This year's cold and flu season has been especially harsh, and national attention has been placed on dwindling vaccination stocks. But state and local organizations are working overtime to treat the ill and recommend preventive measures as the safest bet for a healthy winter.
To differentiate between a simple cold and the more severe flu, Deputy Press Secretary for the State Department of Health Kait Gillis said symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness and cough are more common and intense with the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.
Central Catholic High School Principal Dennis Nemes, would like to welcome CCHS parents, alumni, friends and supporters to the state of the building presentation 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in Rockne Hall. This meeting will include a wide range of status reports on the school and student body as well as an introduction of the new Board of General Governance.
The Macungie Park Association will meet downstairs in the Main Park Building 7 p.m. Jan. 29. The meeting was advertised for Jan. 22 in the Macungie column found in the Jan. 2 edition of The East Penn Press. We apologize for this error.
Valley Rail Promotions will present The Great Lehigh Valley Train Meet 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Merchants Square Mall, 1901 S. 12th St., Allentown. Enjoy over 12,000 square feet of model and toy trains and train related merchandise.
Old Zionsville UCC Church, 5981 Fountain Road, Old Zionsville, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and bake sale 7 to 11 a.m. There will be a cost for guests six and over for breakfast. The public is welcome to attend. For information, call 610-966-5115.
Emmaus Main Street Partners holds holiday storefront decorating contest.
Emmaus Borough Council passed an ordinance prohibiting large trucks from parking on borough streets at the Jan. 7 meeting.
The ordinance makes it unlawful to park commercial motor vehicles, truck tractors, trailers, busses, motor homes or trucks with a truck-camper on borough owned streets, alleys, right-of-ways or any borough owned property.
The ordinance cites hazardous and unsafe traffic conditions and line of sight concerns as primary reasons for implementing the parking restrictions.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a 2013 rate schedule that will result in overall toll-revenue growth of 3 percent. It entails a 10-percent toll increase for cash-paying customers and a 2-percent toll increase for those who pay with E-ZPass. With the increase, E-ZPass customers who currently see as much as a 17 percent savings on Turnpike tolls will save about 25 percent starting next year. The new rates became effective Jan. 6.
The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners presented a proclamation to Assistant Fire Chief Brent McNabb who is retiring from this position. He has been with the Lower Macungie Township Fire Department for over 35 years serving as deputy, president, captain, lieutenant and assistant fire chief. He is one of three generations who have served on the fire department including his father and his son. McNabb will stay on in an investigative position.
Chief Dave Nosal also recognized Ben Galiardo who has also served for over 35 years.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of Executive Women's International will hold their monthly meeting 5:30 p.m. at Morgan's Restaurant, Allentown.
The Emmaus Farmers Market will be open 10 a.m. to noon every other Sunday January through April. The market features fresh produce, meats, cheeses and much more.