The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival set attendance and ticket revenue records for the third consecutive year.
With nearly 150 performances in just under 10 weeks, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival season concluded with landmark attendance records, ticket revenues exceeding $1.2 million, an 8 percent increase in subscription sales and a main stage production playing to 103 percent capacity.
The Festival’s 26th season closed Aug. 6 in the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.
New to gardening? Want to plant native species to help our pollinators and other local wildlife?
Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and Master Watershed Stewards of Lehigh and Northampton counties are selling native plant kits that correspond with small garden designs by Lehigh Gap Nature Center to help take the guesswork out of gardening.
Bruce and Diana Hill, formerly of Heidelberg Township, gathered June 17 with family at Brickerville House, Lititz, to celebrate 60 years of marriage.
Their wedding took place at Egner Memorial Chapel, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, with the Rev. Dr. Russel Stine presiding.
Bruce retired from the Allentown Housing Authority as its director of social services and personnel.
Before that, he served the Lutheran Church in America as director of Christian education at congregations in Oreland, Montgomery County; Rockford, Ill.; and Massapequa Park, Long Island, New York.
Donald Edgar Kunkel, 88, of Emmaus, died Aug. 10, 2017, in his home. He was the husband of Joanne (Hoffert) Kunkel for 63 years. Born in Hartford, Conn., he was the son of the late Barton and Dorothy Kunkel, and the stepson of the late Sarah Kunkel.
He graduated from Allentown High School in 1946 and went on to enlist in the Merchant Marines as a merchant seaman. During that time, he traveled the world.
He was employed by Lehigh Valley Dairy, Boise Cascade, and retired as a Realtor/appraiser for Riggs Real Estate in Allentown.
Eleanor A. Carr, 86, of Macungie, died Aug. 12, 2017, in the At Home Health Care Services, Schnecksville. She was the wife of Thomas P. Carr. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary last May. Born in Sharon Hill, Delaware County, she was a daughter of the late Ralph B. and Catherine (McKone) Althouse.
She was a graduate of Notre Dame High School, Moylan.
She was a banker for the First National Bank of Allentown for 21 years, retiring in 1991.
She was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Allentown.
She enjoyed playing golf.
Ronald J. Colfer, 78, of Wescosville, died Aug. 13, 2017, at Whitehall Manor. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late William and Grace (Carr) Colfer.
He earned his MBA from Lehigh University and his bachelor’s degree from Moravian College.
He was the owner of Alro Associates, Allentown for several years. He previously co-founded Solar Technologies, worked for National Lift for 10 years, and began his career as vice president of Strato Lift, Morgantown, where he worked for more than 25 years.
He was an Army veteran and grew up in the Moravian faith.
Alburtis Area 55+ seniors meet noon at Alburtis Rod and Gun Club for a pot luck luncheon (hot dogs provided) plus bingo. Many bus trips are also scheduled. For more information, call 610-966-4996.
Richard L. “Dick” Ritter Sr., 81, formerly of Emmaus, died Aug. 8, 2017, in his residence. He was the husband of Bernice (Deveraux) Ritter. They were married for 57 years. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Morris and Edna (Thomas) Ritter.
He was a school teacher at Salisbury Middle School for 25 years.
He was an avid championship golfer who led many teams to top honors.
He honorably served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was a sports fan and die-hard Eagles fan.
He was a lover of the Word of God and studied the Bible.
Jean Ann (Young) Nelson, 96, formerly of Macungie, where she resided for 35 years, died Aug. 10, 2017, at Luther Crest Senior Living Center, Allentown, where she lived for the past 13 years. She was the wife of the late Milton F. Nelson, who died Jan. 26, 1997. Born in Rochester, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late George Jacob Young and Edna May (Kislingbury) Streeter.