Hanukkah and Christmas are times of the year when family and friends come together to share memories, laugh, sing, decorate and exchange presents.
For people living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, the holidays can be a difficult and stressful time.
I have found with my mother, who was diagnosed several years ago with dementia, this is the time of year when she becomes more depressed.
My mother does not remember the songs she used to play on the piano at family...
Northampton grad to wed
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Speshok of Northampton announce the engagement of their daughter, Nikole, to Mark McConnell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale McConnell of Blairsville, Indiana County.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Northampton Area High School and the University of Pittsburgh.
She works at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Her fiance, a graduate of Blairsville-Saltsburg Area High School, attended Westmoreland County Community College....
PRESS PHOTOS BY C. RICHARD CHARTRAND
Church of the Nazarene, Macungie, was the host church for a community-wide Thanksgiving eve service Nov. 21.
PRESS PHOTOS BY C. RICHARD CHARTRAND
Emmaus High School held their annual senior citizens luncheon Nov. 15 as a way of saying thanks.
Alburtis Borough Council appointed Kathleen Palmer as mayor at their regular meeting Nov. 14 to fill the vacancy left when former Mayor Robert Mader passed away Oct. 22.
Unprecedented in the history of Alburtis, Palmer is their first female mayor.
"I want to say thank you to everybody and I'll do my best for the borough," Palmer said following her appointment.
Volunteering to fill the position ending in 2013 were Palmer and Scott Stoneback of Media People in Alburtis and...
Press photo by Tyler D. Martin
Approximately 70 of Lower Macungie Middle School's National Junior Honor Society students serve Thanksgiving meals to senior citizens at the school Nov. 16.
Thomas Hylton, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and renowned advocate for "smart growth" will speak 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Macungie Institute, Main Street, Macungie.
The public and local government officials are invited.
Hylton will speak about the principles and methods of "smart growth" which is a reform way of land development that emphasizes the redevelopment of existing towns while preserving rural areas and creating walkable, mixed-use, integrated communities with less...
The theme for America On Wheel's 5th annual "Moonlight Memories Gala" Nov. 30 is the 1939 New York World's Fair.
In 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, a group of New York City retired policemen decided to create an international exposition to lift the city and the United States out of depression. Not long after, these men formed the New York World's Fair Corp. The committee declared the New York World's Fair as "everyman's fair." The official colors of the New York World's...
Children enjoyed face painting, a lollipop tree game, pumpkin painting and more recently at Alburtis Area Community Center's fall festival and cow pie bingo. Many were invited to the festival; however, fewer rides, games and vendors participated this year. Coordinator Sherry Oels did not know the reason for the drop in attendance because all were notified, but thought it might be due to the present economy.
The Pet Fest on the upper level outside the Center was as popular as ever....
On October 3, 1789, President George Washington proclaimed the Day of National Thanksgiving.
"Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits and humbly to implore his protection and favor," Washington is quoted as writing in his proclamation.
"Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me 'to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public...