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Monday, July 16, 2018

Circle of Seasons welcomes spring at ‘May Faire’

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

The dreary weather May 12 did little to dull the luster of Circle of Seasons Charter School students and their families during a dazzling May Faire event.

The Mayfair program was a five-hour experience that “welcomes in spring and is a celebratory day,” said Alison Saeger, principal of Circle of Seasons.

The event began with a Maypole Dance featuring a tall pole where students hold and pull on “giant woven ribbons.”

Forget Einstein, Parkland’s Nina Cao is a relativity specialist

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Don’t worry if you did not ace high school AP physics. Nina Cao can pick up the slack.

Not only can the Parkland High School senior pick up the slack, the physics whiz can literally teach the class.

And, teach the class is exactly what she did May 23.

“Nina is one of the top students I’ve ever had,” Parkland physics teacher Sean Flueso said. “She’s extremely personable and will do a great job in presenting.”

Cao had the idea to lead a class on physics to her peers earlier this year.

Ceremony honors World War I veterans

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

In his farewell address to Congress on April 19, 1951, Gen. Douglas MacArthur said “old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”

The Korea/Vietnam Memorial took that sentiment to heart as they celebrated its 13th anniversary of the U.S. Armed Forces Plaza on April 29 at the Lisa Scheller-Wayne Woodman Community Services Center at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.

Food, fun and music highlight Members of Retirement Age luncheon

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

It’s noon on a Thursday and by all appearances, nothing is happening at Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Allentown.

But looks can be deceptive.

Go to the back of the church and head down the flight of stairs.

Enter the large room on the right, and discover there is a festival going on.

There is fellowship. There is friendship. There are jokes (some are good), laughs, plenty of tasty food and plenty of good cheer.

There’s talk of the old days, the current days, and yes, the future days. It’s a celebration.

The cool ‘kids’ go to Cedar Crest College

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Goat yoga helps ease exam jitters

You’ve heard of goat cheese. How about goat’s milk?

There’s goat hoof trimmers and Billy Goat Industries Inc.

The Stones broke your heart on Goat Head’s Soup.

Heard about “goat yoga?” Seriously. Goat yoga.

If you haven’t, don’t worry.

Unscientifically, most goats are oblivious to this postmodern foray into health and self-enlightenment.

A few cultured and lucky goats — the cool kids — know the score and received an up-close and personal view into a mind-body yoga workout May 1 at Cedar Crest College, Allentown.

The Final Countdown

Battling epilepsy, and its stigma, the goal of Valley conference

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

In a time of incredible access to information, some topics remain largely misunderstood.

There are 110,000 people living with epilepsy in eastern Pennsylvania.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder affecting more Americans than Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined.

Still, there’s a level of ignorance many people have about the disorder.

What does epilepsy do? Where does it come from? How is it treated?

Biker-bankers seek to reform Dodd-Frank

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Does Dodd-Frank protect the public or hurt it?

Three men on motorcycles — who also are community bankers — say when it comes to community banking, it’s definitely the latter.

Adorned on their choppers, a trio of lenders roared into the tranquil parking lot of The Neffs National Bank, Neffs on May 11, as part of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers’ Rolling for Repeal motorcycle tour.

While the stunt was meant to garner attention, their message was devoid of gimmicks.

Paper trail mandate leaves county holding expensive bag

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

The integrity of the vote is central to the democratic process. But integrity isn’t always cheap.

It will cost Lehigh County between $3.5 to $4 million to comply with a new voter verifiable paper voting system mandate required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to prevent Election Day hacking. The new system requires a paper trail for each ballot cast.

“We saw it coming,” said Timothy Benyo, Lehigh County’s chief clerk of registration and elections, of the changes. “We would have been moving toward it eventually.”

Paper trail mandate leaves Lehigh County holding expensive bag

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

The integrity of the vote is central to the democratic process. But integrity isn’t always cheap.

It will cost Lehigh County between $3.5 to $4 million to comply with a new voter verifiable paper voting system mandate required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to prevent Election Day hacking. The new system requires a paper trail for each ballot cast.

“We saw it coming,” said Timothy Benyo, Lehigh County’s chief clerk of registration and elections, of the changes. “We would have been moving toward it eventually.”