Practitioners of Japanese karate constantly strive to perfect their focus and balance, qualities eighth degree black belt Bob Hollinger has discovered carry over into one’s world view and relationships.
A certified senior advisor for Lehigh Valley Oasis Senior Advisors, Hollinger balances his job of helping senior citizens and their families locate and access appropriate assistance with his dedication to family and passion for karate.
Hollinger’s focus is, in his words, “giving back.”
Art possesses the passion to inspire and history the power to teach.
By melding the two, “Stories that Shaped a Nation: A National Commemoration of the Women Icons of the March on Washington” and the “Civil Rights Movement, The Freedom Memorial of the Lehigh Valley” and “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” through May 15, Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, enliven the past.
In a sophisticated, technologically advanced society, the age-old concept of miracles is often met with a sneer. However, physicians and staff at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Hazelton and Cedar Crest campuses, Justin Smith and the Smith family believe.
On Jan. 18, Smith, his family and his caregivers reunited at several hospital-sponsored news conferences to commemorate and to celebrate Smith’s return to health.
The address 412 Chestnut St., Emmaus, has become the proving ground for an unique outreach program.
As stated in a promotional handout, "The 412 is an investment in community by the people of the Faith Presbyterian congregation in Emmaus, without any strings attached."
In an era of political polarization which many groups exploit to promote a "we versus they" perspective, Pastor Tim Dooner and his congregation are providing the Emmaus community the opportunity to communicate and to share.
On Jan. 16, Victory's Just What the Doctor Ordered, call name Doc, turned three. A month and a day later he competed in the breed ring at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.
Doc is a flat coated retriever owned by John Price and Kathy Poole-Price, of Zionsville. Poole-Price also trains and handles Doc.
Several years ago Poole-Price, proprietress of pet resort Queen of the Valley Farm, went searching for a puppy.
As a pre Valentine's Day treat, Allentown American Association of Retired Persons Chapter #5415's February meeting featured the combined talents of Ken Purcell and Bruce Gaston, a.k.a. Mr. Handman. Their music balances Purcell's talent as a guitarist and vocalist with Gaston's virtuosity on the violin and hands.
Literacy is highly desirable and reading well requires practice. Practice may be tedious; unless the beginning reader has a furry audience. To encourage young readers, Susan Monroe, Emmaus Public Library's children's librarian, activated the Books and Barks program in July 2014.
Thomas Applebach began work as the director of veterans affairs for Lehigh County April 28, 2014.
Originally from Upper Bucks County, he graduated from high school and enlisted. When asked why he choose the Air Force, Applebach jokes, "The Air Force was cool, and they have big planes."
His military career would span a total of 21 years.
1908 began with the dropping of the first New Year's Eve ball in New York City. On May 10 of that year, the first Mother's Day was celebrated, and on June 21st Ada Bleam (nee Hixson) was born. 106 years later all three are still going strong.
In spite of minor infirmities, Bleam resides in her own home and, with the support of family members and a part time caretaker, maintains her independence. Her long life has been, and remains, grounded in her strong Mennonite faith.
The June meeting of The Right Informationand Direction featured a presentation by Senior Medicare Patrol volunteer Elsie Quinn.
Quinn said $60 billion is lost to Medicare fraud each year.
SMP educates senior citizens on ways to detect and prevent Medicare fraud. Quinn also distributed a packet containing the names and contact numbers of agencies who assist seniors seeking services ranging from free legal aid to avoiding telemarketers. She then outlined precautions senior citizens may employ to protect themselves from becoming fraud victims.