Salisbury Press

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Coronavirus Impact: Allen Organ strikes a new circuit chord

Saturday, July 11, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Allen Organ Company is hitting a high note with the company’s response to COVID-19. The pandemic forced the iconic organ manufacturer to halt production on new organs.

Although Allen Organ also halted production of circuit boards for the high-tech instruments, the Lower Macungie Township-based firm accelerated manufacturing circuit boards for desperately-needed medical equipment.

To date, nearly 14,000 circuit boards have been manufactured since Allen ramped up production.

Coronavirus impact: Cityline Construction helps sanitize COVID-19 disaster

Saturday, July 4, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“In addition to what we do on a daily basis, my team and I have worked on three major disasters: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy,” says Tom Williams Sr., owner of Cityline Construction, which he founded in 1983.

“There was no doubt we needed to do our part during this current disaster, COVID-19,” Williams says.

The Salisbury Township-based company specializes in rebuilding residential and commercial properties damaged by fire, water, storms and other destructive calamities.

Charter Arts

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

‘Park and Circumstance’ goes on the road

With the social distancing aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting all spring 2020 school activities, including musicals, proms and commencement, area graduating classes have born the brunt of it. Administrators of the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) decided to help their high school seniors and their families celebrate their educational milestone with a June 8 “Park and Circumstance” bus tour.

Buckeye and Alburtis taverns adjust

Friday, June 19, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Restaurants across Pennsylvania had to shutter their dining areas because of Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order to close non-essential businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To keep the food service businesses afloat while protecting workers and customers during the Red Phase, eateries were permitted to offer take-out and delivery only.

With Lehigh and Northampton counties moving from the Red Phase to the Yellow Phase June 5, outdoor dining, but not indoor dining, is allowed.

Coronavirus impact: Baum School brings artists to ‘Your Residence’

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Editor’s Note: The Baum School of Art, including its students, administrators and supporters, is adjusting to the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Second of three parts

With the order for statewide closure of non-essential businesses, The Baum School of Art was required to suspend its Spring Session and cancel its Post Session of classes.

The classroom studios and galleries at 510 Linden St., Allentown, are closed to the public until further notice.

Yocco’s takes it out in stride to serve Valley customers

Friday, May 22, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Restaurants across Pennsylvania had to shutter their dining areas after Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 16 statewide closure of non-essential businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To keep restaurants afloat while protecting workers and customers, eateries were permitted to continue offering take-out and delivery.

Yocco’s third generation owner Gary Iacocca and his employees acted swiftly to meet the challenge.

Coronavirus impact: Baum School student artists in virtual ceremony

Friday, May 22, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Editor’s Note: The Baum School of Art, including its students, patrons and administrators, is adjusting to the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

First of three parts

The Baum School of Art awarded full, half and quarter scholarships to nearly 50 students from age five through 17 during a virtual presentation of the “Children & Teen Student Exhibition” awards ceremony.

Baum School of Art Executive Director Shannon Fugate introduced the April 18 online event with staff and faculty taking turns with praise and encouragement recorded from their homes.

Switch-hitter: Palmer Township plant converts from Major League Baseball uniform manufacturing to making face masks

Friday, May 8, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

With America’s favorite pastime sheltered in place in the dugout, Fanatics, Inc. has teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) to provide protective gear for those on the frontlines battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Fanatics Founder and Executive Chairman Michael Rubin called MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Jr. and proposed temporarily halting baseball team jersey production at the Fanatic’s Palmer Township plant to produce desperately-needed face masks and gowns.

Eight Oaks to the rescue

Friday, May 1, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Upon learning about the severe shortage of hand sanitizer and reading how a profiteer had been selling it for $325 an ounce, Chad Butters, CEO and founder of Eight Oaks Farm Distillery asked his co-founders, “What is the right thing to do here?”

The board, comprised of the retired Army pilot’s daughter Carly Snyder, son-in-law Logan Snyder, and daughter’s brother-in-law Jesse Tyahla, agreed that producing hand sanitizer to combat the coronvirus pandemic and price-gouging was the “right thing to do.”

Getting into the Spirits

Friday, May 1, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

After reading about other distilleries in Pennsylvania switching over from beverage production to that of hand sanitizer, co-owners Andy and Kris Warner at Wardog Spirits and Black River Farms in Lower Saucon Township decided to do the same.

Their effort to help refill the Lehigh Valley’s desperately dwindled supply of hand disinfectant began March 20.

“We are abiding by the World Health Organization (WHO) recipe,” says Andy Warner.