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Joseph Zeller A man for all seasons dies at age 100

Friday, December 21, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Joseph “Joe” Richard Zeller, 100, a dedicated public servant, always willing to share his century spanning life experiences with young or old, has departed from his Earthly mission.

Joe, born Sept. 19, 1918, in the tiny town of Campus, Ill., was the son of Carl and Frances (Kunkel) Zeller.

He died Dec. 12, 2018, in his favorite room of the house he proudly built in Lowhill Township.

Joe believed being positive would achieve personal goals and every generation would meet their challenges to keep this nation strong.

The Early Years

Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute’s Mobile Mammography Coach on the road

Friday, December 21, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Women invited to schedule appointments

Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, part of of Lehigh Valley Health Network, will be offering screening mammograms 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 10, 2019, at Roma Corporate Center, 1605 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall.

On average, the mammogram takes less than 15 minutes.

According to information provided by LVHN, the 3D Mammography Coach uses a Peplink EPX 15 Cellular SD-WAN router, which provides real-time imaging, as if clinicians were providing the mammogram in the hospital.

Lehigh Valley Press weekly newspapers welcome new advertising director

Friday, April 6, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Business Showcase

Terry Plinke has been named the new advertising director for the Lehigh Valley Press’ eight weekly newspapers.

Plinke started her career in medical laboratory sales in 1976.

She and her husband, Richard, worked together in Outdoor Marketing Systems, creating transit advertising for bus shelters and on buses.

Born and raised in Reading, Berks County, the mother of three adult sons and her husband live in the West End of Allentown.

Derbe Eckhart again charged with animal cruelty

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has announced Derbe Eckhart, of Heidelberg Township, has been charged with multiple counts of cruelty to animals.

Eckhart, 49, of 6587 Central Road, was charged with 58 counts of cruelty to animals, six of which are graded as misdemeanors of the third degree and 52 as summary offenses.

The six counts are charged as misdemeanors as a result of factors which include Eckhart’s prior convictions of cruelty to animals.

Gov. Tom Wolf announces PSSA testing reduction

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Opinion

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a reduction in standardized testing for students in the commonwealth.

According to an Aug. 14 news release from the governor’s office, “The change to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment will reduce the length of the tests by 20 percent in grades three through eight.”

Wolf commented on the change during a “Schools That Teach” tour stop at Susquehanna Middle School, Dauphin County, with state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.

Police seek information about elk killing

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, are asking for the public’s help to identify the killer of an elk at the Lehigh Valley Game Preserve, 5050 Game Preserve Road, North Whitehall.

Police say the female elk was killed inside a fenced-in area sometime between 8:30 a.m. Dec. 3 and the next day.

Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators who committed this crime.

Dent faces challenge for his seat in 15th Congressional District

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Four individuals, including a write-in candidate, are seeking to represent the 15th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Democrat Rick Daugherty, Libertarian Paul Rizzo and write-in candidate Dennis Atiyeh, who identifies himself as an Independent Christian, are challenging Republican incumbent Charles W. Dent in the Nov. 8 general election.


Thursday, October 27, 2016 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Opinion

You can have my heart ... but only if you are white

House Bill 30, proposed by state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-55th (Westmoreland, Armstrong and Indiana counties), should send chills down the spines of all residents of Pennsylvania, especially those parents and others who objected to Common Core teaching methods.

Petrarca’s bill, co-sponsored by 93 other state representatives, includes ideas from the Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Project classroom toolkit, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, for teaching students in the state.

Jamie Silvonek pleads guilty to first-degree murder

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

According to infomation released by Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, Jamie Lynn Silvonek, 14, who was charged in her mother’s 2015 death pleaded guilty Feb. 11 to first-degree murder, criminal conspiracy, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence and was sentenced to 35 years to life in state prison.

Silvonek, formerly of 1516 Randi Lane, Upper Macungie Township, entered the plea in a hearing before Lehigh County Judge Maria L. Dantos.

Two seek job as county sheriff

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

There are two candidates seeking their party's nomination to replace longtime Lehigh County Sheriff Ron Rossi, who chose not to seek re-election to the office he has held since 1992.

Allentown Police Sgt. Ed Zucal, a Democrat, is a 24-year veteran of the Allentown Police Department and a 21-year veteran with the Lehigh County Coroner's Office and Forensics Center.

Zucal, a sergeant in charge of the department's traffic division, is the department's hit and run investigator.