Five-year-old Caitlyn Rogan and her toddler brother, Cooper, will have the honor Sunday of pressing the button to illuminate the thousands of twinkling lights on the Borough of Northampton's community Christmas tree.
For Caitlyn and Cooper, it is a special ceremony since the 35-foot blue spruce tree was donated to the borough by their grandparents, Dennis and Pat Rogan, who live on Eighth Street.
From left, Jean, Betty, Loretta, Ralph, Minnie, Carol and Marion celebrate their October birthdays at the Northampton Senior Center. Other October activities included horse races Oct. 24 with a lot of enthusiasm, cheering and fun. The center hosted its Halloween bash Oct. 31 with entertainment by Matt of Magiquest, costumes, goodies and more. The biweekly morning stretch on Tuesday and Thursday mornings continues, along with needlecraft on Friday mornings. The center continues to work on gathering items for the Northampton Food Bank and Muehlenburg's Chemo Center.
Following Hurricane Sandy, representatives from Cetronia Ambulance Corps. provided emergency and disaster relief services in Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth counties in New Jersey.
Cetronia's teams operated in conjunction with other Pennsylvania EMS Strike Teams providing relief, shelter support and search and rescue operations.
"We are proud to have men and women on our teams that are dedicated to disaster response, not only in our local area, but for areas throughout the country that need assistance when devastation strikes," said Larry Wiersch, Cetronia CEO.
Photos from the Through These Hands Fabulous Fall Fest craft show in Cherryville.
Mary Hammersly, left, enjoys a cookie with Jodi Godown Hilt from Keystone Rehabilitation Systems, Northampton, during a recent open house and food collection. Keystone is continuing to accept food bank donations for the Northampton Area Food Bank through Nov. 28. They are also accepting coupons for free turkeys from local grocery stores.
Members of Valleyview Baptist Church in Northampton recently gathered food and clothing for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Brooklyn, N.Y. The church compiled 110 emergency food boxes, which are able to feed a family of four for two days. A group of 11 men delivered the food and clothing to the Sheepshead Bay area and assisted Bethel Baptist Fellowship as they begin repairing their building.
The Atlas Cement Memorial Museum has become a sought out destination for international visitors.
Just recently a Chinese delegation toured the Northampton museum. More recently, three visitors came from Spain. This Spanish group will play a key role in the operation of Keystone Cement Company in East Allen Township, located outside of Bath.
Ed Pany, curator of the Atlas museum on Laubach Avenue, welcomed the new visitors.
In recognition of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month, the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Lehigh County is offering a free Alzheimer's CARE training workshop for area families 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Home Instead Senior Care Office, 3722, Lehigh St., Suite 408, Whitehall.
Via is again offering Via Teen Winter Experience for teens and young adults with disabilities Dec. 26, 27, 28 and 31.
The event is for ages 13 to 21.
Via Teen Winter Experience is a valuable program for participants between Christmas and New Year's when schools are typically closed.
This program helps young adults with disabilities connect to their community through recreational, social, volunteer and educational activities to help prepare for adult life.
Many trees in Northampton, took a hit when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the northeast and struck the borough.
"As everyone is aware, we had a bad storm with trees down in various parts of the borough," stated Borough Manager Gene Zarayko in a report to council. "Any trees that fell across a roadway, the borough crew came in and cut them up and removed them. Any trees that fell in anyone's yard were removed if the resident cut them up and placed them at the curb."