Pastor Jean Masiko and Associate Pastor Jaime Gonzalez of The Healing Place at Living Stone Fellowship were determined not to let the social distancing requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on the church’s Palm Sunday and Easter worship services.
Masiko remembered that Pastor Robert Schuller created the first drive-in church in Southern California in the 1950s and how successful that was.
Continuing their annual tradition, members and community volunteers worked 24 hours straight Feb. 22-23 to prepare 2,500 dozen fastnachts at Good Will Fire Co. No. 1, Trexlertown.
Mixing, cutting, frying and wrapping, the workers created the much anticipated treats.
Fastnachts are a stable in the Pennsylvania German community.
They were a way to clear the house of rich foods before Lent as most Christians would fast during this time, mostly to exclude sweets and other enjoyable foods.
A new loan program offered by the federal government will help businesses, employees and self-employed individuals that have been impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency, according to Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne, R-16th.
The new Paycheck Protection Program will offer loans to cover payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent and utility costs over an eight-week period for businesses affected by coronavirus mitigation.
The loans can be forgiven by the federal government if certain conditions are met.
The Wolf Administration announced April 6 funding is now available to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities increase protections from wildfires.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem will present its January Bach at Noon concert in its entirety at noon April 14 online and on television.
The concert includes Greg Funfgeld’s informal, enlightening insights into the music, performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra.
The concert can be accessed through:
·The Bach Choir’s YouTube Channel;
·The choir’s Facebook page;
·A link on bach.org; and
·WLVT-TV PBS39 will broadcast the concert at a date and time to be determined.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced March 26 he will spend up to $50 million in transferred state funding to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing homes, and emergency workers to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Pennsylvania.
On March 27, Gov. Tom Wolf issued a statement to reassure all Pennsylvanians that essential services critical to the lives, health and safety of vulnerable populations will continue regardless of actions taken to slow the spread of COVID-19.
For over 150 years, Penn State Extension has fulfilled its mission of delivering science-based education to Pennsylvania communities.
They will not waiver on that promise during this challenging time.
Their services continue.
They are, however, adjusting our delivery of programs and services in order to protect the health of extension personnel and the public.
In accordance with Gov. Wolf’s guidance, here’s how they are restricted:
• Extension office spaces have closed in all 67 counties.
• Face-to-face events have been canceled through May 15.
Col. Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, announced April 1 a temporary change to the way troopers respond to select non-emergency incidents.
With the goal of limiting in-person contact and mitigating the spread of COVID-19, the department has identified certain types of calls that may be resolved with limited or no on-scene response.
The change went into effect April 1 and will remain until further notice.
The operation of a snow mobile or ATV on a public road or highway is still illegal according to State Trooper Nathan T. Branosky via email to The Press.
The exception that allows for operation of snowmobiles and ATVs during certain emergency situations requires the approval of the Department of Transportation and/or local authorities having jurisdiction.
Neither the Department of Transportation nor any municipalities with jurisdiction have approved the use of ATVs on streets or highways.