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First responders show appreciation to Cedarbrook staff

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

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.

Veterans, Military Council launches ‘Helping Our Heroes’ webinar

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

In order to provide veterans and first responders with access to experts and resources to improve their lives in light of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Veterans and Military Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce launched a three-part “Helping Our Heroes” webinar series in May.

The initiative, which features speakers from a variety of veterans’ aid organization, seeks to “familiarize and encourage military veterans, first-responders, their family members and friends to access the support they may need.

Revolutionary War prison receives new look

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A building at 347 Gordon St., Allentown, once used as a prison during the Revolutionary War has received a new look.

Developer Nat L. Hyman, CEO of The Hyman Group, who owns the building, commissioned a painter from The Studio 33 in Baltimore, Md., to paint a mural on one of the walls.

Hyman, who earned a Master’s degree in architecture and preservation from Columbia University, designed the artwork.

Weisenberg board meets virtually

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, Weisenberg Township supervisors met via Zoom June 8 to address a short list of items.

Under subdivisions and land developments, supervisors approved final land development plans for a Dunkin’ restaurant at 2170 Golden Key Road.

Vice Chairman Anthony Werley requested the plan include general no-parking signs along Route 863 and Old Route 22 in place of specific parking restrictions for trucks.

School board discusses budget

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

During the Northwestern Lehigh School District board’s June 3 virtual meeting, Business Administrator Leslie Frisbie outlined the 2020-21 district budget, which was expected to be approved at the June 17 board meeting.

The final budget includes $43,798,281 in revenue, $46,609,147 in expenditures and $1 million in tax revenue through a 3.65 percent increase in the millage resulting in a shortfall of $1,810,866, which will be covered by the district fund balance.

Since May, Frisbie reported the district had managed to reduce $912,000 from the shortfall.

Husband, wife write book about America’s ‘20 Percent Soldiers’

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

The National Guard is older than the United States. The forerunner of the Guard began in 1636 when ordinary people formed militias to defend their communities, towns and families.

Fast forward to 2020.

National Guard duty still involves helping local communities respond to floods, snowstorms and other emergency situations, but today it also includes conducting overseas combat missions and humanitarian assistance.

Most people know somebody who serves in the National Guard.

But what is really known about these part-time servicemen and women and their families?

Churches honor graduates with trunk ’n’ treat

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Christ Lutheran Church and United Methodist Salem Church, both in Allentown, had a party June 7 for five members graduating from high school and college.

Class of 2020 graduates included:

Colton Fritchman, who graduated from Allen High, wants to attend a technical school to become an electrician and a member of the electricians union.

Morgan Fritchman, Colton’s sister, is graduating from North Park University in Chicago with a degree in exercise science.

She will be applying to a doctorate program in physical therapy for 2021.

Operation BBQ gives out free meals at Muhlenberg

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by LAURA TAYLOR in Local News

Nearly 200 cars lined up in the first hour alone along Chew Street to receive a free meal May 29 at Muhlenberg College as part of Operation BBQ.

“This is just one of the many initiatives the Lehigh Valley Food Pantry Council is working on, including the continuation of summer meals for children across the Valley during COVID-19, assisting pantries to acquire PPE supplies and more volunteers, and coordinating garden donations to the pantry system,” said Susan Dalandan, event coordinator with the food pantry council.