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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Muhlenberg students learn a fantastical lesson in leadership

Friday, June 12, 2020 by The Press in Local News

A trip to Disney should be fun. But for Muhlenberg students Meghan McGorry of Orefield and Connor Baker of Schnecksville, a trip in January also helped them explore the many ways Walt Disney World staff create a culture of leadership.

Over winter break, 16 Muhlenberg students joined staff from the Division of Student Affairs on a trip to Orlando, Fla., to learn about Disney magic.

The goal was to immerse themselves in a weeklong educational experience that focused on leadership, teamwork and service.

Leadership development is a priority for Muhlenberg staff.

Lowhill Twp discusses bids for road materials

Friday, June 12, 2020 by DANIEL HAMM in Local News

Lowhill supervisors met via Zoom on May 7 as a result of Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Administrator Brian Carl said the board meeting was properly advertised in accordance with Act 15.

The board discussed the road material bids.

Results were reported as follows: 400 ton 9.55 mm for Eureka Stone at $53.37 and for Lehigh Asphalt at $59.

For 400 ton 19 mm, Eureka Stone was at $47.88 and Lehigh Asphalt at $55.

For 100 ton number 57 stone, Eureka Stone did not have a bid. Lehigh Asphalt was $13.

2020 General Primary Election had a different look

Friday, June 12, 2020 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

The work of democracy continued at the polls June 2 as voters did their civic duty casting their ballots in the Pennsylvania primary.

The polling place at the New Tripoli Fire Company was well staffed and ready to welcome voters, even in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tape on the floor indicated 6 feet of safe distancing between voters.

Just about 218 votes were cast by 3:45 p.m. but many more voters were expected to visit the polling place into the evening.

Albany Township Future Fund awards $2,500 for livestock gates

Friday, June 5, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Kempton Community Center’s Youth-Livestock Education Program received a boost from the Albany Township Future Fund, a special fund of the Berks County Community Foundation.

The $2,500 gift will purchase 25 livestock panels, gate-like fencing, which will allow the center to create new opportunities for Albany Township youth to develop and exhibit their livestock and dairy skills and achievements through clinics and competition.

For 53 years, the community center has fostered and promoted interest in agricultural activities through the annual Kempton Fair.

Tribute at Ontelaunee Park salutes NWL Class of 2020

Friday, June 5, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in Local News

The event started with a whisper — an idea from mom, Joleen Miller, who created a Facebook page, “Adopt-a-Northwestern-Senior,” with her daughter and stepdaughter in mind.

The adoption featured a goodie box sent from someone within the Northwestern Lehigh community to the graduating senior.

Treats and letters of good wishes arrived at students’ doors in the weeks before graduation.

“It brought the community together in ways I could not imagine,” Miller said.

Lehigh Valley physician serves at Javits New York Medical Station

Friday, June 5, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Navy Capt. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Peters, a Naval reserve officer and Upper Milford Township resident, was recalled to active duty, and until recently served on the front line in what President Donald Trump calls the “war on the invisible enemy.”

The Navy ordered Peters to help staff the COVID-19 related temporary hospital at the Javits Center in Manhattan, N.Y., renamed the Javits New York Medical Station.

The 1990 Emmaus High School graduate, who has served in the Navy Reserve for 12 years, drills monthly at Expeditionary Medical Facility in Bethesda, Md.

NWL Class of 2020 graduation is one for the history books

Friday, June 5, 2020 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Parents, school and community drew together for the graduation of the Northwestern Lehigh Class of 2020 and to acknowledge their achievements in a unique and celebratory way.

The largely outdoor event began at the high school where seniors could grab their diplomas before going to Ontelaunee Park, where a gold and black balloon arch festooned the entrance and placards recognizing each graduate lined the walkway.

Sim’s Market continues to serve the community during pandemic

Friday, June 5, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many businesses remain open to provide essential services to their communities.

One such store is Sim’s Market, 2401 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall Township.

Owner Raj Patel and manager Bruce Schlegel spoke with The Press May 28 about how the health emergency has affected the market, and what steps the store has taken to continue providing patrons with groceries and other goods.