As a youth growing up in Orefield, Lehigh County, Robert Schantz never dreamed clowning around was in his future. He wasn’t the “class clown” and he does not recall any of his teachers in the Parkland School District ever telling him to stop clowning around.
But as an adult, retired art teacher Schantz, now living in Lower Macungie Township, has spent more than three decades entertaining, amusing and teaching religious lessons through his persona as Chump the Clown.
Joseph Petro, speaking to the Allentown Rotary Club Feb. 21 at Bell Hall restaurant in downtown Allentown, took his audience back to the mid-1980s, when he was the head of President Ronald Reagan’s Secret Service protective detail and Petro sat in on a private meeting between Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva, Switzerland.
The cordial relationship struck up between Reagan and Gorbachev in that meeting, Petro asserted, had a tremendous influence on the trajectory of world relations.
Eastern Salisbury firefighters held a reorganization meeting Feb. 3 and set new officers for the balance of 2020, following the January resignation of former chief David Tomcics.
After confirmation by the fire department’s membership, the officers are: Ian Dodson, chief; Ryan Chu, assistant chief; Peter Roberts and Noah Waterman, captains and James Tomcics, safety officer.
The administrative president for the fire company will be Andrew Roberts.
A school open house Jan. 26, kicked off week-long activities to mark Catholic Schools Week at St. Thomas More School, along Flexer Avenue, in the western portion of Salisbury Township.
The open house gave students an opportunity to show off their decorated classrooms and their individual artwork to family and friends from across the parish.
School cheer squad members added spirit to the occasion as upper-class students served as hosts and directed visitors among the school’s maze of hallways.
A fire that heavily damaged a portion of a residence at 1405 Susquehanna St. in Salisbury Township Jan. 23, went to three alarms because of the difficulty of access to the home and because of the need for manpower while many area volunteer firefighters were still at work and not available to respond.
Dave Tomcics recently stepped down as fire chief of the Eastern Salisbury Fire Department after a volunteer fire service career spanning some 22 years.
He issued the following statement supporting his decision:
Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company firefighters and their family members conducted their annual holiday Santa run Dec. 21, 2019 through neighborhoods in the company’s fire protection district.
Santa and Mrs. Claus, assisted by firefighter Jared Tierno and auxiliary member Nicole Sylvester, flanked by firefighters in full turnout gear, jumped on and off the rear bumper platform of the antique 1965 American LaFrance engine over an eight-hour run to greet youngsters and their parents.
High school students in the East Penn and Salisbury Township school districts are being offered an opportunity to gain firsthand experience in fire and EMS services and explore the career opportunities available in the fire and emergency medical service fields in the new Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post 763 being formed by Emmaus emergency service providers.
For the 19th consecutive year, Lehigh Valley Health Network hosted the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force annual spirit-free mix-off at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest campus Dec. 19, 2019.
Supported by business and community leaders, the annual event promotes a critical message of not mixing the consumption of alcoholic beverages and driving during the holiday season.
Guest servers representing local media outlets offered tastes of nonalcoholic drinks and encouraged tasters to judge the ones they enjoyed the best.
A joint four-officer enforcement detail Dec. 4 and 5 resulted in 80 traffic stops and 109 traffic citations.
Officers targeted school zones and contiguous roadways that both departments share. While the enforcement blitz targeted the use of seat belts, nearly half of the stops netted other violations.
Seat belt violations were issued to 58 motorists, 12 were for suspended or non-licensed drivers, three were for driving without insurance and 36 stemmed from other violations. Five vehicles were taken out of service because they were illegal to be operated on the roadways.