Northwestern Press

Thursday, January 24, 2019

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

·Bethlehem Special Olympics needs additional basketball volunteers, age 14 and older Monday nights. Practices are from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Northeast Middle School. Volunteers must know the basics of basketball, commit to attending most practices and become Class A volunteer by completing a background check and online training.

Contact Dana Lindsey at 610-264-3616 or email volunteers@bethlehemsopa.org for information.

Classes being

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Beekeepers

Want to become a beekeeper? Join experienced beekeepers of the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association for their eighth annual Intro to Beekeeping classes 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 27 and March 13 and 27 at Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Dr., Schnecksville.

Price includes all classes, book, course materials, refreshments, access to experienced beekeepers, and field trip to club apiary.

The classes are family friendly for all ages.

For more information call 610-737-7676 or visit lehighvalleybeekeepers.org.

Guest View

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Tax identity theft is on the rise

The “identity” of millions of individuals continues to be stolen by savvy thieves each year in the United States.

Today’s thieves are going after not just old bank statements, but old tax returns, and they are not just rooting through the trash, but are often using skimmers to collect credit card information or are getting information electronically through poorly safeguarded personal computers.

Accepting race applications

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

cancer

Registration is now open for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of Lehigh Valley’s Ready, Set, Gold 8K Run/5K Walk to be held April 13 at the Ironton Rail Trail, Coplay.

Run begins 8:30 a.m. The 5K Walk will begin at 9 a.m. Registration and packet pickup begin 7 a.m.

Come early and check out the merchandise table and the raffle.

Visit with various characters and listen to music before the event.

Chosen Words

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Aging

My body is aging, my mind is not,

I’m still giving life everything I’ve got.

Don’t sit and cry ’cause your life’s passing by,

Keep fighting, and give life a ‘shot.’

A “shot” of pleasure, a shot of “joy;”

A “shot” of friendship, a brand-new toy.

A trip to the mall for a day of fun,

A day at the beach, to soak up some sun.

You’re never too old to learn new things,

It’s exciting to see what it might bring.

Keep your mind sharp, Try doing new stuff;

You’ll see that you just can’t learn enough.

William A. Tyrka

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

self-employed roofing contractor

William A. Tyrka, 82, of Macungie, died Jan. 10, 2019, at home.

He and his wife Carol A. (Bender) Tyrka were married 25 years last June.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., he was a son of the late William and Anna (Faber) Tyrka.

He was a self-employed roofing contractor in the Lehigh Valley for many years.

Before that, he was in roofing sales.

A member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield, he was the custodian for the last five years before his illness.

He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

David Bench

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

inventory clerk at Mack Trucks

David Bench, 74, of Schnecksville, died on Jan. 14, 2019, in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

He and his wife Carol (Harahus) Bench were married 43 years.

Born Aug. 1, 1944, in Palmerton, Carbon County, he was the son of the late John Sr. and Rose (Maren) Bench.

A 1962 graduate of Lehighton Area High School, he was an inventory clerk at Mack Trucks Inc., Allentown and Macungie, for 32 years before retiring.

He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and the Pennsylvania National Guard during the Vietnam War era.

William S. Best Jr.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

worked for DCNR

William S. Best Jr., 74, of Orefield, died Jan. 13, 2019, in his home.

He and his wife Maxine L. (Bratton) Best were married 49 years.

Born Jan. 2, 1945, in Williamsport, Lycoming County, he was the son of the late William S. Sr. and Florence G. (Cox) Best.

He was employed in information technology for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resourses, for many years before retiring in 2007.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy stationed aboard aircraft carrier, USS Forrestal, during the Vietnam War era.

David F. Shellhammer

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

1979 Parkland High School graduate

David F. Shellhammer, 57, of Allentown, died on Jan. 17, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Born Feb. 23, 1961, in Allentown, he was the son of Gary R. and Phyllis S. (Schoch) Shellhammer with whom he resided.

A 1979 graduate of Parkland High School, he formerly was an independent contractor for Eagle Snacks, Lance Crackers and Pepperidge Farm products.

He was a member of the United Church of Christ congregation of Cedar Union Church, Cetronia, South Whitehall.