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Lehigh Valley Zoo welcomes newborn oryx calf

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

Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville, and Lowhill Township, in conjunction with Lehigh Valley Health Network, has announced that a male scimitar-horned oryx calf has been born into the herd.

LVHN is the official motherhood partner of the zoo.

The new, yet-to-be-named calf was reported healthy and nursing from his mother, Ducati, within an hour of birth.

Oryx calves typically stand within the first hour of birth, which the zoo’s newest addition demonstrated for his keepers.

Ducati has remained healthy throughout the process.

Germansville woman recounts family’s fight against COVID-19

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

What began as a celebratory trip for one Germansville couple quickly turned into a monthlong battle with the coronavirus and hospitalizations for both.

Victoria Snyder, 66, and her husband Brian, 57, were on a Caribbean cruise in March for a 30th anniversary celebration when their ship was diverted from Puerto Rico to Florida on the way home.

“Because they rerouted us, we all had to make new flights back,” Snyder told The Press.

Supervisors award bids for road materials, fuel

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Lynn Township supervisors had a short meeting in April because of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing requirements.

After acceptance of the minutes and permission to pay the bills, the board dove into the rest of the short agenda.

A waiver request for the well isolation distance was before the board for the property at 7794 Sechler Road.

Supervisors agreed to the waiver and it was adopted contingent upon signing of an indemnification agreement with the township.

No fire company representatives were present, therefore no report on activity was given.

Wanamakers General Store ahead of the COVID-19 curve

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in Local News

Over 130 years old, some things change, some remain the same.

Remaining steadfast to its customers, Wanamakers General Store, Kempton, is still serving the local population and the occasional traveler.

Even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the purpose of the store is the same.

Store owner Kyra Hendricks, however, definitely had to roll with the punches.

First, she got ahead of the curve by watching what other states were doing.

“I paid close attention to California and Washington states to see how they were handling the infection,” she said.

Church bells honor those fighting COVID-19

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

For three minutes on May 3, Ebenezer United Church of Christ, New Tripoli, rang its bells in appreciation of front line workers, including health care providers, first responders, grocery store employees and others now deemed essential in the era of COVID-19.

Local residents are used to hearing the church chimes to mark each hour and especially each day at 6 p.m., but this was a special commemoration.

“Bell Across Pennsylvania Day” was organized by the Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association.

PART III: Most reliable, organizational advocate volunteers honored during virtual ‘Breakfast With Champions’

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

As the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley’s monthlong “Breakfast With Champions” virtual series continues to highlight exceptional volunteers across the region, a new round of nominees for the “Most Reliable” and “Organizational Advocate” categories were celebrated April 14-20.

Jan O’Keefe was recognized as a “Most Reliable” volunteer contender for her dedication to the NORWESCAP Food Bank and the group’s thrift store, the Traditions Family Success Center, where she performs a wide variety of tasks.