The Rotary Club of Allentown West recently honored a couple, Joe Mitlyng and his wife Terry Ryan-Mitlyng, instead of honoring the club's annual business person.
The couple were influential in getting the Christ's Church at Lowhill Food Pantry up and running, and due to its success, when an addition was needed to the building, they took the lead in that effort.
The honor was presented for an extraordinary "work of service."
The Mitlyngs were moving to Michigan, where they have family, and the Rotary wanted to honor them before they left.
Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, announced April 16 PPL Corporation gave the center a $2,000 donation.
The money will be used to support a volunteer recognition event and a project to help develop a new trailhead to the west end of the Nature Center in East Penn Township, Carbon County.
"PPL has been a strong supporter of the Nature Center and this continues that tradition of support," LGNC Director Dan Kunkle said.
Nancy Treskot, first vice president of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, opened Spirit Night at the Northern Valley Emergency Medical Services social hall in Ormrod.
On April 20, Jason Breidinger became the 19th recipient to receive the Spirit Award.
"I am honored and privileged to honor Mr. Jason Breidinger as an individual but also family, friends and volunteers," Treskot said.
She suggested they read the poem, "Why Volunteer?" found on the back of the program.
Anita Collins, president of the board at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, introduced Linda Fredericks and Liz Stauffer, who were to speak on the "Rare and Forgotten Flora Trail."
Their work on the gardens at the center now includes a number of additions fitting the category of rare plants, including some that thrive in shade and are planted along the tree identification trail.
Fredericks said Sean Bankos and Clare Kubik, former members of the Naturalist Club, were a great help.
Roger Latzgo's appearance in the Knight's Gallery of Palmerton Area Library April 21 was part of the library concert series.
Latzgo told those attending his concert the day was also part of Earth Day weekend.
"Everyday should be Earth Day for nature," said Latzgo, who lives in Germansville.
His first song was a poem by Emily Dickinson set to music.
The poem and song, about bees, is titled "I Take the Liquor Never Brewed."
Latzgo accompanied himself on piano.
He then switched to love songs, some sad, others happy.
Don Eckhart, festival committee chair, opened the Pastorius Home Association's Winter Vanquish festival in the social hall of the Goodwill Fire Company, Germansville, on April 7.
Eckhart said he was glad to see all the smiling faces.
"Let's begin with a circle waltz," said Walt Groller, the musician who has brought his band to every one of the festivals. "Everyone has to sway from side to side.
"We've got a little song called 'No Beer Today.' The governor stopped Sunday sales and we kept playing that song. Eventually another governor allowed the sales."
"Hope is not a plan, and failure is not an option," Glenn M. Cannon, PEMA director
Representatives from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and other officials from Harrisburg joined local emergency management officials at the dedication of a new building for the Eastern Area Office in Hamburg.
The building will be headquarters for 20 counties from Philadelphia to Susquehanna County, and joins Central and Western district offices to provide emergency help across the state.
North Whitehall Township Manager Jeff Bartlett opened the March 11 meeting of representatives from the six-northern Lehigh County townships.
Absent were representatives from Heidelberg and Washington townships.
"We had the same kind of winter you had, a lot of storms," Bartlett said, beginning the meeting at the North Whitehall Municipal Building.
North Whitehall Roadmaster Garry Remaley said his road crew used a great deal of salt.
Remaley said both boom and flail mowers have been used, and tree trimming has been done.
"I'm a [state] representative and you're going to represent our country, our state," began state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, as he addressed the group of student ambassadors.
The students have been meeting once a month to familiarize themselves with the duties of an ambassador and learn what to expect during their 19-day visit to France, Italy and Spain.
The Mediterranean Tradition trip begins on July 10 as part of the People to People program.
Day said he is excited every day on his job in Harrisburg and wants them to be excited also.
During the six-township meeting at Lynn Township, Lowhill Township Roadmaster Carl Kressley told fellow municipal representatives that the Route 100 and Kernsville Road intersection at Claussville is open.
The new traffic lights, however, are hard to see, he reported.
Other attendees at the Dec. 10 meeting agreed but did not see any way the lights could be improved.
North Whitehall representative Jeff Bartlett said Route 100 South needs speed enforcement.
Kressley said Narris Road has holes drilled to place posts to hold panels to brace the sides of the road.