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Saturday, November 17, 2018

JCC celebrates 100 years in the Lehigh Valley

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by The Press in Local News

A century ago, the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley was created to serve the needs of a growing Jewish community.

The JCC has evolved to become a driving force in the social, cultural and educational life throughout the Lehigh Valley.

A century of service celebration during the weekend of Oct. 5-7 included a Friday Shabbat service, a Saturday birthday bash, and a Sunday fall festival.

Pennsylvania Turnpike toll to increase on Jan. 6, 2019

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a 6 percent toll increase for 2019 both for E-ZPass and cash customers.

The increase is set to start 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6, 2019.

The toll increase will apply to all Pa. Turnpike sections and extensions, including the westbound Delaware River Bridge cashless tolling point in Bucks County, where tolls have not changed since January 2016.

The most-common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase from $1.30 to $1.38 for E-ZPass customers and from $2.10 to $2.25 for cash customers.

Allentown Halloween parade winners announced

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by The Press in Local News

An estimated crowd of 10,000 spectators enjoyed a mix of sun and clouds, floats, bands and marchers Oct. 14 at the Allentown Halloween Parade.

The parade, established in 1905 and believed to be one of the oldest in the nation, was full of childhood characters and whimsical costumes, adhering to this year’s theme, “Storybook Favorites.”

A panel of judges evaluated participants in two categories: floats and marchers.

Updates provided at NOVA luncheon

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by KRISTIE WILK in Local News

Northern Valley EMS Inc. welcomed its board of directors, administrators and auxiliary members, and local and state officials Oct. 4 to its headquarters in Ormrod for the annual roundtable luncheon.

Lunch was provided by the volunteers of the NOVA Auxiliary.

Invitees included local officials and administrators for which NOVA provides primary 911 coverage. This includes Heidelberg, Washington, and North Whitehall townships, Slatington and Walnutport boroughs and northern Lowhill Township.

Ziegels Union Church dates back to 1750

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Ziegels Union Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, could be considered something of an anomaly, according to the Rev. Jeffrey Kistler, of the United Church of Christ.

“This is what is called a vintage church in the literature,” Kistler said. “One of the things that has always been positive about a vintage church is the pastors are committed to doing pastoral care. If someone is sick, we go to the hospital.

“My perception is that is not always the case in nonvintage churches.”

Another anomaly is there are actually two Ziegels Union churches, well, sort of.

Church bells chime for new pastor at Friedens Lutheran

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The Rev. Mary Gade, associate of Bishop Samuel Zeiser of the Northeastern Synod, served as the installation official for the new pastor at Friedens Lutheran Church, Stony Run.

Pastor Althea Albright, a Berks County native, came to the church in February after looking into several different denominations. She decided Lutheran was more aligned to her beliefs.

Albright said she felt called to the ministry since she was in middle school. She attended Susquehanna University and the Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary.

Soldiers, sailors plaque is rededicated

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

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.