To the Editor
I have recently learned of a very unsettling situation involving the recent crowning of Miss Kempton Fair.
I know the fair "queen" is supposed to encourage the promotion of agricultural fairs and create better relationships between the young and old in rural and urban settings.
I was shocked to learn that after crowning a "queen" one of the contestants was unhappy with the results and allegedly started a campaign to discredit the winner.
As a result of those efforts, Kempton is now choosing to have two "queens."
Ah yes, here we are at summer's end
Do all you can to make it extend
The beach, the shore,
the mountains, the lake
Let us all of these partake
Until we've had our fill
To find we're back at school or work
Ah yes, we are the fortunate
To have these time consuming goals
For there are those who have no work
Or whose purpose is yet to be known
So enjoy these days
Be grateful, too
That you have much
And you are you
If you've ever seen the "Red Green Show," then you will have a true understanding of my story.
If you're not familiar with Red Green, you've probably heard of the TV show "Hoarders."
If neither show is familiar to you, just look up the lyrics to Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" and pay particular attention to his descriptions of the garbage.
That's kind of how it was when we bought our cabin in Maine.
Most people would not think of going to the movies for a history lesson.
Movies are fun. History is, well, boring, according to too many people.
But once in a while history and cinema can coexist, and we can be both entertained and educated.
Such is the experience movie patrons receive when they see "The Butler."
Although the basic story is fiction, loosely based on an actual black butler who served eight U.S. presidents, the extensive interspersed film clips of the civil rights movement are all too real.
·American Cancer Society, Bethlehem, needs volunteers to join in the fight against breast cancer.
Contact Donna Lilly at 610-921-2329 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
·Catholic Charities Diocese of Allentown is looking for volunteers with a professional image and demeanor to man the front desk.
Contact Patricia Holtz at 610- 435-1541, ext. 342 or email@example.com.
·Da Vinci Science Center, Allentown, needs adult volunteers for floor exhibits.
Contact Jen Pors at 484-664-1002 or Jen@davincisciencecenter.org.
The 2013-14 state budget, which totals $28.37 billion, is responsible to the taxpayer while focusing heavily on supporting education and job creation – two important factors to the long-term success of our state.
The budget invests more than $10 billion for kindergarten through 12th grade schools – which marks the highest amount of state dollars ever devoted to education.
Included is a $122 million increase for basic education, along with additional funds for community libraries, early childhood programs and mobile science centers for rural areas.
We hear quite a bit about the concepts of sustainability lately.Everything from fuel to em-ployment to housing is referred to as needing to be sustainable.
I wonder how we have come to reconsider our food and fiber production in terms of sustainability.
What are the ecological, economic, social and philosophical issues sustainable agriculture addresses?
The long-term viability of our current food production system is being questioned for many reasons.
The news media regularly present us with the paradox of starvation amidst plenty.
Setting sun shimmering on the bay
Frame this glorious scene
Scent of sea engulfs my senses
As gulls ride the thermals heavenward
A fitting climax to an
all too insular summer
Devoid of supernal inspiration
by nature's handiwork
Ah, how the muse performs
Her song of bliss
enlivened by this scene
Reveling in joy at summer's end
As the sun sets in the west
Yet another summer passes
I am transfixed by this
sublime summer's end.
·St. Luke's Hospital, 1736 Hamilton St., Allentown, volunteer open house at the Volunteer Office in the east lobby to welcome people interested in volunteering in a health care setting 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 19.
Some examples of hospital volunteer opportunities include patient advocates, operating room waiting room liaisons, gift shop assistants, clerical assistants, patient companionship, patient and family support and outreach, among others.
For information, go to slhn.org, keyword "Volunteer," Facebook.com/stlukesvolunteers or call 484-526-4600.
Conversation around town is the King George Inn will be demolished to make way for a hotel and additional stores along Hamilton and Cedar Crest boulevards, South Whitehall Township.
The development would incorporate the King George Inn, the Burger King and the Carvel Ice Cream store sites.
South Whitehall Township Manager Jon Hammer confirmed the owner could demolish the building but no permit has been obtained.