Woman’s Club of Whitehall has named Samantha Ganser as the Girl of the Month for October.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ganser, of Whitehall.
Ganser has received high honor roll all marking periods during her time at Whitehall High School.
She is a member of Science Olympiad, president; Leo Club, vice president; SERVE Club; and Scholastic Scrimmage. Ganser has received more than 20 Science Olympiad medals at invitational, regional and state levels.
Lehigh County residents disposed of 500.5 pounds of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications during the 16th National Take Back Day Oct. 27. The total of drugs collected during all Take Back Day events since 2010 is 12,943.5 pounds.
Whitehall Township officials celebrated the completion of a section of the Jordan Creek Greenway during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 17.
This newly completed section of trail, 0.9 miles and located between MacArthur and Mickley roads, was funded by a $1.3 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Alternatives Program and a $233,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program.
Hesch Automotive Service, of Whitehall, celebrated its 40th anniversary Sept. 19. Local elected officials were invited to attend.
Hesch Automotive Service, 3028 S. Front St., was founded in 1978 by Frank and Anne Hesch Jr. The business started in Coplay and outgrew two locations in the borough before moving to Whitehall in 1980.
Frank and Anne, along with their son Frank III, have continued the tradition of quality commercial and consumer vehicle repair. The company bases its operation on the belief that their customers’ needs are of the utmost importance.
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.