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Texas man pleads guilty to a murder in Lower Macungie

Thursday, October 27, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

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.

Emmaus veterans honored mark 25th anniversary

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

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.

Volunteers needed to keep a community tradition alive

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

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.

U. Milford Township residents arrested near Holland Tunnel

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Two Upper Milford Township men were arrested June 21 after law enforcement officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey allegedly found weapons and other gear during a traffic stop of their vehicle near the Holland Tunnel while the men and a Lehighton woman reportedly were en route to a location in New York.

Volunteers provide plants and labor to beautify Triangle Park

Thursday, June 30, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Sherri Flagg was in Triangle Park near the end of last summer when she decided the park was in need of something.

An avid gardener new to the area from Minneapolis, Minn., Flagg, added several gardens to surround her new Emmaus home.

And she saw her next project in the public space at Triangle Park.

Flagg, along with several other members of the Emmaus Garden Club, now tend the large rectangular planters in the park as well as the weeping tree.

“You want people to live in it,” Flagg said of the public park garden.

‘This is education coming to life’

Thursday, June 16, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in School

Nick Capri is, literally, standing in the shadow of a building of his own design.

Now a student at Penn State at the main campus in State College, Capri returned to the campus of Emmaus High School recently to help dedicate the press box he and his classmates built as part of an architecture course taught by Scott Didra in 2014.

Capri’s design was selected among those submitted by students. The students worked on the design in class, built it and helped with the installation of the building at Memorial Field at the school.

Re-sentencing scheduled for Bryan R. Freeman

Thursday, June 9, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Bryan Robert Freeman, who pleaded guilty in a case involving the murder of his parents and youngest brother in 1995, will receive a re-sentencing hearing later this year due to a United States Supreme Court decision mandating new sentencing guidelines for juveniles convicted in homicides.

In a hearing June 1 in the Lehigh County Courthouse, Allentown, Judge Maria L. Dantos, scheduled the re-sentencing hearing for Freeman Sept. 22.

Makers on the Move

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in School

‘Where nobody wants to leave’

Michele Archer has an anecdote about an professor she once met at a local university.

The professor told Archer about college students at ease working with electronic devices but flummoxed when asked to use a hammer.

It is just such a fissure a Makerspace can help close.

Archer, director of the Makerspace program at The Swain School, Salisbury Township, is among many area educators interested in making the Makerspace experience a common one.

Rita’s Italian Ice

Thursday, March 31, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Local owners earn ‘Franchise of the Year’ nod

It is the first day of spring and Olivia Roehrich wants a water ice.

Nevermind it is 37 degrees and windy. In her furry coat with the bunny ears lined in hot pink, Olivia, with help from her mother Melissa Roehrich, joins other frozen treat fans in line at Rita’s Italian Ice in Macungie.

On the first day of spring, Rita’s Italian Ice nationwide gives free treats to dessert lovers.

Don’t be ‘Shy.’ See ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ opening March 9

Thursday, March 10, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

The Emmaus High School Drama Department presents the mid-century classic musical “Once Upon A Mattress” opening 7 p.m. today.

Performances continue 7 p.m. March 10, 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. March 12 and 13.

The musical tells the story of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea.”