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.”
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.
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.
Richard Miller was on a family vacation when he first learned of the traveling singing group Re-Creation.
The group performed for campers in the state park where Miller was staying.
Since then, he has been the mastermind behind three visits by the group to St. John’s United Church of Christ, Emmaus, bringing the group in 2008, 2011 and, most recently, Nov. 20.
Dan O’Shaughnessy has a few favorites on the Smashburger menu.
The spicy jalapeno baja chicken is one. The shakes are good, too.
And, to his own surprise, he likes the fried pickles.
However, O’Shaughnessy includes himself and his partners in the Smashburger demographic.
“We’re guys who like to eat burgers,” he said in a recent interview at the new location of the restaurant in the Hamilton Crossing retail center.
Three area residents pleaded not guilty Oct. 31 on charges they had firearms and other weapons when police stopped them near the Holland Tunnel in June.
According to media reports, John F. Cramsey, Dean S. Smith and Kimberly A. Arendt entered pleas of not guilty in Hudson County, N. J.
Fire destroyed a residence in the 3000 block of Bleiler Road in Upper Milford Township in a morning blaze Oct. 17, displacing a family and filling a quiet neighborhood with smoke.
According to public Lehigh County property assessment records, Jamie J. and Peter J. Klopchin own the single-family residence at 3468 Bleiler Road. The house is in the Church View Estates subdivision of Upper Milford Township.
Maynard and Barbara Dreas had the house built in 1983.
A man from Texas pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to the death of a Lower Macungie Township man who was found shot in a parking lot near his home in Lower Macungie Township in 2014.
Alexander Brown, 27, pleaded guilty to third degree murder and no contest to robbery, Megan Wieand, a spokesperson for the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office said by telephone Oct. 12.
Brown faces 25 to 50 years to run consecutively with a sentence in Texas where he is currently serving a sentence for kidnapping, according to media reports and court documents.
John Kropf remembers the fires.
Stationed 30 miles south of the front lines near Kuwait when oil fields were set ablaze during Operation Desert Storm, Kropf recalls blackened skies in the middle of the day. The sky was so dark the sun resembled the moon.
“It looked like midnight,” Kropf said.
Kropf joined fellow veterans Kevin Minnich, Scott E. Gross and Chris Weiss Sept. 25 in a small park in Emmaus to mark the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm in which the men served within the military effort now referred to by some as the First Gulf War.
About two decades ago, Kathy Mintzer walked into her first meeting about the Emmaus Halloween Parade on the urging of friends.
“Someone nominates me to be the chair. The first meeting I attended,” Mintzer recalled.
And it is a volunteer job she’s held ever since.
Each year, Mintzer works with a core group of volunteers to coordinate marching bands, Scout troops, dance schools, school groups, community organizations and floats of various sizes into a parade through the borough.