Joey and Stacey of Whitehall, Pennsylvania | Take it from a Local with Allison

In this week’s episode, we are talking with Joe and Stacey of Whitehall.

Having grown up in this area, Joe talks about the many fun and family-friendly places he and Stacey take their son, including the Lehigh Valley Zoo, Dorney Park, & to many events at PBS39 just to name a few!

They also go on about their amazing wedding at Sayre Mansion as well as the awesome food in this area including at Brew Works, Keystone Pub, and the delicious rolls at Assante Ristorante Italiano. 

 

Thank you to our partners:

Burke Insurance Agency 

Michael Bernadyn of RE/MAX Real Estate

and our Season Featured Partner, Venture X

Take it from a Local, a Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast, is hosted by Allison Pittenger, a 20-year-old college junior.

“A Bethlehem native, I grew up going to Musikfest every summer, seeing shows at the State Theatre, and experiencing all that the Lehigh Valley has to offer. I’m a current student at East Stroudsburg University studying Video & Television production. I love theme parks, musical theatre, traveling, and of course creating content for people to enjoy. I began as an intern with Lehigh Valley with Love in early 2020 and have continued to work with them on various projects, and now this podcast! The goal of Take It From a Local is to hear from Lehigh Valley residents of past and present and to get their views and opinions on the many things to experience in the area. You can find me and follow my journey through life over on my Instagram @alli.pitt. I hope you enjoy the podcast!”


– Get all of our links here.

– Subscribe to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

– Want to be a guest on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast?

Eman Jarrah for Lehigh County Judge | Getting to Work in the Lehigh Valley

In our final political podcast of … well for now, we are honored to have on fellow Moravian College grad, Emmaus resident, and farmland preservation champion, Eman Jarrah.

Oh, yeah, she’s running for Lehigh County Judge! Vote on May 18th.

From her website: “Eman Jarrah is a Lehigh Valley native who was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  She is a graduate of Dieruff High School, Moravian College, and The University of Dayton School of Law.  A long-time Deputy County Solicitor, she has spent most of her career advocating for the community’s most vulnerable consumers.  She manages difficult situations with compassion for the individuals involved but with a respect for the application of the law.  A typical day is one where she assists in coming up with a creative solution to a challenging scenario.  She cares about her community and is committed to its positive growth.”

Check out Eman Jarrah’s website.

Our featured local non-profit this week is New Bethany Ministries!

Thank you to our partners:

Burke Insurance Agency 

Michael Bernadyn of RE/MAX Real Estate

and our Season Featured Partner, Venture X


– Get all of our links here.

– Subscribe to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

– Want to be a guest on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast?


Watch the video episode here or below 

Penn State University Biology Student Hailee from Nazareth | Take it from a Local with Allison

This week, we’re talking with Hailee from Nazareth.

She is currently at Penn State University studying Biology with a Neuroscience option and pre-Med track.

We talk all about her favorite memories and moments from the Lehigh Valley (Musikfest Smoothie in a Pineapple anyone?), favorite food spots (including Apollo Grill), and so much more (like how she has never been to BaconFest)!!

Learn about how she made her own curriculum on brain injuries and her work with non-profits!

Thank you to our partners:

Burke Insurance Agency 

Michael Bernadyn of RE/MAX Real Estate

and our Season Featured Partner, Venture X

 

Take it from a Local, a Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast, is hosted by Allison Pittenger, a 20-year-old college junior.

“A Bethlehem native, I grew up going to Musikfest every summer, seeing shows at the State Theatre, and experiencing all that the Lehigh Valley has to offer. I’m a current student at East Stroudsburg University studying Video & Television production. I love theme parks, musical theatre, traveling, and of course creating content for people to enjoy. I began as an intern with Lehigh Valley with Love in early 2020 and have continued to work with them on various projects, and now this podcast! The goal of Take It From a Local is to hear from Lehigh Valley residents of past and present and to get their views and opinions on the many things to experience in the area. You can find me and follow my journey through life over on my Instagram @alli.pitt. I hope you enjoy the podcast!”


