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'Sounding The Alarm'

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by JULIA F. SWAN in Focus

Upper Milford Township supervisor's book recounts 30 years as fireman and the need for more volunteers

"It's a story that needs to be told," Upper Milford Township Supervisor George DeVault says of his recently published book, "Fire Call!"

While the book is largely a memoir of DeVault's three decades as a volunteer firefighter, the important story is the threat to communities nationwide posed by the decline in the number of volunteers who are taking on this vital work. Appropriately, the book's subtitle is "Sounding The Alarm To Save Our Vanishing Volunteers."

183rd candidates square off

Thursday, October 23, 2014 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Despite a disappointing turnout, the three candidates for the seat in the 183rd Legislative District staged a lively debate Saturday morning at Springhouse Middle School, South Whitehall.

Democrat businesswoman Terri Powell and Independent Mike Molovinsky, local activist and blogger, both attempted to draw sharp differences between themselves and longtime incumbent Republican Julie Harhart.

The event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northampton County, as the newly redrawn district takes in portions of both Northampton and Lehigh counties.

Another View

Thursday, July 11, 2013 by JULIA F. SWAN in Opinion

Not a sport; a disgrace

Sports Illustrated magazine for a while ran a regular feature called "Sport – Not a Sport" in which it debated whether certain activities, such as cheerleading, ice dancing or synchronized swimming were really sports.

Whether those examples are sports is certainly debatable, at least they all involve some level of physical proficiency and effort.

But there's one activity that is televised on ESPN2, no less, every Fourth of July that is most emphatically not a sport – the disgusting spectacle called the Hot Dog Eating Contest.