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Thursday, June 25, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Roger Hudak a booster for South

Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez gives Roger Hudak a lot of credit.

“Roger’s motivation, energy and commitment of his personal time has been invaluable to the City of Bethlehem, especially the South Side,” Donchez said of Hudak.

Hudak acknowledges the South Side has for decades had to overcome negative attitudes about where to live.

Immigrants coming to this country to work at Bethlehem Steel in the mid-20th century settled on the South Side to be near where they worked.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Toni Fillman has taken storybook characters

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.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Toni Fillman has taken storybook characters

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.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Retired art teacher performs as Chump the Clown for more than three decades

As a youth growing up in Orefield, Robert Schantz never dreamed clowning around was in his future.

He wasn’t the class clown and he does not recall any of his teachers in the Parkland School District ever telling him to stop clowning around.

But as an adult, retired art teacher Schantz, now living in Lower Macungie Township, has spent more than three decades entertaining, amusing and teaching religious lessons through his persona as Chump the Clown.

Schantz has been attending Jordan United Church of Christ, South Whitehall, since he was 2 years old.

Former Secret Service agent for Reagan, Joseph Petro, tells of witnessing history

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Joseph Petro, speaking to the Allentown Rotary Club Feb. 21 at Bell Hall restaurant, Allentown, took his audience back to the mid-1980s, when he was head of President Ronald Reagan’s Secret Service protective detail.

Petro sat in on a private meeting between Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva, Switzerland.

The cordial relationship struck up between Reagan and Gorbachev in that meeting, Petro asserted, had a tremendous influence on the trajectory of world relations.

Petro was a special agent and senior executive in the Secret Service from 1971-93.

DUI Highway Safety Task hosts nonalcoholic beverage tasting

Sunday, December 29, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

For the 19th consecutive year, Lehigh Valley Health Network hosted the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force annual spirit-free mix-off Dec. 19, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Supported by business and community leaders, the event promotes a critical message of not mixing the consumption of alcoholic beverages and driving during the holiday season.

Guest servers representing local media outlets offered tastes of nonalcoholic drinks and encouraged tasters to judge the ones they enjoyed the best.

Once in peril, Lehigh Valley Zoo has revenue, attendance success

Friday, September 20, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Focus

Ten years ago, the fate of the Lehigh Valley Zoo was a source of speculation, with some thinking low attendance and indifference could send it into bankruptcy.

Today, with more than $4 million in 2018 revenues, and more than 250,000 visitors, the zoo, located in the 1,108-acre Trexler Nature Preserve, near Schnecksville in North Whitehall and Lowhill townships, is enjoying a renaissance and a host of enthusiastic fans.

Once in peril, Lehigh Valley Zoo has revenue, attendance success

Friday, September 20, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Focus

Ten years ago, the fate of the Lehigh Valley Zoo was a source of speculation, with some thinking low attendance and indifference could send it into bankruptcy.

Today, with more than $4 million in 2018 revenues, and more than 250,000 visitors, the zoo, located in the 1,108-acre Trexler Nature Preserve, near Schnecksville in North Whitehall and Lowhill townships, is enjoying a renaissance and a host of enthusiastic fans.

Toomey provides update to LV Chamber members

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., addressed a number of issues during a Washington, D.C., update Aug. 29, at the Lehigh Country Club.

Toomey answered questions posed by Tony Ianelli, president and CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, during a live videotaping session of the chamber’s WFMZ television program “Business Matters.”

More than 100 area business and corporate leaders attended the networking breakfast and the Toomey taping session.

Ianelli’s first question concerned gun control.

Police seek info on pickup involved in multi-vehicle on I-78 crash

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

State police are attempting to locate the driver of a white pickup truck they say fled the scene after allegedly driving erratically before a crash involving several vehicles in the eastbound lanes of I-78, Salisbury Township, around 6 a.m. July 10.

The crash left a tandem tractor-trailer rig straddled over the concrete safety barrier near the stormwater retention pond area of Lehigh Valley Health Network property, a Toyota Avalon trapped under the rig’s second trailer unit and rescue workers marveling how drivers of both the rig and car escaped without serious injury.