With the coldest months of the year upon us, it is only a matter of time until the first snowfall of the season hits. And it certainly did Jan. 23.
Sledding, a seasonal favorite for children of all ages seeking thrills, is probably high on their to-do lists as the first flakes hit the ground.
A veteran prosecutor in the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office has been named supervisor of the narcotics unit.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Joseph R. Stauffer, who has been in the office since 2004, supervises a unit that includes five other attorneys.
Stauffer approves most of the search warrants for the drug unit, manages forfeitures for the unit and approves most of the felony criminal complaints involving drug prosecutions.
State Rep. Julie Harhart, R-183rd, has decided her 11th term in office, which will end with the 2015-16 session, will be her final term as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
“It has been an honor and privilege to represent the residents of the 183rd District in the state House,” Harhart said. “In doing so, I have made many friends, both in the General Assembly and the surrounding community, that I will miss tremendously. They have helped to make public service, while challenging, one of the most satisfying experiences of my life.”
The Lehigh County District Attorneys Office has obtained the first gang enhancement sentence in an assault case as the office and the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center contribute resources to gang-related prosecutions.
A 20-year-old Allentown woman who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault as a first-degree felony was sentenced Jan. 5 to four to 20 years in state prison for assaulting a 15-year-old girl, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Bethany Zampogna. She has been named supervisor of gang prosecutions, human trafficking and nuisance bars.
Thirteen Lehigh Career & Technical Institute students qualified for the Pennsylvania FBLA 2016 State Leadership Conference during last week’s regional contest at Lehigh Carbon Community College.
Students from the Administrative Office Technology/Accounting, Computer & Networking Technology and Web Design/Web Programming programs scored Top 3 finishes in eight categories at the Region 28 Leadership Conference to secure berths in the state event, to be held April 11-13 in Hershey.
The Administrative Office Technology/Accounting student qualifier is:
January is Nation Radon Action Month, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has devised an initiative to bring the dangers of radon to the forefront. Radon is a naturally occurring carcinogen with many case studies showing a direct correlation to lung cancer and other possible diseases. Radon is a radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium, thorium and radium in rock and soil. With no scent or taste and being invisible, radon is a silent killer that seeps into building structures and does not discriminate against its victims.
Citrus County, Fla., board of directors met during a recent monthly meeting and presented Bill Leiner Sr., former longtime Coplay resident, with an award as the last living Pearl Harbor survivor in Citrus County.
Fleet Reserve Association Branch 186 of Citrus County has held annual events for the past 20 years to honor those who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. Twenty years ago, there were 19 survivors. Today, there is only one.
RenewLV recently announced that board members Julie Thomases and Ron Beitler were appointed to two important planning boards.
Thomases, an Allentown native, was appointed to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, and Beitler, a Lower Macungie Township commissioner, was appointed to Lehigh County’s Sterling Raber Farmland Preservation Board.
Lehigh County commissioners recently voted unanimously to appoint both board members.
Thomases joins about 30 planners from Lehigh and Northampton counties on the LVPC, and Beitler is one of nine members of the preservation board.
Deb Nothstein could never look beyond a child in need. That is why after her sudden passing more than five years ago, her family, friends and coworkers established the Mrs. Nothstein’s Helping Hands Fund.
In the past five years, the fund has distributed more than $35,000 in assistance, providing needed items for children and their families experiencing hardships.
Where could all that money come from? Funds arrive from private contributions organizational donations and the annual Homemade Holiday Sale organized by Deb’s family and friends.
Fellowship Community, Whitehall, held an emergency preparedness drill Oct. 15 to test the effectiveness of its emergency policies and procedures.