Governor Tom Corbett announced Nov. 9 PennDOT is launching two voluntary programs aimed at saving the lives of Pennsylvanians in emergency situations – the Yellow Dot and Emergency Contact Information programs.
"Both of these programs speak for people when they can't speak for themselves, so medical concerns can be addressed and contacts can be reached as quickly as possible," Corbett said. "When someone is in a crash or they find themselves in an emergency situation, it's critical that emergency responders quickly find out as much as they can about the victim."
· Lehigh Valley Chapter 1371 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees monthly meeting – noon, St. Peters Lutheran Church community room, 1933 Hanover Avenue, Allentown. Information: Marie Nader at 610-231-0237.
· Alzheimer's CARE Training – 6 p.m., Home Instead Senior Care Office, 3722 Lehigh St., Suite 408, Whitehall. Information: 610-770-7773 or julie.kish@ homeinstead.com.
Teresa A. Walakovitz, 84, formerly of Coplay and Sacred Heart Assisted Living, Northampton, died Nov. 19, 2012, at the Phoebe Home, Allentown.
Born in Coplay, she was a daughter of the late Charles S. and Katharina (Busolits) Walakovitz.
She was a technician at the former Western Electric Company, Allentown, for 36 years, retiring in 1987.
She was a member of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church and of its Altar and Rosary Society.
Faye E. (Dietrich) Fritz, 78, of Northampton, died Nov. 21, 2012, at Easton Hospital. She was the wife of the late Albert E. Fritz Jr.
Born in Kutztown, she was a daughter of the late Anson and Mabel (Seidel) Dietrich.
Before retiring in 2010, she worked at the information desk in Westgate Mall.
She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Allen Township.
She was active at the Northampton Senior Center.
Robert A. Fulton, 74, of Allentown and formerly of Minesite, died Nov. 25, 2012, in Allentown.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Arthur L. and Miriam (Moyer) Fulton.
He was a graduate of Allentown High School and Gettysburg College.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War Era.
He retired from Pennsylvania Job Service, Easton, where he was a manager. He worked at Pillsbury as a production manager. He also worked at Bethlehem Steel Corporation.
He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown.
The 2011-12 legislative session wrapped up in November, and before we begin the new session Jan. 1, 2013, I think it is wise to take a look back and see what we have accomplished.
Of course, some years are more productive than others but, this past year, we have been able to make significant progress on several fronts that will help improve the business climate in Pennsylvania, increase safety and protection, and honor our military men and women.
Cary N. Schadt, 71, of North Whitehall Township, died Nov. 22, 2012, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Nickless) Schadt for 47 years.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Norman P. and Hannah L. (Sensinger) Schadt
He was a 1959 graduate of Allentown High School.
He was a Vietnam War veteran.
He was an assembler at Mack Trucks Inc., Allentown. and later worked in ground maintenance at the Lehigh Country Club.
He attended St. John Lutheran Church, Coplay.
Hanukkah and Christmas are times of the year when family and friends come together to share memories, laugh, sing, decorate and exchange presents.
For people living with Alzheimer's or dementia, the holidays can be a difficult and stressful time.
I have found with my mother, who was diagnosed several years ago with dementia, this is the time of year when she becomes more depressed.
Lorraine F. Fries, 88, of North-ampton, died Nov. 23, 2012, at Gracedale, Upper Nazareth Township. She was the wife of the late Walter D. Fries.
Born in Crossroads, she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Emma (Reinhard) Fehnel.
She was a secretary for the Lehigh New England Railroad. She was a tax collector fot Allen Township for eight years.
She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Kreidersville.