Albert Eugene "Barney" Charron, 91, of Emmaus, died January 8, 2013, in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, after a brief illness. He was the husband of LaMae E. (Schaffer) Charron. They were married for 44 years. Born in Plainfield Township, Northampton County, he was the son of the late Albert E. and Susanna I. (Deibler) Charron.
He was the proprietor and president of Barney's Diner Inc., in Emmaus for 30 years, retiring in 1986.
During World War II, he was stationed in England where he proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Constance Garrow Diamond's "Sustainability in Painting," opens with a reception and talk by Diamond, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Jan. 17, Payne Gallery, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Moravian College, Bethlehem, where the exhibit continues through Feb. 17.
The exhibition includes 35 works of art constructed as collage using acrylic-mixed medium on paper. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
The exhibition supports Moravian College's "Sustainability In Focus" themed programming for the 2012-13 academic year.
The Hamilton Park Athletic Association will have open signups for all youth ages five to 15 interested in playing spring T-ball, baseball or girls softball 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, 140 South Ott St., Allentown.
For more information and a registration form, visit http://HPAAsports. org.
The Salisbury Middle School's Interact Club is conducting a clothing drive through Jan. 16. This is the perfect time to go through clothes that no longer fit and make space for all those new ones. They will collect any type of clothing except undergarments.
The clothes will be donated to Allentown School District's Central Elementary School's Community Closet and will help individuals in the community as well as those at the school.
Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.
The Da Vinci Science Center (DSC) has announced that its Executive Director and CEO, Troy A. Thrash was offered and has accepted the position of President and CEO of the Air Zoo museum, Portage, Mich., an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Da Vinci Center's Director of Finance and Human Resources, MaryAnn Woods Przekurat, will serve as the organization's interim CEO starting Jan. 24.
A search process for a new CEO has begun, said Frank K. Schweighardt, Ph.D., Chairman of the Center's Board of Trustees.
Miriam G. Trexler, 93, of Bethlehem, formerly of Emmaus, died January 12, 2013, in the Inpatient Hospice Unit of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, where she was a patient since November. Born in Longswamp Township, Berks County, she was a daughter of the late Howard T. and Essie M. (Gambler) Keiser.
She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Bowers.
She worked as a sewing machine operator at several Allentown and Emmaus clothing manufacturers until her retirement.
Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced.
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 24, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC television network.
The person who chooses the most correct number of Oscar recipients receives a $50 Penn's Peak gift card; tickets to movies at the Roxy Theatre, Northampton, a Lehigh Valley Press prize package; and may have his or her photo appear in the Focus section.
For an Oscar Contest entry form, see Page B4.
Orville G. Hawk, 95, of Luther Crest, South Whitehall Township, formerly of Emmaus, died January 3, 2013, in Luther Crest Health Center. He was the husband of the late Marguerite H. (Minnich). Born in Weissport, he was a son of the late Walter C. and Martha (Smith) Hawk.
A 1935 graduate of Allentown High School, he was also a graduate of the American Institute of Banking. Employed at First National Bank of Allentown since 1935, he began as a messenger and proof clerk and retired as its chairman of the board in 1982.
The Allentown Rescue Mission has announced the hiring of Chris Aylward as its new Chief Executive Officer
Aylward has more than 20 years experience helping homeless and impoverished individuals achieve personal, professional and spiritual growth. Aylward replaces Gary Millspaugh, who served as Executive Director.