The date was Dec. 2, a Monday — and a particularly busy day for me at work.
I stayed focused on my to-do list, so I could head out the door on time.
It was Cyber Monday, and I had a mission.
I rushed home from the office, opened my laptop and systematically attacked my family’s Christmas lists, finishing the orders before anyone else got home that afternoon.
What a sense of accomplishment at having gotten such great deals!
Fast forward to Dec. 3, a Tuesday — and emails from my favorite stores that Cyber Monday had been extended.
The Allentown Band, under the direction of Conductor Ronald Demkee, will perform an Americans We: Tribute to Veterans holiday concert 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
Special recognition honors will include local WWII veterans.
The concert will feature patriotic and holiday music.
Guests will include Daniel Rodriquez, “America’s Tenor,” Master Sgt. Michael Mergen, trumpet soloist with U.S. Marine Band, and the El Sistema Chorus of the Lehigh Valley, under the direction of Steven Paszkowski.
Kenneth Midgett, the plumbing and heating instructor with Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Schnecksville, was nationally recognized as the 2019 Plumbing Instructor of the Year at the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association’s National Conference on Oct. 4 in Indianapolis, Ind.
The award recognizes instructors who provide the highest standards of training needed to develop tomorrow’s workforce in the plumbing field.
Pennsylvania Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Executive Director Michael McGraw commented on the award.
Thursday, Dec. 12: Elem.: Tangerine chicken, mozzarella sticks. M.S., H.S.: General Tso’s chicken, M.S.: Mozzarella sticks, also.
Friday, Dec. 13: Elem., M.S., H.S.: Pizza.
Monday, Dec. 16: Elem., M.S., H.S.: Assorted chicken entrees. Elem., M.S.: Pizza, also.
Tuesday, Dec. 17: Elem., M.S., H.S.: Tacos. Elem., M.S.: Pizza, also.
Wednesday, Dec. 18: Elem., M.S., H.S.: Assorted breakfast entrees. Elem., M.S.: Pizza, also.
Thursday, Dec. 19: Elem., M.S., H.S.: Grilled cheese, tomato soup. Elem., M.S.: Pizza, also.
Children singing, falling snow;
Christmas is coming.
Twinkling lights are all aglow,
Christmas is near.
It’s time for the holly.
It’s time to be jolly.
Dreams by all the girls and boys,
of Santa and his toys.
Choirs sing and church bells ring. I see it, I hear it.
Joy and laughter all around; I feel the Christmas spirit.
The stars shine bright above, as God bestows his love,
We dream of peace on earth for all, as families come to call.
Christmastime is here again,
There’s magic in the air.
Carolyn K. Sullenberger, 92, formerly of Quakertown and New Tripoli, died Dec. 7, 2019, in Phoebe Richland, surrounded by her family.
She was the widow of Charles W. Sullenberger.
Born in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late William H.T. and Rose K. (Remich) Rusk.
She was a loving wife, and a talented and wonderful mother.
Her survivors include children Christine McMullen, Scott Sullenberger, Jo Horning, Lee Murray, Peter, Sam and David Sullenberger, and Sue Radom; and several grandchildren.
Her services will be private.
Ralph F. Bonsell, 80, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Allentown, died suddenly on Nov. 10, 2019.
Born on Aug. 5, 1939, in Tyrone, Blair County, he was the son of the late Ralph F. and Anna Jean (Wagner) Bonsell.
After graduating from Tyrone Area High School in 1957, he faithfully and honorably served his country by joining the U.S. Air Force.
He and his wife, Joan (Knotek) Bonsell, recently celebrated 45 years of marriage.
Mervin W. Peters Sr., 87, of Walnutport, formerly of Schnecksville, died Dec. 8, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his wife Emilie R. (Schoener) Peters were married 62 years on April 6.
Born Dec. 17, 1931, in Egypt, Whitehall Township, he was the son of the late William J.C. and Naomi I. (Oswald) Peters.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force during Korean War era.