Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by ED PANY, Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News
In this continuing series, I am speaking to Mr. Harold Smith, well-known and highly respected president of the Northampton Historical Society and former employee of the landmark Miller's Department Store and Kotsch's Market in Fullerton.
Born in 1927 Harold, as most families in America, faced the Great Depression. I asked him to recall his youth.
"As a youngster I spent summers on my mother's uncle's farm in Allen Township," he said. "My mother, Helen Hoffman Smith, was born on...
celebrate golden anniversary
Frank J. and Judith A. Scheck, of Bethlehem, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 18 with a buffet luncheon at the Hotel Bethlehem.
After the luncheon, there was a gathering at the home of their son, Jeff, and his wife, Julie, of Bethlehem.
The couple also has a daughter, Kerry, and her husband, Robinson Cooper, of Dublin, Ohio.
Judy is the daughter of the late Maude and Floyd Warnke. Her husband is...
This spring was the warmest in 117 years of record-keeping and the warmest 12-month period ever recorded in the United States.
In response to the warm conditions, plants and insects made early appearances. Plants bloomed from a modest two weeks earlier than normal to as much as six weeks earlier than in previous years.
Most insects, including the monarch butterfly, kept pace with the early blooming. Many monarchs made the trip north from Mexico two to three weeks earlier this...
Q. I'm 69 years old and I'm considering surgery for obesity. Am I too old for this?
There is no upper age limit for this type of surgery. However, the procedure is riskier for anyone older than 65.
Obesity surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, limits your food intake. Some operations also restrict the amount of food you can digest. It is designed for men who are at least 100 pounds overweight and women at least 80 pounds overweight.
Surgery is an extreme measure for...
An artist's reception for "Comings & Goings," an exhibition continuing through Sept. 23 that covers about 30 years in the work of Kevin Tuttle, will be held 4:30 - 6 p.m. Sept. 5, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.
Tuttle's work is informed by literature, poetry, Greco-Roman painting and sculpture. Tuttle is a Muhlenberg College art department drawing and sculpture lecturer.
The reception and Martin Art Gallery...
A one-night-only reading of "8," Dustin Lance Black's new play chronicling the challenge to California's Proposition 8, will be presented at 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at Civic Theatre of Allentown's 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.
Proceeds from "8," presented through a special agreement with American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, benefit the Pennsylvania Diversity Network.
The production of "8," directed by William Sanders, Civic Theatre's...
Rock music for a cause is the theme of We Rock's concert, 1 - 9 p.m. Sept. 8, MainGate nightclub, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown.
The concert benefits Lehigh Valley Health Network's Breast Health Services. We Rock has held biannual charity concerts for the past six years.
We Rock was organized by Matt Wolf, better known in the Lehigh Valley music scene as Matt Metal, host of a long-running radio show on Lehigh County Community College radio station WXLV.
"I don't do...
Daniel McNeill, former Whitehall Township executive with a strong union background, wasted no time getting his campaign for state representative for the 133rd District started. The state Democratic Committee on Monday tapped the 65-year-old Hokendauqua resident as the party's candidate.
"This isn't an 'I, I, I' position," McNeill said in his remarks to committee members. "This is a 'we' position and I believe we have to approach this as a team."
Lehigh County Democratic...
Catasauqua Area School Board Vice President Carol Cunningham defended school district Director of Curriculum and Assessment Christina Lutz-Doemling and the teachers and staff who construct and design the curriculum and recommend textbooks at the Aug. 13 board meeting.
During the meeting, board members Christina Naegel and Sally Reiss voted against the Catasauqua High School advanced placement honors-level planned course of study for world history, as well as the AP world history...
· "Take Better Pictures with Any Kind of Camera" presentation by nationally award winning photographer and editor of the Whitehall-Coplay Press Johanna S. Billings – 1 p.m., Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339.
· Lehigh Valley Chapter 1371 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees monthly meeting – noon, St. Peters Luthern Church community room, 1933 Hanover Ave., Allentown. Information: Marie Nader at:...