“Thank you for saving my life,” were the first words cancer survivor Jennifer Newland, 47, of Roseto, spoke to her colorectal surgeon John S. Park, M.D., as she rushed to embrace him at a colon cancer community information forum held March 7 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.
Newland was at the forum as a testament that colon cancer, caught early enough, can be overcome.
St. Thomas More School students have been assuring that patrons of the overnight warming center at the Allentown YMCA get an evening snack to tide them over until morning.
The students’ families have been providing protein bars, crackers, applesauce containers and other provisions for the students to place in decorated paper bags for distribution at the center which provides shelter and beds during the winter nights for those who have no other place to stay.
Students throughout all the grades decorate the bags with caring messages and positive thoughts.
A new inpatient pediatric unit opened last week at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital on the fifth floor of the Fred Jaindl Family Pavilion on the Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Cedar Crest campus.
The unit features 30 private rooms and has a number of amenities and features designed to give young patients a comforting place to get well and families space to support young patients during their hospital stay.
Eva Levitt, of Allentown, visited Salisbury Middle School Feb. 5 and described to some 250 sixth and seventh graders how she and her family survived the Jewish Holocaust in her native Czechoslovakia during the late 1930s and the years of World War II.
Levitt, who is president of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, often speaks to school and community groups about her experience and the survival of her family when six million Jews were killed during the European Holocaust.
School officials and personnel from Western Salisbury Fire Department fully evacuated some 300 students from the Arts Academy Charter Middle School, 1610 East Emmaus Ave., to Salisbury High School Jan. 22, after a leak in a natural gas main was detected in front of the school.
Western Salisbury firefighters responding to a serious motor vehicle accident that occurred about 6:45 a.m. at Cedar Crest Boulevard, were dispatched 7:20 a.m. to investigate a strong odor of natural gas near Butz Lane and East Emmaus Avenue.
Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company firefighters accompanied Santa Claus as he rode on the back of the fire department’s restored 1965 American LaFrance fire engine handing out candy canes to youngsters from families who came out to greet the parade of equipment through fire district neighborhoods Dec. 22, 2018.
This year, Mrs. Claus also joined in the annual neighborhood run and the Grinch also found his way into the parade.
Each year, on the last school day before the Thanksgiving recess at Salisbury High School, physics instructor Paul Koba offers extra course credit to any of his students who build simple machines modeled on siege machine weapons used by armies in Medieval Europe and the United Kingdom. The machines are employed to see how far the competitors can toss a long-frozen turkey down an athletic field behind the school.
This year’s competition was abbreviated by exceptionally chilly weather preceding the Thanksgiving holiday.
Torrential rains which fell in Salisbury Township neighborhoods in the 10 p.m. hour Nov. 2, caused severe flash flood conditions along Lehigh Street at the South Mall, overwhelming drivers and trapping occupants in waters that rose to roof level in the vehicles.
Observers said rushing waters filled the intersection from all directions, rising so rapidly that vehicles started to float and drivers could not navigate the intersection. Firefighter/rescue personnel from Western Salisbury Fire Department and Eastern Salisbury Fire Department converged on the scene shortly before 11 p.m.
It all began shortly after 4 a.m. Oct. 23, when a tractor-trailer driver with a cargo of more than 1,500 gallon containers of antifreeze pulled over to the shoulder of Interstate 78, at the Summit Lawn exit, atop South Mountain, to try and put out a small brake system fire.
With only small hand fire extinguishers, that firefighting effort didn’t turn out well and the trailer was quickly enveloped in flames.
At a press conference Oct. 22 at Salisbury High School, the Salisbury Police Department/Salisbury School District school resource officer program was recognized as one of only nine model agency programs across the nation.
At the event, Pennsylvania State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, presented a recognition plaque from the National Association of School Resource Officers to Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen Stiles.
The event was held at the beginning of National Safe Schools Week – Oct. 21-27.