What’s in a name? Well, there’s certainly something about Emma.
For the third year in a row in 2018, Emma was the most popular girls name given newborns at Lehigh Valley Hospital − Cedar Crest and Lehigh Valley Hospital −Muhlenberg.
Actually Emma tied as the most popular name for girls last year with Olivia. But Emma has claimed or shared the top spot three straight years.
At press time, the trendsetting name for boys among the more than 4,500 babies born at the two hospital campuses in 2018 was Jackson with various spellings.
The Lehigh County Office of Aging & Adult Services is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Unsung Heroes Program.
The program is part of Older Americans Month celebrated during the month of May.
In order to be eligible for consideration, applicants must meet the following criteria:
•Must be at least 60 years of age.
•Must be a Lehigh County resident.
•The achievements, accomplishments or service must be performed on a volunteer basis, not paid.
Saturday, Dec. 29
Salisbury at Jim Thorpe Tournament
The Salisbury wrestling team took ninth place at the Jim Thorpe Christmas Tournament on Dec. 29.
The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP-NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $220,000 in support of regional economic development.
BFTP-NEP announces the following early-stage company investment that are provided in the form of loans with warrants.Those in the Lehigh Valley Press circulaton area include:
Camel back: Follow the star, and the camel, to Bethlehem for “El Dia de los Reyes” (“The Three Kings Day”), 3-6 p.m. Jan. 6, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. The event is free and open to the public. New for 2019, “Three Kings Day” features Einstein “The Snow Camel” from Peaceable Kingdom Petting Zoo, Perkasie. Einstein went viral after spotted with his handler in a Lehigh Valley region snowstorm in November. He’s at SteelStacks, 3-5 p.m. Jan. 6. Those portraying Gaspar, Melchior and Balthazar present gifts donated by PPL Corp., B. Braun Medical Inc.
Call 610- 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.
Wednesday, Jan. 3: Pasta fajioli soup, smoked turkey-salami-provolone on bun / mustard, pickled cabbage, ambrosia.
Thursday, Jan. 4: Chicken pot pie, green peas, tossed salad w/ ranch dressing, wheat bread w/ margarine, dark sweet red cherries.
Friday, Jan. 5: Cream of mushroom soup, cheeseburger on a bun w/ lettuce-tomato-mayo, Amish potato salad, fresh clementine.
More than 90,000 visitors attended Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, the holiday marketplace at SteelStacks in Bethlehem weekends from Nov. 15-Dec. 23, setting a new attendance record for the event. Total 2018 attendance was 92,297, up nearly four percent over the previous record of 88,923 set in 2017.
Celebrating its 26th year, Christkindlmarkt included a record number of artisans and vendors, more than 200 in all, including 48 who were at the market for the first time.
Bethlehem’s SouthSide community, artists and area youth education programs will be the beneficiaries of a $150,000 Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) grant awarded to ArtsQuest by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community & Economic Development.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that ArtsQuest will receive a $150,000 Special Projects Program (SPP) grant to be used toward the redevelopment and expansion of the current Banana Factory Arts Center to help eliminate and address blight in the three census tracts neighboring the arts center.
Call 610- 782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, Jan. 2: Special New Year’s Day meal: Pork and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, fresh orange.
Thursday, Jan. 3: Meatloaf with gravy, whipped potatoes, vegetable medley, pudding, wheat bread.
Friday, Jan. 4: Tilapia, whole grain pilaf, beets, fresh fruit, wheat bread.
Monday, Jan. 7: Roast pork, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce, wheat bread.
Tuesday, Jan. 8: Chef’s salad.
Wednesday, Jan. 9: Chopped steak w / onion gravy, scalloped potatoes, carrots, tropical fruit, wheat dinner roll.