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Lycoming firefighters visit Cetronia Fire Company

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Two firefighters from the Citizens Hose Company and Ambulance Service, Jersey Shore (Pennsylvania, that is) stopped by the Cetronia Fire Department recently for a visit while returning to Lycoming County following service on their rescue truck.

On hand were Cetronia firefighters Bryan Wheeland, Ashley Peralta, Leo Lopez, Fire Chief Jay Heicklen and this LV Press photographer and reporter.

The Wheelands’ home-town is Jersey Shore, located on the west branch of the Susquehanna River bracketed by Williamsport, 18 miles to the east and Lock Haven, 15 miles to the west.

Touring Parkland’s gardens

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Parkland Garden Club sponsored its annual garden tour on a beautiful July 13.

Expecting between 150 and 200 visitors, Parkland Garden Club President Bonnie Keller was grateful for the fine weather for this year’s event.

Each home had members of the garden club checking in visitors and providing information as needed for the current garden, as well as directions to additional gardens.

Cooling off in Fogelsville

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Upper Macungie Police Officers spent a few hours at Polish Ice in Fogelsville cooling off with customers and employees.

Mike Cardell, patrol officer and Bill Rohrbach, community service officer were on hand to say hello and explain the role of Upper Macungie’s Police Department to customers.

Officer Rohrbach arrived on a police motorcycle, which drew a good deal of attention, especially from the youngsters at the event.

‘Liberty Bell’ Church celebrates America’s independence

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Congresswoman Susan Wild, D-7th, was the keynote speaker at Zion’s “Liberty Bell” United Church of Christ Declaration of Independence Sunday.

The annual event commemorates the reading of the Declaration of Independence in front of the church on July 8, 1776.

Eleven bells were brought from Philadelphia in 1777 to prevent the British from melting them down to be made into cannons.

The bells were hidden under the floorboards of Zion Reformed UCC.

Among those bells was State House Bell B, now known as the Liberty Bell.

IRT pavilion dedicated in North Whitehall

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Supporters and members of the Ironton Rail Trail Commission, along with North Whitehall Township supervisors, dedicated the new pavilion at the IRT trailhead on June 9.

The new pavilion, near the North Whitehall Township building, 3256 Levans Road, North Whitehall, adds an excellent kickoff point to the Western end of the IRT.

According to Ray Bieak, secretary of the IRT Commission, counters on the trail showed close to 110,000 users on the trail in 2018.

He added that as of end of May, trail use is on track to accommodate 250,000 users in 2019.

Children attending cancer camp smile at all the fun they have

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley welcomed Lehigh Valley youngsters to its annual Camp Smile June 17 to June 21 at Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

The PCFLV supports children with cancer and their families “with love, hope and smiles.” The free camp engages the youngsters with art, theater, sports, swimming and special guests.

At this year’s camp, each of the 52 campers worked with counselors allowing a nearly one-to-one engagement.

The week ended with each group of campers presenting a play for their parents, families and friends.

Elementary students learn about caring for trees, plants

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Debbie Barhight, conservation chair for the Parkland Garden Club, recently visited with Cetronia Elementary School first graders.

She discussed the importance of trees to the environment.

The white spruce seedlings were provided by Pennsylvania Game Commission Howard Nursery in Centre County.

Barhight told the students how best to plant their trees either outside at home, or keep them inside until they have grown more.

Close to 100 first graders were at the presentation.

Allentown Flag Day Association

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The City of Allentown and the Allentown Flag Day Association, along with residents and others from throughout the Lehigh Valley celebrated Flag Day, June 14, with a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall Plaza, Allentown.

The Allentown Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors at the event.

Buglers were Bob Sedlock Jr., representing Post 576 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Allentown Police Department Officer Christopher Matthews.

Master of Ceremonies for the Flag Day presentation was retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Gerald Still.

Happy 100th birthday Emma Yorkey

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Emma Yorkey, a resident of Mosser Nursing home, Trexlertown, celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family May 5 at Good Will Fire Company. No. 1, also in Trexlertown. A native of Topton, Yorkey was surrounded by well-wishers from near and far.

Yorkey, the mother of eight children, has 18 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.