Luther Crest retirement community staff and residents recently had their first butterfly release ceremony July 9 in memory of residents, friends and loved ones who recently died.
Jen Laury, community life director of Luther Crest, said they purchased 50 butterflies from Folk’s Butterfly Farm, Nescopeck, Luzerne County, for the ceremony.
“We do fundraising for our benevolent care endowment fund and I was looking for something a little different and thought this would be kind of cool,” Laury said.
Animal advocate Liz Jones and the volunteers with The Sanctuary at Haafsville are realizing their dream of building a safe haven for lost, abused and homeless dogs.
The Sanctuary at Haafsville, 901 Nestle Way, Breinigsville, recently had a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Mutt Hut, which will provide quality housing for dogs.
“Katie Terach and her family have made this possible,” Jones said. “They donated the land to build on.”
A 57-year-old Newark, N.J., man had to be extricated from his 2016 Volvo VNL tractor after it jackknifed 2:20 a.m. July 7 on I-78, Greenwich Township, Berks County.
State Police Troop L Hamburg say Byung D. An’s tractor trailer traveled off the roadway before striking the guard rail along the right side.
According to police, weather conditions were poor due to rain, and the road surface was wet.
Following the initial impact, the tractor struck a tree on the right side of the road, causing it to jackknife.
Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, will be celebrating Dino Day July 9.
There will be hands-on interactive experiences and dinosaur themed activities, daily keeper talks and up close encounters with animals during the Wonders of Wildlife encounters featuring some prehistoric characters.
Farm Fest at the zoo will be July 15 and 16.
There will be hands-on interactive experiences and farm themed activities, keeper talks and up close encounters and an interactive barnyard exhibit.
The roof covering the main social hall of the Schnecksville Fire Company collapsed 2:05 p.m. July 2.
Schnecksville Fire Chief Ron Stahley, who spoke with The Press July 3, said the building was constructed in 1987.
“It would be premature at this point to speculate on the cause,” Stahley said. “We will bring in whatever professionals we have to.”
Stahley said there were a couple of volunteers in the kitchen but they were not affected and were able to leave the building safely.
A 21-year-old Allentown man was found unresponsive 9:34 p.m. on June 24 in his cell at Lehigh County Jail, 38th N. 4th St., Allentown.
According to a Lehigh County Office of Public Information release, Trevor Vaden, 1650 W. Turner St., who did not have a cell mate and was not under any special monitoring precautions, was discovered by a Lehigh County corrections officer performing routine rounds.
The officer declared a medical emergency and began administering CPR.
Christine Herb White, a 1991 Parkland High School graduate, and her husband, Shawn, of Winter Park, Fla., have combined their passion for car racing and for the Shriners organization to help make the lives of kids receiving care at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa, Fla., a little brighter.
Shawn, who was raised in Orlando and Mexico, was a patient in a Shriners Hospital as a child.
The couple soon became involved in doing charity work for the Shriners Hospital and they formed their Bahia Shriners Crash Team by fate.
Morgenland Church, 3120 Weidasville Road, Orefield, is having a summer picnic 4-9 p.m. June 24 in the church grove, Leather Corner Post, Orefield. Rain date is 1-6 p.m. June 25.
Music will be performed by The Main Street Cruisers. There will be cakewalks, raffles and children activities.
There will also be hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue red beet eggs, french fries, soft drinks, ice cream and penny candy for sale.
For information, call the church at 610-395-6885.
Do angels walk among us on earth? If you ask Bill Dietrich, he will tell you his wife, Imogene, was truly an angel.
Dietrich and their daughter, Stacey Scanlon of New Tripoli recently spoke with The Press about Imogene, who passed away unexpectedly on March 16.
“She had one of the largest showings at her viewing and funeral at Keller Funeral Home and so many people had their own stories of how much she touched their lives,” Scanlon said. “She was truly an angel.”
Imogene, a 1975 graduate from Northwestern Lehigh High School, married Dietrich in 1973.
Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will offer “Maker Fun Factory” for Vacation Bible School 6-8 p.m. June 25-30 for children ages 3 through fifth grade.
The evening begins with a free meal 5:45 p.m. for participants, their families and any interested adults.
While the children are attending their fun and learning sessions, adults are invited to a Bible study at the same time.
In order to have sufficient materials, preregister by June 19.
Call 610-767-6884 for more information.