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Insights with LehighValleyNews.com on WLVR | February 16, 2024

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Phil Gianficaro
Big Z is the new mascot at Whitehall-Coplay School District. The mascot's name is an homage to the school nickname, Zephyr, which honors a train that once ran through Whitehall Township.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Join Megan Frank every Friday at 9:30am and 6:30pm for Insights with LehighValleyNews.com on WLVR.

Each week she’s joined by reporters to talk about the stories they’ve been following. These journalists are experts in their beats and offer you a greater understanding of the stories they’re working on.

This week, Megan digs deeper into Environment and Science Reporter Molly Bilinski’s investigative piece on the Allentown State Hospital site remediation efforts. Developers are hoping to convert the site into a mixed-use community.

However, the 100-year-old psychiatric hospital grounds will need to meet all PADEP regulatory requirements before development can start. Molly also fills Megan in on the short but interesting life-cycle of cicadas and when we can expect them in Lehigh Valley.

Phil Gianficaro joins Megan with the story of a non-traditional Whitehall-Coplay School District mascot that some are not on board with.

It’s “The Big Z,” a cartoon-like character that pays homage to Zephyr, a train that once ran through Whitehall Township. Phil was also on hand when the first Lehigh Valley drive-thru-only WAWA opened. He chatted with folks that appreciate this new service, for a variety of reasons.

Listen below...

Molly Bilinski (l) joins Megan Frank on Insights on Feb. 15, 2024
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Phil Gianficaro joins Megan Frank on Insights on Feb. 15, 2024.
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