Holiday decorations are starting to appear around town. Orange lights, pumpkins, ghosts and more announce the coming of Halloween.
Trick or Treat in Alburtis will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Parents should make sure children and their costumes are visible to drivers.
The Macungie Minstrelaires will present "Country Jamboree" at Lower Macungie Middle School. Show times are 8 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and Nov. 1 and 2. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Part of this year's proceeds will benefit the Keystone Wounded Warriors.
Don't forget what happened in late October the past two years!
Two years ago there was a freak snowstorm, and last year, Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast. Both incidents caused lengthy power outages in the Upper and Lower Milford area, so residents are reminded to be prepared as fall and winter weather arrive.
If you own a generator, make sure it's working. Check that you have other emergency supplies on hand, such as flashlights with working batteries, candles, transistor radios, firewood, etc.
Another month almost ended, another season just begun. Autumn is my favorite time of the year. It brings a welcome change of weather, a bit of snap in the air that puts a spring in your step. Best of all, is the beauty around you trees, bushes, flowers of various colors everywhere you look. Another picture painted by the Lord.
It's that time of year for the eagerly awaited annual Emmaus Halloween parade.
The parade will begin 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. There is a rain date of 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20. The parade committee, which has been meeting weekly at borough hall, could always use more volunteers. For information, call 610-965-6250 or email EmmausParade@aol.com.
The Board of Commissioners and staff are holding the eighth annual Troop Support Program to collect donated items to send to township residents in the military who will not be home for the holidays. To register a loved one in the holiday program, call 610-966-6924 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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 to noon Saturday through Nov. 10. A list of acceptable donations is available at the community center.
Do you have recycling items to be picked up? Borough Hall will have a special pickup booth at the Alburtis Fire Company's open house Oct. 5. For more information, call the borough office at 610-966-4777. Only plug-in items (computers, televisions and items not picked up by the garbage collectors) will be accepted.
The Macungie Farmers Market will be open 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday through October. Weekly events are listed at www.macungie.pa.us/farmersmarket.htm. The market features local family farmers providing homegrown food such as fruits, vegetables, meat products, eggs, baked goods, plants and more. Parking is available at the park parking lot and along North Walnut Street.
Lower Milford Township's Fall Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28, rain or shine. Smoking Smitty's BBQ and Pappy's Orchard will supply food and the guitar duo "Just So" will be playing music.
A silent auction, kiddie pedal tractor races (with prizes) and much more will highlight the day.
Vendors of all types are still being sought, including crafters, demonstrators, nonprofits, food, as well as entertainment groups. Call 610-967-4949 or 215-679-5615 for more information or fill out the form on the link on the township website.
Be sure to come out and celebrate the end of summer at Emmaus' Farewell Summer Festival 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 7.