The year 2017 is not just another year for Calvary Temple, South Whitehall.
The church is celebrating a noteworthy feat — its 100th anniversary.
Pastor Ray Ricketts is the eighth and current senior pastor of Calvary Temple.
“I have been a member since 2006,” Ricketts said. “I became senior pastor Jan. 6, 2010.
“I was raised in New York, Ricketts said. “I went away to college in Louisiana and moved back to New York after college.
“I went to seminary and started ministry in New York.”
C. Leslie Smith at the Shops of Cedar Point, Allentown, recently honored Robin Kostolsky of Cetronia as its artist of the month.
Kostolsky’s sculptures were on display for viewing and for sale in the store during July.
A “Meet the Artist” reception was held July 28 for friends and family to enjoy refreshments and view Kostolsky’s art.
The Press spoke to Kostolsky about her passion for art that started more than 40 years ago.
“I studied art in high school,” she explained.
State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, are asking for the public’s help to find the driver of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian around 2 a.m. on Aug. 13 along Holbens Valley Road at Hillside Court, Weisenberg Township.
Police say a 24-year-old New Tripoli man, who was hit by a vehicle traveling west on Holbens Valley Road, was found in the roadway.
The driver fled the scene, continuing westbound. According to police, the vehicle is a light-color Mercedes-Benz hatchback with unknown damage.
Colonial Regional police say a 14-year-old girl from New York, who was in town to perform at Musikfest, was allegedly assaulted by a North Whitehall man.
Police were dispatched 11:05 p.m. Aug. 7 to Holiday Inn Express, 3375 High Point Boulevard, Hanover Township, for the alleged incident.
The girl and a 15-year-old male told police that a man later identified as Gerald A. Benbow, 48, of Anthony Drive, North Whitehall Township, allegedly approached them on the third floor of the hotel and was talking nonsense, police say.
According to information provided by Cetronia Ambulance Corps Director of Marketing and Public Relations Jennifer Glose, a Cetronia Ambulance Corps unit was involved in a motor vehicle accident around 2 p.m. Aug. 5.
Cetronia Ambulance Corps Chief Operating Officer Robert Mateff Sr. commented on the crash.
“Our foremost concern is with the wellbeing of those involved in the incident,” Mateff said. “The EMT driver was treated and released from the hospital and the passenger paramedic was checked at the scene and not transported to the hospital.
South Whitehall police are still looking for the man who allegedly was involved in a shots-fired incident and who pistol-whipped another man at 3:22 p.m. July 18 at the Econo Lodge, 1151 Bulldog Drive, South Whitehall.
According to South Whitehall police, an officer responding to reports of multiple gunshots and an aggravated assault, was told the suspect had fired several shots from a handgun with the rounds striking several vehicles and a nearby building.
There is a new top dog in the Lehigh County Courthouse and her name is Ramona.
District Attorney Jim Martin announced the addition of the courthouse companion dog, Ramona, July 27 during a news conference in the county courthouse, Allentown.
“Ramona is the newest member of my staff,” Martin said. “Courthouse companion dogs provide emotional or comfort support to victims of crime when dealing with stressors of the judicial system.”
Ramona arrived at the courthouse the day before and will be working in conjunction with the Victim-Witness Program.
State Police Bethlehem Troop M responded to a fatal vehicle crash just after 5 p.m. June 14 on Route 22 East, South Whitehall Township.
According to police, Jonathan E. Flook, 60, of Coplay, was traveling in the left lane when he apparently lost control of his 2003 Ford Taurus, which struck the concrete barrier with the left side of the front bumper.
Police say Flook attempted to steer off the concrete barrier and the car traveled from the barrier onto the off ramp at 15th Street.
Madeline Rose Link, Maddie, to friends and family, is a humble 19-year-old woman who has accomplished many things before reaching her 20s.
She is a skilled harpist who has performed at various events including weddings, and she even performed a solo at Musikfest.
The only child of Steve and Kathy Link, Maddie is also legally blind.
“The genetic disease I have means I can’t see in bright light,” Link said. “Outside, I can’t see at all.