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St. Ann School entry takes first place in its diorama contest division at PEEPSFEST

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

"Peeps Around the World," the entry from St. Ann School, Emmaus, took top honors in the seventh through 12th grade, or teen, division of the 2013 PEEPS diorama competition during PEEPSFEST.

PEEPSFEST, sponsored by Just Born Quality Confections candy company and ArtsQuest, took place Dec. 30 and 31, 2013, at the SteelStacks event center in Bethlehem.

The competition featured about 100 dioramas incorporating PEEPS candy, a sugar-coated marshmallow confection made by Just Born.

Statue damaged by fire

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

The Sacred Heart of Jesus statue at St. Ann Church, Emmaus, will be replaced

The head of the statue known as the Sacred Heart of Jesus at St. Ann Church, Emmaus, was set on fire early Feb. 2, burning off the face of Jesus, according to Monsignor John S. Mraz, pastor of the church.

In an email to The Press Mraz described the statue as resin with a concrete core.

"I had the 7:30 a.m. mass this morning and was coming over to church at 6:50 a.m. and saw the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus ablaze," Mraz wrote in his email.

Lower Macungie Township residents give to help soldiers celebrate the holidays

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Troops will receive enough holiday goodies to share

For many of us, a handful of holiday gift boxes found under the Christmas tree is wonderous enough.

Now imagine receiving 17 shipping boxes filled with items from games to snacks.

Thanks to the generosity of residents of Lower Macungie Township, at least one soldier in the eight year history of the troop support program has received 17 such boxes all at once.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Residents give books and pajamas to help those in need for Christmas

The situation might be best described as a Catch-22.

Every year since the start of the effort titled the Pajama Program in Lower Macungie Township, residents give generously to help children in need. The Catch-22 is every year residents of Lower Macungie Township give generously to help children in need.

As of Dec. 4, organizers of the program at Lower Macungie Community Center gathered 157 pajamas and 109 books to give to children at KidsPeace, a private children's charity with several local locations. This year's donations packed a closet at the center.

'That's why we're here."

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

Macungie Police Officer Todd Bernhard views every officer in the field as a community police officer

Macungie Police Officer Todd Bernhard does not see himself as a community police officer, emphasis added, a title he holds with the police department.

To Bernhard, every officer on patrol or otherwise in the field is a community police officer because every officer interacts with borough residents.

A school visit, a phone call to the station, even a traffic stop puts an officer in touch with those who live in Macungie. And every encounter is an opportunity. For example, Bernhard and other Macungie officers visit grade schools to talk with students.

Seventh annual 5K race brings fast moving goblins, ghosts and other bump-in-the- night visitors through Emmaus

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

The seventh annual National Penn Bank Halloween 5K Race moved through Emmaus in advance of a heavy rain Oct. 19.

The race, part of Halloween festivities in the borough, attracted 401 runners, 371 of whom finished the race, including, interestingly, a 7-year-old runner. Wesley Barrett, one of the event organizers, noted a core group of about 25 percent of this year's competitors have run the race since its debut.

'It was like we were meeting a piece of history'

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

EHS journalism students meet the Tinker siblings who won the definitive student free speech case before the Supreme Court in 1969

It is not every day that someone walks out of the pages of a book, much less a law book, but such things can happen on extraordinary days.

Several Emmaus High School journalism students learned this first- hand last month when they met Mary Beth Tinker, an icon of student First Amendment rights on no less than Constitution Day in Philadelphia, of all auspicious places.

"It was surreal," Savannah Pukanecz, a senior at EHS and opinion editor for the high school newspaper "The Stinger", said.

"It was like we were meeting a piece of history. It was really cool."

Jostling and jockeying about healthcare in Pennsylvania The Corbett administration and healthcare advocates continue to wrangle

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

In the lead up to Affordable Care Act health exchanges opening early this month and the discussion around Medicaid in the state, the Corbett administration and Obamacare advocates are duking it out in rhetoric, press conferences, online spots and photo opportunities.

In a Sept. 16 conference call organized by Pennsylvania Health Access Network, Cheryl Bettigloe, president of the National Physician's Alliance and a practicing physician, warned 613,000 Pennsylvania residents would go without coverage should Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett reject Medicaid expansion.

Students design and build-to-last a ticket booth at Emmaus High School

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by APRIL PETERSON in School

Architecture students build on playhouse success

It all started with a playhouse, a request from a colleague and inspiration from a son.

Earlier this month, the installation of the ticket booth at Memorial Field at Emmaus High School made manifest a project imagined by Erin Urffer, an Emmaus graduate. It was collaborated on and built by Urffer's classmates based on a request from Dennis Ramella, athletic director at EHS, and filling a vision of Scott Didra, architecture and drafting teacher at EHS.