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.
Community supporter Jay Gilbert recently joined Cetronia Ambulance Corps CEO Larry Wiersch and members of the Cetronia Ambulance Corps Bike Team in dedicating five new Kona Safari Land Patrol bicycles to be used during special operations and to provide special event stand-by EMS services during large events.
The ambulance corps provides coverage for gatherings such as the VIA Half Marathon, Central Catholic’s cross country team and many of the walks and runs at the Ironton Rail Trail, Lehigh Parkway, Trexler Nature Preserve and Rodale Park.
Joe Keglovits has had 30 years experience serving the residents of North Catasauqua on borough council and is running for reelection in November.
“I enjoy meeting and talking to borough residents at the many events we have in the borough and listening to their compliments and well as concerns alike,” he says. “Many times visitors to our town tell me that they wish that they could move or live here because the town is quaint, friendly and full of activity.”
Disasters can strike at any time, and the most common disaster threat people face across the country is a fire in their home. The American Red Cross, Eastern Pennsylvania Region, encourages everyone to be ready for emergencies like home fires by creating a disaster plan for their household during National Preparedness Month.
As part of its home fire campaign, which aims to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years, the Red Cross urges households to develop a fire escape plan and practice it with everyone in their home.
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute officials this month named the school’s next executive director.
Thomas J. “Tim” Rushton IV has been tapped to replace Executive Director Sandra Himes, who plans to retire this fall. He currently serves as LCTI’s director of career and technical education and has held that position since 2013.
Rushton is slated to assume his new role Oct. 5.
The 10th National Take Back Day drug collection event has been scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12.
Lehigh County residents can take expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to police departments and other locations at eight sites in Lehigh County. They can dispose of capsules, pills — including pet medications — and liquids. Syringes or sharps will not be accepted.
Residents who dispose of medications will remain anonymous, as has been the case in the last nine collections, and no questions will be asked.