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Lehigh County celebrates Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Lehigh County Department of Human Services in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, hosted a program recently at the Lehigh County Government Center, Allentown.

The goal was to raise awareness and show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.

“Mental health impacts one out of every five children in our community,” said Josh Bridges, director of Lehigh County Integrated Services, which is part of the Human Services Department.

Mom asks board to OK pro-life club

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Monica Atlas has asked the Parkland School Board to reconsider a request from students for a pro-life club at the high school.

“It would be good for kids who want to get together to discuss the culture of life,” Atlas told the board.

She noted one of her children just graduated from Parkland, and another one is going to be attending in the future.

During the past school year, a group of students submitted a proposal to start a pro-life club, but the request was denied by district officials.

Lynnport Fire Co. celebrates America’s independence

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lynnport Fire Company celebrated America’s independence as it has done for the past two decades and two years, with a jumping Jamboree, complete with music, food and fabulous fireworks.

The band, Still Kickin’, provided live music. Members of the band come from all over the Lehigh Valley.

As band members were tuning up for their performance, a cloud came overhead and one member said when the cloud was there, different settings were required as they tuned up.

On the hillside, the wind was knocking around chairs but the temperature was comfortable.

County approves Magellan contract

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by CHRISTOPHER DRYFOOS in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners have approved an amended agreement of its contract with Magellan Behavioral Health. Sponsored by Commissioner David Jones, the resolution served as a new milestone in the board’s relationship with Magellan.

The company, which provides behavioral health care to qualifying residents, had been controversial in previous years.

Jones, who had previously voted against extending the county’s contract with Magellan, praised the company’s improvements in its services.

Gigantic basket social benefits two special people

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Jacquie Moser, event coordinator at New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Tripoli, said the basket social was benefiting two people.

The first was a 1-year-old with kidney cancer. The other was a young woman, struck by a pickup truck, who has since had 66 surgeries.

Some 476 baskets lined the long hallway and the fellowship hall in the church. In addition to the regular baskets and gift certificates, there were 11 large items in the church lobby.

Owen Rex’s mother, Samantha, said cancer may have started the fight but they will fight back.

Boy Scout soars with the Eagles

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Brian M. Avila of Upper Macungie Township was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout during a Court of Honor March 26 at Bethany United Methodist Church, Allentown.

He was also recognized for earning a Bronze Palm at his Court of Honor.

Brian is a member of Troop 12, Allentown. Brian began his journey as a Tiger Cub with Troop 72. He earned his Arrow of Light and Heavy Shoulder award in March 2012 and shortly after transferred to Troop 12. Brian earned his Order of Arrow in 2014 and has earned 29 merit badges thus far.

Turtles could bog down plans

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District will be searching for bog turtles and web-footed toads in a wetland area near the location of the proposed new elementary school in Upper Macungie Township.

At the June 20 meeting, Superintendent Richard Sniscak explained the need for a fauna study at the site.

“Because road widening at Schantz Road will infringe on wetlands, we need to look for the bog turtles and web-footed toads,” Sniscak said. “If these are discovered, we have to construct a new habitat for them somewhere else.”

First place recipe for New Tripoli Bank Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by The Press in Local News

1st Place Winner Collette Gaugler


Double crust for (1) 9-inch pie

2-1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. superfine sugar

3/4 cup Crisco

1/3 cup cold water

Mix flour, salt and sugar in large bowl, then cut in Crisco with 2 butter knives until mixture resembles small crumbs. Then pour in water and mix with fork until mixture sticks together. Divide in half; roll out one piece to fit in the bottom of the pie pan, set other piece aside until you put in the filling into the bottom crust.

Pecan layer: