Boy Scouts in the Parkland School District recently collected food throughout the area to feed 50 needy families.
Troops included Pack and Troop 1600, Jordan UCC; Troop 60, Jordan Lutheran Church; Pack and Troop 144, Laurys Station; Pack and Troop 72, Fogelsville, and Pack and Troop 150, Orefield.
The food pantry at Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield, is staffed by volunteers, who help package and deliver the food to those in need.
Second Harvest Food Bank is the parent organization.
Members of Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown, honored one of their own for 25-plus years helping the fire department’s Santa Claus.
George Roth, “The Gipper,” was thanked for his years helping Santa in Upper Macungie, with a custom-made firefighting Santa Claus helmet.
The helmet, made by Cairns, is the premium all-leather New Yorker style.
Roth was honored for his devotion to the fire department first as a firefighter, and as the chief engineer of Tanker 2521 since 1995.
Cedar View Apartments, South Whitehall Township, was the scene of a fire investigation on Nov. 24.
Smoke was reported coming from the roof prompting alarms be sent to all three South Whitehall fire departments — Cetronia, Greenawalds and Woodlawn — the Cetronia Ambulance Corps and South Whitehall police.
Additional units were dispatched from Alburtis Fire Department for its Rapid Intervention Team and Western Salisbury Fire Department for an additional aerial truck.
After a brief investigation, firefighters discovered the smoke was the result of a faulty boiler.
A tractor-trailer combo traveling northbound on Route 309 rolled on its side 9:30 a.m. Dec. 5 as it entered the Tilghman Street West exit, South Whitehall Township.
The truck driver was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
No report on the driver’s condition was available.
Cetronia Ambulance Corps, South Whitehall Police, and Cetronia, Greenawalds and Woodlawn fire departments responded and were able to quickly extricate the driver from the big rig.
Fuel oil spilled onto the ramp from a ruptured fuel tank.
Members of Faith Wesleyan Church, Route 309, Orefield, presented a live nativity and a One Night in Bethlehem re-enactment during the weekend of Dec. 14-16.
The nativity scene was set up outside the church while the city of old Bethlehem was replicated inside the church.
Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepherds and angels were all present for the live nativity, as was a pair of goats and a burro, similar to the donkey that carried the Mary to Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus.
The Western Lehigh Chamber of Commerce had its annual Community Grant awards program recently during a luncheon, catered by Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar, at Underwriters Laboratory, 7036 Snowdrift Road, Upper Macungie.
The grants are awarded to two nonprofit organizations each year in memory of Sophie Gerhard and Edwin Adamczak.
This year’s recipients were the Woodlawn Fire Department, South Whitehall; and Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley.
Mike Yellak of Greenawalds Avenue, South Whitehall Township, kicked off his second annual Lights in Greenawalds show on Nov. 25 with thousands of Christmas lights and displays to provide Christmas cheer to Lehigh Valley residents.
The upgrades were huge with more than 10 new display scenes, and an upgraded concession barn.
Visitors experiences a warm, cozy feeling as they walk through the archway of lights.
Santa Claus made a grand entrance and photos could be taken with the Jolly Ol’ Elf.
The Grinch also made a return visit.
Residents and employees of Phoebe Terrace, Allentown, recently participated in a cookie baking contest.
The cookie baking champ was resident Jean Iobst with her peanut butter temptations, which were also a crowd favorite.
Second place went to Phoebe Terrace resident Katharine Borgmann with her boolean cookies, a traditional Austrian cookie.
Peter McConnell, publications coordinator with Phoebe Ministries, took home third place with his entry of cinnamon roll cookies.
Christine Bauder presented the winners their awards.
South Whitehall Township had its annual tree and bridge lighting ceremony Dec. 1 at Covered Bridge Park.
Though turnout was somewhat low due to persistent rain throughout the day, those who did attend were treated to a magical evening of entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus.
South Whitehall Commissioners’ President Christina “Tori” Morgan and Paige Durflinger, recreation program specialist, opened the ceremony.
Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie Township, sponsored a Veterans Day event Nov. 11 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the armistice signed at the end of World War I.
The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, which promotes patriotism and maintains tradition for civilian and military communities in 13 states, entertained the guests.
American Legion Post 576, Allentown, posted the colors.