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DiLuzio’s statement on Floyd murder

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Posted on Facebook June 3 - George Floyd’s death and Policing in America

Last Tuesday, when the video of George Floyd’s death was aired, I was horrified at what I saw. Like all Americans across this nation, I was outraged at the callous actions of the Police Officer kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck. I was also shocked at the actions of the three other officers who stood idly by and did not attempt to intervene even though it was their duty to do so.

State says follow CDC guidelines

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

With Northampton and Lehigh counties now in Governor Tom Wolf’s Yellow, childcare facilities are allowed to open if they can comply with Department of Human Services (DHS) guidance. Pa. is not issuing its own guidance for daycare centers; rather, the state expects childcare facilities to operate according to CDC advice (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/gu...). This is true for all daycare facilities, including home-based daycares, pre-K programs at schools, and Head Start programs.

Birthday girl 95 years young!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Calvin Coolidge was in the White House when Gertrude Anderson came into the world in 1925. Fifteen U.S. presidents later, Anderson celebrated her milestone 95th birthday June 9. Her maiden name was Yeakel as she grew up on a farm now part of the Buckeye Pipe Line complex.

She stopped attending school at the nearby one-room schoolhouse at age 12 to help work the family farm. Both the farm and school buildings no longer exist.

Board eager to move to yellow

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Leigh Commissioners, meeting via Zoom, once again heard a motion from Commissioner Nathan Brown to urge Pa. Governor Tom Wolf to move Lehigh County from COVID-19 phase Red to phase Yellow earlier than June 5.

Unlike at the previous meetings his motion received a second so the issue moved to a discussion. This time Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty seconded Brown’s motion. He said he supported the motion because, “this time it is only asking [Gov. Wolf to reconsider.] It’s not forcing the Governor to do anything.”

Borough audit reports positive fiscal year

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by CHRIS HARING in Local News

Deborah Bacon of Zelenkofske Axelrod LLC presented the 2019 Hellertown Borough Audit at the June 1 borough council virtual meeting. She opened on a positive note, saying that the audit demonstrated an “unmodified or clean opinion on the financial statements and there were no findings to be reported.” The audit reported a $1 million dollar surplus of borough revenues versus expenses, compared with a $200,000 shortfall in 2018 and a $400,000 surplus in 2017.

‘Not every moment a victory’ Honking horns salute Saucon Valley’s Class of 2020

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by CHRIS HARING in Local News

The 123rd class of Saucon Valley High School celebrated graduation exercises Saturday, June 6 in a unique ceremony in the parking lot of the district’s campus.

Families sat in their festively decorated vehicles as they watched the ceremony on the big screen and tuned their car radios to hear audio from speakers on this sunny, warm and breezy late-spring afternoon.

The ceremony was posted one day due to impending storms.