The following area residents recently earned degrees from Moravian College, Bethlehem:
Bachelor of Arts:
Allentown: Jaime Leigh Conklin, Jennifer L. Wehrle, Charbel AbiZeid, Amanda S. Azar, Hernan A. Cordoba, Dayana Cruz, Catherine Mae Gladys, Mohamed Abbas S. Khaku, Daniel Joseph Loughlin, Jaheen Maru, Marlon F. Moraga, Christian J. Negron, Esther J. Pena, Khalil C. Raymond, Priscilla Ruth Rivera, Roceni Rodriguez, Elias Saba;
Bachelor of Science:
Nearly 60 people were killed and more than 400 injured Oct. 2 when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on attendees of an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas.
In the days since, we’ve read about or heard from survivors of the attack, who detailed the chaos and confusion during those moments.
Thousands were at this sold-out, three-day concert, Route 91 Harvest Festival, which featured country music stars such as Eric Church and Sam Hunt.
Jason Aldean was on stage when the gunfire erupted. He is said to have called the scene “beyond horrific.”
Stewart E. Bear, 89, of New Tripoli, died Oct. 5, 2017, in his home.
He and his wife Rose M. (Stuckley) Bear were married 63 years on March 15.
Born on his family farm in Weisenberg Township, he was the son of the late Edwin F. and Daisy M. (Shoemaker) Bear.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era.
A member of the Lehigh County Farmer’s Association, he was a lifelong farmer in Weisenberg Township.
He was a member of the United Church of Christ congregation of Ziegels Union Church, Breinigsville.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 4456 Main St., Egypt, Whitehall, is hosting a basket party with more than 300 prizes 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29.
Drawing begins 2 p.m. Oct. 29. Winners do not need to be present.
Homemade food and baked goods will be available for purchase.
Tickets will be available at the door.
For more information, call 610-262-9315 or 610-533-2794.
Pennsylvania’s Turnpike Commission is warning motorists to change travel plans for a long detour from 9 p.m. Oct. 13, through 4 a.m. Oct. 16. of the Northeastern Extension (I-476) in Lehigh and Carbon counties as a 60-year-old bridge is replaced.
Detour exits are Lehigh Valley Interchange No. 56 for northbound traffic and the Pocono Interchange No. 95 for southbound traffic.
The authorized detour route directs motorists to Routes 22 and 33 and I-80.
phi kappa phi
The following students were recently initiated into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society:
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania: Jade Hensinger of Kempton, Darion Nomie of Orefield and Gabriel Bodisch of Allentown; and
Kean University: Alexis Oakley of Allentown.
Elmer R. Baer, 87, of New Tripoli, died Oct. 5, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his late wife Carole G. (Fay) Germick Baer were married 31 years.
Born and raised on a farm in Weisenberg Township, he was a son of the late Elmer Sr. and Polly R. (Werley) Baer.
He previously had been married to Jean Peters of Allentown for 17 years.
Attending first and second grades in Rupp’s One Room Schoolhouse, he graduated from the former South Whitehall High School in 1948.
Living Stone Fellowship, 6925 Flint Hill Road, New Tripoli, will host Apostle Everton and Pastor Tracy Weeks in bringing a supernatural conference to the New Tripoli area, with services 7 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13; and 10 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Oct. 15.
They will also be hosting a family and community get together with a dinner followed by noncash bingo 6 p.m. Oct. 14.
Menu includes meatloaf, potatoes, green beans, salad and dinner rolls.
When I am called
to duty, God,
Give me strength
to save some life,
Whatever be its age.
Help me embrace
a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an
From the horror
of that fate.
Enable me to be alert
And hear the
To put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling
And to give the best in me
To guard my
Paul H. Schmeltzle, 77, of Allentown, died Oct. 5, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his wife Marguerite E. (Engle) Schmeltzle were married 37 years in June.
The son of the late Henry and Sallie (Miller) Schmeltzle, he worked at Greenwood Cemetery and Crematorium for almost 56 years before retiring in 2011.
He honorably served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and snow plowing.