As COVID-19 virus precautions increase across the Lehigh Valley, churches are looking for ways to continue to connect with their congregations that don’t involve in-person gatherings. One local church is capitalizing on the available technology to join its members together for regular worship without violating any safety rules.
First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua, 3005 Front St., has been using Facebook livestreaming, Zoom and YouTube to connect with parishioners, a move the pastor calls “unprecedented but successful.”
As the coronavirus pandemic deepens, PPL Electric Utilities issued a statement March 16 saying it wants customers to know it is well prepared to maintain reliable electric service.
“Those we serve in central and eastern Pennsylvania depend on us, and we’ll continue to deliver for them,” PPL Electric Utilities President Greg Dudkin said. “Efforts over the past decade to develop a more reliant, resilient and smarter grid, coupled with effective pandemic planning and emergency management, will help us weather this health crisis. We have the backs of our customers and communities.”
• Virtual yoga and meditation session (led by Rebecca Zukowski-Gillespie), 7 p.m., accessed from her personal Facebook page
Until further notice, we will no longer accept walk-in customers at our offices. We have taken this step in order to protect our employees and the general public from the possibility of exposing anyone to the COVID-19 virus.
We will be happy to accept phone calls, and you can make payments through the mail or through the mail slot in our door or electronically on our website at www.tnonline.com.
Our offices will be staffed and in operation conducting business over the phone and through email during this crisis.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced March 13 all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective March 16. Whitehall-Coplay School District students will not return to the classroom until at least March 30.
“First and foremost, my top priority as governor — and that of our education leaders — must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities,” Wolf said. “As such, I am ordering all schools in the commonwealth to close for the next two weeks.”
The Pennsylvania Department of Health, as of March 17, confirmed additional positive cases of COVID-19, one in Lehigh County.
When Brandon Larkin, a student at Catasauqua Middle School, visited Chick-fil-A on MacArthur Road in Whitehall March 12, he thought he was there for his 13th birthday party.
As part of the festivities, Brandon had his picture taken with Doodles, the restaurant’s cow mascot. He had no idea his father, Peter Larkin, was actually the person wearing the mascot costume.
Peter had just returned from Kuwait to give his son a true birthday surprise.
Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority, 3213 MacArthur Road.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
Coplay Borough Councilman Stephen Burker reported the borough is taking everything on a day-by-day basis after reports that a case of COVID-19, the new strain of the coronavirus, had been confirmed in Lehigh County.
“We need to be mindful of what we have; things changed for everyone in a day,” he said. “We are still looking for a good plan. We need to be sure not to panic.”