Hi! I'm David. I'm a rising senior at Penn State studying journalism, English and theater and I'vebeen interning with the Parkland Press and Northwestern Press newspapers this summer.
I can also tell you with utmost sincerity that, for most of my life, I have been a wimp.
I've taken stock of my fears and inhibitions and diligently made a point to avoid any path containing such spooky obstacles under the impression there was nothing wrong with taking the safe route.
Descendants of Joseph and Peter Laubach gather at the Siegfried Station open house, where photographs and memorabilia highlight the Laubach Brothers. Pictured from left are Connie Laubach Nagy, Elizabeth Laubach, Richard Laubach, Pat Close, Petie Close, Andrew Close, Jendy Sell and Aiden Sell. Peter Laubach operated a lumber yard, saw mill, distillery, general store, coal and grist mills and was a blacksmith. Joseph Laubach became a state senator, a Northampton County judge and founded a local church. Laubach Avenue bears the family name.
The Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club will help operators prepare for the FCC test to earn an amateur radio license and begin talking on the radio with other amateur radio operators locally and around the world.
Free classes will start Sept. 4 and run for nine consecutive Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., at Gracedale, near Nazareth.
For more information, call 610-432-8286 or email KE3AW@ARRL.net.
A century has come and gone at the North-ampton Liederkranz.
To celebrate, on Aug. 18 the Liederkranz will host an evening of music, ethnic food and talk about what life was like in the villages of Burgenland, Austria, with which it has close ties.
The Joe Weber Orchestra will entertain the crowd with polka favorites. Rock and roll music, a deejay and ethnic food such as bratwurst will also be offered.
"We wanted to get it right in our planning," said club Secretary Matt Fodor.
The Borough of Northampton is hosting its first ever electronic recycling event.
It will take place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in front of the municipal building at Laubach Avenue and Smith Lane.
According to Borough Manager Gene Zarayko, any electronic item with a cord will be accepted. The public is invited to bring used laptops, computers, television sets and any other equipment they want to discard.
Zarayko added the event is "completely free."
Volunteers will be on hand to assist.
Among the environmental losses that rarely make the news, our world's firefly populations are dropping like – leaves?
Fireflies aren't actually "flies," but luminous beetles. About 2,000 species of them exist globally, in the "shining" family Lampyridae.
In the mid-Atlantic, this summer, wet weather brightened prospects for the region's firefly species, which prefer damp soils. Worldwide, however, scientists report a steady plummet of firefly numbers as their woodland habitats fall.
St Peter's United Church of Christ, Seemsville, will hold a bingo for Vera Bradley purses and accessories on Saturday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m., at the church, 8142 Valley View Road.
For tickets and directions, call Sheila at 610-837-1533 or the church at 610-837-7426.
East Allen Township is now accepting sign-ups for its fall soccer program for boys and girls ages 5 to 12.
Registration will be held Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd. There is a fee and a mandatory fundraiser.
As I read a report a couple weeks ago that detailed China's dismal record on food safety issues. I found myself wondering, "Is this the kind of country some politicians want for us?"
That feeling was reinforced the next day, when I read that freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is single-handedly holding up legislation that would tighten regulation and oversight of gas pipelines, because of his philosophical opposition to any government regulation.
The Lehigh Township Volunteer Fire Company Country Garden will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Aug. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon.
All proceeds benefit the fire company.
Cherryville Senior Center, located at Hope Lutheran Church, Route 248, Cherryville, has the following activities scheduled:
Monday, Aug. 13: 10 a.m., quilts and puzzles; 11:15 a.m., exercise
Tuesday, Aug. 14: 9 a.m., crafts; 10 a.m., quilts and puzzles; 10:30 a.m., cards; 12:15 p.m., Turning Point Speaker