Joan Kies of Danielsville recently took her cause of fighting cancer 560 miles on a bicycle.
Kies participated in the Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer (PPRAC) June 29-July 3 which took her and 68 other riders from Portland, Maine, to Palmerton. The fundraising ride was founded in 1983 by retired Allentown school teacher Bob Freed in an effort to raise money for cancer research.
Editor's note: This is the third of three parts.
The elegant statues, exquisite stained glass, historic pews and beautiful altar all add to the charm of St. Lawrence the Martyr Church in North Catasauqua.
The more important attributes for many parishioners are the memories and people.
"I think it's the people. The people are all great," said parishioner John Lane of North Catasauqua. He and his wife, Connie, have attended the church for decades. Their two sons and daughter grew up in the church.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is making progress in the war against illegal drugs, a DEA agent told the members of the Whitehall Township Crime Watch.
DEA Agent and Public Information Officer John Hamrick spoke to the crime watch at its July 29 meeting.
Prior to the talk, Hamrick showed a short video tracing the history of the DEA back to 1973 when former President Richard Nixon created the organization. The DEA was intended to create a single source whereby individuals using and distributing illegal drugs are prosecuted and their illegal assets lawfully seized.
Next July, the St. Andrew Roman Catholic Parish in North Catasauqua will officially be dissolved.
In its place, members of the St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish, also in North Catasauqua, will join them as members of a new St. John Fisher Parish.
While the parish name will change, the exterior and interior of the St. Andrew building on Third Street, where the parish members will worship, will remain as beautiful and breathtaking as ever.
Editor's Note: This is the first in a three-part series on the Diocese of Allentown's decision to retire the St. Lawrence the Martyr and St. Andrew parishes in North Catasauqua. As many Northampton residents attend these churches, readers have requested this series, which ran recently in the Catasauqua Press, be published in the Northampton Press as well.
"I knew it was coming, it was just a matter of time," Annette Englert told The Press.
Mickey Schneider of Northampton wanted to give back to the city of Boston after the Boston Marathon bombings. So he decided to run.
Last month, Schneider participated in the One Run For Boston, which took him nine miles from Ashfield to Walnutport.
One Run For Boston is a cross country relay that makes its way from Los Angeles to Boston.
The relay was organized by three runners from the United Kingdom – Kate Treleaven, Danny Bent and Jamie Hay. Treleaven and Bent drove cross country from Los Angeles to Boston to meet the runners and support them throughout the relay.
After more than 60 years, it was only fitting World War II veteran Pvt. William Yawney's remains were finally laid to rest two days before Memorial Day.
Strong winds were coupled with blue skies as family and friends of Yawney gathered at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Cemetery in Northampton the morning of May 25 for his final return home and funeral.
Yawney, originally from Freemansburg, served at the age of 23 as a private in the U.S. Army in Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division.
Northampton residents are eligible to participate in Camp Whitehall.
The eight-week program, which runs June 24-Aug. 16, provides children in kindergarten through eighth grade a number of activities throughout the day.
It is for residents of Whitehall, Northampton and Parkland school districts. Nonresidents pay a higher fee than Whitehall residents.
The campus of the Gov. Wolf Historical Society was turned into a brilliant display of various flowers and unique creations of arts and crafts Friday and Saturday.
The occasion was the society's first annual "country garden faire" at its location at 6600 Jacksonville Road, Allen Township.
Organizer Cathy Wilhelm said the creation of the garden faire came about after members saw something similar in Lancaster County. The society decided to offer a similar event to those in the Lehigh Valley, she said.
Seven-year-old Vanessa Stauffer's smile and gentle, hopeful spirit is contagious.
To the average eye, Vanessa appears to be a vibrant, healthy and carefree child. It's only after speaking with her parents, Donald and Tracy Stauffer of Fogelsville, that one learns Vanessa suffers from a rare form of brain and spinal cancer called a primitive neuroectodermal tumor.