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.
Each Christmas season, Western Salisbury Fire Department’s fire engines take to the streets and roads in the neighborhoods surrounding its Swain Fire Station, at Ott Street and Green Acres Drive, in a long-standing tradition of playing Christmas carols and allowing Santa to hand out candy canes and wish youngsters a Merry Christmas.
“Look, mom, it’s a girl.”
It’s an exclamation heard more than once at public events when female firefighter Jenna Littmann bends down to allow a youngster to try on her protective turnout gear.
Littmann never takes such comments as anything but childish awe at seeing a woman in a role too often stereotyped as a male profession.
“I hear those comments with a sense of pride. I was rather shy as a child and never considered that I might someday be a role-model for youngsters.
With football season and its gridiron heroes behind, Salisbury High School physics instructor Paul Koba each year challenges his physics class scholars to put what they are learning to practical use in the school’s annual pre-Thanksgiving turkey toss competition utilizing the principles they have learned about the use of simple medieval warfare machines.
Noah Waterman fulfills first responder dream
Noah Waterman displays the epitome of youthful enthusiasm in his first responder duties as a firefighter with Eastern Salisbury Fire Department.
It’s that enthusiasm and devotion to duty that compels Waterman, not yet a motor vehicle operator, to grab a flashlight and bicycle to the fire station for a nighttime fire call, hoping to get there in time to be on the first engine out.
Some two dozen fire, police and EMS units from across Lehigh and Northampton counties staged a silent parade Nov. 12, with red lights flashing, but no sirens, past the St. Luke’s University Hospital, Fountain Hill, in a show of support for Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Seth Kelly who is recovering in that hospital after being seriously wounded in a shootout with a motorist stopped for a traffic violation in Plainfield Township Nov. 7.