United Way’s 2-1-1 help line is a free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral service that connects 97 percent of Pennsylvanians with all the health and human services available to help.
In 2017, more than 199,000 Pennsylvanians turned to 2-1-1 for help. In our region, 2-1-1 calls for health and human services have more than doubled over the past three years, from approximately 2,800 in 2013-14 to 7,400 in 2016-17. Sixty percent of those calls were for homeless services and housing.
Bud Cole Memorial Scholarship
Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association (BHCWA) is accepting submissions for the Bud Cole Memorial Scholarship.
All college-bound high school seniors residing within the boundaries of the watershed, including the Northampton Area and Catasauqua Area school districts, are eligible.
The topic this year is: “How does our use of the land affect water quality and quantity?”
State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, has announced extended hours at the Whitehall district office and new hours at the Fountain Hill Borough Hall.
McNeill’s district office located at 1080 Schadt Ave., Whitehall, will remain open until 6 p.m. every Wednesday.
The normal business hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
McNeill reminds constituents that her office is located inside the ReMax building on the far left side when walking in the front door.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels of Northampton County was one of 39 recipients of Jean Griswold Foundation grants, which support nonprofits that benefit seniors across the United States.
The grant was awarded by the Lehigh Valley office of Griswold Home Care. The awards help subsidize health initiatives and home health services for those who otherwise couldn’t afford them.
Every dollar donated is used to further Griswold Home Care’s mission to support programs and services that allow seniors to age in place.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1900 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Allentown, is hosting a Fabulous Fish Fry supper 5-7 p.m. March 22.
Hush puppies, coleslaw, assorted desserts and beverages will also be served.
There is a cost. Children ages 3 and under eat for free.
The event will be held in the handicapped-accessible parish hall.
Profits benefit St. Andrew’s ministries.
For more information, call 610-865-3603, email at email@example.com or visit the website, standrewsbethlehem.org.
District Attorney Jim Martin is asking residents to clean out their medicine cabinets when they change their clocks for Daylight Saving Time March 11.
Residents should identify and dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications, some of which can be both dangerous and addictive.
Medications may be disposed of at Catasauqua Police Department, 90 Bridge St., 24 hours, seven days a week.
Lehigh Valley Music Teachers Association (LVMTA) will hold its 36th annual Hannah Young Play-A-Thon 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 24 and 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 25 at Lehigh Valley Mall, Whitehall. Lehigh Valley music students will perform at three locations within the mall.
Special guest will be Miss Pennsylvania 2018, Katie Schreckengast, a saxophonist and current member of Penn State’s Blue Band. She will be at the mall noon Sunday.
The Pennsylvania State Police is seeking donations of a few good horses, of quiet, sound dispositions and free of serious stable vices, to supplement the force’s 26-horse mounted patrol unit stabled at the Academy in Hershey. The equines will be used statewide for searches, crowd control, security and patrol operations in remote areas, and participation in parades, demonstrations and other community events.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Feb. 17-19 in observance of Presidents Day.
Customers can still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day without an additional online services fee.
The Center for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS), has released its 2017 third-quarter ratings for nursing home facilities, and Cedarbrook received five out of five stars for overall quality, as well as four out of five stars on both quality measures and registered nurse staffing.
“I want to commend and recognize the hard work and commitment of the Cedarbrook staff,” Lehigh County Executive Philips Armstrong said. “Their everyday efforts, from caring for residents and running the facility, are the reason we’ve been rewarded with this distinction.”