East Penn Press

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Emma the Mule rides again

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by CHRISTOPHER DRYFOOS in Local News

Emmaus’ signature mule, Emma, has been restored to her former glory thanks to a collaborative restoration project by local artists, businesses and the Emmaus Main Street Partners board.

A beloved community fixture since 2003, Emma’s feet and base were damaged by a fall in December 2016. Additionally, due to Emma’s age, her signature patchwork paint job had begun to fade. The fiberglass mule was temporarily housed inside the Emmaus Run Inn due to her damage.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by CHRISTOPHER DRYFOOS in Local News

New mayor, council members, tax collector take oath of office

Macungie’s new mayor, Ronald Conrad, was sworn in Jan. 2 by The Honorable Douglas G Reichley at the Macungie Borough Council meeting.

Barry Bloch and Roseann Schleicher were sworn as new council members and Alma Akinjiola and John Yerman were re-elected.

Cynthia Hartzell was sworn in as the borough’s new tax collector. It was also the first day for new borough administrative assistant Selma Ritter.

Chris Becker was re-appointed council president and Schleicher was appointed vice-president.


Thursday, July 13, 2017 by CHRISTOPHER DRYFOOS in Local News

Historical society to open museum at Camp Olympic

The Lower Macungie Township Historical Society will open a new museum in the lower barn at Camp Olympic later this year. The museum, called The Bartholomew Center for the Preservation of Lower Macungie History, will display a large collection of artifacts, documents and memorabilia to tell the story about the township. An open house for the space took place July 9 with the museum to have its grand opening in the fall.


Thursday, July 6, 2017 by CHRISTOPHER DRYFOOS in Local News

Warm handoff program seeks to aid addicted

Physician General of Pennsylvania Dr. Rachel Levine gave a press conference at Lehigh Valley Hospital June 12 on new programs which aim at getting drug addicted patients – notably, opioid and heroin abusers – the care they need. Several representatives from the hospital and other local organizations were on hand to give insight on their efforts.


Thursday, June 29, 2017 by CHRISTOPHER DRYFOOS in Local News

Board approves contract with Magellan Behavioral Health

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved an amended agreement of its contract with Magellan Behavioral Health June 14. Sponsored by Commissioner David Jones, the resolution served as a new milestone in the board’s relationship with Magellan.

The company, which provides behavioral health care to qualifying residents, had been controversial in years prior.

Jones, who had previously voted against extending the county’s contract with Magellan several years ago, praised the company’s improvements in their services.


Thursday, June 29, 2017 by CHRISTOPHER DRYFOOS in Local News

The future is driverless

East Penn and Western Lehigh Chambers of Commerce held a seminar recently at Brookside Country Club regarding how driverless vehicles will impact local communities.

According to recent data, it is speculated driverless vehicles will be available to the consumer within the next decade.

The presentation focused on the current problems that larger vehicles – specifically, the increasingly-prevalent commercial vehicles such as tractor trailers – bring to local communities and how emerging driverless vehicle technology can remedy such issues.


Thursday, June 8, 2017 by CHRISTOPHER DRYFOOS in Local News

An historical surprise

When Capt. Vern Arndt arrived at the Upper Milford Township Historical Society May 25 to present a speech on his experiences in Vietnam in honor of Memorial Day, he knew he’d be revisiting his past. However, there was one person he didn’t expect to see. His old friend, Col. Russ Hanthorn, had secretly flown from California to see his old friend. Hanthorn was Arndt’s commanding officer when Arndt served on the USS Independence in the early 1960s.


Thursday, May 25, 2017 by CHRISTOPHER DRYFOOS in Local News

Committee reviews fire department; findings reported

Macungie Borough Council’s May 22 meeting brought many answers – and many questions – to issues surrounding the Macungie Fire Department.

Council President Chris Becker acknowledged a special committee consisting of several current and former area firemen has met several times over the last two months in order to give a thorough review of the fire department’s assets. The committee was formed after the fire department wished to increase its $40,000 annual budget and is still currently reviewing the department.