While many stores can sell you a bike or a cup of coffee, it’s not every day you’ll find one where you can get both at the same place – or one that has built a community quite like South Mountain Cycle & Cafe.
The Emmaus-based store, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, strives to create a sense of family with its patrons. In the front, the cafe serves four blends of fresh-roasted organic coffee from Albany in addition to pastry items and weekly specials.
The rest of the store is dedicated to bikes and accessories for both casual and hardcore bicyclists.
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.
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.
Alburtis Borough Council members addressed the concerns of both its citizens and its police chief during its meeting July 26.
Members of Upper Milford Township’s Board of Supervisors expressed concerns regarding proposed plans for a park on the Kohler property during their meeting July 20. Members from the development team were on hand to answer the supervisors regarding the issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.