Members of the Lehigh Valley’s oldest groundhog lodge, Grundsau Lodsch Nummer Ains (Groundhog Lodge Number 1), had their annual Versammling (meeting) at the Kutztown Grange Hall on Groundhog Day.
The Lodsch, 82 years old, ais the first of the 18 lodges to be formed in the region.
Once the evening Versammling begins, only Pennsylvania Dutch is spoken, leaving English only speakers at a loss.
When one looks around the hall at those who are conversing in Pennsylvania Dutch, the hope is evident for future generations to carry on the tradition.
Continuing the long Pennsylvania German tradition of predicting the end of winter, Grundsau (Groundhog) Lodge No.16, took mascot Yahdee and his “grandson” Lee to the banks of Jordan Creek, South Whitehall Township.
If, as legend has it, Yahdee would see his shadow, there would be six more weeks of winter. If no shadow appears, we would be in for an early spring.
As the temperature were in the low 20s on Groundhog Day, most on hand at the early hour of 7 a.m. were hoping for a shadow-less day.
Peter Hoang was crowned Mr. Parkland 2018 during the annual contest Feb. 3 at the high school. Twelve seniors, danced, sang, strutted and generally had a great time competing for the crown.
Bobby Carlson was chosen first runner-up and RJ Corba was picked as the second runner-up
The event is a highlight of the winter season and helps relieve the doldrums of cabin fever that creeps into students this time of year.
Members of South Whitehall Township Emergency Services organizations recently conducted an active shooter drill at Asbury United Methodist Church, South Whitehall Township.
Taking part in the Jan. 22 drill were officers from the South Whitehall Township Police Department; paramedics and EMTs from Cetronia Ambulance Corps and Cetronia, Greenawalds, Woodlawn and Tri-Clover volunteer firefighters.
Board members and administrators from Asbury were also on hand as well as church volunteers who served as “victims.”
Lehigh County Community College, Schnecksville sponsored a “Red, White and Thank You” day at the 2017 Great Allentown Fair.
Active duty service members as well as veterans were given a free day at the fair.
LCCC staff was on hand at Gate 1 to meet and greet service members and veterans.
Leslie Bartholomew, director of Returning Adults and Veterans, discussed the value of working to advanced degrees to veterans.
Members of the United Church of Christ, Greenawalds, cooked up a benefit breakfast Jan. 20 to raise funds for the fellowship hall flooring project and to help the UCC Disaster Ministries provide water filters to residents of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Members of the Military Forces Honor Guard of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provided a fitting salute to the late U.S. Army Retired Brig. Gen. Ann Mae V. Hays, 97, at Grandview Cemetery, South Whitehall, as she was laid to rest Jan. 12 with full military honors.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Daniel J. II. and Matie (Humphrey) McCabe.
A graduate of Allentown School of Nursing, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Columbia University and Master of Science degree in nursing from Catholic University of Washington, D.C.
Cura Hospitality, the food contractor for Phoebe Terrace, Allentown, sponsored a pie baking contest at the retirement community Nov. 30.
The pies were baked by residents as well as employees of Cura.
Judges included Molly Driscoll, manager of Phoebe Terrace; Adam Marles, senior vice president, Phoebe Home of Allentown, and Linda Plunkett, administrative assistant.
Eleven pies were presented and after all the tasting was completed Phoebe Terrace resident Sara Heintzelman took third place for her Toll House and pumpkin pie.
Pennsylvania State Police Troopers from the region provided infant and child safety seat inspections Nov. 28, 2017, at Krause Toyota, Upper Macungie Township.
At the request of Krause owner Matt Krause, Sr. the Troopers helped parents and grandparents be sure their child safety seats were properly installed providing the best protection possible for their little passengers.
Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, recently met at Vynecrest Winery with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals advocates, “Dreamers” and businesses that rely on immigrants as employees.
The goal was to discuss problems facing children of undocumented immigrants who brought their minor children to America.
The Department of Homeland Security has rescinded the Obama era program of receiving renewable two-year period of deferred action.