East Penn Press

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by The Press in Local News

July 13

Mark James & Country Sunset Band will perform at Hills at Lockridge Park, 7125 Scenic View Drive, Macungie, 6 to 8 p.m.

July 15

Concert at Emmaus Community Park Arts Pavilion, 1401 Shimerville Road, Emmaus, 6 p.m. The Swing Time Dolls will perform.

July 18

Alburtis Area 55+ seniors meet noon at Alburtis Rod and Gun Club. Pot luck luncheon (hot dogs provided) plus bingo will be featured. There are many bus trips. For more information, call 610-966-4996.

July 20

MACUNGIE BOROUGH COUNCIL

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Traffic concerns continue

At the July 2 Macungie Borough Council meeting, the continuing problem with motorists driving through stop signs at Village Walk and West End Trail was discussed.

A temporary fix has been installed – a bright yellow sign stating motorists should drive like their kids live here.

Another option being considered is red flashing lights around the stop signs – at a cost of $4,300.

Residents were reminded that a rolling stop has a penalty of $135. The ongoing problem will be discussed with Macungie police and additional solutions are being considered.

EMMAUS BAKERY

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Local pastry shop shuts doors after 84 years

A staple in Emmaus closed its doors July 1 to the shock of many residents and visitors to the community.

Emmaus Bakery, 415 Chestnut St., has been a part of the Emmaus community for 84 years.

A history found on the Internet shows Emmaus Bakery was conceived in 1934 by John Shadler and was originally called Shadler’s Bakery. Some time after opening, Shadler changed the name of the bakery to Emmaus Bakery and continued to operate the bakery for 19 years.

The bakery was then owned and operated by the Zayaitz family for over 43 years.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Worker opposed to union dues withdrawal

It’s not often U. S. Supreme Court decisions are cited in the chambers of the Lehigh County Commissioners, but county employee Francisco Molina did exactly that June 27 when he addressed the board during the public comment portion of the agenda.

Medina, who has worked for the county since 2004 and for the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth since 2006, said he does not want the county to provide his banking information to Service Employees International Union for automatic withdrawals of union dues from his bank account.

LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by KEVIN JONES in Local News

East Texas Village zoning discussed

The July 3 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission focused on zoning ordinances in various districts.

In the rural district, there was a discussion about impervious coverage. It was felt for a place of worship a maximum impervious coverage of 25 percent seemed low because they tend to have large parking lots.

The discussion then turned to the possibility of separating churches and cemeteries. The planning commission concluded cemeteries should be a separate use than places of worship.

UPPER MILFORD TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Zoning officer stomps on residents’ barn causing sour grapes

Residents packed the Upper Milford Township Board of Superviors meeting room July 5 to support a local vintner’s quest to save the family farm’s grapes.

Dan and Elizabeth O’Rourke need a 60- by 70-foot building to process the grapes when they are harvested.

According to Dan and Elizabeth O’Rourke, they had requested permission to build the necessary barn last year, but a recent decision by the Upper Milford Township zoning officer has put the building on the back burner.

In the meantime, the grapes are growing.

EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Discussion continues over parental rights

The July 9 East Penn School Board meeting began with a debate over parental rights between factions supporting the airing of Gay Straight Alliance student videos during the high school morning announcements in April and those critical of them.

Addressing the board regarding the issue was William Bassett, who begins his senior year at Emmaus High School this fall. Bassett announced “I am gay,” and contended the videos were, “merely informative.”