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Churches honor graduates with trunk ’n’ treat

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

Christ Lutheran Church and United Methodist Salem Church, both in Allentown, had a party June 7 for five members graduating from high school and college.

Class of 2020 graduates included:

Colton Fritchman, who graduated from Allen High, wants to attend a technical school to become an electrician and a member of the electricians union.

Morgan Fritchman, Colton’s sister, is graduating from North Park University in Chicago with a degree in exercise science.

She will be applying to a doctorate program in physical therapy for 2021.

Operation BBQ gives out free meals at Muhlenberg

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by LAURA TAYLOR in Local News

Nearly 200 cars lined up in the first hour alone along Chew Street to receive a free meal May 29 at Muhlenberg College as part of Operation BBQ.

“This is just one of the many initiatives the Lehigh Valley Food Pantry Council is working on, including the continuation of summer meals for children across the Valley during COVID-19, assisting pantries to acquire PPE supplies and more volunteers, and coordinating garden donations to the pantry system,” said Susan Dalandan, event coordinator with the food pantry council.

Historic Leather Corner Post continues to serve the community

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has left its mark on many restaurants across Pennsylvania, the Leather Corner Post Bar & Grille, 6855 Horseshoe Road, Lowhill Township, continues to serve the local community with a steady supply of takeout meals and cold drinks.

Manager Lauren Anderson and her father, owner Al Anderson, spoke with The Press June 2 at the restaurant about how business has been fairing since the pandemic began, and what the plans are moving forward into the yellow phase of reopening.

Celebrating retired police chief MacConnell’s birthday

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

South Whitehall Township police, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel helped retired South Whitehall Township police chief, Donald “Mac” MacConnell, celebrate his 83rd birthday May 8.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration was from afar and the entourage drove passed the chief’s Woodlawn home.

Residents call for resignation of S. Whitehall Commissioner Mobilio

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

More than 150 people listened in to the June 3 virtual South Whitehall commissioners meeting as numerous residents called for the resignation of Commissioner Matthew Mobilio for a Facebook post he made two days before.

According to screen shots of the post which circulated on Facebook, Mobilio wrote on his personal page June 1 that supporters of President Donald Trump were “a disgrace” and “should be hung for treason” in response to news coverage of protestors in Washington D.C. being dispersed with tear gas.

Lillian Folk celebrates 104th birthday

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Lillian I. Folk, a resident of Luther Crest Retirement Community, South Whitehall, celebrated her 104th birthday on June 17.

Lillian, who was born in Seipstown, is the last surviving member of her family of 14.

The daughter of the late Wilson and Mary (Rupp) Breininger, she was married to the late Earl Folk and the companion of the late Woodrow Neff.

Lillian attended one-room schools in Seipstown and her one regret was she could not attend high school because of not having transportation to Fogelsville to catch the bus.

Work begins at school

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Renovations to Schnecksville Elementary School began in May with contractors and the school district following safety guidance requirements issued by the commonwealth due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Director of School Services David Keppel anticipates the project will be ahead of schedule as the building is presently unoccupied.

Phase I, to update and enlarge the building over three years, will involve improvements to every section of the structure except the original part which opened in the late 1920s.

En Glee Bissell Des un Sell A Little Bit of This and That

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Ich Un De Betsy Wetzel Gaena Fisha

Ich un de Betsy Wetzel, sell oldt maidel woo ich dere derfun fartzaeled hob de ledsht woch, sin der onner dawg gonga fisha un mere hen en shtarn-hawgelsy tzeit g’hot.

Won du in dime laeva net mit da weipsleit gonga bisht fisha don waisht du evva gor nix derfun, un we wennicher os du derfun waisht we besser os du ob bisht.

Well, mere sin doh nunner on de Schwoger grick woo se olls g’sawt hen de sucker lia uff’m rick.

Part V: ‘Breakfast With Champions’ wraps up volunteer recognitions

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley’s virtual “Breakfast With Champions” series, which honored outstanding volunteers around the Lehigh Valley during April, wrapped up April 28-30 with the recognition of the final entrants into the “Volunteer Team” category and a celebration of all the nominees.

The first volunteer team recognition went to members of the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown for their work with the Sixth Street Shelter, Turner Street and Ferry Street apartments.

First responders show their support to LVHN nurses, doctors with parade

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Local fire, police and emergency medical services paraded April 10 through the grounds of Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Organized by Western Salisbury Fire Chief Josh Wells, 71 fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles traveled through the complex with red lights and blue lights flashing as well as sirens at full volume.

The parade was to show thanks and support for the employees of the health system for their commitment in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, as well as tending to patients needing emergency or essential care.