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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.

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.

Gary Day has open house at temporary headquarters

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

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, had an open house June 21 at his temporary office at the Good Will Trexlertown Fire Company building, Trexlertown.

Day moved his office following a fire in the New Tripoli mall where his office had been located.

Staff members Kailee Fisher, constituent outreach specialist, and Kathy McQuilken, district office manager, were on hand to help residents of the district with issues ranging from acquiring original birth certificates to permits for land use.

Weisenberg Fire Co. responds to Upper Macungie garage fire

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

According to an email from Trexlertown Fire Chief Stephen Oplinger, Weisenberg, Macungie, Alburtis, Lower Macungie and Topton firefighters were called for a second alarm to assist Upper Macungie firefighters at a garage fire at a home at 9359 Trexler Road, Breinigsville.

Volunteer firefighters from Good Will Fire Company No. 1 Trexlertown, Fogelsville and Upper Macungie Station 56, along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel, were dispatched just before 3 p.m. on June 3 for a working fire in the attached garage.