Unlike some folks, Dr. Lloyd Eslinger of Macungie never said he got paid peanuts.
Cakes, yes. Potatoes, yes. But not peanuts.
The retired family physician, an Allentown native who had a medical practice in Northampton for 37 years, served a lot of farm families, he recalls.
And when these patients could not pay $3 for an office visit or $4 for a house call, Eslinger accepted food products from their farms instead.
As a sole practitioner working out of the basement of his Northampton split-level house, Eslinger, now 88, says he put in long hours back in the day.
The Gospel Chapel is on the move.
Currently housed in a large portion of the former indoor farmers market on Main Street, The Gospel Chapel is moving to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Home Association, 1769 Newport Ave.
The Gospel Chapel has purchased the red and white brick building, known to most as St. Nick's, a social club that hosted banquets and weekend polka dances.
Northampton Generating Company, LP will pay a $119,354 fine as part of a consent assessment of civil penalty, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced recently.
The agreement resolves air emissions violations from late 2009 through the first half of 2012.
"The company is now in compliance," DEP Northeast Regional Director Mike Bedrin said. "We set a high but fair bar for environmental compliance, which is how Pennsylvania has achieved significant improvements in air quality across the state in recent years."
Some came to learn how they could help. Others arrived with open ears ready to take in as much knowledge as they could.
For these reasons and more, the community came out to Springhouse Middle School recently for the "Emergency – Be Prepared" seminar and expo hosted by state Rep. Julie Harhart, R-183rd.
"The better prepared we are for a disaster, the better the outcome is going to be for all of us," John Kyte of the American Red Cross of the Lehigh Valley said as part of a series of brief presentations during the program.
Local students graduate
Northampton Community College held its commencement May 23. Area students receiving degrees include:
Catasauqua: Kelly Ann Barina, associate in applied science; David Cudlic, associate in applied science, Courtney Godowski, specialized diploma; Tiffany LaGasse, associate in applied science; Sandra Paulus, specialized diploma; Stephanie Rivera, specialized diploma; and Marlon Rodas, associate in applied science.
With every terrorist attack, Kamran Siddiqui cringes.
It's not just that he doesn't condone the attacks, but also that typical media coverage of such events makes it more difficult to be Muslim in America.
"Judge us based on the religious scripture and what it teaches rather than the acts of a few," said Siddiqui, secretary of the Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley at 1988 Schadt Ave. in Whitehall.
· Reading of Declaration of Independence – 10 a.m., George Taylor House, Front Street, Catasauqua.
· Duplicate bridge, invitational – 12:30 p.m., Lehigh County Senior Citizens Center, 1633 Elm St., Allentown. For players with 0-199 master points. Information: 610-437-3700.
· Bill Murray and the Crossover Band performance – 7 p.m., Catasauqua Park.
· Bath Farmers Market – 3-7 p.m., Keystone Park, Bath. Information: Fiona Adamsky at email@example.com or 484-602-4353.
Hannah Moyer remembers being in Istanbul, Turkey, as a child when it was time to pray.
"Everything just stopped and everyone went into prayer," said the Moravian College student describing the sense of peace, respect and love she felt.
This was one of the things that led her to convert to Islam in April.
"I think a lot of it is based on values I always thought to be true," said Moyer. "It's a way to honor God in a way that made sense to me."
For people like Moyer born into Christian families, converting to Islam doesn't mean cutting ties with Jesus.
Coplay and Northampton boroughs have received letters saying the 1930s Coplay-Northampton Bridge will be replaced by a new span which will run across the Lehigh River.
The work tentatively is set to begin in the fall of 2014 when construction of a new Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge is expected to be complete. Both bridge projects will take two years include the removal of the existing bridges.