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.
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute recently welcomed the 2016-17 lineup of Skills-USA officers.
The students, who represent a variety of sending high schools and career and technical education programs, were recognized at pinning ceremonies recently.
Among the officers is a student from Catasauqua High School.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
It provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation’s classrooms.
Paul Rizzo, 15th Congressional candidate, has announced he has achieved ballot access for the November election to run against incumbent Republican Charlie Dent and Democrat Rick Daugherty.
Rizzo is the first Libertarian to run for this seat since 2004, when Richard J. Piotrowski ran.
Rizzo said he is looking forward to bringing the message of limited government, less taxes and more personal freedom to the 2016 election.
A resident of Hanover Township, he is married and has two children.
AAA East Central, along with Lehigh County Auto Theft Task Force, will be providing free anti-car theft Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching for car windows 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 20 at AAA East Penn, 2072 Downyflake Lane, Allentown.
Allentown Fire Department’s K-9 Judge is a finalist in the 2016 American Hero Dog contest.
A 7-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, he joined the department in 2011. Fire Chief Lee Laubach is Judge’s handler.
State Farm’s Arson Dog Scholarship program donated Judge to the city. He is the first State Farm Arson Dog in city history and was the first in either Pennsylvania or New Jersey in several years.
Judge already has been designated as Hero Dog in the arson category. He is now vying with seven other dogs for top honors from American Humane Association.