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Lehigh Carbon Community College has renamed the student union at its main campus in Schnecksville to the Byron L. Shoemaker Student Union in honor of a generous contribution that will provide scholarships to students. The Byron L. Shoemaker Foundation and its trustees, Jim M. Wood, Nancy L. Matyascik and Richard A. Cassar, established the scholarship in Shoemaker’s memory with a gift in excess of $300,000 in November. Shoemaker, a Lehighton native who died in February 2017, was a Certified Public Accountant, working with Dreslin & Co., then with Cappelletti, Shoemaker & Co., and finally as a sole practitioner.

Conquest Funding Inc. of Upper Macungie Township said that CF Fund II LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company, has been qualified with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to offer and sell securities to the public under the amended Regulation A. CF Fund II is a debt-only fund operating in Pennsylvania and a wholly owned subsidiary of CFI that is offering and selling promissory notes to investors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The fund will invest in loans backed by residential and commercial real estate.

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Blue Mountain Resort in Lower Towamensing Township said it partnered with local cancer research organization Carve 4 Cancer to raise money this past winter for blood cancer research and financial assistance for local patients. It will present a check to the organization for more than $26,000.


KDG of South Whitehall Township said its small business information technology support team was named the Bronze Stevie Award Information Technology Department of the Year in the 16th Annual American Business Awards. The American Business Awards are open to all organizations in the U.S.

The TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce in Pottstown announced the recipients of the 2018 TriCounty Chamber Awards: Making A Difference Award – Exelon Nuclear and Pottstown Hospital Tower Health; Delivering Possibilities Award – Tompkins VIST Bank; Delivering Solutions Award – TriCounty Community Network; Be the Bridge Awards – the chamber’s board of directors and ambassadors; Ambassador of the Year – Bill Wellen, FastSigns; and Volunteer of the Year and Chairman of the Year – Rich Graver, Victory Bank. The TriCounty Chamber Awards were presented at its 2018 annual dinner.

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township is listed among Becker’s Healthcare “100 Great Hospitals in America” for 2018. According to Becker’s, hospitals included on the list have been recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes and staff and physician satisfaction. LVH-Cedar Crest is one of only six hospitals in Pennsylvania recognized by Becker’s and the only one in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

St. Luke’s University Health Network of Fountain Hill won stable bond ratings from S&P Global Ratings nationally. S&P assigned its A-/stable rating to St. Luke’s Northampton County General Purpose Authority 2018A and 2018B bonds, as well as to other debt issued in prior years for St. Luke’s.

Air Products Inc. of Trexlertown was named a 2018 DiversityInc Noteworthy company. The Noteworthy list recognizes some of the nation’s top companies for diversity and inclusion management. These companies excel in such areas as hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT and veterans.


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