Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced the deadline for students to submit ideas for the department’s Innovations Challenge is extended to Jan. 25.
Students in grades nine through 12 are invited to explore innovative technologies and methods — aside from laws and educational campaigns — to get drivers to slow down in work zones.
The Innovations Challenge aims to educate students on challenges the department faces and encourage them to consider PennDOT as a future employer.
William A. Tyrka, 82, of Macungie, died Jan. 10, 2019, at home.
He and his wife Carol A. (Bender) Tyrka were married 25 years last June.
Born in Jersey City, N.J., he was a son of the late William and Anna (Faber) Tyrka.
He was a self-employed roofing contractor in the Lehigh Valley for many years.
Before that, he was in roofing sales.
A member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield, he was the custodian for the last five years before his illness.
He was also as a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Lehigh County Senior Deputy District Attorney Anna-Kristie Morffi Marks has announced she will run for Court of Common Pleas judge.
“I have been blessed to have spent a large portion of my career being the voice for child victims,” Morffi Marks said in a news release.
“Now, I want to take my courtroom experience as a prosecutor in handling the toughest cases while staying fair and impartial, and provide a court where justice is both served and the rights of all are protected.
Julius F. Iacocca, 93, of South Whitehall Township died Jan. 10, 2019, surrounded by his family in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
The loving husband of Phyllis A. (Rose) Iacocca, the couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 16, 2018.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Theodore and Assunta (Cocca) Iacocca.
A 1943 graduate of Allentown High School, after World War II he completed his education at Lehigh University graduating in 1948.
Joe Hanna, a Republican, has announced his bid for re-election for Lehigh County sheriff.
Elected to office in 2015 after a 34-year career with the Allentown Police Department, he retired as chief of police, and was a former Lehigh County detective.
Hanna says he is proud of the innovations he has brought to the sheriff’s office, including creation of new policy and procedures consistent with best practices in law enforcement.
He anticipates the office will be accredited later this year by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.
In recognition of the service and sacrifice of volunteer firefighters throughout Pennsylvania, the Wolf Administration announced $646,891 in new funding to help rural communities guard against the threat of wildfires in the state’s forests and other undeveloped areas.
Recently approved grants include: Community Fire Company No. 1 of North Whitehall Township, Schnecksville, $5,274.
Edward J. Stachowski, 87, of Orefield, died Jan. 9, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He was the husband of the late Dorothy L. (Perley) Stachowski.
Born Jan. 21, 1931, in South Bend, Ind., he was the son of the late John and Stella Stachowski.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War era.
A production supervisor at Pepperidge Farm, Downingtown, for many years, he retired in 1988.
He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield.
Betty J. Kunkle, 77, of Spring City, Chester County, formerly of Krumsville, Berks County, died Jan. 5, 2019, in her home.
She was the wife of the late Donald R. Kunkle, who died in 2013.
Born March 24, 1941, in Cumru Township, she was a daughter of the late Sylvester W. and Kathryn F. Burkhart.
The former co-owner of Kunkle’s Farm Stand in the Allentown Farmer’s Market, her true passion was to be at home raising her family.