Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay, recently visited South Whitehall firefighters at Greenawalds Fire Department.
Solobay shared his insights on the status of legislative priorities important to firefighters throughout the commonwealth.
An active volunteer firefighter, Solobay related well to his target audience. He also has the advantage of serving in both the state Senate and Legislature making it somewhat easier to navigate the intricacies of the legislative process.
Cetronia Ambulance Corps recently offered a Junior EMS Camp at it headquarters, 4300 Broadway, South Whitehall. A total of 24 youth, ages 12 to 15, were introduced to the different challenges of modern emergency medical services as well as what first responders do. Each day of the five-day camp provided a different learning experience and hands-on training.
After seven years of hard work and commitment, 17-year-old Thomas Darlington of Upper Macungie Township was recently promoted to Eagle Scout at Cedar Church, Cetronia, home of Boy Scout Troop 29.
Taking six months of planning and design work, Darlington’s project was to add four raised gardens to Upper Macungie Township’s Lone Lane Park.
His plan also included new rules signs for the park.
Twenty-five Scouts from Troop 29 gathered this spring at the park and within 12 hours, had the work completed.
Before the end of the last school year, Skills- USA held its eighth annual culinary challenge at the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Schnecksville.
Teams from LCTI, Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School, Career Institute of Technology, Monroe Career and Technical Institute, and Upper Bucks County Technical School competed for the People’s Choice Award.
Judges included Laurie Hackett, Air Products; Kristen Rinaldi, Lehigh Valley Style; Chris Porreca, Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Bobby Gunther Walsh, radio station WAEB 790 AM.
One hundred and thirty high school musicians from District 10, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, performed before the end of the last school year at Parkland High School.
Richard Sniscak, superintendent with Parkland School District, gave the opening remarks.
Eric Hahn, president with PMEA District 10 also spoke.
The opening numbers were directed by Parkland High School Director Jason Lerew.
He then introduced the guest conductor Dennis Glocke, professor with Penn State University.
Professor Glocke is the director of concert bands at Penn State.
Several members of the first Parkland High School senior class met May 10 at the Hops at the Paddock, South Whitehall, for their 67th reunion.
This was the first class to graduate from the recently renamed South Whitehall High School as students from North Whitehall wanted a more neutral name.
A contest was held and the winning name, Parkland, was submitted by Mary Lou Urffer.
The high school in 1950 was at what is now the Troxell building, North Cedar Crest Boulevard, South Whitehall.
Cetronia Ambulance Corps sponsored its annual 5K Run and Walk on May 20 at Cedar Creek Parkway West, 4200 Broadway, South Whitehall Township.
More than 90 entrants enjoyed a rainy start with help from the IronPigs “Pork Racers.”
South Whitehall Township Police Department’s explosive detection K-9 Kimber with Officer Colin Beaumont and Allentown Fire Department’s arson dog Judge with Allentown Fire Chief Lee T. Laubach Jr., were on hand to demonstrate their skills.
Additional photos on page A5.
Boy Scout Troop 57, Schnecksville, had a flag retirement ceremony May 6 at Community Fire Company No. 1., Schnecksville.
Retired Lehigh County Community College President Don Snyder shared his thoughts on patriotism and the meaning of the flag as it relates to veterans.
A number of veterans attended the ceremony.
Additional photos appear on page A6.
Upper Macungie Township police and firefighters along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel responded May 2 to a report of a car into a trailer near the former Terry Hill Water Park, Upper Macungie Township.
A 1979 Jeep CJ-7 had rolled down a hill in the Terry Hill Mobile Home Park and hit the rear of a home, causing damage to the master bedroom area of the home.
The owner was not home at the time of the crash.
Earlier in the morning, the Jeep’s owner had attempted to start it, but was not successful.
PPL Utilities recently sponsored a safety program geared to elementary school students throughout their distribution region.
One of their stops recently was at the Schnecksville Elementary School, where kindergarten through second graders learned how to be safe around electrical outlets and appliances.
The program taught by actors representing the National Theatre for Children, Minneapolis, Minn., was a high energy, interactive event geared to reach younger children.