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STATE: Dems tackle intellectual disabilities waiting list

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Too many people with intellectual disabilities and autism are waiting too long for treatment.

That was the consensus of a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing held July 24 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg in Bethlehem. The event, co-chaired by Pa. Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd and Rep. Michael Sturla, D-96th, featured testimony from county and state administrators, employees and doctors. It was one of a series being held across the commonwealth.

With vim and vigor, Valor opens Easton location

Friday, July 27, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Business Showcase

Preparation, positioning and planning often determine success or failure.

It’s those characteristics Valor The Advisor Network hope to embody as the firm embarked on a new venture during a grand opening in Easton.

Under sun-kissed skies and a gentle breeze, the company held a ribbon-cutting June 7, featuring Easton Mayor Salvatore Panto and former NFL player Matt Millen, who played with four separate Super Bowl championship teams.

Valor Insurance President Matthew Potter is a Lehigh Valley native and Lafayette College graduate.

A Fab tribute: Tony Kishman, ASO, join for Paul McCartney show

Friday, July 20, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Tony Kishman has a job to do. He does it well and gives the other Paul McCartney impersonators hell.

Kishman’s “Live And Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney” lands at 7:30 p.m. July 21, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, and many Beatle and McCartney fans have got to get him into their life because he’s considered one of the best replicas around.

The concert is the first in the 2018-19 Allentown Symphony Orchestra Pops Series.

Circle of Seasons welcomes spring at ‘May Faire’

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

The dreary weather May 12 did little to dull the luster of Circle of Seasons Charter School students and their families during a dazzling May Faire event.

The Mayfair program was a five-hour experience that “welcomes in spring and is a celebratory day,” said Alison Saeger, principal of Circle of Seasons.

The event began with a Maypole Dance featuring a tall pole where students hold and pull on “giant woven ribbons.”

LV CHRISTIAN HS ‘Life is not about you’

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in School

With the world going one way, the Lehigh Valley Christian HS’s class of 2018 was told to go another.

“Our culture is mostly focused on promoting ourselves,” Royce Seifert, a teacher at the institution, told graduates during the school’s 30th year commencement June 9 at Calvary Temple Church in South Whitehall Township. “Even on this day of accomplishment, life is not about you,” he said.

Rather the 15 graduates were told ultimately their lives should center around God’s vision and not theirs.

Goat yoga craze lands at Cedar Crest College

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

You’ve heard of goat’s cheese. How about goat’s milk?

There’s goat hoof trimmers and Billy Goat Industries, Inc.

The Stones broke your heart on Goat Head’s Soup.

Heard about “goat yoga?”

Seriously. Goat yoga.

If you haven’t, don’t worry.

Unscientifically, most goats are also oblivious into this post-modern foray into health and self-enlightenment.

A few cultured and lucky goats - the cool kids - know the score and received an up-close and personal view into a mind-body yoga workout May 1 at Cedar Crest College, Allentown.

Parkland students drop the gavel during Law Day

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in School

“We are a nation of laws, not men and women.” - John Adams, second president of the United States

In the 1982 film “The Verdict,” Paul Newman plays a down-and-out Boston lawyer who stumbles into a major medical malpractice case. Faced with long odds and fighting a corrupt system, Newman goes for broke in his closing argument.

“Today, you are the law,” he tells the jury. “You are the law. Not some book. Not the lawyers. Not a marbled statue. Not the trappings of the court....I believe there is justice in our hearts.”

Mandate leaves county holding expensive bag

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

The integrity of the vote is central to the democratic process. But integrity isn’t always cheap.

It will cost Lehigh County between $3.5 to $4 million to comply with a new voter verifiable paper voting system mandate required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to prevent Election Day hacking. The new system requires a paper trail for each ballot cast.

“We saw it coming,” said Timothy Benyo, Lehigh County’s chief clerk of registration and elections, of the changes. “We would have been moving toward it eventually.”