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Thursday, September 14, 2017 by KEVIN JONES in Local News

Halloween parade to be held Oct. 28

The Lower Lehigh Lions Club spoke at the Sept. 5 Macungie Borough Council meeting about the upcoming Halloween Parade.

The parade will take place Oct. 28 and will begin forming 6 p.m. at the Eyer Middle School and Shoemaker School parking lots with the parade starting 7:15 p.m. The second annual fun run will start 6:45 p.m. and this year it will benefit the Friends of the Macungie Institute.


Thursday, September 14, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, tours animal shelter in support of Libre’s Law

In June, Pennsylvania became safer for animals, especially pets, when Gov. Tom Wolf signed Libre’s Law.

On Aug. 30, Lois Gadek, Ph.D., president of the board of trustees of Animals in Distress, a no-kill shelter in Upper Saucon Township, gave State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st and Kristen Tullo, Humane Society of the United States - Pennsylvania state director, a tour of the shelter to illustrate the constituents whom the law protects – animals, including pets and future pets.


Thursday, September 14, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Supervisors sign agreement with Kay Builders

Upper Milford Township supervisors approved, 2-1, an agreement with Kay Builders at its Sept. 7 meeting, regarding the Fields at Indian Creek which will lift the cease and desist order the township had imposed on the development, assuming Kay Builders meets numerous conditions.

Supervisor Robert Sentner voted against the agreement and George DeVault and Daniel Mohr said they were only approving it “reluctantly.”

Dent continues to stand up for ‘sensible center’

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

On Sept. 10, U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, hosted what was supposed to be a “formal announcement” concerning his intentions next year. But news of his retirement leaked Sept. 7. Dent revealed his intentions to a few of his congressional colleagues, and they spilled the beans.

“They’re wonderful friends, but they have big mouths,” Dent joked Sept. 10 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Allentown.

“I just wanted to say thank you to everybody in this room,” Dent said, who apologized for interrupting one of the biggest sports weekends of the year.

A ‘beacon’ goes out

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Dent will not seek re-election

U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, announced in a press release last week he is not seeking re-election in 2018. He has served nearly 27 years in state and federal legislatures.

The seven-term congressman said he has done his best in his many senior responsibilities to make a meaningful, positive impact on the Republican party to instill stability, certainty and predictability in Washington.

New bishop ordained

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Diocese of Allentown welcomes Alfred Schlert at special Mass

Bishop-elect Alfred A. Schlert was ordained as bishop and installed as the fifth bishop of Allentown Aug. 31 at a special Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Siena.

The church is located at 18th and Turner streets in Allentown.

The Mass began 2 p.m. The procession of deacons, priests and bishops led Schlert to the altar.

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaputwas the principal ordaining bishop. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, was also in the sanctuary.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by KEVIN JONES in Local News

Norfolk Southern rental fees quadruples

The Aug. 30 meeting of Alburtis Borough Council began with a discussion of Norfolk Southern rental fees. The borough has a sewer line crossing under the railroad near the Main Street crossing.

The right to pass under the railroad was rented by the borough. The rent price has quadrupled to $1,700 for the upcoming year. Council wants to schedule a meeting with Norfolk Southern to make sure the rate would remain within a certain range for a number of years.