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Sunday, May 31, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

State of emergency extended to July 17

Commissioners refused May 13 during an online meeting to take up a proposal by Republican Commissioner Nathan Brown.

Brown moved the commissioners pass a resolution to support a recent letter to Wolf from state Rep. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, urging him to move from the coronavirus status red to yellow for Lehigh County and the Lehigh Valley.

Navy Capt. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Peters called to Javits New York Medical Station

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Navy Capt. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Peters, a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy and Upper Milford Township resident, had been recalled to active service and until recently has been on the front line in what President Donald Trump calls the “war on the invisible enemy.”

The Navy ordered Peters to help staff the COVID-19 related temporary hospital at the Javits Center in Manhattan, New York City renamed the Javits New York Medical Station.


Thursday, April 16, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Bringing everyone into the spotlight

“Owen had never met her, but he watched others and he knew that escorting a beautiful girl in her best dress down the red carpet was something totally special that he wanted to do,” Owen’s mother, Bette Jo Smith, of Newtown, said. The proud mom was responding to a question; “What has this event meant to you and your son?”

It was a special evening when special needs young men and women (all 14 and older), were feted at a gala evening recently with all the glitz and glamor and star treatment that the organizers could muster.

Emergency support groups cope with coronavirus threat

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The coronavirus has forced the closing of local schools and businesses which has, in turn, forced the American Red Cross Lehigh Valley – Bucks Chapter to curtail planned blood drives according to Executive Director Peter Brown.

“We are looking at adding [blood] drives,” Brown said in an interview during which he called the blood supply a “big challenge.”

“The public should still go ahead and make appointments to give blood.”

Brown said potential blood donors can arrange appointments by going to the website, redcrossblood.org and entering their zip code.

State of emergency declared

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

If the state gives approval to the request, the county will distribute mail-in ballots in an effort to cope with the corona virus, according to the Lehigh County executive in a press conference March 16.

“I hope every citizen can vote safely with these new mail-in ballots on Election Day,” Executive Phillips Armstrong said.

He also declared a state of emergency for Lehigh County effective March 16. Armstrong made the official announcement 1 p.m. at the front of the county government building.


Thursday, March 5, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

Robots give their all in Emmaus

Fifty teams of robotics enthusiasts filled the cafeterias at Emmaus High School Feb. 15 and 16, all intent on seeing their robot creation in the winner’s circle.

Emmaus High School’s Steel Hornets Robotics team hosted the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, Tech Challenge state qualifier robotics competition.

Led by EHS chemistry and robotics instructor John Bradley, Connor Mack, Rachel Tobey, Gabriel Black, Laura Klopchin, Ian Zakos and many other EHS students provided the support staff for the robotics competition.

Whitehall resident addresses firing of county 911 personnel

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Former 911 dispatcher LoriAnn Fehnel, of Whitehall Township, addressed the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners and Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong Feb. 12, stating she was disappointed in their decision to fire three supervisors and to allegedly force the resignation of seven dispatchers who used rum-laced eggnog to toast the New Year while on duty in the dispatch room Dec. 31, 2019.

Fehnel, a 911 dispatcher from 2007 to 2010 in Allentown, said she felt someone needed to speak up for the dismissed emergency services personnel.

Boy Scouts of America

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Silver Beaver Ceremony includes local Scout leaders

Leaders and officials of the Minsi Trails Council of the Boy Scouts honored Eagle Scout Connor Savage for heroism during the council recognition dinner and annual business meeting Jan. 31.

Savage was awarded the National Medal of Merit for his lifesaving actions when a girl, while on a school bus in Stroudsburg, was taken ill and began to “move uncontrollably.” Savage directed others to call 9-1-1 while he gave medical assistance to the girl.

The Scouts and their supporters were assembled for the annual recognition dinner at the East Hills Moravian Church on Butztown Road.


Thursday, January 16, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Newly elected commissioners take the oath of office

Friends and family filled the hearing room as Democrats took official control of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners Jan 6 in a swearing-in ceremony officiated by Judge Edward D. Reibman, president judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County.

“It’s a wonderful occasion tonight,” Reibman said.

“I’d like to call up Bob Elbich,” Reibman said as he designated the first commissioner, he would induct that evening. “Just so you know, Bob came up with a book, and the book is the Constitution of the United States.”