East Penn Press

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Where have all the bluebells gone?

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

On a good year, the meadow adjacent to the Lock Ridge Furnace Park, in Alburtis, is awash in a sea of bright blue flowers – bluebells that visitors from far and near eagerly anticipate news of a spring bloom.

This year, as was the case last year, not so much. Instead of the brilliant blue hue, the meadow is pretty much green, with a here and there smattering of bluebells past their prime, and the annual scourge of yellow dandelion.

Where have all the bluebells gone? What happened to the magnificent blooms that drew so many fans in mid-April in 2008, 2013 and 2015?

Bluebells? Or not bluebells?

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Are the bluebells that appear each spring in meadows adjacent to the Lock Ridge Park and Furnace Museum really bluebells? Or are they some other example of popular wild floral species?

A letter to the East Penn Press editor raised that question a few seasons back after a photo of the flowers appeared in an edition of the newspaper. The writer said the flowers appeared to her to be “blue hyacinths.”


Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

‘Thank you for saving my life’ cancer survivor exclaims to surgeon at reunion

“Thank you for saving my life,” were the first words cancer survivor Jennifer Newland, 47, of Roseto, spoke to her colorectal surgeon John S. Park, M.D., as she rushed to embrace him at a colon cancer community information forum held March 7 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

Newland was at the forum as a testament that colon cancer, caught early enough, can be overcome.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Students prepare warming center snack bags

St. Thomas More School students have been assuring that patrons of the overnight warming center at the Allentown YMCA get an evening snack to tide them over until morning.

The students’ families have been providing protein bars, crackers, applesauce containers and other provisions for the students to place in decorated paper bags for distribution at the center which provides shelter and beds during the winter nights for those who have no other place to stay.

Students throughout all the grades decorate the bags with caring messages and positive thoughts.


Thursday, February 14, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

New pediatric unit opens

A new inpatient pediatric unit opened last week at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital on the fifth floor of the Fred Jaindl Family Pavilion on the Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Cedar Crest campus.

The unit features 30 private rooms and has a number of amenities and features designed to give young patients a comforting place to get well and families space to support young patients during their hospital stay.

Smoky fire goes to two alarms in early Christmas morning fire

Thursday, January 3, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Firefighters from six area fire departments responded to a smoky fire shortly after 1:30 a.m. Dec. 25, 2018, in the 700 block of Walnut Street, Emmaus.

Dense smoke was pouring from the structure, causing first-arriving Emmaus firefighters to declare a second alarm to request mutual aid. Firefighters from Western Salisbury, Vera Cruz, Lower Macungie, Alburtis and the Woodlawn fire departments responded.


Thursday, November 8, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Severe flash flood sends rescuers to Lehigh Street at South Mall

Torrential rains which fell in Salisbury Township neighborhoods in the 10 p.m. hour Nov. 2, caused severe flash flood conditions along Lehigh Street at the South Mall, overwhelming drivers and trapping occupants in waters that rose to roof level in the vehicles.

Observers said rushing waters filled the intersection from all directions, rising so rapidly that vehicles started to float and drivers could not navigate the intersection. Firefighter/rescue personnel from Western Salisbury Fire Department and Eastern Salisbury Fire Department converged on the scene shortly before 11 p.m.

Summit Lawn trailer fire along Interstate 78 leads to day-long hazmat incident

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

It all began shortly after 4 a.m. Oct. 23, when a tractor-trailer driver with a cargo of more than 1,500 gallon containers of antifreeze pulled over to the shoulder of Interstate 78, at the Summit Lawn exit, atop South Mountain, to try and put out a small brake system fire.

With only small hand fire extinguishers, that firefighting effort didn’t turn out well and the trailer was quickly enveloped in flames.