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Audio version of drivers manual available

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Two parents, with the help of state Sen. Patrick M. Browne, R-16th, and the cooperation of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), have successfully achieved a victory for teens with dyslexia. PennDOT has released an audio version of the Pennsylvania Drivers Manual.

By making the driver’s manual available in an audio form, Pennsylvania will allow potential drivers with dyslexia and other reading issues to access the driver manual in a way that takes into account their learning issues.

Coplay plans Community Days festival

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The 38th annual Party in the Park Coplay Community Days will be held rain or shine Aug. 25-27. The three-day festival is the community’s largest fundraiser of the year, supporting local and surrounding neighbor organizations.

The event offers plenty of free parking and admittance to the festival grounds at the borough’s Parkway.

There is no cover charge to concerts.

Wolf announces PSSA testing reduction

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a reduction in standardized testing for students in the commonwealth.

According to an Aug. 14 news release from the governor’s office, “the change to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will reduce the length of the tests by 20 percent in grades 3 through 8.”

Wolf commented on the change during a “Schools That Teach” tour stop at Susquehanna Middle School, Dauphin County, with state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps hires COO

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

In an effort to move forward with its strategic plan and regional efforts and to improve efficiencies in an ever-changing health care landscape, Cetronia Ambulance Corps is enhancing its leadership team with the addition of a chief operating officer.

Robert Mateff Sr., 50, a Lower Saucon Township native with a background in government and communications, has taken the reigns of the newly created position of COO at Cetronia. He began his role June 5.

Heroin, opioid problem topic at meeting

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

More than 50 concerned citizens gathered at the Teamsters Local 773 Union Hall, Whitehall, July 24 to listen to a panel of speakers discuss the ongoing heroin and opioid addiction problem that is plaguing the state and country, too often with fatal consequences.

Co-hosting the event were Dennis Hower, president of Teamsters Local 773; Tom Tosti, director of AFSCME District Council 88; Gregg Potter, president of Lehigh Labor Council; and state Rep. Dan McNeill, D-133rd.

Whitehall resident is honored for ambulance corps service

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Barry Bickel, of Whitehall, marked half a century as a volunteer for Cetronia Ambulance Corps July 17 with a surprise celebration at its headquarters in South Whitehall Township.

Bickel is the longest-tenured volunteer in Cetronia’s 62-year history. To honor his selfless and unmeasured contributions, the Cetronia staff hosted a party.

Cub Pack 94 participates in Pinewood Derby

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in School

Cub Pack 94 held its annual Pinewood Derby race in the spring. Twenty-two Scouts participated and, with the help of an adult or by themselves, fashioned their official BSA Pinewood Derby kit into a super cool Pinewood Derby race car.

North Valley District rules must be adhered to, including a maximum weight of five ounces and no lubrication can be used except for graphite for the axles and wheels.

Each Scout races four heats, and the fastest average time wins. Speed is the key; sportsmanship is a must; and the competition is exciting!

Cetronia Ambulance Corps earns AHA award

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Cetronia Ambulance Corps has been honored with the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2017 Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for quality improvement performance in the treatment of patients who have suffered severe heart attacks. Less than 1 percent of emergency medical services agencies in the United States achieve this status.

The AHA recognizes the critical lifesaving role EMS provides to the overall success of STEMI systems of care, or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a severe heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart.

Scam targets senior citizens

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and Lehigh County Agency on Aging and Adult Services want to alert area seniors about a scam that recently came to light. It involves seniors receiving phone calls purportedly from the agency on aging and adult services.

Consumers are getting calls that appear to come from that office’s general telephone number — 610-782-3034. Aging and adult services is not making these calls. In fact, the office’s caller ID number would not show that number.

District attorney warns public of new dangerous drug

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Police Log

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli is warning the public about Gray Death, a new drug that can kill with a single dose. This drug is dangerous even to touch with gloves, Morganelli said, adding there have been reported overdoses in Georgia, Alabama and Ohio.

Gray Death is comprised of heroin, fentanyl, the elephant tranquilizer carfentanil and a synthetic opioid called U-47700.