Under the leadership of Scoutmaster Karl Schmidt, Boy Scouts with Troop 57 and Cub Scout Pack 57 of Neffs continued their annual flag retirement ceremony on June 4.
This was followed by their unique and now traditional June 10 ashes to graves ceremony, which was created in 2008.
A patriotic program, including the folding of Old Glory by the Scouts and a message from retired Rear Adm. David Keller USN, a Scout in New Tripoli who graduated from Northwestern Lehigh High School, followed.
In respect to their namesake and due to the high regard VFW combat veterans of all ages hold for the military nurses who administer care often in dangerous scenarios, VFW Post 12099 recently donated its second annual check of $500 toward nursing scholarships at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, to commemorate both Nurse’s Day and Memorial Day in May.
While it was just two periods away from holiday vacation, several classes under Parkland teachers Dale Ritter and Calliope Volikas found themselves absorbed in a question-and-answer period with Brig. Gen. Anna Mae V. McCabe Hays VFW Post 12099 officer Rear Admiral Retired David P. Keller, U.S.N.; and Sgts. Alexandra Avila and Keenan Albright, both combat veterans and recruiting officers of the Pennsylvania National Guard.
The students had gathered to honor their school’s 2018-19 winners in the annual VFW Voice of Democracy Contest on the theme of “Why My Vote Matters.”
This is the message which accompanies the oversized candy treats in the current roadside display by Phil Rossetto and Greg Snider, along Route 100, just north of the Lowhill Township Building.
Rossetto and Snider used this theme previously in almost a decade of their wonderful creations and decided to elaborate on and bring back this message to offer some upbeat, sweet wishes to those who travel by in these somewhat troubled times in our nation.
Rosetto also said as August winds down, they begin to anticipate the demands of autumn and winter, which will soon be upon us.
More than a dozen members, leaders and parents of the Lehigh County 4-H Livestock Club pitched in with the spring highway cleanup program with the members of Seipstown Grange 1657.
This year, marked the 4-H Club’s eighth year of participation in this annual event and for the grange, its 29th year of participation.
They first took part in Keep America Beautiful and then PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program.
The Military Nursing Corps of Pennsylvania VFW Post 12099, Allentown, recently honored Valley native, Allentown School of Nursing graduate and this nation’s first woman general, Brig. Gen. Anna Mae Hays.
Hays died Jan. 7 in Virginia at the age of 97.
Post 12099 presented a $500 check toward the Brig. Gen. Anna Mae McCabe Hays Endowed Scholarship at Northampton Community College to support veterans majoring in nursing.
“American History: Our Hope for the Future” was the theme of the VFW’s Voice of Democracy contest recently completed for the 2017-18 school term at Parkland High School.
On the local level, VFW Post 12099 selected three winning essays from more than 30 entries — two from Parkland High School and one from Northern Lehigh High School.
All winners were awarded a framed commendation as well as monetary awards up to $150 for their 3-5 minute audio essay.
In their 28th year of participation, first in Keep America Beautiful and then PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway programs, members of Seipstown Grange 1657 were gratified with 30 member contingent of 4-H youth, their leaders and parents joining in this massive springtime cleanup for the club’s seventh straight year.