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Thursday, April 30, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Toni Fillman has taken storybook characters

Toni Hess Fillman has so many stories that she has been encouraged to write a book.

“Maybe I will,” she said playfully.

Fillman has played many roles in her life: wife; mother; grandmother; PTO-PLUS leader; businesswoman; dog breeder; public speaker; investigator; Scout leader; and general encourager.

But, dressing up in storybook costumes and taking joy into Whitehall-Coplay School District schools has been her hallmark and her most cherished role.


Thursday, March 26, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Retired art teacher has performed as Chump the Clown for over three decades

As a youth growing up in Orefield, Lehigh County, Robert Schantz never dreamed clowning around was in his future. He wasn’t the “class clown” and he does not recall any of his teachers in the Parkland School District ever telling him to stop clowning around.

But as an adult, retired art teacher Schantz, now living in Lower Macungie Township, has spent more than three decades entertaining, amusing and teaching religious lessons through his persona as Chump the Clown.

Emmaus first responders honored at award ceremony

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Emmaus Emergency Services Director and Fire Chief John Price, recognized Emmaus fire and ambulance first responders at the first annual emergency services recognition banquet Feb. 22 at the Emmaus Fire Company #1 social hall at South Sixth and Broad streets, Emmaus.

Jason Jesmain was named 2019 firefighter of the year.

Bryan Nelson was named 2019 paramedic of the year for the Emmaus Ambulance Corps.

Rebeckah Waterman was recognized as EMT of the year.


Thursday, February 27, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Former Secret Service agent for Reagan, Joseph Petro tells of witnessing history

Joseph Petro, speaking to the Allentown Rotary Club Feb. 21 at Bell Hall restaurant in downtown Allentown, took his audience back to the mid-1980s, when he was the head of President Ronald Reagan’s Secret Service protective detail and Petro sat in on a private meeting between Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva, Switzerland.

The cordial relationship struck up between Reagan and Gorbachev in that meeting, Petro asserted, had a tremendous influence on the trajectory of world relations.


Thursday, February 27, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Officers serve up community spirit

The first thing a visitor to the Feb. 23 community breakfast at the Macungie VFW social hall at 287 Lehigh St., Macungie, might notice is that it is loud. Then, they’d notice a lot of veteran’s service caps. Then, amid the raucous banter, it would become apparent that everyone was smiling and laughing and having a good old-time neighborhood get together. You were in the kind of place where everybody knows your name.

School open house kicks off STM Catholic Schools Week activities

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

A school open house Jan. 26, kicked off week-long activities to mark Catholic Schools Week at St. Thomas More School, along Flexer Avenue, in the western portion of Salisbury Township.

The open house gave students an opportunity to show off their decorated classrooms and their individual artwork to family and friends from across the parish.

School cheer squad members added spirit to the occasion as upper-class students served as hosts and directed visitors among the school’s maze of hallways.

Lehigh County loses longtime fire service veteran

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Volunteer fire service responders in southern Lehigh County lost a highly experienced, trusted and respected friend when longtime Lower Macungie Fire Marshal Brent McNabb, 59, was stricken at home and died Dec. 31, 2019.

McNabb had been a Lower Macungie Fire Department first responder for 43 years, serving as firefighter, lieutenant, assistant chief, deputy chief and most recently as township fire marshal.

Lower Macungie Fire Department Chief Dave Nosal said the department’s firefighters were “deeply saddened” by McNabb’s unexpected death.


Thursday, January 2, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

New emergency services Explorer Post forming for East Penn/Salisbury

High school students in the East Penn and Salisbury Township school districts are being offered an opportunity to gain firsthand experience in fire and EMS services and explore the career opportunities available in the fire and emergency medical service fields in the new Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post 763 being formed by Emmaus emergency service providers.


Thursday, January 2, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

DUI Highway Safety Task hosts annual nonalcoholic beverage tasting

For the 19th consecutive year, Lehigh Valley Health Network hosted the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force annual spirit-free mix-off at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest campus Dec. 19, 2019.

Supported by business and community leaders, the annual event promotes a critical message of not mixing the consumption of alcoholic beverages and driving during the holiday season.

Guest servers representing local media outlets offered tastes of nonalcoholic drinks and encouraged tasters to judge the ones they enjoyed the best.