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Allentown celebrates Flag Day

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Allentown Flag Day Association held its annual Flag Day Ceremony June 14 in West Park, Allentown.

This is the oldest incorporated Flag Day Association in America, having been organized in 1907.

With the Allentown Band, under the direction of Ron Demke, the beautiful music was accompanied by beautiful weather.

Thomas Applebach, director with Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs was the keynote speaker.

Flag Day essay winners from Allentown middle schools recited their essays for the attendees.

Gary Day has open house at temporary headquarters

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, had an open house June 21 at his temporary office at the Good Will Trexlertown Fire Company building, Trexlertown.

Day moved his office following a fire in the New Tripoli mall where his office had been located.

Staff members Kailee Fisher, constituent outreach specialist, and Kathy McQuilken, district office manager, were on hand to help residents of the district with issues ranging from acquiring original birth certificates to permits for land use.

Fire company presents community service award

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, awarded the Fred J. Gross Memorial Community Service Award on June 5.

This year’s recipient was Olivia Morren, a senior at Allentown Central Catholic High School.

Morren, of Upper Macungie Township, completed 60 hours of community service.

This community service coupled with a high grade-point average at Central Catholic, pushed her to the top of the list of candidates for the $500 scholarship.

Morren will attend Gettysburg College in the fall majoring in biochemistry and then she would like to attend medical school.

Ambulance corps offers EMT class at high school

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel, in cooperation with Parkland School District, offered a yearlong emergency technician class at the high school.

This was the first class of its type in eastern Pennsylvania.

Cetronia Operations Manager Chris Peischl and Director of Education Stephen Hall, instructed the 13 Parkland seniors.

Social studies teacher and volunteer firefighter in Lower Macungie Township Eric Gopen served as advisor for the group.

Gopen also received his emergency medical technician graduation certificate from the ambulance corps.

Fogelsville churches, VFW honor fallen heroes

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Residents of Fogelsville attended a Memorial Day ceremony at the Fogelsville Cemetery to remember those who have fallen protecting the United States during its many wars.

The ceremony was led by Pastor Nelson Quinones of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fogelsville.

Members of Robert M. Fegely VFW Post 8282, Breinigsville, honored their fallen comrades with prayers, brief speeches and a rifle volley.

Scouts from Troop 72, Fogelsville, were flag bearers.

A combined women’s chorus from St. John’s UCC and St. John’s Lutheran churches sang “Taps.”

Good Will Fire Company has 61st awards banquet

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, and the Ladies Auxiliary, recently celebrated their 61st annual awards banquet.

The event took place at the Copeechan Fish and Game Club, Schnecksville, in order to give members a break from doing the work at their own station.

Following dinner, awards were given to members of both organizations whose commitment to the mission of the fire department were exemplary.

Michelle Conley-Ellerman received the Ladies Auxiliary Member of the Year Award from Auxiliary President Linda Gorr.

New Hampshire firefighter pedals for Project Hero

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Cetronia Fire Department was the overnight host ON May 9 for a volunteer firefighter from Sandown, N.H.

However, unlike most visiting firefighters, Jerry Lachance didn’t arrive by car, fire truck or any motorized apparatus.

He instead arrived on his bicycle in the midst of a 2,800 mile ride from Miami, Fla., to Canada.

Lachance, a Vietnam veteran, is raising funds for Project Hero, a California-based nonprofit dedicated to raising money to support veterans and first responders who suffer from PTSD.

Fire damages Upper Macungie garage, house

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Volunteer firefighters from Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, Fogelsville and Upper Macungie Station 56, along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel, were dispatched just before 3 p.m. on June 3 for a working fire in an attached garage at a home at 9359 Trexler Road, Breinigsville.

According to an email from Trexlertown Fire Chief Stephen Oplinger, Macungie, Alburtis, Lower Macungie, Topton and Weisenberg firefighters were called for a second alarm. Cetronia Fire Department was dispatched for additional manpower.

Students love the challenge of chess

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Parkway Manor Elementary School has been introducing students as early as second grade to chess.

Though a relatively easy game to learn, it takes many years to master.

With the help of mentors such as Pennsylvania State Chess Champions Sahasra and Sriman Goli and “Coach” Conrad Lee, Parkland High School Chess Team member, these youngsters will have an opportunity to become better at a game that is believed to have been created before the 7th century.

There are strong family ties between the mentor group as siblings and parents take pride in being together.