– Get all of our links here.

– Subscribe to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

– Want to be a guest on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast?


Maraleen Shields for Lehigh County Judge | Choosing the Lehigh Valley

You may know the Braddock area of the state from Pennsylvania Senate conentendor John Fetterman, but the Lehigh Valley also has someone with western PA steel roots looking to make a difference in the Lehigh Valley.

In this episode we talk with Maraleen Shields who is running for Lehigh County Judge. If elected, she’d be the first African-American judge and only the second to speak Spanish in the county’s long history.

We talk about hot dogs for an extended period of time as well. 😛

Check out her website.

Our featured local non-profit this week is New Bethany Ministries!

Thank you to our partners:

Burke Insurance Agency 

Michael Bernadyn of RE/MAX Real Estate

and our Season Featured Partner, Venture X

 


– Get all of our links here.

– Subscribe to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

– Want to be a guest on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast?


Watch the video episode here or below 

Muhlenberg College Student Riley | Take it from a Local with Allison

In this episode, we join Bethlehem resident and Muhlenberg College student Riley, as we talk about her favorite parts of the Lehigh Valley!

Riley, a Freedom High School Grad, talks about many of her favorite food spots, live entertainment spots (Musikfest and Celtic Classic), and must do experiences in the area!

We also discuss the positive impact the area has had on her life and some of the many memories she has made while living here.

Thank you to our partners:

Burke Insurance Agency 

Michael Bernadyn of RE/MAX Real Estate

and our Season Featured Partner, Venture X

 

Take it from a Local, a Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast, is hosted by Allison Pittenger, a 20-year-old college junior.

“A Bethlehem native, I grew up going to Musikfest every summer, seeing shows at the State Theatre, and experiencing all that the Lehigh Valley has to offer. I’m a current student at East Stroudsburg University studying Video & Television production. I love theme parks, musical theatre, traveling, and of course creating content for people to enjoy. I began as an intern with Lehigh Valley with Love in early 2020 and have continued to work with them on various projects, and now this podcast! The goal of Take It From a Local is to hear from Lehigh Valley residents of past and present and to get their views and opinions on the many things to experience in the area. You can find me and follow my journey through life over on my Instagram @alli.pitt. I hope you enjoy the podcast!”


– Get all of our links here.

– Subscribe to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

– Want to be a guest on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast?


The Future of the Lehigh Valley Workspace | Terry Wallace of Venture X Bethlehem

We’re on location for the first time at Venture X in South Bethlehem to speak with owner Terry Wallace about the future of the workspace in the Lehigh Valley.

We plan to film a show per month at Venture X. Get in touch if you’d like to get involved.

(VIDEO HERE or below)

Terry Wallace is a transformational leader with the proven ability to deliver results on a global scale. Terry has a wide range of experience and success stemming from a dynamic career.

He started his career in the Marine Corps and law enforcement and evolved to leading Global HR functions in a Fortune 50 company and in one of the fastest growing startups in history.

After twenty years of full-time business travel, Terry again decided to redefine his career and started his own business, Alynus Inc. Through Alynus, he is focused on starting and growing businesses at home, in the Lehigh Valley.

The first venture is to provide flexible office space, amenities, and services to others as they grow their businesses here in ‘the valley.’ The brand selected is Venture X.

We talk with Terry about the future of the workspace in the Lehigh Valley and how Venture X is poised to be leader.


This is the first of a new series in which we will be recording live on location at Venture X in south Bethlehem.

If you’re interested in learning more about advertising or being a guest, please get in touch

Learn more about Venture X Bethlehem

Big thank you to Ryan Walsh of Zeptepi Creative for the video work on this. His business office is at Venture X! Check them out.


 

Thank you to our partners:

Burke Insurance Agency 

Michael Bernadyn of RE/MAX Real Estate

and our Season Featured Partner, Venture X

 


– Get all of our links here.

– Subscribe to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

– Want to be a guest on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast?


