President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Zoo Melissa Borland sounded excited and happy as she reported a series of good news milestones to Lehigh County commissioners at their June 26 meeting.
She reported revenue increased from $1 million in 2014 to $4.1 million in 2018.
Recertification by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is expected. This indicates the zoo would be rated among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country.
Plus, the zoo has begun a new initiative to reduce consumption of one-use plastics, and there were 230,000 visitors in 2018.
Father’s Day was celebrated at the Lehigh Valley Zoo with activities geared toward Dads and families.
“Avenger” Captain Marvel and Captain America were on hand to keep the families safe from unwanted aliens and to have their photos taken with the dads. Most of the day remained dry, and the zoo filled with families wanting to enjoy time with the residents of the zoo.
June 9 was a special day at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Breinigsville.
For the past five years, first responders have been honored on the second Sunday of June. Cheryl Summerfelt and Bob Walker, organize the day.
Summerfelt contacted 18 organizations and invited their members to visit the church that day.
On the table in front of the altar were statuettes of a policeman helping a child and a fireman.
Pastor Hal Hopkins welcomed everyone.
“We are so glad you are here,” Hopkins said to the first responders.
The Northwestern Lehigh School Board directors approved an agreement, during their June 19 meeting, with SSM Group to develop bid specifications and to provide oversight to the middle school gym and auxiliary gym floor.
Approval was given by the board to bid the project. Work was approved to replace flooring and associated equipment through the Keystone Purchasing Network and/or COSTARS, a state associated organization.
The total amount is estimated at $506,000.
Volunteer firefighters with Community Fire Company of New Tripoli welcomed members of the community to an open house June 23, so area residents could view the new building and marvel at the facility.
By all accounts, neighbors were duly impressed by the spacious new station that houses fire trucks, related vehicles and even a Cetronia ambulance.
“We had the rooms open and did tours of the building, and there were hot dogs and cake.” said Dana Christ, Fire Chief Peter Christ’s wife,
The facility now has larger office space, meeting rooms and a kitchen.
A New Tripoli resident is concerned after hearing a loud explosion near her home around 7:15 a.m. June 25.
Micki Tapper of Flint Hill Road spoke with The Press by telephone the next day about the explosion.
“My first thought was a tree fell on our house. We (Micki and husband Gene) live on five areas,” Tapper said. “I went outside and looked around, but didn’t see anything.”
She said the explosion shook her house and windows.
Tapper said there is nothing she knows of in the area that would have caused the explosion.
Musical entertainers Jack and Friends provided the opening for Lynda Randle’s recent concert at Heidelberg Church.
Jack’s group is local and well known for his story telling, as well as the music.
Randle is the best gospel singer there is, according to Jack, who arranged the double show. Her musicians were on a London tour but she carried the program alone and very well.
Jason Ruhe of Christ’s Church at Lowhill was the pianist for Jack and Friends.
Other members of the group are Rich Gressley, Tom Meyers, Victoria Rose Lear, Ed and Stan Hamm and Brian Peters.