Mike Yellak of Greenawalds, South Whitehall, enjoys sharing his passion for Christmas with the community.
So, for several years he has used his father’s property along Greenawalds Avenue to show this passion.
With hundreds of Christmas lights, animated lighting, and help from Santa and the Grinch, Yellak kicked off this year’s show Nov. 19.
Drawing spectators from as far away as Easton, Yellak was pleased to see all the smiling faces attend his Christmas creation.
Members of the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force and community are participating in the Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket Operation Safe Holiday enforcement effort through Dec. 3.
As part of this effort, law enforcement members, Lehigh Valley Hospital Network representatives, and PennDOT safety experts of the task force handed out educational information Nov. 16 about seat belt use and aggressive and impaired driving to students at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.
They also tested the students’ alcohol IQ.
Upper Macungie Township police had a Coffee with a Cop event Oct. 4 at the Arby’s Restaurant, Fogelsville.
The mission of the Coffee with a Cop program is to allow residents and visitors in the township the opportunity to get to know their officers.
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.
Members of the Parkland High School Class of 1952 met at Morgan’s Restaurant recently in order to reminisce and greet old friends.
Eighteen members were available for a group photo before lunch.
Most of the attendees are still living in the Lehigh Valley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, recently held its 14th annual Blues Nite Out in the church grove.
A large crowd was on hand to hear the Sarah Ayers band under beautiful skies.
A somewhat bittersweet note is this was the last event where the old food stand would be used as it being replaced due to being close to 50 years of age.