This fall, members of the Emmaus Rotary Club, one of the oldest service clubs in the Lehigh Valley, were out in force to make a positive difference in the community.
Over 30 Emmaus Rotarians and 20 Emmaus High School Interact students actively participated in a number of community projects which exemplify the Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self.”
•Packed 5,000 shelf-stable pasta meals and delivered them to a local food bank
The Emmaus Veterans Committee, comprised of members from the Emmaus American Legion Post 191, the Emmaus Catholic War Veterans Post 1067 and the Marine Corps League Detachment #296, provides various services to honor veterans.
In honor of its founder, D. Esther Swain, The Swain School held its annual Founder’s Day celebration Oct. 25. The Swain community gathered to hear words and music celebrating Mrs. Swain and the school she started in 1929 ‘with eight students.
In her remarks, Dr. Shannan Boyle Schuster, head of school, talked about the importance of service, even when it seems really hard. She shared the many ways Mrs. Swain was challenged, yet she persevered, leaving an incredible legacy that would make her very proud today.
Officials from Lehigh Valley Health Network and Air Products ‘virtually’ cut the ribbon to officially open the new Air Products Center for Connected Care and Innovation at LVHN at the health network’s One City Center location in downtown Allentown Nov. 3.
The Air Products Foundation announced a major donation in November 2015 to launch the center.
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.