South Whitehall Police Chief John Christman has retired from township employment to take the position director of security services for Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Christman commented during the Jan. 2 South Whitehall Township commissioners’ meeting on his new venture.
“It’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” Christman said. “It’s a big force with about 85 security officers. I have a lot to learn.”
Christman, who led the 39-member police department in South Whitehall, began as a patrol officer in the township 25 years ago.
For Emmaus resident Rick Patton, getting into the business of making custom fishing rods is no fish tale.
Patton learned how to fish — a hobby he enjoyed as a child — from his uncle.
As an engineer, Patton was working in North Jersey constructing a scale model of a nuclear power plant in 1977 when he became friends with a co-worker who also enjoyed fishing.
One day while fishing together, Patton, impressed with his friend’s fishing rod, noticed he was getting more fish than Patton.
THURSDAY JAN. 4, 2018
·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-395-1006.
·Model Railroad Explorer Post 101 at Coplay Municipal Building, Room 201, 96 S. Fourth St., 7-9 p.m. Call 610-965-2598 or 610-262-7013.
·Al-Anon Family Support group for adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous, from 8-9 p.m.
Cura Hospitality, the food contractor for Phoebe Terrace, Allentown, sponsored a pie baking contest at the retirement community Nov. 30.
The pies were baked by residents as well as employees of Cura.
Judges included Molly Driscoll, manager of Phoebe Terrace; Adam Marles, senior vice president, Phoebe Home of Allentown, and Linda Plunkett, administrative assistant.
Eleven pies were presented and after all the tasting was completed Phoebe Terrace resident Sara Heintzelman took third place for her Toll House and pumpkin pie.
The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Drake retired in fall 2017 from First Presbyterian Church of Allentown.
Drake, who was raised in Greenville, is the son of a Presbyterian father and a Methodist mother.
He studied piano and organ as a child and was involved in church school and youth groups.
A music major at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, he started to contemplate a career in the church, perhaps as an associate pastor and minister of music.
He then enrolled in Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for his pastoral training.
Cetronia Ambulance Corps Emergency Medical Technician Michele “Shelly” Lukitsch was recently awarded the 2017 Basic Life Support Practitioner of the Year by the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council.
Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, with the assistance of the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council recognizes individuals, groups, and organizations that have made a significant contribution to Pennsylvania’s EMS System.
Pennsylvania State Police Troopers from the region provided infant and child safety seat inspections Nov. 28, 2017, at Krause Toyota, Upper Macungie Township.
At the request of Krause owner Matt Krause, Sr. the Troopers helped parents and grandparents be sure their child safety seats were properly installed providing the best protection possible for their little passengers.
South Whitehall commissioners have unanimously approved the 2018 general fund budget tax rate of 2.49975 mills, the same as 2017.
The general fund budget covers salaries, benefits, utilities, legal and engineering fees, and pension costs.
Residents will also be billed 0.47 mills for the newly created fire fund.
This tax amounts to $47 on each $100,000 of assessed property values.
This money will be kept separate from the general fund and used only for fire-related purposes to sustain the volunteer fire stations.