The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Farmers Care Program recognizes the commitment of farm families to raising healthy food for communities in the commonwealth.
And, at the same time, it shows one way farmers volunteer to help those in need.
The Pennsylvania and the Lehigh, Bucks, Montgomery, Northampton/Monroe and Berks farm bureaus support this program by collecting food, and monetary donations for Ronald McDonald House Charities, or other local charities.
Each year, the Women’s Leadership Committee of the farm bureaus participate in the Farmers Care Program.
This weekend, on April 3 and 4, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong is asking for Lehigh County residents to come together for “Lights On Lehigh Valley.”
At this time, residents are asked to turn on their porch lights from 7-10 p.m. to show solidarity during the county’s stay-at-home order.
Residents are encouraged to take pictures of their porch lights and use the hashtag #lightsonlehighvalley to show their support.
Next to toilet paper and sanitizers of any kind, home defense items are high on the list of sought after items as positive coronavirus cases continue to rise across the state.
Stores selling those items have been pushed to the limit on inventory and are seeing a lot of unfamiliar faces come through the doors.
“We have a lot of first-time buyers,” said Abel Boyer, of A.F. Boyer Hardware and Guns, Slatington.
“Everyone wants something, but they don’t have the proper training. It’s a trying time because we are doing as much education as we are selling.”
Diakon Adoption and Foster Care will host a virtual information session on adoption and child foster care 6 p.m. April 21.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, information sessions are currently being conducted online.
Diakon staff will explain foster parenting, as well as the processes involved in adopting a child.
Participants also will learn about children and youths available for adoption, foster care and foster-to-adopt as well as medically-fragile foster care.
To provide the community with a safe way to purchase food during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Jaindl Farms has recently begun offering over-the-phone ordering and curbside pickup services at the Jaindl Farms Retail Store, 3151 Coffeetown Road, Orefield.
Retail store Manager Joanna Jaindl-Keichel spoke to The Press March 21 about how the new ordering system works.
Customers should call the retail store main office at 610-395-3333 to place an order, designate a pickup time and receive their order number.
“Owen had never met her, but he watched others and he knew that escorting a beautiful girl in her best dress down the red carpet was something totally special that he wanted to do,” said Owen’s mother, Bette Jo Smith of Newtown.
The proud mom was responding to a question; “What has this event meant to you and your son?”
The special evening was a time when special needs young men and women, age 14 and older, were feted at a special gala evening with all the glitz and glamour and star treatment that the organizers could muster.
Dietz and Watson, Philadelphia, donated 5,000 pounds of fresh meat, cheese and additional products Feb. 28 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley at Weis Market, 365 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown.
They also made a $2,500 cash donation.
Weis Markets is a retailer of Dietz and Watson products.
“Families Helping Families” is Dietz and Watson’s charitable program that works with local supermarkets around the country.
District Attorney Jim Martin announced March 20 in light of federal, state and local restrictions due to COVID-19, the office remains equipped to handle any requests from law enforcement for assistance as well as respond to any emergencies.
All sworn officers, i.e., county detectives, are working as usual. The district attorney’s office will also continue operations, but as of March 19 with a reduced staff that includes one-third of assistant district attorneys on site daily as well as two-thirds assistant district attorneys working remotely.
Political theorist and philosopher Thomas Paine famously wrote:
“These are the times that try men’s souls” in the opening moments of his political pamphlet “The American Crisis.”
Local grocers may see fit to add the phrase “and store shelves.”
The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has wrought changes on how many food store chains operate.