Northwestern Press

Friday, May 24, 2019

Poppies remain a way to honor veterans

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Years ago, while shopping at a Walmart on Memorial Day weekend, an older gentleman wearing a veteran’s cap, held out his hand offering to sell this reporter a bright red, fabric flower.

I averted my eyes and shuffled past him.

“Just someone else looking for a handout,” I thought to myself.

Driving home, my conscience began to toy with me. I remembered my grandfather walking with me along a downtown sidewalk in the late 1940s.

We came upon a veteran offering a similar red paper flower, and grandfather produced a coin and bought one for me from the vet.

Rosie the deliverer: Lehigh Valley Hospital campus at Cedar Crest, Muhlenberg have high-tech robots fill perscriptions

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Focus

Visitors on a recent behind-the-scenes tour to see the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) drug robot may have expected a “Star Wars” R2-D2-sized mechanical helper scurrying between patient rooms handing out doses of medication.

Instead, they were presented with a room-sized marvel covering some 420-square-feet and containing 60,000 doses of medication at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township.

The tour was presented for hospital donors and community leaders by the network’s philanthropy department.

First responders drill for terrorist attacks

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Some three-dozen law enforcement, fire and EMS leaders gathered March 26 and 27 to hone critical decision-making skills that would be required for public safety organizations to effectively combat the unthinkable — a coordinated terrorist attack in the Lehigh Valley.

The two-day course, certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was brought to the Valley by Lehigh County Emergency Management officials.

Priest charged with indecent assault, corruption of a minor

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced during a news conference in Lehigh County Courthouse Aug. 21 criminal charges were filed against a Roman Catholic priest from the Diocese of Allentown.

Kevin Lonergan, 30, of 130 S. 25th St., Pottsville, was charged with one count each of corruption of minors, a felony of the third degree, and indecent assault, a misdemeanor of the second degree.

Lonergan was prohibited from the exercise of public ministry June 7 by a decree of the Most Rev. Alfred A. Schlert, D.D., bishop of Allentown.

Trexlertown Movie Tavern combines dining with flicks

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Movie lovers can now make their trip to the movies a step above the traditional popcorn and a beverage experience at the new Movie Tavern which opened recently at 6150 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown.

At the push of a call button, patrons may order everything from gourmet burgers to full multi-entrée meals while seated in plush reclining seats in the facility’s 11 auditoriums.

Premium alcohol beverages are offered, as well as, traditional popcorn, candy and soda staples.

Law seeks to save lives of expectant mothers, babies

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, met July 20 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, with Dr. Amanda Flicker, chief of the Division of Obstetrics and OB-GYN residency program director, to discuss his recently enacted law creating a maternal mortality review committee and how the new committee can help save lives of expectant mother and babies.

Mackenzie said 32 states have maternal mortality review committees either in operation or in development.

Traffic safety officers are honored by DUI Task Force

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Police Log

Top city, borough, township and Pennsylvania State Police traffic safety officers were recognized with awards at a ceremony July 2 at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown.

The awards recognized the officers who made the largest number of driving under the influence arrests and issued the greatest number of traffic citations in police jurisdictions in the area.

The ceremony is held annually under the auspices of the DUI Highway Safety Task Force.

New Tripoli, Weisenberg firefighters complete training

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Sixteen area volunteer fire departments added 26 firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received certificates of completion June 19 during a ceremony at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.

This was the ninth annual Bucks County Fire Academy course held January to May at the Allentown Fire Department’s Mack Station, 1902 Lehigh St., near Queen City Airport.

New Tripoli Fire Company Capt. Ryan Williams, Chief Peter Christ and Lt. Kyle Watson attended the graduation for Phillip Hobel and Josh Dietrich.

Firefighters participate in MedEvac down drill

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

The tones activated during the morning of April 24 on the pagers of four area fire companies were both ominous and reassuring at the same time.

While preceded by the announcement, “This is a drill,” the next message stated the training exercise involved a simulated “aircraft crash,” an alert for an emergency first responders dread.

Simulations provide a practiced response, so if a real emergency should occur, there would be a professional and effective rescue effort.

LVHN surges ahead of the flu

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Hospital using outside tents to triage patients

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, Bethlehem, to handle the large surge of patients visiting the hospitals with flu-related symptoms.

LVHN Spokesman Brian Downs comented on the tents.

“We set up a surge hospital outside the ER at our LVH-Cedar Crest site on Jan. 15 due to high patient volume,” Downs said.

“The last time we did that was January, five years ago.