Developers, retailers, state and local officials gathered Nov. 18 to celebrate the grand opening of Hamilton Crossings, a retail center catering to consumers’ lifestyles by connecting them conveniently with shopping and personal services and building social connections with the community.
This year the Liberty Bell Museum’s holiday exhibit will showcase sculptures designed by Patrick Hulse, a Rhode Island based artist with roots in the Lehigh Valley.
This will be the premier showing of the sculptures in the Lehigh Valley, each depicting a scene from Hess’s Department Store.
While growing up, hearing stories about the store always fascinated Hulse, who created the sculptures based on pictures, stories, and family mementos.
Members of the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown elected Rev. Dr. John Henry “Jack” Haberer Jr. as lead pastor at their Aug. 14 congregational meeting.
Haberer is well known in the Presbyterian Church (USA), having served on several denomination-wide committees and task forces, most notably the Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church 2001-2006.
He has served two long-term PC (USA) pastorates as lead pastor in Houston, Texas, as well as Satellite Beach and Naples, Fla.
Salisbury resident Santa Peters recently celebrated 65 years as a piano teacher in the Lehigh Valley with a grand party orchestrated by her children Michelle Peters, Andrea Bohner and Michael Peters.
A recital including current and past students, as well as former members of the Young Musicians Club performed for Santa and her guests. The performance was followed by a reception.
On March 6, an Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held for Eric Dye at the Lehigh Masonic Temple, Macungie.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank that can be earned in Boy Scouting. According to the National Eagle Scout Association, only 5 percent of Boy Scouts ever reach this rank.
For his Eagle Scout project, Dye planted two juniper trees at the Lehigh Masonic Temple to honor his mother, Kathleen Dye and aunt, Kerry Fletcher, who both died in 2014.
The Salisbury Township School District has established a Salisbury High School Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor.
The program is designed to recognize notable alumni who have brought honor to the Salisbury Township School District.
The district is seeking nominees who have distinguished themselves and contributed to society in an exemplary manner.
Awards will be given annually with the number of nominees inducted at the discretion of the selection committee.
Students from Emmaus and Salisbury high schools were among top finishers in the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skill Championships recently at Hershey Lodge.
Four of the first-place finishers also qualified to compete recently at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky.
On June 7, Ted Roblyer was recognized for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank earned in the Boy Scouts of America.
To achieve this rank, Roblyer served as a youth leader in his Troop, specifically as the Troop Quartermaster and later as an instructor to help train his replacement. He earned at least 21 merit badges, including 13 required for Eagle Scouts, such as camping, citizenship in the community, nation and world, communication, cooking, environmental science, first aid, cycling, personal management, personal fitness and family life.
An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held for Kevin Esslinger May 22 at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, Allentown.
During his five years in Cub Scouting and seven years in Boy Scouting, Esslinger earned 31 merit badges. He held leadership positions as bugler, Troop guide and assistant senior patrol leader.
Q. What is a child life specialist?
A. A child life specialist is a person who has extensive knowledge in child development and works to promote a sense of normalcy for pediatric patients in a healthcare setting and/or other challenging environments. We help promote effective coping skills through play, age appropriate medical preparation, education and self-expression activities. We work in collaboration with doctors, nurses and other hospital staff to promote family-centered care and to meet the unique needs of each child and their family.