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Monday, May 27, 2019

PPL introduces new children’s safety book

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

PPL Electric Utilities has found a way to deliver long-lasting safety messages to its customers — an eye-catching new children’s book.

“How We Stay Safe Around Electricity” is now available at no cost to school children in PPL’s 29-county service territory.

The 28-page illustrated book, meant for a fourth-grade audience, explains how electricity works and offers electricity-related lessons such as staying away from downed wires and calling 811 before digging.

PPL Electric Utilities has distributed more than 20,000 copies of the book across its service territory.

State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, appointed to Military Community Enhancement Commission Commission

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, has been appointed by Speaker Mike Turzai, R-28th, to the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission for the 2019-20 Legislative Session.

The commission was put into law in 2014 with the primary mission to stay abreast of federal base realignment and closure activities, which have a major impact on military installations and economic development in communities across the commonwealth.

Jared Hanna seeks seat on county bench

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Assistant District Attorney Jared J. Hanna has announced he is running for a seat on the Court of Common Pleas in Lehigh County.

Hanna explained why he is running for office.

“I believe my love of the Lehigh Valley, my voracious interest in the law and my legal experience have given me a unique understanding of the challenges our community and courts will face over the next 10 years and beyond.”

This opening on the bench became available when Judge Carol McGinley announced she would be taking senior status.

Kids Closet Sale has something for everyone

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 by AMY MILLER in Local News

Do you children need a new wardrobe?

How about a new toy?

Are you a new mommy looking to find quality items to keep baby happy and safe but don’t want to break the bank?

The 10th annual Kids Closet Sale may be able to help with all of that.

The sale at Penn’s Peak, hosted by the Times News and Lehigh Valley Press, will open to the public at 9 a.m. Wednesday and has something for just about everyone.

Upper Lehigh Lions donate to emergency responders

Friday, April 12, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The Upper Lehigh Lions Club presented donations to Northern Valley EMS (NOVA) and the four fire companies in North Whitehall Township at a recent meeting at the Schnecksville Diner.

President Ruthann Krause reports $1,000 was given to each of the volunteer emergency response organizations.

Representatives of each entity provided information on their unit.

Schnecksville Fire Company was established in 1924.

Eckhart to serve 3-10 years for animal cruelty charges

Friday, April 12, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A Lehigh County man who has faced numerous charges of abuse of animals over the years, was sentenced April 3 to three to 10 years in prison by Judge James T. Anthony in Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

Derbe “Skip” Eckhart, 51, who has lived in Heidelberg Township and the Emmaus area, faced 94 counts of cruelty to animals stemming from four separate search warrants served in May 2017 as well as January and June 2018.

Eckhart, represented by Attorney Alfred Stirba IV, of Orefield, has been in jail since July 2018.