A group of Allentown Central Catholic High School students started their summer with a nine-day pilgrimage to Italy.
The group, which consisted of about 40 students, chaperones, school chaplain Father Mark Searles and former chaplain Father Allen Hoffa, traveled to Florence, Assisi, Sorrento and Rome.
Tour highlights included the Uffizi Gallery and the Academy of Art in Florence; the Basilicas of St. Claire and St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi; views of the Amalfi Coast and Mount Vesuvius in Sorrento and the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Sixteen area volunteer fire departments added 26 firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received their certificates of completion at a ceremony held at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center recently.
This was the ninth annual Bucks County Fire Academy course, held twice a week January to May at the Allentown Fire Academy, Allentown Fire Department Mack Station, 1902 Lehigh St., near the Queen City Airport.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and Lehigh County Drug and Alcohol Administrator Layne Turner announced a new program being launched in Lehigh County to help in the fight against opioids and substance abuse: Blue Guardian.
After a Narcan reversal, the Lehigh County Drug and Alcohol administrator will be notified through the Blue Guardian application. The individual’s name, home address and local police department (the department with jurisdiction where the individual resides) will be forwarded to the certified recovery specialist at Treatment Trends (a local substance use disorder treatment provider).
At the June 27 Alburtis Borough Council meeting, Borough Engineer Jeff Ott, president of Ott Consulting, Inc., Emmaus, reviewed bids received for the 2018 Sanitary Sewer Clean and Televise/Manhole Rehabilitation Project.
Sewer Specialty Services Co., Inc. bid $375,075, Standard Pipe Services, LLC bid $292,600 and Mobile Dredging Video Pipe, Inc. bid $373,539.
First responders with the Emmaus Ambulance Corps marked National Emergency Medical Services Week with an open house and blood drive recently at the Sixth Street station house in Emmaus.
Ambulance Chief Jeff Hoffman said about 200 area residents attended the open house, toured the station and ambulances and learned more about the corps’ emergency response activities.
A Miller-Keystone Blood Center bloodmobile was on hand for blood donors and collected 20 pints of blood, well above the goal of 15 units.
The St. Luke’s Anderson Campus will be doubling its size with its newest expansion set to open in January 2020.
This expansion will be a Women & Babies Pavilion housing a labor and delivery unit, 32-room postpartum unit with 16-bassinet nurseries, private and semi-private NICU rooms and more, as stated by St. Luke’s.
June 12 was the official groundbreaking ceremony with four speakers and seven St. Luke’s Hospital personnel taking part in the actual groundbreaking.