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Thursday, April 12, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Two women honored for ‘service above self’

The Emmaus Rotary Club celebrated International Women’s Day by recognizing two women who exemplify the Rotary Club’s values of service above self.

Honored were Debra Ann Geiger and Jennifer Kunes Driscoll.

Alicia Ruiz-Orbin, committee co-chair for International Women’s Day, said the International Women’s Day Celebration Awards “aim to celebrate women’s achievements and increase visibility.” Members of her committee included David Dunn, Dee Eng and Rose Galeano-Phillips, committee co-chair.


Thursday, April 12, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Team committed to serving the residents of Lehigh County

On Jan. 4, 2016, Joseph N. Hanna took the oath of office as Lehigh County Sheriff, following Sheriff Ronald Rossi who had held the office for 24 years and chose not to run for a seventh term.

Hanna, of Lower Macungie Township, was elected to a 4-year term and immediately surrounded himself with an experienced team of professionals committed to serving the residents and visitors to Lehigh County.

Shooting under investigation at Walmart Supercenter, Lower Macungie Township

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

An investigation continues in the shooting of a suspected shoplifter at the Walmart Supercenter, 1091 Mill Creek Road, Lower Macungie Township, March 28.

In a press conference March 29, Pennsylvania State Police Capt. Richard H. D’Ambrosio, commanding officer of Troop M., Bethlehem, provided details of the incident.

“At approximately 8:50 p.m., a subject entered the Walmart wearing a mask and a wig,” D’Ambrosio said.


Thursday, March 8, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

‘Getting to Know ... Once Upon A Mattress’ opens March 8

Eyer Middle School, 5616 Buckeye Road, Macungie, will present “Getting to Know…Once Upon A Mattress” 7 p.m. March 8 and 9 and 2 and 7 p.m. March 10.

“Getting to Know…Once Upon A Mattress” is part of the “Getting to Know” series with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and the book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Barer.

The musical comedy is an adaptation of “The Princess and The Pea” with a couple of surprises and is appropriate for all age groups.


Thursday, February 8, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Army veteran Tim Clark talks with students during Catholic Schools Week

St. Thomas More had a number of activities the week of Jan. 28 to celebrate Catholic Schools Week including a celebration of military personnel. Students participated in a card project for veterans and current military personnel and had a special visit from Army veteran Tim Clark, of Wescosville.

Clark, 72, entered the service after he graduated from high school because he couldn’t afford to go to college.

Santa answers readers’ questions

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Opinion

We asked Santa Claus questions from some of our youngest readers who responded to our request on our Facebook page. What follows are the questions and Santa’s answers.

Q. What is your favorite cookie?

A. Chocolate chip.

Q. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

A. The Santa Clause, Santa Clause 2 and Santa Clause 3.

Q. Is it hard to convince the reindeer to fly?

A. No, not at all. That’s what the magic dust is for.

Q. Do you know how many children there are in the world?

Ai Orthodontics and dentists send cheer to LVHN patients

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Every year, orthodontist Dr. Aejaaz A. Issa asks his referring dentists to take the challenge of decorating a pumpkin for a patient at Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest. This year’s event was called Ai Funny Fall Faces 2017.

Every year, the dentist offices respond with even more creative pumpkin designs than the year before.

This year was no exception with 50 decorated pumpkins returning to Ai Orthodontics for a judging contest in the office, on social media and with a number of local judges.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Longtime pastor Dr. Michael Drake retires

The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Drake retired from First Presbyterian Church of Allentown in September and sat down with The Press recently for an interview about his years of service.

Drake grew up in Greenville, Pa. with a Presbyterian father and a Methodist mother.

He studied piano and organ as a child and was involved in church school and youth groups.

Drake was a music major at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa.

It was during his college years he started to contemplate a career in the church perhaps as an associate pastor and minister of music.