East Penn Press

Thursday, January 23, 2020

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.


Monday, December 23, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Residence destroyed by windswept fire

With firefighters hampered by its remote location, overgrown trees and vegetation and copious yard debris, a windswept fire destroyed an Upper Milford residence in the 7000 block of Chestnut Street early Dec. 18.

One firefighter at the scene remarked the fire “had such a head start the home was ‘doomed’ before we got here.”

Thick black smoke from the fire was visible along Route 100 for miles.

Lehigh Valley Hospital holds ceremony for placement of final steel beam for new ER

Friday, November 29, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

With the traditional evergreen on one end and an American flag on the other end, steelworkers Nov. 21 hoisted the final steel beam into place for the skeleton of a state-of-the-art acute care facility at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest campus, along Cedar Crest Boulevard at Interstate 78.

The project includes an expanded adult emergency department and a new observation unit scheduled to be complete in late 2020 and an expanded children’s emergency room and observation unit scheduled to open in mid-2021.


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

Open house well attended

As they do every October, firefighters from the Lower Macungie Fire Department’s Wescosville, Brandywine and Alburtis fire stations hosted a community open house to acquaint residents with the personnel and equipment always on call to answer 911 calls for help.

The open house featured games, activities and demonstrations for everyone in the family, though visiting youngsters showed the most enthusiasm for exploring the emergency vehicles on display.

Community partners and vendors filled the Brandywine fire station’s engine bays with activities and handouts and food samples.

Two-alarm fire causes heavy damage at Lanze Lane home

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

A two-alarm fire at a dwelling at 3064 Lanze Lane, Salisbury Township, caused heavy damage before being brought under control in about two hours by firefighters from several area fire stations Nov. 7.

After being notified by a caller that flames were showing, the Lehigh County 911 Center dispatched units from Eastern and Western Salisbury fire companies.


Thursday, October 31, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Two-alarm fire sends 10 to hospital

Firefighters led multiple residents from their smoke-filled apartments when a fire destroyed a ground-floor unit at 282 Powder Mill Lane in the Powder Mill Apartments complex in Emmaus overnight from just before midnight Oct. 24 to 25. The final fire units were released about 4 a.m.

Ten residents were taken to area hospitals after multiple ambulances responded to a “Level 1 Mass Casualty Incident” called after the fire went to a second alarm. The resident of the apartment unit destroyed was treated for burns and the others received treatment for smoke inhalation.

Emmaus holds resident drop-off day for hard-to-dispose-of household items

Friday, October 25, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

What do you do with large household trash items such as big, old television consoles and old tires that aren’t acceptable for disposal at the curb on trash day?

Recognizing the need for residents to be able to purge their households of hard-to-get-rid-of items, Emmaus Borough Council member Jeff Shubzda organized the borough’s first drop-off day at the Emmaus Fire Training Ground property along Kline’s Lane Oct. 5.


Friday, October 25, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Salisbury police reach out to community at South Mall Coffee with a Cop event

Making good on his desire to provide opportunities for community input, newly appointed Salisbury Police Department Chief Kevin J. Soberick, along with several other department officers, hosted a Coffee with a Cop event at the South Mall Starbucks Coffee Company store Oct. 14.

Soberick listened as a number of township residents took the opportunity to ask questions about department activities and to let the officers know of areas in the township where vehicular traffic, or vandals, indicate a trouble spot.