Acting Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Robert Evanchick recently announced 99 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey and have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth.
The ceremony at Bishop McDevitt High School marked the culmination of 27 weeks of classroom and physical training.
Cadet Nicholas Manganiello, of Luzerne County, spoke on behalf of the graduating class.
The men and women representing the 153rd graduating cadet class assigned to the following troops include:
Lehigh County residents disposed of 500.5 pounds of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications during the 16th National Take Back Day Oct. 27. The total of drugs collected during all Take Back Day events since 2010 is 12,943.5 pounds.
It just wouldn’t be Christmas in the Lehigh Valley without the mellifluous voices of the St. Luke’s Singers.
All are invited to the singers’ annual Christmas concert Nov. 25, at Wesley Methodist Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem. Preludes begin 2:45 p.m. and the concert begins 3 p.m.
Come join the lunch bunch at Ridge Manor Senior Center, 333 Ridge St., Emmaus, where activities and a hot, nutritious meal are provided. A donation for the meal – whatever amount you feel you can afford is requested. The program is open to all residents and individuals from the community. Contact Rachel, center manager, at 610-965-2171 between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information.
In recognition of National Veterans Small Business Week, Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, has updated information on his Pennsylvania Startups for Soldiers program to help veteran and reservist entrepreneurs.
The Startups for Soldiers program, created by legislation written by Mackenzie, waives state business startup fees for those transitioning to the civilian workforce from the United States military. Those serving in reserve units and the National Guard also are eligible.
The program is modeled on a similar program in Missouri.
Cmdr. Scott A. Wastak, formerly of Allentown, assumed command of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Zero (VAW-120) relieving Cmdr. Michael D. France as commanding officer in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station, Chambers Field recently.
France, a Navy pilot from Memphis, Tenn., has commanded the Greyhawks since April 2017. His next assignment is Deputy Commander, Airborne Command, Control, and Logistics Wing.
NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD
New York National Guard Lt. Col. Shawn Shutts, of Macungie, a veteran of the Iraq War, took command of the 427th Brigade Support Battalion during a recent ceremony at the National Guard Armory at Fort Drum near Watertown, N.Y.
The 427th Brigade Support Battalion is headquartered in Syracuse and also has elements in Rochester, Fort Drum and Buffalo.
The battalion provides logistical support for the 4,000 soldiers of the New York National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat team.
On Sept. 12 the Lower Milford Township Zoning Hearing Board will hear the final arguments for Docket 09-02, Geryville Materials, Inc.
Docket 09-02 first came before the ZHB in July 2009 with a request for a special exception for the operation of a quarry, asphalt plant, concrete plant and other accessory uses. Over the last nine years, 62 hearings have been held. Geryville Materials, Inc is the equitable owner of eight parcels, totaling 628.483 acres.
Lehigh Valley Health Network will hold the 20th annual free flu vaccines and community food drive program 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Dorney Park, 4000 Dorney Park Road, Allentown and Nov. 4 at Coca Cola Park, 1050 Ironpigs Way, Allentown.
The drive-thru clinic will administer vaccinations to adults and children who are six months of age and up. There are high-dose vaccines available for those age 65 and older.
Optional donations of non-perishable and non-expired food items, diapers, coffee pods and toiletries at the time of vaccination are requested.
Wildlands Conservancy announced recently the permanent protection of nearly 500 acres located on Blue Mountain (Kittatinny Ridge) east of Bake Oven Knob in Carbon County.
Purchased from the Semmel family, the acreage closes one of the last major gaps in continuous preservation on the Kittatinny Ridge. The nearly 500-acre parcel expands public lands and natural areas like State Game Lands 217 and supports East Penn Township’s greenway development plans along Lizard Creek.