Watch the video episode here 

 

Aspiringing Singer Songwriter Angel | Take it from a Local with Allison

This week’s episode has us talking with Angel, a Wilkes University Student and aspiring singer/songwriter. We talk about live entertainment in the Lehigh Valley, favorite food spots, and so much more!

You can catch her on Rocking the Lehigh Valley on April 13, 2021, listen to her album, Bipolar Opposites, that will be out within the next month, & follow her on Instagram @angeldandria.

Thank you to our partners:

Burke Insurance Agency 

Michael Bernadyn of RE/MAX Real Estate

and our Season Featured Partner, Venture X

Take it from a Local, a Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast, is hosted by Allison Pittenger, a 20-year-old college junior.

“A Bethlehem native, I grew up going to Musikfest every summer, seeing shows at the State Theatre, and experiencing all that the Lehigh Valley has to offer. I’m a current student at East Stroudsburg University studying Video & Television production. I love theme parks, musical theatre, traveling, and of course creating content for people to enjoy. I began as an intern with Lehigh Valley with Love in early 2020 and have continued to work with them on various projects, and now this podcast! The goal of Take It From a Local is to hear from Lehigh Valley residents of past and present and to get their views and opinions on the many things to experience in the area. You can find me and follow my journey through life over on my Instagram @alli.pitt. I hope you enjoy the podcast!”


– Get all of our links here.

– Subscribe to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

– Want to be a guest on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast?


Ce-Ce Gerlach | Fighting for Allentown

In this episode, we talk with Allentown City Councilwoman and Allentown Mayoral candidate Ce-Ce Gerlach. Ce-Ce’s story is truly remarkable, especially the way in which she initially go involved in politics…

We talk about her upbringing in Maryland, what brought her to the Allentown area (spoiler: it was Cedar Crest College was Cedar Crest College) and why she’s running for mayor. Ce-Ce talks about her top 3 issues; Economic Justice, Housing Justice, and Reimagining Public Safety.

Check out her website.

I don’t want to get TOO in the political weeds here, but the Allentown Mayoral race is shaping up to be an important and interesting one with some fascinating personalities. We had Matt Tuerk on in a previous episode and I encourage you to take a listen.

Enjoy the video episode below.

Our featured local non-profit this week is New Bethany Ministries!

 

Thank you to our partners:

Burke Insurance Agency 

Michael Bernadyn of RE/MAX Real Estate

and our Season Featured Partner, Venture X

 


– Get all of our links here.

– Subscribe to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

– Want to be a guest on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast?


Watch the video episode here or below 

Boba Tea, Musikfest, and Delores | Take it from a Local with Allison

In this episode, we join Bethlehem resident and Penn State University student Delores, as we talk about her favorite parts of the Lehigh Valley! Delores, a Freedom High School graduate and longtime resident of the Lehigh Valley, talks about many of her favorite food spots, festivals, and must to experiences throughout the Lehigh Valley during the many times of the year. We also discuss the positive impact the area has had on her life and some of the many memories she has made while living here.

Thank you to our partners:

Burke Insurance Agency 

Michael Bernadyn of RE/MAX Real Estate

and our Season Featured Partner, Venture X

Take it from a Local, a Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast, is hosted by Allison Pittenger, a 20-year-old college junior.

“A Bethlehem native, I grew up going to Musikfest every summer, seeing shows at the State Theatre, and experiencing all that the Lehigh Valley has to offer. I’m a current student at East Stroudsburg University studying Video & Television production. I love theme parks, musical theatre, traveling, and of course creating content for people to enjoy. I began as an intern with Lehigh Valley with Love in early 2020 and have continued to work with them on various projects, and now this podcast! The goal of Take It From a Local is to hear from Lehigh Valley residents of past and present and to get their views and opinions on the many things to experience in the area. You can find me and follow my journey through life over on my Instagram @alli.pitt. I hope you enjoy the podcast!”


– Get all of our links here.

– Subscribe to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

– Want to be a guest on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast?


