Since 2010, on the third weekend of July, Macungie Memorial Park is home to The Ben Event, a celebration of the life of Ben “Hey, I know you!” Yorgey. People of all descriptions from across the Lehigh Valley unite for fun and fellowship.
This year’s activities began July 20 with a special athletics softball game. A fun walk preceded the limo arrival and public recognition of this year’s Yorgey Foundation scholarship winners. Later, music was provided by the Large Flowerheads.
Originally from Alburtis, ClenRoy Geist began his entertainment career at age 13 by joining his father and older brother as a minstrel show singer in Longswamp.
In 1949, Geist became a member of a local country group, Earl Keller and the Melody Rangers. When one of the end men, (literally the band members who sat at the open ends of the rows) left the group, Keller asked Geist to fill the role of the band’s comedian. Geist accepted and Elmer was born.
The Lehigh Valley League of Women Voters hosted a presentation Jan. 8 by Muhlenberg College Professor of Political Science/Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion Dr. Christopher Borick on “Election Trends” at the Superior Restaurant in Emmaus.
The bipartisan audience of approximately 35 attendees included Connor Corpora, regional manager for Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. and Scott Uehlinger, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress.
A movement has begun in Emmaus and it’s on the rocks.
As a community building and goodwill spreading activity, folks are painting small rocks and hiding them throughout the borough.
Any group or individual may participate, and the rules are few.
Find a rock, paint it and place the rock where someone else may discover it. Painters and finders are encouraged to post pictures of their rock creations or discoveries on the Emmaus Rocks Facebook page.
2017 marks the 270th anniversary of the establishment of the Moravian Congregation in Emmaus. Founded in 1747, the original church was located on God’s Acre at Third and Adrain streets. God’s Acre remains the final resting place for many of the first Moravian settlers.
On July 3, Allen Fink celebrated his 104th birthday. His independent living facility provided the venue for his children, nieces, nephews and multiple relatives and friends to gather and wish him well.
The eldest child of Henry and Edna Fink, he was born in a tenant farmer’s house on his grandfather’s farm in Salisbury Township. The family rapidly expanded to include his brothers Martin, Myron, Edward and sister Minerva.
For several years, Helen Rapp had been asking her parents to host a foreign exchange student. When they agreed last spring, Helen began an online search which led her to the Education First High School Exchange Year program. Her research eventually connected Helen with Phakinee Sirivoravit, a.k.a. Best, of Thailand.
On March 1, 2016, after 46 plus years of service, Herbert Hottenstein Sr. relinquished the job of sexton for Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eastern Salisbury to his son Donald. Hottenstein will turn 85 May 30.
For the past 36 years, assisted by his wife Mildred, Hottenstein also maintained the church cemetery. Together the Hottensteins created a legacy of service to others. Hottenstein sums up the family’s dedication to the church very simply. In his words, “[The church became] our second home.”
The students of St. Ann School in Emmaus recently partnered with BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, located in the Hamilton Crossing Shopping Center, to bring holiday cheer to over 300 men and women on active duty in the U.S. military.
Carol Traupman-Carr, St. Ann school board member and church choir director, served as liaison and program coordinator.
BJ’s requested each student create a holiday greeting card which company representatives then distributed to various branches of the military.
The movie “Sully” focuses on a trained professional whom circumstances turn into a hero.
Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III, a commercial pilot, faced a crisis with calm professionalism, saved the lives of those entrusted to him and endured intense unmerited criticism.