Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Volunteer fire police captain Bob Gearhart, of Lower Saucon, received the life-saving transplant at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia Aug. 4.
The waiting is finally over for Bob Gearhart, a Lower Saucon Township resident and volunteer fire police captain with Se-Wy-Co Fire Company who was placed on a heart transplant waiting list in July 2010. Gearhart, 56, received his new heart during a 10-hour surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia Aug. 4, his sister-in-law Janene Koehler reported Saturday. Although he developed some complications that required a second surgery on Aug. 11, Gearhart is now stable, she said, and in good spirits. "Everything looks really good and he might be going home by Wednesday (Aug. 24)," she reported at Hellertown-Lower Saucon Community Day, where she was manning a booth set up to help collect donations for his continuing care. …
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Se-Wy-Co has taken over administrative duties for Leithsville in preparation for a full merger of the two companies by the end of the year.
Two local volunteer companies have entered into a "joint venture" in preparation for a full-scale merger, Lower Saucon Township Council members were told at their Feb. 2 meeting. Se-Wy-Co Fire Company President Sal Ghazi explained that as of Feb. 1, Leithsville Fire Company's administrative responsibilities have been taken over by its sister company. "Basically, all the administration will come through the financial officers," Ghazi explained, adding that "the residents of the township won't see any difference" in terms of responsiveness as a result of the new relationship. "The only difference is our checkbook will have two names on it," he said. The decision to have Leithsville combine with Se-Wy-Co was made after its membership dwindled…
Monday, February 7, 2011
Se-Wy-Co Fire Chief Thomas Barndt requests official support for the installation of the barriers along an accident-prone stretch of the busy interstate.
Editor's Note: According to Ronald Young, District Press Officer for PennDOT Engineering District 5, the plans to install a cable median barrier along I-78 are not recent and were first announced in October 2009 as part of an American Recovery & Reinvestment Act project totaling almost $10 million. The aim of the project is "to improve I-78 between exit 60 (PA 309/PA 145) and the New Jersey state line. The project began in the fall of 2009 and will finish this year," Young said. The work is to be completed by Kinsley Construction, Inc., of York, Pa. Ever since a Lower Saucon Township man crossed over the median separating I-78's eastbound and westbound lanes Jan. 25, improving safety along the accident-prone stretch of interstate has been …
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Basketball, breakfast, a new art exhibit, Super Bach and First Friday top the list.
It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend. Hellertown-Lower Saucon Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check out our picks for this weekend: Know of a local event that didn't make our Top 5 list? Tell us about it in the comments section!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Se-Wy-Co will take over administrative duties for Leithsville, whose dwindling membership was cited as the reason for the merger.
Lower Saucon Township Manager Jack Cahalan announced Jan. 19 that effective Feb. 1, the Se-Wy-Co and Leithsville volunteer companies "will enter into a partnership whereby the officers of Se-Wy-Co will assume (Leithsville's) administrative duties." The announcement was made at a Lower Saucon Township Council meeting. The decision to enter into a partnership was made because Leithsville's membership has dwindled to the point where its officers can no longer handle all of the administrative duties required of them, Cahalan explained. It was not an easy one, he indicated, adding that Se-Wy-Co Fire Chief Tom Barndt will be at council's Feb. 2 meeting to brief council on the merger. "This is a sign of the times and it's really a shame, and …