Annabelle and Harlan Smith not only shared a love for each other over the years, but also shared a deep love for their community.
"My mother, born Annabelle Snyder, in 1932 and my father, Harlan Smith, born in 1929, met in the mid 1940s," said the Rev. Dr. David Charles Smith of Jordan United Church of Christ, South Whitehall. "It is interesting from their love letters to see how much my parents loved each other."
Smith's mother grew up on a farm known today as Rocking Horse Stables in Heidelberg Township. His father was raised at Shale Ridge Farms.
Orefield Middle School theater students kicked off their version of the classic tale "Robin Hood" Oct. 23 in the middle school auditorium.
This one-act play set in the Middle Ages tellls the story of Robin Hood of the Sherwood Forest and his band of merry men as they become outlaws, rob from the rich to give to the poor, and defeat King John, much to the dismay of the sheriff of Nottingham.
This play adapted by Larry Blaime is based on the 1883 novel "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire" written by Howard Pyle.
Halloween is the one night a year ghosts and goblins come out for some spooky fun.
The night is also when many children dressed in costumes go trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Last year, a 14-year-old boy was killed while trick or treating with a friend along Schantz Road, in the area of Balsam Street and Cottonwood Road, Upper Macungie Township, when he was struck by a vehicle.
Barktoberfest is scheduled for noon-3 p.m. Oct. 19 in Upper Macungie Park, 1625 Route 100, Fogelsville. Rain date is Oct. 20.
There will be a pet parade at 12:30 p.m. and pet costume contest with judging announced 1 p.m. and a high flying K-9 act at 1:30 p.m.
The police department K-9 team will be on hand for a question-and-answer session and demonstration at 1 p.m.
There will be a bounce house, face painting, disc jockey, bake sale, games and more.
Food from Willow Tree Grove and Kasey Lynn's Catering will also be available.
For one South Whitehall resident, donating to charities and helping others has become a way of life.
Regina Reichard, head cook at Parkway Manor Elementary School, donated 24 inches of her hair for a second time Aug. 31 for Locks of Love at Great Clips salon, Wescosville.
The first time, during a hair donation drive she attended at DeSales University, Center Valley, a stylist from a Hellertown salon cut 26 inches of her hair for Locks of Love.
Amanda Danziger, founder and filmmaker for Ferasha Films was recently awarded the "Under 40" award from Drexel University for her film "The Backyard Philly Project."
The film also won an award in August from the Philadelphia Geek Awards for "Best in Feature Film for the Year," Danziger said.
Danziger, a 2006 Parkland graduate, told The Press the film is about four teens growing up in Penn Town, an inner-city neighborhood in Philadelphia.
"I really think the film gives you a look into the inner-city teen," she said.
St. John's Lutheran Church, 1028 Church St., Fogelsville, will be having its annual basket social 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 5.
There will be more than 50 different themed baskets. Drawing starts 1:30 p.m.
Various vendors will be selling their products.
Lunch items, baked goods and homemade chowchow will be available for purchase.
Ziegels Union Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, is looking for volunteers to help with the construction and painting of their "Fishers of Men" float 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6.
A Reading man was arrested Saturday following a two-county chase, South Whitehall Township police say.
Police say at approximately 2:30 a.m. Sept. 14, officers saw a vehicle leaving the Bennett Infinity car dealership parking lot, 4800 Tilghman St., South Whitehall.
Police say several tires were reportedly seen inside of the vehicle and officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop.
The driver allegedly refused to yield for the marked police cruiser and attempted to evade the officer by driving at a high rate of speed and turning off the vehicle's lights.
A South Whitehall Township doctor was indicted Sept. 11 by a grand jury in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, for the attempted murder of his daughter's estranged husband.
According to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, the grand jury indicted anesthesiologist Dr. Georges J. Bensimhon, 66, of 1488 Shelburne Court, South Whitehall, on one count of attempted aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of felonious assault.
Upper Macungie Township, South Whitehall and North Whitehall townships will be having 2013 Emergency Preparedness Day 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at St. Luke's West End Medical Center, 501 Cetronia Road, South Whitehall Township.
Learn how police, ambulance and fire personnel respond when disasters strike and how to prepare for the worst.
Firefighters, police and EMS will join together with equipment and displays.
There will be handouts from various vendors and demonstrations to make this a fun and educational event for families.