Penn State Extension Specialist Heather Leach, MS, is traveling the Lehigh Valley and Berks County educating residents about the spread of the invasive spotted lanternfly.
Leach, an entomologist at Penn State, is currently working with other extension program specialists in an effort to bring the spotted lanternfly explosion under control.
State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, sponsored Leach’s presentation Aug. 8 at Good Will Fire Co. No. 1, Trexlertown.
Leach’s program stressed the need to identify where the spotted lanternfly is and what to do if found.
The Upper Lehigh Lions Club had a beautiful day July 27 for its annual Festival in the Grove, a fundraising event to further the work of the club.
Multiple vendors were on hand in the Neffs Union United Church of Christ Grove, Neffs, displaying a broad range of goods for sale.
Everything from antique kitchen utensils to jewelry, holistic health care and even products for the pets at home were available.
Members of Dorney Park’s Safety Patrol were recently introduced to a program designed to control dangerous bleeding that occurs as a result of trauma.
The program, “Stop the Bleed” was presented by Lehigh Valley Health Network Adult Trauma Coordinator Bree Harrison and Emergency Room Director Brent Schoenfeldt, DO, at the park on July 24.
Attendees learned to pack wounds with a material designed for just such a task as well as using a tourniquet for severe extremity bleeding.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has announced a partnership between his office, the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center and the Washington field office for Homeland Security Investigations to address transnational criminal activity involving gangs has resulted in a $1.1 million grant.
The Parkland Garden Club sponsored its annual garden tour on a beautiful July 13.
Expecting between 150 and 200 visitors, Parkland Garden Club President Bonnie Keller was grateful for the fine weather for this year’s event.
Each home had members of the garden club checking in visitors and providing information as needed for the current garden, as well as directions to additional gardens.
Congresswoman Susan Wild, D-7th, was the keynote speaker at Zion’s “Liberty Bell” United Church of Christ Declaration of Independence Sunday.
The annual event commemorates the reading of the Declaration of Independence in front of the church on July 8, 1776.
Eleven bells were brought from Philadelphia in 1777 to prevent the British from melting them down to be made into cannons.
The bells were hidden under the floorboards of Zion Reformed UCC.
Among those bells was State House Bell B, now known as the Liberty Bell.
Members of Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield, celebrated the church’s 285th anniversary at Lone Lane Park, Upper Macungie June 30.
Opening with the traditional Lutheran church service at 9:15 a.m., the members then had lunch, an old-fashioned cake walk and were entertained by Balloons the Clown.
The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley welcomed Lehigh Valley youngsters to its annual Camp Smile June 17 to June 21 at Muhlenberg College, Allentown.
The PCFLV supports children with cancer and their families “with love, hope and smiles.” The free camp engages the youngsters with art, theater, sports, swimming and special guests.
At this year’s camp, each of the 52 campers worked with counselors allowing a nearly one-to-one engagement.
The week ended with each group of campers presenting a play for their parents, families and friends.
The City of Allentown and the Allentown Flag Day Association, along with residents and others from throughout the Lehigh Valley celebrated Flag Day, June 14, with a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall Plaza, Allentown.
The Allentown Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors at the event.
Buglers were Bob Sedlock Jr., representing Post 576 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Allentown Police Department Officer Christopher Matthews.
Master of Ceremonies for the Flag Day presentation was retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Gerald Still.
Members of the Slatedale-Emerald Lions club proudly celebrated their 50th charter year May 4 at Union Lutheran Church, Neffs.
The message for the evening was given by Bo Koltnow, anchor/reporter with WFMZ-TV 69 News.
Koltnow gave a lively presentation on his life as a TV news reporter.
Special recognition was given to Charter Member Billy Markell.