With schools closed and orders from the state to stay at home, children throughout Pennsylvania are sorely missing spending time with their friends. For many Sheckler Elementary School students, that includes Officers Patrick Best and Jenna Potak, the Catasauqua Area School District school resource officers.
Hopeful to stay connected with students despite the shutdown, Catasauqua Police Department introduced the Chalk Your Walk campaign in the borough, where children and residents are asked to write encouraging chalk messages on the sidewalks for first responders.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has reported, as April 7, there are 14,559 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania now have cases of COVID-19.
The department also reported 240 total deaths among positive cases.
In Lehigh County, there are 1,146 positive cases and 10 deaths.
In Northampton County, there are 774 positive cases and 14 deaths.
There are 76,719 patients who have tested negative to date.
Mr. Harold Balliet was reared in Coplay, graduating from Whitehall High School in 1984. A co-op student, he worked at Laneco, where his mother, Grace, was the deli manager. His wage was $4 an hour.
Upon graduation, he worked for a number of food distributors. Harold later worked for Eastern Industries, where he learned to operate quarry equipment.
His cement career started at Essroc, now Lehigh Heidelberg, in 1993.
Harold recalls, “I was hired by labor foreman Rick Gaston and soon was assigned to the quarry, where I could use my equipment skills.”
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Despite their small size, Catasauqua and North Catasauqua boroughs have had many famous and important visitors and residents.
In the 19th and early-20th centuries, a host of celebrities, ranging from the Emperor of Brazil Horace Greeley and Secretary of War Simon Cameron to Thomas Edison and Louis Comfort Tiffany visited the Crane Iron Works.
Buffalo Bill Cody, a friend of Pennsylvania Hotel proprietor John Geiger, was a frequent visitor and rode in a 1914 Old Home Week parade.
The latest COVID-19 shutdown from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has closed all nonessential business that cannot be conducted remotely, and unfortunately for hopeful homeowners and sellers, that includes real estate.
Whitehall-based Realtor Shari Noctor described how social distancing and closures for real estate agents and other adjacent businesses has brought the market to a standstill in the Lehigh Valley.
Businesses throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley have begun to offer creative ways to get their products and services to customers. Inspired by the #OpenWeStand movement, the Chamber has introduced a new campaign to encourage Greater Lehigh Valley residents to support local businesses by taking advantage of these solutions.
On social media, users are asked to use the hashtag OpenWeStandLV to spread the word and encourage their friends, families and followers to get involved. Instagram posts with this hashtag are also posted on the Chamber’s website.
If you were the owner of South Whitehall Township’s popular Josh Early Candies, what would you do with all the Easter chocolates you made for the upcoming holiday but could not sell due to the coronavirus sweeping the country?
How about donate it all to the employees and physicians working at the Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke’s University Health Network? That’s exactly what Barry Dobil Sr., current owner of the family-run business, is doing.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has made saying farewell to lost loved ones and friends even more heart-wrenching. Although death care services are considered essential and are permitted by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to continue physical operations, large gatherings of any kind are prohibited.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has mandated funeral directors to “delay these events or limit these events to 10 people or less.”