Catasauqua Press

Friday, March 22, 2019

Armstrong apologizes for story told during address

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

As a way of explaining why he made no promises during his campaign for office, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong told what some considered a socially unacceptable story, during his State of the County address Feb. 21 at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, about a supposed friend, a light blue Cadillac convertible and a “blonde.”

The Press contacted Armstrong for comment on his story and the reaction of two Lehigh County commissioners when they heard what he had said.

Armstrong replied to The Press’ question via email Feb. 26.

County coroner resigns

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

Grim accepts position with state

Scott Grim has announced he is stepping down as Lehigh County’s coroner effective Feb. 28.

After 26 years investigating the cause and manner of hundreds of deaths within his jurisdiction, Grim said he is looking forward to his new job with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Grim will be investigating violent deaths and working with other coroners, law enforcement officials and district attorneys to develop programs to reduce the number of these types of deaths.

Mammography imaging coming to S. Whitehall center

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

Women invited to schedule

Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, part of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), will be offering screening mammograms 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 10, 2019, at Roma Corporate Center, 1605 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall.

On average, the mammogram takes less than 15 minutes.

According to information provided by LVHN, the 3D Mammography Coach uses a Peplink EPX 15 Cellular SD-WAN router, which provides real-time imaging, as if clinicians were providing the mammogram in the hospital.

Tornado hits Heidel farm

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

She had just parked her car at the barn across the driveway from her house when she heard buckets rolling down the macadam. Then, she heard the roof of the farm workshop explode.

Sonia Fink, co-owner of Heidel Hollow Farm in Germansville, described what she heard as she tried to make it to safety when an EF0 tornado (an Enhanced Fujita scale measuring tornadoes) ripped through her family farm just before 6 p.m. July 22.

“I struggled to make it to the tree,” Fink said.

Fink family is honored for 200 years of farming

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

The Lehigh County Agricultural Land Preservation Program and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Farmland Preservation celebrated 30 years of permanently preserving farms for agricultural production during a ceremony June 7 at Heidel Hollow Farm, Germansville.

David and Sonia Fink, owners of Heidel Hollow, were recognized as having a Bicentennial Farm for 200 years of family farming.

More than 5,270 farm owners, through state and county programs, have preserved more than 550,000 acres.

This number has Pennsylvania leading the nation in the number of farms and acres preserved.

Lehigh Valley Press weekly newspapers welcome new advertising director

Friday, April 6, 2018 by Debra Palmieri in Business Showcase

Terry Plinke has been named the new advertising director for the Lehigh Valley Press’ eight weekly newspapers.

Plinke started her career in medical laboratory sales in 1976.

She and her husband, Richard, worked together in Outdoor Marketing Systems, creating transit advertising for bus shelters and on buses.

Born and raised in Reading, Berks County, the mother of three adult sons and her husband live in the West End of Allentown.

Upper Macungie woman dies in 6-vehicle crash

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

An Upper Macungie woman died Dec. 5 in a chain-reaction traffic crash along Route 222 South, just north of Krocks Road, Lower Macungie.

According to the Office of Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim, Fay A. Parry, 81, of 100 Ramapo Trail, Upper Macungie, was pronounced dead at the crash scene at 2:40 p.m. by Deputy Coroner Richard Pender.

An autopsy performed Dec. 6 determined Parry died from multiple blunt force trauma. The death was ruled an accident, according to the coroner’s report.

State university faculty on strike

Thursday, October 20, 2016 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

According to information provided by Daniel Spiegel, APSCUF public relations chair, spokesperson and Kutztown University computer science professor, Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties union members are heading to the picket lines after negotiators waited through the night for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to return to the bargaining table.

Armstrong calls out 183rd opponent

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

Mako responds to allegations that he has refused debates

Phillips Armstrong, candidate for state representative in the 183rd Legislative District, released the following information Sept. 29 regarding Zach Mako, also a candidate for the seat in the 183rd Legislative District.

Armstrong says he has made himself available to debate Mako in three public forums since the primary.

These include a public forum organized by the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce, scheduled for Oct. 5 and canceled by Mako, and a candidate forum arranged by PBS 39 the week of Sept. 13.

Special ops team practices silo rescue

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

For some members of the Lehigh County Special Operations Team, based in South Whitehall Township, a trip to outlying farmland may be a new experience.

But, the skills of these volunteers would be vital if there were an emergency at a nearby farm and a worker needed to be rescued from a silo filled with corn silage, possibly some 70 feet in height.

With this in mind, Penn State Extension, Lehigh County, arranged and paid for a training session for the special operations volunteers.