Parkland Press

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Finding tranquility at Jordan UCC’s Peace Garden

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Some find peace in church. Some also find peace in the Peace Garden on the grounds of Jordan United Church of Christ.

The Rev. David Charles Smith, Jordan UCC’s senior pastor, said the South Whitehall Township church refurbished about 2.5 acres of its 40-acre campus about 12 years ago for the garden.

Today, recently ordained Pastor Virginia Schlegel of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Whitehall Township, is leading the charge to maintain it.

Musicians, dancers, artists to present Elton John tribute in Allentown

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

If Austin Powers is the “International Man of Mystery,” then Sir Elton John has to be the “International Man of Music.”

You know the persona, the act, the costumes, the gossip, but most of all you know the music. The music, after all, is what has made Sir Elton a constant companion throughout your life, even if you’re only a casual fan.

Are you still standing? Did you feel the love tonight? Felt so good one day you didn’t want the sun to go down on you? In themselves, they are just moments. With an artist of Sir Elton’s talents, they are transformed into milestones.

Parkland grad promotes STEM at symposium

Thursday, August 23, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in School

Roy Ghosh is more inclined to act than talk.

With a proclivity toward establishing a career in STEM, the recent Parkland High School graduate reached a conclusion transcending his own situation.

“There aren’t a lot of opportunities for middle and high school students in the Lehigh Valley when it comes to STEM,” Ghosh said.

“So I wanted to develop a platform that will address that.”

Allentown Band strikes up the history at Waldheim Park

Friday, August 10, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

The 103rd anniversary of the Allentown Band at Waldheim Park, 2400 S. Hall St., Salisbury Township, will feature a salute to the spacious skies and amber waves of grain of America the beautiful.

“America’s Folk Songs ... Reflections of a Nation,” 7 p.m. Aug. 14, also features the music of Lehigh Valley folksinger, songwriter and recording artist Anne Hills.

Anne Hills reflects on music moments

Friday, August 10, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Folk music can be as warm and inviting as a winter fire or as potent and exhilarating as an August thunderstorm. Anne Hills, an accomplished Lehigh Valley-based folk singer and songwriter, is a master of both settings.

“Music touches us in a place that ordinarily we do not experience,” Hills says prior to her Aug. 14 performance of “America’s Folk Songs ... Reflections of a Nation” at Waldheim Park, Salisbury Township.

PART I

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Calvary Moravian has long history with its neighborhood

Calvary Moravian Church, 948 N. 21st, Allentown, stands warm and inviting in the West End of Allentown.

The church was established on the Moravian premise that ministering often means meeting people where they are, and sometimes rolling up one’s sleeves to do it.

“We really see ourselves at Calvary — and Moravians historically — with smaller churches that try to focus less on doctrine and dogma and more on what is in the end of our motto —

“In all things love,” said Pastor Janel Rice, who has led Calvary Moravian since September 2015.

With vim and vigor, Valor opens Easton location

Friday, July 27, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Business Showcase

Preparation, positioning and planning often determine success or failure.

It’s those characteristics Valor The Advisor Network hope to embody as the firm embarked on a new venture during a grand opening in Easton.

Under sun-kissed skies and a gentle breeze, the company held a ribbon-cutting June 7, featuring Easton Mayor Salvatore Panto and former NFL player Matt Millen, who played with four separate Super Bowl championship teams.

Valor Insurance President Matthew Potter is a Lehigh Valley native and Lafayette College graduate.