YWCA Bethlehem celebrated the volunteer achievements of local women and teens at the 43rd annual Women & Teens of the Year award ceremony April 12 at the Event Center at Blue.
A silent auction was held with proceeds benefiting the YWCA Bethlehem’s Adult Day Services Center and the YWCA’s Women and Girls’ Empowerment programs.
The YWCA presented special awards: the Golden Laurel Award, the Women of the Year Award, the Mission Award and the Teens of the Year Award.
YWCA Bethlehem and Title Sponsor Capital BlueCross are proud to announce this year’s award recipients:
Norfolk Southern to increase train speed on Pennsylvania rail line through Lehigh and Berks counties
Norfolk Southern is increasing train speeds across nearly 30 miles of its Reading Line through Lehigh and Berks counties.
The speed increase, effective March 14, includes 36 public highway-rail grade crossings on the mainline from Allentown in Lehigh County to Laureldale in Berks County. Train speed will increase to 60 mph from 50 mph except at three crossings, where the speed will increase to 60 mph from 45 mph.
To mark the one-month anniversary of the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla. and to honor the lives of the 17 students and staff who died one month ago, Salisbury High School is asking students to consider participating in their “What’s Your 17?” campaign.
Principal Heather Morningstar said this campaign challenges all members of the SHS community to be the change they wish to see in the world and to treat one another with kindness and compassion.
Phoebe Ministries to purchase real estate of Rodale
Senior services organization plans first wellness-focused independent living project in the region
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.