Civilians and first responders recognized for burn heroism at 12th annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards celebration
The Harrisburg Bureau of Fire was recognized with the first ever President’s Award for its resolve in overcoming multiple tragedies during the 12th annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards Celebration held at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem, recently.
The event recognized a dozen first responders, their departments and everyday citizens for acts of heroism or commitment to burn education.
David Molony is nominated as Republican candidate for State Representative 133rd Legislative District
David Molony, of Catasauqua, was unanimously selected as the Republican nominee to run for the state representative seat in the 133rd Legislative District. The selection was announced Oct. 11 by the Republican Committee of the Lehigh County.
The seat was left vacant by the death of state Rep. Dan McNeil.
A special election will be held Dec. 5.
State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, has announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress (PA-15).
“Like many Republicans, I used to support Charlie Dent. But in the past year, Charlie Dent has completely gone off the rails. Dent has been on the wrong side of every major issue from ObamaCare, spending, border security and the list goes on,” Simmons said.
Students in the East Penn School District are working to send relief to their fellow students in areas damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
Jefferson Elementary School – Jefferson SOARS into Houston-Jefferson Elementary helped their elementary school counterparts at Cimarron Elementary School in Houston. Cimarron is a building housing pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, just like Jefferson, and their families have been heavily impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Cimmaron’s principal, Cynthia Galaviz, has indicated their greatest needs include student uniforms and clothing.
State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress (PA-15) Sept. 8.
“With the support of my community, family and friends, I am running for Congress to be our voice in Washington.
“Our nation works best when Americans are in the driver’s seat. Our government has grown so big, unwieldy and directionless that it is holding us back from achieving the prosperity we all know is within our reach.
“As our congressman, I will focus on commonsense solutions that put our priorities first.
Bishop-elect Alfred A. Schlert was ordained as bishop and installed as the fifth bishop of Allentown Aug. 31 at a special Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Siena.
The church is located at 18th and Turner streets in Allentown.
The Mass began 2 p.m. The procession of deacons, priests and bishops led Schlert to the altar.
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaputwas the principal ordaining bishop. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, was also in the sanctuary.
The East Penn School District Education Foundation moved “Full STEAM Ahead” at their inaugural mini-gala held recently at Lehigh Country Club. This first official fundraising event of the foundation was aimed at providing monetary enrichment for the foundation’s Innovator Grant Program which supports STEAM-powered education in district classrooms.
The gala featured a performance by the Emmaus High School Chamber Strings, a cocktail hour, buffet dinner, raffle prizes for items donated by local businesses and individuals and a foundation living logo on site to entertain guests.
The Emmaus Police Department recently received a generous donation from the Todd M. Schmoyer Memorial Fund which was used to purchase a new police bicycle from South Mountain Cycle, Emmaus.
The bike shop has outfitted the Emmaus Police with bicycles in the past.
Jackson Bartholomew, Dylan Martin, Jacob Licker and Jacob Goldstein received the rank of Eagle Scout in a recent Court of Honor ceremony.
State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, family, friends, fellow Eagle Scouts and current Troop leaders, Scouts and their families attended the event held at Macungie Memorial Hall. Tyler Yankey, of the Boy Scouts of America Minsi Trails Council, served as the keynote speaker for the event.
The four Scouts are members of Boy Scout Troop 71 which is sponsored by Solomon’s United Church of Christ in Macungie.
Brock McElhenney, of Macungie, was recognized for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor recently at the Lower Macungie Community Center, Macungie.
Brock is a member of Boy Scout Troop 131 chartered at Bethany United Methodist Church, Wescosville.
He completed 41 merit badges in a variety of subjects enroute to the Eagle Scout rank.
For his Eagle service project, he assembled 150 welcome kits for the Allentown Rescue Mission, Hamilton Street, Allentown.