Chief Master Sgt. Michael Schmidt retired after 32 years in the U.S. Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard Rescue Squadron.
Schmidt, the son of Walter K. Schmidt of Northampton and the late Joan Braun Schmidt, graduated from Northampton Area High School in 1981.
He has flown HC-130 and E3 AWACS aircraft including 91 combat and combat support missions.
In Alaska, he flew in 111 rescue missions resulting in 116 persons saved and 25 more brought to safety.
Schmidt received 37 awards and decorations during his military career.
· Station 36 recalled for a motor vehicle accident with a boy on a bicycle at MacArthur Road and Fairmont Street, 9:45 p.m.
· Stations 12, 16, and 39 provided mutual aid to North Whitehall for a fire alarm at the Northampton Borough Municipal Authority filter plant, 11:30 a.m.
· Stations 35, 36 and 37 recalled for a fire alarm at Home Depot, 1350 MacArthur Road, found to be a frozen sprinkler pipe that broke, 1:15 p.m.
· Station 37 assisted Emergency Medical Services with CPR at 110 Orchard Drive, Apt. 8, 6:18 p.m.
Hussett completes basic training
Air Force Reserve Airman Jermaine M. Hussett graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
The sun is always shining in Whitehall Township.
At the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce Mayoral Luncheon Feb. 14, Whitehall Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. ended his speech with those words. The quote followed what he called a "surprise announcement" about which he said he was very proud.
"I'm happy to announce that the township will be purchasing the 10-acre Prydon farm in Hokendauqua next to the IRT trail and the Hokey pool," he said. "It will remain open space for perpetuity."
With pantries at food banks struggling to keep their shelves filled to meet a growing clientele base, the Whitehall AARP Chapter 3115 did its part as members brought bags of canned and boxed food to its meeting held at the American Club of Coplay Pavilion. Handing donated bags of food to AARP 3115 Chapter President Bill Strauch are Regina Polaha, of Fullerton, left, and Catherine Hersh, of South Whitehall Township.
The Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority meets at 7:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority, 3213 MacArthur Road.
Coplay Borough Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. at the borough municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
Whitehall-Coplay School board committee meetings – Education/Student Activities Committee 4 p.m.; Operations/Transportation Committee, 5:30 p.m.; Finance/Personnel committee, 6:45 p.m. Meetings are held in the WCSD Administration Building, 2940 MacArthur Road.
The faded lettering that says "Blockbuster Video" on this building's blue facade will soon disappear. The building, located at the corner of MacArthur Road and Schadt Avenue, will soon bear new signs for Saladworks and Yo-Yo Yogurt. The new restaurants will be housed next to the former Staples, which relocated further south on MacArthur Road.
From left, Caleb, Joe and Braeden Flannery, of Whitehall, participate in Walk Now For Autism Speaks Jan. 27 as Braeden's Buddies. The event took place at the Iron Lakes Country Club in South Whitehall Township.
It's been quite a year for Coplay Mayor Joseph Bundra.
He had been mayor just two weeks when the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its first mayoral luncheon last year. At this year's luncheon Feb. 14, he had a year's worth of experience to share with chamber members.
Among the challenges the borough faced was Hurricane Sandy, which left 70 percent of borough residents without power for at least two days, he said.
Then, on the coldest day of the year, UGI experienced an equipment failure that left 1,030 without heat.