The images of crowds gathered, shoulder to shoulder and few masks in sight, haunt me.
There are people who would suggest to me the decision to do this belongs to those in attendance and, if I don’t agree, I should steer clear.
Maybe they are right. And I do stay away.
Perhaps though, morally, they are wrong and potentially setting me up for risk by their actions alone.
What if someone in that crowd works with my husband or my daughter, who both leave the house each day to go to work?
We are at War!
We are at war with an enemy,
The enemy is unseen;
But we know the name of the enemy,
Its name is COVID-19.
It managed to cross all the borders,
Its fury and anger unfurled;
It traveled across all the oceans,
And infected the entire world!
We did not know it was coming,
Until it was too late;
It ravaged millions of people,
Who innocently met their fate.
The virus has no remorse,
It strikes anyone in its path;
It is reaping havoc with all nations,
Kutztown University President Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson sent the following message to the KU campus community.
The State System presidents received direction from the chancellor regarding 2020 summer sessions and other planned summer activities at our universities.
In keeping with the strategy being pursued by the governor to protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, and in the interest of securing the safety of our faculty, staff and students, as well as our communities, the chancellor is directing:
DownBeat Magazine, one of the premier and longest-running jazz and commercial music magazines in the U.S., has honored Kutztown University for the third year in a row, placing the university in the Undergraduate College Outstanding Performance category of its annual Student Music Awards.
KU’s Rock Ensemble I shares the honor with ensembles from University of Miami and Vanderbilt University.
Student performers include Aidan Burke of Allentown on keyboard, and David Schucker of Kempton on trumpet.
Consider this: supporters of Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson say these generals, among others, were defending their states and their homes. Fine.
So did Gen. Johannes Erwin Eugen Rommel, the Desert Fox, of the Third Reich.
So did the architect of the Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.
They were defending their homes and nations. They were courageous and skilled warriors too.
Yet, there are no monuments in America to their honor and glory in their war against America.
There are no such statues in Germany or Japan either!
Registration for the fall semester at Lehigh Carbon Community College is underway with classes being offered in an online or remote format.
Classes begin Aug. 22.
Virtual instruction used in spring and summer will continue as will virtual support services, including testing, counseling, advising and more.
When the state moves to a green status before the start of the fall semester, a select number of hands-on or equipment-based courses will include a face-to-face element.
Raymond E. Keiper, 73, of Orefield, died peacefully June 16, 2020, surrounded by his loving family in his residence.
He was the loving husband of Barbara J. (Fillman) Keiper for more than 48 years, they married on May 13, 1972.
Born June 29, 1946, in Allentown, he was the son of Martha V. (Rothrock) Keiper and the late Ernest F. Keiper.
A 1965 graduate of Dieruff High School, Allentown, he was a proud U.S. Air Force veteran who honorably served his country from 1966-70.
Kenneth Stein Jr., 53, of Allentown, died June 18, 2020, in his home.
He and his wife, Isabel Santos, were married 11 years last Nov. 8.
Born Aug. 10, 1966, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Diane T. (Kuhns) Stein Sr.
He was a truck driver at Waste Management, Pen Argyl, for more than 35 years.
He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield.