It’s hard to believe it’s time to say farewell to 2018 and welcome 2019. Time seems to fly by.
Weather played an important role in our lives in 2018. Remember the 14-day stretch of sub-freezing weather that ended Jan. 8? Remember the 13 days of snowfall in February, with an 8-inch snowfall on Feb. 17? Then on Feb. 21 we hit a record high temperature of 80 degrees.
In March we were hit by three Nor’easters.
Do you remember the 15-inch snowfall on the first day of spring?
Lower Macungie Library will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1, 2019. The library will close 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
The Lower Macungie Library Book Club will meet 10:30 a.m. Jan. 2, 2019 to discuss “The Greater Journey” by David McCullough. The book for February is “The Ninth Hour” by Alice McDermott.
There will be a Kids’ Craft Clean-Up 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 9, 2019 for children ages two and up with adult supervision. Miss Lisa and Miss Johanna have found random craft supplies that will be available in the temporary program room for a morning of crafty fun.
Giving Tuesday, a day of charity to kick off the holiday season, was very successful at Allentown Central Catholic High School. The school’s donors raised $3,200 Nov. 27, more than double the total contributions from 2017.
The beginning coding class traveled to St. Joseph the Worker Nov. 29 to demonstrate “Sparki,” a robot the class has been constructing. Sparki has the ability to draw, sense an incline and navigate around a surface’s edge. It was displayed to the sixth grade students at St. Joe’s, who greatly enjoyed the presentation.
With Thanksgiving so early this year, it seems the December holiday season has been in full swing for a couple of weeks. Hanukkah started at sundown this past Sunday and Christmas preparations are well underway, everywhere you look.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Vera Cruz Fire Company will hold its second annual Hometown Christmas 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Santa will be available for photos with your human and well-behaved furry children!
Upper Milford Western District Fire Company will host a breakfast with Santa 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 16.
The Emerging Health Professionals Program provides high school seniors with an opportunity to experience a variety of health care careers in a hospital setting and take Penn State science courses for college credit. Students spend three days a week rotating among various departments of a hospital. Students will experience these departments throughout the three Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network facilities.
Macungie Holiday will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Local businesses, the historical society and Macungie Memorial Park participate in this borough-wide event.
Lower Macungie Library will host a Santa Celebration 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1. There will be stories, crafts, games and snacks to celebrate Santa. Bring your camera.
The Lower Macungie Library Book Club will meet 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5 to discuss “A Piece of the World” by Christina Baker Kline. There will also be a holiday luncheon. The book for January 2019 is “The Greater Journey” by David McCullough.
The Make-It Monday craft for children ages two and up with adult supervision will be offered 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Clean-up begins promptly 7:30 p.m.
The Pediatric Cancer Club meeting for Shave for the Brave will be held Nov. 28 in Cafe 2. Interested students should get a pass from the counseling office to present to their flex block teacher to be dismissed to attend the meeting.
The Emmaus High School band concert will be held 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in the auditorium.
The winter choral concert will take place Dec. 6 and 7.
The Allentown Cedntral Catholic High School 2021 Student Council held a Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling Tournament Nov. 9. The event was held in Masson Auditorium and was a fun night for all in attendance.
Two senior student athletes have recently been recognized by local organizations.
Viking football running back Logan Bachman was named as an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South All-Star First Team Offensive Player.
To help get you in the holiday spirit, be sure to attend Emmaus’ Old Fashioned Christmas celebrations Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
The Emmaus Historical Society’s museum, 218 Main St., will celebrate the holidays with an open house 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30. This year’s train putz will be unveiled 4 p.m. The children’s choir from St. Ann School will perform 4:30 p.m. and the Emmaus Moravian Church carolers will sing 6:30 p.m. The museum has been transformed with holiday displays. Visitors will enjoy this journey down memory lane.