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School craft fair to benefit Autism Speaks

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by APRIL PETERSON in School

The spring event is the major fundraiser of the year for Wescosville Wishes

The national advocacy organization Autism Speaks will soon benefit from purchases by local shoppers at a craft and vendor fair set for April 5 at Wescosville Elementary School, 1064 Liberty Lane, Wescosville.

The craft fair will take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to all East Penn residents and the general public.

Jaindl talks about the past, present and future of Jaindl farms

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Here is a fun fact: Jaindl turkeys are available in Japan.

In a talk given to the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce March 19, David Jaindl, scion of the Jaindl agriculture and land development businesses, told business leaders the company's smaller birds, weighing in at about six pounds, are available in food markets in Tokyo. Jaindl offered a family anecdote as proof.

Students build homes for the birds

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Nesting boxes benefit the local American Kestrel population

Maddy Devine knows a lot about American Kestrels.

Deemed the class resident expert on the bird, Devine knows the habitiat for the bird population is disappearing.

Another fact she knows is the bird's alias.

"They used to call it the sparrow hawk," Devine said of the small bird.

Devine is among the 45 second grade students at Seven Generations Charter School, Emmaus, to take to heart the plight of the birds. The students decided to address the birds' dwindling numbers by building nesting boxes for the birds to use in the coming months.

Another View

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by APRIL PETERSON in Opinion

Her excellency: The first ladies deserve a day to themselves

Those familiar with the tween show iCarly on Nickelodeon might remember an episode in which first lady Michelle Obama pays the show a visit. The first lady plays herself paying a visit to the iCarly stars Carly Shay, sidekick Sam Puckett and the technical producer Freddie Benson after the trio hack into a military installation to wish Carly's dad, Colonel Shay, a happy birthday. When the always irreverant Sam is mocked for calling Mrs. Obama "your excellency," the first lady responds, "I kind of like it."

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.