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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Civil Air Patrol national commander visits Hawk Mt. Ranger School

Thursday, July 26, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, Civil Air Patrol’s national commander, liked what he saw when he paid a visit July 11 to Hawk Mountain Ranger School, the only ranger school in the U.S. offered to both adults and cadets.

“I am very impressed with the staff at Hawk Mountain Ranger School and the training that is being conducted,” Smith said. “The school has a great staff, and I’ve enjoyed being able to visit the mountain.”

Hawk Mountain Ranger School has been conducting training for more...

NORTH WHITEHALL: U.L. Lions offer craft show, festival

Thursday, July 26, 2018 by The Press in Columns


Special to The Press

Upper Lehigh Lions Club will be staging its annual festival and craft show this weekend at the Union United Church of Christ grove in Neffs.

The event begins on July 27, with refreshment stands opening at 5 p.m. The Scott Marshall Band will perform from 7-10 p.m.

On July 28, breakfast will be available between 8-11 a.m.

The craft show with about 75 vendors will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Matt Miskie, a roving...

Red Hat awards presented at folk festival

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Kutztown Folk Festival was the stage for Queen Sharon Billger and her chapter, The Pretty Purple Posies of the Red Hat Society, for Best Red Hat contest.

Using the main stage as their venue, four beautiful ladies, two from as far away as North Carolina, competed for first and second prizes.

Queen Billger of Mertztown, organizer of the event, presented each contestant and asked for an audience response to her Red Hat.

Gauging audience response, Queen Bea Kathleen “...

Calvary Moravian Church now has ‘Mini-Me’ library

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The members of Calvary Moravian Church, Allentown, had a summer festival July 14 on church grounds.

The goal of the festival was to reach out to the neighborhood as well as entertain members of the church.

A new addition to the church property is a “Little Library,” built by David Teel, a longtime parishioner of Calvary.

The “Little Library” resembles the shape and bell tower of Calvary Moravian.

Live music, games and treats were offered to fest-goers.

Concerts planned for August

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs


The Allentown Band, under the direction of Conductor Ronald Demkee, will present concerts 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at Kutztown Park, 439 E. Main St., Kutztown, Berks County.

This concert will be the band’s 73rd performance at the park.

The band will also give a concert 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at West Park, 16th and Turner Sts., Allentown.

Fire Chief Laubach, K-9 Judge to retire in August

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Allentown Fire Chief Lee T. Laubach Jr. is retiring effective Aug. 17.

Laubach, a 25-year veteran of the department, has served as chief since February 2015.

“I believe during my time as chief we have reinforced and stabilized the foundation of the Allentown Fire Department,” Laubach wrote in his letter of retirement to Mayor Ray O’Connell.

“Local 302 and the fire administration have worked together to address operational shortfalls and improve safety for our members....

Reunion on Aug. 5

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs


The 99th Schneck Family Reunion will take place 1 p.m. on Aug. 5, rain or shine, at Union Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville.

Afternoon schedule will be meeting and social time with families; 4 p.m. evening meal; followed by bingo, children games, horseshoes and volleyball.

Bring a covered dish, lawn chairs, cakes for cake walk, and bingo prizes for all ages, including children.

Hot dogs and beverages will be provided.


Celebration set for Aug. 18

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs


Lehigh Gap Nature Center, 8844 Paint Mill Road, Slatington, will celebrate its 15th anniversary 1-4 p.m. Aug. 18.

Activities include debut of a Lehigh Gap Nature Center mini documentary, Lynn Shupp’s photo exhibition: NJZ Remains: The West Plant, Chad and Brian’s History of the Lehigh Gap, ice cream, and fellowship.

For more information, call 610-760-8889.