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Allentown Fair Queen crowned

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The new 2017 Allentown Fair Queen who is reigning over the upcoming 165th agricultural and entertainment exposition was crowned Aug. 13 during contest finals at Christopher’s Restaurant at the Columbian Home, 1519 Greenleaf St., Allentown.

Zaren Kerper of Fleetwood was chosen from five contestants to succeed 2016 Queen Juliet Long of New Tripoli.

After a longer than usual deliberation to choose the new queen, judges Leslie Bartholomew, Michael H. Firestine and Stephanie Baunach chose Kerper.

Florida boy on mission to thank every police officer in America

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Upper Macungie, state police receive sweet treats

A 9-year-old Florida boy, with help from family and friends, made a special delivery July 13 to officers at the Upper Macungie Township Police Department and troopers with State Police Troop M, Fogelsville.

Tyler Carach of Bratt, Fla., dressed in a cape with doughnut designs decorating it, delivered some 12 boxes of doughnuts to the officers and troopers to thank them for their service to the community.

Tyler’s business card, which he hands out to police, along with their doughnuts, states “I DONUT need a reason to thank a cop.”

Allentown man found unresponsive at Lehigh County Jail

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A 21-year-old Allentown man was found unresponsive in his cell 9:34 p.m. June 24 at Lehigh County Jail, 38th N. 4th St., Allentown.

According to a Lehigh County Office of Public Information release, Trevor Vaden of 1650 W. Turner St., who did not have a cell mate and was not under any special monitoring precautions, was discovered by a Lehigh County corrections officer performing routine rounds.

The officer immediately declared a medical emergency and began administering CPR, the information release states.

SPCA seizes 48 animals from Heidelberg Twp farm

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The Pennsylvania SPCA executed a search warrant May 5 removing eight dogs and puppies, 35 cats and kittens, and five horses from a farm in Heidelberg Township.

According to a affidavit of probable cause obtained from District Judge Rod Beck’s office, Slatington, SPCA Humane Society Police Officer Kelsey Beam spoke with an informant May 4 regarding a complaint of unsanitary conditions and animals in need of veterinary care at 6587 Central Road.

National Drug Take Back Day on April 29

Monday, April 24, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The 13th National Take Back Day drug collection event has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29.

Lehigh County residents can take expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to police departments and other locations at 11 sites in the county.

Residents can dispose of capsules, pills, including pet medications, and liquids.

Syringes or Sharps will not be accepted. Residents who dispose of medications will remain anonymous, and no questions will be asked.

Cedarbrook Allentown resident reaches 105 year old milestone

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Family members, residents and staff gathered March 3 for a party at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall Township, to celebrate Michalena Fiorello’s 105th birthday.

According to a press release from Cedarbrook, Aunt Lena, as she is known by her family was truly a woman ahead of her time.

Fiorello, who was born Feb. 26, 1912 and never married, came to live at Cedarbrook when she was 99 years old.

Her niece Mary Deutsch of Whitehall spoke with The Press during the party.

Area students win medals at SkillsUSA competition

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

Over 400 students from six career and technical institutes competed in 54 hands-on skill and leadership District 11 SkillsUSA Showcase of Skills competitions Feb. 1 at the Agri-Plex in Allentown.

This “Showcase of Skills” provided a unique opportunity to observe some of the most talented career and technical education students in the area.

PPL Corporation donates $10,000 to Red Cross Lehigh Valley-Bucks

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The American Red Cross Lehigh Valley-Bucks Chapter recently received a $10,000 grant from PPL Corporation to support local disaster relief and the Home Fire Campaign.

The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign addresses common causes of residential fires and helps families and individuals prevent and prepare for these events.

PPL’s support also assists the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and recover from local emergencies and disasters.

American Red Cross officials stressed the importance of PPL’s donation in helping expand their services in the region.

Center For Vision Loss dedicates braille library

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The Center for Vision Loss, 845 W. Wyoming St., Allentown, recently dedicated the new Gary John Posch Jr. Memorial Braille Library.

The only nonprofit agency in Lehigh, Northampton and Monroe counties dedicated to improving the lives of people with vision loss and promoting healthy vision in the community, the center now features the extensive collection of books in braille owned by Gary John Posch Jr., who lost his vision to retinitis pigmentosa.

After learning braille at age 13, Posch became an avid reader who enjoyed reading as his way of “seeing the world.”

Lehigh County: Two more police departments will begin administering Naloxone

Monday, August 22, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced June 30 that two additional Lehigh County police departments will begin using the opioid reversal antidote, Naloxone, in overdose cases.

A memorandum of understanding was entered into between the District Attorney’s Office and the Allentown Police Department and the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority Police Department, Martin said.

“The importance of this Naloxone administration program cannot be overstated,” Martin said. “Currently, opiate overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in Lehigh County.”