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HAPPENINGS

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by The Press in Local News

THURSDAY,

DEC. 20

·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-398-9272.

·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 meets 8-9 p.m.

Tax increase proposed

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

After several public workshop sessions and discussions among staff and commissioners, South Whitehall Director of Finance Brooke Neve reports a 0.35-mill real estate tax increase is proposed for 2019.

The new rate of 2.84975 mills is expected to produce an additional $531,603 revenue in the new year.

An owner of a property at the township average of $308,355 would pay a $108 increase over the 2018 rate.

Total budgeted revenue for the general fund is $16,302,301. The projected operating expense is $16,289,748 with $12,553 left over.

Tractor-trailer combo overturns in South Whitehall Township

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

A tractor-trailer combo traveling northbound on Route 309 rolled on its side 9:30 a.m. Dec. 5 as it entered the Tilghman Street West exit, South Whitehall Township.

The truck driver was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

No report on the driver’s condition was available.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps, South Whitehall Police, and Cetronia, Greenawalds and Woodlawn fire departments responded and were able to quickly extricate the driver from the big rig.

Fuel oil spilled onto the ramp from a ruptured fuel tank.

Article By: LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Members of Faith Wesleyan Church, Route 309, Orefield, presented a live nativity and a One Night in Bethlehem re-enactment during the weekend of Dec. 14-16.

The nativity scene was set up outside the church while the city of old Bethlehem was replicated inside the church.

Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepherds and angels were all present for the live nativity, as was a pair of goats and a burro, similar to the donkey that carried the Mary to Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus.

Western Lehigh Chamber donates to fire company, food bank

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Western Lehigh Chamber of Commerce had its annual Community Grant awards program recently during a luncheon, catered by Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar, at Underwriters Laboratory, 7036 Snowdrift Road, Upper Macungie.

The grants are awarded to two nonprofit organizations each year in memory of Sophie Gerhard and Edwin Adamczak.

This year’s recipients were the Woodlawn Fire Department, South Whitehall; and Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley.

Four new rooms for school

Sunday, December 16, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Four new classrooms will be added to Schnecksville Elementary School through conversion of a garage bay which once housed the Blake model space shuttle.

At the Nov. 20 meeting, superintendent Richard Sniscak said the district conveyed the space shuttle to the airport for $1 some years ago.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman said the district wants to have the additional classrooms ready for children moving into new housing developments proposed for the area.

Lights in Greenawalds once again draws crowds

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Mike Yellak of Greenawalds Avenue, South Whitehall Township, kicked off his second annual Lights in Greenawalds show on Nov. 25 with thousands of Christmas lights and displays to provide Christmas cheer to Lehigh Valley residents.

The upgrades were huge with more than 10 new display scenes, and an upgraded concession barn.

Visitors experiences a warm, cozy feeling as they walk through the archway of lights.

Santa Claus made a grand entrance and photos could be taken with the Jolly Ol’ Elf.

The Grinch also made a return visit.