Ritter receives scholarship
Joshua M. Ritter of Catasauqua recently was awarded the Ralphine and Gary Gentzler Scholarship.
Ritter, a student at Shippensburg University majoring in mid-level science and math education, is the son of Michael and Stephanie Ritter of Catasauqua.
He is a 2012 graduate of Catasauqua High School.
Adam Travis Bierman of Catasauqua graduated Dec. 16 with a bachelor of science degree in biology from Millersville University.
The American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic wishes everyone a Happy New Year.
As we rang in 2013, many of us made New Year's resolutions to improve our health and well-being. People who resolve to quit smoking have the chance to increase the length and quality of their lives.
Quitting works its magic the minute an individual makes the choice.
In just 12 hours after an individual quits, the carbon monoxide level in their blood drops to normal. Fast forward to a year after quitting, and the risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.
Mae M. Kichline, 92, of Bethlehem and formerly of Bath, died Jan. 29, 2013, at Country Meadows Nursing Center, Bethlehem Township. She was the wife of the late William P. Kichline.
Born in Moore Township, she was a daughter of the late Harry J. and Neva (Oplinger) Michael.
She was a 1938 Nazareth High School graduate.
She was the cafeteria manager for Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, for 10 years before retiring in 1992.
A new smartphone application has been developed to help the Pennsylvania State Police receive reports regarding suspicious activity that may be linked to terrorism.
The new See Something, Send Something app allows suspicious activity to be captured as a photo or written note and sent to the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center.
Nancy W. Wisser, 78, of Walnutport, died Jan. 27, 2013, in Gracedale, Upper Nazareth Township. She was the wife of Harold Wisser for 35 years.
Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late James and Elsie (Troxell) Bright.
She worked at Traub's Market, Allentown, for 20 years until retiring.
I must respectfully, but emphatically, disagree with an editorial by my colleague, Deb Palmieri, in the Jan. 31 edition, "Administration's encroachment on the Second Amendment is unacceptable."
Sadly, instead of recognizing that the right to bear arms, like other rights guaranteed in our Constitution, is not absolute, Deb results to the 'slippery slope' argument that other gun rights extremists are using, when she says, "First, assault weapons ... and magazines holding more than 10 rounds will be banned. Then, semi-automatic pistols such as the Glock, will be banned."
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. It is open to all model railroaders ages 14 and older. Information: Dick Lobach at 610-965-2598.
· Bingo – Doors open 5:30 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m., Petersville Rod and Gun Club, Moore Township. Information: 610-261-2210.
· Zumba classes – 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Faith Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Whitehall. Information: Tara at 610-440-2344.
Jack L. E. Welliver, 80, of the village of Egypt in Whitehall Township, died Feb. 4, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Loretta M. (Semmel) Welliver for 59 years.
Born in Easton, he was a son of the late Cledis D. and Bernadine R. (Schaffer) Welliver.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War era.
He was a receiver for Hess' distribution center, Whitehall, for 12 years. He then worked for Sears' replenishment department for 12 years until retiring in 2004.
James F. Siegfried, 73, of Catasauqua, died January 28, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg. He was the husband of Bonnie (Dornblaser) Siegfried of Catasauqua.
Born in Easton, he was a son of the late Henry Sr. and Sophie (Migot) Siegfried.
He owned and operated a home delivery bread route for many years. He retired from Drake Bakery after working there for 36 years. He was a bus driver for the Catasauqua Area School District for the past 10 years.
He was a retired Catasauqua volunteer fireman.
Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced.
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 24, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, and televised live on the ABC television network.
The person who chooses the most correct number of Oscar recipients receives a $50 Penn's Peak gift card; tickets to movies at the Roxy Theatre, Northampton, a Lehigh Valley Press prize package; and may have his or her photo appear in the Focus section.
For an Oscar Contest entry form, see Page B5.