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Friday, February 21, 2020

Article By: DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Former 911 dispatcher LoriAnn Fehnel told Lehigh County commissioners and county Executive Phillips Armstrong Feb. 12, that she was “disappointed” in their decision to fire three supervisors and force the resignation of seven dispatchers who used rum-laced eggnog to toast the New Year while on duty in the dispatch room.

Fehnel, who said she was a 911 dispatcher from 2007 through 2010 for Allentown, said she felt like someone needs to speak up for the dismissed emergency services personnel.

Former dispatcher comments on dismissal of 911 personnel

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Former 911 dispatcher LoriAnn Fehnel told Lehigh County commissioners and county Executive Phillips Armstrong Feb. 12, that she was “disappointed” in their decision to fire three supervisors and force the resignation of seven dispatchers who used rum-laced eggnog to toast the New Year while on duty in the dispatch room.

Fehnel, who said she was a 911 dispatcher from 2007 through 2010 for Allentown, said she felt like someone needs to speak up for the dismissed emergency services personnel.

Matthew Schutter escorted from county meeting

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The Lehigh County Commissioners’ meeting had a rocky start Jan. 22 when, immediately after Chairwoman Amy Zanelli led the Pledge of Allegiance, former county commissioner candidate Matthew Schutter began interrupting the proceedings with a call for “a point of order.”

According to Ann McFarlane, author on parliamentary procedure on the Jurassic Parliament Web page, calling for a point of order is reserved for a member of the deliberative body to make after being recognized by the presiding officer.

New county commissioners take oaths of office

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Friends, family and a general sense of euphoria filled the Lehigh County hearing room as Democrats took control of the board of commissioners Jan. 6 in a swearing-in ceremony.

The event was officiated by the Honorable Edward D. Reibman, president judge of the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

“It’s a wonderful occasion tonight,” Reibman said. “I’d like to call up Bob Elbich.

“Just so you know, Bob came up with a book, and the book is the Constitution of the United States.”

After taking the oath of office Elbich, of Weisenberg Township, addressed the audience.

Commissioners approve C-PACE program with 8-1 vote

Sunday, December 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners have appointed Heidi Baer to the board of directors for the Lehigh County Housing Authority, a nonpaid position.

Baer resides in North Whitehall Township.

Since the appeal by Lehigh County of the suit seeking to remove the Christian cross from the Lehigh County Seal was ruled in the county’s favor, the $100,000 set aside in the 2020 budget for expenses predicted in case of a loss, commissioners heard a first reading to release the money set aside to go back in the stabilization fund balance.

Lisa Scheller announces bid for Congress

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Allentown resident and Tamaqua businesswoman Lisa Scheller has announced she is running for Congress next year in the 7th Congressional District.

The district includes Lehigh and Northampton counties and part of Monroe County.

Speaking to supporters at the Renaissance Hotel, Allentown, Scheller read a statement touching on her personal history, business experience, community service and her philanthropical work.

Notable was her pledge to serve only four terms, or eight years.

S. Whitehall makeup artist turns craft into a business

Saturday, November 30, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

As Halloween approached, South Whitehall makeup artist Terri Vadino found herself accepting more and more clients.

She was rushing from appointment to appointment as she operates her fledgling business out of her wheeled and zippered multicolored travel bag.

In addition to having a “real job” as a skilled medical technician for one of the area’s biggest hospitals, she also spends weekends as a seasonally employed makeup artist for a local amusement park.

Lehigh County taxes to increase 3.78 mills

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners had their final bipartisan compromise vote on the $514.6 million 2020 budget with amendments, passing a tax increase to 3.78 mills at their Oct. 23 meeting.

Before the vote, Commissioner Brad Osborne, a Republican, who moments later voted against the budget, said he has respect for the ability of Financial Officer Tim Reeves, but objected to the procedure by which the administration and members of the board reached the compromise presented in the final version of the bill.

County board honors Northern Lehigh Club

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on Sept. 25 honoring the Northern Lehigh High School Patriot Club.

Club founder, U.S. Army veteran and Northern Lehigh teacher Scott Gerould accepted the honor.

He founded the club six years ago. There are 27 members in ninth through 12th grade and the club is growing.

He told commissioners the club has an offshoot, the Sons of Liberty, in the middle school.

Secretary of state gives county voting machine money

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Pennsylvania recently gave Lehigh County election officials a check for $380,868 to apply toward the cost of new voting machines.

Secretary of State Kathleen Boockvar presented an oversized check to county Executive Phillips Armstrong during a short ceremony Sept. 12 in the Administration Building, Allentown.

Boockvar said the check is part of $14.15 million comprised of state and federal funding the state set aside in 2018 for distribution to counties for new voting systems.