East Penn Press

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

School closure extended

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by The Press in Local News


The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced March 23 all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts, according to Senate Appropriations Chairman state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th.

The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, according to PDE.


Thursday, March 26, 2020 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Retired art teacher has performed as Chump the Clown for over three decades

As a youth growing up in Orefield, Lehigh County, Robert Schantz never dreamed clowning around was in his future. He wasn’t the “class clown” and he does not recall any of his teachers in the Parkland School District ever telling him to stop clowning around.

But as an adult, retired art teacher Schantz, now living in Lower Macungie Township, has spent more than three decades entertaining, amusing and teaching religious lessons through his persona as Chump the Clown.


Thursday, March 26, 2020 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Free grab-and-go meal service

A program was put into place March 17 whereas breakfast and lunch meals will be provided at the locations listed below at no cost for all East Penn Students.

All children will be provided with free meals regardless of enrollment and economic status. Meals will be grab-and-go style available for pickup at or near the entrance of each campus. Parents/guardians will need to verify student name and ID# when picking up meals.

Meals will be available noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations:

•Lincoln Elementary School (playground entrance)

Stay-at-home order issued

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Local News


Lehigh County Executive Phillips M. Armstrong, along with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, has placed Lehigh County on a stay-at-home order, urging residents to shelter in place for their health and safety.

The state-at-home order was announced by Armstrong approximately 11:45 a.m. via Facebook Live.

The stay-at-home order begins 8 p.m. March 25 and will continue until April 6.

Wolf ordered a stay-at-home command for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe and Montgomery counties March 23. Lehigh County is the latest addition to the list.


Friday, March 20, 2020 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Schools and places of business in the Lehigh Valley are closed. Events have been postponed; some events have been canceled. All due to the quest to stall the spread of COVID-19.

Readers of the East Penn Press expected to look at this week’s issue and see dress rehearsal photos of “Hello Dolly” at Emmaus High School on the front page. The play, scheduled to open this week, has been postponed to a later date due to the closure of Pennsylvania schools as directed by Gov. Tom Wolf.


Thursday, March 19, 2020 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

Laura Boyko

Q. Who are the members of your family: parents, siblings and pets?

A. My household is made up of my parents, Meghan and Christopher Boyko and my older brother, Devon. I also have a dog named Finley.

Q. What do you most enjoy about being a senior at Emmaus High School?

A. I like knowing that this is a year of many changes. With all of the “lasts” senior year brings, it also opens the door to many “firsts.” This is a year where I get to enjoy making many impactful decisions for my future.

Q. What is your favorite subject? Why?


Thursday, March 19, 2020 by The Press in Local News

March 28

Free shredder event 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Road, Quakertown. Richter Mobile Papers should be boxed or bagged and the limit is two large bags or boxes per person. Call 215-536-4115 for more information.

April 4

“Seussical the Musical Jr.” 6:30 p.m. at St. Ann School, Emmaus, in the school gymnasiium. Also 1 p.m. April 5. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the school.

April 11