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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.


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.


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.

Upper Milford Township man sentenced in Holland Tunnel stop

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

An Upper Milford Township man, who was arrested in 2016 at the Holland Tunnel after law enforcement officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey found weapons and other gear during a traffic stop of his vehicle, will serve time.

John F. Cramsey was sentenced Oct. 27 to five years in prison with a minimum of one year behind bars before being eligible for parole, according to a spokesman in the office of the Hudson County Office of the Prosecutor in New Jersey.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ arrives in Emmaus

William Shakespeare’s classic tale of madness, revenge and murder comes to Emmaus High School when students present “Hamlet” Nov. 2. 3 and 4 in the high school auditorium.

All performances are 7 p.m.

The story is a familiar one for those who completed required reading lists for high school English classes. Prince Hamlet returns to Denmark for his father’s funeral to find his uncle Claudius on his father’s throne and his mother remarried to none other than his uncle. Hamlet’s father, now a ghost, urges his son to avenge his murder by killing Claudius.


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.