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Thursday, June 7, 2018 by JULIA F. SWAN Special to The Press in Columns

It’s carnival time in Lower Milford

If it’s June, it’s carnival time at the Lower Milford Fire Company on Limeport Pike. This year’s carnival will be held June 13 to 16. Grounds open nightly 6 p.m. and live music begins 7 p.m. Fireworks will be held June 15, beginning at dusk.

There will be rides, games, a silent auction, a beer pavilion and much more. For a list of the bands who will appear, details on the silent auction and other information, check out the Lower Milford Fire Company online.

The Upper Milford Youth Association has announced its sponsorship of the Lehigh Valley Tempest, the Lehigh Valley’s very own premier women’s soccer team. Details about the team along with the UMYA sponsorship can be found on the Tempest website at http://www.lehighvalleytempest.com.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the youth of the program, and as sponsors, UMYA is strongly encouraging its families to attend home games, which are scheduled 7 p.m. June 14 and 16 at the Cedar Crest College FalconPlex. Admission of children from within the UMYA soccer program is free as long as they are wearing a UMYA soccer shirt or jersey and they bring along a copy of the voucher which was mailed to families in May.

A few UMYA girls teams will be featured at some of the home games as well.

One final note regarding the sponsorship is that UMYA plans to hold two soccer clinics in June with the support of several Tempest players: 6 to 8 p.m. June 12 at Lenape Park for U10 and younger and 6 to 8 p.m. June 19 for U11 and older at Jasper Park. Registration is open online at www.umya.org.

Participating in one or both clinics will be: Sam Busillo (Kutztown University, current Cedar Crest College assistant coach); Darien Vercillo (University of South Carolina, current Lehigh Valley United coach); Alyssa Finelli (Lafayette College, current Seton Hall University assistant coach); Sarah Oswald (West Chester University, current Emmaus High School head coach); Ali Brosky (Slippery Rock University, current EHS assistant coach) and Evangeline Soucie (University of Kentucky, current University of Kentucky assistant coach).

In other UMYA news, this summer has been slow to start, but it is here! And that means kickball. To paraphrase an anonymous kickballista: kickball is a game of passion and a bunch of other emotions... It is the single greatest game ever conceived, etc.

The last day to register for summer kickball is June 18. Join UMYA for relaxed fun and more fun. Kickball is for all experience levels, mixed ages (five to 12) and coed.

The Upper Milford Western District Fire Company will hold its annual chicken barbecue 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23. The price includes a half barbecued chicken, baked potato, applesauce and roll. Eat in or take out. Tickets are available in advance by contacting any fire company member or on Facebook.

The Upper Milford Historical Society will meet 7 p.m. June 28 in the Upper Milford Township building. Larry Roeder will relate the intriguing story of Bergdoll’s Pot of Gold, worth over $12 million today and where it may have been buried on a farm in Upper Milford.

The Emmaus Public Library and the joint Emmaus and Upper Milford Environmental Advisory Committee will host a library buffer cleanup 9 a.m. to noon June 23. They welcome volunteers.

The Vera Cruz Community Association meets 7:30 p.m. June 14 at the fire company. All are welcome. For information, contact Betsy Eltz at 610-965-8627.

The Western District Fire Company on Route 100 will serve breakfast 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 7. For information on the breakfasts, call the fire company at 610-966-3541 or Carol Shade at 610-966-3902.

The Upper Milford Fire Company’s ladies auxiliary meets 7 p.m. July 2. New members are always welcome.

The Ladies Auxiliary of Citizens Fire Company of Vera Cruz will meet 7:30 p.m. June 26 at the Vera Cruz Fire Department Social Hall.

Vera Cruz senior citizens meet 1 p.m. June 7 and 21 at the Vera Cruz Fire Company. All are welcome.

Lower Milford Township supervisors will hold its regular meeting 7:30 p.m. June 21. There will also be a workshop meeting 7:30 p.m. June 7.

Other Lower Milford meetings are as follows; unless otherwise noted, they will begin 7:30 p.m.: the planning commission usually meets the first Monday of the month, which was June 4. They will also hold a workshop June 18; recreation and open space board, June 13; historical commission, June 12.

Upper Milford supervisors will meet 7 p.m. June 7 and 14.

The Upper Milford Planning Commission usually meets 7:30 p.m. the Monday before the first Thursday of every month. They will hold a workshop meeting June 11.

The recreation commission meets 7:30 p.m. June 18. The Joint Environmental Advisory Council usually meets 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month, alternating between Emmaus and Upper Milford. The next meeting is June 25 in Emmaus. The open space committee meets 7 p.m. June 13. The emergency services committee meets 7 p.m. June 20.

If you have news or information for this column, which runs the first Wednesday of every month, please call me at 610-838-8923 or email me at bruce.swan@rcn.com.