Mary Jane Wijtyk once wrote office technical manuals.
But, she made a jump to writing a novel, which she titled "Tears of Dragons Gone By."
Before writing the book, Wijtyk prayed about doing so. Then, she got the idea for a short story, which eventually became a long story.
Wijtyk, who lives near Hamburg,began the book in hotels while traveling between places where she was teaching software programs.
A secondary reason for writing the book was she wanted to inspire her niece to try writing.
More than 200 members of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's 213th Area Support Group, their wives, children and friends attended last December's Christmas party at the Gen. Charles Curtis National Guard Armory, 15th and Allen Streets, South Whitehall.
The group gave a standing ovation to Col. Glenn T. Nissley, who commanded the 228th Forward Support Battalion of 700 soldiers in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, June 2005 through 2006.
This year, Nissley assumed his new duties with the Joint Force Headquarters J4 at Indiantown Gap Military Headquarters.
on dean's list
Desiree Yeager was named to the dean's list for academic excellence for the fall 2012 semester at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown.
She was inducted into the National Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for the spring 2012 semester.
Yeager, a 2011 graduate of Parkland High School, is majoring in early childhood and special education.
She is the daughter of Michael and Donnamarie Yeager.
The following area residents have recently complete the requirements for graduation from DeSales University, Center Valley.
ACCO Brands Corp., closes Day-Timer store in Lower Macungie.
Schleicher's Restaurant is under new management.
A 16-year-old motorcycle racer from Kempton will take on some of the best amateur Hare Scramble racing competitors in the nation March 23 and March 24 at the AMA East Hare Scrambles Championship Series, in Evansville MX Park, near Berwick.
Evan Leibensperger, an 11th-grade student at Northwestern Lehigh High School, wants to return home from the multi-day event with a coveted American Motorcyclist Association National No. 1 plate.
Leibensperger will compete in the 450 open B classs, which is for racers who are 15 years and older, riding motorcycles with 450cc engines.
St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner.
New Bethel Church, 135 New Bethel Road, Kempton, will be having a St. Paddy's Day bingo 7-9 p.m. March 16.
For information, visit NewBethelChurchKempton.wordpress.com or call 610-756-6589.
Jacob's Church, New Tripoli is having a pig stomach dinner 4-7 p.m. March 23, in the activity center.
The pig stomach will be served with pepper cabbage, applesauce and homemade desserts.
Take out will be available and whole stomachs are also being sold.
A Tough Mudder competion is being planned for June 1 and 2, in both Lowhill and Heidelberg townships, Lowhill Administrator Brian Carl said at the March 7 board meeting.
The event, a 10- to 12-mile obstacle course originally designed by British Special Forces, is expected to bring 17,000 visitors on June 1, and several thousand again on June 2.
The site of the event is Jaindl Farms, 5585 Mulberry Drive, Heidelberg Township.
Carl said the groups will be arriving at different times, not all at once.