For the 22nd consecutive year, Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) ranks as one of the United State’s top hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list. LVH occupies the No. 5 place among Pennsylvania’s top hospitals.
The 2017-18 list names LVH among the nation’s Top 3 percent of leading hospitals in gastroenterology and GI surgery. This is the 12th time this specialty has made the Best Hospitals list. LVH is the only hospital in the area to make the U.S. News national rankings in at least one specialty area every year since 1996.
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival set attendance and ticket revenue records for the third consecutive year.
With nearly 150 performances in just under 10 weeks, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival season concluded with landmark attendance records, ticket revenues exceeding $1.2 million, an 8 percent increase in subscription sales and a main stage production playing to 103 percent capacity.
The Festival’s 26th season closed Aug. 6 in the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.
New to gardening? Want to plant native species to help our pollinators and other local wildlife?
Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and Master Watershed Stewards of Lehigh and Northampton counties are selling native plant kits that correspond with small garden designs by Lehigh Gap Nature Center to help take the guesswork out of gardening.
Bruce and Diana Hill, formerly of Heidelberg Township, gathered June 17 with family at Brickerville House, Lititz, to celebrate 60 years of marriage.
Their wedding took place at Egner Memorial Chapel, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, with the Rev. Dr. Russel Stine presiding.
Bruce retired from the Allentown Housing Authority as its director of social services and personnel.
Before that, he served the Lutheran Church in America as director of Christian education at congregations in Oreland, Montgomery County; Rockford, Ill.; and Massapequa Park, Long Island, New York.
Forgotten Felines and Fidos will be holding cat and kitten adoptions noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 at 6022 Mountain Road, Germansville.
To adopt that day, any vet records from past pets would be helpful in completing the adoption.
For information, call 610-760-9009.
To adopt on another day, call Therese at 610-248-7399.
George D. Billig, 85, of New Tripoli, died Aug. 9, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his wife Nancy L.(Leiby) Billig celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Aug. 1.
Born in Lynn Township, he was a son of the late Granville A. and Florence L.(Kocher) Billig.
A salesman for Nationwide Insurance Inc. for 41 years before retiring in 1997, he was also a school bus driver for the Northwestern Lehigh School District for 32 years, also retiring in 1997.
He was a 1949 graduate of Slatington High School.
My name is Julia Fritz, and I worked this year as the summer intern at the Lehigh Valley Press’ eight weekly newspapers.
I graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School and am currently a rising junior at Muhlenberg College, majoring in media and communications with a double minor in Spanish and creative writing.
I have always loved to write and I wanted to explore the different career paths I could take with my interests, so I inquired about an internship with the Lehigh Valley Press.