Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company firefighters and their family members conducted their annual holiday Santa run Dec. 21, 2019 through neighborhoods in the company’s fire protection district.
Santa and Mrs. Claus, assisted by firefighter Jared Tierno and auxiliary member Nicole Sylvester, flanked by firefighters in full turnout gear, jumped on and off the rear bumper platform of the antique 1965 American LaFrance engine over an eight-hour run to greet youngsters and their parents.
High school students in the East Penn and Salisbury Township school districts are being offered an opportunity to gain firsthand experience in fire and EMS services and explore the career opportunities available in the fire and emergency medical service fields in the new Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post 763 being formed by Emmaus emergency service providers.
For the 19th consecutive year, Lehigh Valley Health Network hosted the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force annual spirit-free mix-off at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest campus Dec. 19, 2019.
Supported by business and community leaders, the annual event promotes a critical message of not mixing the consumption of alcoholic beverages and driving during the holiday season.
Guest servers representing local media outlets offered tastes of nonalcoholic drinks and encouraged tasters to judge the ones they enjoyed the best.
A joint four-officer enforcement detail Dec. 4 and 5 resulted in 80 traffic stops and 109 traffic citations.
Officers targeted school zones and contiguous roadways that both departments share. While the enforcement blitz targeted the use of seat belts, nearly half of the stops netted other violations.
Seat belt violations were issued to 58 motorists, 12 were for suspended or non-licensed drivers, three were for driving without insurance and 36 stemmed from other violations. Five vehicles were taken out of service because they were illegal to be operated on the roadways.
There was only one entry in Salisbury High School’s annual turkey toss competition, but physics teacher Paul Koba said he found the trailer-mounted trebuchet machine “impressive.”
Since the mid-1990s, Koba has offered his physics students extra course credit if they applied the principles he teaches in a course module that studies the simple siege machines used in Medieval times by armies seeking to toss fire-bearing missiles designed to capture opponent’s castle defenses.
Salisbury Township Police Department Officer Richard Nothstein is taking names and making a list.
It’s a good list.
Nothstein, Salisbury High School’s resource officer, is looking for the names of a few good men and women – school alumni and staff who have served in the armed forces.
With the traditional evergreen on one end and an American flag on the other end, steelworkers Nov. 21 hoisted the final steel beam into place for the skeleton of a state-of-the-art acute care facility at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest campus, along Cedar Crest Boulevard at Interstate 78.
The project includes an expanded adult emergency department and a new observation unit scheduled to be complete in late 2020 and an expanded children’s emergency room and observation unit scheduled to open in mid-2021.
A two-alarm fire at a dwelling at 3064 Lanze Lane, Salisbury Township, caused heavy damage before being brought under control in about two hours by firefighters from several area fire stations Nov. 7.
After being notified by a caller that flames were showing, the Lehigh County 911 Center dispatched units from Eastern and Western Salisbury fire companies.
Firefighters led multiple residents from their smoke-filled apartments when a fire destroyed a ground-floor unit at 282 Powder Mill Lane in the Powder Mill Apartments complex in Emmaus overnight from just before midnight Oct. 24 to 25. The final fire units were released about 4 a.m.
Ten residents were taken to area hospitals after multiple ambulances responded to a “Level 1 Mass Casualty Incident” called after the fire went to a second alarm. The resident of the apartment unit destroyed was treated for burns and the others received treatment for smoke inhalation.
Making good on his desire to provide opportunities for community input, newly appointed Salisbury Police Department Chief Kevin J. Soberick, along with several other department officers, hosted a Coffee with a Cop event at the South Mall Starbucks Coffee Company store Oct. 14.
Soberick listened as a number of township residents took the opportunity to ask questions about department activities and to let the officers know of areas in the township where vehicular traffic, or vandals, indicate a trouble spot.