A tornado-like storm tore through certain areas of the Lehigh Valley Sept. 8 leaving damage along its path.
Residents in Coopersburg and Locust Valley reported major damage mostly with trees down.
Weather warnings began in the early afternoon of Sept. 8 with advisory information.
At Locust Valley Golf Club, 5525 Locust Valley Road, Coopersburg, the manager of the pro shop Rick Schwab, watched the skies get dark quickly.
"At 4 p.m., I saw a big dark black cloud and then the wind, rain and branches went flying by our big window. It was a white mess going by."
Looking for a way to have a presence in the community and serve in a way relevant to people's lives, Emmaus Moravian Church held a back-to-school event for area families recently.
Director of Church Growth and Development Linda Wisser spearheaded the event to offer backpacks, school supplies and clothing to families in need to help take the anxiety away from parents who might not be able to afford those items for their children.
Wisser said it is very difficult for children to attend school who do not have the proper clothing or required school supplies.
An afternoon filled with fun, rubber ducks, carnival games, music, face painting, basket raffle, dunk tank and food was held at Emmaus Community Park Aug. 11 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society courtesy of Lynette Heminitz.
Heminitz, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, said she wants to do as much as she can and raise as much money as she can while she can still walk and is still able.
"My goal was to raise $5,000 this year," Heminitz said.
Emmaus Police Department Chief David Faust has announced the passing of former Police K-9 Ajax.
K-9 Ajax was a male German Shepherd imported from the Czech Republic and was handled by K-9 Officer Craig J. Blose.
Faust said Ajax was cross-trained for patrol duties and narcotics. He dutifully served the Emmaus Police Department for seven years, six months having retired from active duty with honor in 2009. He died June 18.
Faust said since 1990, the Emmaus Lions Club has purchased every police dog for the borough, including Ajax.
The Emmaus Main Street Partners and The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce are negotiating an agreement to partner as part of the Main Street Initiative of the chamber.
"It is a honor for us," President and CEO of The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Tony Iannelli said. "The EMSP has a phenominal track record."
Iannelli said they have been talking with EMSP for approximately 10 years and more seriously over the last two years, hoping to join forces together.
John Reynard, of Emmaus, has been chosen by the Lehigh County Democratic Committee as the candidate to face Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, in the November election.
Berks County is expected to approve Reynard in a poll vote and the state party's executive committee is expected to make a decision this week to secure Reynard's place on the ballot in November.
Reynard sat down with The Press Aug. 6 to discuss his background, qualifications and goals for the 134th district.