Life Scout Andrew Shaffer wanted to work on and complete an Eagle Scout project to honor those who have served their communities and country.
On Saturday, his project – a flagpole memorial – was officially unveiled during a ceremony at East Allen Township Volunteer Fire Department. Assisting with the dedication were Eagle Scouts Michael Kukor and Alexander Shaffer and Life Scout Tucker Allison.
Andrew worked on securing the funding and installing the flagpole and brick memorial.
Volunteers fanned out across the Borough of Bath last Saturday like troops fighting on the front lines to preserve and protect the environment.
Bath held its fourth annual Earth Day cleanup April 20. The event, started and led by borough Councilwoman Jennifer George, is indicative of one of the visions of the Bath Business and Community Partnership.
"One of our visions for Bath is 'Safe, Clean, and Green,' so we undertook this annual project to fulfill that goal," George said.
Bonnie Dodge of Northampton credits her dog with providing her with a quality of life that simply did not exist prior to meeting Patience.
At first glance, Patience, a Shih Tzu, might appear to be a simple, run-of-the-mill dog, but the dog's worth and purpose extends far wider than first impressions convey.
"Patience plays a very large and important role in my life," said Dodge. "I was in bed 18 to 20 hours per day because of the deterioration I experienced in my 29-year battle with MS (multiple sclerosis) for about two years before I met Patience."
Residents who enjoy being outdoors and want to contribute to the community may want to consider helping out during an Ironton Rail-Trail workday.
Once a month, community volunteers work on a number of projects along the various parts of the trail, which runs through Whitehall, Coplay and North Whitehall, said IRT Commission Secretary Ray Bieak.
IRT volunteers "clean up accumulated debris from fallen trees and winter storms and repair what is broken," said Bieak.
Chef Joe Sweeney is filled with energy and exudes a passion and love of cooking.
Back in 2001, Sweeney, a 2003 Whitehall High School graduate, contacted the owner of Paolo's Italian Restaurant in Northampton and told him he was interested in attending culinary school. Paulo asked Sweeney to come in that Thursday. The rest is history.
Sweeney, who now owns the restaurant, began working as a dishwasher at Paolo's. From dishwasher, he worked his way up the ladder to salad station and prep cook.
Not everyone is blessed with the gift of producing a piece of artwork.
Gerald Simcoe, owner of Simcoe Gallery in Northampton, considers his talent to draw and paint to be a gift, and one he said, is an ability that comes with a "responsibility to develop" it.
He traces his artistic gift of creating drawings and paintings back to his childhood.
"I was painting since I was 11 years old," Simcoe said with a smile on his face. "My mom said I just drew in front of the television. The television was my first instructor."
Northampton Regional EMS Paramedic Maria Wescoe was recognized by the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Service Council and received the Dr. George Moerkirk Memorial Outstanding Contribution to EMS Award recently. The award was presented at the Pennsylvania Fire Emergency Services Institute annual awards dinner.
The award is given in memory of George E. Moerkirk, M.D., Past President of PEHSC.
A Catasauqua High School student was pronounced dead Saturday, Dec. 29, at the intersection of Race and Railroad streets.
Jaenis Delossantos, 18 and a senior at CHS, was a passenger in a vehicle operated by Thomas R. Bono, according to a news release issued by Chief Douglas Kish of the Catasauqua Police Department.
The vehicle, Kish reported, was traveling west on Race Street when Bono lost control of the automobile and struck a utility pole at 6:15 a.m. at the 100 block of Race Street.
The exceptional work and efforts of the Northampton Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Inc has not gone unnoticed.
On Nov. 10 the organization was awarded the Gold Standard of Excellence award from Everitt F. Binns, Ph.D., executive director of the Eastern Pennsylvania EMS Council.
"There is no question, you guys are leaders," Binns told members of the Northampton EMS. "You have no idea how important this is. We really appreciate it."
Northampton borough did not escape the wrath of superstorm Sandy last week. LeRoy Brobst, assistant to the borough manager, said trees and power lines came toppling down and blackness covered the borough as a result of the aggressive, forceful winds.
According to the PPL website, 9,527 residents in Northampton experienced a power outage. All power had been restored by Tuesday, according to the website.
"At some point in time, just about everyone was without power," Brobst told The Press. "Not many people came away clear as a whistle."