East Penn Press

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Glenn Eckhart — What’s next?

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Two-term Lehigh County Controller Republican Glenn Eckhart is looking to the next chapter of his life, after losing the November 2019 election to Democrat Mark Pinsley.

To know where Eckhart is going next, one must look at where he has been. Although he is one who looks to the future, it is clear the past has molded Eckhart into the person he is today.

“I was always interested in politics,” Eckhart said. He remembers the year 1980 when Ronald Reagan was elected president. “I was 13 and thought that was the coolest thing in the world.”


Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Appeals court rejects attempt to censor symbols of history and culture

In a court decision Aug. 8, Lehigh County is free to continue displaying its 70-year-old seal, including an image of a Latin cross.

In a news release issued by Becket, the law firm representing the county in FFRF v. Lehigh County, “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia ruled 3-0 that after the Supreme Court upheld the Bladensburg Cross war memorial as a historic monument, Lehigh County can maintain its seal as a symbol that ‘has become part of the community.’”


Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Helping children one lunch bag at a time

On a hot summer day in July, volunteers with Emmaus Rotary Club, The Emmaus Lioness Lions Club, Emmaus Kiwanis Club and Emmaus Lions Club met at Lincoln Elementary School to serve lunch to area children. Blankets were placed on the lawn by the playground and bag lunches were brought out to the students. Donated books were on a nearby rack for children to take home to read and keep.

Working with The Nutrition Group, the volunteers provide lunch bags with a fruit cup, fresh vegetables, cheese, crackers, a bottle of water or juice pack and freshly made lunch meat sandwiches.


Thursday, July 18, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in School

Innovator Gala raises money for STEAM powered education

The East Penn School District Education Foundation’s third annual Innovator Gala was held recently at the Lehigh Country Club, bringing together business and community leaders, educators and supporters of STEAM Powered Education.

The foundation was formed in 2016 “to enrich, extend and deepen the educational experiences of East Penn School District students with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

JEOPARDY Emmaus High School graduate wins big

Thursday, July 18, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

This 21-year-old Macungie resident graduated from Emmaus High School in 2015, earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2015 and was a recent contestant on JEOPARDY!.

The question? Who is Ryan Bilger?

Bilger is the son of Cathy and Kurt and older brother of Kaitlin. He graduated from Gettysburg College this spring and will attend West Virginia University in the two-year graduate program to study public history.

And on July 4 for five days, viewers saw him compete on JEOPARDY!.

The audition process began with an online test.

Senior Awards from Facebook

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in School

The Senior Academic Awards were held on Wednesday, May 29, in the high school auditorium. Congratulations to the following Seniors:

Lehigh Career and Technical Institute Award – Rachel Bachmann and Nolan Kacsur

Ben Yorgey Memorial – Nicole Allen, Stephen Garrett Evans, and Alton Wright

Douglas Jackson Memorial – Brandon Haring

Commitment to Excellence – Connor Inman

Daughters of the American Revolution – Maxwell Hafner

United States Marine Corp – Kevin Ge and Abigail Heilenman

Simper Fidelis Music Award – Danielle Kleinberg and Ronald Rohlsen


Thursday, May 9, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Buckeye Road branch open for business

On Jan. 17, 2017, New Tripoli Bank broke ground for its newest office at 4892 Buckeye Road.

Fast forward to Jan. 18 of this year, New Tripoli Bank opened its doors on Buckeye Road and is excited to serve the community.

“The demographics showed this area was in need of a community bank,” President and CEO, Chairman of the Board David R. Hunsicker said.

Hunsicker said surveys show the Buckeye Road area is growing and prosperous and New Tripoli Bank wanted to be a part of it.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Scouts interview council members

Two Scouts with Cub Pack 80 attended the Feb. 4 Emmaus Borough Council meeting as part of their Webelo II curriculum.

Nicholas Laquin and Riley Ford, both of Emmaus, asked council members about the requirements of their jobs, the biggest challenge in the community, the most important responsibility of a council member and how citizens can help the borough.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

It’s a go — Welcome to Emmaus Wawa

Emmaus Borough Council approved Resolution 2019-8 approving the preliminary/final subdivision and preliminary/final land development plans of Cedar Crest Chestnut Development, L.P. for the proposed Wawa at its Feb. 4 meeting.

The convenience store will be located at 150 N. 10th St., Emmaus, on a 2.29 acre tract of land owned by H.P. Altman Colonial Crest, L.P. The remaining 29.25 acre tract will continue to be used as an apartment complex except as provided in the plans.

Lehigh County Coroner announces retirement

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

In a letter to Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong Jan. 10, Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim, D-ABMDI, announced his retirement.

“It is with a heavy heart that I respectively inform you that effective Thursday, February 28, 2019, after 26 years on the job, I will be retiring my position as Lehigh County Coroner,” Grim wrote in his resignation letter.

Grim said he has been offered “a very interesting opportunity and I am up for the challenge.”