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Sixth generation of Bergers operate family farm

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by The Press in Local News

In the 1950s, Kutztown farmer Norman Berger raised a variety of fresh produce, his hens provided eggs, and his cows and cattle provided milk and meat.

Folks in urban areas had limited access to goods, so farmers such as Berger conducted what is now called “direct to consumer” marketing.

Several times a week, Norman and his wife, Goldie, packed up their locally grown goods onto his 1950s International pickup and drove to the city of Reading.

Residents of Reading and the greater Berks County area depended on these weekly fresh deliveries.

Zoo’s FUNDday show raises funds for pediatric cancer

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

In front of the penguin pond on a recent chilly morning, representatives of the Lehigh Valley Zoo and Christmas Décor holiday decorations company attended a check presentation to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley.

The money was raised on “Monday FUNDday,” a special opening of the zoo’s Winter Lights Spectacular Christmas show Dec. 23, 2019.

For every ticket sold at the entrance that night, the Zoo and Christmas Décor donated $2 to PCFLV, and additional donations were also collected at donation boxes throughout the zoo.

Stagemakers to present ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.’

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Stagemakers at the J will present the musical, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.” at the Jewish Community Center, Allentown, on March 12 and 15.

The play tells the story offbeat inventor Caractacus Potts who is convinced by his children, Jeremy and Jemima, to restore an old race car that has some unusual capabilities.

But to their dismay, they cannot afford to buy it. To prevent the car from ending up in the wrong hands, the family, along with the wealthy Truly Scrumptious and Grandpa Potts, experience some highflying and hair-raising adventures.

Household hazardous waste collection set for March 28

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County is sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection event on March 28.

The event will be for county residents looking to dispose of hazardous materials that normally cannot be thrown out or recycled.

To avoid any illegal dumping, the location of the event will be given once a resident preregisters on the Lehigh County website.

The registration link can be found right on the county’s main homepage.

Once there, one can find out what items will be accepted and which waste materials are not permitted.

Fire companies provide updates

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Lynnport Fire Company representative Tim VanBlargen reported to Lynn Township supervisors several of its members attending firefighting classes. He also noted at the board’s Feb. 13 meeting that firefighters responded to 69 calls in 2019 and six so far this year.

In June, remodeling of the bathrooms will begin and work will commence on the roof at the fire station.

The 2000 Club is underway with the final night on March 29.

New Tripoli firefighters responded to 174 calls in 2019 and six so far in 2020. Several members also took various firefighting courses.

Browne secures funding for NOVA, Lynnport Fire Co.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Northern Valley Emergency Medical Services Inc., Ormrod, which covers Heidelberg Township, and Lynnport Community Fire Company No. 1, Lynn Township, will each receive a $95,000 grant from the state of Pennsylvania, according to Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne, R-16th.

NOVA and Lynnport have experienced similar challenges as many fire and ambulance companies have including shrinking budgets and reduced volunteerism.

These impediments have put a strain on their already limited resources, with many companies putting off capital improvements to facilities and vehicles.

Former Secret Service agent for Reagan, Joseph Petro, tells of witnessing history

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Joseph Petro, speaking to the Allentown Rotary Club Feb. 21 at Bell Hall restaurant, Allentown, took his audience back to the mid-1980s, when he was head of President Ronald Reagan’s Secret Service protective detail.

Petro sat in on a private meeting between Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva, Switzerland.

The cordial relationship struck up between Reagan and Gorbachev in that meeting, Petro asserted, had a tremendous influence on the trajectory of world relations.

Petro was a special agent and senior executive in the Secret Service from 1971-93.

Northwestern Elementary hosts B-I-N-G-O night for families

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in Local News

Principal Maria Pulli, third-grade teacher Jodie Chandler and second-grade teacher Marisa Bartholomew served as helpers and bingo callers.

Girl Scout leaders volunteered at the concession stands and parents signed up guests and sold bingo sheets, dabbers and raffle tickets. PIE Secretary of Records Marybeth Long originally suggested the family bingo night.