The 2017 4-H Potato Grading and Identification Contest was held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Jan. 11.
Sixteen teams with 73 4-H members from Bradford, Dauphin, Indiana, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Union counties participated.
Catasauqua resident Sophia Vargas was among the 4-H members who participated in the contest for the first time.
Competing with her on the third-place Lehigh County basic “A” team were Jonas Geiger, of Schnecksville; Marisa Berger, of Kutztown; and Alaina Muller, of Orefield.
As the local leader for Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) is preparing to disburse $75,000 as part of the 2017 Lehigh Valley Greenways Mini-Grant Program. The online application period is now open and runs through 4 p.m. March 3.
Lehigh County Commissioner Tom Creighton III has announced his candidacy for Magisterial District Judge in District 31-3-01, which covers Slatington Borough and Lynn, Lowhill, Heidelberg, Washington and Weisenberg townships.
“I would first like to thank the current Magisterial District Judge, the Honorable Rod Beck, and wish him well on his upcoming retirement,” Creighton said.
“Judge Beck has been a keystone in keeping our community safe and ensuring the position of magisterial district judge has been one of integrity and justice.
Former Lehigh County Commissioner Marc Grammes has announced he intends to do something no other county commissioner has ever done before: return as a Lehigh County commissioner elected to nonconsecutive terms.
Grammes served as an at-large commissioner 2004-08.
He resides in Slatedale, Washington Township, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four children.
He is seeking to return as the District One commissioner, the seat now held by Commissioner Tom Creighton, who is not seeking re-election.
State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, was joined Jan. 3 in Harrisburg by 22 other first-term legislators as he took the oath of office in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
The newly sworn-in state representative has vowed to fight for property tax reform, job creation and infrastructure improvements.
During a ceremony at the state Capitol, state Rep. Dan McNeill was sworn in Jan. 3 to begin his third term fighting for the residents of Lehigh County.
“As we start the 2017-18 legislative session, I am going to focus on continuing my fight against the opioid and heroin addiction problem that is unfortunately plaguing the Lehigh Valley and devastating too many families. This will be done with a dual approach through legislation in Harrisburg and educational efforts in the form of local town hall meetings,” said McNeill, D-133rd.
Residents living in and around Bethlehem can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church will host this community event Jan. 17. The site is located at 580 Bridle Path Road, Bethlehem.
Screenings can check for:
• The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health
• HDL and LDL cholesterol levels
• Diabetes risk
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Dec. 14 an investigation by the district attorney’s Drug Task Force has led to a significant arrest in Coplay.
Michael Louis Frasier, 27, of 136 Front St., Coplay, has been charged with six counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony; seven counts of possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor; and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Along with the drug charges, Frasier has been charged with two counts of receiving stolen property, a felony of the second degree.
On a cold, moonlit December night, the North Catasauqua Betterment Committee set out to judge the 10th annual North Catasauqua Small Town USA Holiday Home Decorating Contest. The committee toured around the borough viewing homes of this year’s contestants, which totaled 30 homes this year.
The Alpha Chapter Pa. of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Society of Women Educators recently celebrated its 62nd anniversary. Alpha Delta Chapter, organized in the Allentown School District, was the first chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa and established in Pennsylvania in 1954.