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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Weisenberg Fire Co. responds to Upper Macungie garage fire

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

According to an email from Trexlertown Fire Chief Stephen Oplinger, Weisenberg, Macungie, Alburtis, Lower Macungie and Topton firefighters were called for a second alarm to assist Upper Macungie firefighters at a garage fire at a home at 9359 Trexler Road, Breinigsville.

Volunteer firefighters from Good Will Fire Company No. 1 Trexlertown, Fogelsville and Upper Macungie Station 56, along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel, were dispatched just before 3 p.m. on June 3 for a working fire in the attached garage.

Good Will Fire Company has 61st awards banquet

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, and the Ladies Auxiliary, recently celebrated their 61st annual awards banquet.

The event took place at the Copeechan Fish and Game Club, Schnecksville, in order to give members a break from doing the work at their own station.

Following dinner, awards were given to members of both organizations whose commitment to the mission of the fire department were exemplary.

Michelle Conley-Ellerman received the Ladies Auxiliary Member of the Year Award from Auxiliary President Linda Gorr.

New Hampshire firefighter pedals for Project Hero

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Cetronia Fire Department was the overnight host ON May 9 for a volunteer firefighter from Sandown, N.H.

However, unlike most visiting firefighters, Jerry Lachance didn’t arrive by car, fire truck or any motorized apparatus.

He instead arrived on his bicycle in the midst of a 2,800 mile ride from Miami, Fla., to Canada.

Lachance, a Vietnam veteran, is raising funds for Project Hero, a California-based nonprofit dedicated to raising money to support veterans and first responders who suffer from PTSD.

Firefighters train on RIT

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Cetronia and Greenawalds firefighters trained on Rapid Intervention Team drills April 30 at the Troxell Building, South Whitehall.

The goal of the exercise was to bring Cetronia firefighters up to speed on techniques to rescue fellow firefighters in the event of a structural collapse, flash over or any unexpected occurrence at an active fire scene.

Greenawalds firefighters have been dispatched as RIT responders throughout Lehigh County.

Kuhnsville Lions Club chicken barbecue benefits local programs

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Kuhnsville Lions Club held a chicken barbecue fundraiser on April 28 in the grove at Jordan UCC, South Whitehall Township.

Kuhnsville Lions Club is affiliated with the Lions Clubs International, based in Oakbrook Ill., which has more than 1.4 million members worldwide serving in 46,000 local clubs such as Kuhnsville.

The mission of the Kuhnsville Lions Club is to help fund programs that benefit those with vision and hearing loss in the Lehigh Valley.

Helping Hands of the Lehigh Valley is also a recipient of the Lions’ generosity.

Social is a hit with basket bidders in Fogelsville

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society had its 14th annual basket social on April 23 at Zettlemoyer Auction Company, Fogelsville.

With 288 donors contributing to the auction and a sellout crowd of 300, it was an excellent evening for all involved.

The society expects to earn close to, if not more than $10,000 from the basket social.

PennDOT highlights work zone safety

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

In an ongoing program to increase public awareness of work zones, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation had a Work Zone Awareness media event April 10 along I-78 near the Summit Lawn Exit 59, Salisbury Township.

The event marked the upcoming National Work Zone Awareness Week April 9-13.

The program is designed to increase workplace safety for both PennDOT employees as well as the traveling public.

Statistics provided by District 5 Spokesman Sean Brown revealed there were 19 deaths in work zone crashes in 2017 in Pennsylvania.

Lehigh Valley honors fallen York City firefighters

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Firefighters from Cetronia, Allentown, Emmaus, Western Salisbury and Lehigh County Special Operations Team recently paid their respects to members of the York City Fire Department who lost two members in a structure fire on March 22.

York City Fire Capt. Ivan Flanscha and Firefighter Zachary Anthony died as a result of a wall collapse in York as they were pursuing flare ups and hot spots.

A wall at Weaver Organ and Piano building collapsed trapping Flanscha and Anthony and others battling the blaze.

Upper Lehigh Lions cook up spaghetti dinner fundraiser

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Upper Lehigh Lions Club recently cooked up a spaghetti dinner fundraiser in the pavilion of the Schnecksville fire company.

Several hundred hungry neighbors and friends enjoyed good food and friendship.

With help from Boy Scout Troop 57, Neffs, and Parkland High LEO Club members, efficiency was on the menu, as well as the good food.