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Fitting in at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

Friday, February 5, 2016 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Chris Emery, of Longswamp Township, Berks County, worried he may have done something wrong when finding out Feb, 4 he would not be welcomed back to a job he has held for 12 years at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom.

If you have ever been to Dorney, you may have seen Chris Emery cleaning the bathrooms, sweeping, handing out maps and giving directions to guests.

This 2006 Brandywine High School graduate first heard about the job at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom 12 years ago through family friends.

Lehigh County Controller Glenn Eckhart and staff sworn in

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Opinion

Lehigh County Controller Republican Glenn Eckhart was sworn in Jan. 4 for his second 4-year term in the Lehigh County Courthouse with the Honorable Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge Dougles G. Richley presiding.

In addition, Eckhart organized an event to honor his staff at the Masters at Shepherd Hills Jan. 6 inviting Reichley, the Honorable Northampton County Common Pleas Judge Emil A. Giordano and the Honorable Lehigh County Court of Common Please Judge James T. Anthony as well as family members of the staff.

Volunteers honor veterans at Resurrection Cemetery

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

For three years, the Air Products Information Technology team has organized a Wreaths Across America event at Resurrection Cemetery, 547 N. Krocks Road, Wescosville. This year’s event was held noon Dec. 12.

Team members Margaret Albert, Tina Garavaglia, Michelle Greek, Kathy Haklar, Raymond Hayes, Katie Simpson, Beth Titchenal and Pat Zajac were happy to announce the goal was reached this year to provide a wreath for all 1,104 veterans in the cemetery.

Community mourns loss of two in fatal house fire

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

On Dec. 17, the Lower Macungie Township Fire Department was dispatched to a fully-engulfed house fire at 7129 Myrtle Drive.

Responding to assist were Western Salisbury Fire Department, City of Allentown RIT, Berks #21 Fire Department, Fogelsville Fire Department, Goodwill Fire Department, South Whitehall Fire Department, Alburtis Fire Department, Cetronia Ambulance and Macungie Ambulance.

Now, the Jackson family, of 7129 Myrtle Dr., Lower Macungie Township, is dealing with not only the loss of a home but also the loss of two family members.

Santa Claus says there are more children on the good list this year

Thursday, December 17, 2015 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

“We have been very, very busy this year,” Santa Claus told The Press during an interview Dec. 9 at Embassy Bank, 6379 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown.

“There are more good children this year,” Santa Claus said.

The weather has been warmer than usual and Santa Claus said the weather should not affect the delivery of gifts Dec. 24.

“The reindeer like it when it snows,” Santa Claus said. “I’m getting older so it is OK if it doesn’t snow.”

Warm or cold, children know Santa Claus will be at their houses.

Ai Orthodontics holds Funny Fall Faces Contest

Thursday, December 10, 2015 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

The office of Dr. Aejaaz A. Issa, Ai Orthodontics, 550 Harrison St., Emmaus, held its annual Funny Fall Faces Contest to the delight of many.

Thirty-nine pumpkins were delivered to referring dentists’ offices with instructions to decorate a pumpkin which would ultimately be delivered to children who are patients at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest.

The decorated pumpkins were delivered back to Ai Orthodontics for judging by patients both on social media and in the office. In addition, the patients of the referring dentists could also vote via social media.

Alburtis Tavern unveils banquet facilities

Thursday, December 3, 2015 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

The Alburtis Tavern has grown with the addition of banquet facilities which officially opened Nov. 23.

Terry Bender opened the Alburtis Tavern in November 2013.

In an interview with The Press in December 2013, owner Terry Bender told Press reporter Loretta Fenstermacher it took six months to rebuild, restore and prepare the Alburtis Tavern and Lodge, a former hotel, for its reopening.

Buckeye Tavern owner plans to rebuild

Thursday, December 3, 2015 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Buckeye Tavern owner Terry Bender said he plans to rebuild at the old site at 3741 Brookside Road, Macungie.

Bender and longtime friend Jeff Trainer, owner of the Sands Convention Center, will work together to build a new establishment and will try and save what they can from the remaining structure following a fire May 12.

“I didn’t know if I wanted to do another venture by myself. We have plans and architects. We will go to the township in December,” Bender said.

Bender said recent reports of him selling the property are untrue.

Giving thanks to seniors

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

East Penn School District invited senior citizens to a Thanksgiving lunch Nov. 17 at Emmaus High School, Eyer Middle School and Lower Macungie Middle School.

Community Liason Laura Groh welcomed guests to EHS and introduced Superintendent Dr. Michael Schilder who said he was glad to have the seniors for lunch.

Director of Student Services Dr. Thomas Mirabella provided the invocation and introduced the EHS Esquires Jazz Band under the direction of Ryan Harrington.

High school reopens Nov. 2

Thursday, November 5, 2015 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Emmaus High School reopened Nov. 2 with an increased police presence and guidance counselors and administrators available to talk to students about recent events at the school.

On the morning of Oct. 29, one box of .22 caliber ammunition was spilled on a hallway floor in the Emmaus High School.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Schilder said students and staff were locked down while police and administration officials interviewed students who might have been able to provide information as to who brought the ammunition to school.