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Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Thursday, January 3, 2019 by ALEXIS BOVE in Local News

Student effort benefits

On Dec. 19, 2018, St. Thomas More School, Salisbury Township, hosted an event in which 11 children and one family awaiting a home through Habitat for Humanity, received Christmas gifts.

The Faith Build Home will be located on 412 Keystone Ave.

Gina Loiacono and Jayme Lehman, both teachers at St Thomas More School, played a large role in raising funds.

Lehman is the student council advisor at the school.


Thursday, January 3, 2019 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

Budget approved; no tax increase for 2019

Alburtis Borough Council approved the final 2019 budget totaling $2,027,995 at its Dec. 26, 2018, meeting with no tax increase. The budget is balanced. The water and sewer rates will not increase.

Councilperson Stephen Kaufman remarked Alburtis was in better shape than some other boroughs who had to raise taxes.

Agreeing with Kaufman, Council President Ron DeIaco said passing this budget was a result of 30 or so years of responsible management because the board has been frugal but has always taken care of all the needs of the residents.


Thursday, January 3, 2019 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Plan approved for Trexlertown Business Center units 2 and 3

The Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners approved a plan for a major employer coming to the township at its meeting Dec. 20, 2018.

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union was approved by commissioners to open its headquarters and branch in the Trexlertown Business Center development in the 6100 block of Hamilton Boulevard. The architecture planned ties in with township requirements and will go along with the other building within this area.

Smoky fire goes to two alarms in early Christmas morning fire

Thursday, January 3, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Firefighters from six area fire departments responded to a smoky fire shortly after 1:30 a.m. Dec. 25, 2018, in the 700 block of Walnut Street, Emmaus.

Dense smoke was pouring from the structure, causing first-arriving Emmaus firefighters to declare a second alarm to request mutual aid. Firefighters from Western Salisbury, Vera Cruz, Lower Macungie, Alburtis and the Woodlawn fire departments responded.

Concordia Lutheran Church continues to grow

Thursday, January 3, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Concordia Lutheran Church in Lower Macungie Township exists today because of the foresight of its founders at Concordia of Bethlehem nearly 35 years ago.

“That congregation realized the South Side Bethlehem neighborhood was changing and they were aging,” Concordia Pastor Waldemar Vinovskis said. “It was a real forward-looking group.”

That vision was harnessed by Pastor Raymond Malec, who on April 29, 1984, began worship services at Allen Organ’s Octave Hall.