Nicholas D. Ritter, of Troop 131, Wescosville, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor ceremony held recently at the Lower Macungie Library.
For his Eagle Project, Nicholas worked with Lisa Underwood, youth services director at Lower Macungie Library, to coordinate the creation of a series of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) kits at the library. Each kit contains a STEM activity and book on topics such as coding, insects and tactiles. Twenty STEM kits are now available for circulation for children ages 3-12.
State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, announced he will not seek re-election to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in 2020.
“While this is a bittersweet moment as I have been honored to serve the people of our community, I can do so knowing that I contributed to making a difference not only for the residents of Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties, but for all Pennsylvanians,” Simmons said.
On Jan. 15, all Emmaus High School students will receive a wristband.
These wristbands with the words, “You are Special, You are Loved and Your Life Matters,” have been provided to promote suicide prevention awareness within the school community and to ensure students know the faculty and staff at EHS value them as individuals and care deeply about their well-being. The district’s hope is that members of the school community will wear this wristband to show their support for this important cause.
Republican Nathan Brown has announced his candidacy in the 2020 election for the seat of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 131st Legislative District, serving parts of Lehigh, Northampton and Montgomery counties.
Brown currently is a Lehigh County Commissioner representing the 5th district.
Prior to being elected commissioner, Brown served the community for 10 years as an Emmaus Borough Council member from 2008-2017.
The Salvation Army, Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 sustaining grant from the PPL Foundation.
The much-needed funds will support Youth Enrichment Programs at The Salvation Army Allentown Corps.
More than 110 children currently enrolled in the Allentown Corps’ Youth Enrichment Program will benefit from the donation.
The Allentown Corps provides a wide array of services to help nurture children’s love of learning.
The Corps’ Youth Department offers a safe, positive and motivating environment for youngsters to learn and grow.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has approved four major grants for Lehigh County.
These grants, totaling $469,900 will provide additional resources to county-wide efforts to improve quality of life and enhance outdoor recreational experiences.
The DCNR grants and projects are:
State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola, D-18th, announced the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has awarded recreation and conservation grants through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program specifically for Rivers Conservation and Riparian Forest Buffers.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation needs help identifying an unknown female who may have information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.
Photographs, a sketch, and an informational poster depicting the individual, known as Jane Doe 37, are available to the public and can be found online at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap/unknown-individual-jane-doe-37.
Whitehall Mall’s Sears store is expected to close in early 2020, according to a Nov. 7 news release from Transformco, which purchased the store’s assets in February.
This location, at 1259 Whitehall Mall, is one of seven Sears or Kmart stores in Pennsylvania set to close.
Emmaus High School recently announced its 2020 National Merit Scholar semifnalists.
Fionnuir M. Ni Chochlain, of Macungie, is president of the Interact Club at EHS. A senior, she is a member of Acca Bella and the Select Choir and is an officer in both clubs. She played junior varsity and varsity girls soccer for the school through her junior year. She is stage manager for the stage crew and vice president of the photography club. She also works part time and teaches piano.
Ni Chochlain plans to study history.