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Saturday, August 19, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: South Whitehall police seek info on gunshots at motel

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

South Whitehall Township Police responded around 3:22 p.m. July 18 for reports of multiple gunshots and an aggravated assault at the Econolodge, 1151 Bulldog Drive, South Whitehall.

Police were told the suspect had fired several shots from a handgun with the rounds striking several vehicles and a nearby building.

One man received multiple lacerations on his head and scalp from being “pistol-whipped” by the suspect, police say.

The man was treated by Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel and transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

GoFundMe account started for woman hurt by fireworks

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 by KELLEY ANDRADE in Local News

A GoFundMe account has been created to help the Lehighton woman injured in an explosion at a Slatington fireworks factory.

Celebration Fireworks Inc. owner and President, John Kemps, of Emmaus, created the page to help cover the hundreds of thousands of dollars that will be needed for Kristina Steets’ operations and recovery.

Since the site’s creation $17,510 has been reached of the $100,000 goal, which includes a $5,000 donation from Celebration Fireworks.

Police honored for DUI, traffic enforcement

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Several Lehigh Valley law enforcement officers were honored June 29 for their efforts to make area roads and highways safer for drivers and passengers in the region.

Recognition awards were given by the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force to the officers from cities, boroughs and townships in the Lehigh Valley, as well as troopers from the Bethlehem and Belfast barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Firefighters featured at Schnecksville Fair

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh Valley residents were able to interact with local firefighters June 20-24 at the Schnecksville Community Fair.

What started as a carnival 34 years ago has evolved into a Department of Agriculture sanctioned experience. Guests received a firsthand view of many agricultural materials, methods and products.

Livestock exhibits were also a big attraction.

North Whitehall’s four fire companies were featured on a rotating basis throughout the event.

Following opening ceremonies June 19, Schnecksville Fire Company hosted the event.


Thursday, July 13, 2017 by The Press in Local News


·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-395-1006.

·Model Railroad Explorer Post 101 at Coplay Municipal Building, Room 201, 96 S. Fourth St., 7-9 p.m. Call 610-965-2598 or 610-262-7013.

·Al-Anon Family Support group for adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous, 8-9 p.m.

Butterflies released at Luther Crest in memory of friends, loved ones

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Luther Crest retirement community staff and residents recently had their first butterfly release ceremony July 9 in memory of residents, friends and loved ones who recently died.

Jen Laury, community life director of Luther Crest, said they purchased 50 butterflies from Folk’s Butterfly Farm, Nescopeck, Luzerne County, for the ceremony.

“We do fundraising for our benevolent care endowment fund and I was looking for something a little different and thought this would be kind of cool,” Laury said.

S.W. board responds to requests

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners responded, during their July 5 meeting, to requests from residents on personal concerns.

Stephen Perun reported he purchased a house at 1128 N. 26th St. in March with the intention of converting the furnace from oil to natural gas.

After confirming the existence of a gas line in the street, Perun applied to the township for a permit to make the connection to his house.

Perun said a township official told him the permit was denied because the street was paved in 2015 and there is a moratorium on any road work until 2020.

PennDOT to phase in new licenses, ID cards

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver’s license and identification card products.

Driver and photo centers will transition to the new products by the end of October.

The new cards are not REAL ID-compliant. They will be available at the customer’s option in 2019.

Features include larger primary portrait and smaller ghost portrait, 2D bar code, with data from the front of the card unique to the card holder, laser perforation and lamination.