Steel Fitness Premier, South Whitehall Township, recently held an all-day Fit Fest to encourage Lehigh Valley residents to increase their exercise level.
Additionally, Girls on the Run, Lehigh Valley held a fundraiser to help continue its mission to reach out to girls throughout the Valley in order to raise their fitness levels and understand their self-worth.
The village of Bowers, Berks County, was the site Sept. 8 and 9 of the 22nd annual Chili Pepper Festival at Bill Delong Memorial Park.
According to the festival co-coordinator, John Bixler, 95 vendors were on hand for this year’s events.
Great weather helped keep attendance high as well.
With the chili pepper as the theme, there were a remarkable variety of flavors mixed with the peppers to satisfy any taste.
Think chocolate or cherries or about any flavor one’s taste buds would savor.
Western Lehigh and East Penn Chambers of Commerce had a luncheon meeting Oct. 18 at the Cetronia Ambulance Corps, 4300 Broadway, South Whitehall Township.
The meeting was to introduce the business community to the role of business and community volunteers in public safety.
Presenters included Stephen Michelone Jr., volunteer agency liaison with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Aaron Rhone, program manager with the Bureau of Emergency Services for Pennsylvania.
Ambulance 255, a reconstructed 1916 Ford Model TT ambulance used during World War I made a stop at the Allentown Fair to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the opening of Camp Crane.
The fairground fields and facilities were used by the U.S. Army during WWI to train ambulance drivers for duty in France during the war.
The camp derived its name from Brigadier Gen. Charles Henry Crane, surgeon general of the Army from 1882-83.
The trainees used ambulances identical to Ambulance 255 both in training and in the field.
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, recently held its 14th annual Blues Nite Out in the church grove.
A large crowd was on hand to hear the Sarah Ayers band under beautiful skies.
A somewhat bittersweet note is this was the last event where the old food stand would be used as it being replaced due to being close to 50 years of age.
State Reps. Gary Day, R-187th, and Zachary Mako, R-183rd, sponsored a “Live Wires” training Sept. 7 at the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company.
Special trainers from PPL Electric Utilities brought mock-ups of poles, transformers, fuse boxes and miscellaneous materials in order to introduce firefighters to the dangers of working around electrical emergencies.
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.