· Lake Heritage Foundation (LLHF) public forum – 7 p.m., Lynn Township Municipal Building, 7911 Kings Highway, New Tripoli, to discuss the planning of the Leaser Lake Accessible Recreation Area. Information: George White at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-756-3181.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. Open to all model railroaders ages 14 and older. Information: Dick Lobach at 610-965-2598.
John J. Voortman Jr., 82, of Center Valley, died Jan. 14, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Mildred M. (Handwerk) Voortman for 31 years.
Born in Upper Saucon Township, he was a son of the late John and Gertrude (Snyder) Voortman.
He worked for Mack Trucks, Allentown, for 31 years until he retired in 1986. He had a lifelong love of farming.
Barry Lee Stephen, 60, of Schnecksville, died on Jan. 14, 2013, in Palmerton Hospital.
Born March 1, 1952, in Northampton, he was the son of Alice M. (Good) Stephen, with whom he resided, and the late Ernest C. Stephen.
He attended Haven House, Allentown.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by siblings Richard A. of Bangor, Barbara A. DeFrain of Schnecksville, Janice L. Meinhart of New Tripoli, Jane M. Stephen of Allentown; several nieces and nephews.
Expressions of sympathy may be recorded at heintzelmancares.com.
Shirley M. Whitby, 77, of Orefield, died Jan. 9, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late Duaine Whitby.
Born in Hecktown, she was a daughter of the late William and Elsie (Dornblaser) Filchner.
She was a graduate of the Allentown Nursing School.
She worked for many years as a OB-GYN nurse at the former Allentown General Hospital until she retired.
Ruth E. Skvoretz, 91, formerly of Catasauqua, died Jan. 10, 2013, at her residence, Fellowship Manor, Whitehall. She was the wife of the late John V. Skvoretz Sr.
Born in Catasauqua, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Mary (Weaver) Heffelfinger.
She worked in the payroll department for the former Graver Tank Company, Catasauqua. She was a secretary for 16 years for the Catasauqua Area School District.
She was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church, North Catasauqua.
A quintet of Pete Smyser, seven-string guitarist; Larry McKenna, saxophone; Tom Lawton, piano; Madison Rast, bass; and Dan Monaghan, drums, present "Jeepers Creepers!," a music tribute to Harry Warren, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Foy Concert Hall. Hurd Campus, Moravian College.
The concert will be recorded for a future CD release. Smyser's previous concert at Moravian, "The Jerome Kern Concert," was released on CD last year and rose to the Top 50 in jazz radio play nationally for several weeks.
Here is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Readers Pick the Oscar recipients contest for the 85th Academy Awards.
@$: 5 "Amour"
5 "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
5 "Django Unchained"
5 "Les Misérables"
5 "Life of Pi"
5 "Silver Linings Playbook"
5 "Zero Dark Thirty"
@$: 5 Michael Haneke, "Amour"
5 Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
5 Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"
5 Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"
5 David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.
Data released by the Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors (LVAR) Jan. 15 supports 2012 as a year of recovery for the local housing market.
As of December 2012, year-to-date sales were recorded at 5,701, up 13 percent over 2011 year-to-date sales of 5,046.
LVAR's research shows there were 6,374 pending sales year-to-date, which indicates transactions in process that have not yet closed. This figure marks an increase of 30 percent over 2011 year-to-date pending sales of 4,891.
Coordinated Health celebrates the opening of its Women's Health facility, 6 - 8 p.m. Jan. 24, Suite 201, 1405 Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown.
Gynecologists Bruce Viechnicki, MD; Gayllyn Faust Rakos, DO; and Deborah Villeneuve, MD provide a full-range of care throughout the spectrum of a woman's life, from adolescent gynecology through menopausal management and geriatric medicine.
Cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Gregg Guilfoyle, DO, joins the women's health team in Allentown.