The Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation, in cooperation with the Lehigh County Bureau of Parks & Recreation, is pleased to announce the planning of the Leaser Lake Accessible Recreation Area. Located in northwestern Lehigh County, Leaser Lake is a 117-acre lake surrounded by 530 acres of park land. Ideas are currently being developed to build an accessible recreation area at the western access to the lake. Proposed facilities may include an accessible canoe/kayak launch, fishing dock, picnic area, trail and restrooms.
Nationally recognized journalist, commentator, speaker and Allentown resident Pamela Varkony spoke at the Jan. 8 T.R.I.A.D. meeting on the topic of empowering women throughout the world.
Varkony is extremely involved in politics and the community, serving on the board of the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Allentown City Planning Commission, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and Allentown City Council. She was recently appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.
About 130 enthusiastic Scouts from 13 area Troops practiced their winter Scouting skills at eight different Alaska-themed venues Jan. 19 at the Franko Farm recreation area in Salisbury Township.
Imaginative events in the Klondike Derby gave the students opportunities to train and develop skills in first aid, fire building, knots and lashing, lumberjack, stretcher carry, ice rescue, orienteering and determining the height and distance of distant objects using triangulation skills.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of Score will host a free financial presentation 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the offices of Lafayette Ambassador Bank, 2005 City Line Road, Suite 200, Bethlehem. Vice President of Commercial Loans at Lafayette Bank Daniel Hilbert and former CEO of Paul Fredrick MenStyle Allen Abbott will present, "Financing your Small Business: What You Need to Know about Borrowing and Raising Capital." To register, visit www.lehighvalley. score.org or call Mitzi Colella at 610-266-3000.
As part of the Barbershop Harmony Society's "Youth in Harmony" program, the Lehigh Valley Harmonizers is hosting its fourth annual Young Singers Quartet Contest. The goal is to give students the unique experience of singing in a barbershop quartet and to offer an opportunity to improve their singing skills through the medium of close harmony a cappella singing. To date, 10 quartets are entered from Freedom, Northern Lehigh and Phillipsburg High Schools. Deadline for entries is Jan. 24.
Councilwoman Debra Cope began the Jan. 21 meeting with a statement about the direction of Macungie's Council. As a newer councilwoman, Cope said she has observed negativity, resentment and other negative behaviors.
Cope suggested council should think about where they are heading. She said she would like to see more transparency and more understanding about changes and explained changes bring about risk but are part of the process.
PRESS PHOTO BY ANITA HIRSCH
The Jewish Community Centre presents "Winnie the Pooh" Jan. 20.
Brian Higgins, community volunteer and pharmaceutical sales executive, has announced his intention to run for commissioner of Lower Macungie Township.
A nine-year resident of Lower Macungie, Higgins is a husband and father of three boys. A graduate of Monmouth University, he offers the citizens more than 18 years of business experience in the private sector and a wealth of local knowledge acquired during his countless hours of service to the community, which include three years as president of the Lower Macungie Youth Association.
ŸIf you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
ŸWash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
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ŸTry to avoid close contact with sick people.
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