The Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce recently donated funds to various regional volunteer and nonprofit organizations to help further their missions and mandates.
Among the recipients were the Upper Macungie Fire Department, Station 56, Cetronia Ambulance Corps, and Meals on Wheels of the Lehigh Valley.
Each organization received a $1,000 donation from the Chamber with each having a specific purpose for the funds.
Upper Macungie Station 56 will purchase two ammonia detectors to help detect toxic levels of ammonia in the cold storage industry.
The Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds welcomed this year’s Lehigh Valley Flower and Garden Show March 9-11.
With a mix of flower and garden displays and vendors offering everything from lawn care services to jewelry, one could find a wide variety of wares to enjoy.
Nearly 90 business were on hand for the show.
The Girl Scouts of America, Eastern Pennsylvania, held a World Thinking Day Feb. 24 at First Presbyterian Church, Allentown.
Daisy Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts enjoyed a day of learning about women who have made significant contributions to both recent, as well as past history in world events.
Some of those women included: JK Rowling, Mia Hamm, Coco Chanel and Helen Keller.
Kindergarten and first grade students were treated to a visit Feb. 26 by the tooth fairy at St. Joseph the Worker School, Orefield.
Arriving with Dr. Gregg Frey from FreySmiles, the tooth fairy helped students understand the importance of brushing and flossing their teeth.
Once the formal presentation ended and it was time for questions from the students, the most asked questions were about the tooth fairy.
Students wondered how she got so small to enter their homes, and what her magic dust does.
Grundsau (Groundhog) No. 16 held its annual versammling, dinner and meeting, March 2 at Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield.
As the weather had not been cooperating in early March, the turnout was somewhat lower than planned, but still robust enough to fill the meeting space with singing and conversation in Pennsylvania Dutch or more correctly, Deutsch (German).
Starting with an appearance by Yahdee the Groundhog and ending with a Christmas skit written by Bob Schantz, Unner Haaptmann (vice president.)
When Parkland students Collin and Kyleigh Duff heard of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., they were worried for their cousin Daniel.
They were relieved to receive a text from him saying he had hid in a closet and was OK.
Realizing the seriousness of the shootings, Collin and Kyleigh looked for a way to support the “other” Parkland.
The brother and sister came up with the idea of selling bracelets to start a Go-Fund-Me program for the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.
Parkland School District students recently gathered 25,000 pounds of food to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania.
School totals were: Elementary schools — Jaindl, 1,497 cans; Schnecksville, 1,288 cans; Kernsville, 603; Fogelsville, 1,291; Kratzer, 437; Ironton, 754; Cetronia, 524; Springhouse and Orefield middle schools, 1,315 and 878, respectively; and Parkland High School, 12,776 for a total of 21,363.
Cetronia, Woodlawn, Greenawalds, Western Salisbury and Alburtis fire departments, along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel responded Feb. 6 for a house fire at 3250 Hamilton Blvd, South Whitehall Township.
A resident of the home called 911 around 8 p.m. to report a fire had started in the outside of the house after he had used a large propane heater to melt ice from a sidewalk.
The fire was traveling up the exterior of an entrance way, and beginning to enter the enclosed entrance at the rear of the home.
Parkland School District suffered a serious loss to its bus fleet when 16 buses inside, and another dozen buses parked outside the bus garage behind Orefield Middle School were either destroyed or damaged in an early morning fire on Feb. 23.
The 911 call reported someone saw smoke coming from the building, located along Stadium Road adjacent to the football field. Tri-Clover Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Garris arrived on scene soon after the call and reported he saw smoke on the west side of the garage.
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.