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15 Local Fire, Ambulance Companies Receive Grant Funding

Fifteen fire and EMT organizations in the 131st Legislative District have been awarded nearly $200,000 in funding through the 2018-2019 Pennsylvania Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, state Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) announced Tuesday.

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Ice Cream Fundraiser Will Benefit Morgan’s Magical Ears

A fundraiser at a local ice cream shop Tuesday will help raise money for a charitable organization started by an area girl who believes in paying it forward. Morgan’s Magical Ears was started by eight-year-old Morgan Keely, of East Greenville, who is the recipient of bilateral cochlear implants that help her hear. In gratitude for the gift she has received, Morgan’s organization donates sand buckets filled with stuffed animals and other toys and games to children awaiting surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Keely was recently the recipient of a state citation presented by state Rep. Justin Simmons (R-131) and state Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) in recognition of her efforts. The June 9 fundraiser is being sponsored by the Saucon Valley LEO Club and will be held at The Inside Scoop, 301 N. Third St., Coopersburg, from 6 to 10 p.m. A portion of all the store’s sales will be donated to the LEOs, who will in turn donate the money to Morgan’s Magical Ears.

Child Protection Law Seminar Scheduled

State Rep. Justin Simmons (R-131) will host a seminar about Pennsylvania’s new child protection laws–including Act 31–on Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m. in the DeSales University Hurd Room, 2775 Station Ave., Center Valley. Anyone who volunteers or works with children is invited to attend, Simmons said in his weekly newsletter. “Representatives from the Department of Human Services will be on hand to explain the changes and provide recommendations on how to best comply with them,” the newsletter brief said. “With the passage of Act 31, many adults who volunteer or work with children are now required to obtain a criminal background check and child abuse clearances, in addition to reporting suspected child abuse to the proper authorities to avoid facing criminal prosecution.” To reserve a seat for the seminar, contact Dustan Raines in Simmons’ Emmaus district office by calling 610-965-5830 or by email at