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County board discusses reopening amid COVID-19

Friday, June 12, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners, meeting via Zoom on May 27, once again heard a motion from Commissioner Nathan Brown to urge Gov. Tom Wolf to move Lehigh County from COVID-19 red phase to yellow phase earlier than June 5.

Unlike at the previous meeting his motion received a second, so the issue moved to a discussion.

This time Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty seconded Brown’s motion.

“This time, it is only asking Gov. Wolf to reconsider,” he said. “It’s not forcing the governor to do anything.”

Brown, who sponsored the motion, the explained his reason.

Lehigh Valley physician serves at Javits New York Medical Station

Friday, June 5, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Navy Capt. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Peters, a Naval reserve officer and Upper Milford Township resident, was recalled to active duty, and until recently served on the front line in what President Donald Trump calls the “war on the invisible enemy.”

The Navy ordered Peters to help staff the COVID-19 related temporary hospital at the Javits Center in Manhattan, N.Y., renamed the Javits New York Medical Station.

The 1990 Emmaus High School graduate, who has served in the Navy Reserve for 12 years, drills monthly at Expeditionary Medical Facility in Bethesda, Md.

Colleges, universities adjust graduation dates

Friday, June 5, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in

Local colleges and universities have started adjusting their graduation dates for the Class of 2020 in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Muhlenberg College has made the boldest decision in announcing its graduation ceremony will be held during October.

“We have set a planned date of Oct. 17 and 18 to hold an on-campus ceremony and baccalaureate program, including our School of Continuing Education graduates,” according to Muhlenberg’s website.

County state of emergency extended

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners refused May 13 during an online meeting to take up a proposal by Commissioner Nathan Brown, a Republican.

Brown made a motion to pass a resolution in support a recent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf from state Rep. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, urging him to move from the coronavirus status red to yellow for Lehigh County and the Lehigh Valley.

Wolf has already announced the move for 37 of the commonwealth’s 67 counties, according to Boscola’s website.

County board revisits regional health bureau idea

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The coronavirus may have resuscitated the long-dead idea of establishing a regional health bureau.

Lehigh County Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty suggested toward the end of the commissioners’ March 11 meeting that this might be a good time to revisit the plan that gained momentum among local Lehigh Valley governments and various stakeholders around 2008.

Dougherty said Lehigh County had approved the regional facility 9-0, but the idea was abandoned when, ultimately, a new slate of commissioners voted against the proposed budget for the plan.

Bringing everyone

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“Owen had never met her, but he watched others and he knew that escorting a beautiful girl in her best dress down the red carpet was something totally special that he wanted to do,” said Owen’s mother, Bette Jo Smith of Newtown.

The proud mom was responding to a question; “What has this event meant to you and your son?”

The special evening was a time when special needs young men and women, age 14 and older, were feted at a special gala evening with all the glitz and glamour and star treatment that the organizers could muster.

Orefield student participates in robotics competition

Friday, March 13, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

Fifty teams of robotics enthusiasts recently filled the Emmaus High School cafeteria.

All were intent on seeing their robot creation in the winner’s circle.

Emmaus High School’s Steel Hornets Robotics team hosted the First (the name of the organizing nonprofit is First) Tech Challenge State Qualifier Robotics Competition.

Led by EHS chemistry and robotics instructor John Bradley, Connor Mack, Rachel Tobey, Gabriel Black, Laura Klopchin and Ian Zakos and many other Emmaus High School students provided the support staff for the competition.

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.