In the superintendent’s message at the Jan. 9 meeting of the East Penn School District board of directors, Dr. Michael Schilder addressed recent racial issues within the district.
On Dec. 12, 2016, the East Penn School District’s transportation provider was informed by a passing motorist a racial slur and swastika were inscribed in the condensation of an East Penn School District bus window. At the time, Schilder issued a statement saying the district denounces and prohibits this type of racial harassment and is in the process of conducting a full investigation.
Director of Special Education Dr. Linda Pekarik provided a presentation to the East Penn School District board members Jan. 9 regarding behavioral support services within the district.
The East Penn School District board members voted 7-2 in favor of entering a master lease purchase agreement with Apple, Inc. to acquire 550 MacBook Air laptops for teachers in the school district at a cost of $564,850.
School directors Charles Ballard and Carol Allen voted against the lease agreement.
The Emmaus Historical Society brought back an Emmaus tradition Dec. 10 by inviting children to come to the museum to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus and receive an orange and a box of chocolate.
According to EHS board member Andrew Kerstetter, “it was a tradition in Emmaus to take your kids to town hall or the fire company on Christmas morning and Santa Claus was always there handing out candy and oranges.” The committee decided to resurrect that tradition to “bring a little of the past into the present.”
Buckeye Tavern owners Hope and Terry Bender and longtime friend Jeff Trainer, owner of the Sands Convention Center, have begun to build a new establishment at 3741 Brookside Road, Macungie.
The original Buckeye Tavern, built in 1735, was destroyed in a fire May 12, 2015.
According to a news release from the Pennsylvania State Police Troop M Fire Marshal Unit Nov. 30, 2015, the fire was determined to have originated at the rear exterior of the building in the vicinity of several commercial coolers/freezers.
All election results were obtained from Lehigh County Voter Registration. These results are unofficial until certified by the Board of Elections.
President of the United States
Hillary Clinton/Tim Kane, Democratic, 77,087 votes, 50.37 percent
Donald Trump/Mike Pence, Republican, 70,285 votes, 45.93 percent
Darrell Castle/Scott Bradley, Constitution, 526 votes, .34 percent
Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka, Green, 1,338 votes, .87 percent
Gary Johnson/Bill Weld, Libertarian, 3,795 votes, 2.48 percent
Total: 153,031 votes, 100 percent
Question: Were you surprised by the outcome of the Nov. 8 election?
For six years, orthodontist Dr. Aejaaz A. Issa and his staff, of Emmaus, have asked referring dentists to decorate pumpkins which are then donated to the Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest.
To make it fun, Issa holds a contest where community judges, staff and patients vote for their favorites.
Democrat Joanne Jackson is challenging incumbent Republican Justin J. Simmons for the 131st Legislative District in the general election Nov. 8.
The 131st Legislative District includes, in Lehigh County, Townships of Lower Milford, Salisbury (Ward 3, division 1), Upper Milford, Upper Saucon, Boroughs of Coopersburg and Emmaus; In Northampton County, Lower Saucon Township, districts, 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8; in Montgomery County, Township of Upper Hanover, Boroughs of EAst Greenville, Pennsburg and Red Hill.
Democrat Katie McGinty is challenging incumbent Republican Pat Toomey for the position of United States senator in the general election Nov. 8.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why are you the best candidate for this office?
Their responses follow.