Sixteen area volunteer fire departments added 26 firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received their certificates of completion June 19 at a ceremony held at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.
This was the ninth annual Bucks County Fire Academy course held twice a week from January to May at the Allentown Fire Academy, at the Allentown Fire Department Mack Station at 1902 Lehigh St., near the Queen City Airport.
After answering questions posed by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Tony Ianelli during a live taping of the weekly half-hour Business Matters television program, retiring U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, was feted at an informal “thank you” reception March 28 at Lehigh Country Club, 2319 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown.
The show aired April 2 on WFMZ Lehigh Valley television, Channel 69.
PPL line workers returning to their Lehigh Valley homes in late February said it was tough being away from their families for a month after laboring to help rebuild electric infrastructure and restore power to areas in Puerto Rico ravaged by last year’s Hurricane Maria, but they said they would “do it again,” reflecting the positive experience they felt being able to help the people of the island 1,600 miles from home.
With lights flashing and sirens blaring, officers from the Macungie Police Department escorted the Keller family from a Fogelsville hotel back to their Macungie residence March 9 after the family’s week-long absence to allow volunteers to renovate portions of their home to better accommodate the needs of their five-year-old son Niko.
Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe last week said there is a lot of anxiety in the community about the sale of Rodale magazines to Hearst magazines, in New York City, but community leaders hold out hope that another major employer could fill the space being vacated by the former Rodale organization.
While he could not identify the firm, Pepe said that a “prospect,” with the potential of being a major employer, had shown interest in purchasing the Rodale office property.
Large tents have been set up outside the emergency rooms at the Cedar Crest campus of Lehigh Valley Health Network, in Salisbury Township, and at the network’s Muhlenberg Campus, in Bethlehem, to handle the surge of patients visiting the hospitals with flu-rlated symptom.
“We set up a surge hospital outside the ER at our LVH-Cedar Crest site Jan. 15 due to high patient volume,” said LVHN spokesman Brian Downs. “The last time we had done that was in January, five years ago.
Some two dozen fire, police and EMS units from across Lehigh and Northampton counties staged a silent parade Nov. 12, with red lights flashing, but no sirens, past the St. Luke’s University Hospital, Fountain Hill, in a show of support for Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Seth Kelly who is recovering in that hospital after being seriously wounded in a shootout with a motorist stopped for a traffic violation in Plainfield Township Nov. 7.
Firefighters from Eastern and Western Salisbury fire departments were in Salisbury Township schools recently impressing their annual Fire Prevention Week safety message on the community’s young citizens.
In some cases the message is being delivered to the second and third generation of Salisbury youngsters as firefighters take off from work, or other everyday affairs, to make sure elementary school students in the school district hear the basics of home fire safety.
As midnight approached, and one last sweep in the vicinity of the Woodland Terrace at the Oaks facility, 1263 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, failed to turn up any trace of missing resident, Audrey Penn, 78, searchers began to pack up their gear and head home with a sense they had not been able to do what they showed up to do.
Several dozen law enforcement officers from communities throughout Lehigh County gathered at a Lehigh County DUI Task Force command trailer late on the evening of Aug. 4 along Broadway, for a combination citizen education and drunk driving enforcement detail that coincides every year with the first night of Musikfest activities in Bethlehem.
The message was simple. Enjoy the festival. Have fun. But don’t get behind the wheel if you are impaired.