2017 marks the 270th anniversary of the establishment of the Moravian Congregation in Emmaus. Founded in 1747, the original church was located on God’s Acre at Third and Adrain streets. God’s Acre remains the final resting place for many of the first Moravian settlers.
On July 3, Allen Fink celebrated his 104th birthday. His independent living facility provided the venue for his children, nieces, nephews and multiple relatives and friends to gather and wish him well.
The eldest child of Henry and Edna Fink, he was born in a tenant farmer’s house on his grandfather’s farm in Salisbury Township. The family rapidly expanded to include his brothers Martin, Myron, Edward and sister Minerva.
For several years, Helen Rapp had been asking her parents to host a foreign exchange student. When they agreed last spring, Helen began an online search which led her to the Education First High School Exchange Year program. Her research eventually connected Helen with Phakinee Sirivoravit, a.k.a. Best, of Thailand.
On March 1, 2016, after 46 plus years of service, Herbert Hottenstein Sr. relinquished the job of sexton for Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eastern Salisbury to his son Donald. Hottenstein will turn 85 May 30.
For the past 36 years, assisted by his wife Mildred, Hottenstein also maintained the church cemetery. Together the Hottensteins created a legacy of service to others. Hottenstein sums up the family’s dedication to the church very simply. In his words, “[The church became] our second home.”
The students of St. Ann School in Emmaus recently partnered with BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, located in the Hamilton Crossing Shopping Center, to bring holiday cheer to over 300 men and women on active duty in the U.S. military.
Carol Traupman-Carr, St. Ann school board member and church choir director, served as liaison and program coordinator.
BJ’s requested each student create a holiday greeting card which company representatives then distributed to various branches of the military.
The movie “Sully” focuses on a trained professional whom circumstances turn into a hero.
Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III, a commercial pilot, faced a crisis with calm professionalism, saved the lives of those entrusted to him and endured intense unmerited criticism.
Top-notch drum and bugle corps draw talent from foreign countries as well as all 50 states. Consequently, finding three drummers from the Lehigh Valley marching with the Carolina Crown, a South Carolina based drum and bugle corps, is most unusual. This group has been consistently ranked among the top three corps throughout the 2016 season.
Nick Kochanek, of Emmaus, plays bass drum one; John Panza, also of Emmaus, handles bass three; Cody Gross, of Whitehall, performs on the snare drum.
As part of the summer festivities, Musikfest 2016 showcased the vocal talent of Lower Milford Township native Sabrina Carpenter.
At age 17, Carpenter possesses an entertainment resume about which many older performers only dream.
Meals on Wheels of Lehigh and Northampton counties has received funding to support a client pet program.
Bethany United Methodist Church, 3801 Brookside Road, Macungie, has become active in the Pennsylvania National Guard program Partners in Care.
As stated in a memo from Maj. Schaun C.J. Myers, Pennsylvania Army National Guard support chaplain to Bethany’s Director of Outreach Scotty Coyle, “Partners in Care...networks community faith groups with the chaplain’s office of the Pennsylvania National Guard...to provide...support to soldiers and their families who may be in need.”
Participating faith-based organizations must meet the following stipulations.