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Thursday, January 10, 2019 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Where customers remain friends

Mary George, former owner of George’s Greenhouse and family floral business in Emmaus, wants to set the record straight.

She is not dead.

When Carol Ernst, a later owner-operator of Flowers by George’s who worked in the George family’s business for more than three decades, died in August 2018, rumors spread that Mary, not Carol, was the woman who had passed.

An obituary announcement on social media prompted a call from Mary George’s nephew Mark Kline who had received a call from his daughter upset over Mary’s death.

Mary George picks up the story.

Book offers ‘A Stroll Through the Past’

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

It is everything you wanted to know about Alburtis and more.

The Alburtis Lockridge Historical Society released the 170-plus page volume “Alburtis: A Stroll Through the Past” in 2017 and, with its conversational tone and easy pace, the book feels very much like a relaxed chat with a friendly historian.

The book opens with a history of the borough. Readers learn the contemporary iteration of the borough started as two separate villages: Alburtis and Lockridge, the latter a company town providing housing for workers at the Lock Ridge Furnace.


Thursday, November 15, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

‘Mandee’s Lunchbox’ fundraiser will help those facing cancer

Amanda Faidley Layton collected metal lunch boxes, displaying her collection of more than 80 atop her kitchen cabinets.

On Nov. 17, Layton’s family and friends will gather at Out of Our Minds Art Studio, 65 S. Lea St., Macungie, to celebrate Layton’s memory and raise money for a project honoring Layton’s wish to help those with cancer and those who cared for them.

Layton succumbed to cancer in July.


Thursday, November 1, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

‘It’s a good kind of busy’

Fall is traditionally a bustling season of the year as schools reopen, summer vacations end and football teams return to the field.

Add business-as-usual at the Emmaus Public Library to the list.

Construction work at the new children’s wing continues. The calendars of events for children, teens and adults grows. And there is the regular work of the library to accomplish. A daunting to-do list. But a list Maryellen Kanarr, the new director of the Emmaus Public Library, is ready to handle.


Thursday, October 4, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

‘We’re ready for the next chapter’

In 1943, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president, Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper lit the silver screen in the Oscar winning version of Ernest Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” Silly Putty was invented, the 1942 Emmaus Hornets football season had ended in four wins, five losses and one tie, according to the Tattler yearbook of 1943 and George T. Wentz opened a plumbing supply store at 225 Main St., Emmaus.

The store would morph into Wentz Hardware and remain a fixture in Emmaus for the next 75 years.

On Oct. 31 the store will close.


Thursday, September 27, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Painting on Wednesdays

Every Wednesday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., artists gather for a painting workshop taught by Dana Van Horn at The Baum School of Art, Allentown.

And some of the artists have been coming for a quite some time.

Cindy Wilson, for example, jokes she’s been a student of Van Horn’s for 102 years.

“I’ve learned so much from him,” Wilson says. “As soon as my kids went to school, I started art lessons.”


Thursday, March 22, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

‘Tonight, tonight’ ‘West Side Story’ opens tonight

It all begins tonight.

Emmaus High School Theatre presents “West Side Story’ tonight through March 25.

Editor’s Note: The March 21 performance was postponed. The performance has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. March 26. The March 22 performance will go on as scheduled.

The show, famous for songs such as “Somewhere,” “Maria,” “Something’s Coming,” “I Feel Pretty” and, of course, “Tonight,” is often described as a retelling of William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet” with Tony and Maria as mid-century versions of the famous teen couple.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

Former military police officer finds a new law enforcement home in Emmaus

Emmaus Police Officer Carlos G. Marrero has been a police officer in a far corner of the globe.

The former U.S. Army military police officer served in Afghanistan where he was among those who taught Afghans the ins and outs of law enforcement – everything from handling weapons to conducting foot and mounted patrols.

No matter the skill or lessons, the core principle remained the same – the discipline necessary to be a police officer.

And Officer Marrero knows a lot about discipline.

When he left Puerto Rico in 2005 to join family, Marrero worked in warehouses.


Thursday, February 8, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Wellness Works in Schools brings mindfulness to school

Paying attention often is easier said than done, especially in elementary school.

The right tools, however, can help.

Students at Seven Generations Charter School, Emmaus, stocked their tool kits Jan. 24 when Wynne Kinder and Kim Stoltzfus with Wellness Works in Schools guided students, teachers, staff, administrators and a small group of parents and guardians in a school-wide workshop to help students improve their attention skills through mindfulness techniques, movement and singing.


Thursday, February 1, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Former mayor says ‘It was time’

On Dec. 18, 2017, Winfield Iobst attended his last Emmaus Borough Council meeting as mayor, choosing not to run for re-election earlier in the year and stepping down after more than two decades as mayor.

“I really felt it was time for me to go out,” Iobst said in the kitchen of the house in which he grew up and has called home for much of his life. “I am going out on a good note... I felt that I helped by being the mayor of Emmaus,” he said.