Sen. Joe Scarnati, as the Pennsylvania Senate Pro Tempore, and I, as speaker of the Pennsylvania House, filed an emergency application for a stay with the United States Supreme Court on Feb. 21.
Our application makes clear the Pennsylvania Supreme Court did not have the power to invalidate the constitutional, democratically passed congressional map.
State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, is offering a special concealed carry seminar 6-8 p.m. March 22, at the Kutztown Grange, along South Kemp Street, Kutztown.
“This seminar is designed to inform people about the various intricacies of our state’s laws regarding firearms and how to safely interact with police when carrying a firearm,” Day said.
In addition, the presentation will include aspects of the Castle Doctrine law, which was passed a few years ago.
Guest speakers will include Berks County Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Lehigh County Conservation District is looking for volunteers with an interest in the environment for the 2018 Lehigh County Envirothon.
The high school event will take place on May 1, and the middle school event will take place May 3, both at the Pool Life Sanctuary at Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus.
Volunteers may assist either or both days. Help is needed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Expertise in the topics is not required.
Richard E. Heist, 75, of Walnutport, formerly of Allentown, died March 13, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg, Bethlehem, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease and complications of the flu.
Born June 29, 1942, he was the son of the late Elmer and Louise (Berreth) Heist, and the husband of Kathleen L. (Fries) Heist for 53 years.
He attended Allentown High School and graduated from Lehigh County Community College.
Employed by Western Electric, AT&T and Lucent Technologies, he retired in 1990.
Penn State Cooperative Extension will give a presentation on the spotted lanternfly 7-9 p.m. April 4 at Upper Macungie Township Municipal Building, 8330 Schantz Road, Breinigsville.
The latest updates on spotted lanternfly biology, control and management in Lehigh County’s affected townships will be presented. Seating is limited.
To register, go to extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-lehigh-county-public-meetings or call 1-877-345-0691.
Carl L. Balliet, 71, of Allentown, died unexpectedly on March 17, 2018.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Carl L. and Elsie (Wunderler) Balliet,
He and his wife Bonnie G. (Snyder) Holland Balliet were married 22 years.
He honorably served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and returned home to become a member of the Allentown Police Department, attaining the rank of sergeant, serving as a detective and member of the vice, motorcycle, and mounted units.
He was currently serving as a senior magisterial district judge in Lehigh County.
David E. Frederick, 88, of New Tripoli, died March 12, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He and his wife Mildred E. (Muthard) Frederick were married 59 years last Dec. 27.
Born July 26, 1929, in Germansville, he was the son of the late Harvey E. and Carrie (Metzger) Frederick.
He was caretaker of Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown, and Arlington Memorial Park, Whitehall, for 35 years before retiring.
A 50-year volunteer at the Goodwill Fire Co. No. 1, Germansville, he was a lifelong member of Lehigh Furnace Sunday School.
Thursday, March 22: Elem.: Chicken and cheese quesadilla, hot dog on roll, salad bar, dinner roll, cereal meal, cucumber slices with dip, corn. M.S., H.S.: Chicken and cheese quesadilla, hot dog on roll, tortilla chips with salsa, cucumber slices with dip, corn.
Friday, March 23: Elem.: Turkey sausage patty, yogurt, salad bar, cereal meal, French toast sticks, Tater Tots, Fruitables juice. M.S., H.S.: Egg McTrojan, yogurt, French toast sticks, Tater Tots.
Shannon L. Wanko, 46, of Breinigsville, died March 12, 2018, at home in the presence of her loving family.
Wife, mother of twins and mentor to many, she was a devoted first-grade teacher for 22 years at Sheckler Elementary School, Catasauqua.
Active in the community, she was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd UCC, Alburtis, where she worshipped and volunteered her entire life.
She was also an active volunteer with the Wheels of Time Street Rod Association.