The Allentown Police Department honored 51 officers at a commendation and awards presentation ceremony and memorial service recently at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.
Fifteen of the 51 officers were recognized for either valor, bravery or heroism.
The event was held to mark National Police Week.
The department also honored other residents and businesses for their contributions or donations and elementary school student safety officers.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin recently announced 20,294 pounds of medications have been collected since 2014 at the permanent medication collection sites located in Lehigh County.
In December 2013, permanent medication collection boxes were installed in 10 police departments.
Two other departments were added later and additional boxes have been installed at three Lehigh Valley Hospital locations.
Lehigh County Sheriff Joseph N. Hanna has announced the addition of a new canine program for the sheriff’s office and for the county of Lehigh.
Countless law enforcement agencies and sheriff’s offices throughout the commonwealth utilize canines to assist with daily operations and law enforcement functions and security activities.
Gov. Tom Wolf July 3 joined U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in a joint letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requesting answers to questions regarding the number of migrant children separated from their families at the southern border who are now housed in Pennsylvania.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and Lehigh County Drug and Alcohol Administrator Layne Turner announced a new program being launched in Lehigh County to help in the fight against opioids and substance abuse: Blue Guardian.
After a Narcan reversal, the Lehigh County Drug and Alcohol administrator will be notified through the Blue Guardian application. The individual’s name, home address and local police department (the department with jurisdiction where the individual resides) will be forwarded to the certified recovery specialist at Treatment Trends (a local substance use disorder treatment provider).
Recognizing that public speaking is a critical life skill for all, The Swain School initiated an oratory contest for grades six through eight to give students a forum to practice public speaking. The event was open to all students in the Lehigh Valley.
The event drew 17 contestants to the school, 1100 S. 24th St., Salisbury Township, April 13. Students selected their speeches from among those listed on the Famous American Speeches website. Each student was evaluated on poise, delivery and presentation and overall effectiveness.
Bob Limons is living proof it is never impossible to exercise, regardless of your physical limits or your age.
Limons, 91, drives from Wild Cherry Knoll retirement community in Lower Macungie Township to St. Luke’s Fitness & Sports Performance Center in Allentown four times a week to work out in a medically-based exercise program designed specifically for him.
“For all the conditions I have, I’d say I have a pretty good quality of life,” Limons said.
Norfolk Southern to increase train speed on Pennsylvania rail line through Lehigh and Berks counties
Norfolk Southern is increasing train speeds across nearly 30 miles of its Reading Line through Lehigh and Berks counties.
The speed increase, effective March 14, includes 36 public highway-rail grade crossings on the mainline from Allentown in Lehigh County to Laureldale in Berks County. Train speed will increase to 60 mph from 50 mph except at three crossings, where the speed will increase to 60 mph from 45 mph.
Phoebe Ministries to purchase real estate of Rodale
Senior services organization plans first wellness-focused independent living project in the region