The Lehigh Valley is currently ranked number two in the nation for economic development for its size, according to industry magazine "Site Selection Online."
Now, a Lehigh University-led consortium of regional executives will see if they can take advantage of that designation and make the region an attractive location for a diverse and educated workforce.
A 2011 study published in the Clinical Research in Cardiology revealed shoveling snow actually does increase the risk of a having a heart attack.
The study looked at 500 people and found 7 percent started experiencing symptoms of heart problems while shoveling snow. The cardiologists conducting the Canadian study felt while 7 percent is significant, there could be as many as double that number given the fact the patients may not have connected their heart problems with snow shoveling.
When guests arrive at Musikfest this August, they'll discover a few changes designed to have a huge impact on their experience and the overall safety of everyone attending the festival.
Over the past several months, the city of Bethlehem; Bethlehem police, fire and EMS departments; Northampton County Emergency Management Services and ArtsQuest have met regularly to discuss opportunities to enhance patron safety and the guest experience at Musikfest. Among the enhancements made for 2015 are:
The Salisbury Township Police Department has released its 2014 traffic safety report, including grant work and citations issued.
In 2014, the Salisbury Township Police Department participated in four different traffic safety grants. These grants allowed officers to enforce traffic safety on township roadways outside of routine patrol. Officers' hourly work rates were paid for under these grants.
The Lehigh County Gaming Grant targeted all types of traffic safety issues on the main east side roadways which accommodate traffic to and from the Sands Casino in Bethlehem.
At a state Capitol ceremony Jan. 6, state Rep. Daniel McNeill was sworn in to his second term representing the 133rd Legislative District.
McNeill, a Democrat, said equitable education funding, economic development and job creation will continue to be his priorities.
"Economic development and job creation are not possible without quality education," McNeill said. "Adequately funding our education system will benefit not only our students, but will open doors for innovation and prosperity."
St. Luke's administrators, trustees, donors and members of the medical staff recently welcomed medical students from all four classes of the Medical School of Temple University/St. Luke's University Health Network at a holiday reception. More than 100 guests attended, along with 120 medical students.
The Emmaus Arts Commission recently announced the winners of the annual student film festival.
To compete, each team of students selects two themes to be featured in a short film. Films are created, shot and edited in 96 hours. The festival is open to area middle and high school age students.
The finished films premiered at the Emmaus Movie Theatre recently. An awards ceremony follows the screening.
This 2014 winners are:
High School Division
Team Leaders: Daniel Walters and Joey Mercado
The fourth annual Oktoberfest was held recently with its special celebration of German culture and "much more" under the direction of ArtsQuest at its SteelStacks campus in South Bethlehem.
The six-day festival expanded its size and activities to coincide with a new free admission policy this year.
The changes were designed to boost attendance by attracting more families and members of the Lehigh Valley community and beyond.
Known as the "silent killer," ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system because symptoms usually do not cause concern until the disease has reached advanced stages. Fortunately, however, when identified and treated in its earliest stages, patients with ovarian cancer have a 5-year survival rate of 93 percent.
"If I wasn't here, I'd probably be sleeping," Wildlands Conservancy summer camper Millie Thompson, of Emmaus, said with a smirk. Lunch mate Halina Lattanze, of Alburtis, agreed.
In lieu of lazy days, Thompson and Lattanze have been busy exploring the meadows, forests and waterways of Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus, where Wildlands, the Lehigh Valley's nonprofit land trust, is headquartered.