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Wolf’s mental health initiative brings officials, advocates to Muhlenberg | Parkland Press

Elected officials, community leaders, health care providers and mental health advocates gathered at Muhlenberg College Jan. 3 for a roundtable conversation. The diverse group was called together by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and state Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, to discuss mental health and related topics.
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Germansville woman recounts family’s fight against COVID-19 | Northwestern Press

What began as a celebratory trip for one Germansville couple quickly turned into a monthlong battle with the coronavirus and hospitalizations for both. Victoria Snyder, 66, and her husband Brian, 57, were on a Caribbean cruise in March for a 30th anniversary celebration when their ship was diverted from Puerto Rico to Florida on the way home.
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Trump tours Upper Macungie medical distribution facility | Parkland Press

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 of the visit on the White House web page, Trump discussed increasing the Strategic National Stockpile, coronavirus testing and state reopening plans.
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Student organizes mask making | Northwestern Press

In the face of the spreading coronavirus and increasing shortages of personal protective equipment in hospitals, a Northwestern Lehigh student has stepped up to provide critical supplies for workers on the front line. Kourtney Keim of Lowhill Township, a 10th grader and member of Girl Scout Senior Troop 682, brought together dozens of community volunteers to sew masks for local health care workers.
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Father shares ‘Ryan’s Story’ of loss and bullying | Northwestern Press

On Oct. 7, 2003, in Essex Junction, Vt., 13-year old Ryan Halligan took his own life after being bullied for years by classmates both in person and online. “My life, my family’s life will never be the same after that day,” his father John Halligan said as he presented “Ryan’s Story” at Northwestern Lehigh Middle School Feb. 19.
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Part IV: Center honors volunteers during Breakfast with Champions | Parkland Press

The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley’s “Breakfast With Champions” virtual series, highlighting the contributions of dedicated volunteers from around the Lehigh Valley, continued April 21-27 with a new set of nominees for several recognition categories — “Organizational Advocate,” “Retired Volunteer of the Year,” “Transformational Volunteer,” “Volunteer Leader” and “Volunteer Team.”

Planners take Ridge Farm under advisement | Parkland Press

More than 60 people were present during the virtual May 21 South Whitehall Township Planning Commission meeting for the preliminary review of the Ridge Farm major development proposal. Developer Kay Builders originally received conditional use approval for the plan in November 2019. According to township planner Gregg Adams, the Community Development Department recommended the planning commission take the plan under advisement to allow the applicant time to receive and address feedback. Adams
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Sim’s Market continues to serve the community during pandemic | Parkland Press

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many businesses remain open to provide essential services to their communities. One such store is Sim’s Market, 2401 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall Township. Owner Raj Patel and manager Bruce Schlegel spoke with The Press May 28 about how the health emergency has affected the market, and what steps the store has taken to continue providing patrons with groceries and other goods.
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