The desire to serve and help others remains an enduring part of many military veteran's lives, well beyond their year's of service in uniform.
In the case of disabled Army retired veteran Carol Hamel-Turczyn of Northampton, she has made it her personal mission to assist others in need.
Turczyn earlier in December opened up Na Na Sisterhood, 2002 Main St. The shop specializes and sells high quality women's purses. Sales of the purses are used to help disabled female veterans, disabled women and friends and neighbors.
Moore Elementary School sixth-grade student Chase Parker's eyes light up when he talks about the sea creature known as the manatee.
His passion for the sea animal is so strong, Chase recently decided to organize a Save the Manatees campaign.
The project involves a schoolwide poster contest and Chase raising money to help save the species.
The purpose of the contest, Chase said, is to determine who can make the most informational poster on the manatee, including why manatees should be protected and ways people can help.
Why the manatee, of all animals?
Members of St. John's United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., Whitehall, had an opportunity Nov. 16 to find out who stole the Thanksgiving turkey.
Fifteen members of the church congregation participated in an interactive mystery dinner titled "Who Stole Tom Turkey?"
The interactive theater presentation had church members performing in various roles. According to Pastor Becky Beckwith, the play is about a family who experiences some familial issues during a Thanksgiving dinner with one family member stealing the turkey.
Moore Elementary School will be honoring local veterans Nov. 11 during the school's second annual Veterans Day program.
The day will involve veterans visiting classrooms, meeting with the students, teaching them about the military and a visit by U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th. Students will also eat lunch with the veterans.
Principal Curtis Dimmick said the program was initiated last year to educate students about the purpose of the military and the role military personnel and veterans play in America.
Northampton Area School District parents were treated to a Meet the Teacher open house Oct. 4 in the high school library.
The event was hosted by the Northampton chapter of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (NPAGE).
NPAGE President Chuck Longacre told the 30 to 40 parents in attendance the organization serves as an advocate for gifted students in the district and strives to ensure they are provided with the appropriate educational experiences.
"It's very important," he said. "It's worthwhile to join the state PAGE organization."
Gloria and Mike Kravetz recently decided it was time to retire.
The couple spent 62 years running the Berlinsville Hotel in Lehigh Township. They sold the hotel two months ago.
Why sell the business after running it for more than half a century?
"My husband is 90 and I'm 79," Gloria said. "We thought it was time to retire."
The hotel, which was originally purchased by Mike's parents and passed down to him, offered a wide array of food items, from cheesesteaks to pizza and pierogies.
In 1963, Gloria came aboard with her husband to help run the hotel.
Erica Biery Collins of Northampton is passionate about her ability to turn a simple piece of glass into an artistic creation.
Collins shared with members of the Woman's Club of Catasauqua Sept. 19 at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church the process of glass fusing.
She also brought a host of sample pieces and explained how each was made.
During the talk, she demonstrated how to cut glass. Some club members tried their hand at cutting glass.
Collins, who owns Glass By Erica, has been working with glass for eight years.
Saturday was a special day for Marie Bartos.
Not only did she celebrate her wedding anniversary, but also she honored her late husband by organizing a Ride for a Voice motorcycle ride at Becky's Drive-In, Lehigh Township.
Her husband, former Northampton Borough Police Officer and U.S. Marine Stephen Milkovits, took his life Oct. 12, 2003.
Bartos said she organized the event to help alleviate and eliminate the negative stereotypes.
Health care and immigration took center stage during a legislative update meeting hosted by U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, the evening of Aug. 23 at the Jewish Community Center, Allentown.
During the first half of the meeting, Dent's responses to questions involving the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, were marked by heckling from audience members and sharp outbursts.
"Truthfully, my office has not received much information from Health and Human Services," Dent said. "This implementation is not going well."