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Norfolk Southern to increase train speed on Pennsylvania rail line through Lehigh and Berks counties

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in News Briefs

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.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Volunteers create over 1,500 red baby caps

The tiny heart of a newborn is no bigger than a strawberry, which is why early diagnosis of congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the United States, is so important.

This February, in celebration of American Heart Month, thousands of newborns across the Lehigh Valley will play a big role in raising awareness about congenital heart defects and heart health as part of the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign. The campaign is led by the American Heart Association in cooperation with The Children’s Heart Foundation.

Local companies helping to feed Murphy the giraffe

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

PPL Electric Utilities’ tree trimming program provides more reliable electric service for its customers.

And now, it also helps feed Murphy, the Lehigh Valley Zoo’s Masai giraffe.

Under a partnership between the utility and the zoo, Jaflo Inc., one of PPL’s tree contractors, is making deliveries of cut branches, also called browse, which the zoo uses to feed Murphy, the 16-year-old giraffe it acquired recently.

The zoo could not be more grateful to PPL and Jaflo.


Thursday, January 25, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in School

Students observe MLK Day with volunteer service

Families from The Swain School, 1100 S. 24th St., Allentown, volunteered for the national Day of Service Jan. 15, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

About 125 students and family members participated at five sites, including The Gress Mountain Ranch, Orefield; Flint Hill Farm, Coopersburg; Sixth Street Shelter; The Literacy Center in Allentown; and a site at Swain where volunteers created program materials for Equi-librium Therapeutic Horsemanship in Nazareth.

Two Troop 71 Scouts earn Eagle Scout honors

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Damon Smigielski and Alex Thomulka received the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor recently at Macungie Memorial Park. The two Scouts are members of Boy Scout Troop 71, which is sponsored by Solomon’s United Church of Christ in Macungie.

Damon Smigielski, son of Robert and Jen Smigielski, joined Cub Scouts with Pack 71 of Macungie as a Tiger Scout in 2006 with his father joining as his den leader. After Cub Scouts, Damon chose Troop 71 to continue his Scouting career.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in School

National Honor Society welcomes new members

The following students were inducted into the Emmaus High School chapter of National Honor Society for 2017 during recent ceremonies.


Cayley Grabowski, Marlo Gill Guastella, Maxwell Hirschhorn, Jessica Hurlburt, Tyler Kohls, Andrew Martin, Thomas Mazzella, Claire Quigg, Andrew Romero, Sarah Schuster, Mitchell Shoemaker, Caleb Torres and Georgia Traynor


Virtual ribbon cut on new LVHN, Air Products center

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Officials from Lehigh Valley Health Network and Air Products ‘virtually’ cut the ribbon to officially open the new Air Products Center for Connected Care and Innovation at LVHN at the health network’s One City Center location in downtown Allentown recently. The Air Products Foundation announced a major donation in November 2015 to launch the center.

“This space has special meaning,” Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, LVHN’s president and chief executive officer said. “It is intended to be a place to create, innovate, transform and reimagine how we provide care to our community.”


Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Members seek to make a difference in the community

This fall, members of the Emmaus Rotary Club, one of the oldest service clubs in the Lehigh Valley, were out in force to make a positive difference in the community.

Over 30 Emmaus Rotarians and 20 Emmaus High School Interact students actively participated in a number of community projects which exemplify the Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self.”


•Packed 5,000 shelf-stable pasta meals and delivered them to a local food bank