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Hokendauqua church uses technology to connect with its congregation

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

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.”

PPL plan focuses on service, assistance

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

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.”

A message to our loyal customers

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Local News

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.

Schools closed for 2 weeks

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Shutdown to ensure health, safety of students, community

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.”

Military father gives homecoming surprise

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Teen thinks he’s attending his own party; dad dons Chick-fil-A costume for reunion

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.

Municipal mandate: Coplay Borough

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.”