Do you have a childhood idol? Someone you would like to meet?
My sister, Donna’s childhood idol, Gene London, was the host of the children’s show “Cartoon Corners” or “The Gene London Show.”
Based out of Philadelphia, he was on WCAU-TV Channel 10 from 1959 to 1977.
During his show, London would tell stories and use a large drawing pad to illustrate key scenes and characters.
Then there was the theme song:
“Come right on in to the General Store,
We have licorice, gumdrops and sourballs;
Anything that you’re hankering for,
I read two verses the other day,
And enjoyed what they had to say.
“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it,
It flies with the last breath of each soldier,
Who died protecting it.”
“Home of the free, because of the brave.”
This brought me back to my youth, when we were at war,
When our children came home battered and sore;
They served with honor, but never complained,
Many of them re-enlisted again.
Many soldiers never came home. Their families took such a loss;
In an effort to continue the dialogue about the dangers of underage drinking, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is encouraging students from across the commonwealth to participate in the 28th annual alcohol awareness poster contest.
The contest is open to all Pennsylvania students in kindergarten through 12th grade, including those who are home-schooled or in private or parochial schools.
Students may enter through their schools, clubs, or scout troops, or individually.
The Lehigh Valley is among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25.
The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.
Volunteers want to collect more than 44,137 gifts to contribute to the 2019 global goal of reaching 11 million children.
Holy Trinity Orthodox Catholic Church, 1023 Fifth St., Catasauqua, is having a Akathist prayer service to honor the Pochaev Mother of God Icon at 6 p.m. on Nov. 16.
This service will honor the Icon, the original of which dates back more than four centuries and is well known for numerous miracles.
The Akathist prayer service will be heartfelt and meant for people of all faiths.
Light refreshments will be served after the service.
For more information, call 610-997-5459.
Thursday, Nov. 14: Elem., M.S., H.S.: Meatball sandwich. Elem.: Mozzarella sticks, also. M.S.: Mini corn dogs, also.
Friday, Nov. 15: Elem., M.S., H.S.: Pizza.
Monday, Nov. 18: Elem., M.S., H.S.: Chicken tenders with roll. Elem., M.S.: Pizza, also.
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Elem., M.S., H.S.: Tacos. Elem., M.S.: Pizza, also.
Wednesday, Nov. 20: Elem., M.S., H.S.: Mini pancakes, sausage links, hash browns. Elem., M.S.: Pizza, also.
Thursday, Nov. 21: Elem., M.S., H.S.: Sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, steamed corn, fruit, milk, ice cream treat.
Our servicemen and women have put their lives on the line, serving our country with honor and dignity.
Their sacrifices have not gone unnoticed, which is why I want to highlight several programs I have championed to help benefit our veterans.
Startups for Soldiers
I created the Startups for Soldiers program to help veterans seeking to start a business. The program, signed into law in 2016, has proved to be a great success.
Since January 2018, 5,403 veterans and reservist business owners have saved more than $604,720 in business startup and licensing fees.
State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say a 49-year-old woman from the 9200 Block of Claussville Road, Weisenberg Township, reported to police the bottom window of her front storm door was broken around 2:36 p.m. Nov. 5.
Police say the window was valued at $100.
State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say a 28-year-old Alburtis man reported an individual traveling north on Gun Club Road toward Mosserville Road, Lynn Township, disposed of a deflated air mattress and five black trash bags filled with clothes and miscellaneous items sometime between 3:30 a.m. and 4:53 p.m. Oct. 29.