Mike Yellak of Greenawalds Avenue, South Whitehall Township, kicked off his second annual Lights in Greenawalds show on Nov. 25 with thousands of Christmas lights and displays to provide Christmas cheer to Lehigh Valley residents.
The upgrades were huge with more than 10 new display scenes, and an upgraded concession barn.
Visitors experiences a warm, cozy feeling as they walk through the archway of lights.
Santa Claus made a grand entrance and photos could be taken with the Jolly Ol’ Elf.
The Grinch also made a return visit.
Residents and employees of Phoebe Terrace, Allentown, recently participated in a cookie baking contest.
The cookie baking champ was resident Jean Iobst with her peanut butter temptations, which were also a crowd favorite.
Second place went to Phoebe Terrace resident Katharine Borgmann with her boolean cookies, a traditional Austrian cookie.
Peter McConnell, publications coordinator with Phoebe Ministries, took home third place with his entry of cinnamon roll cookies.
Christine Bauder presented the winners their awards.
South Whitehall Township had its annual tree and bridge lighting ceremony Dec. 1 at Covered Bridge Park.
Though turnout was somewhat low due to persistent rain throughout the day, those who did attend were treated to a magical evening of entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus.
South Whitehall Commissioners’ President Christina “Tori” Morgan and Paige Durflinger, recreation program specialist, opened the ceremony.
Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie Township, sponsored a Veterans Day event Nov. 11 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the armistice signed at the end of World War I.
The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, which promotes patriotism and maintains tradition for civilian and military communities in 13 states, entertained the guests.
American Legion Post 576, Allentown, posted the colors.
Parkland High School’s Band Boosters Association had a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 3 at the football stadium.
Senior, band member and Boy Scout Robert Clapham III constructed a much needed utility shed for the band boosters at the stadium as his Eagle Scout project.
The building houses supplies, kitchen hardware and items necessary to support the band boosters food stand.
Lumber for the project was donated by 84 Lumber, South Whitehall. Income from the food stand, a very popular venue at sporting events, supports musical activities at the high school.
State Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, and state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, recently sponsored a senior expo at Country Meadows Retirement Community, Upper Macungie.
Multiple vendors and support agencies were on hand offering help with Medicare plans, retirement income strategies and veteran support.
Lehigh Valley Hospital nurses were on hand to administer influenza vaccines.
Health Networks Laboratories personnel performed cholesterol and glucose screening studies as well.
Ironton Telephone Company recently sponsored a community day at its headquarters along Mauch Chuck Road, Ironton.
The program strived to connect members of the surrounding communities to each other as well as community resources.
Neffs Fire Department and Community Fire Company No.1, Schnecksville, displayed firefighting apparatus.
Northern Valley EMS personnel were on hand to educate anyone interested in learning basic first aid and provide services in the event of any mishaps during the event.
Dirt track race cars were on display as well.
Students at Orefield Middle School spent Sept. 14 participating in an anti-bullying program designed to build teamwork and empathy among middle school students.
By engaging in group activities, classroom discussion and music, students were encouraged to be inclusive rather than exclusive of those they may consider different from themselves.
The “Take a Stand Band” performed inspiring music designed to promote positivity within the student body.
Magician Mark Mysterrio, from East Stroudsburg, was on hand to delight and charm children, parents or anyone looking for a fun event at the Centennial Stage at the recent Great Allentown Fair.
The world record holder for the longest time spent on a bed of nails, 283 hours, 5 minutes, used volunteers from the audience to perform his sleight of hand magic with the help of “Miss Direction,” his aide-de-camp and cheerleader.
The 2018 Great Allentown Fair, which ran Aug. 28-Sept. 3, sponsored a family look-alike contest on the Centennial Stage in the Agri-Plex
Mother and daughter, father and son and, even a father and daughter duo, entered the contest.
The Great Allentown Fair Queen McKenzie Hagenbuch, with help from Schuylkill County Queen Julie Wychunas, were judges for the contest. First-place winners were Ray Bleil and daughter Maggie, 5, of Allentown. Kyle French and his dad, Don, took second place and Emily and Jeannine Leonard of Heidelberg Township brought home the third place win.