To the Editor:
At what cost does freedom come? And what are we willing to pay to keep it?
We generally delegate that duty to our armed forces against outside enemies.
Did we ever think the day would come when we would pay a price to have to stand up against the enemy of our freedom coming from our own elected officials?
The latest attempt from our liberal government to chip away at our Second Amendment right to bear arms has resulted in the shut down of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show scheduled for Feb. 2-10.
Mary E. Savacool, 68, of Whitehall, died Feb. 3, 2013, in St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown Campus.
She was the companion of Kermit F. Miller with whom she resided.
Born Jan. 24, 1945, in Allentown, she was the daughter of Ellen J. (Shover) Leibenguth of Nazareth and the late Harold E. Leibenguth.
She was a line worker at Kraft Foods Inc., Fogels-ville, for 33 years before retiring in 2008.
Erma H. Gregory, 98, of New Tripoli, died Feb. 3, 2013, in Fellowship Community, Whitehall.
She was the wife of the late Eugene B. Gregory.
Born June 12, 1914, in Whitehall, she was the daughter of the late William G. and Estella S. (Werley) Kistler.
Her survivors include a daughter Pamela J. Coligan of New Tripoli; granddaughter Sarah Coligan Parks of Albany, N.Y.;
She was predeceased by a daughter, Janet G. Gregory; son-in-law Dennis Coligan; siblings Sula Holm, Miriam Hunsberger, Alma Crespi, Ruth Kistler and Roy Kistler.
Ruth D. Heintzelman, 92, formerly of Northampton, died Jan. 31, 2013, in Gracedale Nursing Home, Nazareth.
She was the wife of the late Luther C. Heintzelman.
Born Sept. 4, 1920, in Lehigh Township, she was the daughter of the late Elwood T. and Minnie C. (Benninger) Deibert.
She was a member of Emmanuel's Lutheran Church, Bath.
Her survivors include a daughter, Shirley A., wife of Ronald P. Kozo of Allentown; brother Elwood W. Deibert of Allentown; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Forgotten Felines and Fidos animal shelter will be having a Kitten Kapers at 9645 Hamilton Blvd., Breinigsville (weather permitting), 1:30-4 p.m. Feb. 9.
Adopt a kitten, adult or foster one.
For more information, call 610-841-1736.
For information on the low-cost neuter and spay program, contact the shelter at 610-760-9009.
The Parkland Garden Club will meet 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Jordan Lutheran Church, 5103 Snowdrift Road, Orefield.
Rosemary Gish Ebersol will be doing a hands-on workshop crafting a creative design using three line materials, three form materials and three filler materials.
Also, the winners of the annual photo contest will be announced.
Allentown Band, with organist Jane Ellen Knotek, will be presenting a concert 3 p.m. April 28 at Zion UCC "Liberty Bell" Church, 620 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.
Tickets will be available at the door.
For information, call 610-435-2412.
Easton Mayor Sal Panto, Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, Allentown Mayor Edward Pawlowski and Whitehall Mayor Edward D. Hozza, Jr. will discuss green initiatives and sustainability strategies, 11:30 a.m. March 28, Wood Dining Room, Iacocca Hall, Mountaintop Campus, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
The session, organized by the Lehigh Valley Branch of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, will be moderated by Amy Burkett, manager of WLVT-TV and host of the Emmy-nominated series "Tempo in Depth."
Reservations: dvgbc. org/event/2013-03
Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.
PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL WILLISTEIN
Film-maker Stephanie Gardner, center, with her parents, Linda Kay Gardner, left, and Judge James Knoll Gardner, right, federal judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Gardner, an Emmaus High School, Class of '04, graduate, screened seven of her short films Jan. 26 at The Barrister's Club, Allentown. The event was a fundraiser for Gardner's next short, "Paris in Winter," set to lens in March in Montreal, Canada.