Paul E. DeVries, 89, a World War II veteran, of Emmaus, takes pride in voting in every election since turning 21. A recent hospital stay could have kept DeVries from voting; however, as soon as he was released, he made sure he voted in the election Nov. 6. ABOVE: DeVries get ready to cast his ballot in the Nov. 6 election.
What qualities define an extraordinary neighbor?
Hurricane Sandy brought much of the eastern seaboard to its knees. The visual images of devastation leave no doubt as to her power. But every action creates a reaction and Sandy's wrath is no exception. Her fury roused our sometimes drowsy compassion and her violence created unanticipated harmony.
From political adversaries uniting to aid those suffering to empathetic strangers donating food, the outreach has been inspiring.
PRESS PHOTOS BY EMILY THIEL
R' Furry Friends Doggie Daycare holds Halloween festivities.
Bridgeway Academy is seeking video submissions from homeschool students who are serving as volunteers or organizing their own community service efforts.
The contest entitled, "Homeschoolers Give Back" asks students to submit a one to two minute video showcasing their efforts and promoting their cause.
The deadline for submissions is Nov. 16.
Videos will be posted on the company website and open for public voting Nov. 17.
The preliminary 2013 budget proposed by Upper Milford supervisors has no tax increase, but achieves that goal in part by eliminating donations to organizations such as the Upper Milford Youth Association, the senior citizens groups in Vera Cruz and Old Zionsville, and a number of Allentown or Lehigh County organizations.
Township manager Daniel DeLong said in a telephone interview last week the supervisors recommended taking away all of what he called "cultural donations."
A variety of area residences will be featured in The Swain School's 43rd annual Holiday House Tour Dec. 4 and 5.
Participants can enjoy the tour via a bus or luxury coach, or a self-guided, 'drive it yourself' option. The Holiday House Tour also includes the Swain Holiday Boutique as well as a pick-a-prize raffe, children's raffle and bake sale.
The "Snowflake Express" is a nighttime supper and bus tour Dec. 4. The serving of a light supper begins 4:30 p.m. at the Allentown school, 1100 S. 24th St., Allentown, and the buses depart 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. There is a cost.
Thanksgiving meals/baskets available
The staff at PA211 EAST has compiled a list of organizations providing Thanksgiving holiday meals and baskets for families in Lehigh County this season. For the most up-to-date listings, call 1-855-501-6785 or visit their website at www.uwlanc. org/holiday-resources.
THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKETS
ŸCity Limits Assembly of God, 302 Ridge Ave., Allentown, 610-776-8656, turkey and food bag distribution Nov. 20. Call for time.
Lower Macungie Middle School Theatre takes the stage with a first time ever performance of "Heroes in my Head." Performances will be held at the Lower Macungie Middle School 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 17 with tickets available at the door for general seating.
The Village of Willow Lane, 6488 Alburtis Road, Macungie, will host a free and informative seminar about the aid and attendance benefits for veterans 6 to 7 p.m. Thomas R. Dye, director of veterans affairs, will discuss how to apply for this benefit and what is needed to qualify. For additional information, call 610-421-8100.
Emmaus Historical Society will meet 7 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 5th & Chestnut streets, Emmaus, for a regular meeting and program, "Honoring Emmaus World War II Veterans and the Making of Emmaus World War II Veterans Book."