Come join the lunch bunch at Ridge Manor Senior Center, 333 Ridge St., Emmaus, where activities and a hot, nutritious meal are provided. A donation for the meal – whatever amount you feel you can afford is requested. The program is open to all residents and individuals from the community. Contact Rachel, center manager, at 610-965-2171 between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information.
In recognition of National Veterans Small Business Week, Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, has updated information on his Pennsylvania Startups for Soldiers program to help veteran and reservist entrepreneurs.
The Startups for Soldiers program, created by legislation written by Mackenzie, waives state business startup fees for those transitioning to the civilian workforce from the United States military. Those serving in reserve units and the National Guard also are eligible.
The program is modeled on a similar program in Missouri.
Cmdr. Scott A. Wastak, formerly of Allentown, assumed command of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Zero (VAW-120) relieving Cmdr. Michael D. France as commanding officer in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station, Chambers Field recently.
France, a Navy pilot from Memphis, Tenn., has commanded the Greyhawks since April 2017. His next assignment is Deputy Commander, Airborne Command, Control, and Logistics Wing.
JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
Area students are among those who received degrees in recent commencement ceremonies including Alyssa Rose Coronati, of Allentown, who earned a degree in health sciences; Cecilia Lucy Rogers, of Emmaus, who earned a degree in biology and graduated magna cum laude, honors scholar, Distinction in Biology; Kevin Joseph Kender, of Macungie, who earned a degree in finance.
NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD
New York National Guard Lt. Col. Shawn Shutts, of Macungie, a veteran of the Iraq War, took command of the 427th Brigade Support Battalion during a recent ceremony at the National Guard Armory at Fort Drum near Watertown, N.Y.
The 427th Brigade Support Battalion is headquartered in Syracuse and also has elements in Rochester, Fort Drum and Buffalo.
The battalion provides logistical support for the 4,000 soldiers of the New York National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat team.
Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) honors veterans with several events during Veterans Awareness Week, Nov. 5-10, Main Campus Schnecksville.
The college will create a “Faces of Honor” tribute displayed in the Student Union.
A Veterans Day flag ceremony will be held, 11 a.m. Nov. 8, at the flagpole outside the Student Services Center.
The week concludes with the second annual LCCC Military Bingo Gift Card event, noon-4 p.m. Nov. 10, Scheller-Woodman Community Services Center. Proceeds benefit the Lehigh Valley Health Network Veteran Health Program.
LV Heritage museum:
New York Times best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis will recount the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 in a lecture and signing of his book, “More Deadly than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War,” 1 p.m. Nov. 3, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.
“This year is the hundredth anniversary of the Spanish flu, the worst pandemic in modern history,” said Joseph Garrera, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum Executive Director.
New chamber music series: Decoda, a New York City-based chamber ensemble launches a new classical music series at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, with a concert, 3 p.m. Nov. 4. “Our appointment of Decoda as the first-ever Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall recognizes the quality of its work,” said Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. Now in its ﬁfth season, Decoda,has performed in South Africa, United Kingdom, Germany, Abu Dhabi, Iceland, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, and across the United States.