On April 12, Holocaust Remembrance Day, David Tuck will share his history as a survivor of the worst genocide in history. The 7 p.m. free Arts Quest event, which includes the film “Big Sonia,” is at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
Tickets should be requested in advance by calling 610-332-3378 or visiting the SteelStacks box office in person.
The Emmaus Rotary Club will host a motorcycle poker run to benefit Pennsylvania veterans.
The run is scheduled May 12 with a rain date of May 13.
Riders will participate in a 150 kilometer/93 mile ride 9 a.m. to noon. Misson BBQ will provide a catered lunch 12:30 to 1 p.m. Musicians Sarah Ayers with James Supra will perform 1 to 3 p.m.
The event will start and finish at Alburtis Park, 328 S. Main St., Alburtis.
Event highlights also include a 50/50 raffle.
Sponsorships are available for businesses and individuals.
In partnership with the National Association of Counties, the National Flag Foundation and the National Sheriffs Association, Lehigh County has installed a flag retirement box, at no cost to the county, in the lobbies of the County Government Center, Courthouse and both Cedarbrook South Whitehall and Fountain Hill locations.
Flags should be folded respectfully before being placed in the box.
The U.S. Flag Code prescribes flag etiquette — everything from flying it near other flags to instructions on how to raise and lower it.
There will be a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative beginning with an assembly 4:45 p.m. April 4 at Payrow Plaza in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.
The march to the south side will step off 5 p.m. at 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem, followed by a program 6 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 433 Carlton Ave., Bethlehem.
Norfolk Southern to increase train speed on Pennsylvania rail line through Lehigh and Berks counties
Norfolk Southern is increasing train speeds across nearly 30 miles of its Reading Line through Lehigh and Berks counties.
The speed increase, effective March 14, includes 36 public highway-rail grade crossings on the mainline from Allentown in Lehigh County to Laureldale in Berks County. Train speed will increase to 60 mph from 50 mph except at three crossings, where the speed will increase to 60 mph from 45 mph.
The spring curbside branch collection program is scheduled to take place April 23 to 27 in Salisbury Township. Residents should place the branches at the curb after 6 p.m. Sunday. Branches may be no longer than 5 feet long and 5 inches in diameter. Branches should be bundled and tied with twine. Open containers (no lids) can be used for small branches.
REP. JUSTIN SIMMONS
State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, is the prime sponsor of legislation to remove the ability of school board candidates to cross-file nomination petitions in Pennsylvania. It was announced March 14, House Bill 638 was approved by the House State Government Committee and sent to the full House of Representatives for consideration.
Simmons’ bill would amend the Pennsylvania Election Code, which currently allows candidates running for the position of school board member to file nomination petitions for multiple political parties.
Forgotten Felines and Fido’s animal shelter, 6022 Mountain Road, Germansville, will offer a vaccination clinic for dogs 10 a.m. to noon and cats noon to 2 p.m. April 8.
One year and three year canine rabies, distemper, adenovirus, leptospirosis, parvovirus and Lyme disease vaccines will be offered.
The shelter will also be offering heart worm/lyme, anaplasmosis, Ehrlichia testing, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and microchips for dogs.
The Shelter House Society will host the annual Patriots’ Day Dinner April 21 at Citizens Number 2 Fire Company, 10th and Broad streets, Emmaus. The dinner begins 6:30 p.m.
Following dinner, historian/photographer Scott Herring will present the program, “250 Years of Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal.” Herring’s presentation will feature an illustrated talk with images of the underground as hard coal is wrested from its vein and brought to the surface.
The Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department has begun its annual appeal for donations for the department’s operating funds with a letter to those residing in the western Salisbury fire district.
In the letter, Chief Joshua Wells said contributions provide revenue to operate the company’s two fire stations, purchase and maintain firefighting equipment and protective gear and provide training for the all-volunteer organization.