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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Firefighters handout carbon monoxide alarms

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

I.A.F.F. Local 302, Allentown Firefighters gave away carbon monoxide alarms recently at the Hibernia Fire Station, Allentown.

According to Jeremy Warmkessel, president of I.A.F.F. Local 302, providing Allentown residents with carbon monoxide alarms is just as important as having a smoke alarm in a home.

Also held every Friday is a program called “Firehouse Fridays,” during which local children are provided a healthy meal after school.

Firefighters at the Hibernia Station serve the children food prepared by the Allentown YMCA and the Allentown City Health Bureau.

Lehigh Valley politicians promote importance of 2020 census

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell and Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong recently joined forces to promote the importance of the 2020 Census for Lehigh County residents.

The presentation was took place on North 7th Street in the city.

With a group of volunteers and Census employees on hand, local residents were informed of the importance of the census, as well as, recruiting employees for the upcoming census.

Lions club has annual chicken barbecue fundraiser

Friday, December 6, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Kuhnsville Lions Club recently had its annual chicken barbecue fundraiser at the Jordan United Church of Christ Grove, South Whitehall. Founded in 1917, Lions International’s first mission is to help the visually impaired, but has expanded to include many community projects.

The Kuhnsville Lions use the chicken barbecue dinner sale as one of their prime fundraising events.

Family Promise offers a Harvest of Hope

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

A Harvest of Hope Festival for Family Promise of Lehigh Valley recently took place in the Jordan United Church of Christ grove at Walbert Avenue and Church Road, South Whitehall.

Family Promise assists homeless children and their families.

The national organization is comprised of regionally based affiliates, which allows for collaboration with existing services in the communities.

Oil burner causes smoky situation in South Whitehall Township home

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Three of South Whitehall Township’s fire departments — Cetronia, Greenawalds and Woodlawn — along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Western Salisbury and Alburtis fire companies responded on Oct. 17 for a reported house fire at 622 Beverly Drive.

Homeowner Sarah Jerista-Yenser reported there was heavy smoke in her basement.

She was advised to evacuate her house by a Lehigh County 911 dispatcher.

Cetronia Engine 311, first on scene, dropped a supply line at the nearest hydrant.

Parkland residents learn the importance of preparedness

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in School

South Whitehall, North Whitehall, and Upper Macungie townships presented their annual program, “Get Prepared Parkland” Sept. 14 at Parkland High School.

With displays from multiple emergency agencies, as well as informational booths, the program was designed to help Parkland School District residents prepare for unseen emergency events such as hurricanes or heavy snow storms.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps welcomes the community to its open house

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Cetronia Ambulance Corps, 4100 Broadway, South Whitehall, recently had a community open house to welcome neighbors to view its facility.

Residents living within the Cetronia Ambulance response area were invited to visit, learn about the mission of the ambulance corps and view its operations headquarters.

Children were encouraged to step inside an ambulance to see the tools used in modern emergency services to help save lives and lessen the pain and anxiety of those needing emergency transport.

Upper Macungie remembers those lost on 9/11

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

First responder organizations serving Upper Macungie Township had their annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 11 at Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown.

The solemn ceremony has become a tradition in Upper Macungie since the attack on the World Trade Center Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

Good Will Fire Company No. 1 Fire Chief William Gillespie was master of ceremonies for the event.

Pipers James Ruhf and Jim Baldree provided bagpipe renderings of sacred music and state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, was the keynote speaker.

Upper Macungie Twp fire departments receive new breathing apparatus equipment

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

All three Upper Macungie Fire Departments were able to replace their outdated self-contained breathing apparatus as the result of a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. The $230,000 grant was used to replace older models of Scott SCBA with the Scott Air-Pak X3 Pro SCBA, which meets NFPA 1981/1982, 2018 Edition standards for Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.

The new units were delivered to Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, where members from Good Will, Fogelsville, and Upper Macungie Station 56 unboxed and assembled the new units, in preparation for service.

Class of 1959 celebrates 60th reunion

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh’s high school class of 1959 celebrated its 60th reunion Sept. 20 at the Parkland Restaurant, South Whitehall.

There were 52 students in the Class of ’59, however, one classmate died during the school year leaving 51 graduates.

Willard Snyder, Class of 1959 advisor was also able to attend with his wife Lucille. Snyder taught business at the high school.

He and his wife were tasked with keeping a quilt created by the late Rose Fenstermacher, a class member.