For the 19th consecutive year, Lehigh Valley Health Network hosted the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force annual spirit-free mix-off Dec. 19, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Supported by business and community leaders, the event promotes a critical message of not mixing the consumption of alcoholic beverages and driving during the holiday season.
Guest servers representing local media outlets offered tastes of nonalcoholic drinks and encouraged tasters to judge the ones they enjoyed the best.
At a morning news conference in city council chambers Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell and Police Chief Glenn Granitz Jr. announced new additions to the city police department’s K-9 corps courtesy of donations from three organizations.
Stan and Tina Kanterman of Somerset, N.J., founders of the nonprofit organization, “Remembering Brian Kanterman Inc.,” announced a $13,500 donation for a patrol/narcotics dog and training, as well as seven weeks of room and board for the handler.
A ballistic vest for the dog was also purchased.
After completing a 13-week course on the Pennsylvania Deutsch dialect, 46 students received their Frakturstyle diplomas from class instructors Dave and Jean Adam.
The Christmas-themed graduation ceremony took place Dec. 5, 2019, in the social room of Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield.
Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel were visited Dec. 16, 2019, by a group of happy dogs from the Lehigh Valley Therapy Dog group.
Knowing the stress that first responders are subject to, Kim Blichar, director of marketing and public relations with Cetronia Ambulance Corps, invited the group to bring their dogs to the Operations Center on Broadway, South Whitehall Township.
The dogs visited with employees in the finance department, the dispatch center and the crew room where paramedics, emergency medical technicians and paratransit drivers await assignments.
Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 16th and Chew Sts., Allentown, will be having a pork and sauerkraut dinner 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 1.
The cost of the dinner includes pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, dessert and beverage.
For more information, call Jennifer in the church office at 610-437-2531 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.