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Prep work begins to demolish former Allentown State Hospital

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

It is just a matter of weeks or mere months before a piece of historical architecture, Allentown State Hospital, off Hanover Avenue in east Allentown, becomes a memory.

Neuber Demolition and Environmental Services Inc., Gilbertsville, which was awarded a $12.7-million contract in February to demolish the former psychiatric hospital, officially started the process with a job conference May 13 with members of the state Department of General Services Construction team, said Troy Thompson...

NORTH WHITEHALL: New music director at Union Lutheran Church

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Susan Frickert has been selected as the new director of music at Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville.

Her previous position was at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Nazareth.

Frickert, who has more than 20 years experience in music ministry, has accompanied and directed choirs, and has worked with Lehigh University’s music department and students on major choral works.

At Union Lutheran, she will direct the Union Chorale, the Praise Band, Bell Choir and the children’s...

Springhouse Middle School 4th Marking Period Honor Roll

Friday, May 29, 2020 by The Press in School

Honor Roll

Grade 6: Joe Abdelahad, Rehan Ahmed, Shehab Ali O. Alzahrani, Erum Iftekhar Ansari, Gabriel Olukolade Bamishile, Jolene Antoinette Beidleman, Grace Hope Beiner, Landen Scott Benner, Courtney Elizabeth Bittner, Julian Steven Butterweck, Rashelly Balcazar Camilo, Natasha Raquel Canela Trujillo, Kaitlyn Emily Capalbo, Marcelo Castilla Castano, Amina Chatouk, Logan Miller Christman, Madelyn Skye Cintado, Jennie Rose Citera, Emma Marie Clewell, Santiago Said Colak, Johanna Sara...

Mobilio has virtual town hall meeting

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

South Whitehall Commissioner Matthew Mobilio held a virtual town hall meeting May 1 to provide updates on township matters and answer residents’ questions.

Mobilio opened the town hall by discussing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on South Whitehall, specifically noting staff are working to keep the township’s budget secure.

“I can assure you, and I think all of my commissioner colleagues would assure you that we are doing everything that we can,” Mobilio said. “...

Trump tours Upper Macungie medical distribution facility

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

President Donald Trump made his first visit to the Lehigh Valley as president May 14 to tour the Owens & Minor Inc. medical supply distribution center, 7437 Industrial Blvd., Upper Macungie Township.

During a livestream video of the visit on the White House web page, Trump discussed increasing the Strategic National Stockpile, coronavirus testing and state reopening plans.

Speaking against a backdrop of boxes of protective gowns, Trump addressed an audience of several dozen...

Virtual programs are offered

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs

L.V. Zoo

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, will be celebrating World Turtle Day on its Facebook account May 24.

There will be a lineup of entertaining and educational events on turtles including the zoo’s conservation mascot, Radley, the Sea Turtle.

Log on to the Zoo’s Facebook account May 31 to celebrated World Otter Day.

The zoo will be offering content on the zoo’s North American River Otters, Naya and Luani.

For more information...

Rivera stresses importance of continuing education despite COVID-19 restrictions

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in School

Student instruction will continue despite coronavirus school closures, Pennsylvania’s secretary of education said during a media telebriefing at the beginning of April.

Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera said he has set “really strong and high expectations” that Pennsylvania schools provide continuing education and instruction to homebound students during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The briefing came on the heels of Gov. Tom Wolf’s order on that same day to extend school...

Drive-thru fundraiser

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs

LV Zoo

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, is hosting a special Cruise LV Zoo Drive-Thru fundraiser 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21-25.

The zoo will allow guests who have purchased tickets to drive through the zoo and say hello to their favorite residents while supporting the zoo and the care of the animals.

Due to capacity restrictions, tickets are extremely limited and must be purchased in advance online only.

Tickets are nonreplaceable and...