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Thursday, November 9, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Tentative 2018 budget approved; no tax increase expected

Upper Milford Township Supervisors approved a tentative 2018 budget of about $2 million at the Nov. 2 workshop meeting.

According to Jessi O’Donald, secretary/treasurer and right-to-know officer, there will be no tax increases. The final budget will be approved at a later meeting.

In other business, goats on the road caused resident Rachel Moessner to swerve her car to avoid hitting the animals as they grazed near and walked on Chestnut Street near its intersection with Beck Road.


Thursday, November 9, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Nov. 10

Basket social at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eastern Salisbury Township, 1707 Church Road, Allentown, 7 p.m. For more information or to donate a basket, call Louise at 610-866-1611 or the church office at 610-797-6933.

Nov. 11

Longswamp UCC, 200 Clay Road, Mertztown, will host a PA Dutch Bazaar 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event will feature craft vendors, raffle baskets, PA Dutch desserts, apple dumplings and more. A Veterans Day prayer service will be held 11 to 11:15 a.m. All are welcome; for more information, visit longswampucc.org/bazaar.


Thursday, November 9, 2017 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Resident wears swim trunks and raincoat to clear drain

Residents continued to express their concerns at the Nov. 6 Emmaus Borough Council meeting over a zoning ordinance change council made at the Oct. 16 meeting.

W2B2 LLC plans on a townhome development located on the 9.85 acres of land at the intersection of Arch and Tilghman streets. At the previous borough meeting, council approved a zoning ordinance to rezone 1.6 acres from conservation residential to medium density residential.


Thursday, November 9, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The Swain School celebrates annual Founder’s Day

In honor of its founder, D. Esther Swain, The Swain School held its annual Founder’s Day celebration Oct. 25. The Swain community gathered to hear words and music celebrating Mrs. Swain and the school she started in 1929 ‘with eight students.

In her remarks, Dr. Shannan Boyle Schuster, head of school, talked about the importance of service, even when it seems really hard. She shared the many ways Mrs. Swain was challenged, yet she persevered, leaving an incredible legacy that would make her very proud today.

County fights to retain cross on seal

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners Oct. 25 voted 7-1 to retain the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, of Washington, D.C., as special counsel to represent the county in its appeal to retain the Christian or Latin cross in the Lehigh County seal and flag.

Minutes from a December 1944 Lehigh County Commissioners meeting make the meaning the cross clear: “Underneath same and in center of Shield [Seal] appears the huge cross in canary-yellow signifying Christianity and the God-fearing people which are the foundation and backbone of our county.”

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.

New center for care and innovation opens

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Officials from Lehigh Valley Health Network and Air Products ‘virtually’ cut the ribbon to officially open the new Air Products Center for Connected Care and Innovation at LVHN at the health network’s One City Center location in downtown Allentown Nov. 3.

The Air Products Foundation announced a major donation in November 2015 to launch the center.


Thursday, November 9, 2017 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Conditional use hearing held for Natural Wonders Day Care

The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners held its meeting Nov. 2 where there was a conditional use hearing for a proposed early learning center on Hamilton Boulevard.

The proposed new day care, Natural Wonders Early Learning Center, is planned for 6636 Hamilton Blvd.

The building was recently occupied by Sneaks and Cleats and has another building attached which is a retail establishment. The parking lot is in the front of the building with a proposed playground in the rear.


Thursday, November 9, 2017 by KEVIN JONES in Local News

Plan for Race Street intersection discussed

The Nov. 6 meeting of the Macungie Borough Council began with an executive session discussing the police contract that ended close to 9 p.m.

Resident Dave Fatzinger spoke about the recurring issue of a truck parking on Village Walk Drive for an extended period of time. Fatzinger was asking for the issue to be addressed by the police department. Borough council assured Fatzinger the situation is being discussed and his pleas are not falling on deaf ears.