Switch-hitter: Palmer Township plant converts from Major League Baseball uniform manufacturing to making face masks
With America’s favorite pastime sheltered in place in the dugout, Fanatics, Inc. has teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) to provide protective gear for those on the frontlines battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Fanatics Founder and Executive Chairman Michael Rubin called MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Jr. and proposed temporarily halting baseball team jersey production at the Fanatic’s Palmer Township plant to produce desperately-needed face masks and gowns.
Upon learning about the severe shortage of hand sanitizer and reading how a profiteer had been selling it for $325 an ounce, Chad Butters, CEO and founder of Eight Oaks Farm Distillery asked his co-founders, “What is the right thing to do here?”
The board, comprised of the retired Army pilot’s daughter Carly Snyder, son-in-law Logan Snyder, and daughter’s brother-in-law Jesse Tyahla, agreed that producing hand sanitizer to combat the coronvirus pandemic and price-gouging was the “right thing to do.”
After reading about other distilleries in Pennsylvania switching over from beverage production to that of hand sanitizer, co-owners Andy and Kris Warner at Wardog Spirits and Black River Farms in Lower Saucon Township decided to do the same.
Their effort to help refill the Lehigh Valley’s desperately dwindled supply of hand disinfectant began March 20.
“We are abiding by the World Health Organization (WHO) recipe,” says Andy Warner.
First came the pain of being furloughed from her full-time job at Hobby Lobby in March. Then arrived the worse pain of learning her 66-year-old father in Naples, Italy, just passed away from Stage IV cancer. This has been a rough spring for Lina Troutman and her family.
A procession of more than a dozen vehicles filled with friends, coworkers and former coworkers came to their emotional rescue.
The East Penn Board of School Directors held its first virtual meeting via Zoom April 27. The March 23 board meeting was canceled for health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19.
The directors voted unanimously to suspend board policy that requires a majority of all members must be physically present when a board member attends through electronic communications, due to emergency conditions.
District Business Administrator Robert Saul provided a 2020-2021 proposed final budget update based on reductions in revenue brought on by the pandemic.
“Evolution of the Spiritual: Europe to America,” an exhibition in the Kress Gallery, Allentown Art Museum, began a multi-year partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art
On view were eight historic depictions of the Virgin Mary from the 15th century through the 20th century on loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Several Renaissance and Baroque portraits of the Virgin Mary that are part of the Allentown Art Museum’s permanent collection in Kress Gallery were rearranged to complement the installation of works from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Editor’s Note: At the request of the City of Bethlehem administration because of the Coronavirus, “Quiet Reflections” and the next Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission Rotunda Gallery exhibition by Lehigh Valley Charter Arts students have been canceled.
“Quiet Reflections,” Jeffrey M. Green’s solo exhibition of his colored pencil works provides a temporary respite from today’s turbulent world through March 30, Rotunda Gallery, Town Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem.
Guided by Lower Macungie Middle School Band Director Erin Trautmann, the LMMS Jazz Band serenaded the East Penn Board of School Directors at their March 9 meeting with “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Blue and Sentimental.”
After getting “jazzed up” by the student musicians, the directors unanimously voted to approve an amendment to the Lehigh Valley Health Network Sports Medicine Services Agreement.
The East Penn Board of School Directors unanimously voted to award the contract for Emmaus High School’s new turf and track resurfacing project to Skepton Construction, Inc. at the Feb. 24 board meeting. On the previous recommendation of James Lynch, of D’Huy Engineering, the winning base bid of $1,490,000 plus bid alternates, soft costs and contingencies, went to the Pennsburg-based contractor.
Joy filled the room as residents at Legend of Allentown celebrated Valentine’s Day Feb. 14 with “Waffles with your Sweetheart.”
Loved ones savored waffles with whipped cream and a choice of toppings prepared by Chef Sargent Majors. Staff set up a festive Valentine-themed exhibit of vintage photographs of the couples, including several framed wedding and anniversary pictures. The golden-agers also basked in the sound of golden oldies.