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Varsity baseball honors: Emmaus’ Luke Deschenes and Liberty’s Noah Gyauch-Quirk are The Morning Call’s all-area pitchers of the year

Pitchers Luke Deschenes and Noah Gyauch-Quirk had very different 2021 seasons. As a junior at Emmaus, Deschenes emerged as a staff ace and pitched several key games for the Green Hornets en route to Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 championships and the second round of the PIAA tournament. As a freshman at Liberty, Gyauch-Quirk didn’t pitch at all on the Hurricanes varsity, and ...
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Morning Call editor with ALS: How I was reborn on the Fourth of July

Note: This first ran in the Adirondack Explorer magazine last fall. It was based on the author’s experience on July Fourth 2021. My day of independence unfolded at dawn. My eyes popped open at 4:18 a.m. on the Fourth of July. It was go time. I had slept in my wheelchair in the Red Fox lean-to at John Dillon Park — a first-in-the-nation camp, in New York state’s Adirondack mountains, designed ...
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Independence Day quiz: Was Allentown’s founder a patriot or a loyalist?

Most of us mark the Fourth of July by having cookouts, watching fireworks catching a ballgame or spending a day at the beach. But don’t forget the reason for the holiday, to commemorate America’s declaration of independence from Britain. Can you pass this quiz about Independence Day, patriotism and the history of our fight for freedom? Answers are at the bottom. 1. Who is the only U.S. ...

Varsity baseball honors: Parkland’s Blake Barthol and Southern Lehigh’s Matt Tankred are The Morning Call’s all-area offensive players of the year

Greatness comes in all varying shapes, sizes and personalities. Blake Barthol and Matt Tankred look nothing alike and have a different presence about them. Parkland product Barthol is shorter, stockier, and is all business. He admits he’s not the rah-rah type and is someone who approaches each at-bat, each pitch on the mound and each play in the field with the seriousness of a surgeon. ...

Summer boys basketball league: Three teams stay unbeaten; Allentown Central Catholic player stays hot

On the final night in June and the last night of league play before the Fourth of July holiday weekend, several teams and players stayed as hot as fireworks on Thursday night in the Lehigh Valley Varsity Boys Basketball League at the Whitehall-Coplay School District complex. With less than two weeks left until the regular season wraps up on July 14, three teams remain unbeaten — Northwestern ...

New Lehigh Valley brewery, with impressive waterfront set-up, to debut indoor tasting room

A new Lehigh Valley brewery is celebrating more than America’s independence from Great Britain this weekend. Rising River Brewing, at 1955 Willow Lane in the East Texas section of Lower Macungie Township, also is celebrating its soon-to-be independence from an outdoor tent, which has served as its temporary tasting room for the past six months. The brewery’s indoor facility passed its final ...

Zora Martin Felton, the first Black graduate of Moravian College for Women, remembered as a trailblazer and force for change

No matter what Zora Martin Felton accomplished, she always shifted the spotlight off herself, aiming to elevate the achievements of others. “She was a very kind person,” said Martin Felton’s niece, Darlene Carnes. “If there were other people that had accomplishments, where they were making headway with their lives or doing bigger things with their lives, she would shine the light on them and ...

ArtsQuest looking for photos of first-responders for 9/11 banner display

Wanted: Photos to honor the Lehigh Valley’s first-responders. ArtsQuest is looking for submissions from the Valley for its “Our Hometown Heroes — First Responders” banner display, which will part of the annual Patriot Day Celebration on Sept. 11 at the SteelStacks campus. The banner will honor the Valley’s first responders including police and law enforcement officials, firefighters and ...

Varsity baseball honors: Stroudsburg’s Ethan Sodl is The Morning Call’s all-area ambassador of the year

It’s not easy to be a coach’s son or daughter and it’s even harder to be a student at the school where one of your parents is the principal. The spotlight shines just a bit brighter on you and the expectations bar is raised a few notches higher. Ethan Sodl didn’t mind having that extra bit of attention on him during his Stroudsburg High School career. His dad, Jeff, a Whitehall native, is ...

Popular Lehigh Valley ice cream shop, serving Penn State ice cream, milkshakes and more, opening second location in July

Just in time for the dog days of summer, a popular Lehigh Valley ice cream shop is expanding. Drizzle Ice Cream, which opened in February 2019 at 47 W. Penn Ave. in Alburtis, is planning to open a second location in mid-July at 5040 Route 873 in the Schnecksville section of North Whitehall Township, owner Steve Zola said. The new shop will occupy a renovated space that previously housed a dry ...