State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-134th, is asking parents and grandparents who are thinking of starting a college savings account to consider the benefits of opening a Pennsylvania 529 College Saving Program.
"Opening a 529 plan is an investment in our future," Simmons said. "Considering the history of the cost of a college education, there's no better time than now to start saving toward a gift that will pay off down the road."
The Allentown Branch of the American Association of University Women is accepting applications for their interrupted studies grants. Grants are given to women both residing in, and attending school in, the greater Lehigh Valley area, who have had their college studies interrupted for at least six months and who have returned/are returning to school during the academic year beginning Summer 2013 and ending Spring 2014. Complete information and application forms are available on the AAUW website at aauwallentownpa.org. Deadline for receipt of applications Feb. 16.
Lehigh Carbon Community College will hold a variety of noncredit fitness classes for recreation, body and soul this semester. The following classes will be held at LCCC's main campus in Schnecksville unless otherwise noted.
Balance and Mobility will run 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 4 through March 11.
Belly Dancing will run 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 5 through March 26.
Ballroom Sampler I will run 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, March 1 through 22.
Ballroom Sampler II will run 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 25 through March 18.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, has been re-appointed as Democratic chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. She has served in this position since she was first elected to the Senate in 1998.
The committee reviews legislation involving utility issues and the state boards that license and regulate numerous professions in Pennsylvania.
The Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation, in cooperation with the Lehigh County Bureau of Parks & Recreation, is pleased to announce the planning of the Leaser Lake Accessible Recreation Area. Located in northwestern Lehigh County, Leaser Lake is a 117-acre lake surrounded by 530 acres of park land. Ideas are currently being developed to build an accessible recreation area at the western access to the lake. Proposed facilities may include an accessible canoe/kayak launch, fishing dock, picnic area, trail and restrooms.
Nationally recognized journalist, commentator, speaker and Allentown resident Pamela Varkony spoke at the Jan. 8 T.R.I.A.D. meeting on the topic of empowering women throughout the world.
Varkony is extremely involved in politics and the community, serving on the board of the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Allentown City Planning Commission, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and Allentown City Council. She was recently appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of Score will host a free financial presentation 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the offices of Lafayette Ambassador Bank, 2005 City Line Road, Suite 200, Bethlehem. Vice President of Commercial Loans at Lafayette Bank Daniel Hilbert and former CEO of Paul Fredrick MenStyle Allen Abbott will present, "Financing your Small Business: What You Need to Know about Borrowing and Raising Capital." To register, visit www.lehighvalley. score.org or call Mitzi Colella at 610-266-3000.
As part of the Barbershop Harmony Society's "Youth in Harmony" program, the Lehigh Valley Harmonizers is hosting its fourth annual Young Singers Quartet Contest. The goal is to give students the unique experience of singing in a barbershop quartet and to offer an opportunity to improve their singing skills through the medium of close harmony a cappella singing. To date, 10 quartets are entered from Freedom, Northern Lehigh and Phillipsburg High Schools. Deadline for entries is Jan. 24.
The operations committee reviewed potential new signs for Salisbury High School along Emmaus Avenue Jan. 9 and discussed options for funding including sponsorship.
The existing V-shaped sign along Emmaus is placed back from the road due to restrictions of an existing power pole and a sewage drain.
Many proposed signs were reviewed with a favorite being a sandblasted hi-density foam base (stone) structure sign that would be placed over the existing 3-pole mounting system.
This is the first of a two-part series.
Very rarely is Rev. Becky J. Beckwith in an elementary school. Yet, that is where she found herself on the morning of the shooting in Sandy Hook. The pastor of St. John's United Church of Christ in Fullerton had gone to volunteer for a few hours at the school in Salisbury where her daughter, Jill Williams, works.