My first grade teacher had a distinctive looping handwriting. I remember the stars that would appear atop my papers after she had corrected them. The stars were in red ink, as were the corrections she made. Always.
It was in the first grade that I took my first tentative foray into writing. When asked to write a sentence about the dog that attended the fire drill – my Scottish Terrier, that had inadvertently made a show- and-tell appearance which coincided with a routine fire drill – I wrote three. The paper was subsequently corrected in red ink.
Rev. James L. Heft, S.M., and Ph.D., will deliver "Catholic High Schools: Facing the New Realities," the 2012 Ruggiero Lecture, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, University Center, DeSales University, Center Valley.
The event, sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales, is free and open to the public.
Heft is the Alton Brooks Professor of Religion and president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California, and author of the book, "Catholic High Schools: Facing the New Realities."
Melody Bradford has been named Sales Director of The Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors (LVAR).
Bradford oversees sales of advertising space, manages the content, artistic development and marketing of LVAR's publication, Lehigh Valley Real Estate Weekly; its website, LVAR.org; and e-newsletter, In the Know. She also oversees the LVAR Sponsor-Affiliate program.
She was account manager at Millennium Medical Education Resources, Ltd., where she received the Largest Sale and Largest Publisher Sale Awards in 2011 and Top Prospector accolades.
Thursday, September 6
Lehigh Valley Chapter Executive Women, 5:30 p.m., Buckeye Tavern, 3741 Brookside Road, Macungie. Call 610-264-6966.
Farm to Table wine dinner, 6:30 p.m., Hotel Bethlehem, 437 Main St. Call 610-625-2333 or visit www.hotelbethlehem.com.
Muslims and Christians United: A Lehigh Valley Initiative for Justice and Peace; pot-luck (no meat or gelatin), 6:30 p.m. dinner; panel discussion. Call 610-866-1734 or 610-533-7391 or visit www.muslimschristiansunited.org.
The Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors (LVAR) has released a new report on housing market data today that confirms a strengthening housing market.
The initial quarterly report lists positive indicators showing second quarter 2012 home sales have increased 16.7 percent over second quarter sales the previous year.
Pending sales were up 25 percent forecasting the potential for increased sales in the coming months.
An additional sign that the housing market is on the road to recovery is the decrease in inventory of homes for sale, down 16.6 percent over last year.
The photograph accompanying this column was taken on March 22, 1915, in front of 33 West Broad St. It shows the Diehl Saddler Factory and on the right a sliver of the Lorenz Theatre and a young boy holding a wheel. The pile of bricks out front and the boarded-up windows indicate the building was under construction. The Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority demolished these buildings for redevelopment in the 1970s. However, the site sat empty for several years. It eventually became a Park & Shop until the Liberty Center was built on the site in 2001.
Q. I'm 69 years old and I'm considering surgery for obesity. Am I too old for this?
There is no upper age limit for this type of surgery. However, the procedure is riskier for anyone older than 65.
Obesity surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, limits your food intake. Some operations also restrict the amount of food you can digest. It is designed for men who are at least 100 pounds overweight and women at least 80 pounds overweight.
Ramin Karimloo, who played the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall," which was telecast on PBS, including PBS39 this past March, for the musical's 25th anniversary, performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Musikfest Cafe at ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
He has been critically acclaimed as one of, if not the, greatest Phantoms of all time.
Muslims and Christians United: A Lehigh Valley Initiative for Justice and Peace will meet Sept. 6 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2540 Center St. Since 9/11, the need for Muslim-Christian cooperation has been even more apparent and urgent than before.
After a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m., there will be a panel discussion led by Bill Whipple and Vince Stravino. The duo will explain why and how the organization came into being and will speak about its early successes.
The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail celebrates the grape harvest annual "Harvest Weekend," 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sept. 8 and noon - 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at eight wineries with tastings, vineyard and winery tours, food and wine pairings, and entertainment.
The wineries will promote the state's "Pennsylvania Preferred" program by partnering with producers of Pennsylvania specialties.