Well over 100 area residents turned out to see fire, police and ambulance vehicles and talk to first responders at the 18th annual Community Heroes Day hosted by the Emmaus Public Library.
The event was first held at the library shortly after the terrorist attacks on America Sept. 11, 2001. It was created by the late Martha Vines, then the children’s librarian. Vines wanted to reassure children there were still firefighters and police officers available to protect them after seeing reports about the first responders who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.
On Sept. 4 The Swain School dedicated its new “Field of Dreams” project, in the large expanse in front of the school campus, along South 24th Street, Salisbury Township.
The project includes a playing field, amphitheater and an environmental classroom. The field, named Werner Field, in honor of longtime Swain Director of Athletics Maggie Werner who was an early student at the school, a student parent, then an employee. Werner currently serves as the school’s director of strategic initiatives.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin at a news conference held in the Lehigh County Courthouse Aug. 21, said he had approved criminal charges against a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Allentown.
Kevin Lonergan, 30, of 130 S. 25th St., Pottsville, has been charged with one count each of corruption of minors, a felony of the third degree, and indecent assault, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Lonergan was prohibited from the exercise of public ministry June 7 by decree of the Most Reverend Alfred A. Schlert, D. D., bishop of Allentown.
Movie lovers can now take their trip to the movies above the traditional popcorn and a beverage experience at the new Movie Tavern which opened recently at 6150 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown.
At the push of a call button, patrons can order everything from gourmet burgers to full multi-entrée meals while seated in plush reclining seats in the facility’s 11 auditoriums that show first-run hits, family-friendly releases and cinema from independent producers.
Premium alcoholic beverages are offered as well as the traditional popcorn, candy and soda beverage staples.
Police from several Lehigh County municipalities participated Aug. 10 in a sobriety checkpoint along Broadway in Salisbury Township, near its border with Fountain Hill Borough, under the auspices of the Lehigh Valley Regional DUI Task Force.
Broadway is a busy corridor for drivers going to and from the 10-day Musikfest activities held every August in Bethlehem. The safety detail began 11 p.m. Aug. 10 and lasted through 4 a.m. Aug. 11.
Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, chairman of the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee, and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, teamed up at a press conference at Country Meadows of Allentown, 410 Krocks Road, Upper Macungie Township, July 27 to announce a $100,000 grant program for Project Lifesaver of the Lehigh Valley.
State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, met at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest July 20 with Dr. Amanda Flicker, chief of the Division of Obstetrics and OB-GYN residency program director to discuss his recently enacted state law creating a maternal mortality review committee and how the new committee can help save lives of expectant mother and babies.
Carl Schell, a a longtime member of the Vera Cruz Fire Company, was honored recently with a memorial erected in his honor at the Vera Cruz fire station, with several family members looking on. Schell joined the fire company in November 1955, at the age of 24. He died in November 2017.
Vera Cruz Fire Chief Joseph Sherman called for Schell’s sons, Craig and Chris, to removed the tarp to unveil the memorial.
“The tarp is from the hose bed of the engine on which Carl took his final call for the fire service,” Sherman said.
Five motorcycle safety training programs tailored to hone a rider’s knowledge and test their ability to physically manipulate a motorcycle properly were introduced recently at Blackman’s Cycle Center, Buckeye Road, Emmaus.
Sixteen area volunteer fire departments added 26 firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received their certificates of completion at a ceremony held at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center recently.
This was the ninth annual Bucks County Fire Academy course, held twice a week January to May at the Allentown Fire Academy, Allentown Fire Department Mack Station, 1902 Lehigh St., near the Queen City Airport.