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Thursday, June 25, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Roger Hudak a booster for South

Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez gives Roger Hudak a lot of credit.

“Roger’s motivation, energy and commitment of his personal time has been invaluable to the City of Bethlehem, especially the South Side,” Donchez said of Hudak.

Hudak acknowledges the South Side has for decades had to overcome negative attitudes about where to live.

Immigrants coming to this country to work at Bethlehem Steel in the mid-20th century settled on the South Side to be near where they worked.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP POLICE Dept.Salisbury police complete traffic safety enforcement

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Police Log

Salisbury Police Department officers recently completed a traffic safety detail on township roadways that extended through parts of May and June.

The details were supported by state Buckle Up Pa grants said Salisbury Patrol Officer Bryan Losagio, “but our seat belt stops revealed a number of other traffic infractions.”

Forty-seven vehicle stops resulted in 54 traffic citations, Losagio said. Ten speeding tickets were issued, with two motorists traveling at 70 and 84 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone.


Sunday, May 31, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Jason Zimmerman gives back to community that has embraced him

A conversation with Jason Zimmerman does not get too far along before it is peppered frequently with the word “community.”

Zimmerman is the director of athletics and student activities for the Northwestern Lehigh School District, comprising Heidelberg, Lowhill, Lynn and Weisenberg townships in the extreme northwest area of Lehigh County.

Zimmerman lives in the home along Route 309 where he grew up.


Thursday, April 30, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Toni Fillman has taken storybook characters

Toni Hess Fillman has so many stories that she has been encouraged to write a book.

“Maybe I will,” she said playfully.

Fillman has played many roles in her life: wife; mother; grandmother; PTO-PLUS leader; businesswoman; dog breeder; public speaker; investigator; Scout leader; and general encourager.

But, dressing up in storybook costumes and taking joy into Whitehall-Coplay School District schools has been her hallmark and her most cherished role.

Salisbury police officers aid in Fountain Hill arrest

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Police Log

Officers from the Salisbury Township Police Department, Allentown Police Department and Bethlehem Police Department responded to the south side of Bethlehem recently to assist Fountain Hill police after a felony pursuit took place.

The vehicle in question was believed to have had a stolen registration plate displayed on it and fled from Fountain Hill police before crashing on Cherokee Street in Bethlehem. The driver crashed the vehicle into another vehicle and was found hiding in an aquarium in a backyard.


Thursday, March 26, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Retired art teacher has performed as Chump the Clown for over three decades

As a youth growing up in Orefield, Lehigh County, Robert Schantz never dreamed clowning around was in his future. He wasn’t the “class clown” and he does not recall any of his teachers in the Parkland School District ever telling him to stop clowning around.

But as an adult, retired art teacher Schantz, now living in Lower Macungie Township, has spent more than three decades entertaining, amusing and teaching religious lessons through his persona as Chump the Clown.


Thursday, February 27, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Former Secret Service agent for Reagan, Joseph Petro tells of witnessing history

Joseph Petro, speaking to the Allentown Rotary Club Feb. 21 at Bell Hall restaurant in downtown Allentown, took his audience back to the mid-1980s, when he was the head of President Ronald Reagan’s Secret Service protective detail and Petro sat in on a private meeting between Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva, Switzerland.

The cordial relationship struck up between Reagan and Gorbachev in that meeting, Petro asserted, had a tremendous influence on the trajectory of world relations.


Thursday, February 27, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Department reorganizes

Eastern Salisbury firefighters held a reorganization meeting Feb. 3 and set new officers for the balance of 2020, following the January resignation of former chief David Tomcics.

After confirmation by the fire department’s membership, the officers are: Ian Dodson, chief; Ryan Chu, assistant chief; Peter Roberts and Noah Waterman, captains and James Tomcics, safety officer.

The administrative president for the fire company will be Andrew Roberts.

School open house kicks off STM Catholic Schools Week activities

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

A school open house Jan. 26, kicked off week-long activities to mark Catholic Schools Week at St. Thomas More School, along Flexer Avenue, in the western portion of Salisbury Township.

The open house gave students an opportunity to show off their decorated classrooms and their individual artwork to family and friends from across the parish.

School cheer squad members added spirit to the occasion as upper-class students served as hosts and directed visitors among the school’s maze of hallways.