The tiny heart of a newborn is no bigger than a strawberry, which is why early diagnosis of congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the United States, is so important.
This February, in celebration of American Heart Month, thousands of newborns across the Lehigh Valley will play a big role in raising awareness about congenital heart defects and heart health as part of the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign. The campaign is led by the American Heart Association in cooperation with The Children’s Heart Foundation.
PPL Electric Utilities’ tree trimming program provides more reliable electric service for its customers.
And now, it also helps feed Murphy, the Lehigh Valley Zoo’s Masai giraffe.
Under a partnership between the utility and the zoo, Jaflo Inc., one of PPL’s tree contractors, is making deliveries of cut branches, also called browse, which the zoo uses to feed Murphy, the 16-year-old giraffe it acquired recently.
The zoo could not be more grateful to PPL and Jaflo.
Families from The Swain School, 1100 S. 24th St., Allentown, volunteered for the national Day of Service Jan. 15, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
About 125 students and family members participated at five sites, including The Gress Mountain Ranch, Orefield; Flint Hill Farm, Coopersburg; Sixth Street Shelter; The Literacy Center in Allentown; and a site at Swain where volunteers created program materials for Equi-librium Therapeutic Horsemanship in Nazareth.
Damon Smigielski and Alex Thomulka received the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor recently at Macungie Memorial Park. The two Scouts are members of Boy Scout Troop 71, which is sponsored by Solomon’s United Church of Christ in Macungie.
Damon Smigielski, son of Robert and Jen Smigielski, joined Cub Scouts with Pack 71 of Macungie as a Tiger Scout in 2006 with his father joining as his den leader. After Cub Scouts, Damon chose Troop 71 to continue his Scouting career.
Miller-Keystone Blood Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new bloodmobile in memory of Lehigh Valley resident, Wayne Leibensperger Jr.
Leibensperger Jr. was a healthy, 21-year-old man from Salisbury Township who died in 2014. He was an avid blood donor who donated faithfully every eight weeks. Although he is gone, his legacy will continue through the Wayne Leibensperger Jr. Memorial Blood Drives held throughout the region, and now through the Wayne Leibensperger Jr. Memorial Bloodmobile.
In a special ceremony at the state Capitol Jan. 2, state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, of Whitehall Township, was sworn in to represent the Lehigh Valley’s 133rd Legislative District.
McNeill won a Dec. 5, 2017, special election to complete the term of her late husband, Dan, who died Sept. 8, 2017.
The oath was administered by state Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty as family and friends looked on.
McNeill becomes the 48th female currently serving in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
District Attorney Jim Martin announced Jan. 5 that a Salisbury High School student has been charged in relation to threats he allegedly posted on Snapchat.
Oliver Stewart, 18, of the 1700 block of Piccadilly Circle, Salisbury Township, has been charged by a complaint filed in the office of Magisterial District Judge Michael J. Pochron with one count each of terroristic threats, a misdemeanor of the first degree and harassment, a summary offense.
A warrant was issued and Stewart was scheduled to be arraigned at Central Booking Jan. 5.
Mary Elizabeth Thiel celebrated her 100th birthday recently with her family.
Mary Thiel was born Nov. 18, 1917 on Vine Street in Bethlehem to parents Thomas Eddinger and Irene Paul. She was the eldest of four, including siblings Doris, Sara and Alvin.
Officials from Lehigh Valley Health Network and Air Products ‘virtually’ cut the ribbon to officially open the new Air Products Center for Connected Care and Innovation at LVHN at the health network’s One City Center location in downtown Allentown recently. The Air Products Foundation announced a major donation in November 2015 to launch the center.
“This space has special meaning,” Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, LVHN’s president and chief executive officer said. “It is intended to be a place to create, innovate, transform and reimagine how we provide care to our community.”
Bethlehem resident Samantha X. Dorney, a Libertarian, is seeking the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Dec. 5 special election.
“Voters of the 133rd District have a unique opportunity to send a message to Harrisburg,” according to Dorney.
“While Republicans and Democrats in the legislature continue to play games with the budget, choosing special interests on both sides of the aisle, district residents can choose an independent citizen who answers to them and them alone.”