Stephen Ott, an Orefield Middle School teacher and assistant track coach, had just finished running his second Boston Marathon when bombs exploded at the finish line April 15.
Ott finished the marathon around 1:30 p.m. but ran another two-and-a-half to three blocks after the finish line to the station where he received his medal.
"The last six miles of the marathon were hard because I pulled a hamstring," he said.
Ott said after 20 to 30 minutes and picking up his gear, he planned to return to the finish line.
The young actors with Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, have been rehearsing diligently to present the two-act play "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."
The story is based on the novel of the same name by Mark Twain.
Set in the 1800s, the play tells the story of 14-year-old Tom Sawyer, who is raised along the banks of the Mississippi River in Missouri.
As the play unfolds, Sawyer matches wits with his Aunt Polly, falls in love with a beautiful girl named Becky Thatcher, and goes on adventures with his friend Huckleberry Finn.
Rabbi Seth Phillips of Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown, was running his second Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded near the finish line.
"I had just finished, and was collecting my medal when I heard a boom behind me," Phillips told The Press the day after the April 15 tragedy. "I turned around and saw a huge amount of smoke, then the second explosion.
"I was too far away to hear the screams or crowd sounds."
As the last group of runners were approaching the finish line around 2:50 p.m., a bomb exploded near Boylston and Exeter streets.
Of the four seasons, spring is my favorite with everything beginning to awaken and renew after a long winter.
Trees and flowers are blooming; the birds are chirping and wild animals are awaking from hibernation.
Spring is also the time when Americans begin to spend more time outdoors exercising, playing sports, swimming, bicycle riding, camping, grilling and having picnics.
Even though spring brings warmer weather, it also brings with it many dangers.
Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall. will be hosting musicians Tom and Betty Druckenmiller, for some old-time music and storyteller Charles Kiernan for Lost Dollar stories 7 p.m. April 4.
This event is for adults and children of all ages.
Family storytimes will be held from 10:30-11 a.m. April 4, 10, 11 and 17 for children ages 18 months to 3 years.
There will be stories, songs and games for the entire family to share.
Younger and older siblings may also attend. An adult must stay with each child.
Parkland High School Theater students will be presenting the Broadway musical "Phantom of the Opera."
This two-act musical, set in a Paris opera house, portrays the love triangle of a young beautiful Swedish soprano Christine Daae, an old childhood friend named Raoul, and a mysterious disfigured musical genius "The Phantom."
This musical is based on the 1910 French novel "Le Fantome de l'Opera" written by Gaston Leroux.
Music is by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics are by Charles Hart with additions from Richard Stilgoe.
Firehouse hot chili, along with chocolate, fruity and vegetable recipes were on the menu at Asbury United Methodist, South Whitehall, March 16, for its annual chili cook-off.
Forty chili lovers from all across the Valley teamed up with Asbury church members to help support Lehigh County Conference of Churches.
The church conference offers a mentoring program for at-risk youth, a self-sufficiency program to help prevent homelessness and offers clients living below the federal poverty level free meals through its soup kitchen.
Ziegels Union Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, will be having an Easter egg hunt 2 p.m. March 23 for toddlers through sixth grade.
Refreshments will be served after the hunt.
For more information, call the church office at 610-285-6157.
St. John's United Church of Christ and St. John's Lutheran churches will be having an Easter egg hunt for infants through sixth grade 10 a.m. March 23 at the Falcon Pavilion, Upper Macungie Park, Route 100, Fogelsville.
Rain date is 10 a.m. March 30.
Herman Lipton, 100, is the second male centenarian to have his photo placed on the wall of honor in Dr. Raymond Fritz Jr.'s office.
Lipton joins Charles Herman of South Whitehall and several 100-year-old lady patients in the photo gallery at Fritz's Allentown Family Foot Care, South Whitehall Township.
Lipton told The Press he moved to Allentown 50 years ago from The Bronx, N.Y.
He and his third wife, Althea, 86, live at Country Meadows retirement community, Lower Macungie Township.
Lipton met Althea when they were both volunteers at Gross Towers, Allentown.
I am not a moviegoer, however, this weekend while surfing the Web, I came across a documentary titled "A Place at the Table."
The documentary, which features actor Jeff Bridges, examines the issue of hunger in America through the eyes of three families in Philadelphia, Colorado and Mississippi.
My mother, Dorothy, 84, offered her comments after watching the movie.
"It's [hunger] bad here at home," she said. "You do not have to worry about going to another country to see it."
She is right.