As owner for more than 30 years of the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Homes of Emmaus and Allentown, John Kulik has made a lot of friends and acquaintances.
On a sunny Saturday afternoon recently, nearly 1,000 of those friends and acquaintances flocked to Emmaus Community Park for an afternoon of free food, musical entertainment and socializing around the park band shell as Kulik sponsored a community appreciation day to mark the 150 years the roots of his business reach back into area history.
His two facilities serve more than 400 families each year.
Twenty-five children from New York City boroughs arrived at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church July 1 to spend a week or two with Lehigh Valley host families courtesy of Fresh Air Fund Lehigh Valley.
Amid pomp and ceremony, with an audience of parents, family and friends, Lower Macungie Middle School inducted 85 seventh grade students and 14 eighth graders into the National Junior Honor Society in a program held at the school May 22.
The processional was led by members of 2013-2014 class of inductees, followed by the scholars included in this year's inductee class.
The National Junior Honor Society is the organization recognizing students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, service, character, leadership and citizenship.
The weather was perfect for the outdoor ceremony held May 25, as 18 memorial bricks were placed by loved ones in the walkways at The Remembrance Garden at the Knauss Homestead, to honor family members who served in the U.S. military.
This was the eighth annual bricklaying ceremony and the 10th anniversary of the Emmaus Commemorative Gardens Foundation.
"I am incredibly proud of what we have created here for the residents of our community," Dr. Mike Waddell, executive director of the foundation said. The memory garden continues to endure and grow year after year.
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Multiple motor vehicle accidents, occurring almost simultaneously along Interstate 78, between the top of South Mountain and Cedar Crest Boulevard during a heavy downpour around noon May 28, brought eastbound and westbound traffic to a halt, throwing heavy traffic onto secondary roads and snarling traffic for hours.
The most serious of the accidents involved a semi-trailer which struck the median barrier and jackknifed while traveling westbound between Lehigh Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard.
Emmaus police, fire and ambulance corps first responders were recognized May 19 with a ceremony and a $100 donation for each at the Emmaus Lodge 792, Free and Accepted Masons, 48 N. Second St., in the borough.
The lodge leader, Worshipful Master Jacob Brown, related the history of first responders back to ancient Roman culture, and noted the country's first organized fire department was founded in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin, a mason.
Friends and relatives gathered for a candlelight vigil May 22 for Holly Grim, the Lower Macungie woman who disappeared from her home Nov. 22, 2013, after dropping her teenage son off at a school bus stop.
Grim's mother found the 42-year-old woman's eyeglasses, her car keys and an overturned cup of coffee in Grim's home in the park along Grange Road in the township. Pennsylvania State Police have listed Grim as "missing/endangered."
Two Troop 5 Scouts, Chris Dryfoos and Andrew Boehme, were recognized for attaining the coveted Eagle Scout rank at a ceremony April 28 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 140 S. Ott St., Allentown, the Troop's sponsoring organization.
Nancy Wagner, of Emmaus, was expecting visitors, but even so, she was surprised to hear the roar of seven motorcycles rumbling down Arch Street and pulling into her home's driveway.
The cyclists were members of a Christian motorcycle organization founded among her church congregation – the Spirit Riders of Bethany United Methodist Church, along Brookside Road, Wescosville.