Western Lehigh and East Penn Chambers of Commerce had a luncheon meeting Oct. 18 at the Cetronia Ambulance Corps, 4300 Broadway, South Whitehall Township.
The meeting was to introduce the business community to the role of business and community volunteers in public safety.
Presenters included Stephen Michelone Jr., volunteer agency liaison with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Aaron Rhone, program manager with the Bureau of Emergency Services for Pennsylvania.
Ambulance 255, a reconstructed 1916 Ford Model TT ambulance used during World War I made a stop at the Allentown Fair to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the opening of Camp Crane.
The fairground fields and facilities were used by the U.S. Army during WWI to train ambulance drivers for duty in France during the war.
The camp derived its name from Brigadier Gen. Charles Henry Crane, surgeon general of the Army from 1882-83.
The trainees used ambulances identical to Ambulance 255 both in training and in the field.
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, recently held its 14th annual Blues Nite Out in the church grove.
A large crowd was on hand to hear the Sarah Ayers band under beautiful skies.
A somewhat bittersweet note is this was the last event where the old food stand would be used as it being replaced due to being close to 50 years of age.
State Reps. Gary Day, R-187th, and Zachary Mako, R-183rd, sponsored a “Live Wires” training Sept. 7 at the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company.
Special trainers from PPL Electric Utilities brought mock-ups of poles, transformers, fuse boxes and miscellaneous materials in order to introduce firefighters to the dangers of working around electrical emergencies.
Before the end of the last school year, Skills- USA held its eighth annual culinary challenge at the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Schnecksville.
Teams from LCTI, Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School, Career Institute of Technology, Monroe Career and Technical Institute, and Upper Bucks County Technical School competed for the People’s Choice Award.
Judges included Laurie Hackett, Air Products; Kristen Rinaldi, Lehigh Valley Style; Chris Porreca, Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Bobby Gunther Walsh, radio station WAEB 790 AM.
Several members of the first Parkland High School senior class met May 10 at the Hops at the Paddock, South Whitehall, for their 67th reunion.
This was the first class to graduate from the recently renamed South Whitehall High School as students from North Whitehall wanted a more neutral name.
A contest was held and the winning name, Parkland, was submitted by Mary Lou Urffer.
The high school in 1950 was at what is now the Troxell building, North Cedar Crest Boulevard, South Whitehall.
Boy Scout Troop 57, Schnecksville, had a flag retirement ceremony May 6 at Community Fire Company No. 1., Schnecksville.
Retired Lehigh County Community College President Don Snyder shared his thoughts on patriotism and the meaning of the flag as it relates to veterans.
A number of veterans attended the ceremony.
Additional photos appear on page A6.
Cetronia Ambulance Corps sponsored its annual 5K Run and Walk on May 20 at Cedar Creek Parkway West, 4200 Broadway, South Whitehall Township.
More than 90 entrants enjoyed a rainy start with help from the IronPigs “Pork Racers.”
South Whitehall Township Police Department’s explosive detection K-9 Kimber with Officer Colin Beaumont and Allentown Fire Department’s arson dog Judge with Allentown Fire Chief Lee T. Laubach Jr., were on hand to demonstrate their skills.
Additional photos on page A5.
Upper Macungie Township police and firefighters along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel responded May 2 to a report of a car into a trailer near the former Terry Hill Water Park, Upper Macungie Township.
A 1979 Jeep CJ-7 had rolled down a hill in the Terry Hill Mobile Home Park and hit the rear of a home, causing damage to the master bedroom area of the home.
The owner was not home at the time of the crash.
Earlier in the morning, the Jeep’s owner had attempted to start it, but was not successful.
Two cars of a southbound Norfolk Southern train derailed near the intersection of Cetronia and Trexlertown roads March 6.
The involved boxcars were empty at the time of the derailment.
A crane was being dispatched to help return the cars to the track. No other information was available.