Mark Payson, of Whitehall, won several medals during the 2018 Transplant Games of America, held Aug. 2-7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He won gold in the 1500m, 800m and 400m, silver in the 1500m walk and 5K and bronze in the high jump while representing Lehigh, Northampton and Berks counties on Team Philadelphia.
Payson donated one of his kidneys in 2010.
There were 12 competitors from the Lehigh Valley on Team Philadelphia, which covered eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.
The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley announced it is now receiving nominations for the 16th annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards.
The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards is one way of recognizing and thanking volunteers for all their great efforts. This is a great opportunity for local nonprofits or businesses to recommend those individuals, teams and organizations who they feel have made a difference in our community. The award recipients embody the spirit of volunteering in their community and serve as role models for others.
Acknowledging the fact that now more than 50 percent of people choose cremation over traditional burial, the Coplay Cemetery Association (CCA) recently purchased and installed a 48-urn columbarium.
Several months ago, the CCA officers entertained a proposal to purchase the columbarium. Recognizing the shift in attitude about cremation, the association unanimously supported the purchase.
There now is an alternative to traditional burial in Coplay.
The recent collapse of a 30-year-old deck in Whitehall Township brings to the forefront the issue of deck safety in our area.
However, deck safety is not just a local concern; it has become an important issue regionally, nationally and even internationally.
To better understand all the recent concerns, a brief history of decks is appropriate.
Northampton Regional EMS has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.
A new K-9 staff member has joined the ranks of the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office. And her trainer is one of Whitehall’s retired men in blue.
Lehigh County Sheriff Joseph N. Hanna recently announced the addition of a new canine program for the sheriff’s office and for the county. Countless law enforcement agencies and sheriff’s offices throughout the commonwealth utilize canines to assist with daily operations and law enforcement functions and security activities, he said.
Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin announced July 11 an Allentown man has been charged in relation to a fatal crash.
Corey Sickler, 26, of 315 Linden St., Allentown, has been charged with one count each of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, a felony of the second degree, and homicide by vehicle and accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed, both felonies of the third degree.
On May 20, a kickoff party for Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative’s summer breakfast camp was held at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fullerton. The camp began June 18 and will be held every day all summer until Aug. 24. The program runs daily 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Twenty children, two teenage volunteers, members of Peace by Piece (who furnished the food and activities), family members and adult volunteers attended the party. Hot dogs and pizza were served.
Pennsylvania College of Technology students vying for gold at the SkillsUSA National Championships is common. An all-female welding team representing the school at the prestigious competition is not. Thanks to three talented female welding and fabrication engineering technology students, it may be in the future. The trio aims to be trendsetters at the college and nationally.
Denise Continenza, of Whitehall, was presented with the Director’s Award for Collaboration and Partnership during the recent extension annual conference in State College. This award recognizes an individual who has built strong partnerships or collaborations to advance the extension’s strategic goals during the past year.