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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.


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.


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.


Thursday, March 2, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Emmaus Public Library welcomes a new director

Amy Resh does not have much time to read right now.

Her new job as director of the Emmaus Public Library fills her days with a variety of tasks from helping with an activity in the children’s area, to meeting library patrons, to filling in at the circulation desk, to learning about the history of the library from volunteers and answering the doorbell to accept donations for the Friends of the Emmaus Public Library book sale at the library’s back door.

“I don’t think I can say a typical day,” Resh said with a smile. “We open the doors and from there it can be anything.”

Students spend a Sunday afternoon making movie art

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in School

Members of the Shoemaker Elementary School Art Club gathered Jan. 29 at the movie theater at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley to use their talents to create a mural to delight moviegoers.

“It’s our 29th time doing this,” Jeffrey Shreck, art teacher and club adviser, said. “It’s like a Shoemaker family.”

The art club meets weekly during the school year. For the mural project, students watch movie trailers and then render sketches. Some of the sketches are selected for the mural.


Thursday, February 2, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Chamber members learn about drugs in the workplace

Gregory Grey started using drugs as a teen.

In candid remarks as a panelist at a program on drug use in the workplace, hosted by the East Penn Chamber of Commerce, Western Lehigh Chamber of Commerce and the 21st Century Chamber Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce at Brookside Country Club, Lower Macungie Township, Jan. 18, Grey talked about drugs and how using drugs gave him a confidence he lacked.

Grey now describes himself as in long term recovery.


Thursday, January 26, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Winter Tree of the Season Award presented

A Cornus kousa, or Chinese dogwood, tree recently was recognized as the winter 2017 Tree of the Season by members of the Emmaus Shade Tree Commission.

The tree stands in the yard of Tom Aczel and Michele Raes, homeowners, in the 100 block of Spruce Street in Emmaus.

In a recent media release to The Press, Everett “Reds” Bailey, shade commission chair, noted the “unique winter appearance” of the tree, drawing attention to what he described as the tree’s “exfoliating older bark.”


Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

‘We’re looking toward the future’

Cleanup efforts have begun at Dan Schantz Farm and Greenhouse, LLC in the wake of a fire resulting in extensive damage to the Lower Milford Township facility.

In a telephone call Jan. 5 to The Press John Carl, part owner of the business, said excavating equipment was on site and damaged materials were being cleared.

“It’s been devastating for us,” he said. “It’s quite a shock.”

Assessment of the damage was not complete and a cause was not yet determined.

Murder investigation continues

Friday, December 30, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

The investigation contines into the murder of a Lower Macungie Township woman who was found shot in a driveway in September.

Lt. Joseph Sokolofski, a state police investigator, said in a brief phone call Dec. 21 police continue to analyze evidence in the case.

Stephanie Roof, 46, was found shot in the driveway outside a residence early Sept. 13.

Roof, of 6409 Pine Crest Lane, was pronounced dead in Lehigh Valley Health Network, Cedar Crest campus, Salisbury Township, according to a press release from the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensics Center Sept. 14.