Recognizing that public speaking is a critical life skill for all, The Swain School initiated an oratory contest for grades six through eight to give students a forum to practice public speaking. The event was open to all students in the Lehigh Valley.
The event drew 17 contestants to the school, 1100 S. 24th St., Salisbury Township, April 13. Students selected their speeches from among those listed on the Famous American Speeches website. Each student was evaluated on poise, delivery and presentation and overall effectiveness.
The April 10 meeting of the Lower Macungie Planning Commission centered on the Schoeneck Road warehouse development. The project had last appeared before the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission April 11, 2017.
Ben Serrecchia, of Vertek and engineer Mark Buchvalt, of T and M presented the project to the planning commission. The warehouse plan was adjusted from the original 200,000 square feet to 180,000 square feet. There was a discussion about separate parking for employees. The plan also removed two dock doors, increasing the grass area.
Emmaus Borough Council unanimously approved the hiring of two full-time paramedics and one public works employee at its April 16 meeting in borough hall.
Jonathan Pfleegor and Brian Szabo were both hired as full-time paramedics for the borough.
Pfleegor was hired as a part-time paramedic by the borough during the summer of 2016 and has 11 years emergency medical experience.
Szabo has 15 years of emergency medical experience and was working as a dispatcher for Berks County prior to being offered the job with Emmaus.
Approximately 17 residents of Racine Road in the Hills at Lockridge subdivision attended the Alburtis Borough Council meeting April 11 to discuss their concerns about the trees planted or to be planted in the right-of-way or easement. Also attending was Howard Kutzler, land development manager and Tom Zimmerman, both from Jaindl Land Co. in Orefield and Reynold Petri, executive vice president of Ott Consulting, the Alburtis borough engineer.
Bob Limons is living proof it is never impossible to exercise, regardless of your physical limits or your age.
Limons, 91, drives from Wild Cherry Knoll retirement community in Lower Macungie Township to St. Luke’s Fitness & Sports Performance Center in Allentown four times a week to work out in a medically-based exercise program designed specifically for him.
“For all the conditions I have, I’d say I have a pretty good quality of life,” Limons said.
Emmaus Senior Citizens meetings, held at St. Matthews E.C. Church, Fifth and Ridge streets, Emmaus, incorporate food, fellowship and informative presentations. On April 6, the program featured the dog therapy organization Canines for Christ.
Founded in 2007 by Chaplain Larry Randolph and his wife Susan, Canines for Christ blends the goals of therapy dog programs with Christian Evangelism. Since its inception, the group has grown to include 730 dogs and their handlers. Branches exist in 39 states and three foreign countries.
At the April 16 Macungie Borough Council, it was announced Macungie Park is in need of volunteers.
Residents love the park but are limited in offering their help. Various shows needing volunteers were mentioned.
•A car show May 6 where help is needed at the following times: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
•A truck show June 15 and 16 where help is needed at the gates 8 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed for the refreshment stand 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Congressman to resign
Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, announced April 17 he will soon be leaving Congress.
“After discussions with my family and careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks,” Dent said. “Serving the people of the 15th Congressional District has been a tremendous responsibility and the privilege of a lifetime, and I am honored by the trust that so many of my constituents placed in me to represent them in Washington.
A free informational session on adoption and child foster care will be held 6 p.m. at Diakon Adoption & Foster Care, located on the campus of The Lutheran Home at Topton, One S. Home Ave., Topton. People interested in attending the session are asked to call 888-582-2230 or 610-682-1504 to register. Diakon Adoption & Foster Care staff will explain foster parenting as well as the processes involved in adopting a child or youth.