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Saturday, September 22, 2018

S. Whitehall toddler to lead Lehigh Valley Heart Walk

Friday, September 7, 2018 by The Press in Local News

When the annual Lehigh Valley Heart Walk steps off at the SteelStacks complex, Bethlehem, on Sept. 22, a local boy thriving with a congenital heart defect will lead the way.

Wyatt Yaworski, 2, of South Whitehall, and his family want to inspire others with heart disease and encourage support for the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

BREAKING NEWS: Lehigh Tunnel lane closure scheduled for 8 a.m. Sept. 6

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

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) to be prepared for day-time single-lane patterns and two-way traffic in the southbound Lehigh Tunnel from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 6.

By 8 a.m. on Sept. 6, the northbound tunnel will be closed and all traffic diverted into the southbound tunnel until 2 p.m. when the patterns are lifted.

The restrictions are necessary to allow crews to safely perform tunnel inspections.

South Whitehall responds to NAACP travel advisory

Thursday, August 30, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

South Whitehall Township has issued a statement in reply to the travel advisory for “minorities and persons of color” issued Aug. 29 by the Allentown Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People regarding travel in and to the township.

According to the advisory, posted on the group’s Facebook page, the travel advisory was issued “to warn minorities to be aware of personal safety in interactions with South Whitehall Township’s Police Force,” which the Allentown Branch of the NAACP says “lacks any African American Police Officers.”

Nature Center celebrates 15 years improving the mountain

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Fifteen years ago, the Wildlife Information Center decided it needed a new home and a new name.

After checking several pieces of land, Grant White and others of the Center’s board of directors decided it made sense to buy the mountain in Lehigh Gap, outside Slatington.

They had ideas how the land could be made alive again after the devastation from chemicals released by the New Jersey Zinc Company.

Northern Valley EMS dedicates three new ambulances

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Northern Valley Emergency Medical Services Inc., had a truck housing ceremony on Aug. 7 at its headquarters in Coplay.

Rather than the usual dedication of one new ambulance, this time three new ambulances were dedicated at one time.

NOVA’s old ambulances were well past their prime and in need of replacement rather than further repairs.

One ambulance had logged more than 200,000 miles, quite an accomplishment as ambulances are not pampered.

Lowhill residents offer drivers some sweet treats

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by ANN WERTMAN in Local News

This is the message which accompanies the oversized candy treats in the current roadside display by Phil Rossetto and Greg Snider, along Route 100, just north of the Lowhill Township Building.

Rossetto and Snider used this theme previously in almost a decade of their wonderful creations and decided to elaborate on and bring back this message to offer some upbeat, sweet wishes to those who travel by in these somewhat troubled times in our nation.

Rosetto also said as August winds down, they begin to anticipate the demands of autumn and winter, which will soon be upon us.

Cetronia walks away with the Golden Shoe Award

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Director of Township Operations Randy Cope reports 415 children participated in this summer’s playground program, 75 more than last year.

Locations were set up at the Cetronia, Kratzer, and Parkway Manor elementary schools and were guided by South Whitehall Recreation Program Specialist Page Durflinger and 30 counselors, mostly college students.

Group trips were taken to an IronPigs game, a trampoline park and Beltzville State Park for a fossil hunt.

Nothstein cleared of misconduct allegations by SafeSport

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Lehigh Valley Congressional candidate Marty Nothstein announced Aug. 24 in a news conference, he has been cleared of undefined sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the year 2000.

He has been exonerated by Safe-Sport, an independent nonprofit committed to ending all forms of abuse in sports. It generally only reports on its investigations when disciplinary action has been taken.

Gas leak forces evacuation of Tilghman Square mall

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Cetronia, Greenawalds and Woodlawn firefighters along with South Whitehall police responded to Tilghman Square, 4600 Broadway South Whitehall, Aug. 24 when a contractor struck a gas main at the rear of the complex.

Assisting police with traffic control were Upper Macungie police officers and fire police from the three South Whitehall fire departments.

All businesses in the complex were evacuated until the leak was repaired.

Regina Luciano of Emmaus, former assistant advertising sales manager for The Press, commented on Facebook about the gas leak.

School district getting that sinking feeling

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak reports heavy rains on or about Aug. 13 caused numerous sinkholes to appear on district properties.

He said several fairly large ones showed up at the northwest corner of the administration building, two at Orefield Middle School, one at Springhouse Middle School and one at Jaindl Elementary School.

A 20-foot-wide sinkhole forced closure of the access road, School District Way, at Orefield Middle School.