Mr. Radu Lungu was reared in Fagaras, Romania.
"In Romania 12 years of education were mandatory," he said. "In one's senior year students took competitive examinations to qualify for college admission, the comprehensive test took about 10 hours to complete."
The Drama Club of Good Shepherd Catholic School will present "High School Musical, Jr." 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27.
A matinee performance will be presented 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28.
Student performers are students in fourth through eighth grades. The performances will be held in the school gymnasium.
For advance tickets and other information, call 610-262-9171. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Breakfast will again be served 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 28, at the Assumption BVM Church, East 22nd Street, Northampton.
The Relay For Life of Whitehall will recognize and salute local cancer survivors and their caregivers 6 p.m. June 22 during a special ceremony in the Whitehall High School stadium. Dinner will be provided through donations from local restaurants.
I invite every survivor and caregiver in the Whitehall-Coplay, Northampton, Catasauqua and Allentown School Districts to attend this ceremony, which is open to the public.
The Great Catasauqua Canal Cleanup will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
This annual event is supported by the Borough of Catasauqua, as well as the state, in appreciation of Earth Day.
Volunteers will meet in the old Deily Coal Yard, access point behind Front Street via Union Street.
Organizers will provide gloves, orange safety vests, bags for trash and a tool for the brush cleanup effort. Beverages and snacks will also be provided. As with prior years, volunteers may also help cleanup the downtown areas.
The fifth annual Make-A-Wish cut-athon will be held Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Shear Impressions, 1774 Main St.
Stylists will be offering discounts on haircuts, manicures and brow waxing.
A Chinese auction, food and more will be featured with proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Donations are welcome.
For more information, call 610-261-4510.
Breakfasts will no longer be held at the Northampton Lieder- kranz, 402 E. Ninth St. Organizers wish to thank past attendees for their patronage.
The Lehigh County Office of Voter Registration confirmed on Monday Sherry Maikits has withdrawn her name as a candidate for Coplay Borough Council on the Democratic ballot.
The office reported it has received a court order directing Maikits' name be removed from the ballot.
Maikits had been a member of the Northampton Borough Council until her move to Coplay last year. Maikits is now moving back to Northampton.
Maikits' seat on Northampton Borough Council was filled by the appointment of Anthony (Tony) Pristash to the vacant seat.
In today's column, Mr. Michael Bednar and this writer are visiting the Darktown War Memorial. Darktown is a hamlet along the Lehigh River in Hokendauqua, Whitehall Township. The memorial is not adorned by granite pillars or bronze statues. It is a simple glass-enclosed tablet remembering the men and women who left the blue-collar village to serve in World War II and Korea.
The next Young at Heart meeting is April 24 in the basement of St. Andrews Catholic Church, located at Third and Eugene streets in North Catasauqua. Parking is in the rear and you enter the side door of the church by the parking lot. This month there will be a lunch served for all members. Bingo is played after the meeting.
It's time to sign up for the April 26 bus trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino and the May 15 bus trip to Rainbow Dinner Theatre to see "Fun Between the Covers." Call Bill Molchany at 610-264-0920 to reserve a seat.
The Catasauqua Canal cleanup has been scheduled for Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. until noon.
All volunteers will be provided with gloves, high visibility orange safety vests and bags for the trash and brush cleanup effort. Some will be given cutting implements, on loan from D&L, to trim low branches and invasive plants.
Beverages and light snacks will be provided.
Holy Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church, 14th Street and Washington Avenue, will hold an all-you-can-eat spring pasta dinner Saturday, April 20, 4-7 p.m.
Music will be provided by Dice Productionz.
For tickets, call Edna Balent at 610-261-4035.
The Northampton Area Public Library is joining with many schools, libraries and groups nationwide to encourage turning off televisions, computers and video games during the upcoming Screen-Free Week.
The library will hold a family craft time Thursday, May 2, 10 a.m. or 6 p.m.