I spent last week in New England visiting my older sister. It's a long ride up from here and for the third year in a row, rained most of the way. However, coming home the Lord and sunshine were with us. Autumn had arrived in full splendor. Color was everywhere, from palest yellow bushes to deep red of tall trees along the roads and highways. Cool brisk air was a welcome change after our steamy summer. Pumpkins, a few corn stalks and seasonal decorations reminded us Halloween was on its way.
Did you know? Upper and Lower Milford Townships were originally part of Bucks County in a larger territory called Milford Township.
In 1738, they were pulled out of Milford Township to become Upper Milford Township, the first township in Lehigh County.
In December 1852, they were made separate townships.
This information and more can be found in a pictorial history book recently released by the Upper Milford Township Historical Society.
My name is Abby Parnell and I am a junior at Lehigh Valley Christian High School in Catasauqua. I participate in drama, choir and girls soccer. I will be contributing to this column to share with you about life at LVCHS.
LVCHS is off to a great start. There are new students, classes, teachers and electives as well as new renovations to the school building. Our mission remains the same – to "equip students to think biblically and to function purposefully in society."
The Macungie Farmers Market will be open 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday through October. The market features local family farmers providing home- grown food: fruits, vegetables, meat products, eggs, baked goods, plants and more. There will be pumpkin decorating Oct. 11 and trick or treat at the market Oct. 25. There will be a cooking demonstation Oct. 18. Parking is available along North Walnut Street and at the park.
This is the season for changes. Autumn began this past Saturday, the weather has turned a bit cooler, schools are in full swing. A few miles down the road, the Alburtis Park has ended its 82nd year of country music, games and entertainment. Folks are preparing for coming events and holiday celebrations.
The Lower Macungie Senior Citizens meet noon at the community center, 3400 Brookside Road, Macungie, Oct. 2 and 16. Games are played following the business meeting. Call Doris at 610-966-3653 for information about her trip to Ace in the Hole Oct. 3 and Branson Nov. 10 to 18.
It's that time of year for the eagerly awaited annual Emmaus Halloween parade. The parade will be held 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20. There is a rain date of 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21. While you are staking out your viewing spot along the parade route, be sure to cheer the runners participating in the KNBT Halloween 5K race, some in costume, which starts 7 p.m. before the parade and follows the parade route. The proceeds from the race go toward Halloween parade expenses and park projects. For information visit Emmaus 5k.com or email Emmausparade@aol.com.
As the 2012-2013 school year picks up speed, the many events and activities offered at Emmaus High School follow suit.
Meet the teacher and parents' night will be held in the EHS cafeteria 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27. The night will feature a club fair with displays from various clubs and organizations within the school, in addition to the opportunity for parents to become acquainted with their students' teachers, as well as classroom expectations.
School will be closed Sept. 26 due to Yom Kippur.
The Board of Commissioners and staff are holding the seventh annual troop support program to collect donated items to send to township residents in the armed services who won't be home for the holidays. To register a loved one in the holiday program, call 610-966-6924. Donations of food, toiletry items, batteries, magazines and phone cards will be accepted at the community center 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday through Nov. 10. A list of acceptable donations is available at the community center.
The annual fall festival will be held at the community center 11 a.m. Oct. 13. The Lehigh German Shepherd Festival will be featured. Also included are the children's activities and the popular cow pie bingo. The kitchen will also be open. Crafters and vendors are asked to contact Sherry at 610-966-4533. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kindergarten, first and second grade girls interested in joining the Camp Fire Girls may call Katie DeIaco at 610-966-4663. Hoagie sales have resumed. To place an order, call 610-966-4663.
Lehigh Valley Animal Hospital will hold their fourth annual "Paws in the Park" Sept. 22 at Macungie Memorial Park. For more information, call 610-966-4289.
The Macungie Farmers Market will be open 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday through October. The market features local family farmers providing home grown food: fruits, vegetables, meat products, eggs, baked goods, plants and more. There will be an Applooza Festival Oct. 4 and pumpkin decorating Oct. 11. Parking is available in the park parking lot and along North Walnut Street.