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Swain School students design, build Lego robots for Mars mission project

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

Eighth grade students at Swain School have been involved in a science project their grandparents probably could not even have imagined in their grade school experience a few generations ago.

Using advanced Lego building kits with servomotors which can be programmed for movements on a simulated Mars surface landscape, the students have emulated NASA's Mars Rover mission to the distant red planet.

Boy Scouts practice winter skills at Minsi Trails Klondike Derby

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

About 130 enthusiastic Scouts from 13 area Troops practiced their winter Scouting skills at eight different Alaska-themed venues Jan. 19 at the Franko Farm recreation area in Salisbury Township.

Imaginative events in the Klondike Derby gave the students opportunities to train and develop skills in first aid, fire building, knots and lashing, lumberjack, stretcher carry, ice rescue, orienteering and determining the height and distance of distant objects using triangulation skills.

Community assists fire victims

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

Effort coordinated by the Emmaus Fire Department

This is a heartwarming story about Emmaus Fire Department volunteers who went way beyond just putting out a fire.

The firefighters were called about 12:40 a.m. Dec. 31, 2012, to 502 E. Main St. where a fire in the back of the house spread to the adjoining duplex, utterly destroying both homes and consuming everything in them.

EMMAUS FIRE DEPARTMENT Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. grant provides equipment

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

"This donation is being used to provide much-needed equipment that will enable the Emmaus Fire Department to enhance the safety of our firefighters as we provide our services to the community," EFD Chief James Reiss told representatives from the Bethlehem office of the Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. at a symbolic check presentation last week.

The donation of more than $12,000 from the insurance company's Heritage program was used to purchase a variety of equipment that would not have been able to be obtained with the fire department's limited operating funds.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

Students present Christmas play

St. Thomas More fifth and sixth graders presented their annual Christmas play Dec. 11 for all students, and then again on that evening for the public in the school's auditorium-gymnasium.

The play, titled "Is There Room for Christmas?" was scripted and choreographed with original lyrics and music by Natalie Seng Pionegro, director of music and liturgy for St. Thomas More parish and school.

The play portrays the concept of looking beyond the distractions in our daily lives, no matter how attractive those things may be, and finding the real meaning of Christmas.

NASA scientist tells of work behind latest Mars rover

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

NASA scientist Jennifer Stern Ph.D., brought the story of the mission of the latest Mars robotic probe, Curiosity, to an enthusiastic audience at Alumnae Hall on the Cedar Crest College campus Nov. 15.

She detailed the development of "Mini-Cooper-sized" craft and its 354 million mile journey from Earth to a small landing site on the red planet. She enthusiastically reported the project is beating all expectations as it searches for signs of "habitability" on the distant planet.

Customer relationships give Eisenhard's the competitive edge

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

Joe Kunkler does not think of his patrons as customers at Eisenhard's Decorating Center, 1031 Chestnut St., Emmaus. Rather, he thinks in terms of relationships and describes his highly personal way of conducting business as his competitive edge over big box decorating stores.

Eisenhard's became well established at its Chestnut Street address after opening in 1952 by founders Al and Jake Eisenhard.

"When I acquired the business in 1977, its primary product was vinyl flooring," Kunkler said. "Over the years we expanded into a full-service home decorating store."

Volunteer firefighters take fire safety message to St. Thomas More School

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

Several Salisbury volunteer firefighters took time off from work or other activities to take their annual fire safety message to preschool and elementary students in local schools.

"The message does not vary too much from year to year," Western Salisbury Fire Department Chief Joshua Wells said. "But our department has been going into the schools during Fire Prevention Week in October for a number of decades.