Lehigh County residents disposed of 500.5 pounds of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications during the 16th National Take Back Day Oct. 27. The total of drugs collected during all Take Back Day events since 2010 is 12,943.5 pounds.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Nov. 2 two persons have been charged with animal cruelty and neglect.
Melanie Rehrig, 33 and Jason Wieder, 39, both of the 900 block of Hillcrest Drive South, Macungie, are both charged with five counts of alleged aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony of the third degree; six counts of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor of the second degree; six counts of neglect of animals, a misdemeanor of the third degree and 86 counts of neglect of animals, a summary offense, according to a media release from the district attorney’s office.
The East Penn School District Education Foundation recently awarded 14 grants to educators in East Penn School District schools.
Many East Penn educators submitted detailed grant proposals outlining STEAM ideas for their classrooms. Grant proposals were evaluated in areas of innovation, impact, sustainability, and overall alignment with the foundation’s STEAM focus.
Fourteen grants totaling $14,500 will be funded.
Winners of the 2018-2019 East Penn School District Education Foundation Innovator Grants include:
UPDATE: Emmaus High School will be closed Nov. 8 and 9. The restoration process will continue throughout the weekend. Please note the following cancellations: World Languages Honor Society Induction Ceremony scheduled for Nov. 8 has been canceled. Students will receive their certificates in class upon return. Broadway Night scheduled for Nov. 9 has been canceled. Picture retake day has been rescheduled for Nov. 19 and Saturday’s Kid Science Camp has been rescheduled for Dec. 1. Pending acceptable air quality results, the district anticipates classes will resume Nov. 12.
Kevin Ge, of Lower Macungie Township, is among students named a 2019 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist.
Ge is in 12th grade at Emmaus High School.
He is president of the academic team and vice president of the Pennsylvania Math League at EHS.
A varsity tennis player, Ge also coaches tennis, studies piano and teaches Chinese martial arts.
Ge plans to study mechanical engineering.
He is member of National Honor Society and French Honor Society and is a committee officer for Envirothon at EHS.
The VIA Marathon was held recently with the downhill course starting at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown recently.
The course proceeded to the Lehigh Parkway, past the Fish Hatchery, across a covered bridge and headed toward the Lehigh River.
At mile seven, runners entered the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Mile 12 placed the runners in Bethlehem with a run through the 18th Century Industrial Quarter. Canal locks, a boat launch and several parks made up the run to Easton.
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.