The 2018 Great Allentown Fair opened its doors to the public on Aug. 28 with its opening ceremony at the RCN Farmerama Theater.
With a promise of good times and food, excellent entertainment and quickly changing weather, this year’s fair, the 166th, was destined to be Great!
With the colors posted by the Lehigh Valley Composite Squadron 805, Civil Air Patrol, Egypt, the ceremony got underway.
Bev Gruber, president of the Lehigh County Agriculture Society was master of ceremonies.
Upper Macungie Township fire departments, Cetronia Ambulance Corps and Upper Macungie police recently sponsored the 2018 Junior Emergency Services Academy at Upper Macungie Station 56.
The academy, from July 23-27, was designed to introduce 12- to 16-year-olds to public service organizations.
During the week, the youth were involved in drills and classroom activities to help make them aware of the type of support needed to keep a community safe.
Instructors were members of the townships emergency response organizations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.