A promising young life ended all too soon Aug. 3 when U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman First Class Austin T. Zalik died in a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 78.
The 2009 graduate of Parkland High School, was killed when his pickup truck rolled down an embankment and was struck by a tractor-trailer on I-78, Greenwich Township, Berks County.
According to State Police Troop, L, Hamburg, Zalik's 1990 Toyota pickup was parked in the lot of Rauch's Service Station, 1510 Krumsville Road, (Route 737) facing I-78 when it rolled down the enbankment at 6:33 a.m. onto the interstate.
"Sky! Everything is Possible with God" Vacation Bible School was held July 9-13 at Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield.
Stagemakers Theater Camp was held July 20 at the Jewish Community Center in Allentown.
Twenty-three Lehigh Valley and 15 Texas students left June 27 from the Tilghman Square Shopping Center, South Whitehall for a trip to China. The group left June 27 and returned July 13.
Barbara Campbell, former Parkland elementary teacher, and her husband, Tom, an engineer for Mack Trucks, led the People to People group.
While in China, they visited Shanghai where they had a breath taking view of the city on the glass sky walk of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the tallest in Asia and the third tallest in the world.
Sour Apple Auto and Customs, Coplay, recently held a grand opening celebration.
The Bluegrass Festival Car Show was held July 21 at the Schnecksville Fire Company, Route 309, Schnecksville.
The 16th annual Parkland Trojan Alumni Varsity Club golf tournament will take place Aug. 17 at Iron Lakes Country Club, 3625 Shankweiler Road, North Whitehall. The tournament will take place rain or shine.
Participants are invited for coffee and doughnuts at 6:45 a.m.
At 7:30 a.m., an opening ceremony with bagpipes, dedicated to the memory of the late David Davis, club member and supporter of Parkland sports, will take place.
Refreshments will be available along the course.
The event will conclude with a pig roast feast at Willow Tree Grove.
The House Majority Policy Committee convened July 31 to discuss economic development focusing on regulatory issues, workforce development and tax reform.
The group of Pennsylvania representatives and local panelists met in the conference room of the Kasych Family Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
"Unemployment in Pennsylvania is still at a rate that is too high, and that doesn't even address the problem of underemployment; people who are working part time who would like to be full time," State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, said.
One of the biggest questions regarding the new Upper Macungie Police Department was answered at the July 30 supervisors meeting.
Chief Edgardo Colon reported his management team has concluded interviews with officers currently part of the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department.
He also sought authorization to set the size of the department at 30 officers, including three, himself and the two lieutenants, already hired.
Supervisor Sam Ashmar said the original recommendation was for a force of 28 to 32 officers.
South Whitehall commissioners granted approval July 18 to a pair of resolutions allowing Cetronia Ambulance Corps to construct its Joint Operations Facility.
First, commissioners voted to allow subdivision of a 96.4005-acre property owned by Lehigh County at 4200 Broadway.
Lot one is comprised of nine acres at the southwest quadrant of the Parkway Road and Broadway intersection. Lot two encompases 87.4005 acres designated as the residual tract.