Most of the Lehigh Valley was intently watching the news and social media July 12 after word spread that a man climbed the blast furnaces at SteelStacks in Bethlehem and was refusing to come down. Emergency personnel were on the scene attempting to talk the man down. He stayed up on the structure for approximately 21 hours and came down just before 4:30 p.m. July 13, ending the standoff without major incident.
Devin Hallquist and Michael Steele had another reason to pay attention to the ordeal.
The Rotary Club of Allentown Habitat volunteers recently worked on a restoration project in downtown Allentown.
They worked alongside the home’s future owner and two other future homebuyers on July 21.
The heat index was high but spirits were higher and fortunately the air conditioning was installed and made operational two days before painting started.
Resident Marty Rakaczewski brought a partially filled bag of trash to show supervisors at their Aug. 12 meeting.
He again pleaded with the board to do something about the problem.
Rakaczewski said the trash he brought along was collected just before coming to the meeting.
He accused supervisors of being indifferent and not doing anything to alleviate the situation and suggested they hire someone to patrol the area once a week to pick up garbage.
Rakaczewski said Tuesday and Saturday were the worst days for trash along the roads.
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs needs help to find the final three photos of Pennsylvanians who died as a result of the Vietnam War.
All three photos are of men who were from Philadelphia County.
Photos needed are for:
• Spc. 4 Vestie Timothy Driggers, Army;
• Master Sgt. Matthew N. Harris Jr., Air Force; and
• Pfc. Willie J. Washington Jr., Marine Corps.
Lehigh County commissioners suspended “rules of the board” at their Aug. 14 meeting and added the long-delayed human service’s union contract to their agenda.
Even that was not without drama as commissioners voted 8-1 to authorize the exception to regular order which allowed the contract to be added to the already published agenda.
Commissioner Geoff Brace objected suspending the rules to add the contract to the agenda in such an irregular fashion.
Human Services workers have been working without an agreement since Dec. 31, 2018.
Fire police from various companies helped with the parking at Night in the Country. The firefighters offered plastic hats to the kids and talked to the adults during the Aug. 17 festivities.
Silver, from the City of Bethlehem Police Department, came with her partner, Deputy Fire Marshal Douglas J. Nothstein.
They spent time visiting with supporters from the Weisenberg Township Volunteer Fire Company.
She is the only arson dog in the area and has been called to help out as far away as Harrisburg.
The Neffs National Bank recently presented donations to eight area educational foundations totaling $100,000.
The educational foundations included: Parkland, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh school districts educational foundations, Wildlands Conservancy Inc., Carbon County Community Foundation, Circle of Seasons Inc., Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation and Wildlife Information Center Inc.
At the request of developer Atul Patel and his company, Hotel Hamilton LLC, the request for preliminary/final plan review for development of the former King George Inn properties was removed from the South Whitehall Township Planning Commission’s Aug. 15 agenda.
The week before, Hotel Hamilton LLC engineer Bud Newton presented an update to South Whitehall commissioners at their Aug. 7 meeting regarding the inn and the proposed development of the 5.3-acre site, including consolidation of the four lots at 3051, 3125, 3127 and 3141 Hamilton Boulevard.