September is not only the time when many children return to school, it is also National Preparedness Month.
National Preparedness Month is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's efforts to encourage Americans to prepare for any emergency or natural disaster.
Residents in the Lehigh Valley experienced first hand in 2011 how disasters can strike at anytime.
Many residents and workers in the Valley were sent out into yards and parking lots at 1:50 p.m. Aug. 23, 2011, when tremors from a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Mineral, Va. shook homes and office buildings.
A 21-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy, from Schuylkill County, were killed around 11:29 p.m. Aug. 22 in a one-vehicle crash at 2720 Route 143, Albany Township, Berks County.
The cause and manner of the death for Daniel I. Miller of South Tamaqua and teenager Jacob Troxell of Andreas is pending, Deputy Investigator with Berks County Coroner's Office Ken Moyer told The Press on Monday.
Miller, a 2011 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, was a graduate of UTI Trade School for diesel mechanics.
He was the son of Randy S. and Catherine Miller.
Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Louise L. Schaefer and Susan Tantsits, co-owners of Edge of the Woods, 2415 N. Route 100, Orefield, said the nursery began in Tantsits' backyard in 2003 then moved to its present location in 2007.
Schaefer and Tantsits were Master Gardeners with the Lehigh County Master Gardeners program and both worked at the Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus.
A 44-year-old woman and her 27-year-old future son-in-law are dead following what police are calling a murder-suicide at a home in Moore Township.
Moore Township Deputy Police Chief James Cavallo told The Press Wednesday morning when officers entered 3001 Delps Road, they found Michelle Snyder, formerly of New Tripoli, and retired Army Spec. Robert Kislow III in the same area of the home.
Around 11:40 p.m. on July 29, Cavallo said, police received a 911 call from a man reporting a verbal disturbance in the home.
James M. White, 71, of Heidelberg Township, died July 17 after he was stuck by a car while crossing the road in front of his house at 4973 Mountain Road.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim says White died from multiple traumatic injuries.
According to police, Lorie A. Hughes-Rehrig of Kempton was driving a silver Volkswagen Golf eastbound on Mountain Road at 6:15 p.m. when her car struck White, who was crossing the road in a southern direction.
Chief Deputy Coroner Paul F. Hoffman pronounced White dead at the scene at 7 p.m. in front of 4972 Mountain Road, Grim said.
Matthew J. Bylicki, 56, of Hampton, N.J., was injured July 17 when the 2008 Freightliner he was driving in the right lane of I-78, Weisenberg Township, collided at 5:34 a.m. with a 2005 Freightliner driven by Adeniyi Douglas, 47, of Huntsville, Ala.
State Police Troop M Fogelsville say Douglas' rig was going about 20 mph in the right lane and Bylicki's tractor-trailer was traveling at approximately 55 mph.
Police say another commerical vehicle was traveling in the right lane between Douglas' and Bylicki's tractor-trailers.
An article I read recently concerning the Food and Drug Administration's new limits on arsenic in apple juice has only confirmed my belief we should pay closer attention to where our food and drinks originate.
According to the article published July 12 on Foxnews.com, the FDA is changing the amount of arsenic allowed after more than a year of public pressure from consumer groups worried about the contaminant's effect on children.
In an FDA news release published the same day, the agency stated it is allowing 10 parts per billion for inorganic arsenic in apple juice.
Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania executives and employees recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to announce construction of its new 10,000-square-foot office building in South Whitehall Township.
The $2 million structure will be in Tilghman Square Shopping Center, 4680 Broadway Road.
Access to the building will be from Cetronia Road.
Univest plans to relocate 31 of its current employees in Allentown and Fogelsville to the building, which will have space to add 20 additional employees.
Everyone is invited to gather family and friends for the 29th year anniversary of Schmoyer Funeral Home's Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular at dusk July 6 in Earl Adams Memorial Park, formerly Breinigsville Park, at 8935 Breinigsville Road. Rain date is July 7.
"This is the 10th year in Breinigsville Park," Carl Schmoyer III told The Press.
Schmoyer will be using the same computerized firing system as last year with the fireworks synchronized to music.
"It took an hour to an hour-and-a-half to design the show," Schmoyer said.
A 19-year-old Breinigsville man was arrested June 5 after he allegedly threatened to kill a male student at Parkland High School, South Whitehall .
According to the affidavit of probable cause obtained from District Judge Jake Hammond, South Whitehall, Police Officer Benjamin Porobenski, school resource officer, said he was notified around 7:40 a.m. that day Nicholas Luke Ibarra of 1307 Windmill Lane was on school property and a female student was upset by his presence.