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Graduates receive diplomas, yearbooks

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Complying with all aspects of rules surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic affecting this country, Parkland High School had a drive-through diploma and yearbook pickup at the high school on June 10.

Many of the graduates wore their caps and gowns, even though they were confined to their vehicles.

Following the pickup in the circle, graduates were permitted to have their photos taken by a professional photographer near the entrance to the pool.

First responders show appreciation to Cedarbrook staff

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Fire, police and emergency medical service units recently showed their appreciation to the staff of Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation, South Whitehall, with a parade.

Agencies represented in the parade were the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Department, and Special Response units, Pennsylvania State Police, Lehigh Valley International Airport police, South Whitehall police, Cetronia Ambulance Corps and Cetronia, Greenawalds, Woodlawn and Western Salisbury fire departments.

Celebrating retired police chief MacConnell’s birthday

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

South Whitehall Township police, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel helped retired South Whitehall Township police chief, Donald “Mac” MacConnell, celebrate his 83rd birthday May 8.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration was from afar and the entourage drove passed the chief’s Woodlawn home.

First responders show their support to LVHN nurses, doctors with parade

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Local fire, police and emergency medical services paraded April 10 through the grounds of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Organized by Western Salisbury Fire Chief Josh Wells, 71 fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles traveled through the complex with red lights and blue lights flashing as well as sirens at full volume.

The parade was to show thanks and support for the employees of the health system for their commitment in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, as well as tending to patients needing emergency or essential care.

Man found dead in house fire

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Upper Macungie Township suffered its second fatal fire in two weeks just before 6 a.m. May 4 when an 73-year-old man was found dead in a home at 4924 Cetronia Road.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, Ernest Wright was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Cassandra Schiffner at 6:51 a.m. at the scene that day.

An autopsy was performed on May 5. The cause and manner of Wright’s death is awaiting forensic testing

The fire, to the rear of the home, was reported by multiple drivers on I-78 passing near the scene.

Firefighters respond to reported house fire

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Greenawalds, Woodlawn, Cetronia and Tri-Clover volunteer firefighters were dispatched 1:45 p.m. March 23 for a reported house fire at 1732 Scherersville Road, South Whitehall Township.

Additionally, Western Salisbury Fire Department was dispatched for its aerial truck and Catasauqua Fire Department for its Rapid Intervention Team.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps also responded.

The first arriving officer on the scene, Greenawalds Fire Chief Andrew Garger reported there was no fire showing. This was confirmed upon further investigation.

Businesses open for customers amid COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

A quick ride around South and North Whitehall townships, with a side trip to Upper Macungie, revealed which businesses are open for customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Though many are offering delivery or curbside pickup, there are those that allow customers inside to make needed purchases, as long as they are wearing face masks.

Most of the locally owned restaurants were available for takeout orders.

Ice Cream World is allowing customers to purchase their products inside the store.