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, 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.
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.
All three Upper Macungie Fire Departments were able to replace their outdated self-contained breathing apparatus as the result of a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.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.
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.
South Whitehall Township officials recently dedicated a mural created by Carrie Kingsbury of Birdsboro at the Covered Bridge Park pedestrian bridge in South Whitehall.
The mural, for which graffiti resistant, paint was used, depicts wildlife found throughout the township and various events held at the park.
The portion of the mural facing west that depicts children was painted on parachute cloth in the artist’s studio then applied to the wall.
Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, in cooperation with Northern Valley EMS, Schnecksville, and Neffs fire companies, and the Pennsylvania State Police recently took part in an active shooter drill on the campus.
Using all the resources available to respond to the campus, first responders were confronted by multiple gunshot “victims.”
These “wounded” individuals were portrayed by local fire and police personnel and volunteers from the college.
Oversight for the program was provided by Kristie Wilk, executive director of Northern Valley EMS.
Monica Yurconic-Groff, owner of Ross Plants and Flowers, Orefield, recently celebrated her new store opening at 7525 Tilghman St., in the Fogelsville area, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Customers, friends and family filled the new store to welcome Ross Plants and Flowers to the area.
State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, joined the celebration to welcome the expansion into his district.
The South Whitehall Township Police Department held a graduation ceremony Aug. 16 for its Summer Youth Police Academy at the Lehigh County Sports Fields.
Twenty youth attended the ceremony though several were on vacation and unable to be at the graduation.
Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak congratulated the youth for their commitment to learning about the role of the police in public safety.
State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134, and South Whitehall Board of Commissioners President Tori Morgan were also on hand to congratulate the students.
South Whitehall Township’s Police Department sponsored a Summer Youth Police Academy during the week of Aug. 12-16.
The young cadets were introduced to police tactics, emergency medical service basics and fire/rescue operations.
On Aug. 14, Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. James Erme, landed a state police helicopter at the Lehigh County Sports Fields, Cetronia.
Erme introduced the youngsters to the role of the helicopter in supporting police, fire and emergency medical service in Eastern Pennsylvania.