Children, parents and grandparents watched outside the Volunteers of America Children's Center in Allentown as Santa Claus made his grand entrance by motorcycle.
About 700 bikers from across eastern Pennsylvania participated in the 30th annual toy run, Tom Seebald of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education, said of the Nov. 23 event.
Before taking the ride to the children's center to deliver gifts, the bikers gathered at Dorney Park, South Whitehall Township, for some coffee, doughnuts and music.
Members of a local Christian theater group, Players of the Stage, will use their acting talents this Christmas season to perform their version of "Anne of Green Gables" to help a local rescue mission.
The play, set in 1908, is the story of a young orphan girl mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who live on a farm called Green Gables in the town Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, Canada.
As Matthew is getting up there in years, the siblings decide to adopt an orphan boy to help on the farm.
For one South Whitehall resident, donating to charities and helping others has become a way of life.
Regina Reichard, head cook at Parkway Manor Elementary School, donated 24 inches of her hair for a second time recently for Locks of Love at Great Clips, Wescosville.
The first time, during a hair donation drive she attended at DeSales University, Center Valley, a stylist from a Hellertown salon cut 26 inches of her hair for Locks of Love.
September is not only the time when many children return to school, it is also National Preparedness Month.
National Preparedness Month is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's efforts to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies and natural disasters.
Residents in the Lehigh Valley experienced first hand in 2011 how disasters can strike at anytime.
In honor of older Americans month, 15 Lehigh County residents were recognized recently at The Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services' 13th annual tribute to unsung heroes. This tribute, held annually, recognizes older adults in the Valley who have exhibited exceptional generosity with their time and talents to enrich the lives of others in the community.
The missing 21-year-old University of Rhode Island student traveling to his home in Montgomery County was last seen in surveillance video May 17 at a gas station at I-78 and Route 100, Breinigsville.
According to State Police Troop K Skippack, Matthew R. Royer, who left his school apartment at the University of Rhode Island around 6:30 p.m. May 16, failed to arrive at his Skippack Township home.
Royer is 6 feet 1 inch tall. He has brown hair, blue eyes and weighs 160 pounds.
Rabbi Seth Phillips of Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown, was running his second Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded near the finish line.
"I had just finished, and was collecting my medal when I heard a boom behind me," Phillips told The Press the day after the April 15 tragedy. "I turned around and saw a huge amount of smoke, then the second explosion.
"I was too far away to hear the screams or crowd sounds."
As the last group of runners were approaching the finish line around 2:50 p.m., a bomb exploded near Boylston and Exeter streets.
The young actors with Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, have been rehearsing diligently to present the two-act play "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."
The story is based on the novel of the same name by Mark Twain.
Set in the 1800s, the play tells the story of 14-year-old Tom Sawyer, who is raised along the banks of the Mississippi River in Missouri.
As the play unfolds, Sawyer matches wits with his Aunt Polly, falls in love with a beautiful girl named Becky Thatcher, and goes on adventures with his friend Huckleberry Finn.
Of the four seasons, spring is my favorite with everything beginning to awaken and renew after a long winter.
Trees and flowers are blooming; the birds are chirping and wild animals are awaking from hibernation.
Spring is also the time when Americans begin to spend more time outdoors exercising, playing sports, swimming, bicycle riding, camping, grilling and having picnics.
Even though spring brings warmer weather, it also brings with it many dangers.
Gov. Tom Corbett recently presented his proposed 2013-2014 budget before the General Assembly in Harrisburg.
While his $28.4 billion spending plan is nearly a 2.4 percent increase from last year's budget, it does not call for any tax increase.
The plan does include a $90 million or 1.7 percent increase in state funding for basic education, the first in two years, bringing the total to nearly $5.5 billion, the highest level of state funding for school districts.