Have you heard the GOOD NEWS?
God has come to Earth
In a borrowed manger
In a wee one’s birth
Do you know he still lives
And His Spirit moves today
Through the followers He has chosen
Followers of The Way?
This way he came to teach
Is not the world’s, it’s true
He died so that we might
A life that breathes anew
Will we recognize Him
When we see Him now
In the eyes of those who ache
Or display a furrowed brow?
Oh, how the world longs for rescue
From others, as from self
Denise Continenza, chair of the Communities That Care group, attended our Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative meeting Nov. 22.
She relayed a great posting she saw on Facebook that was intended for Advent (the four Sundays before Christmas), but this can be done monthly or as often as you wish to participate. I mentioned to our meeting attendees that this would be the article I will write in December.
To the Editor:
Residents who are beginning to complain about the FedEx warehousing activities and other proposed warehouses in Allen Township need to remind themselves that twice voters in Allen Township refused a ballot referendum to preserve farmland and open space. For a small increase in taxes, life might be different, but life will never be the same.
In 30 years, we will be like surrounding townships (Hanover, Bethlehem) with no farms at all.
(Editor’s note: Stoffa is a former Northampton County executive.)
Watching televised news reports and human interest stories this past week on the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, immediately brought back memories of the many late nights my mother and I spent holding and listening to my father cry at the kitchen table.
My dad enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 20, following the attack. He served aboard the USS Monitor, a landing ship vehicle-5, crossing the equator Oct. 11, 1944.
Recently, I discovered history in a packet of letters my mother had kept since World War II. The timing was perfect. Just when our nation’s brave men and women who served in the military were being honored and celebrated on Veterans Day, I was immersed in the innocent musings of a young soldier who paid the ultimate price for his service.
Robert was killed in action in France at the age of 22. He and I share DNA. He was an uncle I never got to meet.
Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are joyous and festive times.
Whether you are busy baking, decorating your home or shopping for that perfect gift, the holiday shopping season went into full swing on Black Friday.
Thieves also are out shopping for that perfect gift. But instead of in stores, they are “shopping” your vehicle, front porch or inside your home.
To the Editor:
I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. I did not, for three separate reasons.
First, I watched my alma mater Catasauqua be defeated by rival Northampton on Thanksgiving morning. Although it wasn’t the result I was hoping for, I was still very proud of the team’s effort.
To the Editor:
There are two fields on opposite sides of Route 248 in Moore Township that are filled with pumpkins. These fields are located about a mile apart. They were harvested on weekdays for about a month. The larger field had four or five tractor trailers backed into it with one truck cab hauling away each trailer when it was fully packed with pumpkins.
The local grapevine states that the larger pumpkins were harvested, and the rest — thousands — were left behind to rot.
To the Editor:
I read with interest a recent “Guest View” piece in The Press. The writer presents frustration that Whitehall Crime Watch has become dormant.
Coplay’s seven-time nationally recognized Town Watch, founded in 1995, has fallen on challenging times during 2016. I was a leader and officer in CTW (Coplay Town Watch) for nearly 20 years. I vacated the leader role in January 2016 due to other responsibilities. I remain a CTW member.
Many families have someone serving in the military who will not be home this holiday season to celebrate with loved ones.
These individuals are currently serving our country in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq and many other countries around the world. They volunteered to protect and serve our country.
Thanks to the generosity of The Press readers, businesses, fire companies, clubs and others, military personnel will have something to smile about this Christmas.