This spring was the warmest in 117 years of record-keeping and the warmest 12-month period ever recorded in the United States.
In response to the warm conditions, plants and insects made early appearances. Plants bloomed from a modest two weeks earlier than normal to as much as six weeks earlier than in previous years.
Most insects, including the monarch butterfly, kept pace with the early blooming. Many monarchs made the trip north from Mexico two to three weeks earlier this spring.
celebrate golden anniversary
Frank J. and Judith A. Scheck, of Bethlehem, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 18 with a buffet luncheon at the Hotel Bethlehem.
After the luncheon, there was a gathering at the home of their son, Jeff, and his wife, Julie, of Bethlehem.
The couple also has a daughter, Kerry, and her husband, Robinson Cooper, of Dublin, Ohio.
Judy is the daughter of the late Maude and Floyd Warnke. Her husband is the son of Mary Scheck and the late Frank Scheck.
ArtsQuest and more than one dozen area restaurants team up for the Appetizer Bowl, 4 - 7 p.m. Aug. 26, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
Appetizers, dips and finger foods will be served in six different categories: Cheesiest, Seafood-based, Dips & Spreads, Veggie-based, Meat-based and Sauciest Couple (wings and sauce).
Attendees may sample and vote for their favorite in the "People's Choice" category. A judging panel will determine winners in the six appetizer categories.
If you live in the suburbs or if you have the opportunity to drive along country roads, I hope you take the time to enjoy the varieties of colors and species of wildflowers growing along the highways and byways.
Many of them are listed as invasive, but they tend to brighten up my travels from home to local destinations.