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Feeding workers, helping others

Friday, June 12, 2020 by LANI GOINS in Local News

Billy Cyr is the CEO of Freshpet. The company’s corporate office is located at 176 N. Commerce Way in Bethlehem.

Freshpet produces all natural, preservative- and additive-free foods for dogs and cats, as well as dog treats.

“Freshpet is an essential business,” Cyr said.

“We are still operating at full capacity. With more people staying home, we have seen a surge in demand.”

Freshpet has not needed to lay off any of its 411 employees, and, in fact, the company is hiring.

Duo makes protective masks for Parkway Manor fifth graders

Friday, June 12, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

In order to provide both personal protective equipment and spread some “Panther Pride” at Parkway Manor Elementary School, Student Council President Elena Vargas and her grandmother, Elaine Swaintek, worked together to create 100 Parkway Manor Spirit Masks for the graduating fifth-grade class.

Swaintek of Alburtis spoke with The Press June 3 about the collaborative effort.

She has been making masks since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and has donated around 1,000 masks to workers and organizations around Lehigh and Berks counties.

County board discusses reopening amid COVID-19

Friday, June 12, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners, meeting via Zoom on May 27, once again heard a motion from Commissioner Nathan Brown to urge Gov. Tom Wolf to move Lehigh County from COVID-19 red phase to yellow phase earlier than June 5.

Unlike at the previous meeting his motion received a second, so the issue moved to a discussion.

This time Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty seconded Brown’s motion.

“This time, it is only asking Gov. Wolf to reconsider,” he said. “It’s not forcing the governor to do anything.”

Brown, who sponsored the motion, the explained his reason.

N. Whitehall board welcomes summer intern

Friday, June 12, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

To begin the June 1 virtual meeting of North Whitehall supervisors, township Manager Christopher Garges and the board welcomed Caleb Muñoz as the municipality’s summer intern.

In other matters, Secretary Brenda Norder noted the township office will be closed July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

For new business, supervisors approved a land development waiver request from two sections of the township’s SALDO regarding plan submissions for land developments for the Binny Mart addition at 4473 Mauch Chunk Road.

Board has brief agenda

Friday, June 12, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Upper Macungie supervisors had a short business agenda to address during their June 4 board meeting.

The meeting was both live streamed and in-person, but with limited seating in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

Chairman James Brunell and board member Kathy Rader were in physical attendance. Vice chairman Sean Gill attended virtually.

To begin, supervisors approved a temporary pay increase to $31.80 per hour for Interim Director of the Bureau of Fire Peter Christ.

Muhlenberg students learn a fantastical lesson in leadership

Friday, June 12, 2020 by The Press in Local News

A trip to Disney should be fun. But for Muhlenberg students Meghan McGorry of Orefield and Connor Baker of Schnecksville, a trip in January also helped them explore the many ways Walt Disney World staff create a culture of leadership.

Over winter break, 16 Muhlenberg students joined staff from the Division of Student Affairs on a trip to Orlando, Fla., to learn about Disney magic.

The goal was to immerse themselves in a weeklong educational experience that focused on leadership, teamwork and service.

Leadership development is a priority for Muhlenberg staff.

Lehigh Valley physician serves at Javits New York Medical Station

Friday, June 5, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Navy Capt. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Peters, a Naval reserve officer and Upper Milford Township resident, was recalled to active duty, and until recently served on the front line in what President Donald Trump calls the “war on the invisible enemy.”

The Navy ordered Peters to help staff the COVID-19 related temporary hospital at the Javits Center in Manhattan, N.Y., renamed the Javits New York Medical Station.

The 1990 Emmaus High School graduate, who has served in the Navy Reserve for 12 years, drills monthly at Expeditionary Medical Facility in Bethesda, Md.