A local woman has a story in the latest edition of "Chicken Soup for the Soul."
Holly Daubenspeck's story "HollyDay Miracles" appears in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries."
The Moore Township resident was on her way home from a college student teaching assignment in torrential rains when her car and another vehicle collided. She was the only one injured and fell into a coma for three months.
When Northampton residents Gary and Barbara Maursky attend Christmas church services next week, they will feel welcome.
Their two grown daughters, who will be visiting from out of town, also will be welcome.
That feeling of being welcome is not found in every church, say the Maurskys, who moved to the Lehigh Valley from Albany, N.Y., in 2007.
"I was uncomfortable in church," said Gary, referring to another local congregation he and his wife tried to join after moving to the area. "It just became more and more difficult [to go]."
Last year, Trinity United Church of Christ in Coplay joined a special group of churches.
Following a unanimous vote by members Dec. 2, 2012, the church became one of more than 1,000 U.C.C. congregations nationwide that is "open and affirming."
"This whole ... process is about the congregation being open and affirming to everyone," said Steve Hummel, Trinity pastor.
That means the congregation must accept and welcome all people, from those with handicaps to those who simply choose nontraditional roles.
Gracie is paralyzed from the waist down. But that doesn't stop her from getting around.
The black and white kitten goes where she wants to go – and quickly – she just looks a little awkward dragging her back end.
Gracie is one of four kittens and a mother being fed and cared for by a Coplay Borough resident. Last week, the resident called a member of the Coplay Feral Cat Committee to report one of the kittens had been injured, said committee member Karen Shields.
A forthcoming Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce event promises to kick off with some intensity.
The chamber has joined forces with the Small Business Development Center of Lehigh University to present "How to Start a Business" as a four-part series.
The series is open to all, regardless of where they live or where they propose to locate a new business.
The first session, scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Ramada in Whitehall, is designed to help class participants find out if they have what it takes to start their own businesses.
When21-year-old Holly Daubenspeck was in a coma for three months, her mother, Pat, asked God for a sign.
Not knowing about Pat's request of God, her friend, Cheri Voth, called and told her hundreds of dragonflies were swarming around the Daubenspecks' Moore Township home.
"Dragonflies have been very special to Holly," said Pat.
"I started to cry," she continued. "Then I got another phone call. Cheri said another person at the same time went out on the playground at George Wolf [Elementary School in Bath] and there was another swarm."
Holly Daubenspeck defied expectations in May 2012 when she received her bachelor's degree from Susquehanna University.
"When she walked across the stage, 4,000 people stood up," said her mother, Pat, of Moore Township.
The president of the college even praised Holly's accomplishment.
It wasn't only that Holly was graduating but also that she walked across the stage to accept her degree.
Marie Bartos had been married 12 years when her husband, Stephen Milkovits, died by suicide.
"Honestly I don't really know why that day. I think he was contemplating it for a long time," Bartos said.
She remembers the last words the former Northampton Borough Police officer said to her: "Do you love me?"
"I said, 'Yes, I love you. I wouldn't be here if I didn't,'" Bartos said, who followed him to the next room. Bartos said she doesn't think he realized she was there as he opened the drawer to get his gun.
The Ironton Rail-Trail Commission and Coplay Community Days are teaming up.
The partnership is expected to benefit both the festival and the Ironton Rail-Trail.
The Emmaus Run Inn IRT Loop Run is set to begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. The course for the approximately 5-mile race will be the IRT loop, said race organizer Chris Schmidt of the Emmaus store.
In addition to the usual race T-shirt, runners will receive a $10 food voucher good for that day at Community Days.
Over the past several months, Richard Manganaro made two of his dreams come true.
First, at the urging of a mutual friend, he flew from his home in Florida in order to meet Coplay resident Sophie Kesselring.
He recalled getting off the plane and seeing Kesselring playfully hiding behind her daughter, Amanda.
He knew she was the one, he said.
"We connected," he said.