parade. It was a wonderful experience one she hopes to repeat next year.
Did you know Indian Creek Cottage at the top of Sell Road in Powder Valley was a well-known summer boardinghouse in the early 1900s? Vacationers came from Philadelphia by train to the Zionsville Railroad Station, where they were picked up by horse and buggy.
It's 2013. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday.
We're in a post-holiday lull, but there are a few activities on the calendar.
The Town Beautification Committee held a Holiday Decorating Contest for borough residences in December. The winners were the Herwig and Squire residences. Pictures of the winning homes can be seen on the Macungie website www. macungie.pa.us.
There will be a Family Fun Day 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Macungie Institute. For more information, call 610-966-7830.
There will be a Listen Live Music Open Mic Night 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Macungie Institute.
As the first semester comes to a close, mid-term exams are quickly approaching. All in-class exams, those taken during a regular school day for selected junior and senior courses, will take place Jan 14 and 18. All regular exams will take place Jan 15 through 17. Students will be dismissed from school 11:30 a.m. for all regular exams.
The first quarter honor roll list is now available on the school's website, acchs.info. All students with Summa Cum Laude (first honors), Magna Cum Laude (second honors) and Cum Laude (third honors) are listed.
A very merry day after Christmas to you. I hope you, your family and friends, enjoyed a memorable day.
It seems we spend so much time preparing for this very special day and its over too quickly. Now we are preparing for a new year 2013.
Writing those numbers makes me feel like we should be riding around in space ships visiting our neighbors on other planets.
It's hard to believe that it's time to say farewell to 2012 and welcome 2013. As I reflect on the year, personally I'll remember attending my granddaughter's high school graduation and seeing her enter college a milestone in our lives. On a local and national level, 2012 will be memorable to me for the effects of superstorm Sandy and the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Let's hope nothing in 2013 compares to either of them.
Throughout the month of December Lower Macungie Library will feature the works of Mary Ellen Stoyanov. She enjoys painting nature and is displaying her watercolors of trees.
The library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of Christmas. The library will close 2 p.m. Dec. 31 and will be closed Jan. 1, 2013.
The days are flying by. Lights and decorated trees are everywhere. People are scurrying about looking for that last minute perfect gift for a child, a favorite relative or friend. In our rush to remember everyone we sometimes forget whose birthday we're celebrating. We have no gift for him. Is it because it can't be bought on sale, wrapped in colorful paper, tied with a bright ribbon? We put value on the cost. Something that is free like the gift of ourselves we consider worthless.
Emmaus High School students are counting down the days until the long-anticipated Christmas break.
Until then, there are quite a few events and activities in place at Emmaus High School. On Dec. 6, parent teacher conferences were held at EHS.
In honor of National Computer Science Education Week, there was a computer science showcase at EHS Dec. 6, following parent teacher conferences. Visitors met computer science professionals from the community, saw a demonstration from the Robotics Club and enjoyed cake and apple cider.
Macungie Holiday will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Local businesses, the Historical Society and Macungie Memorial Park participate in this borough-wide event. The activities include a scavenger hunt for all ages with participating businesses and community organizations; pictures with Santa at the Macungie Institute; free holiday trolley rides throughout the borough; and holiday crafters at Macungie Memorial Park. The winners of the 10th annual gingerbread competition will also be on display during Macungie Holiday. For more information, call Macungie Institute at 610-966-7830.