The Rev. Hal Hopkins began the program at Lighthouse Baptist Church on June 10, First Responder Sunday, by saying, “ We are so grateful for the services you provide. Know you are appreciated by the church community.
“Everyone here is kind for you. If not, they are not part of Lighthouse Baptist.”
In the front row were representatives from Lehigh County Emergency Management Service, Pa. State Police, Troop M, Fogelsville, Macungie Fire Department, Macungie Ambulance, Lehigh County Field Communication truck and the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office.
The July 25 meeting of the Northwestern Recreation Commission covered last minute details of the Night in the Country celebration scheduled for 4 p.m. Aug. 18.
“Night” Committee Chairwoman Kathy Hermany told recreation commission members six light towers, donated previously, will need to be rented.
Fifteen have been donated but that is not enough with 20 considered a minimum. Some of the lights need to be picked up. Some will be delivered.
Don Christ and Bill Dellicker attended the July 19 meeting of Heidelberg Township supervisors.
Lynn Township is asking the other three townships within the Northwestern Lehigh School District to participate in planning for a veterans memorial at Ontelaunee Park.
Christ said Lynn wrote to the other townships and a committee has been formed to plan and gather information about veterans since the War of 1812.
Dellicker said they visited Palmerton to see its memorial and ask about fundraising ideas.
The Voices of Mobile, a 15-member gospel concert group, traveled from the campus of the University of Mobile, Ala., on its way to Carnegie Hall.
Along the way, the group stopped at churches — including Lighthouse Baptist Church, Breinigsville, on June 14 — to present gospel concerts
The school, which members of Voices of Mobile attend, offers Master’s degrees in music, piano and voice. The musical group heads out to churches, mostly in the southeastern United States, every weekend during the school year and sings during morning worship and again in the evening.
In our worldwide task of caring for the hungry and despairing, in the harvest we all share, God’s will be done. (From the hymn “For the Fruit of all Creation”)
Jeff Wetzel of Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Krumsville, thought of a new way to honor mothers on Mother’s Day and fathers on Father’s Day.
Why not collect food during that period to give to Veterans Making a Difference at the Paul R. Gordon Veterans Social Center, Reading, he thought to himself.
The Great Room at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, was filled with butterflies and bees, pollinators on photographs taken by Bonnie Pancoast and exhibited as a way of showing the importance of these small creatures in our lives.
They are displayed on the flowers they pollinate to create a colorful exhibit.
Pancoast is a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist who went through 55 hours of training in Bucks County.
The program is much like the Master Gardeners with hours of work expected to be donated following the class.
Her photography began as a hobby.
The beginning of the June 20 Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting was a matter of saying “goodbye” to Superintendent Dr. Mary Anne Wright.
This was her last school board meeting and, the end of June will be her last on the job.
Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Holman has been chosen to fill the superintendent position.
Resident Donna Smith addressed Wright during the public comment portion of the meeting.
“We appreciate the positive direction you took the school and that you were approachable,” Smith said.
Northwestern Lehigh School District will soon have its own police force to enforce the safety of students.
The school board approved hiring Chief Brian Tobin, who said he has some ideas for safety. Other officers will be hired to assist the new chief.
Joshua Ziatyk was hired as assistant superintendent effective July 23. His salary will be prorated at $125,000. He was a teacher and assistant principal at Brandywine Heights School District.
Emergency Management Coordinator Josh Bingham told Heidelberg supervisors at their June meeting that Lynn-port is considering buying a new truck and wants help with the purchase from Heidelberg.
The next joint emergency service meeting is scheduled for Sept. 11.
The response time for Northern Valley Ambulance calls was 10.7 minutes. NOVA is still not fully staffed but expects to be soon.
Goodwill Fire Company Chief Jay Scheffler told supervisors his crew is taking training classes in ropes and forestry. The township has agreed to pay $50,000 toward a brush truck.
Music filled the air along with the smell of good things cooking at the Kempton Community Center.
The three-day Kempton Fair was well underway June 16.
Randy Harders, Frontier District membership chair for the Boy Scouts, was talking to Scout age boys trying to get new recruits. There was something special about his recruiting method. On a table was a rocket and every boy who joined Scouts would receive one to safely blast off from a central locale.