East Penn Press

Friday, November 15, 2019

‘It’s a part-time job with a full-time commitment’

Thursday, November 14, 2019 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Macungie resident and Parkland School District school bus driver Sharon Schrantz distinctly remembers her first time behind the wheel of a school bus.

“When I sat behind the wheel I almost felt sick to my stomach,” she recalled in a phone interview.

The mirrors showing every angle of the bus were disorienting, she continued.

Twenty-one years later, nine with the East Penn School District and 12 years in Parkland she describes the job as rewarding.

“I enjoy the interaction with the kids a lot,” Schrantz said.


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.


Thursday, November 14, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

School board bids adieu to retiring Director Ballard

The East Penn School Directors fondly bid farewell to Charles Ballard at his last official meeting Nov. 11. Ballard is retiring from the board after 24 years of service. They also honored him with a retirement party 45 minutes prior to the board meeting.

Having been granted permission to address the board, Susan Arnold, teacher and president of the East Penn Education Association presented Ballard with “The Friend of Education Award” for his long tenure on the school board.


Thursday, November 14, 2019 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Car wash for Hamilton Boulevard moves forward

The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners met Nov. 7 where a conditional use hearing was held over the proposed car wash at 6192 and 6770 Hamilton Blvd., an existing structure that includes A.B.E. Doors & Windows. The applicant explained the proposal, which will include reconstruction of A.B.E. Doors & Windows.

The proposed car wash will preserve existing Sycamore trees. A buffer will be created to curtail noise and light pollution for residential areas. Traffic issues will be addressed such as a turning lane and turn around area.