East Penn Press

Sunday, May 27, 2018

‘Cool’ award Whitehall artist again honored in national watercolor exhibition

Friday, August 18, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Douglas Wiltraut received a Ruth G. Rosenau Silver Medallion in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors for “A Cool Sip” (dry brush watercolor, 35 in. x 54 in.).

Wiltraut’s long-time friend, Bob Schaffer, posed for the watercolor near the “Poughkeepsie Bridge,” a 19th-century railroad trestle south of Slatington along the Lehigh River. This is the third time Schaffer modeled for an award-winning work by Wiltraut. The award presentation for “A Cool Sip” was Aug. 4 in Old Forge, N.Y.

Senior Lifetime Pass deadline for National Parks is Aug. 27

Friday, August 11, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The $10 price for a lifetime “America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass” is set to increase dramatically for those 62 years or older.

The “Interagency Senior Pass,” formerly the “Golden Age Passport,” is available for purchase for $10 through Aug. 27. The price of the Senior Pass has been $10 since 1994.

Legislation passed in December 2016 will bring up the price tag to $80 beginning Aug. 28.

His aim is true: ‘Trajectory Heart’ by Thomas Mann pops up in Center City Allentown

Friday, July 21, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Thomas Mann, Penn State Lehigh Valley Artist in Residence for July 2017, is at the heart of several art events throughout the Lehigh Valley this summer. The former Allentown resident and a successful jewelry designer and sculptor moved to New Orleans after attending a jazz fest there in 1977.


Thursday, July 13, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

School board launches floating sub position

The East Penn Board of School Directors voted unanimously to approve all of the personnel items recommended by school superintendent Dr. Michael Schilder at the July 10 meeting. These include the 2017-2018 co-curricular appointments for high school and middle school coaches, assistant coaches, equipment managers and a full-time floating substitute.

Theater Review: Pines puts on a delicious ‘Ritz’

Friday, June 16, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Reel life comes to the stage with “Puttin’ On the Ritz: A Salute to the Golden Age of the Silver Screen,” through July 2, The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown.

The well-paced musical revue of movie themes and show tunes from the days of silent films through World War II is brought to the cozy stage by the cast of Monica Handwerk, Dante Hill, Taylor Hopkins and Katherine Tabisz.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Final budget approved 6-2 with a tax increase

After defeating a motion from school director Carol Allen to postpone a budget vote until later in the month because of uncertainty over the state budget for education, the East Penn School Board members passed the final district budget for 2017-2018 at the June 12 school board meeting.

President Alan Earnshaw, vice president Ken Bacher, Charles H. Ballard, Paul Champagne, Ziad Munson and Rev. Waldemar Vinovskis all voted “aye.” Allen and Chris Donatelli both voted “nay.” Vacationing school director Rebecca Heid sent in a letter voicing her support of the final budget package.

Deja Views: ‘Vision-Sound Revisited’ looks at Allentown’s 1980s arts scene with exhibits, concert, discussion

Friday, June 9, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Lehigh Valley will be experiencing a sense of déjà vu when the 1980s return this summer to Allentown.

“Vision-Sound Revisited: Allentown’s ’80s Art Scene,” June 14 - Aug. 2, is a collaboration between the Muhlenberg College Martin Art Gallery, The Baum School of Art, The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, and The Cigar Factory Alternative Gallery.


Thursday, May 25, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

EHS principal appointed

The East Penn School District Board of School Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Katherine Kieres as Emmaus High School principal at the May 22 meeting. The former assistant principal at EHS from 2006 to 2011, and more recently, the assistant superintendent at Palisades School District, will replace David Piperato at the end of the school year. Piperato had resigned from the position to become the superintendent of Pleasant Valley School District.