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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Crazy Elmer has no plans to retire

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

Entertainer celebrates 70 years performing on stage

Originally from Alburtis, ClenRoy Geist began his entertainment career at 13 by joining his father and older brother as a minstrel show singer in Longswamp.

In 1949, Geist became a member of a local country group, Earl Keller and the Melody Rangers.

When one of the end men, (literally the band members who sat at the open ends of the rows) left the group, Keller asked Geist to fill the role of the band’s comedian. Geist accepted and Elmer was born.

Muhlenberg professor discusses election trends

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

The Lehigh Valley League of Women Voters hosted a presentation Jan. 8 by Muhlenberg College Professor of Political Science and Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion Dr. Christopher Borick.

His discussion on “Election Trends” was presented at the Superior Restaurant, Emmaus.

The audience of approximately 35 included Connor Corpora, regional manager for Pa. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and Scott Uehlinger, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress.

Muhlenberg professor discusses election trends

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

The Lehigh Valley League of Women Voters hosted a presentation Jan. 8 by Muhlenberg College Professor of Political Science and Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion Dr. Christopher Borick.

His discussion on “Election Trends” was presented at the Superior Restaurant, Emmaus.

The audience of approximately 35 included Connor Corpora, regional manager for Pa. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and Scott Uehlinger, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress.

Karate instructor focuses on giving back to others

Thursday, May 19, 2016 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

Practitioners of Japanese karate constantly strive to perfect their focus and balance, qualities eighth degree black belt Bob Hollinger has discovered carry over into one’s world view and relationships.

A certified senior advisor for Lehigh Valley Oasis Senior Advisors, Hollinger balances his job of helping senior citizens and their families locate and access appropriate assistance with his dedication to family and passion for karate.

Hollinger’s focus is, in his words, “giving back.”

‘Stories that Shaped a Nation’ celebrates lives of women icons

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Focus

Art possesses the passion to inspire and history the power to teach.

By melding the two, “Stories that Shaped a Nation: A National Commemoration of the Women Icons of the March on Washington” and the “Civil Rights Movement, The Freedom Memorial of the Lehigh Valley” and “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” through May 15, Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, enliven the past.

Hands-on music provides foot tappin' good time

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

The combined musical talents of Ken Purcell and Bruce Gaston, a.k.a. Mr. Handman, provided a pre-Valentine's Day treat for members of AARP Chapter 5415.

Their music balances Purcell's talent as a guitarist and vocalist with Gaston's virtuosity on the violin and hands.

Gaston's unique use of his hands makes him, according to Purcell, "...the planet's preeminent prestidigitator of the palm."

In other words, he manipulates his hands to perform highly unusual musical renditions.

Thomas Applebach stands ready to assist veterans

Thursday, February 5, 2015 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

Thomas Applebach began work April 28, 2014, as director of veterans affairs for Lehigh County.

Originally from Upper Bucks County, he graduated from high school and enlisted in the Air Force.

Applebach was asked why he chose the Air Force.

"The Air Force was cool, and they have big planes," he joked.

His military career would span 21 years.

For 12 of those years, he served as an Air Force weather forecaster, ultimately attaining the position of senior meteorologist in the contingency support cell at Air Force Global Weather Central.

Veterans commemorate founding of Marine Corps

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Opinion

Original and symbolic, the United States Marine Corps monument greets visitors to Cedar Beach Park in Allentown.

On Nov. 10, Marine Corps veterans from Bethlehem Detachment 284 and Lehigh Valley Detachment 296, some accompanied by families and friends, met at the monument for the Lehigh Valley 24th annual U.S. Marine Corps birthday celebration.

In recognition of the Corps 239th birthday, Marine Joseph Malia presented Gen. John Lejeune's iconic 1921 birthday message.