The Farm Family Appreciation program is held almost every year at the Union Fire Company field house in Hamburg, Berks County.
Though the program began 20 years ago, this was only the 18th dinner/dance as two were missed for various reasons, said Pastor Mary Gade of the program committee.
Doors were scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. but this night someone came to the door and called out that people should fill up the spaces at the tables because there were so many attending.
Althea Albright, of Reading, is now Pastor Althea Albright of Friedens Lutheran Church, Stony Run.
Albright says she was called to be a pastor since she was in the eighth grade.
She received a Bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University and then attended Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary.
While at the seminary, she studied social work and worked in that field for six years. She enjoyed working with children while specializing in the area of foster care and adoptions
Chief Jay Scheffler, of Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville, told Heidelberg supervisors at their March 15 meeting that the company had acquired a drone which may be especially useful in finding people who have become lost in the area.
Many of the firefighters are taking classes to learn how to use it.
Fire company members met with state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, and state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, to discuss the recruitment, retention and a grant for truck funding.
Christina Fogel, art instructor, was accompanied by middle school artists, who held a mini reception for the new artwork on display in the Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting room.
She said the board members must realize how amazing the young artists are.
Fogel said they are not only artists but planners, designers, editors, critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, creators and leaders.
Maria Piltz and Dawn Mengel were the coleaders of the soup, salad and spuds fundraiser to benefit various missions at Hope Community Church, Claussville.
The missions run on a three-year basis with this summer’s a local mission to benefit the elderly in the area around the church.
The next one will be an international mission, followed by a national one. The national mission helps the elderly or people in need at other places around the country.
Three members of the Northwestern Lehigh Student Council and their advisor recently attended a school board meeting as part of School Board Recognition Month.
“Thank you. You are a unique group of individuals,” Student Council Advisor Patricia Mengel told the board. “We are glad to see our projects include you. You are appreciated for putting things forward.”
The three students — William and Jake Dellicker, and Nolan Hernandez — along with Mengel, health and physical education instructor, went around the room shaking hands with each of the board members.
As part of the opening for the Feb. 21 Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting, the moment of silence was dedicated to the victims, families and extended families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla.
Moving on to other matters, D’Huy Construction Management Services was approved for the high school modernization project.
Financing for the project was discussed by Scott Shearer of PFM; Kevin Reid of King Spry; and David Hunsicker and John Hayes of New Tripoli Bank.
Kristie Wilks, executive director of Northern Valley Emergency Medical Services, updated Washington Township supervisors Feb. 6 on personnel changes and upcoming events during the board’s meeting.
David Tretter is the new assistant chief. Dr. Jonathon Trager and Dr. Aaron Ratner are volunteer co-medical directors. Both are emergency doctors for St. Luke’s.
NOVA handled 3,667 calls in 2017. Of those, 500 were in Washington Township. Ninety-five percent of the calls in Washington were handled by NOVA, with the remainder being answered by mutual aid units.
After 25 years of public service, first on the school board and then with the Northwestern Recreation Commission, Don Link has decided it was time to quit.
“I feel the board is in good shape,” Link said at the Jan. 31 meeting. “It is time to move on. It has been a pleasure working with a lot of great people.
“It’s been good to serve on the commission. I got a lot of pleasure out of it.”
He thanked everyone who supported him over the years and said Kathy Hermany, who chaired the Night in the Country Committee, was second to none.
A five-year member of the Living Stone Fellowship, Jaime Gonzalez, was chosen, first by God and then by the church board, as associate pastor of the church.
From neighboring churches came members of a Presbytery — pastors and church members getting together to ordain the new person.
As Gonzalez is an employee of Allentown, Mayor Ed Pawloski, attended the ceremony.
Living Stone Pastor Jean Masiko asked God to be in their midst.
The program began with lunch and extra tables had to be set up, and then more tables.