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NWL graduate joins S. Whitehall police

Thursday, December 27, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Ryan King, a 2009 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, recently joined the South Whitehall Township Police Department.

King received a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bloomsburg University in 2013.

He is also a 2015 graduate of Philadelphia Police Academy class 371.

King served in the 24th district of the Philadelphia Police Department until 2017. He was then was sworn in as a police officer with the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department.

Article By: DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press

Thursday, December 27, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners set salaries for row officers at their Dec. 18 meeting.

Row officers are elected county officials such as the controller, clerk of judicial records, sheriff and coroner.

The new salary schedule provides for annual increases for each office of about $1,000 per year through 2023.

Commissioners also approved a lease by Adams Outdoor Advertising for an outdoor sign at 101-119 E. Hamilton St., Allentown.

Housing OK’d for Dorney workers

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have granted approval for construction of a 10,600-square-foot building to house seasonal employees at Dorney Park.

The three-story structure will be situated in the northwestern portion of park property now used for outdoor materials storage.

A 20-foot-wide access drive will be available around the back of the building for firetrucks.

General Manager of Dorney Park Mike Fehnel commented on the need for the dormitory-style housing during the board’s Dec. 5 meeting.

Lions host Christmas party

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Allentown Kuhnsville Area Lions Club hosted its annual Christmas party for hearing and visually impaired children and adults Dec. 8 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Fogelsville.

David Daniel with the Lions Club spoke with The Press before the party began.

This is the eighth year the Lions Club has hosted this party for local residents who are hearing or visually impaired, Daniel said.

“The Western Lehigh Lions Club originally started hosting these parties years ago but when they disbanded, we took over hosting the party,” Daniel said.

Nurse wins DAISY Award

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by STACEY KOCH in Local News

Parkland graduate says her job ‘makes a difference for people’

Melissa Soldridge has worked in the medical field for more than two decades. It was later in life, after being a physical therapist assistant for 20 years, she decided to pursue a different direction in medicine.

Graduating from the nursing program at St. Luke’s University Health Network in December 2015, Soldridge, a 1990 Parkland High School graduate, passed her nursing boards in January 2016.

A registered nurse for three years, she has been working in-home hospice care for Lehigh Valley Health Network for a year and a half.

School district sells land to PennDOT

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

A PennDOT road improvement project of Route 100 between Tilghman Street and Industrial Drive will impact land at Fogelsville Elementary School.

Parkland Director of School Services David Keppel reported during the school board’s Dec. 18 meeting the road will be reconstructed and left turning lanes will be lengthened during the two-year project.

A 5-foot wide, 500-foot-long strip totaling .057 acres of school district property will be needed to improve drainage, Keppel said.

The parcel runs the length of the elementary school property.