As we approach the May 15 General Primary Election, the Parkland Press and the Northwestern Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt publishing columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.
The last week to publish columns by local government officials running for office was the April 12 edition. We will continue to cover local races in news stories generated by our own reporters.
Oh my goodness, don’t get me started,
Our politicians are greatly divided!
Republicans, Democrats, it doesn’t matter,
Whatever is suggested gets torn and tattered.
It seems they lost all their direction.
They forgot the American people
Who voted for them, with affection.
They were chosen to serve this nation,
With, dignity, backbone, and pride.
But, whenever the going gets tough,
They go on vacation and hide.
Every time something needs to be done,
It becomes an imposition;
·Boutique at the Rink, Bethlehem, April 30 to June 4, needs many volunteers to make this annual fundraiser successful. Volunteers are needed for setup, donation drop-offs, sale days and break down.
Call Jen Gibbs at 610-861-7556 or email@example.com.
·Greater Valley YMCA, Allentown, needs volunteers to help with registration, activities, refreshments and event setup and cleanup for its free community event, Healthy Kids Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21.
Contact Maribel Tandazo at 610-351-9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every April millions of people around the world celebrate Earth Day.
I celebrate it every day. One day a year to pay attention to the environment and our surroundings certainly is not enough.
Earth matters to us every day. We drink its water. We breathe its air. We eat its plants.
Focusing attention on our earth each April is a wonderful start, and participating in Earth Day activities often whets the appetite for doing more year-round to preserve our natural home.
Locally, many groups don gloves and spend Earth Day picking up litter.
April is National Autism Awareness Month. There are many ways people spread awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder, such as hosting special fundraisers, wearing blue or posting photos of the iconic colorful puzzle pieces.
On World Autism Awareness Day, which was April 2 this year, Sesame Place decided to kick it up a notch and announce it is officially designated as a Certified Autism Center.
The Bucks County children’s amusement park is the first theme park in the world to achieve CAC status.
The brave daffodils are long peeking through the frozen ground. Although bent over, as if weeping, they remain defiant, blooming bright yellow despite nighttime and early morning below freezing temperatures.
Patches of short, blue flowers cover the ground where the grass has dared not to grow.
Twigs and branches lay scattered across the backyard, ripped from the trees during damaging winds that marked this past winter.
·Center for Animal Health and Welfare, Easton, is seeking volunteers to walk dogs, assist with morning cleanings, attend off-site events to promote the shelter, cat and dog enrichment and general shelter help.
Contact Walt Hoffman at 610-252-7722 ext. 4 or email@example.com.
·Independent Senior Transportation Network LV, Bethlehem, is looking for volunteers to drive seniors to medical appointments, grocery stores, physical therapy, and other places.
Contact Lois Favier at 610-419-1645 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Humble and Proud
Humble: modest, respectful
Proud: honored, gratified
Regarding my gift of writing:
I am “humble” for my ‘task’ God bestowed,
Although I’ll never know why;
As words continue to flow into my mind,
I’m very “proud”
that I can comply.
When I sit down to write,
words hang in thin air;
I don’t even take time to think,
words just appear.
I’ve had this “affliction” for many years,
And I write as much as I can;
I never know when it might suddenly stop,
Identity theft doesn’t only happen to adults with credit cards and bank accounts — it is also happening to children.
The Federal Trade Commission has noted identity thieves deliberately capture the Social Security number of a child in order to obtain employment; apply for government benefits, car loans and mortgages; and open new accounts.
Stealing the identity of children is a growing trend because no one thinks to check the credit records of a child.