United Way’s 2-1-1 help line is the free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral service which connects 97 percent of Pennsylvanians with all the health and human services available to help. In 2017, over 199,000 Pennsylvanians turned to 2-1-1 for help. In our region, 2-1-1 calls for health and human services have more than doubled over the past three years, from approximately 2,800 in 2013-2014 to 7,400 in 2016-2017. Sixty percent of those calls were for homeless services and housing.
THE CENTER FOR ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE, Easton, is seeking volunteers to walk dogs, assist with morning cleanings, attend off-site events to promote the shelter, cat and dog enrichment and general shelter help. If interested in helping, contact Walt Hoffman at 610-252-7722, ext. 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMERICA ON WHEELS MUSEUM, Allentown, is seeking friendly, dedicated volunteers (age 16+) for this season. Contact Linda Merkel at 610-432-4200 or email@example.com.
The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association has released the 2018 edition of the Pennsylvania Campground Directory. This free, four-color glossy magazine, lists 231 campgrounds and RV resorts in Pennsylvania and is a must for all RVers as well as tenters.
The annual PCOA Directory divides the state into eight geographic areas with maps, color coding and detailed facility listings for PCOA member campgrounds within each area.
The Department of Homeland Security announced as of Jan. 22, travelers who have driver’s licenses issued by a state that is not yet compliant with REAL ID and that has not received an extension will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel.
PERSIAN GULF BONUS
Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 are eligible to collect a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice.
Applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus are due by Aug. 31.
The bonus program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum.
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Pennsylvania State Police Troop M has released information regarding 16 unsolved homicides on the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers website, crimewatchpa.com/crimestoppers/316.
Some of the cases from Northampton, Lehigh and Bucks counties are decades old, with one dating back to the 1950s.
Some of the highlighted cases are:
• Kelly McBride was residing in her home in Northampton Borough at the time of her murder. Her husband was convicted of her murder in 2001, but her remains were never recovered.
The Allentown Band, under the direction of Conductor Ronald Demkee, will perform a “Side-By-Side” concert with guest conductor Dr. Virginia Allen and Carol Jantsch, principal tuba with the Philadelphia Orchestra 7:30 p.m. May 6 at Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
The band will also give a Mother’s Day concert 7 p.m. May 13 and a Memorial Day concert 7 p.m. May 27, both at Springhouse Middle School, 1200 Springhouse Road, South Whitehall Township.
For information, call 610-434-7026 or go to allentownband.com.
The 19th annual Frank Yelinko Memorial Fund Golf Tournament will be held May 5 at Iron Lakes Country Club, 3625 Shankweiler Road, Allentown, with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Frank Yelinko was a teacher and coach for 35 years in the Salisbury Township School District.
The Frank Yelinko Scholarship Fund at SHS provides one male and one female athlete with a $1,000 scholarship per year up to four years.
The cost per golfer includes golf, cart, gift, lunch, prizes and door prizes.
Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, will host hours at his district office, 21 N. Main St., Unit 9, Coopersburg, May 4 for area veterans and families to receive assistance regarding programs and benefits.
A veterans outreach specialist from the American Legion will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions about veterans benefits and help file claims. Some of the issues the outreach specialist can address include:
•Compensation and pension benefits
•Enrollment in the VA health care system