The tones activated the morning of April 24 on the pagers of four area fire companies were both ominous and reassuring at the same time. While preceded by the audio “This is a drill,” the message followed that the training exercise involved a simulated “aircraft crash,” an alert for the type of emergency a first responder dreads.
But, that does not mean they dreaded the training. Simulations are designed to provide a practiced response, so the real thing would produce a professional and effective rescue effort.
After answering questions posed by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Tony Ianelli during a live taping of the weekly half-hour Business Matters television program, retiring U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, was feted at an informal “thank you” reception March 28 at Lehigh Country Club, 2319 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown.
The show aired April 2 on WFMZ Lehigh Valley television, channel 69.
Salisbury Police officers were overrun by the youthful players fielded by the Salisbury Youth Association at a charity basketball game held March 24 at Salisbury High School. The event was a benefit to raise money for the National Night Out community gathering to be held Aug. 7 at Salisbury Middle School.
Youth won out at the final buzzer and the crowd was exuberant at the 58-48 win posted by the SYA team.
Hot dogs and pizza were on sale, with a 50-50 raffle and a gift basket raffle adding to the proceeds to help put the final benefit total at $527.
As first responders do, firefighters, police and EMS personnel from across the Lehigh Valley gathered at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, March 23, to salute and stand post for two York firefighters who lost their lives March 22 in the line of duty. The remains of the two firefighters arrived at the hospital Friday morning to be autopsied, and in the afternoon were given an honor escort back to their hometown for memorial, funeral and burial services.
PPL line workers returning to their Lehigh Valley homes in late February said it was tough being away from their families for a month after laboring to help rebuild electric infrastructure and restore power to areas in Puerto Rico ravaged by last year’s Hurricane Maria, but they said they would “do it again,” reflecting the positive experience they felt being able to help the people of the island 1,600 miles from home.
Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe last week said there is a lot of anxiety in the community about the sale of Rodale magazines to Hearst magazines, in New York City, but community leaders hold out hope that another major employer could fill the space being vacated by the former Rodale organization.
While he could not identify the firm, Pepe said that a “prospect,” with the potential of being a major employer, had shown interest in purchasing the Rodale office property.
Even though they are not an officially recognized extracurricular sporting group, a band of Salisbury High School bowlers are taking to the lanes and competing independently in unofficial matches with other valley youth.
Salisbury math and physics teacher Paul Koba, unofficial advisor to the students, has been a bowler for five decades and recognizes the exercise, competitive and social advantages of the sport. He is hoping to get Salisbury education officials behind the effort to make bowling, and the group of student enthusiasts, a recognized school activity club.
Large tents have been set up outside the emergency rooms at the Cedar Crest campus of Lehigh Valley Health Network, in Salisbury Township, and at the network’s Muhlenberg Campus, in Bethlehem, to handle the large surge of patients visiting the hospitals with flu-related symptoms.
Salisbury police, firefighters from both Eastern and Western Salisbury fire stations and members of the Lehigh County Special Operations unit responded to a Lehigh County 911 dispatch for an oil sheen appearing in the Trout Creek waterway about 3 p.m. Jan. 24.
Three St. Thomas More parish Scouts recently were awarded Scouting’s highest designation at an Eagle Court of Honor at the St.Thomas More family center.
Derek Basta, David Carolan and Braden Damitz were the guests of honor while family and friends heard details of the long road traveled to earn the Eagle Scout designation.