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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.