The young actors with Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, have been rehearsing diligently to present the two-act play "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."
The story is based on the novel of the same name by Mark Twain.
Set in the 1800s, the play tells the story of 14-year-old Tom Sawyer, who is raised along the banks of the Mississippi River in Missouri.
As the play unfolds, Sawyer matches wits with his Aunt Polly, falls in love with a beautiful girl named Becky Thatcher, and goes on adventures with his friend Huckleberry Finn.
Of the four seasons, spring is my favorite with everything beginning to awaken and renew after a long winter.
Trees and flowers are blooming; the birds are chirping and wild animals are awaking from hibernation.
Spring is also the time when Americans begin to spend more time outdoors exercising, playing sports, swimming, bicycle riding, camping, grilling and having picnics.
Even though spring brings warmer weather, it also brings with it many dangers.
A Lowhill Township man has been charged with homicide following the beating death of his wife.
Lehigh County First Deputy Corner Eric Minnich says Carol Margaret Albright, 54, died from blunt force injuries to her neck and torso after allegedly being assaulted in her home at 7109 Herber Road, Lowhill Township.
Minnich said Albright was pronounced dead at 1:11 a.m. April 11 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
The manner of her death was ruled a homicide, Minnich said.
A 27-year-old Lynn Township man who allegedly had his children in his truck when he rammed his wife's vehicle was arrested Feb. 27, according to Trooper Ronald Mercatili of Troop M Fogelsville.
According to an affidavit of probable cause obtained from District Judge David Harding, Coopersburg, Brandi Renee Billig walked into the barracks to report she had been involved that day in a domestic dispute with her husband, George Billig, at 7737 Brobst Hill Road and 7270 Hoffadeckal Court, Lynn Township.
I am not a moviegoer, however, this weekend while surfing the Web, I came across a documentary titled "A Place at the Table."
The documentary, which features actor Jeff Bridges, examines the issue of hunger in America through the eyes of three families in Philadelphia, Colorado and Mississippi.
My mother, Dorothy, 84, offered her comments after watching the movie.
"It's [hunger] bad here at home," she said. "You do not have to worry about going to another country to see it."
She is right.
Gov. Tom Corbett recently presented his proposed 2013-14 budget before the General Assembly in Harrisburg.
While his $28.4 billion spending planis nearly a 2.4 percent increase from last year's budget, it does not call for any tax increase.
The plan does include a $90 million or 1.7 percent increase in state funding for basic education, the first in two years, bringing the total to nearly $5.5 billion, the highest level of state funding for school districts.
A 28-year-old Allentown man was arrested after he allegedly stabbed a 35-year-old Allentown woman 3:40 a.m. on Feb. 8 while on Trexlertown Road, Upper Macungie Township.
Upper Macungie Township police say when officers arrived both Demar Campbell, of 1327 Chew St., and the woman were back in the vehicle.
Police say when the pair was questioned, they learned the woman had suffered what appeared to be a stab wound to her abdomen.
An 88-year-old Kempton woman was cited for driving too fast for conditions at 4:27 p.m. Feb. 9 when her vehicle struck a state police cruiser on Route 143, Lynn Township.
State Police Troop M Fogelsville say Catherine L. Kistler was driving a 2007 Chrysler 300 when it struck a 2013 Ford Interceptor driven by Trooper Christian E. Bleiler, 28, of Breinigsville.
According to police, Bleiler was parked in the lane of travel facing west on Route 143, due to a previous accident at 4:04 p.m. involving a 1997 Ford Excursion driven by Elmer S. Lapp, 20, of Strasburg.
Twelve youths, between the ages of 15 and 20, were cited by State Police Troop M Fogelsville for underage drinking just after midnight Feb. 3 during a party at 4542 Senny Court, Weisenberg Township.
The home is owned by LeRoy Jr. and Louise A. Sorensen.
Tyler Durfey recently completed his Eagle Scout project, a pen for rescued fowl at Gress Mountain Ranch and Sanctuary, Lowhill Township.
Durfey, a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 12, Asbury United Methodist Church, South Whitehall Township, decided to build the pen after the owner of the ranch, Kathryn Gress, provided him a list of project ideas.