National Fire Prevention Week, celebrated this year Oct. 4-10, was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, in which more than 250 people died, some 100,000 were left homeless, and more than 17,400 buildings burned.
The fire began Oct. 8, when according to legend, Mrs. Catherine O’Leary’s cow kicked over an oil lamp. The blaze continued well into the next day.
President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation in 1920.
With summer in full swing and August just two short days away, many families in the Lehigh Valley are taking vacations, having barbecues and starting back-to-school shopping.
Other families, however, are struggling just to put some food on the table, and shopping for school supplies may be outside their reach.
I have long taken exception to the tactics used by Sen. Joseph McCarthy during the Cold War and postwar Red Scare to unearth Communists and Communist sympathizers hidden in American society.
I, however, feel differently about the need to unmask the radicalized youth terrorizing this country today.
McCarthy unfairly accused and investigated thousands of Americans for espionage and providing information to the communists.
In the rural communities of this commonwealth, the name Penn State Extension, part of Penn State University's College of Agricultural Sciences, often brings to mind farming and the educational network's associated programs, such as 4-H, Master Gardeners, sustainable agriculture, pest management and even teaching the proper methods for home canning.
Guest Views, written by John Berry, agricultural marketing educator for the Lehigh County Extension office in South Whitehall, have often graced the opinion pages of The Press weekly newspapers.
There has always been the poor and there will always be the poor.
"For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, 'You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.' (Deuteronomy 15:11, Bible)
That being said, the question, even these many years after President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" in 1964, is how best to "open our hands" to our brothers and sisters in need.
The Jan. 7 murder of editors, writers and cartoonists at the French satirical newspaper "Charlie Hebdo" is beyond reprehensible.
The violent response of Islamic terrorists to a cartoon of their prophet printed in that newspaper is just another example of the barbarism shown by those intolerant of the ideas of others.
That being said, and having worked in the news industry, specifically for community newspapers, for some 18 years, I know with freedom of the press and speech comes a heavy responsibility.
I am tired of hearing the complaints coming from all sides on the various issues and life situations in today's world.
Life is what it is: It is often unfair, demanding, unjust and darn difficult.
For all you complainers out there: Suck it up, or as Clint Eastwood, as Marine Gunnery Sgt.Tom Highway, said in the movie, "Heartbreak Ridge," "You adapt. You overcome. You improvise."
If you don't have a job, go find one, or do something you are good at, which can also bring in some money.
For many Americans, today, Nov. 27, is a time to sit with family and friends at the dinner table and give thanks for the bounty of food before them.
Historically, Thanksgiving days, usually followed a bountiful harvest.
School children learn about the first Thanksgivng celebrated in 1691 by the Pilgrims, recent immigrants to this land, and the Native Americans.
Several police officers from across the Lehigh Valley were recently honored for their efforts to protect residents and those traveling through the Valley on interstate highways from the dangers of drunk driving, and the importance of using seat belts and restraint systems.
The Lehigh Valley DUI/Traffic Safety Task Force presented these outstanding police officers with Top Gun Awards for their vigilance in maintaining a safer environment for drivers, their passengers and unsuspecting innocents who may become victims of a drunk driver.
For the past 18 years, I have driven approximately 100 miles each day first taking my husband to work in Walnutport and then going to my own job at The Press office in South Whitehall.
In the evening, the 100-mile circle is completed when we leave work and return to our Kempton home.
There is not a day that goes by when at least one driver does something stupid causing me to say, "There goes another idiot."
Drivers on Mountain Road, Heidelberg Township, are notorious for not stopping at stop signs.