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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Wehr’s Dam repair cost increases

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

In the November 2016 general election, South Whitehall voters approved a $600,000 increase in township debt to restore and maintain Wehr’s Dam.

At the Sept. 4, 2019, commissioners’ meeting, Director of Township Operations Randy Cope reported the cost could approach $1 million.

He said Michael Baker International prepared an engineering report which the township submitted to the state Department of Environmental Protection dam safety division.

Cope said the engineering...

Granitz named Allentown’s interim police chief

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Speaking before a crowded room, Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell announced the appointment of Capt. Glenn E. Granitz Jr. as the city’s interim police chief.

Mayor O’Connell began his speech by stating, “Seventeen months ago, when I took this job as the interim mayor of the City of Allentown, one of the first tasks I had was the selection of a new police chief,” O’Connell said. “Glen Dorney was retiring from the city heading to South Whitehall Township, so the department needed a new...

Secretary of state gives county voting machine money

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Pennsylvania recently gave Lehigh County election officials a check for $380,868 to apply toward the cost of new voting machines.

Secretary of State Kathleen Boockvar presented an oversized check to county Executive Phillips Armstrong during a short ceremony Sept. 12 in the Administration Building, Allentown.

Boockvar said the check is part of $14.15 million comprised of state and federal funding the state set aside in 2018 for distribution to counties for new voting systems....

Chosen Words

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

It is 18 years ago

Since our hearts were blown away;

When our enemy hit the twin towers,

Destroying everything in their way!

They ran airplanes into our buildings,

Where thousands of people worked,

The world was alarmed, and frightened,

And thousands of people were hurt.

Thousands of others lost their lives

On that oh, so fateful, day;

That day was Sept. 11, 2001,

And the memories won’t go away.

They will...

Board to meet with Purina

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

During the public comment section of the Sept. 4 South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting, Dan Spiegel of Antler Court urged the board to ask the Nestle Purina pet food plant to eliminate unpleasant odors from wastewater.

Spiegel reported one evening when he turned off his air conditioner and opened the windows, the smell hit him with a potent “wham.”

He also told the board he has been engaged in a dialogue with Winston Silva, general manager of the facility, for two years.


Free Narcan distribution on Sept. 25

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Allentown Health Bureau and Lehigh County state health centers will provide free naloxone as part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Stop Overdoses in PA initiative.

The naloxone distribution is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 25, as long as supplies last.

In the Lehigh Valley, the event will take place at: Allentown Health Bureau, 245 N. 6th St., Allentown, and Lehigh County State Health Center, 3730 Lehigh St., Suite 206, Whitehall.

Naloxone is a medication that does not harm the...


Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Forty-two years ago Sept. 18, a remarkable photo was taken.

On Sept. 18, 1977, Voyager 1 captured the Earth and the moon in the same photo shot by a spacecraft from deep space.

Voyager 1, launched 13 days earlier from Cape Canaveral, Fla., was en route to the outer reaches of the solar system with the particular mission of glimpsing Jupiter and Saturn, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

This was not the first shot of the neighboring pair....

Election Policy

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

As we approach the Nov. 5 Municipal Election, the Parkland Press and the Northwestern Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.

The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office is the Oct. 3 edition.

We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.


Ross Plants and Flowers opens new store

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Monica Yurconic-Groff, owner of Ross Plants and Flowers, Orefield, recently celebrated her new store opening at 7525 Tilghman St., in the Fogelsville area, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Customers, friends and family filled the new store to welcome Ross Plants and Flowers to the area.

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, joined the celebration to welcome the expansion into his district.