The Lehigh Valley Zoo celebrated Easter weekend with numerous events April 18-22.
On April 18, there was a Bean the Sloth meet-and-greet, and on Monday, Earth Day, various community groups showed ways to help protect the Earth from pollution and degradation due to climate change.
Monday was also a good day to meet Luani, a 2-1/2-year old African penguin. Luani is a Lehigh Valley native as he was born at the zoo.
Older penguins now call the zoo their home as part of the Save Animals From Extinction program.
Laurys Station Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 recently held its 2019 Fire Company elections.
Charles Eckhart was elected president; Jared Farkas, vice president; Robin Hood, recording secretary; Marie Hood, financial secretary; Eric Minford, treasurer; Ian Noll, chaplain.
Chris Greb, Dale Remaley and Matt Gray were named trustees.
They also announced fire line officers as Robin Hood, chief; Kevin Remaley, first assistant chief; Chris Greb, second assistant chief; Matt Desch, captain; Logan Noll, lieutenant; and John Bull, fire police captain.
The Korea/Vietnam Memorial Inc. will have a special commemorative program 2 p.m. April 28 at the U.S. Armed Forces Plaza, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Route 309, Schnecksville.
Veterans whose names have been added to the plaza, a Purple Heart recipient, members of the Allentown Veterans Outreach Group and the Fleet Reserve will be honored.
Special recognition will be given the long time KVM Officers, CEO Frank Ginther and President Robert Wolfe.
LCCC President Dr. Ann Bieber and Director of Veterans Services Leslie Bartholomew will give presentations.
The new Parkland elementary school, Veterans Memorial, under construction on an 18-acre site in Upper Macungie Township, has become a prominent landmark east of Schantz Road on the western side of Twin Ponds Road.
Rob Avitabile, senior project manager for Alvin H. Butz Inc., commented on the school during the April 16 school board meeting.
“We’re right on budget as of now and we’re tracking a little bit ahead of schedule,” Avitabile said.
He reported all of the roof is in place, and some bricks have already been set.
South Whitehall Director of Community Development George Kinney is on a mission to eliminate advertising signs which appear in the township every weekend.
Kinney said most are placed by builders or real estate agents who are hosting open house events to promote sales.
“These bandit signs are not permissible,” Kinney said. “They are often advertising things not in the township.”
He noted one builder is the worst offender.
Kinney reported township staff go out Saturday mornings to pull up the signs but many times new signs crop up in their places.
Forgotten Felines and Fidos animal shelter, 6022 Mountain Road, Germansville, has the following cats available for adoption. For more information, call 610-760-9009 and press No. 2 or submit an application at forgottenfelines.org.