Known as the "silent killer," ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system because symptoms usually do not cause concern until the disease has reached advanced stages. Fortunately, however, when identified and treated in its earliest stages, patients with ovarian cancer have a 5-year survival rate of 93 percent.
"If I wasn't here, I'd probably be sleeping," Wildlands Conservancy summer camper Millie Thompson, of Emmaus, said with a smirk. Lunch mate Halina Lattanze, of Alburtis, agreed.
In lieu of lazy days, Thompson and Lattanze have been busy exploring the meadows, forests and waterways of Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus, where Wildlands, the Lehigh Valley's nonprofit land trust, is headquartered.
The buzzing honey bee on your flower is one of the most charitable creatures on our planet.
On their own, without wages and without a voice other than their meager buzz, honey bees contribute billions of dollars to our national economy.
On Aug. 16, a "Day for Honey Bees" was observed at Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus, as part of National Honey Bee Day. The event was free, for all ages and sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association.
The World Languages students at Salisbury Middle School made recent use of a shortened school day to take over seventh grade.
One German and one Spanish student ambassador visited each of the seventh grade classrooms for the morning to teach the alphabet, numbers, colors and a few phrases of greeting to perspective language students. The ambassadors shared video clips, interactive websites and answered questions about what they like about studying their respective languages at SMS.
Seventy children ages six through 12 with type 1 diabetes participated in Camp Red Jacket recently, a free, three-day program at Camp Fowler, 5851 Horseshoe Road, Orefield. Camp Red Jacket is designed to teach children with type 1 diabetes how to care for themselves and how to better manage the disease.
The year was 1864; a man by the name of Tilghman H. Reinsmith opened a funeral service to go along with the furniture store he owned at 191 Main St., Emmaus. Little did he know his business would still be going strong after 150 years. Although the furniture business is no longer around, the Reinsmith Funeral Home has been continually serving Emmaus and surrounding communities for a century and a half.
Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin announced April 22 a new assistant district attorney has joined the office.
Jared J. Hanna, 26, of Macungie, had been a law clerk for Lehigh County Judge J. Brian Johnson since Jan. 2, 2013. As a law clerk, Hanna responded to motions, helped write orders and opinions primarily in civil matters and did work on family, custody and Orphans' Court matters.
The state Senate unanimously approved a bill March 19 to give schools greater flexibility to make up time missed as a result of weather emergencies, according to Senator Jake Corman, R-34th, the bill's sponsor.
Senate Bill 1281 would allow schools to calculate the school year on an hourly, rather than daily basis. In addition, the legislation would permit schools to hold class on one Saturday per month to make up missed school days.
After eight years of collaborative effort, St. Luke's employee, Susan York, MHA, RN, and staff of Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania succeeded in getting lawmakers to repeal outdated legislation requiring women to sign a form about radical mastectomy.
Lehigh County residents who have expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications will be able to discard those medications in permanent collection boxes now installed in 10 police departments in Lehigh County.
The boxes, similar to mail boxes, were delivered to the 10 Lehigh County police departments which applied for the boxes through a grant program made possible through the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.