This year's 84th annual Sheeprock Trek started at 5:45 a.m. Nov. 22 with a clear starlit sky and temperatures in the mid-20s, a perfect start for more than 230 men, women and children to begin their trek up to Sheeprock Overlook for the 84th annual Thanksgiving sunrise service.
The annual trek is sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 71 and Girl Scout Troops 690 and 6413.
This trek started last week for most of the Scouts who spent the weekend raking leaves from the trail and making any necessary repairs to trails and bridges so everyone could have a safe and enjoyable walk.
The sound of engines filled the beautiful sunny afternoon as some 500 motorcycles loaded with toys set out to deliver these packages to some very excited children.
The 29th annual toy run led by A.B.A.T.E. (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education) started in the Dorney Park parking lot Nov. 17. This event occurs every year through sunshine, rain, snow, sleet and any other weather. Nothing keeps the cyclists away from the smiling children's faces, their families and the staff at the center.
With budget season behind them, the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners convened Nov. 20, just before the Thanksgiving holiday, to address a handful of reappointments and bills.
The board unanimously voted to reappoint Commissioner Percy Dougherty to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and Susan Schmidt, of Emmaus, and Sally Schoffstall, of New Tripoli, to the Lehigh County Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council.
Peg McCormack shares Henry Ford's philosophy, "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." Mother, collector, artist and councilwoman, McCormack strongly advocates community cooperation for community prosperity.
The City of Bethlehem's Earl E. Schaffer Municipal Ice Rink is now open for public ice skating. Public skating is available from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m.
Season passes are available for residents and non-residents. Group skating lessons begin Nov. 26; hockey clinics from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays. Call 610-865-7081 or visit www.bethlehem-pa.org.
Kevin T. Deely Jr. called State Representative Justin Simmons, R-131st, to concede the race for the district seat in the Pennsylvania House Nov. 19.
According to the numbers provided by the voter registration offices of Northampton and Lehigh counties, the race was officially decided by a total of 416 votes.
In Lehigh County, the separation was only by one vote with 12,972 for Simmons and 12,971 for Deely.
Simmons received 1,293 votes in Northampton County while Deely only pulled 878 voters creating a separation of 415 votes.
PRESS PHOTO BY C. RICHARD CHARTRAND
Kyle and Kasee Beller visit with Santa Claus at the South Mall, 3300 Lehigh St., Allentown, after his official arrival Nov. 17.
PRESS PHOTOS BY C. RICHARD CHARTRAND
Church of the Nazarene, Macungie, was the host church for a community-wide Thanksgiving eve service Nov. 21.
Macungie's long-shelved downtown streetscape plan may see the light of day again as council members and business owners stir up interest.
Council was chaired Nov. 19 by Chris Becker as both president Jean Nagle and vice president Greg Hutchison were absent. Becker kept council's deliberations on track, nudging focus back to what he saw as the central issue for that evening's discussion confirming enough interest from council to continue more formal discussions in the future toward revisiting the streetscape plan.
Cleanup of Buckeye Road in the wake of the Nov. 11 fatal accident is going to take some time, Upper Milford Township Manager Daniel DeLong told supervisors at their Nov. 15 meeting.
The state Department of Environmental Protection has jurisdiction over the cleanup and is removing all the soil from around the road to test for contamination by diesel fuel.
"The DEP has basically told PennDOT they don't care if the road is closed for two years," DeLong said.