A routine drive home on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard turned out to be a quite frightening recently underneath the Eighth Street Bridge.
A loud crash and millions of broken glass particles were splayed about my car, in my hair, in my clothing and on my skin. I initially believed my sunroof exploded.
As I pulled over and got out of my car to review the scene, I saw a hefty rock resting on my dashboard. A rock was pummeled through my passenger window, thrown by someone on the street. The rock shattered my passenger window and cracked my windshield.
Curtis W. Richter, 42, of Allentown, died unexpectedly Sept. 5, 2012. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of Joseph R. and Diane M. (Narolesky) Richter, of Bethlehem.
He was a 1988 graduate of Salisbury High School.
He was in the Marine Corps Reserve.
He was an artist, tattooist, animal lover and the owner and operator of Art N Soul Studios, Allentown. Prior to owning the studio, he was a crisis counselor for KidsPeace.
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.
When I read about massive earthquakes or devastating forest fires destroying communities, I often comment on how nice it is to live in Pennsylvania, where severe weather is not such a big concern.
The occasional small tornado or earth tremor make the news and cause a stir, but for the most part, we feel safe from Mother Nature's outbursts.
Last year's heavy snow on Halloween weekend set me straight, however, about how severe weather can come anywhere at any time.
Rebekah Wakeman, 24, of Bethlehem, was arrested for DUI on Brookside Road at Hamilton Boulevard, Lower Macungie Township, 2:34 a.m. Aug. 25. Wakeman was stopped for traffic violations and was allegedly found to be under the influence of alcohol.
Robert Henry, 31, of Lower Macungie, was arrested for DUI on Schoeneck Road at Alburtis Road, Lower Macungie Township, 3:03 a.m. Aug. 26. Henry was stopped for traffic violations and was allegedly found to be under the influence of alcohol.
C. Louis "Lou" Gatch, 71, of Macungie, died Sept. 2, 2012. He was the husband of Carol Gatch. They were married for 50 years.
He retired from AT&T Long Lines in 1989.
He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Emmaus.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Cheryl and her husband William Lagler; son, Craig L.; grandchildren, Taylor and Jarrett Lagler; and Sadie and Cameron.
Contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Arrangements were made by the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, P.C., Emmaus.
Roy R. Evans, 86, of Macungie, died September 5, 2012.
He is survived by three children; eight grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by the Goble Funeral Home and Crematory, Clarion, Pa.
Q. Isn't living in the country healthier than living in the city?
I don't think there's a definitive answer to that question. My first reaction to this inquiry was that life in the country is much healthier. It seemed obvious because of the crime, pollution, crowding and stress of the city.
However, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) provided me with some surprising information that made me rethink my answer.
Here are some of the statistics from the NRHA: