· Catasauqua Area Lions meeting – 7 p.m., Jednota Club, Fifth and Grove streets, North Catasauqua. Information: 610-264-0740.
· 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.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. Open to all model railroaders ages 14 and older. Information: Dick Lobach at 610-965-2598.
Santa, joined by Frosty the Snowman, was busy at the fire station on Cherry Street where the Coplay Fire Department sponsored their visit. Joining them are 2-year-old Cadence Craig, seated on Santa's lap, along with Collin Craig, 4, and Carter Craig, 9, all of Coplay. wreaths and poinsettias were available for sale and many parents went home with pictures of their children with Santa.
David L. Nemeth, 65, of Allen Township, died Dec. 12, 2012, at home. He was the husband of Sharon J. (Zerfass) Nemeth for 32 years.
Born in Somerville, N.J., he was a son of the late Louis and Arlene (Fuller) Nemeth.
Cecelia "Mom-Mom" A. Petz, 92, of Stiles, died Dec. 13, 2012, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. She was the wife of the late Charles J. Petz Jr.
Born in Stiles, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Unger) Kroboth.
She was a sewing machine operator for various mills and, with her son, operated the Stiles Cafe for 45 years.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Stiles, and of its Altar and Rosary Society.
Retired Master Sgt. Floyd "Mac" G. McDeavitt, 76, of Columbus, Ohio, and formerly of Walnutport, died Nov. 25, 2012. He was the husband of Barbara (Schultz) McDeavitt for 11 years.
Born in Slippery Rock, he was a son of the late Albert and Alberta McDeavitt.
He was in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, having served for 30 years.
He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 7215, Walnutport.
Richard J. Hower, 86, of South Whitehall Township, died Dec. 6, 2012, at home. He was the husband of the late Bernadine H. (Vrablec) Hower and the late Virginia S. (Sweeney) Kunkle Hower.
Born in Coplay, he was a son of the late Augustus and Esther (Rieker) Hower.
He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
He was a photo finisher for the former K-Photo, Allentown, and the former Guardian Photo, Catasauqua, retiring in 1988.
He was a member of St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, Allentown.
Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College will be hosting guest speaker Rev. Peter Pettit, PH.D., from Muhlenberg College, 7- 8 p.m. Jan. 3 - Feb. 7, 2013 at The Saal, Bahnson Center, Moravian Theological Seminary, 60 West Locust St., Bethlehem.
Pettit will be discussing "New Paths: Christians Engaging Israel."
IJCU will also be hosting Roberta Meek, lecturer from the History and Media and Communication Departments at Muhlenberg College noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 4 inside Moyer Hall, Miller Forum at the college.
Church was packed Dec. 16; I'm not sure if it was because of the upcoming Christmas holiday or the overwhelming need to pray for the families affected by the shooting in Connecticut Dec. 14.
Sermons throughout our area were focused on trying to make sense of this event as well as trying to cope with the overwhelming grief all Americans feel.
Shining through the grief are the acts of heroism displayed by the first responders, staff and administrators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The administration, faculty and staff of Lehigh Career and Technical Institute have selected the November 2012 Students of the Month.
Award recipients are selected by the instructor of each respective lab in recognition of their achievement during the previous month.
Whitehall High School students named include:
Mark Cole, web design/web programming
Genelle Davenport, health occupations/health related technology
Peter Montgomery, electrical technology
Ian Moyer, culinary arts level I
Jonathan Quiles, carpentry level I