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.
Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 (Groundhog Lodge 16) members met at Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield, March 6 to celebrate the coming of spring.
This organization, initially started by Pennsylvania German men has been a tradition since the 1930s.
Started in Selinsgrove, grundsau lodges spread throughout Pa. Dutch communities including Lehigh County.
Area ambulance services were recently recognized by the American Heart Association for their proactive use of advanced EKG monitoring of patients suffering potential myocardial infarctions.
The ceremony took place in the Banko Center of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg campus.
Dr. Bruce Feldman, Lehigh Valley Health Network cardiologist, gave a presentation to both emergency medical service providers and LVHN cardiology personnel regarding the positive outcome of using a 12-lead EKG prior to arriving at the hospital.
Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown and its Woman's Auxiliary, make between 3,000 and 3,200 fastnachts every year as a fundraising project for the fire department.
According to Auxiliary President Linda Gorr, the volunteers began working 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 and continud non-stop well into Sunday afternoon, Feb. 15.
Fortunately, there were enough volunteers and auxiliary members to allow for an overnight shift.
The Kuhnsville Lions Club had its annual Christmas party for local sight and hearing impaired residents Dec. 13 at St. John's United Church of Christ, Fogelsville.
This year, 14 hearing- and eight vision-impaired guests were treated to a meal and visit by Santa, as well as entertainment by members of the Lions Club.
The Cetronia Ambulance Corps recently had a community open house at its new headquarters, 4300 Broadway, South Whitehall.
Included in the tour was an introduction to the new Lehigh County Coroner's facility, a state-of-the-art morgue designed to be the most efficient and thorough available.
Also on display were apparatus and equipment used by the Lehigh County HazMat team as well as the Emergency Management Agency and the county specialty rescue teams.
Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, recently helped deliver meals to homebound residents of Lehigh County.
Dent volunteers his help to Wheels on Meals of Lehigh County whenever Congress is not in session.
According to Michele Grasso, development director for Meals on Wheels, there is an ongoing need for volunteers to deliver meals to those who cannot prepare meals for themselves.
There are now 420 recipients being served, up from 370 a year ago.