THURSDAY, JAN. 31
·Lehigh Valley Chapter 1371 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees 12:45 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 1933 Hanover Ave., Allentown.Financial planner Harry F. Dorman will discuss new tax laws. Brief business session will conclude meeting. First timers and those wanting lunch should call Ken Zeiner at 610-837-7246 before Jan. 26. For information, call Marie Nader, membership chair, at 610-231-0237.
·Schnecksville Senior Citizens at Schnecksville Fire Co., 1 p.m. lunch; meeting 1:30 p.m. Call 610-432-0260.
Youell's restaurant is destroyed by fire.
The Grundsau Lodge 16 Am Jahden will be having its sixth annual gathering at Wehr's Dam, Orefield, at 7 a.m. Feb. 2.
They will watch for the groundhog (Yahdee) to arrive by coming down the Jordan Creek on a raft.
Following Yahdee's arrival, they will sing Pa. Dutch songs, pledge to the flag (in dialect), then anxiously await to hear what Yahdee says about the coming of spring.
Everyone is invited to come by and enjoy this annual event.
For additional information, call Dave Adam at 484-547-9387.
Joe Biden calls for common ground in gun control debate.
Neil R. Fetherolf, 51, of Schnecksville, died Jan. 26, 2013, at home.
A son of Mae C. (Kramer) Fetherolf Snyder of Schnecksville, and the late Franklin C. Fetherolf, he was a lead systems programmer at AIG for 19 years.
He was a member of Jacob's Church, Jacksonville, Lynn Township.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by brothers, Calvin L. of Trexlertown and Russell E. of Schnecksville; sister LeAnn Turbyfill and husband John R. of Atlanta, Ga.; special friend Terry Guard of Myrtle Beach, S.C., nieces and nephews;a great-niece and a great-nephew.
John J. Lawlor, 56, of Allentown, died suddenly Jan. 29, 2013.
He was the son of Florence Fermaintt of Whitehall and the late John Lawlor.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister Catherine M. Pappalardo; nieces and a nephew.
He was predeceased by brother, Thomas, in 2005.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Edward J. Essig 10 a.m. Feb. 4, in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave., Whitehall.
There will be no viewing and interment is private.
Officials representing townships of the second class in Lehigh County will meet Feb. 8, at the Schnecksville Fire Company Fire Hall for their annual county convention.
The convention provides township officials with up-to-date information to help them better serve their residents and to give them an opportunity to exchange ideas on government issues.
The event will feature a wide range of speakers, including David M. Sanko, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.
Korean War veterans who served their country honorably may be eligible for a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Secretary of Defense, according to state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th.
Any veteran who served in Korea between June 25, 1950 and July 27, 1953 may be eligible for this citation, which is signed by the Secretary of Defense.
Carol Scott Palmer, 78, of Macungie, died on Jan. 26, 2013, in Lehigh Center, Macungie.
She and her husband Harry E were married 56 years in June 2012.
She was an office manager for Kmart, Mesa, Ariz., for 26 years before retiring in 1997.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late William and Florence Scott.
She was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Trexlertown.
She also was a member of Khi Omega Sorority at Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.
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