At the end of the night Aug. 30, the judges for the Lehigh Valley Best of the Best karaoke contest had a winner.
Determining second place was not so simple.
Without telling the audience who the winner was, the judges announced Brandon Schlichting of Northampton and Whitehall native Kimberly Kiena had tied for second place. A sing-off would determine who took home the $500 second prize.
A Colonial Ball will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Holiday Inn, 904 Hamilton St., Allentown.
The event, which is open to the public, celebrates the 250th anniversary of Zion's "Liberty Bell Church" and the 50th anniversary of the Liberty Bell Museum.
Professional colonial re-enactors will talk with guests about what life was like in the colonial era. Guests will enjoy live period music, colonial artifacts and dancers who will demonstrate and teach colonial dances popular in the 1770s, the time of Allentown's founding. There will also be a colonial style meal.
The summer concert series in Northampton ended on a Celtic note.
Mr. Michael Detzi was reared in Wind Gap, graduating from Pius X High School in 1968 where he starred in football and basketball. He recalls, "Our school had a small-town atmosphere. My class consisted of 48 spirited graduates."
The young graduate continued his education at Steubenville College in Ohio. The draft called him to duty in 1971 with training at Fort Dix and Fort Jackson, S.C. He was assigned to the 193rd Infantry Brigade.
· "Take Better Pictures with Any Kind of Camera" presentation by nationally award winning photographer and editor of the Whitehall-Coplay Press Johanna S. Billings – 1 p.m., Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339.
· Lehigh Valley Chapter 1371 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees monthly meeting – noon, St. Peters Luthern Church community room, 1933 Hanover Ave., Allentown. Information: Marie Nader at: 610-231-0237.
The Borough of Northampton and its police officers have reached an agreement regarding a new wage and benefits contract.
Police have been working without a contract since the former one expired Dec. 31, 2011.
At a meeting of borough council Aug. 16, borough lawmakers ratified a three-year-contract with its 10 uniformed police officers. The new agreement materialized hours before the stalemate would have caused the negotiations to move to binding arbitration.
Al Cannon, 44, of Northampton, holds up a chicken bone after being declared the winner in the hot wings eating contest at Coplay Community Days Saturday. He downed the 12 wings in 2 minutes and 24 seconds to win a prize of $100. Contestants were judged not only on speed but also on how well they cleaned the meat from the bones. Also at Community Days, 19 singers competed in the semifinal round of the Best of the Best Karaoke Contest. The finals take place at the Gin Mill in Northampton tonight, Thursday, Aug. 30, starting at 9 p.m. The winner of that contest will receive a $1,000 prize.
Be ready in the garden as Sue Drabic, a Pennsylvania master gardener, leads a group in an exciting game of Jeopardy during the meeting of the Catasaqua Garden Club. They meet 1 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Slovak Center Social Club, 1233 Fifth St.
There will also be a double jeopardy if you don't bring your club project to the meeting.
Gardeners bringing gems for judging must have them in place by 12:45 p.m. Garden friendly guests are welcome to attend.
Sherry Neff-Maikits, the sole woman on the eight-member Northampton Borough Council, has resigned from her elective position.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko announced Maikits' intention to step down from council earlier this month.
"Vice President Sherry Maikits has submitted a letter of resignation to council President John Yurish. Sherry has purchased a home in Coplay and will be relocating.
In addition to resigning from borough council, she will also be resigning from the health board and the community center board," reported Zarayko.
Last year's Coplay Community Days got caught in the rain as Hurricane Irene moved through the region. The weather was perfect for this year's event, however.
This year's Community Days is believed to be one of the most successful events of the program's 31-year existence.
The principal goal of the event is to provide the community a place to enjoy the end of summer before fall sets in. The event also acts as a fundraiser for the community organizations participating.