When I was a kid, Halloween was my second favorite holiday, behind only Christmas. I think it must have been the candy.
Kids today get more and better candy (whole candy bars!) than we did, but there are also lots of other ways they can celebrate the holiday.
The Vera Cruz Halloween parade, a long-standing Upper Milford Township tradition, will be held Oct. 18. The parade forms 6 p.m. in Mystic Chain Park, 3718 Main Road East, and begins 7 p.m. The rain date is Oct. 19. Residents of Vera Cruz are asked to turn on their outside lights during the parade.
The ninth annual Barktoberfest Pet Fair will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Macungie Memorial Park. Rev. Werner M. Koch of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Bethlehem will conduct a Blessing of the Animals 1 p.m. There will be dog and cat rescue groups and vendors selling pet related items. For more information, call 610-966-4289 or email Roberta@barktoberfestpetfair.com.
The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered at Emmaus High School 8 a.m. Oct. 14. It is recommended all college bound 11th grade students take this test. Registration is open and the deadline to register is Oct. 4 if test slots are still available. There is a cost to take the test. Late arrivals will need to enter through the main office entrance to sign in at the late desk.
The homecoming football game will be held Oct. 13 at EHS and the homecoming dance will be held the following day, Oct. 14, in EHS Cafe 1 and 2.
Get ready, get set and pick out the best spot for viewing Emmaus’ annual Halloween parade and BB&T Halloween in Emmaus 5K race Oct. 21. The start time for the race is 7 p.m. Prizes are awarded to top runners and costume contest winners. The parade steps off 7:30 p.m. This popular event attracts hundreds of spectators along the parade route. Rain date for both events is Oct 22. Proceeds from the race benefit the Halloween parade and Emmaus’ parks system.
The Lower Macungie Fire Department will hold an open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the fire station at Sauerkraut Lane. There will be information on fire prevention, face painting, fire truck tours, the Medevac helicopter, state police representatives, food and beverages.
The Church of the Good Shepherd, 135 Quarry Road, Alburtis, will hold a craft bazaar 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14. There will be crafts, a white elephant, gift basket auction, bake sale and food.
On Aug. 31, Allentown Central Catholic High School students and staff attended the ordination of Bishop Schlert at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena in Allentown. Students who are members of the bishop’s team had a hands-on role in the ordination and were very excited to take part in the historic event.
Fall sports teams are enjoying many victories.
The Viking football team recently defeated Pleasant Valley with a score of 28-21 and Pocono Mountain West with a score of 41-20.
The Emmaus High School back to school parent night will be held 6 p.m. Sept. 14.
The 2016-2017 yearbooks are in. If you ordered one, see Mr. Moxey in Room 503, before first period, to pick up your copy.
The EHS Interact Club will hold its first meeting after school Sept. 14 in the multi media room. Students will register for the club and discuss community service opportunities for the first marking period. Students in all grades are welcome to attend; see Mrs. McFarland in Room 564 if you are interested in joining the club but unable to attend the first meeting.
The Macungie Farmers Market is open 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday through October. The market features local farmers providing home grown fruits, vegetables, meat products, eggs, baked goods, plants and more. Parking is available at the park parking lot and along North Walnut Street.
Macungie Memorial Park is a self-supporting park and depends on events and donations to keep the pool, playground, grounds, ballfields and bathrooms operable. If you are interested in volunteering to help with events, contact Amy at 610-966-4289 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another year begins at Emmaus High School.
We welcome our new principal Dr. Kate Kieres to EHS.
Students started school Aug. 28, fall sports have started and all of our teams have been doing fantastic so far.
Beginning Aug. 31, students with late arrival and early dismissal on their schedule must report to the auditorium for the remainder of the six-day cycle until the late arrival or early dismissal privilege form has been submitted at their respective grade level offices.
Editor’s Note: Junior Michael Fleck is our new Allentown Central Catholic High School columinist. He is involved in numerous activities, including the marching and concert bands, the spring musical, cross country, track and field, PJAS, Central City Project (ACCHS’s community service program) and Key Club. We welcome him to our team bringing you news from ACCHS.
Allentown Central Catholic High School will kick off the 2017-2018 school year Aug. 28 for freshmen, with all grades reporting Aug. 29.