The year was 1864; a man by the name of Tilghman H. Reinsmith opened a funeral service to go along with the furniture store he owned at 191 Main St., Emmaus. Little did he know his business would still be going strong after 150 years. Although the furniture business is no longer around, the Reinsmith Funeral Home has been continually serving Emmaus and surrounding communities for a century and a half.
Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin announced April 22 a new assistant district attorney has joined the office.
Jared J. Hanna, 26, of Macungie, had been a law clerk for Lehigh County Judge J. Brian Johnson since Jan. 2, 2013. As a law clerk, Hanna responded to motions, helped write orders and opinions primarily in civil matters and did work on family, custody and Orphans' Court matters.
Three Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 431 based in East Texas received Eagle Scout honors March 15.
David Bailey, Tyler Ables and Matthew Johnston were recognized in ceremonies at Bethany Methodist Church, 1208 Brookside Road, Wescosville.
Each Scout designed and completed a complex and detailed project to achieve the Eagle distinction.
David Bailey, of Macungie, built an outdoor classroom and nature trail at Wescosville Elementary School to earn his Eagle Scout honor. The trail also features a bird blind with feeders built by Bailey.
The state Senate unanimously approved a bill March 19 to give schools greater flexibility to make up time missed as a result of weather emergencies, according to Senator Jake Corman, R-34th, the bill's sponsor.
Senate Bill 1281 would allow schools to calculate the school year on an hourly, rather than daily basis. In addition, the legislation would permit schools to hold class on one Saturday per month to make up missed school days.
After eight years of collaborative effort, St. Luke's employee, Susan York, MHA, RN, and staff of Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania succeeded in getting lawmakers to repeal outdated legislation requiring women to sign a form about radical mastectomy.
Arayman Khandelwal, an eighth grade student at Springhouse Middle School and Bruce Wu, a seventh grader at Eyer Middle School, took first and second place honors respectively at the 30th annual Lehigh Valley MATHCOUNTS® held recently at Trexler Middle School, Allentown.
In a Jeopardy-style countdown round held before an audience of 500 onlookers, Wu took to the stage in 10th place and out-answered seven competitors to advance to second place. The Eyer Middle School team, coached by Julie Hummell, placed second overall.
Lehigh County residents who have expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications will be able to discard those medications in permanent collection boxes now installed in 10 police departments in Lehigh County.
The boxes, similar to mailboxes, were delivered to the 10 Lehigh County police departments which applied for the boxes through a grant program made possible through the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
EMMAUS POLICE DEPARTMENT Armed robber enters Lafayette Ambassador Bank; police ask for public's assistance
The Emmaus Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying an armed robber who entered the Lafayette Ambassador Bank, 402 State Ave., Emmaus, 10:07 a.m. Dec. 16.
According to police, the actor entered the bank armed with a handgun and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries reported inside the bank.
Within a week after the most powerful typhoon in recorded history in the Philippines, student Mya Kelly and others in her fifth grade class at The Hillside School, 2697 Brookside Road, Macungie, moved into action to raise money for their peers in the Philippines.
The students were led by their teacher, Eileen Hanosek, and presented a PowerPoint presentation to their fellow students, faculty and staff asking for help.
Mya Kelly knew firsthand of the devastation in her Aunt Mae's hometown of Cebu.
At the Dec. 3 reorganization meeting of the East Penn Board of School Directors, the board appointed a president and vice president and the newly elected board members were seated.