In the classroom, the number is considered the mark of supreme excellence.
For coaches of athletics, it is a landmark number for wins earned.
One-hundred is the first foray into triple digits, and the mark of a century.
For seven women living at Luther Crest, a Diakon senior living community in South Whitehall, and an eighth member on her way, it is also the number of years they have been alive.
"Once an Eagle, always an Eagle."
These words, spoken by keynote presenter Dr. Charles D. Peters, are not an original statement, but instead a lasting mantra that has been used over the years at Eagle Scout celebrations.
It was only appropriate he chose such a longstanding phrase for the 100th anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award, which began back in 1912.
This year, 213 Eagle Scouts from the class of 2012 were honored recently for their accomplishment of attaining the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, Fogelsville.
Josh Pope and his Parkland High School boys lacrosse teammates are the epitome of athletes hitting their peak.
Under Coach Brad Schifko, the team made it to the District 11 semifinals.
For one Sunday afternoon, on May 19, the team took time out of their busy schedule to help those playing in their own big game in a volunteer day at the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley, in Heidelberg Township.
The near-capacity audience at Hope Community Church, Weisenberg Township, rose to its feet, clapping in appreciation at the conclusion of Dr. Peg Luksik's presentation about Common Core standards and how they will affect Pennsylvania.
After a little more than 90 minutes of pouring out information to the crowd, Luksik was barely given a moment to catch her breath before being flooded with questions for the evening's final 30 minutes.
There were so many follow-up queries it was obvious Luksik's message was well-received by those in attendance.
Some came to learn how they could help. Others arrived with open ears ready to take in as much knowledge as they could get.
For these reasons and more, the community came out to Springhouse Middle School May 23 for the "Emergency – Be Prepared" seminar and expo hosted by state Rep. Julie Harhart, R-183rd.
"The better prepared we are for a disaster, the better the outcome is going to be for all of us," John Kyte of the American Red Cross of the Lehigh Valley, said as part of a series of brief presentations during the program.
A fun-loving, mischievous mermaid was on full display with all of her sea-creature friends and foes Jan. 19 at the Parkland High School Theater's dress rehearsal for its children's show, Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr.," which will run Jan. 25-27.
As they danced and sang their way through the production numbers, it was evident this under-the-sea spectacular and its cast and crew are ready to bring some Disney magic to their audiences.
"I love everything magical," Director Elizabeth Smith said. "I feel like the world needs more of that.
The infant Upper Macungie Township Police Department was looking for a police chief, and Edgardo A. Colón, a former station commander of the Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, was looking for a new position.
For both, it was the right match at the right time.
"It was a good timing thing," Colón said. "They were looking for someone to essentially build a police department from the ground up. I had been a commander of not only this barracks next door [in Fogelsville], I was a commander of a smaller state police installation in Bucks County.
With budget cuts looming and a need for money increasing, the Parkland Cheerleading Booster Club turned to Lori Hamm for help hosting their first-ever basket bingo event Jan. 13.
Starting at 11:30 a.m., the doors to Parkland High School's cafeteria were opened to cheerleaders' family, friends and the community to partake in the Vera Bradley, Pampered Chef, Longaberger bingo hosted by the booster club.
From birds and bees, to trying to fit mail in undersized mailboxes and braving icy conditions, Stephen Kistler has experienced it all as a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier for 33 years.
On Jan. 3, the Schnecksville Post Office sent him off in style with a retirement party and well wishes for an enjoyable retirement.
"We're going to relax this winter, me and my wife [Kathie]," Kistler said. "She'll probably go get another job because that's the way she's made.
"She needs to be doing something. "I on the other hand, can relax. I'm good at it."