First came the pain of being furloughed from her full-time job at Hobby Lobby in March. Then arrived the worse pain of learning her 66-year-old father in Naples, Italy, just passed away from Stage IV cancer. This has been a rough spring for Lina Troutman and her family.
A procession of more than a dozen vehicles filled with friends, coworkers and former coworkers came to their emotional rescue.
A grant program created to help support small businesses and nonprofits in the Greater Lehigh Valley area that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis has raised $300,000 to date.
The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with BB&T, now Truist, along with business leaders Tom Groves and David Jaindl, late last month began a pool of $150,000 to support businesses struck by the coronavirus pandemic.
Miller- Keystone Blood Center
Regionally, Miller- Keystone Blood Center has had over 100 blood drive cancellations, resulting in the loss of more than 2,400 blood donations as of March 25, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Miller-Keystone officials recently released the following in response to the fluid situation evolving from the pandemic:
While most of the Salisbury Township School District remains quiet and dark, there is plenty going on in the way of maintenance projects at Salisbury High School.
A major overhaul of the outdoor sports complex officially broke ground April 21. The improvements focus on the track, as well as the stadium field, with a plan of fully replacing both elements over the course of the next several months.
Both areas receiving an update were at the end of their useful life and the new track and field installed will be more modern and efficient systems.
GOV. TOM WOLF
Gov. Tom Wolf announced April 27 some restrictions on businesses related to certain outdoor activities will be lifted.
Starting May 1, golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned campgrounds may reopen statewide and are required to follow updated life-sustaining business guidance and FAQ issued by the Wolf administration to include specifics for how these outdoor recreational industries can resume activities while prioritizing public health and safety. Campgrounds in state parks will remain closed through May 14.
A special school board meeting was held via Zoom April 27 where it was announced Superintendent Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss will retire effective Jan. 1, 2021.
His letter of resignation states:
Toni Hess Fillman has so many stories that she has been encouraged to write a book.
“Maybe I will,” she said playfully.
Fillman has played many roles in her life: wife; mother; grandmother; PTO-PLUS leader; businesswoman; dog breeder; public speaker; investigator; Scout leader; and general encourager.
But, dressing up in storybook costumes and taking joy into Whitehall-Coplay School District schools has been her hallmark and her most cherished role.