As a child, educator and naturalist Bud Cole had quite an imagination.
In his first published book, "The Mystery of Little Bear," the main character, Buddy, has a vivid imagination as well.
Cole discussed the book at the Northampton Area Public Library Feb. 25 with the Cub Scouts and other community members in attendance.
As an elementary school teacher of 40 years, Cole knows that storybooks are "a fun way to educate."
Leanne Shea Langdown doesn't have snow where she lives.
She doesn't run into any deer or skunks either, but occasionally she has to slow down for a kangaroo crossing the road.
Shea Langdown is from down under, and it took her 19 hours by plane and two hours by car to reach young audiences in the Northampton Area School District.
A mesh of interests and experiences led local author Monsignor James J. Mulligan to write "The Haystack."
Mulligan, a Northampton resident and member of the Civil War Roundtable, presented his novel to the Civil War Discussion Group at the Northampton Area Public Library last week.
Growing up, Mulligan's parents were big readers, his father reading "one history book after another," he said.
His father had him reading historical novels beginning in grade school and, during the summer, would take him to the places he had learned about.
Second of two parts on a presentation on the events at Sandy Hook. The first part dealt with observations of a school guidance counselor and pastor. This part deals with the reactions of a psychologist.
To understand the events at Sandy Hook, it's important to remember Columbine.
Bradley R. Beckwith, MS, LPC, considers the massacre at Columbine High School to be "the best example in our national history: what happened and what we've learned from it."
In a high school with 1,000 students, 50 students are likely to be suffering from depression.
Major depression is the leading undiagnosed illness among teens, affecting 5 percent of American teenagers, according to Dr. Steven P. Kachmar, M.A., Ph.D., NCSP, supervisor of psychological services at the Northampton Area School District. Of these, only 30 percent will receive any intervention or treatment.
Kachmar made a presentation at Northampton Area High School during The Weller Health Education Center's Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) last month.
This is the first of a two-part series.
Very rarely is Rev. Becky J. Beckwith in an elementary school.
Yet, that is where she found herself on the morning of the shooting in Sandy Hook. The pastor of St. John's United Church of Christ in Fullerton had gone to volunteer for a few hours at the school in Salisbury where her daughter, Jill Williams, works.
It was a tea party laced with knowledge.
The second annual Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) awareness event was held Nov. 24 at St. John's United Church of Christ, Howertown.
The function was hosted by family and friends of Coplay resident Bradley Koch, who was born with OI, or "brittle bone disorder," which causes fragile bones and other connective tissue symptoms. He was diagnosed at 4 months old, and by that time he had already had 15 broken bones, many of them occurring at birth.
If your child has a drug addiction, you can never be suspicious enough.
"Whenever you're not suspicious, I think you're deceiving yourself," Bruce Wlazelek told a group of parents recently. "You have to stay vigilant so that you can know when they need help in case they don't ask."
"Boy Scouts with airplanes" is how Lt. Bob Sacco describes the cadets of the Lehigh Valley Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.
The Cadets, aged 12-20 years old, are part of a U.S. Air Force auxiliary. They hosted an open house Oct. 16 at their headquarters at the Egypt Fire Company.