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Center For Vision Loss dedicates braille library

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The Center for Vision Loss, 845 W. Wyoming St., Allentown, recently dedicated the new Gary John Posch Jr. Memorial Braille Library.

The only nonprofit agency in Lehigh, Northampton and Monroe counties dedicated to improving the lives of people with vision loss and promoting healthy vision in the community, the center now features the extensive collection of books in braille owned by Gary John Posch Jr., who lost his vision to retinitis pigmentosa.

After learning braille at age 13, Posch became an avid reader who enjoyed reading as his way of “seeing the world.”

Lehigh County: Two more police departments will begin administering Naloxone

Monday, August 22, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced June 30 that two additional Lehigh County police departments will begin using the opioid reversal antidote, Naloxone, in overdose cases.

A memorandum of understanding was entered into between the District Attorney’s Office and the Allentown Police Department and the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority Police Department, Martin said.

“The importance of this Naloxone administration program cannot be overstated,” Martin said. “Currently, opiate overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in Lehigh County.”

Lehigh County honors seniors for their gift of time, talents

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

In honor of Older Americans Month, 16 residents were recognized at the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services 16th annual Tribute to Unsung Heroes May 18 at Asbury United Methodist Church, South Whitehall Township.

This tribute honors older adults in the Valley who have exhibited exceptional generosity with their time and talents to enrich the lives of others in the community.

Organization helps families suffering loss of newborn child

Monday, May 23, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep has found a unique way to help families suffering the loss of their newborn babies.

Wenda Boyer, area coordinator for the group, and photographers Valerie Creitz and Edwin Davis recently spoke with The Press about the organization and taking photographs for families whose newborn has died.

The nonprofit organization began when Maddux Achilles Haggard was born Feb. 4, 2005, with a condition called myotubular myopathy.

His parents Mike and Cheryl Haggard had to make the excruciating decision to take him off life support.

Golden Gate Bridge jumper to discuss suicide prevention

Monday, April 4, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Only 1 percent of people who have attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge have survived.

Kevin Hines, who attempted suicide when he was 19, two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, is one of the lucky ones.

He will share his incredible story and his inspirational message of “Living Mentally Well,” 7 p.m. April 12 at Salisbury High School, 500 E. Montgomery St., Salisbury Township.

Stagemakers to perform ‘Mary Poppins’ at JCC

Monday, February 8, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Stagemakers Youth Theater students will perform “Mary Poppins” Feb. 4, 6, 7, 11, 13 and 14 at the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown.

“Mary Poppins” set in London, England, tells the story of a magical English nanny who is blown by an East wind to 17 Cherry Tree Lane and into the lives of George and Winifred Banks and their five children.

This two-act musical is based on a series of children’s books written by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film.

Schmoyer awarded medal for patriotism

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Carl F. Schmoyer III of Breinigsville was recently honored at the 118th annual conference of the Pennsylvania State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Fogelsville.

Schmoyer, who almost 12 years ago with his family initiated a massive Fourth of July fireworks display in Breinigsville Park, for Lehigh Valley residents, was presented the Ellen Hardin Walworth Founders Medal for Patriotism by Pennsylvania State Regent Roberta "Bobbi" McMullen.

Zion's UCC salutes Honorary First Defenders

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The Allentown chapter of the Honorary First Defenders was recently honored during a commemorative service at Zion's "Liberty Bell" United Church of Christ, Allentown.

The service, featuring choral music from the popular musical "Shenandoah," and the Civil War re-enactors' color guard from the 96th Pennsylvania Regiment, was based on the soldiers' prayer books from the Civil War.

Terry Lee, photographer for the Honorary First Defenders spoke with The Press at the service.