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Monday, December 10, 2018

K-9 sniffs out gunpowder at L.C. Government Center

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Nevie, Lehigh County’s bomb-sniffing K-9, signaled to her handler, Sheriff’s Deputy Rich Garner, at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3 she had found a suspicious package at the Government Center during her daily mail inspection.

The Sheriff’s Office obtained Nevie, a German Shepherd, last year.

Born Sept. 11, 2014, Nevie was named “Never Again,” in memory of the attacks on 9/11.

She was provided to the sheriff’s office by Progressive K-9 Academy, Walnutport.

Nevie is trained in all aspects of explosive detection as well as human scent tracking.

Heating help now available for low-income residents

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program application process for the 2018-19 season runs until April 12, 2019.

LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe during the winter months.

Assistance is available for renters and homeowners.

LIHEAP benefits are paid directly to the utility company.

The program’s goal is to prevent LIHEAP customers from entering the winter season with shut-off utilities.

Eligibility for the 2018-19 LIHEAP season is set at 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines.

Board OKs 5 waivers

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

After listening to a presentation from Ridge Farm representatives and public comments from 24 individuals, South Whitehall commissioners approved five waiver requests, denied one and tabled another.

The actions were taken Nov. 27 at a special meeting at Springhouse Middle School.

The denied item was a request to allow a 9-1/2 percent grade on the north-south road running through the development between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road.

The township ordinance requires a 6 percent grade for the unnamed street, which is designated a collector road.

Rep. Schlossberg discusses ‘Redemption’ at Parkland Library

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, recently discussed his new book “Redemption” at Parkland Community Library.

This book is the first of the Spades Trilogy of young adult science fiction thrillers.

The hero of the book, Asher Maddox, along with 20 others, wake up 160 years in the future with no memory of how they ended up on a spaceship, with Maddox as captain.

Maddox is a college dropout with clinical depression and anxiety.

He and the other young people soon learn Earth has been ravaged by the Spades virus, which has been spread by aliens.

Allentown Music Club names camp award winner

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The first meeting of the 2018-19 season of the Allentown Music Club took place in Zentz Community Center at Fellowship Manor, Whitehall.

Composer Yanfei Sophie Wen, an eighth-grade student in the Southern Lehigh School District, was presented as this year’s camp award winner.

This summer Wen attended workshops at Moravian College and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Wen performed a composition she worked on this summer titled “Corsian’s Theme.”

Wen, at the piano, was joined by Rhys Williams on cello and Sherman Cox on clarinet.

Crafters bring their wares to Jordan Lutheran Church

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Jordan Lutheran Church, Orefield, hosted its 26th annual fall craft fair Nov. 17 in fellowship hall.

Not only were there crafts to purchase for Christmas gifts, but also delicious soups and barbecue available for lunch and home baked goods for sale.

A raffle benefited Family Promise of Lehigh Valley which helps children and families by providing housing and meals to homeless families.

There are 497 families in the Lehigh Valley who are in immediate need of housing.

Stephens Funeral Home sponsors Veterans Day celebration

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie Township, sponsored a Veterans Day event Nov. 11 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the armistice signed at the end of World War I.

The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast, which promotes patriotism and maintains tradition for civilian and military communities in 13 states, entertained the guests.

American Legion Post 576, Allentown, posted the colors.