Over 400 students from Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, Career Institute of Technology, Colonial Academy, Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Monroe Career and Technical Institute and Upper Bucks County Technical School competed in 54 hands-on skill and leadership competitions at the Agri-Plex in Allentown Feb. 1.
An awards program was held Feb. 1 at Parkland High School to present medals to the winners. The gold medal winners will represent District 11 at the state competition in Hershey in April.
Ron W. Beitler, 38, a small business owner, life-long resident of Lower Macungie Township and an advocate for farmland preservation, has announced his intention to run for re-election for Lower Macungie Township Commissioner.
“I ran for commissioner four years ago to pursue a better and more balanced way for Lower Macungie to grow and move forward. Over the last few years, we’ve made great strides. I am seeking re-election based on those results and my record of accomplishments.”
District Attorney Jim Martin announced Feb. 7 a teacher at Emmaus High School has been charged in relation to her inappropriate sexual contact with a student.
Heather Montero, 36, of 4298 South Dr., Allentown, has been charged with one count each of Unlawful Contact with Minors and Corruption of Minors, both felonies of the third degree.
The case was investigated by Trooper Steven Furlong of the Pennsylvania State Police and Lehigh County’s Eighth Investigating Grand Jury.
Emmaus Police Department’s K-9 Ronny has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
K-9 Ronny’s vest is sponsored by The Landis Family Foundation and embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted with gratitude - The Landis Family Foundation.”
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Mass. whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.
Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards Jan. 10 announced 51 projects to improve transportation alternatives are in line for $33 million in federal funds.
Boroughs and townships in Lehigh County who will receive funds include:
• Macungie Borough - $542,288 for traffic calming and safety improvements to Macungie’s downtown gateway - encompassing one block of pedestrian lighting, trees and pavers (both sides) and one median island centered on Route 100.
State Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-135th, is joining the Second Harvest Food Bank to launch a Lehigh Valley diaper drive to help area families afford disposable diapers.
“Many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments,” Samuelson said. “I’m excited to work with the food bank to improve access to a reliable supply of diapers, which is a necessity for the health and well-being of families young and old.”
District Attorney Jim Martin announced an employee at the Coopersburg Post Office has been charged with theft.
Erica R. Harley, 35, of 27 Evelyn Lane, Milford Township, Bucks County, was charged with one count each of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by deception and receiving stolen property, all felonies of the third degree.
Harley was arraigned Nov. 9 at Central Booking.
Emmaus High School recently announced its area National Merit Scholars semifinalists.
The semifinalists will continue in the National Merit Scholarship Program competition.
This is the 62nd year of the scholarship program.
Ryan Taranto, a senior at Emmaus High School, received the Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow award from Boy Scouts of America, the highest honor awarded by the organization, in recent ceremonies at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.
Taranto’s Eagle Scout project was to design and build jazz music stands for Emmaus High School. The 14 stands will be used in competitions and concerts.
Taranto is a member of the EHS marching, symphonic and jazz bands and played in the 2016 Steel Stacks All-Star High School Jazz Band at MUSIKFEST in August.