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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Volunteers make sure kids have school supplies

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Hundreds of kids and their parents lined the sidewalks around the Salvation Army, N. Eighth St., Allentown, recently, following an announcement there was going to be a backpack giveaway.

More than 700 backpacks containing needed school supplies were distributed Aug. 22 to youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade in the Allentown School District to help ease the financial burden on their families.

Solehi student chosen Allentown Fair Queen

Friday, August 24, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Focus

McKenzie Corinn Hagenbuch of Emmaus was crowned the 2018 Great Allentown Fair Queen during The Lehigh County Agriculture Society (LCAS) 10th annual Great Allentown Fair Queen Contest Aug. 12 at Christopher’s Restaurant, 1519 Greenleaf St., Allentown.

She will be introduced at the Allentown Fair opening ceremonies, 5 p.m. Aug. 28, RCN Farmerama Theater on the Fairgrounds’ west end along Liberty Street.

Police learn how to improve truck safety on highways

Thursday, July 26, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Police officers throughout Lehigh County recently attended a two-week course on how to improve highway safety in the trucking industry.

According to Chris Lengle, traffic safety coordinator with North Central Highway Safety Network, one of the goals of the program is to create a countywide safety task force.

“Coordinating Resources to Advance Safer Highways pilot is a project which is focused on reducing crashes involving commercial motor vehicles,” Lengle said.

Fireworks spectacular lights up night sky

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Close to 11,000 visitors filled Earl Adams Park, Breinigsville, for the annual Breinigsville Independence Day Fireworks spectacular sponsored by Carl Schmoyer III, with Schmoyer, Trexler and J.S. Burkholder funeral homes.

On hand to help celebrate the founding of the United States of America, July 4, 1776, was the Municipal Band of Allentown and radio and television personality “Uncle” Jeffrey Tapler.

Food trucks were swamped with some completely running out of food before the night was over.

Fastnacht fever overtakes Good Will Fire Company

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Continuing its long tradition of baking fastnachts for Shrove Tuesday, Good Will Fire Co. No. 1, Trexlertown, had a busy weekend baking, packing and selling more than 3,000 dozen Fastnachts.

As the face of the fire department is changing, and fewer community residents take up the call to volunteer, members now rely on some outside help to fill the gaps.

One volunteer even traveled from Italy to help with the effort Feb. 10.

Giada Martini traveled from Revó, Trentino, Italy, where she is a firefighter with the municipal fire department.

Marine veterans celebrate the 242nd birthday of the Marine Corps

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

On a chilly afternoon recently, active duty and Marine veterans gathered at the Marine Corps Monument at Cedar Beach Park, Allentown, to celebrate the 242nd birthday of the Marine Corps.

On hand were Marines stationed at the Marine Corps reserve center on Airport Road as well as members of the Marine Corps Leagues of Allentown and Bethlehem.

Lehigh Valley residents line up for LVHN annual flu clinic

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Lehigh Valley residents lined up recently for the annual Lehigh Valley Health Network flu shot marathon at Dorney Park, South Whitehall.

Unlike years past when the traffic would be backed up in both directions on Hamilton Boulevard, congestion was kept to a minimum as a result of multiple teams being available to administer the shots.

Charlie Dent meets with ‘Dreamers,’ business owners

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, recently met with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals advocates, “Dreamers” and businesses that rely on emigrants as employees at Vynecrest Winery.

The goal of the meeting was to discuss the problems facing children of undocumented migrants who brought their minor children to America.

The Department of Homeland Security has rescinded the Obama era program of receiving renewable two-year period of deferred action as of June 16, 2017.

Music studio students perform concert for Country Meadows residents

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Eleven students from the Macungie Music Studio performed holiday harp music recently for the residents of the Country Meadows Retirement Community, Upper Macungie Township.

Performing in front of a full room, the artists soothing music helped prepare the residents for the holiday season.

Wounded Warriors Amputee Football Team plays local police department

Friday, August 5, 2016 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team took on the “NFL Alumni” made up of mostly Allentown Police Department officers at the PPL Arena recently following an Arena Football League game between the Philadelphia Soul and the Cleveland Gladiators.

The WWAFT was founded to raise awareness of Wounded Warriors and their families.

It is also a testimony to the perseverance of this group of veterans to excel in spite of their physical challenges.

And, they have a 15-0 record on the field.

Joining the WWAFT for the game was Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th.