Northampton residents Clifton Bastow and Michael A. Jamicky, with Boy Scout Troop 383, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held Dec. 1, 2019, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Whitehall.
They are the sons of David and Theresa Bastow and Melissa and Mike Jamicky, respectively.
Both Scouts have served as senior patrol leader, quartermaster and patrol leader.
An integral part of becoming an Eagle Scout is to perform a service project for the community.
Lehigh Valley Audubon Society will host its fifth Christmas Bird Count for Kids 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 11. Youths aged 6 to 12 are invited to join LVAS for this fun introduction to birding and citizen science, which will teach them how to use binoculars, identify common birds and collect scientific data.
State Rep. Marcia Hahn, R-138th, has announced she will not seek a sixth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2020. Hahn has represented Pennsylvania’s 138th Legislative District since 2010.
“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to represent the people of the 138th district for these past nine years,” Hahn said. “For nearly a decade, I have advocated for smaller government, better education and for assistance to our state’s critical agriculture industry. I am proud of that.
Goodwill Keystone Area recently opened its doors to a new retail store and donation center located at 2675 MacArthur Road, Whitehall Township.
Goodwill is one of the latest tenants at MacArthur Commons and can be found next to Planet Fitness and Burlington.
Using a retrofitted robot arm from the 1990s, three East Stroudsburg University computer science students, including Nicholas Khouri, of Whitehall, won the top award in math and computer science for their robotics project at a recent conference on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Nov. 13 was World Kindness Day, and the students and families at 3d Dance Studio spread kindness throughout the Lehigh Valley in more ways than one.
For the entire week, students, families and staff organized ways they could give back to the community. They collected 288 batteries to donate to the Colonial Intermediate Unit No. 21 adapted toy day, collected items to make 36 welcome baskets to Valley Youth House and completed more than 250 acts of kindness.
State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola, D-18th, and state Reps. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, and Peter Schweyer, D-22nd, announced the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has awarded a total of $190,000 to Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and Bethlehem City in recreation and conservation grants through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2), specifically for trail projects.
Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School held an open house Oct. 23. The s’mores station outside at the front entrance set the scene of a beautiful fall evening. Guests entered through the building to find a pumpkin-carving contest, cupcake bar, agility course, food samples, nail polish bar and more.
Parents, students, alumni, business partners and community members came out to learn about the 30-plus programs offered at BAVTS. Each of the program’s representatives hosted activities and tables showcasing what they do and what the students learn while in class.
Whitehall Mall’s Sears store is expected to close in early 2020, according to a Nov. 7 news release from Transformco, which purchased the store’s assets in February.
This location, at 1259 Whitehall Mall, is one of seven Sears or Kmart stores in Pennsylvania set to close.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, announced that $251,884.81 in competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted grants were awarded in her district through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools.
“These grants will provide important equipment and program materials to ensure safe schools here in the Lehigh Valley and throughout the commonwealth,” Boscola said. “We have made assisting our school districts in ensuring a safe learning environment for our children and our educators a priority and these grant awards will aid in those efforts.”