The Rotary Club of Allentown West recently honored a couple, Joe Mitlyng and his wife Terry Ryan-Mitlyng, instead of honoring the club's annual business person.
The couple were influential in getting the Christ's Church at Lowhill Food Pantry up and running, and due to its success, when an addition was needed to the building, they took the lead in that effort.
The honor was presented for an extraordinary "work of service."
The Mitlyngs were moving to Michigan, where they have family, and the Rotary wanted to honor them before they left.
Ryan Cerrone gave an update on student activities at the April 17 Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting.
He said Nate Beitler completed in the Skills USA state competition and took third in motorcycle service technology.
Mackenzie Hart received the Donley Award. All winners were feted at a breakfast at the Best Western Conference Center. Dan Masetti and Sara Jones were selected as the Academic All-Stars. Jones will deliver the student athlete speech at the breakfast at Green Pond Country Club.
A song about "Orioles Baseball" was playing at Field 4 as the Northwestern Youth Athletic Association T-ball, Grasshopper and Prep Softball teams were lining up at the skatepark for the opening day parade at the Northwestern Community rec fields along Route 309 on April 27.
Northwestern school mascot Tiger walked with the softball teams. They all had "Tigers" on their shirts and teams were named by their colorful shirts.
The school baseball team came in honor of the occasion.
In a proposed final budget overview for 2013-14, the Northwestern Lehigh School Board had before them a budget showing no millage increase. This is down from March's proposed 2-mill increase.
Even with removing the amusement tax, local revenue is expected to be up by $309,015. State revenue increases by $533,810 and federal dollars decrease by $22,390 for a total increase of $820,435.
Total revenue for the year is $37,473,487. It includes $702,560 from the fund balance.
Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, announced April 16 PPL Corporation gave the center a $2,000 donation.
The money will be used to support a volunteer recognition event and a project to help develop a new trailhead to the west end of the Nature Center in East Penn Township, Carbon County.
"PPL has been a strong supporter of the Nature Center and this continues that tradition of support," LGNC Director Dan Kunkle said.
During the Northwestern Lehigh School Board's April 17 meeting, Leanne Stitzel, director of curriculum, provided information about the curriculum documents that support the schools' new textbooks.
The books will be available for view for the next 29 days.
Superintendent Mary Anne Wright said they want the materials in place for the fall school start.
Stitzel said she was honored to work with so many great teachers. There was a lot of research and it was intense work.
Nancy Treskot, first vice president of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, opened Spirit Night at the Northern Valley Emergency Medical Services social hall in Ormrod.
On April 20, Jason Breidinger became the 19th recipient to receive the Spirit Award.
"I am honored and privileged to honor Mr. Jason Breidinger as an individual but also family, friends and volunteers," Treskot said.
She suggested they read the poem, "Why Volunteer?" found on the back of the program.
Anita Collins, president of the board at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, introduced Linda Fredericks and Liz Stauffer, who were to speak on the "Rare and Forgotten Flora Trail."
Their work on the gardens at the center now includes a number of additions fitting the category of rare plants, including some that thrive in shade and are planted along the tree identification trail.
Fredericks said Sean Bankos and Clare Kubik, former members of the Naturalist Club, were a great help.
Roger Latzgo's appearance in the Knight's Gallery of Palmerton Area Library April 21 was part of the library concert series.
Latzgo told those attending his concert the day was also part of Earth Day weekend.
"Everyday should be Earth Day for nature," said Latzgo, who lives in Germansville.
His first song was a poem by Emily Dickinson set to music.
The poem and song, about bees, is titled "I Take the Liquor Never Brewed."
Latzgo accompanied himself on piano.
He then switched to love songs, some sad, others happy.
During public comment at the April 10 meeting of Lynn Township supervisors, resident David Najarian told supervisors there was a "For Rent" sign on the substation of the New Tripoli Fire Company in Lynn-ville.
Supervisor Kermit DeLong said he understood the substation was closed because of heating costs.
"Isn't there something we can do because public safety is the township's most pressing problem?" Najarian asked.
Zach Paris, who was at the meeting representing the fire company, said there was a problem with call volume since the Weisenberg station was built.