State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola, D-18th, and state Reps. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, and Peter Schweyer, D-22nd, announced the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has awarded a total of $190,000 to Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and Bethlehem City in recreation and conservation grants through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2), specifically for trail projects.
Theresa Wertz, of Coplay, recently received a $500 scholarship from Coplay Scholarship Fund Committee.
Wertz is a certified nursing assistant pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Cedar Crest College, Allentown. She plans to be a registered nurse.
A prolific community volunteer, Wertz was a three-year firefighter with Coplay Fire Department. Currently, she is an active volunteer at MountainView Horse Rescue, New Tripoli, and at Manito Equestrian Center, Allentown.
Wertz plans to focus her nursing education on pediatric care and/or labor and delivery.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Nov. 21 that charges have been filed in relation to the Oct. 18 homicide of Jeffrey Werner inside his Whitehall Township home.
Dakota Schmoyer, 27, no known address, and Michael Layton, 26, of Bethlehem, have been charged with criminal homicide, a felony of the first degree.
Schmoyer and Layton are also charged with one count each of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, both felonies of the first degree.
Schmoyer is currently incarcerated in Lehigh County Jail on unrelated charges.
Whitehall Mall’s Sears store is expected to close in early 2020, according to a Nov. 7 news release from Transformco, which purchased the store’s assets in February.
This location, at 1259 Whitehall Mall, is one of seven Sears or Kmart stores in Pennsylvania set to close.
Woman’s Club of Whitehall Township has recognized Hallie Kern as the Girl of the Month for October.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Kern, of Whitehall.
Kern has earned high honor roll for all marking periods.
She is a four-year member of the student focus group, S.A.D.D. Club, SERVE Club and Zephyr Nation. She is a member of Interact Club and Spanish Club as well.
Kern has been a peer mentor for two years and is a member of the new student ambassador group.
She was captain of the field hockey team for two years.
Whitehall Township resident Ricky Menendez was honored for his efforts during the Pennsylvania EMS Provider Foundation of the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania’s 13th annual Pennsylvania Stars of Life event Sept. 7 at Northern Valley EMS, Coplay.
Menendez, 38, works for Cetronia Ambulance Corps. His passion for the emergency medical services industry came when he was working in construction in Brooklyn, N.Y. A co-worker had a side job as a medic. Menendez attended EMT school in New York and hasn’t turned back since.
Lehigh Career and Technical Institute named the Students of the Month for September.
These students displayed outstanding effort, achievement and leadership in their course of study. This includes the career and technical education programs and academic center classes.
Whitehall High School students were honored for both the morning and afternoon sessions.
Morning session winners are:
• Natalee Moyer — computer-aided drafting and design
• Scarlet Abreu-Gauetreaux — plumbing and heating
• Lieu Phung — SOC building trades maintenance
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, announced that $251,884.81 in competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted grants were awarded in her district through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools.
“These grants will provide important equipment and program materials to ensure safe schools here in the Lehigh Valley and throughout the commonwealth,” Boscola said. “We have made assisting our school districts in ensuring a safe learning environment for our children and our educators a priority and these grant awards will aid in those efforts.”
The 18th National Take Back Day drug collection event has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26. During that time, Lehigh County residents can take expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to police departments and other locations at 13 sites in Lehigh County.
County residents can dispose of capsules, pills, including pet medications, and liquids.
Syringes or sharps will not be accepted. Residents who dispose of medications will remain anonymous, and no questions will be asked.
Dante Brady recently received the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor ceremony held Sept. 8 at the Wescosville Recreation Center, Hamilton Boulevard.
He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 131, which is sponsored by Bethany United Methodist Church, Wescosville.