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4-H’ers learn life skills at potato grading contest

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by The Press in Local News

A record number of contestants participated in the 2020 4-H Potato Grading and Identification Contest Jan. 7 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

One hundred and thirty-nine 4-H members from 33 teams participated in this exciting contest.

Registration numbers increased by 40 percent from last year and included five new counties.

4-H youth from Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Indiana, Lebanon, Lehigh, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montgomery, Northampton, Union and York counties all tested their knowledge of spuds.

The first and second place “B” teams were from Lehigh County.

Frequently asked questions about the census

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by The Press in Local News

What is the decennial census?

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs.

Why is it important to me?

Responding to the census is not only our civic duty, but it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 census are used to:

Board readies for 2020

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

It was that time of year again when all local municipalities in the state must reorganize on the first Monday in January.

Upper Macungie was no exception.

Jim Brunell was elected chairman with Sean Gill vice chairman.

Kathy Rader will remain as supervisor.

In other matters, a certificate of Valor was given to Grant Grim to show the township’s appreciation for the fire companies efforts during the fire at Heather Glen retirement community.

The Neffs National Bank donates to Toys for Tots

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by The Press in Local News

The Neffs National Bank recently donated 10 boxes and three bicycles to the Toys for Tots, Allentown.

The collection campaign ran Nov. 4, 2019, through Dec. 6, 2019, in the bank’s lobby during regular business hours.

Items collected included stuffed animals, dolls, monster trucks, toy cars, board games and books.

Donations were received as a collective effort by the bank.

Board OK’s conditional use for Strawberry Acres wastewater plant

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

North Whitehall Township supervisors approved the construction of a wastewater treatment plant at the Strawberry Acres orchard during a public meeting Dec. 30, 2019, at the township building, a decision which left many attendees angry.

Both township supervisors present at the meeting, Mark Hills and Ronald Heintzelman, voted to grant the applicant conditional use privileges for the facility.

Supervisor Dennis Klusaritz was not in attendance.

Allentown Rescue Mission adds homeless support vehicle

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by ROSARIA STOOPS in Local News

As one travels around the Lehigh Valley, trucks may be seen traveling, parked in customers businesses, or hauling debris and junk promoting the Allentown Rescue Mission’s “The Clean Team,” a transitional return to work program of the Mission employing formerly homeless men.

Recently, the Mission added another vehicle to its fleet to serve a different purpose.