For the last 24 years, the Rev. Michael Bodnyk has been pastor of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Soon, his time leading the congregation of the 3355 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, church will end with his upcoming retirement.
Bodnyk, of Orefield, attended Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia to earn his Master of Divinity degree, graduating in 1976.
Charlene Piskula had a special request for Christmas this year — to have her dog, Sirius, become a certified Therapy Dog with Lehigh Valley International Airport’s Canines Offering Passengers Encouragement program.
Piskula’s wish came true and just in time for the holidays. Sirius was certified the beginning of November 2016. He’s now dog No. 17 helping anxious travelers at the airport.
Sirius, an 8-year-old affectionate golden retriever, came from The Seeing Eye program in Morristown, N.J., seven weeks after he was born — around June 2008.