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Stories and features covering local community meetings, events, gatherings, ceremonies and other occurrences across the Allentown, PA area and Lehigh County.

Bylines in the weekly papers of the Lehigh Valley Press and the daily Times News.

Parkland Press

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.
Parkland Press

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.”
Northwestern Press

‘Muffin Man’ receives special delivery of sweet treats | Northwestern Press

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there has been noticeable shortages or difficulties obtaining important goods including, in at least one instance, a favorite food. For Ryan Medina, 15, of Leesport, that favorite is Hostess Blueberry Mini Muffins but thanks to a sweet relationship with the bakery, he is well-stocked with tasty treats for the future. Ryan has been known as the “Muffin Man” since he was 2 years old, according to his mother Melissa Medina, who spoke with The Press. “Ever
Parkland Press

PART I: Volunteer Center kicks off ‘Breakfast With Champions’ | Parkland Press

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and mandated social distancing and stay-at-home orders, the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley is honoring the dedication and work done by community members by transforming the 27th annual “Breakfast With Champions” into an online recognition series. The series, shared over Facebook, recognizes more than 40 volunteers nominated by local nonprofits with special posts highlighting each volunteer’s hard work done.

Volunteer Center highlights volunteers’ dedication with virtual “Breakfast With Champions” series | Bethlehem Press

As a part of their monthlong “Breakfast With Champions” virtual volunteer recognition series, the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley highlighted a new round of nominees for their Biggest Heart and Most Reliable volunteer categories April 7-13. Jessica Reynolds was nominated for the Biggest Heart because of her outstanding service with the Sixth Street Shelter, Turner Street and Ferry Street Apartments, where she serves at the front desk and on the fundraising committee.
Northwestern Press

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.
Northwestern Press

Mystery author shares passion for reading, writing | Northwestern Press

Students gained insight into the mind and inspiration of a writer, courtesy of Bethlehem author and librarian Josh Berk, during a presentation Feb. 25 at Northwestern Lehigh Middle School. Berk told students his interest in writing started when he was “a young lover of books,” noting he was drawn to fantasy novels in middle school, particularly “The Chronicles of Narnia series.”
Parkland Press

Indian American organizations host first Lehigh Valley Consular Service Camp | Parkland Press

Members of the local Indian American community looking for consular assistance visited the Coldwater Crossing Clubhouse, Breinigsville, Feb. 15 to attend the first Lehigh Valley Consular Services Camp. The event was organized as a collaboration between local Indian American organizations including the Indian American Association of the Lehigh Valley, Hindu Temple Society and Indian American PAC of the Lehigh Valley, among others, and the Consulate General of India in New York City.
Northwestern Press

Exploring their world | Northwestern Press

Sixth-grade students from Northwestern Lehigh Middle School’s Team Explorers were in for a globe-trotting adventure recently as they participated in the “Explore Your World with Compass Travels” project display event. Inside the school library, dozens of colorful presentations created by the Explorer students, classmates and library staff were on display, showcasing more than two dozen countries across six continents.
Northwestern Press

Pastor Yonney bids farewell | Northwestern Press

Churchgoers recently filled the sanctuary at Heidelberg United Church of Christ to celebrate the final service of the Rev. Karen Yonney, who retired after 15 years as pastor. Before joining Heidelberg UCC, she also served as a minister at First United Church of Christ, Hellertown. “It is an honor and a privilege to be welcoming you here this morning on my last Sunday, and a joy, so let us celebrate our God this morning,” Yonney said, as she greeted attendees at her March 1 service.
Parkland Press

Community initiative to tackle homeless veterans’ crisis | Parkland Press

A new initiative to address the crisis of veteran homelessness in the Lehigh Valley was recently unveiled by local leaders, government officials and community partners at the Lehigh County Government Center, Allentown. Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs Director Tom Applebach announced the creation of the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veteran Fund. Additionally, he announced that state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, had secured $200,000 in grants for the fund.
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