As first responders do, firefighters, police and EMS personnel from across the Lehigh Valley gathered at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, March 23, to salute and stand post for two York firefighters who lost their lives March 22 in the line of duty. The remains of the two firefighters arrived at the hospital Friday morning to be autopsied, and in the afternoon were given an honor escort back to their hometown for memorial, funeral and burial services.
With lights flashing and sirens blaring, officers from the Macungie Police Department escorted the Keller family from a Fogelsville hotel back to their Macungie residence March 9 after the family’s week-long absence to allow volunteers to renovate portions of their home to better accommodate the needs of their five-year-old son Niko.
PPL line workers returning to their Lehigh Valley homes in late February said it was tough being away from their families for a month after laboring to help rebuild electric infrastructure and restore power to areas in Puerto Rico ravaged by last year’s Hurricane Maria, but they said they would “do it again,” reflecting the positive experience they felt being able to help the people of the island 1,600 miles from home.
Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe last week said there is a lot of anxiety in the community about the sale of Rodale magazines to Hearst magazines, in New York City, but community leaders hold out hope that another major employer could fill the space being vacated by the former Rodale organization.
While he could not identify the firm, Pepe said that a “prospect,” with the potential of being a major employer, had shown interest in purchasing the Rodale office property.
Even though they are not an officially recognized extracurricular sporting group, a band of Salisbury High School bowlers are taking to the lanes and competing independently in unofficial matches with other valley youth.
Salisbury math and physics teacher Paul Koba, unofficial advisor to the students, has been a bowler for five decades and recognizes the exercise, competitive and social advantages of the sport. He is hoping to get Salisbury education officials behind the effort to make bowling, and the group of student enthusiasts, a recognized school activity club.
Large tents have been set up outside the emergency rooms at the Cedar Crest campus of Lehigh Valley Health Network, in Salisbury Township, and at the network’s Muhlenberg Campus, in Bethlehem, to handle the large surge of patients visiting the hospitals with flu-related symptoms.
Emmaus Police Chief Charles Palmer believes area residents are never too young to see the friendly side of a police officer.
Three St. Thomas More parish Scouts recently were awarded Scouting’s highest designation at an Eagle Court of Honor at the St.Thomas More family center.
Derek Basta, David Carolan and Braden Damitz were the guests of honor while family and friends heard details of the long road traveled to earn the Eagle Scout designation.
After nearly a year of discussion and planning, Lower Macungie Fire Department Chief David Nosal and Alburtis Fire Department Chief Donald Smith Jr. told the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners the two fire departments would begin to consolidate Jan. 1, with the goal of complete integration of the two entities by the end of 2018.
Nosal told the township commissioners at the Dec. 21, 2017 meeting the consolidation would strengthen fire and rescue related services in the rapidly growing western portion of Lehigh County.
When they raised their right hands and swore to “serve and protect,” four Macungie Police Department officers probably did not have in mind that oath would include helping to pour coffee and clear tables for an overflow crowd at the Bear Swamp Diner, along East Main St. in Macungie at a Coffee with a Cop community outreach event Dec. 16.