Three candidates are on the Democratic ballot for United States senator in the April 26 primary election: John Fetterman, Allegheny County; Katie McGinty, Chester County; and Joe Sestak, Delaware County. A fourth candidate, Joseph Vodvarka, Allegheny County, was removed from the ballot. Voters are asked to select one candidate.
The Press asked all Democratic candidates the question, “What do you see as the primary concern of your constituents?” The candidates’ answers are listed below.
Q. What is the Zika virus?
A. The Zika virus is a virus carried by a mosquito.
Q. How is the Zika virus transmitted?
A. The virus is almost always acquired by a mosquito bite. It also can spread from an infected mother to a child in the womb and, to a smaller degree, by sexual contact or blood transfusions.
Q. What are the symptoms of the virus?
A. The primary symptoms are a fever, rash, red eyes and joint pains.
Q. Who is at risk?
A. Anyone any age is at risk if exposed to mosquitoes in a country with active Zika circulating.
Chris Emery of Longswamp Township, Berks County, worried he may have done something wrong when he found out Feb. 4 he would not be welcomed back to a job he held for 12 years at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, South Whitehall.
Anyone going to the amusement park may have seen Chris Emery cleaning the bathrooms, sweeping, handing out maps and giving directions to guests.
This 2006 Brandywine High School graduate first heard about the job 12 years ago through family friends.
Lehigh County Controller Republican Glenn Eckhart was sworn in Jan. 4 for his second four-year term in the Lehigh County Courthouse with the Honorable Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge Dougles G. Reichley presiding.
In addition, Eckhart organized an event to honor his staff at the Masters at Shepherd Hills Jan. 6 inviting Reichley, the Honorable Northampton County Common Pleas Judge Emil A. Giordano and the Honorable Lehigh County Court of Common Please Judge James T. Anthony as well as family members of the staff.
Editor's note: Tips about filing the Free Application for Financial Aid form were presented recently at Emmaus High School. This article, which first ran in the East Penn Press, is reprinted here in order to assist Catasauqua parents and students.
Despite bitterly cold temperatures, over 150 students and parents attended the financial aid night at Emmaus High School recently.
Presenting was Kim Adamson, assistant director of student financial services at Cedar Crest College.
The Lehigh County The Right Information and Direction/Project Lifesaver welcomed Sgt. Clyde Hoch, U.S.M.C., of Pennsburg, to its monthly meeting Jan. 13 at the Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 Elm St., Allentown.
Hoch is an award winning author and mentor with the Veterans' Mentor Program sponsored by District Attorney James Martin. Hoch also helped to open a home in Pennsburg for his fellow vets.
At this time of year, many of our Press readers have questions about Santa, the elves and the reindeer.
For the answers, we went to the Providence Children's Learning Center, 1290 Minesite Road, Allentown, at Grace Community Church Dec. 18.
There, we found Caine Kachmar, Isabella Fulper, Hadlee Horvath, Robert Horvath, Zoe Santana, Bella DeMarco and Landon Miller, ready with answers to our questions.
Q. What is Santa's most favorite Christmas Eve snack?
Volunteers placed wreaths on veterans' graves in cemeteries at more than 850 locations Dec. 13 to honor those who have served their country.
Locally, ceremonies were held at Resurrection Cemetery, 547 N. Krocks Road, Wescosville; Grandview Cemetery, 2735 Walbert Ave., Allentown; and Cedar Hill Memorial Park on Airport Road.
The Press asked the candidates what the most pressing issue was facing Pennsylvanians and why he should be elected or re-elected governor of the commonwealth.
Incumbent Tom Corbett
The most pressing issue facing our state is the unfunded $50 billion pension debt.
This crisis will grow to a cost that will double the state budget in a few years. It will cost each Pennsylvania household over $13,000.
The mother of 6-year-old Dylan Hockley, who was killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn., visited Allentown recently to discuss the Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act.
Nicole Hockley is communications director for Sandy Hook Promise, a national, nonprofit organization led by community members and several parents and spouses who lost loved ones in the shooting Dec. 14, 2012.
Twenty first-grade students and six educators were killed.
Adam Lanza, 20, was charged with the shooting.