Matt Tuerk | Literally Running for Mayor of Allentown

Today we’re talking with Allentown Mayoral hopeful and the former Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation VP, Matt Tuerk, who has been running the streets of Allentown to get to know it just a little bit better…

We talk about his path from East Stroudsburg to Colorado to South Carolina to Allentown and why travel helps you appreciate where you come from and where you are.

We talk to him about why he’s running and what he envisions the future of Allentown to be and of course we talk about Yocco’s a little more in-depth than is needed.

Check out his website.

Enjoy the video episode below.

Thank you to our partners:

Burke Insurance Agency 

Michael Bernadyn of RE/MAX Real Estate

and our Season Featured Partner, Venture X


– Get all of our links here.

– Subscribe to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

– Want to be a guest on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast?


Watch the video episode here or below 

Chris, a U.S. Navy Vet and Northampton Community College Student | Take it from a Local with Allison

This week’s episode has us talking with Chris, a local U.S. Navy Veteran and current student at Northampton Community College. We talk about our love for Flying V Poutine and Wawa, local live entertainment, and of course about some of his favorite and most impactful memories from living in the area. Chris is also the host of his own podcast, Sea Stories and disGruntlement. Check it out on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and on Youtube.

Take it from a Local, a Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast, is hosted by Allison Pittenger, a 20-year-old college junior.

“A Bethlehem native, I grew up going to Musikfest every summer, seeing shows at the State Theatre, and experiencing all that the Lehigh Valley has to offer. I’m a current student at East Stroudsburg University studying Video & Television production. I love theme parks, musical theatre, traveling, and of course creating content for people to enjoy. I began as an intern with Lehigh Valley with Love in early 2020 and have continued to work with them on various projects, and now this podcast! The goal of Take It From a Local is to hear from Lehigh Valley residents of past and present and to get their views and opinions on the many things to experience in the area. You can find me and follow my journey through life over on my Instagram @alli.pitt. I hope you enjoy the podcast!”

Thank you to our partners, Burke Insurance Agency, Michael Bernadyn of RE/MAX Real Estate, and our Season Featured Partner, Venture X

 


Welcome to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

The aim of this podcast is to connect you to stories and personalities living in or affecting the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, encompassing the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton and many other wonderful communities in-between.

We talk to business owners, musicians, authors, students, politicians, and maybe even you.


Get all of our links here.

Subscribe to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

Want to be a guest on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast?

Sarah Jane’s Cupcakes | Emmaus Teenage Entrepreneur

On this episode of the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast we visit with Emmaus High School student, Sarah Sherman, who also happens to run a successful cupcake business called Sarah Jane’s Cupcakes.

We talk about how she got started in the cupcake business; how people, like myself, can mistake her polished marketing for being beyond it’s years; and what her plans for the future are.

Oh, and, of course, we let you know how you can order cupcakes. Visit https://sarahjcupcakes.weebly.com/

Thank you to our partners, Burke Insurance AgencyMichael Bernadyn of RE/MAX Real Estate, and our Season Featured Partner, Venture X

 


Welcome to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

The aim of this podcast is to connect you to stories and personalities living in or affecting the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, encompassing the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton and many other wonderful communities in-between.

We talk to business owners, musicians, authors, students, politicians, and maybe even you.


Get all of our links here.

Subscribe to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

Want to be a guest on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast?


Check out our tast testing video here or below.


Watch the video episode here or below 

 

Rapping Commencement, The Freddy’s, and A Murder Mystery Musical | Take it from a Local with Allison

In this episode, we’re talking with Bethlehem resident Matthew, a writer and aspiring scientist. We talk about impactful teachers, Musikfest, and his creative and uniquely written commencement speech he gave when he graduated from Freedom High School not too long ago.

Matt shares his love of local improv and comedy at SteelStacks and talks about his newest project, The Horizon a Murder Mystery Musical in which he co-created and directed with a group of friends.

Check out this episode to learn more about The Horizon, when it’s planning to premiere, and to learn more about Matthew’s take on many experiences here in the Lehigh Valley!

