The tragedy at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis hit close to home for me and two of my colleagues. Brad Simpson, chief financial officer, PA NewsMedia Association, Robin Quillon, publisher of The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, and myself were meeting in a conference room just outside of the newsroom at the same newspaper that would be the topic of breaking news just a couple of hours later.
I remember one victim who walked by me. Sunglasses, hat and a grumpy hello and I said to myself ... yeah, he is a news guy.
As a liberal Democrat, I’ve been appalled by the potential harm done to our country by President Trump’s administration, particularly to the environment and to our relationships with the rest of the world. But I agree with the Trump supporters who have decried the attacks on administration officials in restaurants and other areas of their private lives. There’s no excuse for asking people to leave a restaurant because you don’t agree with their policies, or for harassing them in public places.
UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON
Kayla Johnson, of Allentown, is among students inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society for communication majors.
Maya Rodgers, of Allentown and Maura Beuttel, of Macungie, are among students named to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester.
Barbara M. Schmid, of Wilmington, N.C., formerly of Charles Town, W. Va., died June 15, 2018, in her home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of Maria B. Schmid, of Emmaus and Erwin R. Schmid, of Allentown.
She was a graduate of Emmaus High School and Pennsylvania State University with an advanced degree from American University.
NORTHEAST OHIO MEDICAL UNIVERSITY
Morali Shah, of Allentown, recently received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the College of Pharmacy.
Kospia Farms, 2288 State St., Alburtis, in conjunction with NewsRadio 790 WAEB and Bobby Gunther Walsh, will host a family friendly fundraising event 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 21.
The event includes food, live music, activities and more with all proceeds donated to Animals in Distress, a nonprofit sanctuary for animals with little or no hope elsewhere.
Animals in Distress keeps every animal admitted and provides medical care, behavioral rehabilitation, food, shelter and love until a suitable home can be found.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a six percent toll increase for 2019 both for E-ZPass and cash customers; the increase is set to start 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6, 2019.
The toll increase will apply to all PA Turnpike sections and extensions, including the westbound Delaware River Bridge cashless tolling point (#359) in Bucks County, where tolls have not changed since January 2016.
DUI TASK FORCE
The Lehigh Valley Regional DUI Task Force will conduct sobriety checkpoints in Lehigh County during weekends in July.
A sobriety checkpoint is a traffic safety checkpoint wherein police systematically stop vehicles at selected locations to briefly observe drivers for articulable signs and/or behaviors normally associated with drivers impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
The sobriety checkpoint is intended to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes caused by impaired drivers and to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers traveling on Pennsylvania highways.
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.
Tickets: pashakespeare.org; 610-282-9455
“Alice in Wonderland,” through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre
“Twelfth Night,” through July 15, Schubert Theatre
“Shakespeare in Love,” July 11-Aug. 5, Main Stage
“King Richard II,” July 19-Aug. 5, Main Stage
“All’s Well That Ends Well,” July 25-Aug. 5, Schubert Theatre
“Shakespeare for Kids,” July 25-Aug. 2, Main Stage
Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre