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.
With budget season behind them, the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners convened Nov. 20, just before the Thanksgiving holiday, to address a handful of reappointments and bills.
The board unanimously voted to reappoint Commissioner Percy Dougherty to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and Susan Schmidt, of Emmaus, and Sally Schoffstall, of New Tripoli, to the Lehigh County Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council.
The City of Bethlehem's Earl E. Schaffer Municipal Ice Rink is now open for public ice skating. Public skating is available from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m.
Season passes are available for residents and non-residents. Group skating lessons begin Nov. 26; hockey clinics from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays. Call 610-865-7081 or visit www.bethlehem-pa.org.
The annual Bruce Uhl Falcon Basketball Camp will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at Salisbury High School. Registration deadline is Dec. 1.
The Falcon Basketball Camp is designed to teach fundamental skills of basketball to boys in fourth through seventh grades.
Through the use of skill stations, campers will be given instruction and drills geared toward individual improvement in footwork, rebounding, passing, shooting and dribbling. There is a fee.
The camp will focus on proper fundamental skills development staffed by high school coaches and varsity players.
Kevin T. Deely Jr. called State Representative Justin Simmons, R-131st, to concede the race for the district seat in the Pennsylvania House Nov. 19.
According to the numbers provided by the voter registration offices of Northampton and Lehigh counties, the race was officially decided by a total of 416 votes.
In Lehigh County, the separation was only by one vote with 12,972 for Simmons and 12,971 for Deely.
Simmons received 1,293 votes in Northampton County while Deely only pulled 878 voters creating a separation of 415 votes.
PRESS PHOTO BY C. RICHARD CHARTRAND
Kyle and Kasee Beller visit with Santa Claus at the South Mall, 3300 Lehigh St., Allentown, after his official arrival Nov. 17.
At the Nov. 12 operations committee meeting for the Salisbury Township School District, members heard a presentation from Scott Shearer, of Public Financial Management, Inc., on the refinancing of a 2008 bond. The committee gave Shearer permission to move forward with the refinance which will save the district $157,000 in the 2013-2014 school year and $45,000 in 2015. The full financial team will be present at the Dec. 5 regular school board meeting to discuss the refinance.
The "Klondike Derby" will be held early next year in Franko Farm Park, Salisbury Township.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 4-0, with one commissioner absent Nov. 15, to approve the request for the Jan. 19, 2013, event held by the Trexler District, Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America.
The approval is contingent on the Scouts' representatives providing the township with a waiver of liability and proof of insurance.
The Salisbury Township Department of Public Works is conducting its leaf collection program through mid-December (weather permitting).
They started in the First Ward (east) and will work westward. The township crews generally cover the township several times. Note that the large number of trees in the township make it impossible to guarantee a set pickup date for any street in the township on any given day.
Bring a smile to a face of a child, when they receive a call and/or letter from Santa Claus. For a donation, you will brighten the life of a child, while supporting a great cause. For over 15 years the American Cancer Society has been hosting this event in our Lehigh Valley office. They have volunteers come to their office to place calls and prepare letters for mailing.
If you would like to be a volunteer Santa, or would like to volunteer during Santa Calls week Dec. 3 to 6, call Rosemary at 610-921-2329, ext. 3109 or email rosemarie.murphy@cancerorg.