Whitehall Township Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. awarded commendations to two Whitehall Township lifeguards Aug. 22 for their quick response to a child in distress.
Lifeguards Abby Pastir and Taylor Levan spent their summer working at Cementon Pool. On the afternoon of Aug. 10, they observed a young girl, Gianna Miller, in distress in the grass area. The lifeguards jumped into action, providing lifesaving actions to help the 1-1/2-year-old.
Gov. Tom Wolf has signed an executive order making unprecedented sweeping changes to executive branch agencies and programs to better target the public health crisis of gun violence in Pennsylvania. He was joined by advocates, legislators, cabinet secretaries and Charles Ramsey, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, who will use his expertise in a new role advising the executive branch on implementing these changes.
Whitehall Township will receive a $1 million grant for the construction of an emergency services complex on MacArthur Road.
The funding will be used to build a new 29,000-square-foot police station and sally port adjacent to the existing municipal building. The $17.8 million project also entails creating a new lobby, which will be shared between the two buildings, two new elevators to improve accessibility for people with disabilities and improvements to municipal garages and storage sheds.
Fellowship Community has named Mary Kay McMahon, RN, MHA, NHA, as president and chief executive officer. She had previously served as senior vice president, health care services with Phoebe Ministries.
As president and CEO, McMahon will be responsible for executive oversight of Fellowship Community. She will work with others from within Fellowship Community and the community at large to design and develop a business strategy for expanding the services provided by the Whitehall Township facility.
State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola, D-18th, recently announced 28 fire departments and emergency medical services providers in her district in both Lehigh and Northampton counties will be awarded $366,603 through the 2018-19 Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grants, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.
With warmer summer weather in the forecast, the Pennsylvania State Police reminds animal owners to think about the health and safety of their pets.
In October 2018, Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 104 of 2018, otherwise known as the Hot Car Bill. The law provides protection for law enforcement and emergency responders when a dog or cat is removed from a motor vehicle when the animal is showing signs of distress.
Woman’s Club of Whitehall Township has recognized Caterine Yunez-Cosme as the Girl of the Month for March.
She is the daughter of Wadid Yunez and Olga Cosme, of Whitehall.
Yunez-Cosme has earned high honor roll for all marking periods.
She is a four-year member and vice president of Art Club, three-year member and vice president of SERVE Club and two-year member and vice president of the Science Olympiad. She played on the soccer team for two years and the track and field team for three years.
Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association’s historic mansion and garden tour will be held 1-5 p.m. June 23.
House tour tickets can be purchased in advance at Hartzell’s Pharmacy, 300 American St., or Blocker’s Coffeehouse, 309 Front St., or online at hcpa.org. Tickets can also be reserved by calling 610-266-0255. Day-of tickets can be purchased at the Biery House, 8 Race St. Tickets are a few dollars less if purchased in advance.
The ticket provides a description of each home on the tour and a map. For more information, call 610-266-0255 or 610-264-9716.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has announced the retirement of long-serving law enforcement officer Gerald P. Procanyn, who retired from his position as a Lehigh County detective effective May 17.
Procanyn has served in that capacity since April 28, 2003. While employed in the district attorney’s office, Procanyn primarily worked as an investigator for cases brought before the grand jury.
On June 1 and 2, Friends of Camp Geiger will sponsor the 11th annual Lehigh Valley Civil War Days at the recreational area of Whitehall Parkway, Church Street.
The event opens 9 a.m. June 1.
The federal attack at Cold Harbor took place June 3, 1864. The battle will be reenacted 3 p.m. June 1.
At 6:30 p.m. June 1, a period dance and concert will be held at the Lyceum. Weather permitting, a rifle firing demonstration is set to take place after the concert. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on site.