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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Emergency support groups cope with coronavirus threat

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The coronavirus has forced the closing of local schools and businesses which has, in turn, forced the American Red Cross Lehigh Valley – Bucks Chapter to curtail planned blood drives according to Executive Director Peter Brown.

“We are looking at adding [blood] drives,” Brown said in an interview during which he called the blood supply a “big challenge.”

“The public should still go ahead and make appointments to give blood.”

Brown said potential blood donors can arrange appointments by going to the website, and entering their zip code.

State of emergency declared

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

If the state gives approval to the request, the county will distribute mail-in ballots in an effort to cope with the corona virus, according to the Lehigh County executive in a press conference March 16.

“I hope every citizen can vote safely with these new mail-in ballots on Election Day,” Executive Phillips Armstrong said.

He also declared a state of emergency for Lehigh County effective March 16. Armstrong made the official announcement 1 p.m. at the front of the county government building.

Whitehall resident addresses firing of county 911 personnel

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Former 911 dispatcher LoriAnn Fehnel, of Whitehall Township, addressed the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners and Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong Feb. 12, stating she was disappointed in their decision to fire three supervisors and to allegedly force the resignation of seven dispatchers who used rum-laced eggnog to toast the New Year while on duty in the dispatch room Dec. 31, 2019.

Fehnel, a 911 dispatcher from 2007 to 2010 in Allentown, said she felt someone needed to speak up for the dismissed emergency services personnel.

martin luther king jr. day

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

A walk of remembrance

Residents and officials braved below-freezing but sunny weather to march to the small park dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in South Bethlehem.

Men, women and children marched up the hill singing, “We Shall Overcome,” the hymn of the Civil Rights Movement.

Led by Dr. Martin Luther King Civil Rights Movement President Frankie West, who organized the event, the marchers listened to several speakers who competed with the noon bells of the Holy Ghost Church next to the park.


Thursday, January 16, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Newly elected commissioners take the oath of office

Friends and family filled the hearing room as Democrats took official control of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners Jan 6 in a swearing-in ceremony officiated by Judge Edward D. Reibman, president judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County.

“It’s a wonderful occasion tonight,” Reibman said.

“I’d like to call up Bob Elbich,” Reibman said as he designated the first commissioner, he would induct that evening. “Just so you know, Bob came up with a book, and the book is the Constitution of the United States.”

County to host senior center in Coopersburg church

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners announced Lehigh County will lease a portion of St. John’s United Church of Christ, in Coopersburg, for the purpose of establishing a senior center at its Dec. 18, 2019 meeting. The new center will occupy 1,300 square feet in the back part of the church and will include a kitchen.

The lease will include 50 parking spaces and access to public bathrooms.


Thursday, January 2, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Fallen veterans honored in Fountain Hill

On a foggy hillside cemetery in Fountain Hill people gathered Dec. 14, 2019, to hear dignitaries express respect for the veterans who are buried in plots scattered over the broken but hallowed ground.

Representatives from each of the military services in turn carried pine-boughed and red-ribboned wreaths to white Christian crosses set up for the occasion.

After appropriate remarks on the sacrifices of the fallen and the solemn duty to honor them, a Navy Sea Cadet contingent of three riflemen fired seven volleys for a 21-gun salute.

Scheller announces bid for Congress

Friday, December 20, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Allentown resident and Tamaqua business woman Lisa Scheller announced recently she is running for Congress next year in the 7th Congressional District. The district includes Lehigh and Northampton counties and part of Monroe County.

Speaking to supporters and the press in a small event room at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Allentown, Scheller read an announcement touching on her personal history, her business experience, her community service and her philanthropical work.

Notable was her pledge to serve for only four terms, or eight years.

Browning announces candidacy

Friday, December 20, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Former Lehigh County Commissioner Dean Browning announced at the Hotel Bethlehem Nov. 21 he is running against 7th Congressional District Democrat Susan Wild for U.S. House of Representatives.

The seat he seeks was long held by Republican Charlie Dent, who resigned. Wild bested Republican Marty Nothstein for the office in 2018. Browning said he wants to make her a “one-time Congresswoman.”