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Lightbridge Academy to build in Upper Macungie Township

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Steve DiNunzio, franchise owner of the Lightbridge Academy Early Childhood Education facility, Bethlehem Township, recently held a ceremonial brick laying at his new facility in Upper Macungie Township.

The academy will occupy 50 percent of the new construction site at 249 Cetronia Road and is scheduled for completion before the end of 2018.

Sharks rule at Parkland library’s interactive summer program

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in School

Children attending Parkland Community Library’s “Libraries Rock” programs at Parkland elementary schools this summer, including Jaindl Elementary, learned the importance of libraries and reading.

Open to children from kindergarten to fifth grade, this fun, entertaining and educational interactive program was led by Jaclyn Hoimes, director of youth services with the library.

It was “Shark Day” at Jaindl Elementary School as Hoimes read “The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark” to the children.

They then set about crafting their own sharks using clothes pins.

Cetronia officers, trustees donate to fire company

Friday, September 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The officers and trustees of the Cetronia Fire Company, No. 1, recently donated funds to the fire department with the approval of the club membership.

Fire company funds are raised from small games of chance, bingo, and other fundraisers.

Approximately $4,000 was donated to the fire department and was used to replace aging gas meters, which are carried in the fire apparatus.

Two MSA Safety Altair 5X Multigas Detectors were purchased. Each meter is capable of detecting up to six gases, including natural gas, simultaneously.

Ground broken for new Veterans Memorial Elementary School

Friday, September 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Parkland School District officials, contractors, and local and state legislators, turned out for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Veterans Memorial Elementary School, on Long Lane, Upper Macungie Township.

The 90,000-square-foot building is expected open in 2020 and accommodate 700 students.

It will be the ninth elementary school in the Parkland School District.

The land was donated by the Jaindl Family and was named by David and Jackie Jaindl.

Sarah Ayers, James Supra entertain at Blue’s Night Out

Friday, September 7, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Once again, Sarah Ayers and her musical ensemble performed for a very appreciative crowd Aug. 25 at the annual Blues Nite Out at the Neffs UCC Grove.

James Supra, award winning Lehigh Valley harmonica artist, a fixture with Sarah Ayers, was on target with his voice and harmonica.

Al Wannamaker was energetic on drums.

Mitch Shelly brought up the bottom with his exquisite bass, and Dave Smith rounded out the group on guitar.

Northern Valley EMS dedicates three new ambulances

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Northern Valley Emergency Medical Services Inc., had a truck housing ceremony on Aug. 7 at its headquarters in Coplay.

Rather than the usual dedication of one new ambulance, this time three new ambulances were dedicated at one time.

NOVA’s old ambulances were well past their prime and in need of replacement rather than further repairs.

One ambulance had logged more than 200,000 miles, quite an accomplishment as ambulances are not pampered.

Gas leak forces evacuation of Tilghman Square mall

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Cetronia, Greenawalds and Woodlawn firefighters along with South Whitehall police responded to Tilghman Square, 4600 Broadway South Whitehall, Aug. 24 when a contractor struck a gas main at the rear of the complex.

Assisting police with traffic control were Upper Macungie police officers and fire police from the three South Whitehall fire departments.

All businesses in the complex were evacuated until the leak was repaired.

Regina Luciano of Emmaus, former assistant advertising sales manager for The Press, commented on Facebook about the gas leak.

Solehi student chosen Allentown Fair Queen

Friday, August 24, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Focus

McKenzie Corinn Hagenbuch of Emmaus was crowned the 2018 Great Allentown Fair Queen during The Lehigh County Agriculture Society (LCAS) 10th annual Great Allentown Fair Queen Contest Aug. 12 at Christopher’s Restaurant, 1519 Greenleaf St., Allentown.

She will be introduced at the Allentown Fair opening ceremonies, 5 p.m. Aug. 28, RCN Farmerama Theater on the Fairgrounds’ west end along Liberty Street.

County coroner asks for help to solve Allentown cold case

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim and Allentown Police Department officials called a news conference on Aug. 17 to unveil updated information and imaging regarding long unidentified skeletal remains.

The remains were discovered 7:15 p.m. April 28, 1991, in a wooded area, 430 feet beyond an access road off Albert Street, Allentown.

An autopsy was performed April 29, 1991, by Dr. Isadore Mihalakis, who determined the remains were of a male between 25 to 35 years of age.

Trexlertown Grange celebrates 100th anniversary

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Members of the Trexlertown Grange No. 1755 celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Grange June 22.

Organized Feb. 14, 1918, and chartered on April 1, 1918, the Trexlertown Grange added its voice to that of many other granges throughout Pennsylvania and the nation.

The mission of the Grange is to promote community and family connections, though it was originally started at the end of the Civil War in order to help southern farmers improve their farming techniques.