Amber (Millets) Hulen graduated from basic leadership class Nov. 26 in Santa Fe, N.M. She is now an E5 in the New Mexico National Guard and has been in the National Guard for six years.
She has attained the rank of sergeant.
Hulen lives in Alamogordo, N.M. She works on Lakota helicopters at Holloman Air Force Base.
She is a 2012 Whitehall High School graduate.
An evening of food, music, celebration and spectacle was capped off by a historic Allentown Christmas tradition during the Pip the Mouse reception at the Liberty Bell Museum at Zion’s Reformed Church of Christ, 620 Hamilton St., Allentown.
The Rev. Joshua Knappenberger, museum director, began the Nov. 25 event by welcoming and thanking reception attendees. Guests enjoyed drinks and a buffet prepared by museum board members and volunteers.
Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.
Bath Borough Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.
Lehigh Township Recreation Board meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.
Players of the Stage, a Christian theater group comprised of home-schooled students, presents “The Mouse That Roared” at Living Hope Presbyterian Church, 330 Schantz Road, Lower Macungie Township. The show will run 7 p.m. Dec. 12-14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 14.
Tickets for all performances are free, but reservations are required.
In lieu of a ticket price, a freewill offering will be taken to benefit Allentown Rescue Mission, which meets the needs of homeless and impoverished men in the Lehigh Valley.
At the Dec. 5 meeting, Northampton Borough Council gave preliminary approval for the projected $6.97 million budget for 2020, a spending plan that calls for a half-mill increase in property taxes.
A homeowner with a $50,000 assessment would pay approximately $25 more next year. The hike in property taxes is the first since 2016.
Every year, the U.S. Navy celebrates the Battle of Midway, an air and sea battle in the World War II Pacific Theater that changed the tide of battle.
One of the last known survivors of the battle is Hank Kudzik, an Allen Township resident and a submariner aboard the USS Nautilus during the battle.
Celebrations of this significant battle are enjoyed around the country June 4, and Kudzik gets a free ride to celebrations in Washington, D.C., as the Navy’s honored guest.
Kudzik is now 94 and joined the Navy when he was 17.
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.
At the Dec. 2 Bath Borough Council meeting, members passed the 2020 budget with no tax hike. The 2020 fee schedule was also not increased. The current Bath millage is 15 mills.
The last tax hike was in 2016.
After the meeting, Marena Rasmus, office administrator, said the budget includes reducing Bath Borough debt from $330,000 to zero. Budget plans include increasing the capital budget. Rasmus said there are plans to possibly hire a part-time parking enforcement officer. Independence and Penn streets are slated for repairs.
Mission Possible is sponsoring a community Christmas caroling event 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Uptown Park on Main Street in Northampton. The group consists of members from three Northampton churches — Grace United Church of Christ, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The caroling will be led by a community chorus comprised of volunteers with a passion for singing. Music will be provided.
Anyone interested in providing instrumental accompaniment is encouraged to participate. Instrumentalists are asked to bring their own music.