Grace Helfrich, of Whitehall, was recently selected to participate in the 2017 Miss Teen Pageant Competition that will take place Nov. 12. Grace learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the local area. She submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s pageant coordinator.
Pennsylvania Department of Health and Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council have honored Northampton Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with a 2017 EMS Agency of the Year Award during the state EMS conference.
The award honors a Pennsylvania EMS agency for its contribution to the development and growth of quality prehospital care within the community while complying with the rules and regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
David Molony, of Catasauqua, was unanimously selected as the Republican nominee to run for the state representative seat in the 133rd Legislative District. The selection was announced Oct. 11 by the Republican Committee of Lehigh County.
The seat was left vacant by the Sept. 8 death of state Rep. Dan McNeill.
A special election will be held Dec. 5. He will face McNeill’s widow, Jeanne, who is the Democratic nominee.
As part of ongoing security enhancements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver’s licenses and identification card products.
PennDOT entered a new contract with MorphoTrust USA in August of 2015 for the design and issuance of licenses and identification cards. This update is unrelated to the REAL ID Act.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission warns motorists to change travel plans or brace for a long detour Oct. 13-16 during a planned weekend closure of the Northeastern Extension (Interstate 476) in Lehigh and Carbon counties as workers replace a 60-year-old bridge.
The detour will occur from 9 p.m. Oct. 13 to 4 a.m. Oct. 16. The detour exits are the Lehigh Valley Interchange (No. 56) for northbound traffic and the Pocono Interchange (No. 95) for southbound traffic. The authorized detour route directs motorists to Route 22, Route 33 and Interstate 80.
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) will administer free seasonal flu vaccinations for the 20th straight year for adults and children 6 months and older during two community sessions in November. Shots will be all drive-thru 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Dorney Park and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 5 at Coca-Cola Park.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Tuesday that a nurse who formerly was employed at Lehigh County Jail has been charged with alleged inappropriate sexual contact with a prisoner.
Danika Alexander, 27, of 1205 Overlook Road, Whitehall Township, was charged with one count of institutional sexual assault, a felony of the third degree, Martin said.
As a free service to the community, state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, will co-host a shredding event to give residents of the 183rd Legislative District a chance to safeguard themselves against identity theft by having their personal documents securely destroyed.
The event, co-hosted with the Borough of Northampton, will be held 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 7 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has added 21 municipalities in Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks and Montgomery counties to the areas quarantined due to the presence of the invasive insect Spotted Lanternfly. The quarantine was already in effect for parts of those five counties as well as Chester County.
The quarantine now covers the following Lehigh Valley municipalities:
Dr. Mostafa M. Maksy, of Whitehall Township, was awarded the Chambliss Faculty Research Award during Kutztown University’s (KU) faculty and staff convocation and celebration, held earlier this month.