·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-398-9272.
·Model Railroad Explorer Post 101 at Coplay Municipal Building, Room 201, 96 S. Fourth St., 7-9 p.m. Call 610-965-2598 or 610-262-7013.
·Al-Anon Family Support group for adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous meets 8-9 p.m.
State Rep. Peter Schweyer began his third term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he will represent the people living in the 22nd Legislative District during the 2019-20 legislative session.
Schweyer’s legislative priorities include protecting and expanding access to health insurance, appropriately funding Pennsylvania’s public schools and supporting the creation of more family-sustaining jobs in the Lehigh Valley.
State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, took the oath of office Jan. 1 to begin his fourth term representing the 132nd Legislative District.
“I am honored to again represent the 132nd Legislative District in the General Assembly,” Schlossberg said. “I look forward to continuing to fight for the issues important to Allentown and South Whitehall so we can build a stronger Pennsylvania.”
The state House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, taking place every two years.
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Irma S. Buchman, 88, formerly of Center Valley and Coopersburg, died Jan. 1, 2019, in Phoebe Home, Allentown.
She was the wife of the late George F. Buchman.
Born Oct. 22, 1930, in Whitehall, she was the daughter of the late Howard J. and Beatrice S. (Yocum) Rhoads.
She was employed at the former Emmaus Telephone Co. and M.S. Young, Allentown, before retiring.
She was a member of Faith United Church of Christ, Center Valley.
She will always be remembered for her care for animals and in particular, dogs.
Rodnie L. Gruber, 45, from Slatington, died on Dec. 20, 2018, in his home.
Born Oct. 21, 1973, in Allentown, he was the son of Allen C. Gruber Sr. with whom he resided and the late Ruth L. (Jones) Gruber, who died last April.
He owned and operated Gruber Concrete Inc. for the last 25 years.
An avid outdoorsman, he especially enjoying hunting, and formerly drove a racing car at Mahoning Speedway.
Elaine Rowlands, 87, of Slatington, died Jan. 6, 2019, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill.
She and her husband Charles E. Rowlands were married 67 years last Oct. 20.
Born Sept. 22, 1931, in Slatington, she was the daughter of the late Charles J. and Evelyn Mae (Krause) Fenstermacher.
She was a member of United Presbyterian Church, Slatington.
Julia M. Moroz, 93, formerly of Emmaus, died Jan. 3, 2019, in Luther Crest, South Whitehall, where she resided.
She was the wife of the late Eugene Moroz.
Born Aug. 2, 1925, in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Julia (Fisher) and Alexander Kuhar.
She was a longtime member of Brookside Country Club, Macungie, and enjoyed bowling and golfing with her husband and friends.
In addition, she was an avid bridge player and enjoyed traveling abroad.
She and her husband also enjoyed being snow birds in Florida for many years.
My husband, Joe, and I went to bed Christmas Eve filled with anticipation. We couldn’t wait for our 21-month-old son, Benjamin, to wake up Christmas morning to see what presents Santa had left on the living room floor next to the fireplace.
We knew this Christmas would be even more exciting than last year’s holiday as Ben is older, very playful and understands better.
I wasn’t too worried about how Ben’s voice sounded Christmas Eve after dinner and while putting him to bed.
I remember thinking to myself, ‘Darn — he’s getting a cold for the holidays.’