Upon the sale of its business to Hearst in January, the Rodale family was committed to ensuring that its property, nearly 40 acres in Emmaus, would be put to use in a way that would continue to enhance the community and support health and wellness in the region. With that in mind, Rodale and Phoebe Ministries have entered into an agreement of sale that will transform the Rodale corporate campus into a new wellness-focused residential destination for people ages 62 and older.
Whitehall High School graduate Ean McCloud earned his Eagle Scout March 3, 2017.
With the help of church and troop members, he updated the nursery, Sunday school room and dining area at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Mickleys, 2918 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.
McCloud started Cub Scouts when he was in first grade and crossed over to Troop 79 from Stiles.
He attended Lehigh Carbon Community College and transferred to Edinboro University in the fall to finish his bachelor’s degree in animation.
Alexander M. Strohl, son of Barry and Lynda Strohl, has achieved Boy Scouting’s highest rank, that of Eagle Scout. Strohl, 16, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 150, sponsored by St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Orefield, under the leadership of Scoutmasters Rick Bishop, Joseph Turner and Scott Walker.
Strohl began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Pack 79 in Coplay and continued through Cub Scouting to achieve the highest award, the Arrow of Light.
Jessica Kroboth has been named Girl of the Month for December by Whitehall Township Woman’s Club.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kroboth.
A high school honor roll student, Kroboth is a member of concert band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, German Club (secretary), London Club, SERVE Club, track and field team and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
She also serves as the president of marching band, pep band and Book Club.
In a special ceremony at the state Capitol Jan. 2, state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, of Whitehall Township, was sworn in to represent the Lehigh Valley’s 133rd Legislative District.
McNeill won a Dec. 5, 2017, special election to complete the term of her late husband, Dan, who died Sept. 8, 2017.
The oath was administered by state Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty as family and friends looked on.
McNeill becomes the 48th female currently serving in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong has selected Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. to be his new director of administration.
“Mayor Hozza will bring a proven track record of versatile and strategic leadership and a strong command of the issues and concerns of municipalities and townships throughout Lehigh County,” Armstrong said.
Dr. Jeffrey Lear, mathematics, physics, programmer and informal teacher leader at Whitehall High School (WHS), recently received a Doctor of Education in educational leadership and administration from East Stroudsburg University (ESU). He has been with WHS since 2001.
At the Dec. 16, 2017, winter commencement, held in Koehler Fieldhouse, Lear was the only person to receive a doctoral degree. There were 325 bachelor’s degrees, 66 master’s degrees and the one doctoral degree awarded.
Catherine Chen has been named Girl of the Month for November by Whitehall Township Woman’s Club.
She is the daughter of Mr. Xing Yun Chen and Mrs. Juan Yun Wu.
A high honor roll student, Chen is a member of several school groups including Leo Club (treasurer), Book Club, concert band, soccer team and varsity tennis team. She is a member of the English National Honor Society (founder/president), Mu Alpha Theta (president), National Honor Society and the Spanish and Science National Honor Societies.
She was a Zephyr Academy Student Athlete of the Month in 2014.
A recently retired Lehigh County chief of police and a detective with Whitehall Police Department, assigned to Lehigh County Drug Task Force and commander of the Lehigh County Municipal Emergency Response Team (MERT), received awards for exemplary service at a luncheon of the Lehigh County Chiefs of Police Association at DeSales University, Center Valley, Nov. 14.
To a full house at Keystone Pub and Grill, Grape Street, Whitehall, the Leiner for Congress campaign hosted an event Nov. 11 to officially kick off the campaign for Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District.
The event started with some introductory words from Will Leiner, the candidate’s son, followed by a viewing of the campaign’s official announcement video that was released the week before.
Bill Leiner Jr., Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, then addressed the crowd.