The South Whitehall Township Police Department held a graduation ceremony Aug. 16 for its Summer Youth Police Academy at the Lehigh County Sports Fields.
Twenty youth attended the ceremony though several were on vacation and unable to be at the graduation.
Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak congratulated the youth for their commitment to learning about the role of the police in public safety.
State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134, and South Whitehall Board of Commissioners President Tori Morgan were also on hand to congratulate the students.
South Whitehall Township’s Police Department sponsored a Summer Youth Police Academy during the week of Aug. 12-16.
The young cadets were introduced to police tactics, emergency medical service basics and fire/rescue operations.
On Aug. 14, Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. James Erme, landed a state police helicopter at the Lehigh County Sports Fields, Cetronia.
Erme introduced the youngsters to the role of the helicopter in supporting police, fire and emergency medical service in Eastern Pennsylvania.
Hundreds of kids and their parents lined the sidewalks around the Salvation Army, N. Eighth St., Allentown, recently, following an announcement there was going to be a backpack giveaway.
More than 700 backpacks containing needed school supplies were distributed Aug. 22 to youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade in the Allentown School District to help ease the financial burden on their families.
South Whitehall Township Parks and Recreation Department and the Parkland School District recently offered students the opportunity to attend a summer camp at Cetronia, Parkway Manor or Kratzer elementary schools.
The camp gave students, who had completed kindergarten through fifth grade, a chance to stay active and keep in touch with friends over the summer.
Providing both physical and mental stimulation, the program kept them and their counselors busy with crafts, sports and field trips.
Officers from South Whitehall and Upper Macungie Township police departments were out in force July 17 on the Route 222 bypass in Upper Macungie Township, as part of the Coordinating Resources to Advance Safer Highways program.
The joint enforcement program which included law enforcement agencies from Lehigh and Berks counties ran July 14-20.
Truckers were their main focus as there has been an increase recently in large rig accidents.
Penn State Extension Specialist Heather Leach, MS, is traveling the Lehigh Valley and Berks County educating residents about the spread of the invasive spotted lanternfly.
Leach, an entomologist at Penn State, is currently working with other extension program specialists in an effort to bring the spotted lanternfly explosion under control.
State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, sponsored Leach’s presentation Aug. 8 at Good Will Fire Co. No. 1, Trexlertown.
Leach’s program stressed the need to identify where the spotted lanternfly is and what to do if found.
South Whitehall Township residents were treated to the police department’s annual National Night Out at Covered Bridge Park on Aug. 6.
National Night Out is designed to improve the relationship between residents and law enforcement, and enhance a sense of community.
Attending this year’s event were South Whitehall police, representatives from Emergency Management, Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Woodlawn and Tri-Clover fire departments and local safety and home security vendors.
Food was provided by the township and served by employees and volunteers who serve the community.
The Upper Lehigh Lions Club had a beautiful day July 27 for its annual Festival in the Grove, a fundraising event to further the work of the club.
Multiple vendors were on hand in the Neffs Union United Church of Christ Grove, Neffs, displaying a broad range of goods for sale.
Everything from antique kitchen utensils to jewelry, holistic health care and even products for the pets at home were available.
Members of Dorney Park’s Safety Patrol were recently introduced to a program designed to control dangerous bleeding that occurs as a result of trauma.
The program, “Stop the Bleed” was presented by Lehigh Valley Health Network Adult Trauma Coordinator Bree Harrison and Emergency Room Director Brent Schoenfeldt, DO, at the park on July 24.
Attendees learned to pack wounds with a material designed for just such a task as well as using a tourniquet for severe extremity bleeding.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has announced a partnership between his office, the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center and the Washington field office for Homeland Security Investigations to address transnational criminal activity involving gangs has resulted in a $1.1 million grant.