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Monday, October 22, 2018

Trexlertown Grange celebrates 100th anniversary

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Members of the Trexlertown Grange No. 1755 celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Grange June 22.

Organized Feb. 14, 1918, and chartered on April 1, 1918, the Trexlertown Grange added its voice to that of many other granges throughout Pennsylvania and the nation.

The mission of the Grange is to promote community and family connections, though it was originally started at the end of the Civil War in order to help southern farmers improve their farming techniques.

FF&F adoption day is the cat’s meow for animal lovers

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Forgotten Felines and Fidos, a nonprofit rescue group at 6022 Mountain Road, Germansville, had a cat and kitten adoption day July 21.

The mission of the organization is to reduce the number of homeless and unwanted cats throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Forgotten Felines and Fidos, is an all-volunteer, no-kill organization.

Jordan Lutheran teaches children about faith, friendship

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Jordan Lutheran Church, Snowdrift Road, Orefield, helped Christian children learn more about their faith and the role of friendship in their lives.

More than 30 children attended this year’s Vacation Bible School from July 9-13 at the church.

Children from 3 years old to fifth grade were invited to attend and volunteers were encouraged to sign up as well.

The age minimum for a volunteer was they had to be in sixth grade and it ranged all the way up to 99 years old.

Red Hat awards presented at folk festival

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Kutztown Folk Festival was the stage for Queen Sharon Billger and her chapter, The Pretty Purple Posies of the Red Hat Society, for Best Red Hat contest.

Using the main stage as their venue, four beautiful ladies, two from as far away as North Carolina, competed for first and second prizes.

Queen Billger of Mertztown, organizer of the event, presented each contestant and asked for an audience response to her Red Hat.

Gauging audience response, Queen Bea Kathleen “Katarina the Red Grape” Trickle of Mars Hill, N.C., was the first-place winner.

Calvary Moravian Church now has ‘Mini-Me’ library

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The members of Calvary Moravian Church, Allentown, had a summer festival July 14 on church grounds.

The goal of the festival was to reach out to the neighborhood as well as entertain members of the church.

A new addition to the church property is a “Little Library,” built by David Teel, a longtime parishioner of Calvary.

The “Little Library” resembles the shape and bell tower of Calvary Moravian.

Live music, games and treats were offered to fest-goers.

Highway dedicated to memory of the late Capt. Mark T. Resh

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

A section of Route 100 near Fogelsville was dedicated July 14 in memory of U.S. Army Capt. Mark T. Resh, who served as an Apache Attack Helicopter pilot in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The section of highway stretches from the intersection of Main and Tilghman streets, Upper Macungie Township, to the intersection of Kernsville and Claussville Roads, Lowhill Township.

The highway memorializes the sacrifice of Resh, who was assigned to the 4th Attack Recon Battalion 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Air Division.

Tara Thorson wins apple pie contest

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Eight local cooks brought their best efforts to the Schnecksville Community Fair’s apple pie baking contest sponsored by the New Tripoli Bank.

The judges, all employees of the New Tripoli Bank, had the envious task of taste testing each pie, making notes and comparing their impressions to choose the three top pies.

When it was all done and eaten, Tara Thorson of New Tripoli took first place with her “TNT’s Cinnamon Bun Apple Pie.”

Emmaus baker’s chocolate cake wins first place

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Seventeen chocolate cakes found their way to the Schnecksville Community Fair June 23, the last day of this year’s fair.

Doing their best to sort out the chocolate cakes were judges Carolee Smith of New Tripoli, and Mike Loder and Tiffany Williams, both from Schnecksville.

The race was close as the judges ate cake, drank water to refresh their pallets and keep their spirits up as they worked their way through all 17 cakes.

When the final fork dropped and decisions were made and agreed upon, Sara Kurtz of Emmaus took top honors with her “Mint Chocolate Chip Cake.”

Allentown celebrates Flag Day

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Allentown Flag Day Association held its annual Flag Day Ceremony June 14 in West Park, Allentown.

This is the oldest incorporated Flag Day Association in America, having been organized in 1907.

With the Allentown Band, under the direction of Ron Demke, the beautiful music was accompanied by beautiful weather.

Thomas Applebach, director with Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs was the keynote speaker.

Flag Day essay winners from Allentown middle schools recited their essays for the attendees.

Dianne Huber retires after 29 years with Eastern PA MedCom

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

On June 19, Dianne Huber retired as a dispatcher for Eastern PA MedCom, a communication agency that provides direct contact between emergency medical service personnel in the field with regional emergency rooms at hospitals.

Retiring exactly 29 years from her start date, Huber was an integral part of the system as it grew in importance to emergency medical service providers in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties.