George John, 91, of Macungie, died peacefully September 2, 2012. He was the husband of the late Catherine (Haddad) John. Born in New Salem, he was the son of the late Abraham and Elizabeth (Monsour) John.
He received a degree in metallurgical engineering from Lehigh University after which he worked at Textile Machine Works in Wyomissing, and then was vice president of Emmaus Foundry and Machine Works until he retired.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was an active member of the former Faith United Church of Christ and served on the consistory for many years.
Marian M. (Fetterman) Hildenbrand, 92, formerly of Zionsville, died August 28, 2012. She was the wife of the late Pierson Hildenbrand.
She is survived by a daughter, Anna Mae Finn of Virginia; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to Trinity Great Swamp UCC, Spinnerstown.
Arrangements were made by the Falk Funeral Homes & Crematory, Pennsburg.
The Celtic Classic is looking for talented fiddlers for its annual fiddle competition. The competition focuses on Celtic styles such as Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Orkney, Shetland and Galician. The contest is segmented into two divisions, novice, for ages 13 and under, and open, for ages 14 through 18 years.
Three cash prizes and medals will be awarded for the best fiddle performance in each category.
It will be an educational and entertaining event for participants and audience members alike.
I was raised with the notion I could be anything I wanted to be.
There was never discussion on barriers placed on particular careers because I was a girl.
We recently lost a very important woman, Sally Ride, who helped pave the way for young girls.
Ride was the first American woman in space and the youngest American to ever circle Earth.
According to her biography on sallyridescience.com, she answered a NASA newspaper ad seeking astronaut candidates in 1977 while finishing her Ph.D. She already had degrees in physics and English.
Robert P. Kuhns, 77, of Macungie, died Sept. 2, 2012, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Janice (Jacobs) Kuhns. They were married for 53 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Oscar and Mabel (Race) Kuhns and formerly lived in Philadelphia and Holland.
He was employed by Bell Telephone Co. of Pa. for 37 years before retiring.
Allentown AARP Chapter #5415 will meet noon at St. Timothy's Church, 140 So. Ott St., Allentown. David Kalinoski, associate state director of AARP, Harrisburg will present a program game called Fraud Bingo. A business meeting will follow. Bring a nonperishable food item for the Allentown Food Bank. Guests are always welcome.
Charles H. Shafer, 102, formerly of Allentown, died August 21, 2012, in Paoli Hospital. He was the husband of the late Thalia M. (Marcks) Shafer. Born in Nazareth, he was the son of the late Charles W.K. and Laura H. (Huth) Shafer.
He was a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in forestry. He worked for the National Park Service as a forester and later as an agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. from 1948 until retiring in 1975. He was a senior instructor for Life underwriter training.
Eleven years have passed since the 9/11 Islamic extremists' terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and the crash of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 into a farmer's field near Shanksville, Somerset County.
Last year's 10th anniversary memorial tributes to those lost in the tragedy were televised; I doubt there will be as much broadcast this year.
The pain and sense of loss, however, continues for the families and the survivors.
A resident in the 3000 block of Meadowbrook Circle reported 4:18 p.m. Aug. 17 an unknown actor attempted to use the victim's Social Security card. She was alerted by her bank to the potential threat.
A resident in the 2200 block of Bishop Road reported fraudulent accounts were attempted to be opened in his name 10 a.m. Aug. 20.
A resident in the 1700 block of Crownwood Street reported 11 a.m. Aug. 28 an unknown actor applied for credit cards in the victim's name. Applications were flagged by the bank. All applications originated in Minneapolis, Minn.
Visitors flock to The Brass Rail's stand to get a taste of "The Famous Phil's Original Steak Sandwich" and other delectable treats at The Great Allentown Fair Aug. 29.