Kevin Esterly of Lowhill Township has been sentenced to serve 2-1/2 to 5 years in prison for fleeing to Mexico with Allentown teen Amy Yu, 16.
Esterly, 45, who pleaded guilty Nov. 11 to one count of corruption of a minor, was given the maximum sentence allowed by Judge Maria Dantos on Dec. 10.
Esterly said he went to Mexico with Yu because she was unhappy at home and he wanted to protect her.
Both have denied any intimate relationship.
Yu; her mother, Mui T. Luu; and Esterly’s wife, Stacey; testified at Monday’s sentencing hearing.
Morgenland Church, 3120 Weidasville Road, Orefield, is hosting a pancake and sausage Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus 8-11 a.m. Dec. 15.
There is a small fee to attend.
For more information, call the church office at 610-395-6885.
The National Wreaths Across American Remembrance ceremony is scheduled for noon on Dec. 15 at the Morgenland Union Cemetery, 3120 Weidasville Road, Orefield.
For information, contact Debbie Arner at 610-844-4433 or Barry Werley at 610-395-6738.
Young Scouts with Girl Scout Daisy Troop 650 completed their first Take Action project in November for the Forgotten Felines and Fidos animal shelter in Germansville.
The troop includes 15 girls in kindergarten through first grade from the Northwestern Lehigh School District.
Girls in the troop include Kaylynn, Clara, Kara, Addilyn, Raelynn, Emily, Cameron, Brynn, Ella. Elle, Isa, Audrey, Riley, Micayla and Eva.
They created donation posters to help collect more than 130 pounds of Cat Chow, 165 cans of soft cat food, and over 80 other items.
Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, will present “Oliver Twist” Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at Living Hope Presbyterian Church, Lower Macungie Township.
The play, based on Charles Dickens’ novel, was adapted by Joellen Bland.
Oliver Twist, born in a parish workhouse, spends the first nine years of his life in the care of Mrs. Mann before Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle, puts him to work picking and weaving oakum.
Morgenland Church, 3120 Weidasville Road, Orefield, is offering a pancakes and sausage Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus 8-11 a.m. Dec. 15.
There is a small fee for the breakfast.
For more information, call the church at 610-395-6885.
Monetary donations will be accepted until Nov. 25 for National Wreaths Across America.
Additional wreaths will be purchased with the money.
The National Wreaths Across American Remembrance ceremony is scheduled for noon on Dec. 15 at the Morgenland Union Cemetery.
The Busy Bees of St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1027 Church St., Fogelsville, is having a plain and fancy sticky bun sale.
Orders are due Dec. 2. Pickup is Dec. 6.
For more information or to order, call Marilyn Roth at 610-395-3083.
Upper Macungie Township will host a Jingle Bells holiday show at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Independent Park Community Center, 150 Independent Road, Breinigsville.
Pictures will be taken with Santa Claus for a small fee. Space is limited.
To register or for more information, go to uppermac.org/holidayshow.
Two residents from the area of Pierce and Van Buren drives, South Whitehall Township, sustained non-life-threatening injuries when they were assaulted by two individuals with knives 8:47 a.m. Nov. 19.
According to South Whitehall Township police, the residents were entering their vehicle when an altercation ensued between them and the individuals carrying the knives.
The residents fled in their vehicle. The suspects, who took an undetermined amount of cash, were last seen fleeing on foot, police say.
One of the residents is being treated at a local hospital.
The plaque presented to Lehigh County in 1962 was rededicated Oct. 19 at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Lehigh County Plaza, Seventh and Hamilton streets, Allentown.
The plaque originally placed on the Allentown National Bank building, was thought lost in 2012 due to the construction of Two City Center.
After it was located in Allentown City Hall basement, it was reinstalled at the county Government Center.
Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, and Christmas Décor will be kicking off its fifth season of the Winter Light Spectacular 5:30-10 p.m. Nov. 9.
This season will feature 37 scheduled events Wednesday through Sunday nights Nov. 9 through Dec. 30.
There will be no showings on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.
For more information about these events, call the zoo at 610-799-4171.
Morgenland Church, 3120 Weidasville Road, Orefield, is accepting orders until Nov. 11 for its candy sale.
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1028 Church St., Fogelsville, will be having a Christmas craft night at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 in fellowship hall.
All ages are welcome to participate. Bring favorite snacks. Beverages will be provided.
For more information, call the church office at 610-395-5535.
St. John’s Lutheran and St. John’s United Church of Christ will have a combined Thanksgiving Eve service 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at St. John’s Lutheran.
The Busy Bees of St. John’s UCC are having a candy sale.
Choose from milk or dark chocolate.