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

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

Thai Eggplant Salad

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.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Housing developments one step closer

Two future housing developments moved one step closer in their plans at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting held Sept. 3.

The first property discussed was the abandoned lot at 300 Furnace St. The developer, Jeff Trainer, came before council with a proposed zoning change for 6.1 acres of land at 300 Furnace St. and 2.7 acres on 326 S. Second St. The properties are currently zoned as light industrial and conservation residential but would become a high density residential office zoning district if approved by council.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Sidewalk waiver denied

A resident with a sidewalk waiver request had the request denied at the Sept. 3 Macungie Borough Council meeting. This resident has a three month time period to develop a plan to work around the problem. The problem revolves around a tree which has been declared healthy by an arborist and relocation of utility fixtures. The resident has proposed an alternative which includes a bump out onto Route 100 which will need Pennsylvania Department of Transportation approval, saying the proposed bump out will have additional benefits of calming traffic and include a better way of controlling water.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Library tax referendum approved

The library tax referendum was approved and will be on the ballot in November according to the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners at the Sept. 5 meeting.

The proposed tax is needed to assist with library funding. The library is funded yearly through a grant.

The main question is the proposed cost to residents. One factor on cost will be if the resident is enrolled in the Homestead Act with Lehigh County.

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.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Donation from Kindness is Magic to help ease student lunch debt

The Board of School Directors of East Penn School District accepted a donation in the amount of $1,200 from Kindness is Magic Inc. at its regular board meeting Sept. 9. The money is to be applied to the accounts of district families who are both eligible for free or reduced lunch and currently have a negative account balance. Alisa Bowman reflected board sentiment when she said she is, “thankful to Kindness is Magic.”