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Prep work begins to demolish former Allentown State Hospital

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

It is just a matter of weeks or mere months before a piece of historical architecture, Allentown State Hospital, off Hanover Avenue in east Allentown, becomes a memory.

Neuber Demolition and Environmental Services Inc., Gilbertsville, which was awarded a $12.7-million contract in February to demolish the former psychiatric hospital, officially started the process with a job conference May 13 with members of the state Department of General Services Construction team, said Troy Thompson, General Services press secretary.

Board discusses budget

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

The main subject of discussion for the virtual Northwestern Lehigh school board meeting on May 6 was the 2020-21 proposed final budget.

Business Administrator Leslie Frisbie explained the ongoing coronavirus situation has resulted in decreased revenue and expenditure projections for the upcoming year.

She also said adjustments and updates would continue to be made until the budget process is completed.

According to Frisbie, the proposed 2020-21 budget amount of $44,783,358, will mark a $210,000 reduction from 2019-2020.

Wolf, Boockvar provide primary election update

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar held a public livestream May 4 to provide an update on Pennsylvania’s June 2 primary election, discuss protective measures for in person voting and encourage Pennsylvanians to cast their ballots by mail.

“From where we stand today, it is unlikely we’ll eradicate COVID-19 from our commonwealth by June 2, but we still need to hold a primary election,” Wolf said. “Free and fair elections are essential to who we are as a country, and democracy is perhaps even more than ever during times of crisis.”

Offering free Russet potatoes

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Uglies CHIPS

When Dieffenbach’s Inc., the makers of the Uglies® Kettle Cooked Potato Chip, headquartered in Womelsdorf, Berks County, heard from a potato supplier potatoes that were going to waste, they stepped in to help out the farmer and the community.

In partnership with E.K. Are & Sons, Inc. and Dutch Country Transport, Uglies Brand is bringing these potatoes to the community when they need it most.

School board discusses furloughs, staffing

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

During the board president’s report portion of the virtual May 13 Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting, Willard Dellicker acknowledged the meeting would be difficult as the district would be furloughing some teaching and support staff due to decreased enrollments and duty reorganizations.

He also noted the district’s proposed 2020-2021 budget, which reflects anticipated reductions in revenues brought on by COVID-19, would require a tax increase to maintain existing programs.

Fire heavily damages Steinsville home

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Volunteer firefighters from 10 companies were called out just after midnight May 17 when fire broke out in a Steinsville home in Lynn Township.

According to Lynnport Fire Chief Clark Mantz, around 50 firefighters from Lynnport, New Tripoli, Kempton, Germansville and Weisenberg, along with the Alburtis Rapid Intervention Team, and the Woodlawn Cascade unit, which fills air packs, responded to the fire at the home owned by Linda Gruber of Auburn, Schuylkill County.

County state of emergency extended

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners refused May 13 during an online meeting to take up a proposal by Commissioner Nathan Brown, a Republican.

Brown made a motion to pass a resolution in support a recent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf from state Rep. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, urging him to move from the coronavirus status red to yellow for Lehigh County and the Lehigh Valley.

Wolf has already announced the move for 37 of the commonwealth’s 67 counties, according to Boscola’s website.

Trump tours Upper Macungie medical distribution facility

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

President Donald Trump made his first visit to the Lehigh Valley as president May 14 to tour the Owens & Minor Inc. medical supply distribution center, 7437 Industrial Blvd., Upper Macungie Township.

During a livestream video of the visit on the White House web page, Trump discussed increasing the Strategic National Stockpile, coronavirus testing and state reopening plans.

Donated RV joins the battle against COVID-19

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

New Tripoli couple helps doctor on the front line be with his family

When a young Fred Rogers was frightened by what he saw in the news, his mother would advise him to “look for the helpers.”

Those words which brought Mr. Rogers comfort during difficult times, still have meaning as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip this nation and the world.

Rob and Sally Sayre of New Tripoli, however, took Mr. Rogers’ story to heart by just parking their RV in the driveway of a local physician.