Every year, orthodontist Dr. Aejaaz A. Issa asks his referring dentists to take the challenge of decorating a pumpkin for a patient at Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest. This year’s event was called Ai Funny Fall Faces 2017.
Every year, the dentist offices respond with even more creative pumpkin designs than the year before.
This year was no exception with 50 decorated pumpkins returning to Ai Orthodontics for a judging contest in the office, on social media and with a number of local judges.
Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, will present the one-act play “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9.
This play, based on Barbara Robinson’s work of the same name, tells the story of six delinquent children who go to church for the first time after being told there would be snacks served.
Despite protests from church members, the youngsters are given roles in the Sunday school’s Christmas play.
The play is directed by Lindsay Swavely. John McClure is the assistant director.
Mayor Gary Cordner discussed having a chief of police instead of an officer in charge at the Nov. 20 Macungie Borough Council meeting.
Cordner recommended Sgt. Travis Kocher be named chief of police and suggested the new chief have civil service protection, which means the chief would have legal protection should any borough politicians try to remove him from the job.
Kocher said he would accept the position at council’s will. No decision was made at the Nov. 20 meeting.
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care will hold an informational session on providing foster care to children and youths, with a special focus on children with medically fragile conditions, 7 p.m. at Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, 3441 Devonshire Road. Those interested in attending the session are asked to cal 888-582-2230 or 610-682-1504 to register.
There were two conditional use hearings at the Nov. 16 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
The first conditional use involved the plans for Taco Bell at 5374 and 5382 Hamilton Blvd. near the Hamilton Crossings Shopping Center. The plan is to combine the lots and build a fast food restaurant with a drive-thru and construct a two-story office building.
Construction on this site will consider traffic issues which will include Meadowyck Condominiums.
A major project discussed during the Nov. 14 Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission meeting was the Spring Creek Properties sub-development project.
The utilities are partially on the Jaindl real estate property and partially on the school district’s neighboring property. The commissioners said the plan has more than adequate street trees and the overall landscaping has been approved. The utilities would use wires that go straight into the building either from poles or underground.
The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Drake retired from First Presbyterian Church of Allentown in September and sat down with The Press recently for an interview about his years of service.
Drake grew up in Greenville, Pa. with a Presbyterian father and a Methodist mother.
He studied piano and organ as a child and was involved in church school and youth groups.
Drake was a music major at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa.
It was during his college years he started to contemplate a career in the church perhaps as an associate pastor and minister of music.
During a campaign kickoff Nov. 13, Jeanne McNeill urged everyone to vote in the Dec. 5 special election.
The special election is required to fill the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which has been vacant since the Sept. 8 death of McNeill’s husband, Daniel.