Fifteen students from four area trade schools were recognized at a recent "Breakfast of Champions" celebration prior to leaving to compete at the National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Mo.
The breakfast sponsored by Air Products, energized and prepared the students as they headed to Kansas City where they recently competed against more than 5,600 contestants from all 50 states and three territories in 99 separate events June 23-28.
Muhlenberg College graduate Andy Smith was recently a contestant on the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
Smith, a Realtor with Keller Williams Real Estate, Bethlehem, spoke about his experience on the show which aired on March 10.
"I decided to audition after my high school friend, Vance Farrell, of Allentown called me the day before the auditions at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem and said, 'You are smart. You should try out.'" Smith explained. "So, I showed up at the auditions Oct. 8, 2013, and took a timed test filling out my answers on a Scantron sheet."
When Parkland High School senior Monet Tiberii heard about classmate Josh Kates' accident she didn't hesitate to help.
Tiberii learned about Kates being hit by a car Dec. 2, 2013, along Tilghman Street near Cedar Crest Bouldevard, Allentown, from her boyfriend Jake Billera, who is on the football team with Kates.
"It was right before I left for the Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA Pageant when I heard about Josh being in the accident," Tiberii said.
Tiberii is no stranger to medical problems. When she was 10, Tiberii was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia.
Children, parents and grandparents watched outside the Volunteers of America Children's Center in Allentown as Santa Claus made his grand entrance by motorcycle.
About 700 bikers from across eastern Pennsylvania participated in the 30th annual toy run, Tom Seebald of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education, said of the Nov. 23 event.
Before taking the ride to the children's center to deliver gifts, the bikers gathered at Dorney Park, South Whitehall Township, for some coffee, doughnuts and music.
The Rev. Herbert H. Michel D.D. recently exhibited 100 of his 700 crosses for guests and members of Zion's Union Church, Maxatawny.
Michel, who has been an ordained minister for more than 40 years, began collecting small crosses he could wear on Sundays following his ordination in 1976.
"In the Lutheran tradition, pastors wear crosses on Sunday," he said. "The collection expanded from there to standing, decorative, fine ones, gold and silver, to all matters of crosses."
A 42-year-old Orefield man died July 27 while trimming trees in Bethlehem.
Robert Rogers III died due to electrocution, said Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek.
His death has been ruled an accident.
Rogers was using a bucket truck when he contacted one of the 12-kilovolt lines near the eastern end of Sand Island at the Minsi Trail Bridge.
A 23-year-old Bethlehem man has been charged with allegedly forcing a 14-year-old boy to perform a sex act and having a romantic relationship with an 18-year-old male at KidsPeace, North Whitehall.
In honor of older Americans month, 15 Lehigh County residents were recognized recently at The Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services' 13th annual tribute to unsung heroes. This tribute held annually recognizes older adults in the Valley who have exhibited exceptional generosity with their time and talents to enrich the lives of others in the community.
Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, and South Whitehall Township partnered with numerous Lehigh County emergency responders May 13 for a mass casualty emergency prepareness drill.
"This drill is part of Dorney Park and South Whitehall Township's ongoing readiness training and involves a fictional emergency incident at the park," said Bernard Bonuccelli, sales and marketing director for Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom.
He said the drill was designed to serve as a valuable training tool for both Dorney Park staff and emergency response personnel.
Several Lehigh Valley businesses recently filed a civil action in United States District Court alleging the owners of the Stroh Brewery Company failed to pay their share of a Group Operating Agreement signed in August 1995.
According to a civil complaint obtained from the federal courthouse in Allentown, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., LSI Corporation, Mack Trucks, Inc., and PPL Electric Utilities Corporation and 5 other companies allege the company owes $645,000 for the clean up of the Novak Sanitary Landfill Superfund Site, South Whitehall Township.