With a fanfare of whirling blades, flashing lights and warning sirens, two ambulances and a helicopter arrived at the helipad at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township, but not in response to an emergency.
The new vehicles, gleaming black in the summer heat, heralded their own debut as critical care equipment for the region.
Summer is the season of Lions.
Let me explain.
My father was a dedicated member of the Lower Lehigh Lions and summer, in my memory at least, was the season when the Lions' calendar got in full swing: Bookended by flea market and garage sales in May and September, the summer calendar included my dad's shifts at breakfasts at Macungie Memorial Park and stints at Wheels of Time and Das Awkscht Fescht.
Our home phone number was among those listed to "make reservations or for more information" for various events.
Patriotic songs and winning essays and poetry were among the program highlights of the annual Flag Day observance at Emmaus Community Park in the borough.
The festivities included the presentation of awards by Emmaus Mayor Winfield Iobst.
Winning writers and poets read their entries on this year's theme, "What the American flag means to me." Esther H. Nguyen, Victoria A. Rivera and Kathleen A. Taranto took first, second and third place honors in poetry. Alexa T. Brndjar, Jason L. Bowen and Laurie L. Slagle placed first, second and third, respectively, for their essays.
Sheila Berg remembers the protocol with a precision reserved for those of the military.
Berg, of Weisenberg Township, was serving in the Air Force stationed at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware during Operation Iraqi Freedom. War conditions dictated that Berg remain on the base. When fallen troops arrived from overseas service members would stop what they were doing and, often, salute, especially if near the base mortuary.
For three years running, pupils at Jefferson Elementary School, 520 Elm St., Emmaus, have raised $5,000 by running laps.
With luck, this year will bring the count to four.
Donations continue to come in for the Race for Education, Becca Kahle, president of the school PTO and an organizer of this year's race said. Pupils from kindergarten through fifth grade run and walk laps around the track at Emmaus High School to raise money. Donations are made per lap and can range from $5 to $105, according to Kahle. The Race for Education is the biggest fundraiser for the school.
Art inspiration can come from anywhere: a collection of colors, a favorite food, work by another artist.
For Keeler Nichols, a fifth-grader at The Swain School, 1100 S. 24th Street, Salibury Township, inspiration came from lips and teeth of a gargoyle she saw in a picture in art class. Nichols, of Breinigsville, created her own gargoyle from clay and painted it to look like stone.
"It was really, really fun to make and we got to sculpt and sculpt and sculpt and sculpt," Nichols said of the experience.
According to a Gerneral Curator Richard Rosevear of the Trexler Nature Preserve, Schnecksville, who spoke with The Press May 7, a second baby bison was born April 30.
The first baby bison was born April 16.
These two baby bisons, Rosevear said, are the first at the nature preserve in nine years.
A 39-year-old Macungie man is charged with multiple counts of sexually assaulting a male juvenile at an Upper Nazareth Township school where he worked.
Shawn William Salevsky of the 1500 block of Kennington Lane was arraigned last week before District Justice John C. Capobianco in Nazareth.
Charges against Salevsky include six counts each of corruption of minors and recklessly endangering another person; five counts of indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age; three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; and sexual assault.
Troop 431, which meets at Asbury United Methodist Church in Allentown, welcomed five new Eagle Scouts at a ceremony April 29.
Joshua G. Light, son of Greg and Kathryn Light, of Macungie, is a senior at Emmaus High School. He joined Scouting as a Tiger Cub. Light worked with the Allentown Parks Department and Pennsylvania Wildlands Conservancy on a restoration of the habitat of Trout Creek Park to earn his Eagle award. His project included planning, organizing, and overseeing construction of 33 birdhouses and three large bat boxes for the park.