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Lehigh County Government Center now closed to all visitors

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong announced March 15 the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown, is now closed to all visitors and walk-ins. This includes anyone without an identification badge issued by the government center.

The decision was made by Armstrong and his administration as the county continues to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus. A presumptive positive COVID-19 case was confirmed March 15 in Lehigh County.

Municipal mandate: Whitehall Township

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

Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. released a statement March 13 announcing the Whitehall Township Municipal Building will be closed to the public until further notice due to COVID-19.

As of March 16, there were confirmed cases in Northampton and Lehigh counties, one in each, but township staff are concerned they could come in contact with an undiagnosed carrier or someone asymptomatic.

Despite the closure, township administration will continue to work inside the building, but some procedures are changing as a result.

Fire calls

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by The Press in Local News

MARCH 2

Stations 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40 handled the extrication of victims from a vehicle at 2985 MacArthur Road.

MARCH 3

A building fire at 347 Sixth St. brought out Stations 35, 36, 37, 38 and 39.

Stations 35, 39 and 40 were on the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Main Street.

MARCH 5

A system malfunction at 3127 S. Church St. was addressed by Stations 38 and 39.

Stations 36 and 40 assisted with a search for a person in water at 2025 Canal St.

MARCH 7

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Krista L. Karasek

Mrs. Krista L. Karasek was reared in Bangor, graduating from Bangor High School in 1996, where she was a member of the softball and field hockey teams. Both her father and uncle played Minor League Baseball.

She graduated from Allentown Business College and completed an internship at Hercules Buzzi Unicem.

Upon graduation, she was employed at Van Horn Association in Allentown for $8.25 an hour and later at Computer Management in Bath.

Whitehall resident turns 100

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Gordon Higgins, of Fellowship Courts, Whitehall, celebrated his 100th birthday Feb. 22 with family and friends in attendance.

He was born in 1920 in Trenton, N.J. His family lived in Robbinsville, N.J., and he graduated from Allentown High School, New Jersey.

He joined the U.S. Army soon after Pearl Harbor, and his anti-aircraft unit saw combat in Africa, Sicily, Sardinia, Southern France and Germany.

He married Olive Dammers in 1951, and they celebrated 69 years of marriage.

Higgins worked for Mercer Rubber Company in Hamilton Square, N.J.

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by The Press in Local News

MARCH

THURSDAY 12

Whitehall Township Environmental Advisory Council meets 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

TUESDAY 17

Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

WEDNESDAY 18

Whitehall Township Planning Commission holds a workshop meeting 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting 7:30 p.m., in the public meeting room at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

THURSDAY 19

Virus strikes state

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Wolf signs disaster declaration

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed an emergency disaster declaration to provide increased support to state agencies involved in the response to COVID-19, the latest strain of coronavirus.

Wolf announced the declaration March 6, just after the first two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. Since then, 12 additional cases have been announced. That brings the total cases, as of press time March 11, to 14.

County exec pushes 2020 census

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Armstrong tells board Lehigh is ‘losing money if we don’t get that count’

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong paid a visit to the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners during its March 9 meeting to stress the importance of participation in the 2020 census.

Armstrong explained he visits each of the 25 municipalities in Lehigh County every year. This year, he’s using his visit to talk about the census.