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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.

Police learn how to improve truck safety on highways

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Police officers throughout Lehigh County recently attended a two-week course on how to improve highway safety in the trucking industry.

According to Chris Lengle, traffic safety coordinator with North Central Highway Safety Network, one of the goals of the program is to create a countywide safety task force.

“Coordinating Resources to Advance Safer Highways pilot is a project which is focused on reducing crashes involving commercial motor vehicles,” he said.

L.V. Chamber donates to local volunteer, nonprofit groups

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce recently donated funds to various regional volunteer and nonprofit organizations to help further their missions and mandates.

Among the recipients were the Upper Macungie Fire Department, Station 56, Cetronia Ambulance Corps, and Meals on Wheels of the Lehigh Valley.

Each organization received a $1,000 donation from the Chamber with each having a specific purpose for the funds.

Upper Macungie Station 56 will purchase two ammonia detectors to help detect toxic levels of ammonia in the cold storage industry.

Girl Scouts learn about important women in history

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in School

The Girl Scouts of America, Eastern Pennsylvania, held a World Thinking Day Feb. 24 at First Presbyterian Church, Allentown.

Daisy Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts enjoyed a day of learning about women who have made significant contributions to both recent, as well as past history in world events.

Some of those women included: JK Rowling, Mia Hamm, Coco Chanel and Helen Keller.

Tooth fairy, Dr. Frey visit St. Joseph the Worker School

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Kindergarten and first grade students were treated to a visit Feb. 26 by the tooth fairy at St. Joseph the Worker School, Orefield.

Arriving with Dr. Gregg Frey from FreySmiles, the tooth fairy helped students understand the importance of brushing and flossing their teeth.

Once the formal presentation ended and it was time for questions from the students, the most asked questions were about the tooth fairy.

Students wondered how she got so small to enter their homes, and what her magic dust does.

Grundsau Lodge celebrates the groundhog

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Grundsau (Groundhog) No. 16 held its annual versammling, dinner and meeting, March 2 at Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield.

As the weather had not been cooperating in early March, the turnout was somewhat lower than planned, but still robust enough to fill the meeting space with singing and conversation in Pennsylvania Dutch or more correctly, Deutsch (German).

Starting with an appearance by Yahdee the Groundhog and ending with a Christmas skit written by Bob Schantz, Unner Haaptmann (vice president.)

Yahdee says ...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Five more weeks of winter

Continuing the long Pennsylvania German tradition of predicting the end of winter, Grundsau (Groundhog) Lodge No.16, took mascot Yahdee and his “grandson” Lee to the banks of Jordan Creek, South Whitehall Township.

If, as legend has it, Yahdee would see his shadow, there would be six more weeks of winter. If no shadow appears, we would be in for an early spring.

As the temperature were in the low 20s on Groundhog Day, most on hand at the early hour of 7 a.m. were hoping for a shadow-less day.

Celebrating the Groundhog

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Grundsau Lodsch Nummer Ains gathers for Versammling

Members of the Lehigh Valley’s oldest groundhog lodge, Grundsau Lodsch Nummer Ains (Groundhog Lodge Number 1), had their annual Versammling (meeting) at the Kutztown Grange Hall on Groundhog Day.

The Lodsch, 82 years old, ais the first of the 18 lodges to be formed in the region.

Once the evening Versammling begins, only Pennsylvania Dutch is spoken, leaving English only speakers at a loss.

When one looks around the hall at those who are conversing in Pennsylvania Dutch, the hope is evident for future generations to carry on the tradition.