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Monday, May 25, 2020

County state of emergency extended

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

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

Brown made a motion to pass a resolution in support a recent a letter to Gov. Tom 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.

Wolf has already announced the move for 37 of the commonwealth’s 67 counties, according to Boscola’s website.

County board revisits regional health bureau idea

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

The coronavirus may have resuscitated the long-dead idea of establishing a regional health bureau.

Lehigh County Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty suggested toward the end of the commissioners’ March 11 meeting that this might be a good time to revisit the plan that gained momentum among local Lehigh Valley governments and various stakeholders around 2008.

Dougherty said Lehigh County had approved the regional facility 9-0, but the idea was abandoned when, ultimately, a new slate of commissioners voted against the proposed budget for the plan.

Bringing everyone

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“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,” said Owen’s mother, Bette Jo Smith of Newtown.

The proud mom was responding to a question; “What has this event meant to you and your son?”

The special evening was a time when special needs young men and women, age 14 and older, were feted at a special gala evening with all the glitz and glamour and star treatment that the organizers could muster.

Article By: DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Former 911 dispatcher LoriAnn Fehnel told Lehigh County commissioners and county Executive Phillips Armstrong Feb. 12, that she was “disappointed” in their decision to fire three supervisors and force the resignation of seven dispatchers who used rum-laced eggnog to toast the New Year while on duty in the dispatch room.

Fehnel, who said she was a 911 dispatcher from 2007 through 2010 for Allentown, said she felt like someone needs to speak up for the dismissed emergency services personnel.

Former dispatcher comments on dismissal of 911 personnel

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Former 911 dispatcher LoriAnn Fehnel told Lehigh County commissioners and county Executive Phillips Armstrong Feb. 12, that she was “disappointed” in their decision to fire three supervisors and force the resignation of seven dispatchers who used rum-laced eggnog to toast the New Year while on duty in the dispatch room.

Fehnel, who said she was a 911 dispatcher from 2007 through 2010 for Allentown, said she felt like someone needs to speak up for the dismissed emergency services personnel.

Matthew Schutter escorted from county meeting

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The Lehigh County Commissioners’ meeting had a rocky start Jan. 22 when, immediately after Chairwoman Amy Zanelli led the Pledge of Allegiance, former county commissioner candidate Matthew Schutter began interrupting the proceedings with a call for “a point of order.”

According to Ann McFarlane, author on parliamentary procedure on the Jurassic Parliament Web page, calling for a point of order is reserved for a member of the deliberative body to make after being recognized by the presiding officer.

New county commissioners take oath of office

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Friends, family and a general sense of euphoria filled the Lehigh County hearing room as Democrats took control of the board of commissioners Jan 6 in a swearing-in ceremony.

The event was officiated by the Honorable Edward D. Reibman, president judge of the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

“It’s a wonderful occasion tonight,” Reibman said. “I’d like to call up Bob Elbich.

“Just so you know, Bob came up with a book, and the book is the Constitution of the United States.”

After taking the oath of office Elbich, of Weisenberg Township, addressed the audience.

Commissioners approve C-PACE program with 8-1 vote

Sunday, December 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners have appointed Heidi Baer to the board of directors for the Lehigh County Housing Authority, a nonpaid position.

Baer resides in North Whitehall Township.

Since the appeal by Lehigh County of the suit seeking to remove the Christian cross from the Lehigh County Seal was ruled in the county’s favor, the $100,000 set aside in the 2020 budget for expenses predicted in case of a loss, commissioners heard a first reading to release the money set aside to go back in the stabilization fund balance.

Lisa Scheller announces bid for Congress

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Allentown resident and Tamaqua businesswoman Lisa Scheller has announced she is running for Congress next year in the 7th Congressional District.

The district includes Lehigh and Northampton counties and part of Monroe County.

Speaking to supporters at the Renaissance Hotel, Allentown, Scheller read a statement touching on her personal history, business experience, community service and her philanthropical work.

Notable was her pledge to serve only four terms, or eight years.

S. Whitehall makeup artist turns craft into a business

Saturday, November 30, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

As Halloween approached, South Whitehall makeup artist Terri Vadino found herself accepting more and more clients.

She was rushing from appointment to appointment as she operates her fledgling business out of her wheeled and zippered multicolored travel bag.

In addition to having a “real job” as a skilled medical technician for one of the area’s biggest hospitals, she also spends weekends as a seasonally employed makeup artist for a local amusement park.