Harold Reitz has retired after 61 years of service to the Heintzelman Funeral Home.
During that time, he was involved in nearly every aspect of the business and was recognized by many as he stopped traffic in the middle of Route 309 for visitors to cross from the parking lot to the Schnecksville funeral home.
In addition to his career with Heintzelman’s, Reitz has participated in many public events as PITSTOP the clown and other costumed characters. He plans to continue that hobby.
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will stage its annual Country Sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 5.
Vendors will be set up inside the church and outside over to the grove.
Highlights include a book sale, Santa’s Attic and homemade baked goods.
Lunch will be available with items such as homemade soup, barbecues, sides, and burgers cooked outside by the Grill Guys.
It’s a great time for the community to come together for fun and food.
The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, is having a flea market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5, Food will be available.
The 10th annual Hunger Walk to benefit the Northern Lehigh Food Bank will take place May 6, along the Slatington Rails to Trails.
The walk begins at 2 p.m. but arrive by 1:45 p.m. to sign in.
Organizers are looking for participants to walk the two miles from the food bank in Emerald into Slatedale and back again and to obtain pledges for contributions.
Anyone who registers before April 25 and has at least $25 in donations may receive a free T-shirt.
The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, will host its annual bazaar with theme baskets 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14.
The event features lunch, baked goods, attic treasures and theme baskets.
Drawing for the baskets begins at 2 p.m.
To purchase tickets in advance, or for more information, call Marie at 610-799-3483.
The annual spring flea market will be at the Schnecksville Grange, Route 873, near True Value, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14.
Vendors will be set up with household items, toys, collectibles, and more.
The kitchen will be open.
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, notes Lent starts on Valentine’s Day this year and ends with the Easter celebration on April Fool’s Day, April 1.
Before that spiritual journey begins, Union UCC will have a pancake, sausage, applesauce and fastnacht supper 6 p.m. Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 13.
The mealis free but donations will be accepted.
On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, worship services will be in the sanctuary with a quiet time for prayer, communion and ashes, noon to 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Under the direction of Pastor Adam Kern, The Vine Church has been meeting at the Schnecksville Grange, 5322 Route 873, for more than a year.
Services take place at 6 p.m. every Sunday on the upper level.
On the first Sunday of each month, a free meal is offered at 5 p.m.
Kern explains the worship experience.
“We teach verse by verse through the Bible,” Kern said. “It is a contemporary worship with a more modern type of songs.
“Child care is provided up to third grade with snacks, play and a short Bible lesson.”
The Journeymen, the men’s ministry group at Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will host a chicken potpie dinner 4:30-7 p.m. Jan. 13. Snow date is Jan. 27.
The buffet-style meal will include biscuits with honey butter, pickled cabbage, macaroni and cheese, applesauce, assorted beverages and cake.
All proceeds will go toward The Journeymen’s charitable outreach ministry.
For more information, call 610-767-6884.
Union Lutheran offers midweek Holy Communion services noon every Wednesday in January.
South Whitehall Police Chief John Christman has retired from township employment to take the position director of security services for Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Christman commented during the Jan. 2 South Whitehall Township commissioners’ meeting on his new venture.
“It’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” Christman said. “It’s a big force with about 85 security officers. I have a lot to learn.”
Christman, who led the 39-member police department in South Whitehall, began as a patrol officer in the township 25 years ago.
A group of officers and board members of the Schnecksville Community Fair will travel to Hershey Lodge in January 2018, for the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs 106th annual convention.
They will attend various seminars to find ideas which can be brought back to Schnecksville.
One aspect of the convention is for showmen such as carnival acts, concessionaires and ride operators to publicize what they have to offer.
Performers such as jugglers and musicians will display their talents seeking to be booked by local fairs.
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, has selected Kayli Freeman of New Smithville as associate pastor.
She fills the position vacated by the Rev. Kris Snyder-Samuelson who advanced to senior pastor one year ago.
A 2006 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, Freeman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Shippensburg University in 2010.
She graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 2013.
Freeman’s ordination took place Dec. 10 at her home church, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Emmaus.