Paul D. Bertsch, 91, of Emmaus, died March 16, 2013, in DevonHouse Senior Living, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Lillian L. (Stevens) Bertsch. Born in Sigmunds, he was the son of the late William H. and Annie E. (Meitzler) Bertsch.
He worked for Occidental Chemical, Pottstown, retiring in 1986. Previously he worked for Air Products and Chemicals. In retirement he helped Mark "Dutch" Kistler Auctions.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Emmaus.
He honorably served his country in the Army Air Corp during World War II.
American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days will be observed March 21 to 23 by Emanuel United Church of Christ, 1547 Chew St., Allentown.
For the past 39 years, the daffodil, the first flower of spring, has been the symbol of the American Cancer Society.
Each year, throughout the Lehigh Valley, there are displays of daffodils at work, in schools, homes and places of worship.
Daffodil Days sells a bunch of 10 daffodils, a vase of hope with daffodils, as well as a new collectable Boyd's Bear with daffodils and mini potted daffodils.
MFP Strategies has announced that Aaron Gabrielian and Jessica Edris have joined the firm.
Gabrielian has been hired as a Financial Advisor and is responsible for the management of client relationships and development of new clients. He is on the firm's Investment Committee.
Prior to joining MFP Strategies, he was a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley and maintains Series 7 and 66 licenses as well as a Financial Planning Specialist designation.
Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold its third annual Peace and Justice Conference March 26 and March 27, Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
The conference is free and open to the public.
Charles Eisenstein, keynote speaker, will discuss "Money and the Turning of the Age." He is the author of three books: "Sacred Economics," "The Ascent of Humanity" and "The Yoga of Eating."
The schedule is:
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. - Community groups/student presentations
Data comparisons of February 2013 to last year at the same time indicate that closed sales were up 18.5 percent to 352, while inventory decreased 18.1 percent to 3,196 units and new listings decreased 11.3 percent to 838, according to the Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors (LVAR), based on a research report on the February housing market using data from its Multiple Listing System.
The monthly indicators show an increase in home sales, average sales price and the affordability index over the same time last year.
Val Maiatico Lewis, a Lehigh Valley native, has been named Senior Account Executive of BSI Corporate Benefits, a full-service insurance agency providing employee benefits and human resource consulting.
She is responsible for managing a portfolio of clients and developing new opportunities throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Maiatico Lewis joined BSI Corporate Benefits in August 2012 from Capital BlueCross where she managed major account (500-plus) group clients.
Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold its 12th annual spring youth scholastic chess championship, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 23, second floor, College Center, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
The tournament offers sections for United States Chess Federation players ages 18 and under and non-rated sections for players age 14 and under. Everyone will play five rounds. Parents are welcome. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Participants may bring or purchase a lunch
Information, or to register: northampton.edu/lifelearn, 610-861-4120
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary holds its annual Spring Equinox Celebration, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. March 23 in and around the Visitor Center.
The annual event is held on the Saturday closest to the spring equinox to herald the arrival of the spring season. Trail fees apply for non-members.
The day begins with "Raptors Up Close!," 11 a.m., followed a guided nature walk at 12:30 p.m. for all age skill levels. Those interested in the walk should sign up upon arrival, as participation is limited, and a trail fee applies.
PHOTO BY JANE NOEL
Ben Franklin TechVentures has announced that Lehigh Valley Angel Investors (LVAI) as a new affiliate partner.
The partnership with LVAI is said to allow Ben Franklin clients greater access and exposure to more organizations and individuals who, like Ben Franklin, are involved with helping start-ups with seed and first-round investments, according to Ben Franklin officials.
Ben Franklin TechVentures will provide resources and meeting space to LVAI, which was created in 2010 by Lehigh Valley entrepreneurs and business executives and had been seeking a base of operations.