A local legislator’s proposal to give voters a chance to reduce the number of state representatives is moving forward in Harrisburg.
The Pennsylvania House State Government Committee recently voted in favor of HB 153, which was introduced by state Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124th.
Knowles’ proposal is to reduce the number of state representatives to 151 from 203.
The approval, which passed with a vote of 14-10, saw the Republican majority supporting the bill and the Democratic minority opposing it.
The Sisterhood of Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, gathered on Jan. 21 to make fruit baskets that would be donated to senior Jewish residents of the community.
The baskets would be given during the Jewish holiday of Tu’Bshevat which occurs on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, beginning this year on Jan. 30 at sunset and ending at nightfall on Jan. 31.
Chairs of the event were Tama Tamarkin and Miriam Zager.
The holiday is the New Year of the Trees or the Jewish Arbor Day.
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Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers is offering cash reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the man wanted in connection with a robbery at Weis Market, Schnecksville.
According to Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers, troopers responded at 4:45 p.m. Jan. 31 to the Weis Market, 5020 Route 873, North Whitehall Township, for the report of robbery.
Police say an older gentleman was standing in front of a lottery kiosk at the front of the store and a white male was standing behind the him.
The American Beekeeping Federation has announced Kayla Fusselman was selected as the 2018 American Honey Queen at the American Beekeeping Federation Conference and Tradeshow in Reno, Nev., on Jan. 13.
Fusselman is the 23-year-old daughter of Brian and Diane Fusselman of Kempton and the granddaughter of Margaret Weller of Fleetwood.
She is a 2017 graduate of Kutztown University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in art education.
Fusselman is an active alumna with the Kutztown High School FFA chapter and the Kutztown University Presidential Ambassadors.
Molly Troxell never thought that when she first met John Garrity their working relationship would become a 40-year friendship.
Troxell, who recently began her 18th year as an elementary school art instructor, was Garrity’s student teacher at Northern Lehigh Elementary School.
Lehigh County officials recently introduced the newest initiative in their effort to meet the opioid crises plaguing county residents.
A new website was unveiled that shows parents how to look for drugs that may be hidden in a child’s bedroom.
Then county Executive Tom Muller introduced the topic, telling reporters gathered in a basement room of the administrative building the problem of opioid abuse in Lehigh County is rampant.
State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, took a 19-year-old man into custody Jan. 29 in connection with the Jan. 26 bank robbery in Allen Township, Northampton County.
Police allege Dylan James Karba, last known address in Philadelphia, was the man who entered the First Northern Bank and Trust, 1449 Nor-Bath Boulevard, Allen Township, at 1:35 p.m. on that day.
According to police, Karba allegedly fled the bank with money after passing a note to a bank teller. He then fled the area to the west of the bank toward Northampton Borough on foot.
Cetronia Ambulance Corps has received the American Heart Association’s 2017 Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for quality improvement performance in the treatment of patients who have suffered severe heart attacks.
Less than 1 percent of emergency medical service agencies in the U.S. achieve Gold Plus status, the AHA’s highest award category.
The AHA recognizes the critical lifesaving role EMS provides to the overall success of care for patients with ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a severe heart attack caused by a blockage of blood to the heart.
State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, announced Jan. 26 that 11 fire companies and emergency medical service companies serving his Legislative District were awarded more than $120,000 in fire company and emergency medical service grants.
Fire and emergency medical services companies that serve the 183rd District were awarded the following amounts:
• Friedens Volunteer Fire Co. – $11,543.23.
• Slatington Volunteer Fire Department – $12,464.70.
• Star Hose Company No. 1 – $11.911.82