Northwestern Press

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Once in peril, Lehigh Valley Zoo has revenue, attendance success

Friday, September 20, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Focus

Ten years ago, the fate of the Lehigh Valley Zoo was a source of speculation, with some thinking low attendance and indifference could send it into bankruptcy.

Today, with more than $4 million in 2018 revenues, and more than 250,000 visitors, the zoo, located in the 1,108-acre Trexler Nature Preserve, near Schnecksville in North Whitehall and Lowhill townships, is enjoying a renaissance and a host of enthusiastic fans.

Once in peril, Lehigh Valley Zoo has revenue, attendance success

Friday, September 20, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Focus

Ten years ago, the fate of the Lehigh Valley Zoo was a source of speculation, with some thinking low attendance and indifference could send it into bankruptcy.

Today, with more than $4 million in 2018 revenues, and more than 250,000 visitors, the zoo, located in the 1,108-acre Trexler Nature Preserve, near Schnecksville in North Whitehall and Lowhill townships, is enjoying a renaissance and a host of enthusiastic fans.

Toomey provides update to LV Chamber members

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., addressed a number of issues during a Washington, D.C., update Aug. 29, at the Lehigh Country Club.

Toomey answered questions posed by Tony Ianelli, president and CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, during a live videotaping session of the chamber’s WFMZ television program “Business Matters.”

More than 100 area business and corporate leaders attended the networking breakfast and the Toomey taping session.

Ianelli’s first question concerned gun control.

Police seek info on pickup involved in multi-vehicle on I-78 crash

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

State police are attempting to locate the driver of a white pickup truck they say fled the scene after allegedly driving erratically before a crash involving several vehicles in the eastbound lanes of I-78, Salisbury Township, around 6 a.m. July 10.

The crash left a tandem tractor-trailer rig straddled over the concrete safety barrier near the stormwater retention pond area of Lehigh Valley Health Network property, a Toyota Avalon trapped under the rig’s second trailer unit and rescue workers marveling how drivers of both the rig and car escaped without serious injury.

Nicole Mark graduates from fire academy

Thursday, June 20, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

New Tripoli firefighter Nicole Mark graduated June 5 from the intensive 192-hour Bucks County Fire Academy course in basic firefighting during a ceremony at the Lower Macungie Community Center.

Mark is one of 24 volunteers from 12 area fire companies who graduated from the course which qualifies them with firefighter certification recognized across the country.

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.