In recognition of the service and sacrifice of volunteer firefighters throughout Pennsylvania, the Wolf Administration announced $646,891 in new funding to help rural communities guard against the threat of wildfires in the state’s forests and other undeveloped areas.
Recently approved grants include: Community Fire Company No. 1 of North Whitehall Township, Schnecksville, $5,274.
Edward J. Stachowski, 87, of Orefield, died Jan. 9, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He was the husband of the late Dorothy L. (Perley) Stachowski.
Born Jan. 21, 1931, in South Bend, Ind., he was the son of the late John and Stella Stachowski.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War era.
A production supervisor at Pepperidge Farm, Downingtown, for many years, he retired in 1988.
He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield.
Betty J. Kunkle, 77, of Spring City, Chester County, formerly of Krumsville, Berks County, died Jan. 5, 2019, in her home.
She was the wife of the late Donald R. Kunkle, who died in 2013.
Born March 24, 1941, in Cumru Township, she was a daughter of the late Sylvester W. and Kathryn F. Burkhart.
The former co-owner of Kunkle’s Farm Stand in the Allentown Farmer’s Market, her true passion was to be at home raising her family.
Frank Alotta, 87, of Allentown, died Jan. 5, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He was the husband of the late Loretta (Rota) Alotta.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Frank and Josephine (Lena) Alotta.
He was a member of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Allentown.
Before retiring, he worked for Western Electric, owned Frankie Alotta’s Café and lastly for Mack Trucks as an expeditor.
He served in the Navy Reserves.
Elmer E. Daneker, 86, died peacefully Dec. 24, 2018.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Elmer and Ruth (Thomas) Daneker.
He was the loving husband of the late Patricia A. (Arndt) for more than 50 years.
After graduating from Palmerton High School, he proudly joined the Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict and earned the rank of staff sergeant.
He was honored to be included as part of the Palmerton Area Veterans Memorial.
Tom Capehart, a partner in an Allentown law firm, has announced his candidacy for judge on the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.
An attorney who has practiced law for almost 30 years, Capehart says he would bring to the bench extensive experience and a broad breadth of legal knowledge to serve Lehigh County.
Capehart, a registered Republican, says he is running as a further extension of his longtime commitment to community service.
Recording Fusion: The Fusion Jazz Trio returns for “Jazz Upstairs,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall. Bring your applause. The Fusion Jazz Trio will record the concert for a new CD, “Out of the Shadows.” The Fusion Jazz Trio, Vernon Mobley, drums; Brian Bortz, bass, and George Grund, keyboards, will be joined by Joe Mixon, guitar, and Chet Brown, vocals. The Fusion Jazz Trio, formed in 2002, blends bold percussion, funky and innovative bass lines and electrifying keyboard refrains. Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N.