The cool air of winter is now upon us and it is time to make sure we are all prepared for the season.
Most of us probably wish we could snuggle up by a fire with a good book but commutes and travel do not stop because the flurries begin to fall.
Do a routine winter check of your vehicle to ensure you are prepared for anything Mother Nature throws at you.
Check your vehicle's fluid levels and be sure to fill up with a de-icing windshield wiper fluid. Make sure your wipers do not streak and think about installing new winter blades.
Shirley A. Becker, 81, of North-ampton, died Dec. 17, 2012, at Lehigh Vallley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. She was the wife of the late Wilfred B. Becker Jr.
Born in Cementon, she was a daughter of the late James and Eva (Walters) White.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara M. and her husband Paul Conklin and Debra K. and her husband Rodney Altorfer of Whitehall; a sister, Berdell Follweiler of Slatington; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
She was predeceased by a son, Wilfred J. Becker; and a grandson.
"You only live once," a friend who smoked and drank to excess since his teens would respond when I'd chide him about his body abuse.
Right. So since we get only one shot at life as we know it, shouldn't we try to make it last?
Today, as this friend lies terminally ill, far beyond medical repair, he has regrets.
But it's too late. His 62-year-old body has given up.
His sad situation reminds me of another friend who died at 50, the victim of lung cancer.
Suspicious person reported
Coplay police on Dec. 12 responded at 1:30 p.m. to a call about a suspicious person.
A resident of the unit block of South Front Street told police he saw an unknown man looking into a window at the rear of his residence.
Police said the resident chased the unidentified man on foot south on Front Street into Whitehall Township, after which time he lost contact.
Police are investigating.
Officers respond to 911 hang up
A report of a 911 hang-up Dec. 18 at 6:08 p.m. had police responding to an apartment at 11 N. Front St.
To the editor:
I was impressed but not surprised at the stories of heroism coming out of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
It has been my experience that the bond between elementary school teachers and students, particularly in the lower grades, is something well beyond the normal teacher-student relationship, and more like a second-mother or second-father relationship.
Most elementary school teachers I know think of the children in their classroom as not just their students, but also as their "kids."
John F. Kruczek. 74, of Whitehall, died Dec. 14, 2012, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township.
Born in Shenandoah, he was a son of the late John and Mary (Micholick) Kruczek.
He was in the U.S. Army.
He worked in the maintenance department of the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 30 years until retiring in 1995.
James R. Andrews, 66, of North-ampton and formerly of Carbondale,died Dec. 18, 2012, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg Campus, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Susan (Brady) Andrews for 43 years.
Born In Carbondale, he was a son of the late George and Helen (Alex) Andrews.
He was a Marine during the Vietnam era, during which he received the Marine Corps Dress Blues Award which was given to the most outstanding Marine in his platoon.
He was a business manager for the Laborers Local Union 158 from which he was retired.
Dorothy Mae (Dunstan) Peters, 85, of Allentown, died Dec. 15, 2012, at Sacred Heart Hospital after suffering a stroke on Dec. 11, 2012. She was the wife of the late Quintus E. Peters.
Born in Catasauqua, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Myrtle (Dettera) Dunstan.
She was employed by former C.M. Smith Textile Company, Allentown, as a board setter and quiller for 43 years before retiring in 1985.
She was of the Protestant faith.
She was a volunteer singer with the Salvation Army.
Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.
· Officers responded to a report of a string of Christmas lights cut in the 200 block of Hollow Lane.
· Police responded to a report of a damaged pillar in the 200 block of East 21st Street.
· Damage to a vehicle brought officers to the 1500 block of Railroad Street.
· Police responded to a report of a truck on fire on the Coplay-Northampton Bridge.
· A report of Christmas lights cut brought officers to the 500 block of Washington Avenue.
Thomas "Duffer" R. Harding, 62, of North Catasauqua, died Dec. 19, 2012, from complications of diabetes at his residence. He was the husband of Sigrid (Bergmann) Harding of North Catasauqua.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Robert and Alverta (Hammer) Harding.
He bartended in local establishments and worked in printing for TGF, Hellertown.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Dave, Johnny and Troy; a brother, Michael Harding; a sister Julia and her husband Larry Weik; two grandchildren, Alexis and Johnny; and nieces and nephews.