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BoomBa club performs for Cedarbrook residents

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Happy Boomadears, an original BoomBa club based in the Lehigh Valley, entertained a very appreciative crowd on Oct. 7 at Cedarbrook County Nursing Home, South Whitehall Township.

Using Boombas, bells and clackers, the group had fun helping the residents have fun.

A dying instrument, the BoomBa is exclusive to the Pennsylvania German communities of Eastern Pennsylvania.

At one time, the Lehigh Valley Boomadears counted 40 to 50 members as part of its entourage.

Currently, there are only eight active members.

Steel Fitness Fit Fest encourages exercise and health awareness

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Steel Fitness Premier, South Whitehall Township, recently held an all-day Fit Fest to encourage Lehigh Valley residents to increase their exercise level.

Additionally, Girls on the Run, Lehigh Valley held a fundraiser to help continue its mission to reach out to girls throughout the Valley in order to raise their fitness levels and understand their self-worth.

Visitors have a hot time at 22nd chili pepper festival

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The village of Bowers, Berks County, was the site Sept. 8 and 9 of the 22nd annual Chili Pepper Festival at Bill Delong Memorial Park.

According to the festival co-coordinator, John Bixler, 95 vendors were on hand for this year’s events.

Great weather helped keep attendance high as well.

With the chili pepper as the theme, there were a remarkable variety of flavors mixed with the peppers to satisfy any taste.

Think chocolate or cherries or about any flavor one’s taste buds would savor.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps hosts Western Lehigh, East Penn Chambers of Commerce luncheon

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Western Lehigh and East Penn Chambers of Commerce had a luncheon meeting Oct. 18 at the Cetronia Ambulance Corps, 4300 Broadway, South Whitehall Township.

The meeting was to introduce the business community to the role of business and community volunteers in public safety.

Presenters included Stephen Michelone Jr., volunteer agency liaison with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Aaron Rhone, program manager with the Bureau of Emergency Services for Pennsylvania.

World War I ambulance brings a bit of history to Allentown

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Ambulance 255, a reconstructed 1916 Ford Model TT ambulance used during World War I made a stop at the Allentown Fair to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the opening of Camp Crane.

The fairground fields and facilities were used by the U.S. Army during WWI to train ambulance drivers for duty in France during the war.

The camp derived its name from Brigadier Gen. Charles Henry Crane, surgeon general of the Army from 1882-83.

The trainees used ambulances identical to Ambulance 255 both in training and in the field.

Firefighters learn dangers of working with live wires

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

State Reps. Gary Day, R-187th, and Zachary Mako, R-183rd, sponsored a “Live Wires” training Sept. 7 at the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company.

Special trainers from PPL Electric Utilities brought mock-ups of poles, transformers, fuse boxes and miscellaneous materials in order to introduce firefighters to the dangers of working around electrical emergencies.

State fire commissioner visits South Whitehall fire station

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay, recently visited South Whitehall firefighters at Greenawalds Fire Department.

Solobay shared his insights on the status of legislative priorities important to firefighters throughout the commonwealth.

An active volunteer firefighter, Solobay related well to his target audience. He also has the advantage of serving in both the state Senate and Legislature making it somewhat easier to navigate the intricacies of the legislative process.