Firefighters from Cetronia, Allentown, Emmaus, Western Salisbury and Lehigh County Special Operations Team recently paid their respects to members of the York City Fire Department who lost two members in a structure fire on March 22.
York City Fire Capt. Ivan Flanscha and Firefighter Zachary Anthony died as a result of a wall collapse in York as they were pursuing flare ups and hot spots.
A wall at Weaver Organ and Piano building collapsed trapping Flanscha and Anthony and others battling the blaze.
Close to 2,000 Parkland High School students attended a “walkout” March 14 at the school to honor the 17 killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Fla., shooting on Feb. 14.
The students gathered in the gymnasium to see a video presentation their fellow classmates prepared to highlight the lives of each person killed in the rampage.
The overwhelming emotion seen on the students faces during the presentation was sadness with tears being shed as each individual’s hopes and dreams were read, as a photo appeared on a large screen.
The Upper Lehigh Lions Club recently cooked up a spaghetti dinner fundraiser in the pavilion of the Schnecksville fire company.
Several hundred hungry neighbors and friends enjoyed good food and friendship.
With help from Boy Scout Troop 57, Neffs, and Parkland High LEO Club members, efficiency was on the menu, as well as the good food.
Police officers throughout Lehigh County recently attended a two-week course on how to improve highway safety in the trucking industry.
According to Chris Lengle, traffic safety coordinator with North Central Highway Safety Network, one of the goals of the program is to create a countywide safety task force.
“Coordinating Resources to Advance Safer Highways pilot is a project which is focused on reducing crashes involving commercial motor vehicles,” he said.
The Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce recently donated funds to various regional volunteer and nonprofit organizations to help further their missions and mandates.
Among the recipients were the Upper Macungie Fire Department, Station 56, Cetronia Ambulance Corps, and Meals on Wheels of the Lehigh Valley.
Each organization received a $1,000 donation from the Chamber with each having a specific purpose for the funds.
Upper Macungie Station 56 will purchase two ammonia detectors to help detect toxic levels of ammonia in the cold storage industry.
The Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds welcomed this year’s Lehigh Valley Flower and Garden Show March 9-11.
With a mix of flower and garden displays and vendors offering everything from lawn care services to jewelry, one could find a wide variety of wares to enjoy.
Nearly 90 business were on hand for the show.
The Girl Scouts of America, Eastern Pennsylvania, held a World Thinking Day Feb. 24 at First Presbyterian Church, Allentown.
Daisy Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts enjoyed a day of learning about women who have made significant contributions to both recent, as well as past history in world events.
Some of those women included: JK Rowling, Mia Hamm, Coco Chanel and Helen Keller.
Kindergarten and first grade students were treated to a visit Feb. 26 by the tooth fairy at St. Joseph the Worker School, Orefield.
Arriving with Dr. Gregg Frey from FreySmiles, the tooth fairy helped students understand the importance of brushing and flossing their teeth.
Once the formal presentation ended and it was time for questions from the students, the most asked questions were about the tooth fairy.
Students wondered how she got so small to enter their homes, and what her magic dust does.
Grundsau (Groundhog) No. 16 held its annual versammling, dinner and meeting, March 2 at Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield.
As the weather had not been cooperating in early March, the turnout was somewhat lower than planned, but still robust enough to fill the meeting space with singing and conversation in Pennsylvania Dutch or more correctly, Deutsch (German).
Starting with an appearance by Yahdee the Groundhog and ending with a Christmas skit written by Bob Schantz, Unner Haaptmann (vice president.)
When Parkland students Collin and Kyleigh Duff heard of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., they were worried for their cousin Daniel.
They were relieved to receive a text from him saying he had hid in a closet and was OK.
Realizing the seriousness of the shootings, Collin and Kyleigh looked for a way to support the “other” Parkland.
The brother and sister came up with the idea of selling bracelets to start a Go-Fund-Me program for the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.