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Kratzer student receives Girl Scout Medal of Honor Theresa Kleibscheidel attempted to save her mom while caring for brothers

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Greenawalds Fire Company of South Whitehall recently hosted a full house for Girl Scout Theresa Kleibscheidel.

Friends, family, leaders and fellow members of Girl Scout Troop 654, and members of the Greenawalds and Cetronia emergency responder crews came out on Feb. 5 to see Kleibscheidel receive the Girl Scout Medal of Honor for trying to save the life of her mom, Beth, two years ago on Feb. 5, 2016.

Take a trip through the looking glass

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Stagemakers at the J presents ‘Alice in Wonderland Jr.’

Whatever one may wish to be, dreams and imagination often provide an escape from reality for a moment.

Eventually, however, everyone learns to appreciate whatever one already has.

Stagemakers at the J is presenting “Alice in Wonderland Jr.,” an enchanting musical about a girl named Alice who escapes into a world of her own imagination she believes will be better than where she is currently.

After having several madcap adventures with a variety of colorful characters, Alice eventually discovers the grass is not always greener on the other side.

Parkland graduate receives $10,000 for Eco-Soap Bank initiative

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by AARON BERGER in School

Samir Lakhani, a 2010 Parkland High School graduate, was nominated for CNN’s 2017 Hero of the Year Award for his founding and work with Eco-Soap Bank.

Now 25 and living in Pittsburgh, his organization recycles used hotel soap to distribute to villages in Cambodia and other countries for better hygiene, and to help create jobs.

Lakhani was nominated for the award by an elementary school class in Baldwin, N.Y.

The class read about his organization’s work and was impressed.

Parkland Garden Club says, ‘You Can Do It’

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Parkland Garden Club recently hosted guests for a program called “Floral Design: You Can Do It” at the Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall.

Trieste Blasko of Schnecksville and Barbara Campbell of Lower Macungie, co-chairs for the garden club garden tours, captivated their audience with stunning floral arrangements that made the room smell like spring.

“This was the first time either one of us have done a hands-on presentation like this,” Campbell said.

“The purpose of the program was to help our audience feel more comfortable arranging flowers,” Blasko said.

‘Seussical’ Stagemakers at the J presents

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Having faith in one’s friends, making an effort to be unique, and fighting for what one believes is demonstrated beautifully in the musical “Seussical Jr.”

Based on characters created by children’s writer and author Dr. Seuss, “Seussical Jr.” tells a story of courage and loyalty.

The musical was written by Stephen Ahrens and Lynn Flaherty.

The Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who finds a speck of dust that is home to a mini group of people called Whos.

Neffs Fire Co. having 75th anniversary open house

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Walking around the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company Fire House at 3755 Park Avenue injects history into a person’s soul.

The “Pride of Park Avenue” has been serving the community for 75 years.

And, from 2-6 p.m. Aug. 20, the volunteer firefighters will welcome members of the community to an open house to celebrate that special anniversary.

“Pride of Park Avenue originated during an informal discussion among some of the firefighters 20 years ago,” Neffs Fire Chief James Steward told The Press.

Dent celebrates students heading for service academies

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by AARON BERGER in School

Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, recently had his 12th annual send-off reception for high school students from his district who will be attending a U.S. service academy.

Andrew Posch of Bethlehem Catholic High School, Reilly McGinnis of Emmaus High School, Tyler Herber of Hamburg High School, Jayden Demmy of Cedar Cliff High School, and Karl Van Blargan of Hershey High School will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Lehigh County celebrates Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Lehigh County Department of Human Services in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, hosted a program recently at the Lehigh County Government Center, Allentown.

The goal was to raise awareness and show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.

“Mental health impacts one out of every five children in our community,” said Josh Bridges, director of Lehigh County Integrated Services, which is part of the Human Services Department.

Singing gospel is a way of life for Lynda Randle

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Gospel singer Lynda Randle is no stranger to Heidelberg Union Church. She performed at the church in Heidelberg Township for her fourth time May 12.

Approximately 350 people attended her concert.

Jack Snyder of Lynn Township helped promote Randle’s concert.

He has been a Heidelberg Union Church member more than 50 years.

His musical group “Jack and Friends” opened for Randle, playing a mix of country western and gospel music.