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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.

Traveling singing group Re-Creation visits Emmaus

Thursday, December 8, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

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.

Popular fast casual eatery opens its doors in Lower Macungie Township

Thursday, November 17, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

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.

Fire destroys home; displaces family

Thursday, October 27, 2016 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

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.

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.