The annual two-day Ben Event was held in Macungie Park recently in honor of Ben Yorgey, a young man who was born Jan. 15, 1985, to Kent and Ardyth Yorgey. He was raised in Macungie. At an early age, Yorgey was diagnosed as mentally disabled. His school years were spent in the East Penn School District and he graduated at the age of 21.
Pulitzer Prize Journalist Thomas Hylton spoke at the Macungie Institute recently about smart growth in communities.
Hylton described how towns were originally built with houses close together, stores within walking distance, doctor's offices, libraries and other community services all within the same area. The 1800s led to trolleys, trains and bikes making the travel time less. These methods were the way to get around until the 1940s when the automobile became the transportation of choice.
The sound of engines filled the beautiful sunny afternoon as some 500 motorcycles loaded with toys set out to deliver these packages to some very excited children.
The 29th annual toy run led by A.B.A.T.E. (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education) started in the Dorney Park parking lot Nov. 17. This event occurs every year through sunshine, rain, snow, sleet and any other weather. Nothing keeps the cyclists away from the smiling children's faces, their families and the staff at the center.