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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.

An adventure of her own

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by APRIL PETERSON in School

EHS student travels to Spain as part of a Rotary Club exchange program

Sometimes Nancy Dordal catches herself getting distracted by language.

Dordal, who just spent a year in Spain as part of a youth exchange program sponsored by the Emmaus Rotary Club, now speaks Spanish with a confidence time immersed in another culture brings. In an interview following her recent presentation to the club on her experiences in Spain, Dordal talked about how her relationship with Spanish has changed. Dordal now gets distracted when she hears others speaking Spanish because she can better understand what is being said.

Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Grants released for health center outreach efforts

Selected health centers across the country received grant money totaling $150 million July 10 to help the uninsured enroll in health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act.

All grant recipients received a minimum of $59,000.

Funds were to be released immediately, Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., administrator of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, said in a conference call July 10 with members of the news media.

MedEvac critical care vehicles will bring the emergency room to the patient

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Two ambulances and a helicopter are unveiled in Salisbury Township

With a fanfare of whirling blades, flashing lights and warning sirens, two ambulances and a helicopter arrived at the helipad at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township, but not in response to an emergency.

The new vehicles, gleaming black in the summer heat, heralded their own debut as critical care equipment for the region.

Another View

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by APRIL PETERSON in Opinion

Summer is the season of Lions

Summer is the season of Lions.

Let me explain.

My father was a dedicated member of the Lower Lehigh Lions and summer, in my memory at least, was the season when the Lions' calendar got in full swing: Bookended by flea market and garage sales in May and September, the summer calendar included my dad's shifts at breakfasts at Macungie Memorial Park and stints at Wheels of Time and Das Awkscht Fescht.

Our home phone number was among those listed to "make reservations or for more information" for various events.

Students celebrate the Stars and Stripes in poetry and prose

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Emmaus holds annual Flag Day observance

Patriotic songs and winning essays and poetry were among the program highlights of the annual Flag Day observance at Emmaus Community Park in the borough.

The festivities included the presentation of awards by Emmaus Mayor Winfield Iobst.

Winning writers and poets read their entries on this year's theme, "What the American flag means to me." Esther H. Nguyen, Victoria A. Rivera and Kathleen A. Taranto took first, second and third place honors in poetry. Alexa T. Brndjar, Jason L. Bowen and Laurie L. Slagle placed first, second and third, respectively, for their essays.

Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Annual Memorial Day event honors veterans

Sheila Berg remembers the protocol with a precision reserved for those of the military.

Berg, of Weisenberg Township, was serving in the Air Force stationed at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware during Operation Iraqi Freedom. War conditions dictated that Berg remain on the base. When fallen troops arrived from overseas service members would stop what they were doing and, often, salute, especially if near the base mortuary.