Many employees of Lehigh County’s Department of Human Services attended the county commissioners’ meeting March 27, voicing concern about lack of progress on a contract.
The county sheriff increased security around the room, with additional officers inside and outside the meeting room; however, the assembly remained perfectly peaceful and respectful.
Their union contract expired Dec. 31, according to one of the people speaking to the commissioners during the public comment portion of the regular meeting.
On March 19, Sen. Bob Casey visited Moravian College to participate in a question and answer session. Son of Robert Casey Sr., former governor of Pennsylvania, Casey has the distinction of being the first Pennsylvania senator elected to a third consecutive term. Before the session began, Casey graciously thanked Dr. Bryon Grigsby, president of the college, for inviting him, and thanked attendees for their political action and for giving him their time.
Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure delivered his “State of the County” address March 27 at an early morning breakfast attended by about 120 county employees, business leaders and political rivals at Historic Hotel Bethlehem As the smell of bacon and hot coffee wafted through the room, a relaxed McClure spent approximately 40 minutes highlighting the accomplishments of the people who work for him. In doing so, he actually was explaining what county government does.
With the recent announcement that Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim is retiring, Lehigh County First Deputy Coroner and Operations Manager Eric D. Minnich has announced his candidacy for coroner.
Minnich, 41, a Democrat, began his employment with the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office as a part-time deputy coroner in 2006.
By 2007, he began as a full-time deputy coroner and, in 2012, began his leadership role as the first deputy coroner and operations manager, having been promoted by Grim.
The opioid crisis is making its avalanching consequences known across the country; to governments, the medical community, pharmaceutical industry and our own friends and families who are suffering through addiction or loss.
Amid the scramble to find ways of breaking the oft-deadly reliance on powerful drugs such as fentanyl, one solution being used locally is Medicated-Assisted Treatment, a process using FDA-approved medicines with therapy, counseling and 12-step programs.
It was the 90th anniversary of the founding of St. Anne’s Parish, time for a gala celebration. On Saturday, Feb. 2, some 200 parishioners gathered in the parish community center to mark the event. Attendees enjoyed a buffet supper and the opportunity to chat with fellow parishioners.
Grace Crampsie Smith, a Democrat and longtime Bethlehem resident, has announced her candidacy for Bethlehem City Council.
Crampsie Smith, who has lived in the city for 28 years, is a school counselor at Easton Area HS.
The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation recently announced $75,000 in grants from its 2018-19 Igniting Change Fund to provide additional resources to expand on the important work the Foundation began during its 50th anniversary year of Spark grantmaking in 2017.