East Penn Press

Friday, May 29, 2020

Yocco’s takes it out in stride to serve Valley customers

Friday, May 22, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Restaurants across Pennsylvania had to shutter their dining areas after Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 16 statewide closure of non-essential businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To keep restaurants afloat while protecting workers and customers, eateries were permitted to continue offering take-out and delivery.

Yocco’s third generation owner Gary Iacocca and his employees acted swiftly to meet the challenge.

Coronavirus impact: Baum School student artists in virtual ceremony

Friday, May 22, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Editor’s Note: The Baum School of Art, including its students, patrons and administrators, is adjusting to the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

First of three parts

The Baum School of Art awarded full, half and quarter scholarships to nearly 50 students from age five through 17 during a virtual presentation of the “Children & Teen Student Exhibition” awards ceremony.

Baum School of Art Executive Director Shannon Fugate introduced the April 18 online event with staff and faculty taking turns with praise and encouragement recorded from their homes.

Switch-hitter: Palmer Township plant converts from Major League Baseball uniform manufacturing to making face masks

Friday, May 8, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

With America’s favorite pastime sheltered in place in the dugout, Fanatics, Inc. has teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) to provide protective gear for those on the frontlines battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Fanatics Founder and Executive Chairman Michael Rubin called MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Jr. and proposed temporarily halting baseball team jersey production at the Fanatic’s Palmer Township plant to produce desperately-needed face masks and gowns.

Eight Oaks to the rescue

Friday, May 1, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Upon learning about the severe shortage of hand sanitizer and reading how a profiteer had been selling it for $325 an ounce, Chad Butters, CEO and founder of Eight Oaks Farm Distillery asked his co-founders, “What is the right thing to do here?”

The board, comprised of the retired Army pilot’s daughter Carly Snyder, son-in-law Logan Snyder, and daughter’s brother-in-law Jesse Tyahla, agreed that producing hand sanitizer to combat the coronvirus pandemic and price-gouging was the “right thing to do.”

Getting into the Spirits

Friday, May 1, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

After reading about other distilleries in Pennsylvania switching over from beverage production to that of hand sanitizer, co-owners Andy and Kris Warner at Wardog Spirits and Black River Farms in Lower Saucon Township decided to do the same.

Their effort to help refill the Lehigh Valley’s desperately dwindled supply of hand disinfectant began March 20.

“We are abiding by the World Health Organization (WHO) recipe,” says Andy Warner.


Thursday, April 30, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Coworkers and friends take a different route to offer condolences

First came the pain of being furloughed from her full-time job at Hobby Lobby in March. Then arrived the worse pain of learning her 66-year-old father in Naples, Italy, just passed away from Stage IV cancer. This has been a rough spring for Lina Troutman and her family.

A procession of more than a dozen vehicles filled with friends, coworkers and former coworkers came to their emotional rescue.


Thursday, April 30, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Proposed 2020-2021 final budget approved

The East Penn Board of School Directors held its first virtual meeting via Zoom April 27. The March 23 board meeting was canceled for health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19.

The directors voted unanimously to suspend board policy that requires a majority of all members must be physically present when a board member attends through electronic communications, due to emergency conditions.

District Business Administrator Robert Saul provided a 2020-2021 proposed final budget update based on reductions in revenue brought on by the pandemic.

Exhibit marks Allentown Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art partnership

Saturday, April 4, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Evolution of the Spiritual: Europe to America,” an exhibition in the Kress Gallery, Allentown Art Museum, began a multi-year partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art

On view were eight historic depictions of the Virgin Mary from the 15th century through the 20th century on loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Several Renaissance and Baroque portraits of the Virgin Mary that are part of the Allentown Art Museum’s permanent collection in Kress Gallery were rearranged to complement the installation of works from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Gallery View: ‘Quiet Reflections’ exhibited at Rotunda

Friday, March 20, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Editor’s Note: At the request of the City of Bethlehem administration because of the Coronavirus, “Quiet Reflections” and the next Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission Rotunda Gallery exhibition by Lehigh Valley Charter Arts students have been canceled.

“Quiet Reflections,” Jeffrey M. Green’s solo exhibition of his colored pencil works provides a temporary respite from today’s turbulent world through March 30, Rotunda Gallery, Town Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem.