The public is invited to attend a forum with the Democratic candidates for Congress in PA’s 15th district, 7 p.m. at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. Candidates will discuss the current state of health care in America and what they believe needs to be done to fix it. Sponsored by Lehigh Valley Medicare for All www.lehighvalleymedicareforall.com.
Miller-Keystone Blood Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new bloodmobile in memory of Lehigh Valley resident, Wayne Leibensperger Jr.
Leibensperger Jr. was a healthy, 21-year-old man from Salisbury Township who died in 2014. He was an avid blood donor who donated faithfully every eight weeks. Although he is gone, his legacy will continue through the Wayne Leibensperger Jr. Memorial Blood Drives held throughout the region, and now through the Wayne Leibensperger Jr. Memorial Bloodmobile.
In a special ceremony at the state Capitol Jan. 2, state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, of Whitehall Township, was sworn in to represent the Lehigh Valley’s 133rd Legislative District.
McNeill won a Dec. 5, 2017, special election to complete the term of her late husband, Dan, who died Sept. 8, 2017.
The oath was administered by state Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty as family and friends looked on.
McNeill becomes the 48th female currently serving in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Gov. Tom Wolf visited Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, Jan. 9 to discuss trucking and manufacturing positions with local company team leaders and students.
Wolf was introduced by LCCC President Dr. Ann Bieber who helped lead discussion topics.
Upon his arrival at the college, Wolf, Bieber and LCCC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Roberta Marcus toured the commercial truck driver training facilities and the college’s new manufacturing mobile unit, which prepares workers for more higher level jobs in manufacturing.
On a chilly afternoon recently, active duty and Marine veterans gathered at the Marine Corps Monument at Cedar Beach Park, Allentown, to celebrate the 242nd birthday of the Marine Corps.
On hand were Marines stationed at the Marine Corps reserve center on Airport Road as well as members of the Marine Corps Leagues of Allentown and Bethlehem.
The Lehigh Valley League of Women Voters hosted a presentation Jan. 8 by Muhlenberg College Professor of Political Science/Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion Dr. Christopher Borick on “Election Trends” at the Superior Restaurant in Emmaus.
The bipartisan audience of approximately 35 attendees included Connor Corpora, regional manager for Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. and Scott Uehlinger, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress.
Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.
The Salisbury Township Civil Service Commission has been tasked with drawing up eligibility lists to fill two positions in the Salisbury Township Police Department.
The newly-reorganized Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 to authorize the civil service commission to fill a vacant position on the township police force resulting from the resignation of an officer and also to fill a newly-created position for an officer on the force. Funds for the two officers’ salaries and benefits are included in the 2018 township budget.
Robert Martucci Jr. was elected president, Debra Brinton was elected vice president and James Seagreaves was elected president pro tempore of the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners at the reorganization meeting Jan. 2.
The board is required to hold its reorganization meeting during the first week of the year. Commissioners next meet 7 p.m. Jan. 11 and 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in the township municipal building, 2900 South Pike Ave.