Bethlehem Press

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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.”

Lehigh County honors seniors for their gift of time, talents

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

In honor of Older Americans Month, 16 residents were recognized at the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services 16th annual Tribute to Unsung Heroes May 18 at Asbury United Methodist Church, South Whitehall Township.

This tribute honors older adults in the Valley who have exhibited exceptional generosity with their time and talents to enrich the lives of others in the community.

Organization helps families suffering loss of newborn child

Monday, May 23, 2016 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep has found a unique way to help families suffering the loss of their newborn babies.

Wenda Boyer, area coordinator for the group, and photographers Valerie Creitz and Edwin Davis recently spoke with The Press about the organization and taking photographs for families whose newborn has died.

The nonprofit organization began when Maddux Achilles Haggard was born Feb. 4, 2005, with a condition called myotubular myopathy.

His parents Mike and Cheryl Haggard had to make the excruciating decision to take him off life support.