Josh Early Candies, 4640 Tilghman St., is open for curbside purchase and pickup.
The popular South Whitehall business is satisfying the pallets of chocolate lovers across the Lehigh Valley.
The Dobil and Early families are delighted to be available for this necessary food staple.
Fire, police and emergency medical service units recently showed their appreciation to the staff of Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation, South Whitehall, with a parade.
Agencies represented in the parade were the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Department, and Special Response units, Pennsylvania State Police, Lehigh Valley International Airport police, South Whitehall police, Cetronia Ambulance Corps and Cetronia, Greenawalds, Woodlawn and Western Salisbury fire departments.
Local fire, police and emergency medical services paraded April 10 through the grounds of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Organized by Western Salisbury Fire Chief Josh Wells, 71 fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles traveled through the complex with red lights and blue lights flashing as well as sirens at full volume.
The parade was to show thanks and support for the employees of the health system for their commitment in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, as well as tending to patients needing emergency or essential care.
Lehigh County encouraged residents to join the “Lights on Lehigh Valley” April 3 and 4 to show solidarity for the statewide, stay-at home proclamation from Gov. Tom Wolf.
The program was designed to bring the county’s communities together in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the Valley, the country and across the globe.
A quick ride around South and North Whitehall townships, with a side trip to Upper Macungie, revealed which businesses are open for customers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Though many are offering delivery or curbside pickup, there are those that allow customers inside to make needed purchases, as long as they are wearing face masks.
Most of the locally owned restaurants were available for takeout orders.
Ice Cream World is allowing customers to purchase their products inside the store.
Empty parking lots and closed businesses are now the new normal in South Whitehall Township and around the Lehigh Valley.
Except for essential businesses, such as grocery stores, gas stations and hardware stores, stores are closed.
A trip to Tilghman Square, at the junction of Tilghman Street, Broadway and Cetronia Road, revealed the extent of the closures.
Additionally, Crest Plaza at North Cedar Crest Boulevard and Walbert Avenue, was busy with shoppers only at Weis Market and Target.
The New Tripoli Bank, Claussville branch, handed out fastnachts on Shrove Tuesday to customers and visitors.
It’s been a tradition at the bank to follow in the footsteps of the German immigrants who settled in the Lehigh Valley.
The fastnachts were supplied by Good Will Fire Co. No. 1, Trexlertown.
If you were the owner of South Whitehall Township’s very popular Josh Early Candies, what would you do with all the Easter chocolates you made for the upcoming holiday, but could not sell due to the coronavirus sweeping the country?
How about donating it all to the employees and physicians working at Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke’s University Health Network?
That’s exactly what Barry Dobil Sr., current owner of the family run business is doing.
Even though many businesses throughout the Lehigh Valley remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still those that are considered essential and remain open.
And, those businesses rely on an active delivery schedule to provide products to their customers.
Whether food or cleaning supplies, there is a network of both local and nationwide delivery trucks ready to deliver.
The Trexlertown McDonald’s restaurant, 6896 Hamilton Blvd, Trexlertown, was the scene of a fryer fire, March 28.
Good Will Trexlertown, Upper Macungie Station 56 and Fogelsville fire departments responded.
The fire was contained to just the fryer, not spreading to any other part of the kitchen.
Firefighters did not need to extinguish the fire as it was controlled by the restaurant’s fire suppression equipment.
Employees were preparing for drive-thru customers when the fire occurred.
No injuries were reported.