It is with some regret that Memorial Day services were slowed during these tumultuous times, but Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home and social-distancing orders prevented large gatherings from celebrating those soldiers who fought and died for our country.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th; state Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-135th; and the office of state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, announced state funding totaling $859,257 was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority for projects in Northampton County through the Local Share Account.
Local Share Account grants support economic development, job training, community improvement and public interest projects.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported, as of May 19, the statewide total of COVID-19 cases is 63,666.
There are 286,034 patients who have tested negative to date. The statewide number of deaths is 4,624.
In Lehigh County, 3,491 positive cases, 10,865 negative cases and 182 deaths have been reported.
In Northampton County, 2,727 positive cases, 9,941 negative cases and 176 deaths have been reported.
Janet Dorwart and Scott Tobey, members of the mission team from Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, put out a call for donations to be given to Catasauqua Community Food Bank. The congregation members and their friends responded.
The team set up a drive-thru May 8 in the church parking lot at Second and Pine streets.
“We were happy with the response. Some people gave food, and others gave money, but everyone was glad to pitch in to help,” Dorwart said.
The food bank appreciated the help. The staff was running low as the lockdown continued.
The May 6 Hanover Township Council meeting was held via teleconference. The numbers were published on the website to call in.
According to township Manager Melissa Wehr, all township parks are closed, and no reservations are available. No date has been set for the parks to reopen. No one should be using the parks, it was mentioned.
As of press time, there was no information available regarding Catasauqua American Legion Post 215’s plans for Memorial Day services.
• Fullerton American Legion Post 367 has canceled its Memorial Day service due to COVID-19.
• Jones-Quigg American Legion Post 739, Hokendauqua, is doing private services to honor those veterans who lost their lives in service to the country. Due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, Post members are not opening the ceremonies to the public.
President Donald Trump made his first visit to the Lehigh Valley as president May 14 to tour the Owens & Minor Inc. medical supply distribution center, 7437 Industrial Blvd., Upper Macungie Township.
During a livestream video on the White House Web page, Trump discussed increasing the Strategic National Stockpile, coronavirus testing and state reopening plans.
Trump addressed an audience of several dozen employees, all sitting at least 6 feet apart and wearing masks. Trump did not wear a mask on the tour.
North Catasauqua Borough Council held a virtual meeting over video conference May 18. Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt discussed the state of the recreation committee in the midst of COVID-19.
Nearly all of the committee’s revenue comes from events and activities held in the summer, but it seems unlikely that most, if any, of those events will be able to take place.