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Custom fishing rods fit for a president ... or two

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Emmaus resident Rick Patton getting into the business of making custom fishing rods is no fish tale.

Patton learned how to fish as a child from his uncle – a hobby he enjoyed.

Later in life, as an engineer, Patton was working in North Jersey constructing a scale model of a nuclear power plant in 1977 when he became friends with a co-worker who also enjoyed fishing.


Thursday, December 7, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Opinion

The perils of cancer treatment

My strong advice to anyone going through chemotherapy treatment or about to is listen to professional advice and heed any research you may uncover.

I finished my second chemo treatment Oct. 11. I personally didn’t think the treatment varied much from the first until a few days later. Rather than try to be as active as I possibly could, much of what I did involved sleeping a great deal. The excess sleep ultimately led to a short hospital stay — luckily, a stay of only a few days.

Lower Macungie Township librarian receives the gift of life

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lower Macungie Township Librarian Jennifer Dell Beni received a much needed piece of life from her colleague Gregory Edwards Nov. 2 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. That piece of life was part of Edwards’ liver.

In an interview with The Press, Beni said she has been sick since 2004. Eventually, it was determined the current status of her liver was causing itchiness, jaundice and fatigue. In addition, she said the past year has led to weight loss, malabsorption of nutrients and constant pain throughout her body.

Former Emmaus man uncovers family who served in Revolutionary War

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The American Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775 to Sept. 3, 1783, was an historic event which ultimately led to America breaking free from the oppressive reigns of British rule.

While the war led to America’s freedom, it produced its share of casualties, with an estimated 6,800 who died in action, with an additional 17,000 deaths a result of disease and 8,000 to 12,000 who died as prisoner of war.

How many among us can say we are related to someone who served in that war?


Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Contracts approved for 911 plan, center

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved two contracts at its May 10 meeting with Essential Management Solutions, LLC to provide 911 regionalization consolidation management services.

Rich Molchany, county director of general services, explained the contracts to the board.

According to Molchany, the first contract will provide construction management for a consolidated 911 communications center and regionalized equipment plan.

Molchany said Lehigh County is different than Bethlehem City and Northampton.


Thursday, April 20, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

County discusses additional fee for vehicle registration

Those living in Lehigh County may soon be required to pay an additional $5 for each non-exempt vehicle registration.

The board of commissioners at its April 12 meeting discussed a motion authorizing the fee. Included in the approved motion is the establishment of a Municipal Transportation Infrastructure Program. The board will vote on the bill at the April 26 meeting

Commissioner Dan Hartzell, co-sponsor for the bill, along with Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty, lauded the motion.


Thursday, April 13, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Plans for Cedarbrook Nursing Home revealed

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners now have an idea of potential design plans and upgrades to Cedarbrook Nursing Home.

The board at its March 22 meeting were presented drafts for six options by the architectural firm Roth Marz Partnership, PC.

According to Rick Molchany, county director of general services, the study covers construction and the costs for building a variety of choices for Cedarbrook.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

County transfer of funds to benefit Cedarbrook

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution March 8 transferring $10.6 million from the county stabilization fund to the intergovernmental transfer fund which will go directly to Cedarbrook Nursing Homes.

The bill, sponsored by Commissioner Dan Hartzell, specifically provides for the intergovernmental transfer of funds to the Department of Human Services to provide the non-federal share of Medical Assistance payments to nursing homes.


Thursday, March 2, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Redistricting reform bill supported

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took a bold step at the Feb. 22 meeting by passing a resolution supporting redistricting reform.

The 8-1 vote specifically lends support to an independent citizens commission for redistricting. The commission would consist of 11 persons, four from the state’s majority party and four from the minority party. The remaining three would come from any political party. The Pennsylvania Secretary of State would elect the members.

Commissioner Amanda Holt voted in opposition.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Bond refinancing approved

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance at the Feb. 8 meeting which will net a savings to the county of $4 million.

The measure authorizes the refinancing of county general obligation bonds, series 2017.

“This is basically an attempt to save some money by refinancing our bond issues,” Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty, sponsor of the bill, said.

According to Dougherty, with the refinancing, the county’s payment will drop from roughly 5 percent interest to 1.2 to 2.25 percent.