On Feb. 1 at Agri-Plex in Allentown, more than 400 students competed in 54 hands-on skill and leadership competitions. This Showcase of Skills provided a unique opportunity to observe some of the most talented career and technical education students in the area.
District gold medal winners advance to state and potentially national competitions. This year, the SkillsUSA Council partnered with postsecondary educational institutions and area businesses to award more than $167,000 in scholarships and prizes to the medalists of eight competitions.
Gathered in a packed room at Cetronia Fire Company’s social hall — minutes from where he grew up — Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne announced his candidacy to become the Lehigh County’s next executive.
“People want their government to work for them,” Osborne said. “I will bring a disciplined and transparent government with a ‘let’s get it done’ attitude to Lehigh County.”
Marty Nothstein, chair of Lehigh County Board of Commissioners and Olympic gold medalist, introduced Osborne.
As the local leader for Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) is preparing to disburse $75,000 as part of the 2017 Lehigh Valley Greenways Mini-Grant Program. The online application period is now open and runs through 4 p.m. March 3.
Rene Miletics, chair of the Friends of Bill Leiner committee, has announced the group is engaged in an exploratory effort for the entry of Bill Leiner Jr. into the 2018 Democratic primary for the U.S. House 15th District.
The seat is currently held by Republican Charlie Dent.
According to Miletics, in the news release, Leiner has a 20-year career as an elected official. Currently, he is a Whitehall-Coplay School Board director and board treasurer.
During a Jan. 3 ceremony at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, state Rep. Dan McNeill, D-133rd, was sworn in to begin his third term serving the residents of Lehigh County.
“As we start the 2017-18 legislative session, I am going to focus on continuing my fight against the opioid and heroin addiction problem that is unfortunately plaguing the Lehigh Valley and devastating too many families,” McNeill said. “This will be done with a dual approach through legislation in Harrisburg and educational efforts in the form of local town hall meetings.
State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, was joined Jan. 3 in Harrisburg by 22 other first-term legislators as he took the oath of office in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
The newly sworn-in state representative has vowed to fight for property tax reform, job creation and infrastructure improvements.
Former Lehigh County Commissioner Marc Grammes has announced he intends to do something no other county commissioner has ever done before: return as a Lehigh County commissioner elected to nonconsecutive terms.
Grammes served as an at-large commissioner 2004-08.
He resides in Slatedale, Washington Township, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four children, Tim, John, Joe and Laura.
He is seeking to return as the District One commissioner, the seat now held by Commissioner Tom Creighton, who is not seeking re-election.
The Woman’s Club of Whitehall has named Gabriela Ochoa as its Girl of the Month for December 2016.
A senior at Whitehall High School, she is the daughter of Elias Ochoa and Patricia Jaramillo, of Whitehall.
Ochoa has earned high honor roll each semester at WHS.
She is a member of Human Rights Club, German Club, Outdoors Club, Model UN, London Club and Key Club.
Ochoa also is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Science National Honor Society.
She served on the Earth Day committee for Science National Honor Society.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Dec. 14 an investigation by the district attorney’s Drug Task Force has led to a significant arrest in Coplay.
Michael Louis Frasier, 27, of 136 Front St., Coplay, has been charged with six counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony; seven counts of possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor; and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Along with the drug charges, Frasier has been charged with two counts of receiving stolen property, a felony of the second degree.