The National Guard is older than the United States. The forerunner of the Guard began in 1636 when ordinary people formed militias to defend their communities, towns and families.
Fast forward to 2020.
National Guard duty still involves helping local communities respond to floods, snowstorms and other emergency situations, but today it also includes conducting overseas combat missions and humanitarian assistance.
Most people know somebody who serves in the National Guard.
But what is really known about these part-time servicemen and women and their families?
The cancellation of the 2020 Northwestern Lehigh track and field season was a bitter pill for Northwestern head coach Charles Groller.
“After hearing that the governor closed all schools for the remainder of the academic year, I was crushed,” Groller said. “While the health and safety was of utmost importance, my heart still breaks for each and every one of our athletes and what could have been. Heartbreaking is an extremely underrated word to use.”
The cancellation of the season was particularly tough for Groller’s seniors.
Last weekend was a time for reflection and relaxation during the holiday season. But Northwestern Lehigh’s Harrison Bernhard spent last weekend punching the clock, working to become an even better wrestler.
The senior took fifth place in the 152-pound weight class at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic, held at Liberty High School in Bethlehem. Bernhard earned the medal with a win over Northampton’s Colby Judd in the final round. The win improved his season’s record to 14-6.
The Northwestern Lehigh Tigers ask for no quarter and give none. That fighting spirit was on display Jan. 4 at the Zephyr Mat Club Invitational, held at Whitehall High School.
The Tigers finished with 105.5 points, good for fourth place in the eight-team field.
The “golden years” aren’t always golden for some senior citizens who become victims of elder abuse.
Government officials presented a “Scam and Fraud Prevention” seminar on Sept. 25 at New Tripoli Bank, 4892 Buckeye Road, Emmaus, to tell seniors about common scams and what they can do to avoid them.
Megan Wieand, executive aide for Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, told seniors elder abuse encompasses “all types of abuse, whether physical, financial, sexual, psychological, abandonment or neglect.”
You could say it’s been a while for Belinda “Bill” Jones.
The English folksinger and songwriter and multi-instrument musician makes her return to the stage with a summer tour, which includes a 7 p.m. June 28 concert at Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, after a mostly decade-long hiatus from the stage.
Also performing is Anne Hills, acclaimed Lehigh Valley-based singer-songwriter.
For some, the memory is closer than for others. But if you can, recall elementary school and the mile run. Maybe you can, maybe you can’t, or maybe you never did. Molly Tarvin can. That’s because Molly Tarvin wanted to win.
“I really wanted to beat everyone,” recalled the Northwestern Lehigh High School graduate who is now running in college.
She certainly has done that and more, during an impressive long-distance running career.
Steve Jones, a resident of Port Talbot, Wales, Great Britain, spent this spring traveling the Lehigh Valley and points beyond on his motorcycle. But he is not exactly what you’d call a typical tourist.
The 56-year-old could be called a history buff. For the last 30 years, he has been researching aviation history in South Wales. He’s studied all kinds of stories and events. He’s also pursued some of them. But one in particular, one that happened more than 75 years ago, brought him to the small borough of Alburtis, Lehigh County.
Robert Frost’s ambiguous classic poem, “The Road Not Taken,” challenges readers to contemplate life choices: Ultimately, whether to go with the mainstream, or go it alone.
Folksinger-songwriter Eric Andersen’s choice came many years ago and in retrospect he didn’t go it alone, but he most certainly went his own way.
Andersen is in concert, 7 p.m. April 11, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.
Northwestern Lehigh’s wrestling team battled top competition Jan. 5 during the Zephyr Duals at Whitehall High School, defeating Southern Lehigh in a consolation round after dropping matches to Bangor, Muncy and Pocono Mountain East.