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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Neffs Fire Co. having 75th anniversary open house

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Walking around the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company Fire House at 3755 Park Avenue injects history into a person’s soul.

The “Pride of Park Avenue” has been serving the community for 75 years.

And, from 2-6 p.m. Aug. 20, the volunteer firefighters will welcome members of the community to an open house to celebrate that special anniversary.

“Pride of Park Avenue originated during an informal discussion among some of the firefighters 20 years ago,” Neffs Fire Chief James Steward told The Press.

Dent celebrates students heading for service academies

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by AARON BERGER in School

Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, recently had his 12th annual send-off reception for high school students from his district who will be attending a U.S. service academy.

Andrew Posch of Bethlehem Catholic High School, Reilly McGinnis of Emmaus High School, Tyler Herber of Hamburg High School, Jayden Demmy of Cedar Cliff High School, and Karl Van Blargan of Hershey High School will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Lehigh County celebrates Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Lehigh County Department of Human Services in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, hosted a program recently at the Lehigh County Government Center, Allentown.

The goal was to raise awareness and show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.

“Mental health impacts one out of every five children in our community,” said Josh Bridges, director of Lehigh County Integrated Services, which is part of the Human Services Department.

Singing gospel is a way of life for Lynda Randle

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Gospel singer Lynda Randle is no stranger to Heidelberg Union Church. She performed at the church in Heidelberg Township for her fourth time May 12.

Approximately 350 people attended her concert.

Jack Snyder of Lynn Township helped promote Randle’s concert.

He has been a Heidelberg Union Church member more than 50 years.

His musical group “Jack and Friends” opened for Randle, playing a mix of country western and gospel music.

Looking for a pet: Adopt don’t shop

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Four-legged models take to the runway

Junior Girl Scout Troop 6603’s “Adopt Don’t Shop” Fashion Show in the grove at Neffs Union United Church of Christ May 21 featured rescued cats and dogs in search of “fur-ever” homes from the Sanctuary at Haafsville, Upper Macungie Township.

The Troop includes nine girls, all in fifth grade, who meet regularly at the church, which was happy to offer use of the grove for the show.

The Troop hosted the event for the Bronze Award Project, which requires a minimum of 20 hours of work and execution on a sustainable service project.

‘Fame’ coming to Jewish Community Center stage

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Hopes and dreams run high for a diverse group of students at the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts in New York City in the musical “Fame Jr.”

Stagemakers at the J will perform “Fame Jr.” May 18 and 21 at the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown, and May 28 at the Temple Covenant of Peace, Easton.

Based on the book by Jose Fernandez with music by Steve Margoshes, and lyrics by Jacques Levy, “Fame Jr.” explores issues confronting many young people today.

Taste tempting treats offered at Rotary fundraiser

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Guests attending the Allentown West Rotary Club’s fundraiser at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Breinigsville, were treated to a taste tempting evening of food, food and more food.

All proceeds collected, approximately $30,000, during the third annual Tempting Tastes smorgasbord, support the Rotary Club’s postsecondary scholarship opportunities and humanitarian programs.

About 250 guests attended the April 23 event, sampling different dishes from 20 local restaurants and caterers.

Envisioning candle, flower helps preschoolers learn at LCCC center

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

The Early Learning Center preschool at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, recently gave parents and their children, ages 3 to 5, a chance to experience the college’s “Mindful Me Program.”

The 10 families toured the ELC classroom on March 2 and participated in some “Mindful” exercises designed to create self-awareness in young children.