· Station 36 assisted Emergency Medical Services with lifting at 1051 N. Sixth St., 1:29 a.m.
· Stations 35, 36, 38, and 39 responded to a report of a fryer on fire at Weis Market, 3644 MacArthur Road, store filled with smoke, 6:58 a.m.
· Stations 2, 18 and 36 provided mutual aid to the Catasauqua Fire Department, 335 Howertown Road, found to be a skunk smell, 5:04 a.m.
· A motor vehicle accident with a spill at 4223 Main St. brought out Stations 35 and 39, 2:05 a.m.
The Lehigh County Coroner's Office is searching for the next of kin for Raymond Rudd Sr.
Rudd, 52, of 122 N. 11th St., Allentown, died Dec. 8 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown.
Anyone having information about his relatives is asked to contact the Lehigh County Coroner's Office at 610-782-3426.
Recent rumor of PPL's replacing local residential electric meters by government edict are both completely false and somewhat true.
PPL Spokesman Joe Nixon said in a telephone interview replacement of old meters in favor of new, advanced meters has been ongoing since 2002. About 160,000 old dial meters have been replaced with digital meters, he said, and no longer require nearby radio monitoring because they send information directly back through the electrical system.
NASA scientist Jennifer Stern, Ph.D., brought the story of the mission of the latest Mars robotic probe, Curiosity, to an enthusiastic audience at Alumnae Hall on the Cedar Crest College campus Nov. 15.
She detailed the development of the "Mini-Cooper-sized" craft and its 354 million mile journey from earth to a small landing site on the red planet. She enthusiastically reported the project is exceeding all expectations as it searches for signs of "habitability" on the distant planet.
Q: What is a stroke?
A: There are two types of strokes; the first type, called an ischemic stroke, occurs when blood stops flowing to a part of the brain due to a blocked blood vessel. The other type, from a ruptured blood vessel, is called hemorrhagic stroke.
Q: What are the symptoms?
A: Stroke symptoms begin suddenly. You may have one or more of these symptoms: weakness or loss of feeling on one side of your face, arm or leg; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; difficulty talking; slurred speech; or problems understanding others.
Both Coplay and Whitehall held their tree lighting
ceremonies Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Over objections from its firefighters, Coplay Borough Council voted to advertise for a new volunteer fire chief.
Councilman Bill Leiner Jr. opposed the motion. Councilmen Matthew Recker and Michael Mazur were absent. Councilmen Charles Sodl, David Royer, Lou Bodish and Joseph Groller voted in favor.
During last week's workshop, Sodl read a letter to council from fire Chief David Buskaritz announcing his resignation as chief and retirement from firefighting effective Jan. 1.
The Coplay Borough Shade Tree Commission lost its proposed 2013 funding, it was announced Tuesday night.
At council's regular meeting, Councilman Joseph Groller, who serves as finance committee chairman, listed several line item changes to the borough's proposed $1.98 million spending plan for 2013.
Among them was the elimination of $3,500 in funding for the shade tree commission – the actual existence of which is being debated by Councilman Bill Leiner Jr. and Mayor Joseph Bundra.