East Penn Press

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

OUT OF OUR MINDS ART STUDIO

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.

EMMAUS PUBLIC LIBRARY

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.

WENTZ HARDWARE

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.

THE BAUM SCHOOL OF ART

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.”

EMMAUS HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE

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.

EMMAUS POLICE

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.

SEVEN GENERATIONS CHARTER SCHOOL

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.

EMMAUS BOROUGH

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.

LEHIGH COUNTY CORONER

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

Motorist killed when his vehicle is struck by a train

A motorist died Dec. 14 when his vehicle collided with a train in Alburtis.

Marc Tobash, 28, of Lowhill Township, was pronounced dead at 6:40 a.m. by Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas at the West Penn Avenue railroad crossing, according to a media release from the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensics Center.

Authorities determined the cause of death to be multiple traumatic injuries due to an accident. The manner of death is ruled an accident.

Tobash was described as the operator of a motor vehicle involved in a collision with a train.

EMMAUS POLICE DEPARTMENT

Friday, November 17, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

Newest officers talk about policing as a profession

Sometimes the right job finds you.

Emmaus Police Officer Melanie Sayres joined the department soon after completing the Reading Police Academy and knew she was in the right place.

“It feels right. I can’t describe it,” she said of her job with the Emmaus Police Department in an interview recently.

“I just see it as a challenging career. I can’t see myself doing anything else,” Sayres said.

So far, Officer Sayres is enjoying being “on the job” to borrow a pop culture description of work as a police officer.