Spring is signaled by many things. The opening pitch of baseball season. The arrival of the first robin. The spring sale of Pennsylania Dutch clam chowder by the Emmaus Lions Club.
For the last 50 years, and likely into the forseeable future, club members have lit fires under kettles to cook quarts and quarts of the chowder.
Maddy Devine knows a lot about American Kestrels.
Deemed the class resident expert on the bird, Devine knows the habitiat for the bird population is disappearing.
Another fact she knows is the bird's alias.
"They used to call it the sparrow hawk," Devine said of the small bird.
Devine is among the 45 second grade students at Seven Generations Charter School, Emmaus, to take to heart the plight of the birds. The students decided to address the birds' dwindling numbers by building nesting boxes for the birds to use in the coming months.
Those familiar with the tween show iCarly on Nickelodeon might remember an episode in which first lady Michelle Obama pays the show a visit. The first lady plays herself paying a visit to the iCarly stars Carly Shay, sidekick Sam Puckett and the technical producer Freddie Benson after the trio hack into a military installation to wish Carly's dad, Colonel Shay, a happy birthday. When the always irreverant Sam is mocked for calling Mrs. Obama "your excellency," the first lady responds, "I kind of like it."
"Peeps Around the World," the entry from St. Ann School, Emmaus, took top honors in the seventh through 12th grade, or teen, division of the 2013 PEEPS diorama competition during PEEPSFEST.
PEEPSFEST, sponsored by Just Born Quality Confections candy company and ArtsQuest, took place Dec. 30 and 31, 2013, at the SteelStacks event center in Bethlehem.
The competition featured about 100 dioramas incorporating PEEPS candy, a sugar-coated marshmallow confection made by Just Born.
The head of the statue known as the Sacred Heart of Jesus at St. Ann Church, Emmaus, was set on fire early Feb. 2, burning off the face of Jesus, according to Monsignor John S. Mraz, pastor of the church.
In an email to The Press Mraz described the statue as resin with a concrete core.
"I had the 7:30 a.m. mass this morning and was coming over to church at 6:50 a.m. and saw the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus ablaze," Mraz wrote in his email.
In his sole appearance this year at the Allentown Public Library, the Gingerbread Dude delighted fans with a surprise visit during storytime Dec. 11.
Jostling and jockeying about healthcare in Pennsylvania The Corbett administration and healthcare advocates continue to wrangle
In the lead up to Affordable Care Act health exchanges opening early this month and the discussion around Medicaid in the state, the Corbett administration and Obamacare advocates are duking it out in rhetoric, press conferences, online spots and photo opportunities.
In a Sept. 16 conference call organized by Pennsylvania Health Access Network, Cheryl Bettigloe, president of the National Physician's Alliance and a practicing physician, warned 613,000 Pennsylvania residents would go without coverage should Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett reject Medicaid expansion.
Selected health centers across the country received grant money totaling $150 million July 10 to help the uninsured enroll in health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act.
All grant recipients received a minimum of $59,000.
Funds were to be released immediately, Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., administrator of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, said in a conference call July 10 with members of the news media.
With a fanfare of whirling blades, flashing lights and warning sirens, two ambulances and a helicopter arrived at the helipad at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township, but not in response to an emergency.
The new vehicles, gleaming black in the summer heat, heralded their own debut as critical care equipment for the region.
Summer is the season of Lions.
Let me explain.
My father was a dedicated member of the Lower Lehigh Lions and summer, in my memory at least, was the season when the Lions' calendar got in full swing: Bookended by flea market and garage sales in May and September, the summer calendar included my dad's shifts at breakfasts at Macungie Memorial Park and stints at Wheels of Time and Das Awkscht Fescht.
Our home phone number was among those listed to "make reservations or for more information" for various events.