East Penn Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Lehigh Valley Health Network teams with Rodale Institute to help combat food deserts

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

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When people do not have easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables, they are said to be living in a “food desert.”

Looking at the abundance of large grocery super stores that dot the region, it’s sometimes hard to believe that such areas exist in the Lehigh Valley. But, for various geographic, transportation and socio-economic reasons, pockets do exist where lack of easy access creates problems.

Multiple fire companies respond to working Emmaus basement fire

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Multiple fire companies responded to a working basement fire at a 104 S. Second St. twin home shortly after 10:30 p.m. Sept. 5.

The fire sent one Western Salisbury Fire Department interior firefighter to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and left five people displaced.

The incident began when Emmaus Patrol Officer Austin Thompson called the Lehigh County 911 center when he spotted smoke coming from the residence and a malfunctioning heating system was suspected.

Senator Pat Toomey gives D.C. update to LV Chamber members

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., addressed a number of issues during a Washington, D.C. update presentation Aug. 29, at the Lehigh Country Club.

Toomey answered questions posed by Tony Ianelli, president and CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, during a live videotaping session of the chamber’s WFMZ television program “Business Matters.” The show will air 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9.

More than 100 area business and corporate leaders attended the networking breakfast and the Toomey taping session.

Interstate 78 crash near Summit Lawn brings out heavy rescue response

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

A semi-trailer that veered off the highway along Interstate 78 shortly after 10 a.m. July 8, just west of the Summit Lawn entrance, ended up precariously perched on a slope next to the roadway, resulting in a small army of rescue workers responding to stabilize the shifting vehicle to extricate the injured driver.

Frey’s Country Store closing after 33 years of community love affair

Thursday, July 18, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Harold Frey is spending the last few day’s of his stewardship of Frey’s Country Store, along Alburtis’ main street, reducing his inventory and saying goodbye to a community he has loved for 33 years – and seeing that love returned many times over.

Throughout the community of Alburtis, a sense of loss seems to be settling in. Francee Fuller, daughter-in-law of the late Jean Stoneback, longtime East Penn Press columnist, said “it is truly the end of an era.”


Thursday, July 18, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Charity golf event memorializes daughter who died of small cell cervical cancer

An unexpected kindness extended by the crew at Macungie Ambulance Corps to an area family in need of help during a cancer crisis led to the creation of a memorial foundation that has turned out to be a major benefactor to the corps and, secondarily, to other first responder agencies in the Lehigh Valley.

Police say multi-vehicle crash along Interstate 78 allegedly caused by pickup truck that fled the scene

Thursday, July 18, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Pennsylvania State Police are attempting to locate the driver of a white pickup truck they said fled the scene after allegedly driving erratically and causing a crash involving multiple vehicles in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 78 a few minutes before 6 a.m. July 10.

The crash left a tandem tractor-trailer rig straddled over the concrete safety barrier near the stormwater retention pond area of hospital property, with a Toyota Avalon trapped under the rig’s second trailer unit and rescue workers marveling how both the rig and car drivers escaped without serious injury.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by JIM MARSH in School

Students explore healthcare career opportunities in robotics

Sixty-three St. Thomas More School students participated in a hands-on healthcare educational demonstration at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest June 3.

The students were able to practice hands-on robotics surgery simulation based on an accuracy and dexterity grading system that had them competing for recognition as proficient in the robotics equipment.

They also viewed a demonstration of robotic coronary surgery and were instructed in first aid techniques to stop the bleeding in a severe wound simulation.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Volunteers respond after toxic spill

Western Salisbury Fire Department was dispatched for a “spill” at the Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest campus about 9:30 p.m. May 22. Such calls are usually routine and indicate that anti-freeze or other fluids are leaking from a vehicle after a fender-bender.

What WSFD Chief Joshua Wells found, as the first responder to arrive at the campus, was definitely not routine.