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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Part IV: Center honors volunteers during Breakfast with Champions

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

The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley’s “Breakfast With Champions” virtual series, highlighting the contributions of dedicated volunteers from around the Lehigh Valley, continued April 21-27 with a new set of nominees for several recognition categories — “Organizational Advocate,” “Retired Volunteer of the Year,” “Transformational Volunteer,” “Volunteer Leader” and “Volunteer Team.”

Historical society seeks help to identify men

Friday, June 5, 2020 by GLORIA ZIMMERMAN in Local News

During these times of social distancing and staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, we all are looking for things to keep us occupied and busy.

Consider dusting off the family albums and pictures and make sure they are identified for future generations.

Often the Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society receives photos that are not identified and yet are so important to the area and its history, as well as to the family trying to identify them.

Several years ago, the historical society received two very long photos from John and Nancy Civitts.

Community initiative to tackle homeless veterans’ crisis

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

A new initiative to address the crisis of veteran homelessness in the Lehigh Valley was recently unveiled by local leaders, government officials and community partners at the Lehigh County Government Center, Allentown.

Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs Director Tom Applebach announced the creation of the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veteran Fund.

Additionally, he announced that state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, had secured $200,000 in grants for the fund.

Willow Haven offers a chance to support local farms

Friday, June 5, 2020 by LANI GOINS in Local News

While Willow Haven Farm and its farm store are located in New Tripoli, they have an ordering program that delivers in the Lehigh Valley, and also offer a farm share program, called a CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, which delivers to pick-up locations in Bethlehem and elsewhere.

Tessa DeMaster and her husband, Reuben, operate the farm along with their children.

A farm share is a seasonal offering of a box of vegetables. Willow Haven has two CSA seasons, spring to fall, and winter. They offer three sizes of boxes, and the cost is split into payments.

Help for surviving the coronavirus comes in many forms

Friday, May 29, 2020 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Many people are sewing and donating face masks in the fight against COVID-19, but for those who may not have those skills, Northwestern Lehigh science teacher Steve Weiss is offering alternatives.

“I knew folks were making masks by sewing but this single guy doesn’t have that skill set,” he said, “So, I literally went around my home to find no-sew alternatives.

“The more I looked, the more I found, from clothing to vacuum bags and even Swiffer Sweeper mop pads.

“I then decided to make my first YouTube DIY video.”

Two Republicans seek Wild’s seat in the 7th Congressional District

Friday, May 29, 2020 by The Press in Local News

There are three candidates for the seat in the 7th Congressional District in the June 2 General Primary Election.

Incumbent Congresswoman Susan Wild is running unopposed on the Democrat side of the ticket.

The winner of the primary between Republicans Dean N. Browning and Lisa Scheller will face Wild in November election.

The Republican candidates were asked to respond to the following question in 100 words or less:

What is the greatest need facing the people in your district as a result of the shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Lehigh Valley Chamber supporting Virtual Small Business Saturday

Friday, May 29, 2020 by The Press in Local News

The 10-year tradition of Small Business Saturday falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the day after Black Friday.

The nationwide effort is designed to encourage communities to shop local as the busiest shopping season of the year kicks off.

According to the Lehigh Valley Chamber, so many small businesses report Small Business Saturday is one of the biggest shopping days for them in the entire year, so the Chamber is supporting a virtual version?

COVID-19 pandemic spurs creativity for Class of 2020 commencement

Friday, May 29, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in Local News

Special tribute planned for graduates at Ontelaunee Park

Northwestern Lehigh’s Class of 2020 has had nearly all their milestones taken away from them this year due to the stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Tom Wolf because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But with some creative thinking and administrative effort, the seniors will be able to have a graduation ceremony, if a bit different from usual, this Saturday, May 30.