From our member archives: the Ruth Ann Spears bench

Ruth Ann Spears was a mentor to Nancy Johnston, and some time after her death on June 9, 2001, the memorial bench was placed near the southern border of our property.

According to her Express-Times obituary of June 26, 2001, she was a physician with a private medical practice on Cherokee Street in Bethlehem. Her career and life highlights included a role as laboratory director at Hunterdon Medical Center, teacher of Latin at Catasauqua High School, a worker at the Lockheed Airplane Factory in Long Beach, California during World War II, and reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

Ruth Ann was an instructor at Northampton Community College and an accomplished classical pianist, teaching for many years. Her medical degree was from the University of Sydney Medical School, becoming one of the oldest persons to ever graduate from medical school, with residency at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown.

She recorded and organized a program of lullabies for violin, piano, and male and female voices.

Her husband, Clyde W., died in 1975. She was survived by two sons, Brent and Drew.

Dunkin’: “We’re planning on building in early spring”

Scroll to the bottom of the article for information on “another”.

”In the Lehigh Valley, Dunkin’ boasts more than three dozen locations and another eatery will anchor a proposed strip center, set to open later this year on Route 512 in Hanover Township, Northampton County, according to Ayon Codner, vice president of the James Balliett Commercial Group, which is handling leasing.

The upcoming restaurant will be one of five tenants of the proposed 4098 Bath Pike strip center, Codner said. The site previously housed Lehigh Valley Home & Garden Center, which moved to Crackersport Road in South Whitehall Township.

The James Balliet Commercial Group is in talks with a few other prospective tenants, including salons and other restaurants, but no deals have been finalized, Codner said.

“We’re planning on building in early spring,” Codner said.”

The passing of Rick Schall

From a broadcast message from Christine Murray, LVMM Clerk: 

”Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that I convey this to you. Below is part of Terri Purdy's message on "Caring Bridge" about her husband Rick Schall:
"Our dear Rick peacefully passed away last night. What a wonderful colleague, friend, brother, son, and most importantly to us a phenomenal husband and father he was. We are holding him in our hearts and we will always hold him in the light.

Thank you for all of the love and support you have given us over the past two years. We could not have better family and friends. The girls and I are so grateful to have had our joyful, loving and funny Rick with us during his time on hospice. We were able to declare our unending love for each other, share precious memories and partake in Rick’s cherry pie and cucumber salad.

I want to thank St. Luke’s Hospice for the wonderful support they have provided to Rick and family over the past four months. I also want to thank Caring Bridge for making it easy for Rick to communicate with so many.
Our love,
Terri, Anna, Leah and Dave"
Information about Memorial Service arrangements are to come.

With great sadness,

Christine Murray, clerk“

Frugal Feast picnic on 08/05

From the Clerk: 

 ”Dear Friends,

There is no picnic scheduled for tomorrow, August 5. So, instead, we'll have a Frugal Feast Picnic at the Meetinghouse!

We'll share a simple soup, and any pot luck foods you would like to bring, along with the opportunity to give money to the Food Bank.

Please come and enjoy each other's company as we support the Food Bank.

Christine Murray, clerk”

Sinkhole progress report 08/03/18

 In mid-July, the person who mows our lawn noticed a sinkhole in the northwest corner of our property. A group of Friends from LVMM committees met and, after approval to proceed at a called meeting after Meeting for Worship on 07/29/18, contracted with an engineering firm to evaluate and fix it.

A geologist from Barry Isett and Associates visited LVMM on 08/01 to meet with the ad-hoc sinkhole committee and to begin the site study.

Work will involve excavating - at minimum - an area about 10 feet square and down about 10 feet. When the site is ready, a special mix will be pumped into the hole, topped with a clay mixture, and covered with topsoil. This may be completed before the end of August.

We have no cooking gas until UGI is able to reroute our line to the building. We believe that they can reconnect us before the full excavation can begin.

We all know that the Lehigh Valley, especially this area, has sinkhole activity. Barry Isett and Associates are experts in fixing them. Our meetinghouse and property are in good hands.

Please bear with construction inconveniences, if any, and stay away from the sinkhole and work areas. We will keep you informed!

The March 2 storm and its impact

As of about 12:30 pm on Saturday, the meetinghouse is still without power. We expect service to be restored soon. The building is intact. We lost several trees around the property, with the most serious damage being a tree hitting the ramp and steps leading away from the meeting room and to the shed. Otherwise the building is intact. Stay tuned for further announcements.


Rear of meetinghouse


Damage to ramp


Directional impact of tree


Mother Nature prunes harshly. View from Bath Pike frontage toward gathering room door.