County recognizes senior citizens
Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services recently honored older adults who have displayed generosity to improve and enhance the lives of those around them. The 18th annual Tribute to Unsung Heroes was held May 16 at the Zentz Building at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.
Steven Aaronson, of Bethlehem, celebrated the 12th anniversary of Folk Classics on WDIY and is the host of Swing Sunday. He serves as a board operator for the public affairs programs.
Ronald E. Fluck, of Bethlehem, served as a wheel man on the Metropolitan Police Force of Washington D.C. and was recruited following the riots of the late 1960s after the Kennedy and King assassinations. Taking the wheel once again, Ron takes seniors or persons with disabilities to appointments or the grocery store.
Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong opened the celebration by sharing a personal story demonstrating that age cannot stop a willing attitude. He emphasized that age does not need to prevent you from living your life and being active in the community.
Clayton Reed Jr., executive director of the Office of Aging and Adult Services, offered opening thoughts about the spirit and exuberance of the honorees.
“You are an inspiration to everyone,” he remarked as he lauded their efforts out in the community.
Lehigh County Commissioners Amy Zanelli and Marc Grammes presented the certificates to all the honorees.
The other honorees are Jeanette M. Denton, of Whitehall; Janice H. Epler, of Allentown; Dora M. and Robert F. Gensemer, of South Whitehall; James E. Kerner, of Coopersburg; Raymond and Elizabeth Phillips, of South Whitehall; Carol A. Ritz, of Allentown; Gerald F. Royer, of Salisbury; Shirley A. Schleicher, of Orefield; Joseph C. Veshinfsky, of Catasauqua; and Richard H. Lamson, William G. DeLong and Ronald C. Paff, all of Allentown.
May has been designated as Older Americans Month since 1963. Honorees are local residents 60 years or older who dedicate their time and talent to helping others.
The Office of Aging and Adult Services advocates for Lehigh County residents and provides a wide range of services and information to help older adults remain healthy, active, independent and productive members of their community.