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Thursday, October 19, 2017

PPL ELECTRIC UTILITIES

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Company gives away trees in new program

PPL Electric Utilities is giving away trees.

The utility company is donating trees to local and municipal governments, schools and organizations with an environmental focus through its new Community Roots program.

On Sept. 13 representatives from the company along with staff members of the Wildlands Conservancy planted trees at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus, one of the Wildlands Conservancy sites, to open the program.

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Borough of Emmaus petition for appeal denied

The Borough of Emmaus firefighters are employees of the borough.

In a decision dated Sept. 26, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Middle District denied an appeal brought by the Borough of Emmaus, effectively supporting a final order issued by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board dated Sept. 16, 2014.

In a final order issued by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board the decision reads as follows:

ANIMALS IN DISTRESS

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, tours animal shelter in support of Libre’s Law

In June, Pennsylvania became safer for animals, especially pets, when Gov. Tom Wolf signed Libre’s Law.

On Aug. 30, Lois Gadek, Ph.D., president of the board of trustees of Animals in Distress, a no-kill shelter in Upper Saucon Township, gave State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st and Kristen Tullo, Humane Society of the United States - Pennsylvania state director, a tour of the shelter to illustrate the constituents whom the law protects – animals, including pets and future pets.

The sun, the moon and a solar eclipse

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Mark Twain fans may recall how a total eclipse helps protagonist Hank Morgan escape death and impress royalty and the magician Merlin when Morgan time travels to sixth century England after a blow to the head in Twain’s novel “A Connecticut Yankee in King’s Arthur’s Court.”

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse, visible to the continental United States, inspired scientists, baffled wildlife and dazzled star gazers with its celestial show.

‘Where coyotes howl and the wind blows free’ may be your backyard

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

The closest many of us have come to a coyote may be cartoon character Wile E. Coyote, best known for chasing Road Runner, his arch nemesis, through desert scenes of Warner Bros cartoons.

But that may soon change.

The eastern coyote has been spotted by many residents in Lehigh County, including sightings in Lower Macungie Township documented in a photograph accompanying this article and contributed by readers.

The sightings, which some may find and describe as unnerving or disturbing, are not out of the ordinary.

NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAIL

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

Train strikes van; one injured

A driver was injured July 5 when his minivan was struck by a Norfolk Southern train in Lower Macungie Township.

In a brief phone interview July 9, a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Jeremy Trooper said the driver, whose name has not yet been released, suffered minor injuries, including bruising and was taken to a hospital for treatment but is now home.

Temple described the minivan as “demolished” by the train. It was struck in the rear as it crossed in front of the train.

The driver was the only occupant of the minivan and no one was injured on the train, Temple said.

STATE POLICE

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

Lower Macungie woman’s death due to a head injury

A Lower Macungie Township woman died from a head injury, according to authorities.

In a media release from the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensics Center dated July 6, Scott R. Grim, coroner, stated an autopsy revealed the cause of death of Desiree J. Wien, 58, of the 2700 block of Rolling Green Place, Lower Macungie Township, was to be attributed to complications from a head injury. The manner of death was said to be pending additional forensic testing and completion of the investigation.

EMMAUS HIGH SCHOOL

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in School

A legacy to the stars

It was a perfect day for a finale.

On June 8, Scott Didra, retired technical education teacher at Emmaus High School, returned to campus to see the final project of his tenure at the school open with an ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Didra and his students, with contributions of time and effort by businesses from contractors to landscapers, built a working observatory on campus. The observatory houses a telescope and features a retractable roof.