This reporter went to Paris with her daughter, Leanne, for a quick weekend trip in April 2005.
We went over to see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and, of course, the French Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral with its stained glass windows, gargoyles and flying buttresses.
We also saw the Arc de Triomphe, walked along the Champs-Elysees and took a boat ride on the Seine.
When I heard there was a fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15 I didn’t believe one of the most historic sites in Paris could be no more. And, burning during Easter week, at that.
Members of Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, and Congregation Brith Sholom, Bethlehem, recently celebrated Purim.
The congregations, of which many members wore festive costumes, came together to read the Book of Esther and joyfully use their noisemakers for the Jewish holiday.
Purim celebrates the victory of the Jewish community in Persia, led by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, over a plot, formulated by Prime Minister Haman and King Ahashuerus, to murder the Jews.
Esther convinced the king not to proceed with Haman’s plan.
Once a month, seniors get together on a Thursday afternoon at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, to make a DIY project under the leadership of Becky Wanamaker.
Wanamaker is in charge of adult programs and services at the library.
January’s project was to make a coaster from recycled CDs.
Wanamaker handed out CDs, various fabrics and material, glue and Mod Podge.
The group of women who were engrossed in the project, enjoyed the conversation, too.
All materials are provided at these DIY projects.
The featured speaker for the Jan. 3 AARP meeting at St. Timothy’s Church, Allentown, was local poet Shirley Benz Binkley.
She read several of her upbeat and thoroughly enjoyable poems.
Before the meeting there was a social hour where members enjoyed coffee and cake and conversation.
A collection was made of nonperishable food for the Allentown Food Bank.
After the speaker, there was a business meeting conducted by President Jeanne Tilghman.
AARP Chapter 5415 meetings are held noon on the first Thursday of the month at the church.
Luther Crest Retirement Community, South Whitehall, recently hosted a gingerbread cookie decorating contest and toy drive for children.
Guests were asked to bring unwrapped toys to the Dec. 12 event.
These would be given to those youngsters served by the adoption and foster care program.
After the event, choosing the best decorated gingerbread cookie was done by online voting.
Luther Crest Chef James Lantier won the gingerbread decorating contest by online vote.
Light refreshments were served to guests.
On Dec. 1, the first night of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, was celebrated at Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, during its annual Hanukkah party.
Stephen Schwartz, of the Building Block Workshop, Livingston, N.J., showed the children, how to construct a giant menorah with LEGOs during the annual Hanukkah party.
Construction began about 9 a.m. and two hours later the menorah was completed.
Then, the party began.
Food, in particular potato pancakes or latkes and sufganiot, the Hebrew word for doughnut, were available.
Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield, hosted its 26th annual fall craft fair Nov. 17 in fellowship hall.
Not only were there crafts to purchase for Christmas gifts, but also delicious soups and barbecue available for lunch and home baked goods for sale.
A raffle benefited Family Promise of Lehigh Valley which helps children and families by providing housing and meals to homeless families.
There are 497 families in the Lehigh Valley who are in immediate need of housing.
ArtsQuest at SteelStacks, Bethlehem and Embassy Bank honored those who served or are serving in the U.S. armed services by posting photos of the men and women in uniform May 26-28.
This was the eighth year photos honoring those in the military were posted.
The photos together were called Hometown Heroes and were displayed to honor them for their contributions.
When Hurricane Florence appeared to be closing in on Charleston, S.C,, an evacuation became necessary.
James Benner MD., a cardiac vascular cardiothoracic surgeon at Trident Hospital in that city knew e could not leave and would have to remain near to the hospital.
His wife, Veronica Poole Benner, took their children to a safer spot — south to Walt Disney World.
Dr. Benner is a graduate of Parkland High School as is his wife.
His parents Bob and Dolores Benner, live in South Whitehall.
Lots of fun for teens happened Sept. 15 during Teen’s Cupcake Wars at the Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall.
Three cupcakes, already baked, were given to the seven contestants to decorate.
One was to be decorated with the contestant’s favorite book theme.
The second was to be decorated with a creative theme and the final cupcake was to be decorated just to enjoy eating.