Lynn Township resident Juliet Long, 19, has been chosen to reign as the Allentown Fair Queen for 2016.
She succeeds 2015 Queen Aliza Nyce, of Germansville.
The daughter of Perry and Elisabeth Long, the new queen graduated from Northwestern Lehigh High School in 2015.
An honor student, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Drama Club, Cross Country and Track and Field.
A dean’s list student Long, a sophomore, attends Grove City College, Mercer County, where she majors in communications with an international studies and Spanish minor.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team took on the “NFL Alumni” comprised of mostly Allentown police officers at PPL Arena following an Arena Football League game between the Philadelphia Soul and Cleveland Gladiators.
WWAFT was founded to raise awareness of Wounded Warriors and their families.
The team is also a testimony to the perseverance of this group of veterans to excel in spite of their physical challenges.
And, they have a 15-0 record on the field.
Joining the WWAFT for this game was Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th.
During the pre-fireworks festivities July 2 at the Schmoyer family fireworks in Breinigsville, Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, presented World War II medals to the family of the late Tom Meder.
Meder, who had resided in Bethlehem, was a veteran who never received his Army Occupation Medal and Honorable Service medal he earned during his military service.
Boy Scout Troop 57, Neffs, recently sponsored a flag retirement ceremony.
The ceremony, conducted in two stages, first took place at the Schnecksville Fire Company pavilion.
On hand were WWII veterans Joe Zeller, who rose to the rank of senior chief (E8) in the Navy and retired Maj. Nate Kline, a bombardier who flew 56 missions over Europe.
Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge Doug Reichley was speaker for the program.
Parkland High School’s Leo Club recently had its annual duck race in the Jordan Creek.
Though it was a cloudy and blustery day and the race was preceded by a short but heavy rain, Leo Club members were not deterred from getting into the cold Jordan.
This year’s race benefited two Parkland students, Brody Boyer, a 10th grader and Mary Dalton, a ninth grader, who are battling Ewing’s sarcoma.
Ewing’s sarcoma typically starts in the bones but can also start in other tissues and muscles.
Good Will Fire Co. No. 1, Trexlertown, recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with a banquet and awards banquet at the Northampton Community Center.
The celebration was attended by volunteer firefighters, women’s auxiliary members, their families and Upper Macungie Township officials.
Keynote speaker for the evening was retired Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann.
Lehigh Valley Federal Credit Union, Walbert Avenue, South Whitehall, recently invited the public to a shredding event in the credit union's parking lot.
According to Manager/CEO Alan Billiard, the credit union contracts with a shredding company yearly to purge its files of old records in a secure manner.
This year, the decision was made to include the general public.
As the shredding company was already on site, the credit union's board of directors opened the service to anyone interested in destroying old but sensitive documents.
Recently, some 30 volunteer firefighters from Kempton, Lynnport, New Tripoli, Weisenberg, Kutztown, Virginville and Centerport fire companies, along with 10 members of Lehigh County Special Operations, practiced their skills at grain bin rescues.
A grain bin rescue tube is forced down around an entrapped person inside a silo and then the grain is removed using an auger inside the tube, Director of Penn State's Managing Agricultural Emergencies program Dave Hill explained during the April practice session.
The Upper Lehigh Lions and the Parkland High School Leo clubs sponsored a charity duck race in Jordan Creek at Wehr Mill Park, South Whitehall May 17 to benefit Csala and Dan Beers of North Whitehall, who were each paralyzed in separate car accidents.
Lions and Leo club members sold rubber duckies at the Parkland High School Arts Festival to help the Beers renovate their home to be more handicapped accessible.
Supporters and staff at the Lehigh Valley Zoo recently welcomed visitors to the new Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Center.
The new facility houses some 50 amphibians and reptiles in environments appropriate to their natural habitat, whether it be a dry desert or lush wetlands.
The RAD Center will exhibit a collection of snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodilians, frogs and salamanders.