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COVID-19 topic at meeting

Friday, March 27, 2020 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Emergency Management Coordinator Sherry Graver was the first speaker at the Washington Township March 3 supervisors’ meeting.

She brought along papers to be posted about how people can keep themselves safe from the coronavirus.

She said it is a living, breathing document from the county. Emergency management people and first responders are spreading the word.

Township workers are trying to arrange contacts with neighboring townships that would be useful if the virus spreads locally.


Thursday, March 26, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Retired art teacher performs as Chump the Clown for more than three decades

As a youth growing up in Orefield, Robert Schantz never dreamed clowning around was in his future.

He wasn’t the class clown and he does not recall any of his teachers in the Parkland School District ever telling him to stop clowning around.

But as an adult, retired art teacher Schantz, now living in Lower Macungie Township, has spent more than three decades entertaining, amusing and teaching religious lessons through his persona as Chump the Clown.

Schantz has been attending Jordan United Church of Christ, South Whitehall, since he was 2 years old.

Indian American organizations host first Lehigh Valley Consular Service Camp

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Members of the local Indian American community looking for consular assistance visited the Coldwater Crossing Clubhouse, Breinigsville, Feb. 15 to attend the first Lehigh Valley Consular Services Camp.

The event was organized as a collaboration between local Indian American organizations including the Indian American Association of the Lehigh Valley, Hindu Temple Society and Indian American PAC of the Lehigh Valley, among others, and the Consulate General of India in New York City.

Lehigh County issued stay-at-home order

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips M. Armstrong, along with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, has placed Lehigh County on a stay-at-home order, urging residents to shelter in place for their health and safety.

The state-at-home order was announced by Armstrong approximately 11:45 a.m. via Facebook Live.

The stay-at-home order begins 8 p.m. March 25 and will continue until April 6.

Wolf ordered a stay-at-home command for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe and Montgomery counties March 23. Lehigh County is the latest addition to the list.

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Wolf orders closure of non-life-sustaining businesses at 8 p.m. March 19

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. today, March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19.

According to information provided by the governor’s office, enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin 12:01 a.m. March 21.

Enforcement actions for restaurant, bar dine-in closure began 8 p.m. March 18.

In extenuating circumstances, special exemptions will be granted to businesses that are supplying or servicing health care providers.

Pastor Yonney bids farewell

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Heidelberg UCC congregation

Churchgoers recently filled the sanctuary at Heidelberg United Church of Christ to celebrate the final service of the Rev. Karen Yonney, who retired after 15 years as pastor.

Before joining Heidelberg UCC, she also served as a minister at First United Church of Christ, Hellertown.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be welcoming you here this morning on my last Sunday, and a joy, so let us celebrate our God this morning,” Yonney said, as she greeted attendees at her March 1 service.

Gov. Tom Wolf announces closure of Pennsylvania schools

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced all kindergarten through 12th grade Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective March 16.

According to information provided by the governor’s office on March 13, the administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision.

The Wolf administration will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed.

Wolf made the following statement:

A message to our loyal customers

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Until further notice, the Lehigh Valley Press weekly newspapers will no longer accept walk-in customers at our offices. We have taken this step in order to protect our employees and the general public from the possibility of exposing anyone to the COVID-19 virus.

We will be happy to accept phone calls and you can make payments through the mail or through the mail slot in our door or electronically on our website at

Our offices will be staffed and in operation conducting business over the phone and through email during this crisis.