 

Take it from a Local, a Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast, is hosted by Allison Pittenger, a 20-year-old college junior.

“A Bethlehem native, I grew up going to Musikfest every summer, seeing shows at the State Theatre, and experiencing all that the Lehigh Valley has to offer. I’m a current student at East Stroudsburg University studying Video & Television production. I love theme parks, musical theatre, traveling, and of course creating content for people to enjoy. I began as an intern with Lehigh Valley with Love in early 2020 and have continued to work with them on various projects, and now this podcast! The goal of Take It From a Local is to hear from Lehigh Valley residents of past and present and to get their views and opinions on the many things to experience in the area. You can find me and follow my journey through life over on my Instagram @alli.pitt. I hope you enjoy the podcast!”

Thank you to our partners, Burke Insurance Agency, Michael Bernadyn of RE/MAX Real Estate, and our Season Featured Partner, Venture X

 


Welcome to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

The aim of this podcast is to connect you to stories and personalities living in or affecting the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, encompassing the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton and many other wonderful communities in-between.

We talk to business owners, musicians, authors, students, politicians, and maybe even you.


Get all of our links here.

Subscribe to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

Want to be a guest on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast?

Allentown Chief of Operations Eric Gratz | Allentown EMS’ Adaptation and Advancement

In the first episode of the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast Season 4 we talk with Eric Gratz, Chief of Operations for the City of Allentown.

The City of Allentown’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a public service system that includes all-paramedic staffed ambulances that are dispatched 24 hours/day through an enhanced 9-1-1 communications system. Allentown’s paramedics responded to a record 16,132 requests for emergency medical assistance in 2020; a number that has increased annually. – Allentown City

We talk with Eric about adapting during COVID and how technology is positively changing EMS services. We also dive into parenting, the revitalization of downtown Allentown, educational choices, and more! Thank you, Eric.

Thank you to our partners, Burke Insurance AgencyMichael Bernadyn of RE/MAX Real Estate, and our Season Featured Partner, Venture X


Welcome to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

The aim of this podcast is to connect you to stories and personalities living in or affecting the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, encompassing the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton and many other wonderful communities in-between.

We talk to business owners, musicians, authors, students, politicians, and maybe even you.


Get all of our links here.

Subscribe to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

Want to be a guest on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast?


Watch the video episode here or below

 

From Freedom High School to The University of Pittsburgh | Take it from a Local with Allison

This week, join Bethlehem resident and University of Pitt student Jaime as we talk about all things Lehigh Valley related. Jaime, a Freedom High School graduate and longtime resident of the Lehigh Valley, talks about all her favorites in the area in this episode. 

From memories made at the Celtic Classic parade, to the amazing food found throughout the area, and of course to talking about the many must-do things to experience during the holiday season, we talk about it all!

Take it from a Local, a Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast, is hosted by Allison Pittenger, a 20-year-old college junior.

“A Bethlehem native, I grew up going to Musikfest every summer, seeing shows at the State Theatre, and experiencing all that the Lehigh Valley has to offer. I’m a current student at East Stroudsburg University studying Video & Television production. I love theme parks, musical theatre, traveling, and of course creating content for people to enjoy. I began as an intern with Lehigh Valley with Love in early 2020 and have continued to work with them on various projects, and now this podcast! The goal of Take It From a Local is to hear from Lehigh Valley residents of past and present and to get their views and opinions on the many things to experience in the area. You can find me and follow my journey through life over on my Instagram @alli.pitt. I hope you enjoy the podcast!”

Thank you to our partners, Burke Insurance Agency, Michael Bernadyn of RE/MAX Real Estate, and our Season Featured Partner, Venture X

 


Welcome to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

The aim of this podcast is to connect you to stories and personalities living in or affecting the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, encompassing the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton and many other wonderful communities in-between.

We talk to business owners, musicians, authors, students, politicians, and maybe even you.


Get all of our links here.

Subscribe to the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast.

Want to be a guest on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast?