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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Kutztown graduate and Secret Service K-9 to receive British medal

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Secret Service K-9, Hurricane, and handler Officer Marshall Mirarchi, a 2005 Kutztown University graduate, will be honored with the The People’s Dispensary For Sick Animals Order of Merit medal by the United Kingdom’s leading veterinary charity, PDSA, for Hurricane’s outstanding devotion to duty.

Known also as the “Animal Royal Order of the British Empire,” Hurricane is the first non-British animal to receive the honor.

Fitness fest Oct. 19 at LCCC

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, and its foundation will host a fall fitness fest on Oct. 19.

This year’s events are focused on raising money for student scholarships and LCCC’s Cougar Cabinet food pantry, created to address food insecurity among LCCC students.

The partnership with United Way funds the Allentown Food Pantry, while the partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank benefits both the Allentown and Schnecksville food pantries.

Monetary or food donations are appreciated anytime and on the day of the event.

BREAKING NEWS: Two Albany Twp. children die in hospital

Friday, September 27, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Youngsters found unconscious at home on Monday

The two children who were found unconscious Monday afternoon in Albany Township, Berks County, have died.

The office of Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich says Brinley L. Snyder, 4, was pronounced dead 4:26 p.m. Sept. 26 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Conner Snyder, 8, was pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m. Thursday, also in Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Autopsies will be performed to determine the cause of death for both children, the coroner says.

Two children discovered unconscious in Albany Twp.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

State Police Troop L, Hamburg, are investigating an incident involving two children in Albany Township, Berks County.

Police say a 4-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy were found unconscious at 4:37 p.m. Sept. 23 at a house in the 2400 block of Route 143.

Both children were MedEvac’d to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

They are listed in stable condition, police say.

Volunteer firefighters with the Kempton Fire Company, along with Kutztown, Hamburg and Cetronia ambulance corps personnel assisted at the scene.

Class of 1959 celebrates 60th reunion

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh’s high school class of 1959 celebrated its 60th reunion Sept. 20 at the Parkland Restaurant, South Whitehall.

There were 52 students in the Class of ’59, however, one classmate died during the school year leaving 51 graduates.

Willard Snyder, Class of 1959 advisor was also able to attend with his wife Lucille. Snyder taught business at the high school.

He and his wife were tasked with keeping a quilt created by the late Rose Fenstermacher, a class member.

Leaser Lake charms visitors with nature’s beauty and bounty

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

There’s something magical about spending a weekday morning at Leaser Lake in Lynn Township after the weekend crowds subside.

Just ask Joe Klach.

Over the years, Klach, who proudly labels himself “a scientific angler,” has spent countless hours fishing at the lake.

“I’ve taken my passion and my science degree to catch fish,” he explained.

For him, fishing at Leaser Lake is an organic experience.

As a careful observer of certain conditions including wind, sun and even the phases of the moon, he has been able to maximize his love for fishing at the lake.

Cause of Billig farm fire listed as ‘undetermined’ at this time

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

According to Troop M, Bethlehem, Public Information Officer Trooper Nathan T. Branosky the cause of the fire which killed some 4,000 hogs and destroyed two barns at the Timothy Billig farm in Lynn Township on Sept. 21 will be “listed as undetermined at this time.”

“Unfortunately, due to largely the amount of structure loss and the collapsing of both barn buildings on the property, the ability to generate a cause is greatly hindered,” Branosky wrote in an email sent to The Press on Sept. 24. “At this time, we are not looking at any criminal involvement in this case.”

LCCC, first responders practice for active shooter at the college

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, in cooperation with Northern Valley EMS, Schnecksville, and Neffs fire companies, and the Pennsylvania State Police recently took part in an active shooter drill on the campus.

Using all the resources available to respond to the campus, first responders were confronted by multiple gunshot “victims.”

These “wounded” individuals were portrayed by local fire and police personnel and volunteers from the college.

Oversight for the program was provided by Kristie Wilk, executive director of Northern Valley EMS.

Dogs and cats get their shots at Felines and Fidos

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

From the parking lot, the yelping of a dog as dogs and cats could be heard as they arrived at Forgotten Felines and Fidos for vaccination on Sept. 15.

The animal shelter is located along Mountain Road, Heidelberg Township.

Coconut, one of the canines, continued to cry all through the procedure and struggled even after he was wrapped in a towel.

Tara Kunkle administered the shots with Vet Tech Claire Schultes from Lehigh Carbon Community College, who was watching and learning, and occasionally helping.

The Neffs National Bank bids farewell to longtime banker

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Neffs National Bank has announced the retirement of Ronald Gildner.

After 45 years of service, the vice president of retail lending is hanging up his suit and tie in an effort to spend more time with his family and the community.

Gildner started as a bank teller in July 1974 and rose to security officer and vice president of retail lending.

Over the years, Gildner helped generations of local families meet their financial needs.