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NCC to Commemorate MLK & Celebrate Black History Month
Northampton Community College (NCC) will commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate Black History Month with a roster of activities in January and February themed "Faces of the Dream." Events include: MLK Day of Service. "Paying it Forward." NCC volunteers will work with children ages 5-15 on dance, drama, arts & crafts, and a panel discussion about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The volunteers are also seeking donations of children's books, toys and clothing to send to New Orleans. Monday, Jan. 21, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. For more information contact Rayah Levy at email@example.com. MLK Student Debate: "Is Affirmative Action in Higher Education a Fair Concept?" Wednesday, February 26, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Room 220, College Center, Main Campus. Guest Speaker: Dr. James Peterson, associate professor of English and director of Africana Studies at Lehigh University. Wednesday, February 20, 4:30 p.m., Lipkin Theatre, Kopececk Hall, Main Campus. Northampton Community College is also sponsoring a series of video tapes and a prose and poetry contest for its students. For more information call 610-861-5300.
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Pen Argyl's Kris Wenzell (24) fights for a rebound, during the Knights' 64-45 loss to Notre Dame GP in a game played Friday at Pen Argyl.Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pen Argyl's Zach Hoffman (white) drives to the basket, during the Knights' 64-45 loss to Notre Dame GP in a game played Friday at Pen Argyl.Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Slate Belt Bank donates $1,800 to area food banks
Merchants Bank recently donated $1,800 to nine area food banks, which found their supplies diminished by Hurricane Sandy and the holiday. To mark its fourth year in donating to the food banks, Merchants added two recipient organizations to their donation list, Safe Harbor in Easton and Family Life Community Church in Bangor. As an independent financial institution, the Board of Directors and employees of Merchants takes pride in its ongoing commitment to support the communities they serve, particularly in helping to fulfill the growing needs of our less fortunate neighbors. Donations were also made to The Salvation Army, Families First, Saint Elizabeth’s/Saint Joseph’s Ministry, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pentecostal Christian Church, Benders Mennonite Church and Portland Upper Mt. Bethel Pantry (PUMP). The nine food banks provide food for Northampton County’s needy families. Anthony Biondi, CEO and Director of Merchants Bank hopes the generosity of the bank is contagious to other area businesses, “I am proud to share that in 2012 our bank donated $120,000 to local not-for-profits as well as countless hours of volunteer time. For an organization our size, this is quite impressive. I hope the philanthropy of our bank and our employees inspires others to be selfless and give whatever they can in the coming year.” Established in 1890, Merchants Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank. Headquartered in Bangor, PA, Merchants has two branch offices in Bangor and additional offices throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Mount Bethel, Wind Gap, Nazareth, Forks Township, Martins Creek, and Easton, PA. MNB Investment Services is a division of the bank and offers investment and wealth management financial services. For more information, please visit www.merchantsbangor.com.
Pen Argyl's Jeff Holden (top) defeated Bangor's Mark Boudreau 8-2 at 182, during the Knights' 39-28 win over Bangor (5-8) in a wrestling meet at Pen Argyl Wednesday night.Sbtt Photo Haley Burns
Deer Joins Flock of Sheep
A confused young red deer which thinks he's a lamb has joined a flock of sheep. Shepherd Andrew Capell was shocked when he was counting his sheep and noticed the male red deer had joined his flock on Dunwich Heath in Suffolk. Mr Capell, who looks after the sheep which maintain the National Trust land, said the lost deer became separated from its herd and attached itself to the flock. He has been living, eating and sleeping with his 100 new friends for about two weeks now and shows no sign of leaving. "I was counting the sheep when I spotted this little deer amongst the flock," said Mr Capell. "I've never known of this happening before. "I think what's happened is that the main herd of deer have come through the field, jumped over the fence and then jumped out again and he's not gone with them. "He seems to have adopted the flock and stayed with them and the flock have taken to him really well. "There's a bit of a pecking order in the flock so he's finding his place within it. He seems to be the bottom of the ladder." At the end of the winter the sheep will be taken back to their summer home, but the deer will have to stay behind on Dunwich Heath. A spokesman for the National Trust added: "It is hoped the young deer will rejoin his herd if they roam past the flock over the coming weeks."
Still texting while driving? Quitting maybe a bit easier than you think
Most Americans know texting and driving is dangerous but it continues to be a problem, especially for young drivers. While 97 percent of teens agree that texting and driving is dangerous, 43 percent still admitted to continuing to do it, according to a recent survey. The 2012 AT&T survey of teen drivers also found 75 percent of teens say texting while driving is common among their friends and the majority of respondents said they have texted when stopped at a red light and often glance at their phones while driving. While teens might be the worst offenders when it comes to texting and driving, plenty of adults are guilty too. As the evidence continues to mount concerning the dangers of texting while driving, 39 states have made it illegal. Whether it's legal or not in your state, here are three good reasons to quit once and for all: * Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident, according to Virginia Tech Transportation Institute research. * Texting while driving is distracted driving. Distracted driving is a factor in 15 to 25 percent of all crashes, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. * Each day, an average of more than 15 people are killed in crashes that result from distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. How to stop texting while driving To help people break the perilous habit of texting and driving, technology companies are coming up with unique and practical solutions for drivers. For instance, Xperia SmartTags by Sony give you the ability to turn off all distractions from your smartphone with just a simple touch. These small tags can be put on a dashboard or a set of car keys and allow you to change your phone's settings for driving by simply touching your NFC-enabled smartphone to the tag. Smartphone applications can make this process even easier. When paired with AT&T's free Drive Mode app, you can automatically disable your phone's texting and calling capability. The app can also be programmed to include an automatic message that's sent to anyone who texts you while you're behind the wheel, letting that person know that you'll respond when you are finished driving. You can program this app to run when you tap your phone to your SmartTag, while also setting your phone up to automatically run GPS programs and engage your car's Bluetooth system for both safety and convenience. While messages from your friends and family are important, nothing should take precedence over safely getting yourself and your passengers to your destination. To help make your driving experience safer, outfit your car with tools such as SmartTags, which you can learn more about at www.sonymobile.com, and don't forget to take the pledge to never text and drive again at www.itcanwait.com.