East Penn Press

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Thursday, March 26, 2020 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Free grab-and-go meal service

A program was put into place March 17 whereas breakfast and lunch meals will be provided at the locations listed below at no cost for all East Penn Students.

All children will be provided with free meals regardless of enrollment and economic status. Meals will be grab-and-go style available for pickup at or near the entrance of each campus. Parents/guardians will need to verify student name and ID# when picking up meals.

Meals will be available noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations:

•Lincoln Elementary School (playground entrance)


Friday, March 20, 2020 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Schools and places of business in the Lehigh Valley are closed. Events have been postponed; some events have been canceled. All due to the quest to stall the spread of COVID-19.

Readers of the East Penn Press expected to look at this week’s issue and see dress rehearsal photos of “Hello Dolly” at Emmaus High School on the front page. The play, scheduled to open this week, has been postponed to a later date due to the closure of Pennsylvania schools as directed by Gov. Tom Wolf.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Emmaus Rotary honors two outstanding women

The Emmaus Rotary Club once again celebrated International Women’s Day at its March 5 meeting by honoring Jill Long with the Rotarian Award and Corrine Goodwin with the Community Award.

Rotarian Alicia Ruiz-Orbin is the chair of the International Women’s Day Celebration for the Emmaus Rotary Club.

Ruiz-Orbin provided a history of women in Rotary saying, “Female members were not admitted until 1989, when the constitution and bylaws of Rotary International stated that Rotary Club membership was for males only.

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.